From the time Natalie Horstman was a little girl, her faith shaped her idea of beauty. She was raised believing that appearance matters, but not in the same way many people do. “Growing up, my parents taught me the importance of modesty, and I have a certain standard of how I like to dress based on my beliefs,” she says. “The clothes I put on my body every day help me represent who I am as a daughter of God.”
During her teenage years, Horstman had trouble finding clothes that weren’t revealing, and her shopping experiences often ended in disappointment, and left her wondering why there wasn’t a boutique with modest clothing. Years down the road, after becoming a mom, that question still lingered.
In March of this year, Horstman decided to take a leap of faith and open Autumn Blossom Boutique in Nixa. Along with accessories and lifestyle must haves, the shop offers affordable, everyday clothes that marry fashion trends with conservative dress. “When people think modesty, they think high cover up,” Horstman says. “There’s a lot of texture and movement in my items. We’re not just talking blazers and pencil skirts here. Expect a lot of boho style, a lot of floral print, stripes and ruffle sleeves.”
Along with distressed jeans and oversized cardigans, Autumn Blossom Boutique stocks midi dresses—a customer favorite and the summer-to-fall transition piece. Just trade bare legs and open-toe shoes for tights and booties. Once fall arrives, look for overalls, jumpsuits, blanket scarves and plaid for days. While you’re perusing the latest fashions, check out accessories for the home, like artisanal soaps and handmade succulent planters. Most of the store’s stock ranges from $28 to $45, so you won’t break the bank on a shopping spree.
The mix of styles has Horstman feeling like she’s on the right path.“There is a need for modest clothing,” she says. “But people might not realize it, because they’ve never been able to see it or find it.”