by Candy Soo
The best fashion finds are usually off the beaten track. Venture into side-streets such as Pak Sha Road (right) in Causeway Bay, where you'll discover a smattering of chic yet affordable boutiques.
20 Pak Sha Rd, tel: 2881 6123
Part of the I.T group, this boutique offers footwear by its in-house label. The shoes, inspired by many of the season's hottest designers, are well-made, affordable and decidedly feminine. You may be tempted to pick up a few reasonably priced pairs.
The Shoe Shop
10 Pak Sha Rd, tel: 2881 5180
Living up to its simple name, The Shoe Shop stocks an extensive inventory of sandals, flats and heels. In particular, look for great gladiator sandals made from different materials and with embellishments such as beads and studs. There are also comfy bohemian flats as well as moccasin-inspired sandals and little booties.
Agotay 1A, No 16 Pak Sha Rd, tel: 2805 6218
Fans of American brand Abercrombie & Fitch will delight in this tiny boutique that stocks parallel imports. Shop for the label's signature printed tees, shorts, hoodies, polos and jeans as well as accessories such as bags and flip-flops.
Z Brand G/F, No 8 Pak Sha Rd, tel: 2881 2510
For more American casual wear, check out Californian label Z Brand. Look for clothing and accessories - both for men and women. Some favourites are the washed lightweight cotton shirts for men that are a great summer look, paired with the brand's distressed cargo bermuda shorts. Women will find some casual yet stylish soft cotton separates that work well in the summer.
Mi-tu Shop A&B, 15 Pak Sha Rd, tel: 2577 0080
If you're on the hunt for pretty dresses, then you should check out this store. Many of the pieces have subtle feminine details. The shop also has costume jewellery that is minimalist, edgy and inexpensive.
Rabeanco 11 Pak Sha Rd, tel: 2890 7727
This popular chain carries stylish and practical handbags, totes and leather accessories in colourful hues. The collection, for the most part, consists mostly of non-seasonal styles, which won't go out of fashion.
Antoine & Friends 11/F, No 11 Pak Sha Rd, tel: 2882 2972
For stylish toddlers, this boutique stocks European children's clothing and accessories from brands such as Noppies and Norlie. Look for comfortable separates that are fashionable, but age-appropriate.
Teresa S. My Dressing Room 2/F, No 11 Pak Sha Rd, tel: 2794 3338
The owners of this boutique regularly go on shopping trips to Japan and Korea. Merchandise includes pretty dresses and simple separates from brands such as Uno Shimada, Y.Yes and Haaqer.