29th Street Mall
29th Street Mall. Courtesy Photo.

Shop Like a Personal Stylist in Boulder: Tips and Tricks for Shopping Success in Boulder

Marian Rothschild, certified image consultant

By Marian Rothschild, AICI CIC

For shopping success in Boulder, here’s where to go, what to get and whom to ask.

First, know the three main shopping areas and what they offer:

Boulder’s Ultimate Guide to Shopping

This article is part of a larger series. To see all the articles in this Ultimate Guide, click here.

1. Pearl Street from 11th to 17th streets.

Here you’ll find mostly independently owned shops and boutiques, styles ranging from super casual, including athletic and yoga wear, to city chic and designer collections. Some favorite shops are Chelsea, Bliss, Barbara & Co. and Max on Walnut at Broadway. There are also plenty of artsy and creative galleries, restaurants and interesting places for home goods and other treasures.

2. Twenty Ninth Street Mall

The mall is host to Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s department store and many small to mid-size national chain stores and outlets for men’s and women’s wardrobe and accessories, household goods and even furniture.

Rags Consignments
Rags Consignments. Courtesy Photo

3. A few scattered gems

You can find these destinations throughout Boulder.

  • Rags Consignments is located about a mile north of the Twenty Ninth Street Mall. It’s a large, neat, clean women’s consignment boutique busting with amazing and affordable finds, including a designer section, wardrobe, accessories, shoes and even a play area for kids. There is also a Rag’s Warehouse at 29th and Bluff.
  • Christina’s, Willow and JJ Wells (women’s wardrobe and accessories) are all lovely shops, have gorgeous inventory and are located just north of McGuckin’s Hardware store, across Walnut Street from each other.

For Shopping Success

Follow these tips to assure you have a successful shopping excursion.

  • Wear comfortable but stylish shoes or booties (not sneakers or hiking boots), preferably with at least a two-inch heel, or bring heels with you to try on professional or dressy options.
  • Wear easy on-and-off clothing for trying on styles.
  • Eat before you go, bring a water bottle and an energy bar or plan to stop at one of Boulder’s amazing eateries located in every shopping area.
  • Plan at least several hours on Pearl Street, the Twenty Ninth Street Mall and at each additional main venue.
  • When pulling items off the racks, look first for color, then style, then size.

Get Help

If you’d like your shopping trips to be more successful and you want to stop making shopping mistakes and love everything you purchase, contact a personal image consultant.

Most people only wear 20 percent of what’s in their closet. Does that sound like your situation? Use an image consultant to help for best-ever shopping success. 

Unlike in-store sales associates who might be called “personal stylists,” a trained and certified image consultant can help you understand what colors are best for you and the most flattering for your skin tone, hair and eye color.

An image consultant helps you understand what shapes will flatter your unique body type, so you’ll know what pieces to consider to look your best for work or weekends.

A certified personal image consultant has analytics tools, questionnaires, exercises and information to help you understand and label your own unique personal style and what you need for all sorts of occasions in your life.

You’ll get fresh ideas for current looks that you actually love, not just what some 16-year old sales girl tells you is really trendy right now.

You’ll be able to utilize your own pieces in new and creative ways that you’ve never considered. And finally, working with an image consultant allows you to have successful shopping trips by only purchasing what fits, what flatters and what you love.

I help my clients update and upgrade their appearance visually, head-to-toe and genuinely, from the inside-out.

“Look Good Now and Always,” by Marian Rothschild

Marian Rothschild, marianrothschild.com, is a certified personal image consultant in the Boulder/Denver areas and the author of award-winning, best-selling book “Look Good Now and Always,” available on Amazon.

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