Best shops in NYC: Women's fashion, men's fashion and more

We've got the lowdown on the best shops in NYC, whether you're looking for dresses, shoes, jewelry or swimwear; or just want to take a shopping trip to a trendy neighborhood.

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Whether you’re looking for cheap fashion and practical basics or avant-garde indie labels, NYC is a shopping mecca—if you know where to go. We hit the streets and found the city's best shops to score designer discounts, accessories, vintage fashions and anything else you might need to satisfy your consumerist lust. And if you want to stick to one area, try our guides to the top spots to shop by neighborhood.

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Discover the best new stores in New York for fashion—including womenswear, men’s clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry. We’ve selected the best new stores in New York that opened in the past 12 months. Whether you’re after dresses and skirts, shoes for women, shoes for men, accessories for women or accessories for men, you’ll find the hottest spring fashion trends at these boutiques.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC The Bar at BaubleBar Stock up on affordable jewels ($10–$300) at the first store from this popular online retailer. Try on colorful collar necklaces with crystal pendants ($36), gem-encrusted cuff bracelets ($44), stacked pyramid rings ($22) and jewel-tone drop earrings ($32). The spot is by appointment only, meaning you’ll enjoy a staffer’s full attention when you belly up to the white marble bar. Blessed Peacemakers Fans of Yumi Kim’s feminine frocks and airy prints will love this bohemian sister store from the brand’s designer, Kim Phan. The multibrand outpost carries funky womenswear ($38–$250), accessories ($10–$78) and housewares ($28–$68) handpicked by Phan. Nearly all of the one-of-a-kind, Moroccan-themed decor is for sale, including the wood-trimmed mirrors ($400) and a sequined rug ($1,000). Yumi Kim’s new in-house label is set to debut this fall, but for now, snap up Champagne and Strawberries halter maxi dresses ($159), DV by Dolce Vita platform leather sandals ($89), and house-brand silver and stone earrings ($25). Carson Street Clothiers U

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Women’s boutiques

Take a shopping trip and refresh your wardrobe with stylish finds—dresses, shoes, accessories and more—at these affordable women’s boutiques in NYC. If your wardrobe is well-stocked with basics from chain stores and you want to add some sartorial flair to your look, check out the best women’s boutiques for affordable fashionable wares—including dresses and skirts, jackets and cardigans, shoes for women and accessories for women—that won’t max out your credit card.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC Barking Brown and BYME Brooklyn Separated by a few bustling blocks, these sister shops radiate an air of cool on par with that of the art students at the nearby Pratt Institute. Brick walls, pop music and decorative wood branches set the vibe at Barking Brown, where BP Collection flared stonewashd skirts ($59) and Five Crown tank tops ($29) emblazoned with the word “Crush” are standouts. Freeway’s Southwestern-inspired poncho tops ($69) and large-frame orange shades by AJ Morgan ($18) are other enviable gets. Merchandise at the smaller BYME Brooklyn is a bit more dressed up, though edgy looks aren’t completely fleeting. Fashion risk-takers could pair star-patterned Line and Dot belted dresses ($136) with TCEC faux-leather moto jackets ($69). Barking Brown, 468 Myrtle St between Hall St and Washington Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-638-3757, barkingbrown.com) • Byme, 519 Myrtle Ave between Grand Ave and Ryerson St, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-622-7260, bymebrooklyn.com) Dalag

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Men’s boutiques

Take a shopping trip and refresh your wardrobe with fashionable finds—jackets, shoes, accessories and more—at these affordable men’s boutiques in NYC. If your wardrobe is well-stocked with basics from chain stores and you want to add some sartorial flair to your look, check out the best men’s boutiques for fashionable wares—including jackets and cardigans, shoes for men, and accessories for men—that won’t max out your credit card.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC Alter A timeless, masculine style holds court at this Greenpoint store near the water’s edge, with threads dapper and traditional enough to suit a modern-day Paul Newman. Independent brands are the shop’s bread and butter—a single rack near the front holds a Kill City white button-down dotted with skulls and crossbones ($135), a Shades of Grey patterned tee ($55) and a Jachs blue-and-white striped oxford ($72). Punch up a straitlaced look with one-of-a-kind accessories: Alter’s in-house skittles-colored belts in solid reds, purples and greens ($38); fashionably rounded Spitfire sunglasses ($45); and Rotcho black biker gloves ($26). Brooklyn Industries A reliable destination for wardrobe staples since 1998, this Gotham-based urban-apparel retailer now has 15 locations throughout the city. At the spacious Union Square flagship, descend to the whitewashed brick basement to find the brand’s specialty—sleek nylon messenger bags ($84)—along with a host of graphic tees ($28–$78), shirts ($40–$80), jackets ($60–$118)

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Vintage stores and thrift shops

Find classic pieces, retro treasures and great deals at one of our top ten vintage stores and thrift shops in NYC. New York is the ultimate treasure trove for vintage lovers, but knowing where to hunt for the best finds can be daunting. We’ve combed through New York’s best vintage stores and thrift shops for men and women to bring you our favorite picks, from spots for a bargain (including great affordable denim stores) to women’s boutiques that have grandiose evening gowns available for rent.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC Amarcord Vintage Ladies looking for a little European flair will swoon over this shop’s (with locations in Soho and Williamsburg) seasonal rotation of 1940s to 1980s clothing and accessories, hand-selected by owner Patti Bordoni on buying trips in Italy. Nab Bruno Magli pumps ($267), Valentino scarves ($90) and Pierre Cardin mod bikinis ($347), then congratulate yourself on the sartorial company you keep; Bordoni’s high-end collection has been worn by the cast of Girls and The Americans. 252 Lafayette St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-431-4161) • 223 Bedford Ave between North 4th and 5th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-963-4001) • amarcordvintagefashion.com Friends Vintage Former roommates (but still friends) Emma Kadar-Penner and Mary Meyer pooled their design and fashion backgrounds to launch an affordable alternative to high-priced vintage fashion. Housed inside Meyer’s contemporary-clothing shop, Mary Meyer, the boutique’s name is a tongu

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Consignment stores

Find a great deal on designer clothing (at discounts of up to 65 percent off!) at these consignment stores in New York, and find out how to sell your duds. Consignment stores offer preloved clothing (or sometimes brand-new but unsold stock from designers) to customers at a fraction of their original (admittedly high) price, meaning you may find those Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo or Prada items you’ve been lusting after. Most shops also allow the public to consign their goods, offering a cut of the selling price. Read on to find out where to get great deals on dresses and skirts, shoes for women, shoes for men, accessories for women, or accessories for men, and the process of consigning your duds to finance your next fashion splurge.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC BIS Designer Resale An Upper East Side institution of gently used designer womenswear since 1997, BIS is selective with consigners, picking only top-of-the-line brands that fit an uptown aesthetic, such as Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Prada, and hawking them for 60 to 90 percent off retail prices. If your wares qualify, they’ll earn you a 50 percent cut of the selling price. A recent sampling of items on offer in the second-floor shop included a belted floral-print Diane von Furstenberg strapless dress ($75), a Ralph Lauren lime-green cashmere V-neck sweater by Ralph Lauren ($125) and a classically colorful Pucci shift ($275). We even spotted a butterfly-print spaghetti-strap tank by Catherine Malandrino for a

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Shoe stores

Find great deals and fashionable footwear for guys and gals—sneakers, boots, pumps, sandals, heels and more—at these top shoe stores in New York. Check out our top ten shoe stores in New York for trendy shoes for women and shoes for men. There are plenty of great options in Soho (such as newcomers Kurt Geiger and Schutz) and a smattering of Williamsburg shops to check out.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC Ash This Italian brand’s U.S. flagship, just off the main drag in Soho, offers edgy looks that could have been snapped up on a European vacation. Inside the high-ceilinged, brick-walled space you’ll find a range of on-trend wedge sneakers ($195–$295), including bold-hued Velcro-strap styles ($235), retro-inspired low-tops ($195–$250) and buckled cap-toe pairs ($150–$250). Rounding out the women’s line are camo-print studded slipper flats ($175) and distressed metallic motorcycle boots ($350–$425), while men can try on a handful of bold but casual looks such as spike-studded slip-ons ($260). Dolce Vita This sprightly brand has long been a destination for on-trend shoes without an exorbitant price tag. The flagship moved into a larger space last year, so there’s even more room to peruse colorful styles from both the namesake collection (two-toned heels with gold toe accents are $159; laser-cut flat T-strap sandals are $109) and its lower-priced diffusion line, DV (diamond-perforated oxfords with contrast soles are $79). Once you’ve stylishly outfitted your tootsies, you

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Where to drink and shop

Multiuse stores are on the rise in NYC. Check out ten of our favorite places to drink and shop, get a shave, or indulge in a spa treatment. The trend for one-stop shops, which has yielded new-breed beer stores and bakery-café combinations, has shown its influence on clothing boutiques, record stores and purveyors of home decor. Discover our favorite places to drink and shop (or shop then drink), whether you’re looking for fashionable finds, a close shave or a luxurious spa treatment, followed by a coffee or cocktail.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC   B_Space This boutique, café and media studio is the brick-and-mortar incarnation of Billabout (billabout.com), an online hub for antipodean expats living in the U.S. and an e-commerce site founded by director and producer Pete Maiden to spotlight brands from Down Under. Grab a cup of Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man coffee ($2) and chill at the vintage table before scoping the men’s and women’s clothing ($40–$450), footwear ($40–$350) and jewelry ($45–$1,170). Pieces that caught our eye included Nicole Trunfio rose-gold studs ($287), Volley men’s canvas high-tops ($45), and Mara and Mine women’s skeleton-emblazoned slip-ons ($350). Black Gold How this small storefront manages to sell coffee, antiques and records without being a cluttered, cramped mess we’ll never know. At the old-school wood bar, New Jersey’s Rook coffee is ground and brewed to order ($3), and jars are stocked with handmade cookies (each $2–$3) from Brooklyn’s

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Department stores

Discover the best department stores in New York, from big-name destinations like Barneys New York and Macy’s to discount dens such as Nordstrom Rack. Department store shopping gets a bad rap—stores tend to be crowded and disorganized—but New York is home to some of the best department stores in the world. You can spend the whole day browsing everything from dresses and skirts, shoes for women and shoes for men, to accessories for women, accessories for men and home decor. We give you the lowdown on the best spots, including high-end shops like Lord & Taylor and Henri Bendel, as well as places to find bargain goods, such as Century 21 and Marshalls. You may be surpised to find big-name talent (Diane von Furstenberg, Paul Smith, and Elizabeth and James, to name a few) priced less than you would expect.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC Barneys New York If the names Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Lanvin, Azzedine Alaia and Dries van Noten don’t make your wallet quiver in fear, then head for this glamorous retail giant for the most progressive, conceptual and hard-to-find labels in the city. Once through the doors of this unbearably chic mother of all department stores, you’ll be presented with an excellent selection of accessories: Givenchy jewelry ($305–$1,240), Missoni scarves ($470–$545) and Isabel Marant belts ($285–$435). Journey through 15 floors of runway styles from luxury brands, including women’s dresses from Balmain ($1,425) and Jil Sander ($470–$3,290), along w

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Home decor stores

Spruce up your apartment with furnishings, art and unique pieces from the best home decor stores in NYC. Whether you’re looking for affordable trimmings for your home; antique statement pieces; or tables, sofas and beds from furniture shops, you’ll find a great range of options with our guide to NYC’s best home decor stores, including the latest trends, such as floral home decor and furnishings. And if you’re struggling for inspiration, check out these New York apartment tours.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC   A&G Merch Lend a chic touch to your domicile with an inviting mix of contemporary furniture and add-ons from this ’Burg emporium. Big-ticket items include sofa chairs and sectionals ($1,299–$4,500)—with more than 200 fabric options—as well as wooden end tables ($175–$649). The sunny, light-drenched store also has plenty of offbeat knickknacks, such as decorative wire-mesh alphabet letters filled with miniature toys  ($229), wall-mounted papier-mâché deer, goat and bull heads ($169–$269) and bowling-pin-shaped porcelain vases ($69). Artware Editions This sleek white Nolita gallery displays limited-edition pieces that are both functional and visually appealing, from young artists (like Brooklyn duo E for Effort) and luminaries (Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons) alike. Favorites include Glen Baldridge’s honey-container-bear bong ($525); Sol LeWitt hand-painted geometric dinner plates (eight for $640) and pasta bowls (eight for $608); David Shrigley postcard sets (21 f

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Bookstores

Support independent purveyors of literature at these new bookstores in New York, including specialty sci-fi shops and community hubs. Step away from Amazon and discover a whole new world of literature with our roundup of New York’s best new bookstores. These indie specialty bookstores offer a wide range of selections, from LGBT-focused reading material to vintage sci-fi. And of course, don’t forget about these stalwart best bookstores.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC The Bureau of General Services There’s a serious shortage of LGBT literature shops in NYC. Co-owners Donnie Jochum and Greg Newton help to fill the gap with this spot, focused on queercentric tomes, magazines, readings and discussions. The Bureau began as a pop-up within the Strange Loop Gallery, but has since become an open-ended partnership. 27 Orchard St between Canal and Hester Sts (646-457-0859) • bgsqd.com Molasses Books This relaxed used-book shop and hangout stocks a diverse selection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, culled from customer trade-ins and owner Matthew Winn’s personal collection. Once you’ve picked up a title or three, settle in with a beer or glass of wine—both $1 off during the daily happy hour (6–8pm)—or a cup of coffee. Molasses also hosts literary and theatrical readings, lectures and DJ nights. Night-owl bibliophiles can stay past midnight on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 770 Hart St between Knickerbocker and Wilson Aves, Bushwick, Brooklyn • facebook.com/molassesbooks powe

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Chocolatiers

Find out which chocolatiers sell the most indulgent bonbons, truffles, ganaches and more with our guide to New York’s best chocolate shops. Whether you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, or just want to treat yourself with an item from one of New York’s best chocolatiers, you’ll find plenty of superior options at these chocolate shops.RECOMMENDED: 100 best shops in NYC Fine & Raw As his company’s name implies, chocolatier Daniel Sklaar champions low-heat cooking methods and raw ingredients to preserve cacao’s purest form and purported antioxidants. Procuring his beans from Venezuela, Peru and Madagascar, the former financial analyst devises both bonbon (cacao coconut $7, two pieces $8, eight pieces of plain or chipotle-bourbon $28) and bars ($7–$8.50), with the latter available in 78 percent intensity or laced with mesquite, sea salt or cacao and coconut. If you’re tasting F&R for the first time, we suggest one of the plainer varieties, so you can relish the simplicity and quality of the minimally processed goods. Jacques Torres Chocolate If a pastry chef calls himself “Mr. Chocolate,” it sets pretty high expectations, but the renowned French-raised toque earns his moniker. Though he’s garnered attention for his chocolate-chip cookies (each $3) and “wicked” spiced hot chocolate (tin $18, small cup $3.25, large cup $4.25), sample his signature truffles (each $1.60) to taste the full range of his craft, from the relatively traditional (pr

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