Fashion Forward in the French Quarter

By: Tara McLellan

Whether you’re already a diva or a diva in training, a chic chick or a trendsetter, a deal spotter or a vintage collector, New Orleans has the girl gear for you. From rock star to pretty princess, glamour girl to tomboy, in a town that truly embraces the individual, these one-of-a-kind style shops literally have something for everyone, as well as for every budget. Check out the buzz on these definite “do’s” for anyone looking to explore her inner fashionista in the French Quarter.

Fifi Mahoney’s

For super-star glam, Fifi Mahoney’s is the place to go. One of New Orleans’ true originals, Fifi Mahoney’s has a unique collection of make-up, accessories, and, best of all, wigs. With a simple flip of a wig, you can instantly become “Antoinette,” “Gwen,” Marilyn,” and more. This shop’s motto might be: there’s always a time and a place for a great wig.

What’s hot: Splurge on a fabulous custom wig, $100-$200, or get a steal from one of Fifi Mahoney’s private line of colorful lip glosses and lipsticks, $10-$12

Fifi Mahoney’s
934 Royal Street

Sweet Pea and Tulip

The name says it all; this petite boutique is a sweet delight. Feminine, flirty, funky and fun might best describe this cute little French Quarter gem. Sweet Pea has everything from stylish and chic t-shirts to flowing dresses and glittering accessories, all at affordable prices.

What’s hot: It’s time for summer dresses! And with the entire range all under $70, it’s all a steal here. Prices won’t put a strain on your purse, leaving you money to buy more!

Sweet Pea
618 Chartres Street


Hemline is at once a girly-girl shop, a couture destination, and a cutting edge fashion paradise. The Chartres Street location features distinct design that starts trends instead of following them. Get in on this original New Orleans boutique destination.

What’s hot: Asian influenced tunics, $59 to $175, and stylish shoes at a steal, starting at $29.95

605 Chartres Street


Glamorous takes on new meaning with the unique collection at Violet’s. Think old Hollywood. Think vintage vamp. Think Paris…France, that is. This colorful, inspired, playful collection will have you playing designer dress up every day of the week.

What’s hot: As always at Violet’s, you’ll look like a stunner in one of their glamorous dresses, often worn by Hollywood “It” girls, rock royalty, and motion picture elite.

808 Chartres Street

Hoi Polloi

Although this shop’s name means “for the masses,” you’ll find nothing common about the goodies inside. Choose from a unique selection of frocks, flair, make-up, and home accessories fit for glamorous Hollywood, hip French Riviera, uptown Manhattan and the fashion forward French Quarter.

What’s hot: Carry-on bags with style – TwoFive’s new line of vintage inspired train case and totes. What you might see Ingrid Bergman jetting off from Casablanca with, $79-$159.

Hoi Polloi
434 Chartres Street

Oonkas Boonkas

Funny name. Fabulous, one-of-a-kind clothing. This store is truly an eclectic mix of styles and clothing from destinations around the world. Think South Pacific meets Paris meets the Australian Outback. Each item is hand picked and will make you a fashion original.

What’s hot: A new line of cheeky, fun watches featuring mermaids, martinis, and more. Tons of bling, hand made and totally unique, with a lifetime guarantee!

Oonkas Boonkas
330 Chartres Street


Featuring hip but affordable clothes, jewelry, accessories, pillows, and more, this retro inspired store reminds us of a mix between costume shop, second-hand store, funky attic, and chic boutique. Best of all, everything is under $40. Now there’s a fashionista’s wish come true.

What’s hot: It’s all hot! At these nice prices, you can get your fill of fabulous finds!

306 Chartres Street

Fleur de Paris

A girly girl’s wonderland, this romantic fashion find features unique millinery creations and fine dresses for special occasions by local artists. Decadent, feminine, and classic Fleur de Paris chapeaus provide more than sunshade, they provide attitude, grace, style, and beauty.

What’s hot: The fine creations at Fleur de Paris are timeless souvenirs. Invest in a memory with a unique new creation or vintage hat.

Fleur de Paris
712 Royal Street

Tara McLellan, a freelance writer, book author, and columnist, has been featured in Metropolitan Home Magazine, New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, and St. Charles Avenue Magazine. She lives and works in the New Orleans area.