Roncesvalles clothing boutiques for fashionable finds

Looking to spruce up your wardrobe without breaking the bank? The big box stores may have regular sales, but so do independent clothing shops. You also can’t beat the service and personality of the smaller neighbourhood stores, especially in close-knit Roncy Village. Next time you need pants or a shirt, stop in at these local clothing boutiques.

Coal Miners Daughter

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87 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2K6

Stylish west end denizens shop for made-in-Canada ladies’ fashions and accessories at this Roncesvalles clothing boutique. The eclectic shop carries a host of homegrown labels, including stylish apparel and jewellery produced by the shop’s co-owners Janine Haller and Krysten Caddy. Textured pencil skirts and chic party dresses are fashion-forward while the outerwear selection is designed to endure even the harshest Canadian winters. Popular brands include Melissa Nepton, Birds of North America and beloved Toronto designer Sara Duke. Finish your look with a Cob backpack made from leather and suede salvaged from vintage jackets.

Doll Factory by Damzels

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394 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M9

Damzels' clothing will bring out your inner ferocity with an edginess to it that makes women look as strong and tough as they really are. The clothing is cut to hug feminine curves but there’s nothing sweet or innocent about the garb. The shop is full of gorgeous dresses, shirts, pants and accessories to suit every personality and prices so reasonable you’ll think you’re staging a robbery.

Frock

3
97 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2K9

Make sure you’ve got time to spare because once you catch sight of the racks and shelves of beautiful clothing at Frock you won’t want to leave. The shop, which looks like an ideal walk-in closet fantasy, features wardrobe staples for every occasion with pieces that nobody else will be wearing. Better still, the staff is relaxed and hands-off so you can browse on your own schedule without feeling pressured to buy.

Belo Fashions Boutique

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420 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N2

Special occasions call for special clothes. What will really make you look like a knockout on a formal occasion is a one-of-a-kind outfit that fits like a custom design. Be the best-dressed bridesmaid, bride or woman in the room for your next big event by shopping here for a lovely dress that fits like a glove.

Fresh Collective

5
401 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1

The focus at Fresh Collective is primarily on Toronto designers and if you happen to find a label that’s not from the city, chances are it’s from elsewhere in Canada. It’s refreshing to find a clothing boutique that celebrates local fashion spirit and Toronto’s status as a quiet leader on the world stage in clothes and accessories. More so than that, Fresh Collective takes the time to build relationships with local designers – and you may even meet them in the store.

Helga Boutique

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387 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1

One of the imperatives with fashion is staying on top of emerging trends but also balancing what’s current with the timeless classics. It’s a tricky line to walk but the staff at Helga do it with ease, rotating the clothes so women of all styles and preferences can find something to wear. Helga also makes sure everything is made to last so your purchase survives future fashion cycles.

Muttonhead

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337 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M8

It doesn’t look so much like a store as it does a fashion showroom, with clothes, hats, jackets and grooming products laid out in a neat, minimalist way. If the name sounds a little odd to you, it’s because it’s been named after the fashion label that adorns most of the merchandise and not for a sheep’s noggin. You can also find other labels, as well as clothes from Australia, Japan, the U.S. and Europe.

Maggie's Farm

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407 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1

This shop is a bit like Mary Poppins’ bag – it contains a little bit of everything and you’re constantly surprised at just how much fits inside. Maggie’s has clothes, accessories, jewellery, art, jackets, footwear and blankets, and the stock is constantly rotated to keep it as fresh as possible. As impressive as this inventory sounds, it’s nothing compared to Maggie’s ability to find anything in an instant. Come with a full wallet because the more-than-reasonable prices are irresistible.

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