Prom, weddings, black-tie dinners or whatever the occasion, the Best Affordable Party Dresses can be found at Dillard’s (various locations). Ahhh, remember the prom?
Vintage-style bandeau tops, fun polka dots and classic solid-color board shorts are often found in the swimsuit sections of Target (various locations), whose shelves boast the Best Bathing Suits for Jacksonville’s (seemingly) endless summer.
Style and science coexist at Vue (3588 St. Johns Ave., 388-7767) in Avondale, where owner and resident optometrist Dr. Dana Nolan offers Jacksonville’s Best Eye Wear, including frames from designers such as Dior, Gucci and Tom Ford.
The trademark Coach (various locations) insignia is synonymous with American style, functionality and aesthetic. The company produces fun shoulder totes, classic leather clutches and the Best Hand Bags in the city.
Pregnancy doesn’t have to dampen the style of any mom-to-be at Destination Maternity (4880 Big Island Dr., 997-9155), where the Best Maternity clothing collections include lines from Lilly Pulitzer and 7 For All Mankind.
Every man can dress like Don Draper (both on and off the clock) at Rosenblum’s (5500 San Jose Blvd., 733-8633; 2400-203 S. 3rd St., 247-9755), the chic retailers who outfit Jacksonville’s men with the Best Men’s Wear.
Current and vintage jewelry, designer handbags, and unique stationery are some of the highlights found inside Ellie Bing (21 S. 12th St., 249-6444) in Jax Beach, the Best New Boutique to grace the area shopping scene as of late.
Your pooch will wag its tail over the goodies at Bark Boutique (1021 Park St., 356-4530). Fun printed collars, delectable doggie treats, toys and grooming products are some of the Best Pet Stuff found inside the Five Points shop.
Find the perfect present for all the girly-girls in your life at Gottahaveit Gifts (3573 St. Johns Ave., 387-2883), the place to find the Best Stylish Gifts. Owner Iva Keyworth often rearranges the boutique to keep the selections fresh.
Anchoring the trendy shops in Five Points, The Clothing Warehouse (1010 Park St., 356-4009) sells the Best Vintage Clothing around. Funky T-shirts, men’s Western shirts, and a blissfully dizzying array of ladies’ dresses are staples.
Decorate with the Best Worldly Goods without paying the price in airfare (and jet lag) by picking up Chinese woven baskets, Indian table linens, and German wine at Cost Plus World Market (various locations).
Bootcut, skinny or straight? Whatever your style, the designer jean collections available at Crave (1018 Park St., 357-3654) will keep you outfitted in the city’s Best Denim. Owner Robin Williams has an eye for flattering fits and standout details in denim that’s second to none.