Toronto is Canada’s New York when it comes to shopping for trendy women’s fashions. The selection of stores selling hip women’s clothes is wide and innovative, reflective of the city’s cultural and economic diversity. But women visiting Toronto or those living in the city don’t have time to figure out where to go to find the latest styles in women’s clothing. The following is a guide to the best stores, boutiques and malls to find trendy and hip ladies’ clothing:
Women’s Clothing Boutiques Toronto
Many women prefer to buy their trendy clothing in boutiques, which offer imported fashions and different styles than what can be found in chain stores in malls:
Simply Yours, 2240 Bloor St. W. (at Runnymede), 416-604-9827, carries Canadian, American and European imports for the office or enjoying a Toronto patio. Geared towards trendy 30-40-something women, prices are in the higher end range, but women shoppers will be happy to know that they won’t see their purchases on the backs of other women.
Everhart, 2318 Bloor St. W. (near Jane), 416-604-8832, provides hip women’s clothing for the 20-30 age group at affordable prices. The selection focuses on casual office wear and clothes to wear to Toronto bars and clubs.
Cora Couture, 2237 Bloor St. W. (at Runnymede), 416-436-3744, sells original upscale women’s clothes imported from Europe, as well as imported costume jewellery. The store is definitely worth checking out for women who are seeking that original European-import outfit. Prices are in the higher-end range.
Women’s Stores at Malls Toronto
Many shopping malls in Toronto carry the well-known women’s chain stores, but there are several that have independent women’s fashion stores selling hip clothing:
Marla’s, Dufferin Mall (Dufferin and Bloor), sells exclusively women’s club and evening wear at very affordable prices. Knock-offs of dresses worn by celebrities range from $100 to $170 and many are imported from the U.S.
RK, Toronto Dominion Centre, sells Canadian-made trendy designs geared to the women’s business crowd, including suits, blouses, skirts and pants, as well as some evening wear. Prices are in the higher-end range, but the styles are original.
Denise (Sherway Gardens, Bayview Village), carries funky women’s clothing with a great selection of dresses for the prom, grad or wedding, as well as sexy tops, skirts, and pants for the club. Prices are in the medium to high range.
Women’s Chain Stores Toronto
Chain stores are some of the best places to find affordable, hip women’s fashions in Toronto, and here are a few of the best:
Le Chateau (Sherway Gardens, Eaton Centre, Dufferin Mall), is all-Canadian and sells original and funky fashions for the 20s, 30s and 40s woman. The selection is weighed heavily towards club wear, but also includes a wide selection of casual wear including jeans, sweaters, tops, and dresses. Clothes are in the medium price range.
Suzy Shier (Eaton Centre, Dufferin Mall, Fairview Mall, Yorkdale), is a great place to find trendy women’s clothing at very affordable prices. The store carries a wide inventory of office wear, club wear, and casual wear and women can find stylish, hip looking sweaters, tops, and jeans at very low prices.
Bebe (Eaton Centre, Yorkdale Mall, Square One), sells medium-priced women’s club and evening wear for hip Toronto women. Prices are noticeably cheaper than a few years ago although the high product quality is still the same so it’s worth checking out this store again.
Shopping for trendy women’s fashions in Toronto doesn’t have to be a chore. By visiting hip chain stores like Le Chateau or Suzy Shier, or independent clothing boutiques like Marla’s, Cora Couture, Everhart, or Simply Yours, women will be thrilled with the selection of stylish and funky clothing available in Toronto at high-end, medium range, and affordable prices.
Best Toronto Gift Ideas for a Girlfriend or Wife
Celebrating a special occasion need not be fraught with anxiety, but men are often concerned about buying the wrong style or size when they enter women’s clothing stores, or fear disappointing their female partner by buying something inappropriate. While many women will appreciate a nice dinner out or checking out trendy Toronto bars, presents are a more difficult matter. The following list of gift ideas should help ease the minds of men when shopping for women in Toronto.
Spa Certificates Toronto
Many women who are doing dual duty at the office and at home will appreciate a day at the spa for their birthday, Mother’s Day, Easter or Christmas. The following spas are popular places for Toronto women to relax and get pampered:
Stillwater Spa, Park Hyatt Toronto, 4 Avenue Road, 416-926-2389, offers deluxe treatment including hot stone massage, facials, body treatments, deluxe pedicures and manicures. Gift certificates can be purchased from $25 to $1000 in $25 increments.
The Village Spa, Bayview Village Shopping Centre (Bayview and Sheppard), 416-224-1101, provides ultimate pampering. Half day at the spa is $135 and includes facial, body scrub and massage; full day certificate is $265 and includes facial, massage, pedicure, manicure, lunch, hairstyle and makeup.
Elmwood Spa, 18 Elm Street, 416-977-6751, offers standard aesthetic services including massage, facials, pedicures, as well as a complimentary visit to their swimming pool, whirlpool and steam rooms. The 4-hour Elmwood Escape is $286; the 7-hour package is $470, however services are also sold separately.
Gift Certificates for Make-Up
Because many women wear makeup all the time, they appreciate a gift certificate for their birthday, Mother’s Day or Christmas to replenish their supplies or buy new makeup or skincare products for a fresh look:
Sephora, (Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, Fairview Mall), is a make-up wonderland for women, selling many imported U.S. and European brand names including Urban Decay, Kim Kardashian, DuWop and Bare Escentials. Guys can avoid getting confused by the wide selection by opting to buy a gift certificate.
Pure and Simple, (2375 Yonge St., 725 King St. W., and 41 Avenue Rd.), 1-866-337-1507, sells exclusively organic skincare and makeup products for women who embrace green living. Lines include Dr. Hauschka, Jane Iredale, Jurlique, Just Pure, and Nathuropathica.
M.A.C. Cosmetics (Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale, Bay locations) are found in many women’s purses because the line is relatively inexpensive, the company maintains high environmental standards, and the product selection is varied. Plus it was originally a Canadian company.
Women’s Sporting Goods in TO
A man should consider buying his wife or girlfriend clothes or equipment for her favourite sports hobby when her birthday, Easter, Christmas or Mother’s Day comes along. A few popular Toronto stores for women’s activewear and accessories include:
Golf Town (266 King St. W., 1561 The Queensway, 23 William Kitchen Rd.) for golf clubs, golf bags, or golf clothes.
Lululemon (Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens, Yorkdale), 1-877-263-9300, for celebrity-style activewear for yoga, running or working out at the gym.
Mountain Equipment Co-Op, 400 King Street West, 416-340-2667, for ski wear, cycling, hiking clothes and gear.
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