SHOPPING

Bling on the Shopping

Your best friend is hosting a cookout and you’re dressed in a cute, new chevron maxi with your favorite beaded sandals. And although you’re already running an hour-and-a-half behind, you stall in …

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Your best friend is hosting a cookout and you’re dressed in a cute, new chevron maxi with your favorite beaded sandals. And although you’re already running an hour-and-a-half behind, you stall in the full-length mirror, staring at your reflection in dismay: something is definitely missing. You’re just not sure what it is.

If Amanda Doumato were standing beside you in your bedroom, she’d size you up (in the nicest way possible, of course) and tell you to pile on the bling. The striking brunette is a walking advertisement for her own business – Flaunt Boutique, a successful jewelry and accessory shop that has recently opened its second retail location inside the Providence Arcade downtown.

“My outfits are usually based on the jewelry or accessories I want to wear that day,” Amanda states. ”I enjoy getting dressed up and wearing big statement headbands, stacks of bracelets and always super high heels. I try to shop locally for unique clothes... I think it’s important to be well-dressed and put together no matter where you’re going.”

Flaunt sells jewelry, handbags and other fashion accessories. It carries well-known brands such as Alex and Ani, Vera Bradley and Jojo Loves You in addition to more uncommon statement lines like Virgins Saints and Angels, Esmeralda Lambert and Uno de 50. “I love finding unique charity-based lines such as The Giving Keys, which helps people transition out of homelessness,” Amanda says.

Currently, Flaunt carries several local lines including Andrea Valentini handbags and tech cases, and also Java Coffee Infused Skin Care, both Rhode Island-based businesses. “We are also the only store to carry PINI, a local clothing designer who has shown at StyleWeek for the past three seasons,” Amanda says proudly.

So what’s hot for summer?

Statement necklaces, gold jewelry, bold bangles and cuffs, colorful beaded jewelry and natural stone pieces are must-haves this season. Try pairing an airy pastel sweater with some Ikat printed shorts; top it off with an eye-catching polished stone statement necklace. Try layering gold and fabric-wrapped bangle bracelets on your arm to dress up a simple white tank and jeans or a solid-colored cotton jumper.

“Our wide variety of lines allow us to have a very diverse customer: the high school girl keeping up with the current trends; the independent woman looking to set her own style; the chic mom staying current with her classic look; and the forever young grandmother that knows how to keep up with them all!” Amanda says. Put simply, there’s something for everyone.

Pencil in a visit to Flaunt this month. Your summer wardrobe will thank you.

Flaunt Boutique. The Arcade. 65 Weybosset Street, Providence. 949-4849. flauntri.com