In addition to being blessed with marvelous weather and an abundance of cultural and theatrical attractions, Pasadena residents are also fortunate to have access to the finest local clothiers adept at keeping pace with the latest in retail clothing sales.
Every season, Pasadena’s fine shops and boutiques present the best and brightest of summer fashion. Beyond trendy, these magnificent shops are truly trend-setting, with an eclectic offering that ranges from formal and sophisticated to casual and funky.
Take advantage of early-season opportunities to stock up on warm-weather staples, such as tanks and shorts, as well as the much sought-after flowing and floaty sundresses in both maxi and mini style. This summer, as in spring, expect designer collections in a variety of vibrant hues and patterns. Rompers, boy’s shorts and cropped-tops are in demand for casual wear, as are pencil skirts that can be layered or worn with structured or loose-fitting wraps and transition well into a sophisticated evening look.
Bold geometric designs in blocky prints continue to trend, along with dresses and tops in asymmetrical cuts. Cultivating a relationship with sales staff at favorite shops to stay abreast of new arrivals and upcoming clearances is always a smart idea, since many in-demand items can be found for a fraction of the price when purchased on specific sale days. These items go quickly, however, so be prepared to act promptly and decisively.
36 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 585-8008 | heavenlycouture.com
This divine shop aspires to take the search for affordable, popular styles to a higher plane. Heavenly Couture offers an eclectic, hip selection of extremely well-priced clothing and accessories. As much for the fashionista on a budget as for the high-end shopper, this charming boutique has something for everyone, including exercise clothes and handbags. Expect courteous assistance from an attentive staff eager to steer you toward the best deals. Most items are under $16, so also expect to find significant bargains on sought-after summer pieces, as well as out-of-season and clearance items.
35 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
(626) 397-2819 | anthropologie.com
Finally, a chain clothing store that exhibits a real commitment to customer satisfaction in areas ranging from in-store and online purchases to shipping, returns and inventory. Anthropologie’s national status allows it to respond quickly to changing or emerging trends in fashion and customers can always expect the latest, high-quality collections from favored designers with offerings in a wide selection of colors, along with a polite, professional and knowledgeable staff.
54 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena
Jewelry lovers beware! One step inside this chic store will leave you fated to return. Il Teatro is even more beloved for their extensive jewelry collection than for their affordable textile collections, which include summer’s most sought-after casual and semi-formal designs — often available at discount prices. Customer reviews consistently sing the praises of this popular shop that makes elegance affordable.
Madewell — Pasadena
126 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 792-1261 | madewell.com
Beside its fabulous collection of denim and T-shirts, Madewell is also renowned for its singular style and attention to the varying trends. Customers continue to flock back to this unique shop because they offer a wide variety of colors, sizes and styles for popular items, as well as a well-stocked inventory and a sales staff that makes customer satisfaction a top priority. Whether online or in-store, Madewell’s sale items can offer significant discounts from their already reasonably priced items. Plus, it’s one of the few stores to offer a teacher discount.
1033 E. Green St., Pasadena
(626) 793-1200 | atelierfemme.com
Stylish selections of smart separates and ensembles from top-notch designers are the main attraction at this marvelous gem of a shop. Atelier Femme remains a local and regional favorite because of its attention to each fashion trend — as well as its commitment to customer service. Owner Sandy Potter fulfilled her dream of opening a women’s clothing boutique; “I wanted to create a place where women could find clothes that would make them look great and feel good about themselves.” Indeed, her mission has so far been wildly successful, and Atelier Femme consistently boasts an exciting selection of new arrivals, while still appreciating the timelessness of classic pieces. Shoppers can also expect to find an impressive selection of accessories and gift items.
65 E. Holly St., Pasadena
(626) 568-9905 | shoptherapypasadena.com
It’s a well-known fact that shopping can have curative powers. Therapy embraces this philosophy and customers will be enamored with their fabulous designs that are sure to transition easily from trendy to timeless. It’s one of many reasons why visitors regularly flock to this haven for the well-dressed. Possessing a youthful vibe with a sophisticated edge, Therapy’s summer collection is the best of cutting- edge summer style. Aside from their luscious selection of dreamy, loose-fitting tops in exotic designs and lighter-than-air fabrics that pair perfectly with rolled-up boyfriend jeans, customers will also find handbags, jackets and that perfect pair of shoes to complete the look for a casually elegant outing.
This summer, like every summer, Pasadena fashion makes a statement all its own. It’s a singular style that is, at times, jaunty and carefree, yet still possesses a sense of refinement and grace. Whether dressing for a lazy day at a fun-filled backyard barbeque or a night on the town, Pasadena’s charming boutiques and shops are quite simply a reflection of the diverse and cultivated citizenry they serve so well.