When it comes to my wardrobe, I follow two rules. The first was made famous by Coco Chanel: “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” The second was advice from a dear friend: Everything should match, to make for easy dressing, whether for day, evening, travel, even black tie.
Dallas womenswear boutique Mill No. 3 seems to share this philosophy. The Turtle Creek Village shop is minimalist heaven: Ready-to-wear hangs, organized by color, from copper racks along the perimeter, while clever wall notes address trends and how to pair garments together. Patterns are scarce; most pieces are hued in neutral palettes.
Silhouettes are at once classic and contemporary, and the designers (Michael Stars, Twenty, Blaque Label, Bella Luxx, Wooden Ships by Paola Buendia) offer top quality at pocketbook-friendly prices. I love the dainty gold necklace with a tiny baroque pearl from Hawaii- and Dallas–based jeweler Salt Water Swim (I never take mine off.)
Stay tuned: To support emerging designers and Texas fashion, Mill No. 3 will play host to a run of pop-up shops, including shoes from Suavs of Austin, New York–based Margaux and more. (The April pop-up for Breda, a watch company based in Deep Ellum, was a runaway success.) Mill No. 3, 3888 Oak Lawn Ave., 972.331.0187.