Independent clothing stores in Edmonton

In an era of box stores and big malls, independent stores sometimes have to work hard to get our attention. These Edmonton clothing stores have clearly put in the effort and always have our attention, with their great collections of sweet dresses, structured work outfits, beautiful accessories and mix of local designers and big brands.

Oak & Fort Corp

1
19-5015 111 St Nw, Edmonton, AB T6H 4M6

This boutique sells simple, chic clothes for men and women, plus accessories. The store’s philosophy is that clothes should be “thoughtfully designed,” and they carry collections by designers that refuse to follow trends. Many of the pieces are in neutral colours, and the accessories are uncomplicated. The store’s minimalist showroom echoes the clothing that it houses. The clothes here are well made, and will last for years, since they won’t go out of style when trends change.

Red Ribbon Gifts Inc

2
12505 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M4

Hidden away underneath a Starbucks (somewhat ironic, but acceptable) in High Street, Red Ribbon is a glorious mash-up of everything you want to buy in one place – shoes, jewellery, sweet shirts, cute dresses and awesome stockings. It’s hard to know where to start. The key is to go in not looking for anything specific but to look at everything. Then, you’re practically guaranteed to walk out with something amazing that you never knew you needed, like a cream scarf sporting lines from your favourite Shakespeare play.

Who Cares Wear Ltd

3
11222 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2V2

This is a distinctly higher-end independent store but one that has managed to keep its street cred. Women I know go here when they have a special occasion to shop for, just got a raise or can’t find something anywhere else. Located on Jasper Ave, smack dab in the middle of a social and cultural hub, there are plenty of businesses nearby (meaning, plenty of successful businesswomen shop there). It’s got gorgeous shoes, coats and clothes. And, if it’s a wee bit out of your price range, there’s always the upstairs sale section.

The Bamboo Ballroom

4
8206 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

Their moto is “Make a statement,” and that is exactly what their clothes help you do. They offer private shopping parties for five or more friends on Saturday nights (with a reservation), and will pamper you until you don’t want to leave. There is an array of beautiful sweaters, dresses and accessories here, from both local designers and bigger brands.

Shades Of Grey

5
10116 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1P6

This adorable boutique is laid out nicely, with clothes perfectly arranged, and never crowded. No messy piles of clothes, no elbowing your way through racks or fellow shoppers. Instead, it’s a quiet oasis full of beautiful dresses, sweaters and accessories. They carry local jewellery lines, such as Orange Avocado, and the staff is lovely to speak with – they’re always willing to help you try on a necklace or pick a skirt out.

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