If you are into fashion, Aspen is a wonder to behold. You can shop international fashion houses along Galena Street, pick up a flirty designer frock at unique boutiques, or choose from carefully curated collections of one-of-a-kind western wear and fur at historic shops nestled all throughout the ritzy alpine enclave. Must shop spots include Moncler (for chic ski bunny duds & luxe winter-wear), Boogie's (to get a tee shirt that says Boogie's Diner Aspen, what else?), Aspen Thrift Store (Um, hello…barely worn Chanel snow boots circa 2007? Yes, please. ), J Crew at the Mountain (for the Jenna Lyons-obsessed, this is the cold weather version of the J Crew you know and love - I.e. Sweaters! Sequins! Plaid!), and the legendary Gorsuch, Ltd. (for fur-trimmed everything – including home décor - look out for the super chic fur/cashmere throws). Also, be sure to window shop (and swoon) the high-fashion stores strategically placed around town. The stunningly-styled windows at Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Gucci in Aspen rival those of New York City at Christmastime. Also: don't miss Carl's Pharmacy on Main street. It's pretty hard to miss this place, as it's the only pharmacy in town (and the only pharmacy for 50 miles in any direction, for that matter) but it's a marvel in its own right. This old fashioned style pharmacy has an estimated billion or so products crammed (started counting, then wandered into the liquor store) onto the shelves ranging from Tylenol to Tiger Balm to Gummi Bears to an extensive collection of anti-aging vitamins and an Estee Lauder makeup counter inside the store. Hell, there is even a fish pond stocked with Koi and an (aforementioned) liquor store with a full walk–in wine cellar featuring some very choice bevs - but that's not even all. There's an entire upstairs area that you will have to go see and let us know what's up there because we didn't make it that far. This is where you go to get bottled water and other hotel–room sustenances. File Carl's under Essential.
TIP: Cowboy hat? Check. Floor-length fur coat? Check-check. Seriously, if you've got it – flaunt it. If ever there was a place to drape yourself in diamonds and fur, Aspen is it. Whether it's vintage, faux, or unearthed from your grandmother's attic, more is more in Aspen so daring fashionistas shouldn't hesitate to pile it on. All of it, and all the time. Should you wear a fur vest with a fur hat? Absolutely. A well-worn Stetson and a pair of Sorel snow boots? You bet. A floor-length spotted mink at nine o'clock in the morning? I think you know the answer.