Three Best-Dressed Duos Take Us on the Ultimate Shopping Spree at A-Town's Buzziest Boutiques

Jordan Hill | August 26, 2019 | People Feature

Kate Cape and Chanler Phelps step out in head-to-toe chanElizabeth.

“When we lived together, we would play in our closets for hours putting outfits together or sitting on the computer scrolling through magazines looking for outfit ideas,” says Chanler Phelps (@channychan) of her and Kate Cape (@katerissanencape ). Now, the besties meet up at Chanler’s store, chanElizabeth (@thisischanelizabeth), when they’re searching for the perfect look. And with more than 14 years of friendship under their worn-in vintage belts, they know a thing or two about each other’s personal style.

Kate and Chanler keep it casual in the dressing room of chanElizabeth. “We’ve always bonded over fashion, but she really is like another sister to me,” says Kate of Chanler.

Chanler on Kate
Chanler says Kate’s personal style has definitely evolved over the course of their friendship: “We were both on the trendy train until we really figured out what we love and what our true personal style was.” Now, she describes Kate as “casual chic with a little rocker vibe.”

A mixture of patterns play on chanElizabeth’s racks.

Kate on Chanler
“Effortlessly cool,” is how Kate describes Chanler’s style. “She has helped me branch out and pair things that I would not have thought to put together.” The same style is reflected throughout the store, Kate says: “chanElizabeth is Chanler’s style.”

Shot on location at chanElizabeth

Garrett and Shaka, who met on the rugby field, bring playful action into Elk Head Clothing’s vibey store.

Boys will be boys, but that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice style to do so. Ask Garrett Hilgendorf (@elkheadclothing) and Shaka Berry (@shakaberry), who met playing rugby. A few years later, when Garrett opened Elk Head Clothing at Ponce City Market, the two joined forces again. For Garrett, hiring Shaka as the brand’s first model was a no-brainer. “He was casual and didn’t take himself too seriously, yet came off as refined,” says Garrett. Now, the two are demonstrating that good-fitting, great-looking clothes can still be easy to wear.

Backpack, $129

Garrett on Shaka
“He’s a fun, positive guy to be around, always bringing up the energy in the room,” says Garrett of his longtime pal, whose style he describes as “a bit athleisure-like.” According to Garret, jeans and button-ups sometimes make an appearance, but Shaka uses comfort as the foundation for his wardrobe.

Shaka and Garrett play with the display of Elk Head Clothing’s signature ATL hat, $35.

Shaka on Garrett
Rugged and refined are the words Shaka uses to describe Garrett’s style, but that doesn’t mean he sacrifices his signature tailored, streamlined appearance. Garrett’s must-have? “His stretch denim so he can do high kicks,” says Shaka.

Shot on location at Elk Head Clothing, Ponce City Market

Taking a break from their usual online shopping addiction, Campbell Puckett and Megan Crean catch up at LUNA (@shopluna) to shop the store’s signature styles.

Megan Crean (@megancrean) and Campbell Puckett (@campbellhuntpuckett) connected on the ’Gram a while ago, but it was a dinner last year that took them from followers to friends. Now, the blogging besties share more than just an impressive Instagram feed—think a shoe size, a shopping addiction and a weakness for designer handbags. Despite their similarities, the two have a style that is completely their own. As Campbell puts it, “We are both risk takers and don’t always follow the status quo, but in our own unique way.”

Megan and Campbell mix their own vintage designer finds with pieces from LUNA.

Campbell on Megan
Megan’s style is “laid-back, trendy, comfortable, sporty and edgy,” says Campbell, adding that Megan loves to wear what makes her feel good and would rock a pair of sneakers with “literally anything, at any time of the day.”

Traveler wallet, $68, by Free People and straw envelope clutch, $46.50

Megan on Campbell
For Campbell, it’s all about the accessories. “She has some killer bags and shoes, which I am always borrowing,” says Megan. Girly dresses and skirts make up the majority of her wardrobe, but Campbell is “constantly ordering new pieces and always switching it up,” says Megan.

Photography by: AHMAD BARBER