The first time I toured Fairfield University as a senior in high school, my mom and I excitedly visited the town’s surrounding hangouts after it was over. This included dining in at Molto, shopping at the school bookstore and browsing around the well-known boutique, Apricot Lane. While the store was crowded with teenage girls and had racks filled with endless cute shirts, jeans and dresses, I devastatingly found myself leaving the store empty-handed.

However, after recently having the opportunity to go into town again, I was excited to have another chance at searching Apricot Lane for a second time. My friends and I browsed the shelves for a while, scanning the jewelry, masks and clothing. Everything could’ve easily been labeled as trendy and ‘in’ right now, which seemed to have been a recurring theme for them. Behind their cash register, I could see a myriad of certificates that they won. It included “Best Teen Fashion”​ in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019, “Best Women’s Fashion,” “Best Teen Fashion,” “Best Jeans” and “Best Costume Jewelry”​ in the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and “Best Accessories” and “Best Designer Boutique” in 2018 and 2019 from Best of Gold Coast Connecticut.

Nevertheless, I found myself super disheartened by the price tags each time I turned over the little slips. One pair of jeans was around $130. Due to this, I was left curious as to why it was so expensive. Through further research, I found that this is because they are an independently owned franchise and send most of their proceeds to the charity “3Strands”. This organization’s primary cause revolves around human trafficking as they provide sustainable employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking and those at risk. So while the prices may seem a little high, it is for a good reason. 

I ended up leaving the store super cheerful as I finally purchased an affordable, super cute tie-dyed sports bra. Additionally, each of my friends left with a filled bag of pretty items too, which made me even happier. It was definitely a successful shopping trip. If you’re looking for a store with trendy, high-quality and extensive range of clothing, I would 100 percent suggest visiting Apricot Lane if you don’t mind making a dent in your wallet!

 

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