Charlottesville’s newest shopping, dining, and living destination has plenty of chain shops that are worth a visit, ranging from Kendra Scott to Lululemon. And, if you live in the Charlottesville area, it’s easy to see why you’d choose shopping at The Shops at Stonefield. Parking is easy, everything is shiny and new, and it’s pretty easy to get in and out of the development
For these reasons, I’ve often hit this location on my way to or from wineries or concerts in the Charlottesville area. The range of dining options seems to keep growing with several destination-worthy spots, such as Rocksalt, Parallel 38, and Charlottesville’s first Burger Bach. On a recent stop at Parallel 38, a friend and I had some extra time, so we added a little shopping to our agenda. We found two stores that will certainly be added to my regular rotation.
The first one, Fedora, is a small chain with five locations in North Carolina and one in Charlottesville. Focused on trendy clothes and accessories, this shop was packed with inexpensive, current styles for the end of summer and early Fall. Most items were priced under $50 without much over $100.
Of course, when I see affordable, cute clothing I’m always excited, but my mind immediately questions fit and quality. I’m always happy to score a stylish dress for under $50, but oftentimes apparel priced this low either isn’t cut for my curvier figure or demonstrates obvious low-quality production. I like affordable clothing as much as the next person, but at the same time, I’m not looking to waste money on clothing that looks cheap. At Fedora I found no issues. I actually purchased one dress in a size Small (not my normal size) for $29.99 and another of my favorite shift-style dresses for $49.99.
My friend snagged a few cute tops, one was an impeccably cut black T-shirt for just $20. If you saw it on her, you’d automatically assume it was a higher end basic piece. We both left this store discussing planning a monthly return trip for shopping. Fedora also has an online boutique, but again, with the low prices, I prefer trying on before I buy.
A few doors down from Fedora, we both also swooned over the selection at The Yellow Button. While Fedora is more straightforward trend-focused, I’d say The Yellow Button takes a slightly bohemian, beachy spin on fashion. This shop has one location at Stonefield and another in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
The selection here spans bargain items up to high-end design. I browsed Frye boots, Free People dresses, Chan Luu accessories, and other popular boho-luxe brands. My friend and I both grabbed a few dresses to try on for upcoming fall events. My friend tried on a beautiful white lace dress that, while beautiful, wasn’t quite right for her event, plus the price tag reflected the careful detailing. I tried on a black lace number I’d picked up. The cut and styling was adorable with short, lacy sleeves and a scalloped lace collar—I walked out of the dressing room and asked her to check the price tag, figuring I was about to have to decide if I wanted to spend $300 on the new piece. When she announced it was $55 I purchased it immediately. I recently wore it to a work function I received ongoing compliments all night.
Having already made enough of an investment at Stonefield, I decided to skip skincare and cosmetic boutique Bluemercury, but Christina Dick of Tiramisu for Breakfast recommends it. Also, if you don’t have a Monkee’s where you live, the Stonefield location is worth a walk through for a mixture of stylish, affordable tops, on-trend jewelry, accessories, and high-end party dresses.