Alexa Bondon seeks to carry fashion for everyone at Anchora Bella Boutique, her downtown Lee’s Summit business. At the same time, she also encourages people to step outside their comfort zone and try something new.
“We want people to feel comfortable in what they are wearing but stepping out of your comfort zone every once in a while sparks new outlooks and personal growth,” Bondon says. “With fashion, adding a pop of color or a fun print or pattern to your otherwise neutral wardrobe is a great way to break out of your comfort zone without being too invasive to your current style.”
Anchora Bella Boutique opened in Lee’s Summit within the last year, but it originally started as an online boutique in 2015 and then expanded to booths and pop-ups around Kansas City.
This fall the boutique will carry cozy sweaters, cardigans, dresses, boots and booties, flat-brim hats, leggings, scarves and beanies along with floral fall dresses and tops.
When it comes to selecting pieces to carry at her store, Bondon says they track data based on historical best-sellers and talk with customers about what styles they love. She says she typically goes to markets in Los Angeles, Dallas or Las Vegas, but this year she has been keeping up with FaceTime vendor meetings and through online marketplaces.
“Our style is definitely modern and trendy,” Bondon says. “We pick pieces that will look good on a variety of shapes and sizes, and we strive to have something for everyone in our store whether that's clothing, accessories or gifts.”
Bondon says ponchos and oversized sweaters will be popular this fall along with animal prints and olive, burgundy and mustard colors. When it comes to jewelry, she says links and chains will be popular. She says many people think of fall in terms of neutral colors, but this fall they are also bringing in some trendy colors like fuchsia.
Given the current circumstances, she is ensuring the fall collection will have some comfortable pieces for wearing around the house as well. Also, a great pair of leggings, denim and boots are important staples to any wardrobe, so those staples can always be found at Anchora Bella Boutique.
Whether one finds Anchora Bella Boutique at the downtown Lee’s Summit store, at a pop-up shop or online, customers can find pieces that showcase who they are and how they express themselves