Toronto boutiques to find luxe loungewear for winter

Alright Toronto, time to get your cozy look on. But with designers across Canada giving a serious nod to luxe loungewear, you’re no longer condemned to lumpy long johns and grandpa sweaters to keep you cocooned throughout the winter. Quite the contrary; these local shops and boutiques will keep you comfy at home and street-style ready as soon as you walk through the door.

Lavish & Squalor

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253 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z4

This Queen West boutique dealing in all things Canadiana will help ease you into the chilly months by reminding you how chic and comfy the winter season can be. Cozy up your apartment with plush pillows reading rustic-meets-cute phrases like “Our neck of the woods,” or a much-adored Pendleton blanket that doubles as a scarf. Witty novelty socks and pride-inducing Toronto neighbourhood toques are also on offer at L&S, the ideal spot to pick up your seasonal stock of flannel button-ups, Cowichan sweaters, and other designed-to-comfort loungewear.

Ardith

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373 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M8

In their own words, this Roncesvalles athletics boutique is dedicated to outfitting your adventure, whatever it may be. Although the spot has developed a name for itself in chic activewear, it hosts a wide selection of comfy-meets-classy gear that will work for a Sunday afternoon at home, or a casual work getup. Calf-length linen wrap skirts or simple tunics will add a dose of classic cool to your outfit (but you’ll feel like you’re wearing pajamas), whereas chic sweatpants, cozy scarves, and basic layers in fierce shapes and cuts will take your loungey look to the next level.

Oak & Fort

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1090 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 3R6

This Vancouver transplant in trendy minimalist fashion for both men and women arrived in Toronto in 2014, much to the delight of our hipster-professional factions. Loungewear for men includes geometric two-tone sweaters for a striking detail to a basic outfit, ready-for-a-strut-down-Queen-West sweats, and soft cotton tees. Ladies on the other hand flock here for slouchy layer dresses, sheer turtlenecks, and oversize sweaters equally appropriate for a movie night on the sofa or a Monday morning at the office. Looking for a luxe touch? Oak and Fort also hosts the perfect jewellery additions to take your look from loungey to Friday-night-ready.

Muttonhead

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337 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M8

There’s no doubt that Canadian-made comfort wear has captured the attention of the Muttonhead crew, and their full range of unisex jersey shirts, go-ahead-and-wear-outta-the-house sweatpants, down-filled vests, and quilted jackets can be found at their Roncesvalles shop. Designed and manufactured in Toronto proper, the company calls itself an antidote to “fast fashion,” opting instead for a process of trend-outlasting slow design and test-of-time durable fabrics. Looking for a little something special? Browse Muttonhead’s oh-so-cozy toques or soft button-up shirts that strike a fine balance between comfortable and night-on-the-town approved.

Stussy Canada

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1000 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H1

For your flyest winter sweats, stop in at Toronto’s sole Stussy location, perched conveniently at the foot of Ossington Avenue. Choose from a selection of colourful attention-getting sweatshirts and hoodies, in both anonymous patterns and emblazoned with the infamous scribbled Stussy logo. Ladies can check out the shifty skirts and dresses that are perfect for winter layering, lounging around the apartment, or casual brunch with a pal. Soft cropped tees, sweatpants for men and women, turtlenecks, and Stussy Tribe hockey shirts round out the comfy-meet-cool selections.

Homegrown Boutique

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16 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5

Whether you’re looking for some chunky kit cowls or a gorgeous statement necklace to pair with your bar-ready basics, this Yorkville boutique specializing in all-Canadian design is ripe with the season’s hottest trends in lounge- and street-wear alike. Look out for designs from the hotspot’s numerous Canadian designers at pop-ups and the popular monthly Midnight Market.

T N T

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368 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N 1A2

You have likely long-loved TNT for those splurge-worthy pieces from the hottest international designers. But true to its commitment to staying on top of rising trends (TNT stands for The New Trend, after all), the boutique has brought in a selection of high-end loungewear, providing an instant upgrade to your hibernation habit. Highlight sweats include the infamous Canadian-brand Lazypants as well as hard-to-resist tapered Rag and Bone joggers.

Lolë

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88 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B9

Are you looking for a one-piece that pairs equally well with slippers or stilettos? Check out the Alix onesie on offer at this Yorkville athletics and loungewear boutique. Not only is it one of the hotspots in Toronto for unique yoga gear (complete with the like-no-one-else-has-‘em patterned leggings you’ve been searching for), but the shop also hosts an extensive lifestyle section, featuring cozy knit tunics, slouchy shifts and cotton dresses, harem pants, and of course, some public-ready sweatpants. Get the look without the trek into the city; Lolë Atelier also hosts two additional locations at Square One and Bayview Village.

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We know, we know. Trying to find something excellent for your best pal while staying within the agreed-upon budget is just a big ol’ holiday can of worms. Lucky for us, Toronto is stocked with affordable and locally made treasures that cater to just about any hobby or taste. For this year’s gift exchange, check out these general stores, vintage spots, and specialty boutiques. [Photo courtesy of Northwood General]
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