Fashion Insider Caroline Knapp's Soho Shopping Stopovers

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A downtown shopping spree can be exhilarating — when it's not killing your feet and zapping your strength, that is. Blogger and Gilt Groupe fashion buyer Caroline Knapp shops for a living (we're jealous, too!) — so you can bet she knows the best spots to take a breather while on the hunt for killer style in the city. We snagged the style expert for a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Soho, where she spilled on her favorite neighborhood stopovers, boutiques, and the taqueria where she recharges between swipes of the credit card.
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Looking very Sartorialist-worthy in her favorite floaty minidresses and chic — yet completely walkable — Timberland boots, this style pro knows there's no need to shop 'til you drop. So, if you're in need of a little recharge during your retail therapy, click on the map for Caroline's expert picks.
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Antique Garage, 41 Mercer Street (between Grand and Broome); 212-219-1019.
"I love all the great shopping in Soho — everything from the boutiques to the street vendors, and Antique Garage. Such a gem. I love the intimate feel of the space with the antique furniture. Plus, you can’t beat an open-air restaurant to people watch on a pretty day. I love taking my NOOK Color, ordering a coffee, and just letting a little bit of the afternoon go by. Oh, and when I'm stomping around Soho, I tend to pick boots that can weather the NYC elements, but still look great paired with a stylish dress. There's a lot of puddles in those cobblestones!"
Timberland EARTHKEEPERS Nevali Tall Boot, available at Timberland.
Photographed by Mark Iantosca; Styled by Emily Barnes; Hair by Tiffany Patton; Makeup by Heather Heiman.
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La Esquina, 114 Kenmare Street (between Lafayette Street and Cleveland Place); 646-613-7100.
"La Esquina has great Mexican food. Even though I'm in our Midtown office during the week and spend most of my free time in TriBeCa — where I live — being from Texas, I have to get my Mexican fix more regularly than most New Yorkers. I'm here all the time."
Photo: Courtesy La Esquina.
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Haus Alkire, 458 Broome Street (between Mercer and Greene); 646-692-4326.
"When I’m too busy to think about my outfit, I gravitate towards classic, black items. It creates the perfect blank canvas to switch up your accessories and always look polished. This one I paired up with Timberland's Earthkeepers Apley Mid Waterproof Boot. They're perfect for weathering the elements of New York City, but still look great with a stylish dress. I also love red lipstick for when I want to feel confident and sexy. I get so many of my black pieces from the husband/wife design team behind Haus Alkire. They're a true inspiration to me. Julie and Jason are dear friends of mine and I admire their work as a fan and a friend. Jason’s custom fabric prints are the perfect complement to Julie’s feminine and forward silhouettes. I always want everything in the store when I stop by. Actually, it was Jason who introduced me to Antique Garage. "
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Timberland EARTHKEEPERS® Apley Mid Waterproof Boot, available at Timberland.
Photographed by Mark Iantosca; Styled by Emily Barnes; Hair by Tiffany Patton; Makeup by Heather Heiman.
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Saturdays Surf NYC, 31 Crosby Street (between Grand and Broome); 212-966-7875.

“Saturday’s Surf NYC is a fun place to grab a cup of La Colombe coffee for a quick pick-me-up between shops. As for what I wear when I'm on the hunt, my level of dress changes based on what I am doing — but as I say, "wear what you feel most confident in and dress to flatter your body type and lifestyle." You always look your best when you feel your best."
Photo: Courtesy Saturdays Surf NYC.

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