Columbus Ranked #3 on Fashionable Destinations List
"What makes this heartland city so chic is a trifecta of fashion luck: A wealth of clothing behemoths (Victoria's Secret and The Limited, for example) are headquartered here, along with two strong college fashion design programs (Columbus College of Art & Design and The Ohio State University), as well as a young, entrepreneurial vibe that encourages independent designers," according to American Way Magazine. These reasons alone make it the perfect place to shop for fashion-forward trends, not to mention it will come at only a fraction of the cost of other major fashion cities.
Discover Columbus' best shopping spots and biggest annual fashion events below and then start planning your weekend fashion getaway to Columbus.
Annual Fashion Events
Alternative Fashion Week
This annual April event is the ultimate underground Columbus fashion week featuring artist collaborations, up-and-coming designers, couture, ready-to-wear and everything in between. Alternative Fashion Weekconcludes with the Finale Runway Show, featuring a runway-side view of 12 breathtaking collections from some of Columbus' most fabulous designers.alternativefashionmob.org
CCAD Spring Fashion Show
Each May, a select group of Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) seniors showcase their talents at the Spring Fashion Show. The event is a whirlwind of glamour, great music and beautiful people, all whipped up to support CCAD student scholarships. ccad.edu
Fashion Meets Music Festival
On Labor Day Weekend, fashion and music enthusiasts converge in Columbus' Arena District for the annualFashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF) featuring a variety of the best acts in live music as well as some of the most talented designers in the country. This 2-day, 4-stage festival fuses two loves into one celebration with live performances, runway shows, local food, beverages and more. fmmf.us
Fashion Week Columbus
For one week in October, local and emerging designers showcase their work during Fashion Week Columbusrunway shows and events, including a drag show, a bridal runway show and more, concluding with the Finale Runway Show that causes nearly 1,200 guests to "ooh" and "aah." fashionweekcolumbus.com
Held every October in the Short North Arts District, the couture fashion shows and stunning display of top runway fashion at HighBall have led it to be dubbed "one of the country's coolest and most fashionable costume parties" by foxnews.com. At HighBall, you are what you wear. highballcolumbus.org
Columbus' Best Shopping
Easton Town Center
Dubbed "the Rodeo Drive of the Midwest," Easton Town Center continuously draws luxury retailers such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton, tourist favorite American Girl and many others. With its unique village setting and broad assortment of restaurants, entertainment and retailers, this indoor/outdoor mall is a fashion guru's dream.
Short North Arts District
Known as the "art and soul" of Columbus, the vibrant cultural and business community of the Short North Arts District in downtown Columbus is attracting avant-garde, independent fashion retailers and designers. It has earned praise from publications such as the New York Times for its array of art galleries, clothing boutiques and chic restaurants.
Rowe Boutique: Contemporary clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags and jewelry. Short North
Kifle Boutique: Women's shoe boutique inspired by the small boutiques of New York. Short North
Thread: "Carefully curated" mix of emerging designers. Grandview.
Tiger Tree: Eclectic mix of hip men's and women's clothing and accessories, including locally made products and other fun merchandise. Short North
1812 Society: A timeless men's clothier and expert in tailor-made suiting. Downtown Columbus
Ladybird: Classy, yet quirky with a diverse assortment of effortless pieces that tiptoe between modern elegance and casual cool. Short North
Homage: Unique vintage apparel for sports, music, politics and popular culture. Short North
Lamp Apparel: Cutting-edge selection of witty designs and comfy attire. Short North
Red Giraffe Designs: Creative and custom jewelry designs. Short North
Mukha: Custom cosmetics created by internationally recognized make-up artist Tim Maurer. Short North
This is just a sampling of all of the chic boutiques Columbus has to offer. Be sure to come and check them out for yourself.