Toronto’s trendiest clothing boutiques east of the DVP

Leslieville and its little sister Riverside are popping up as a couple of the hippest hoods in Toronto’s fashion scene. Queen Street, east of the DVP, is brimming with modern and retro fashion houses that are packed full of style and have a little something for everyone, no matter what your personal taste is calling for.

Bergstrom Originals

781 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H5

When women want a pampered shopping experience in Riverside, this is where they go. Whether you’re looking for a sexy cocktail dress for an evening of bar hopping in Toronto or something stylish and unique for the office, you’re guaranteed to find it here. Bergstom Originals also boasts one of the best selection of footwear in the neighbourhood. All garments, including handbags, are designed by owner Christina Bergstrom in Toronto.

Irish Design House

756 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4

A cozy addition to Riverside since 2014, this funky Irish import store features the very best quality (and colourful assortment to boot) of Merino wool Irish knitwear and other textiles. Come fall, you’ll want to stop in and stock up on fuzzy sweaters, warm hats and headscarves designed and handmade in Ireland by some of the country’s most talented designers, including the owner herself.

Good Neighbour

935 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J6

With ultra hip men’s and women’s apparel, fashionable footwear, backpacks, housewares, gifts, sexy underwear and so much more, Leslieville’s Good Neighbour retail outlet has transformed an adorable Queen Street East bungalow into a haven for the hottest fashion trends from L.A, London, and Tokyo, alongside some quintessential Canadiana and locally loved looks.

Doll Factory By Damzels

1122 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K8

If want to channel the likes of pin-up girl Betty Page, then Doll Factory is your store with a cherry on top. Chalk-full of fun and flirtatious apparel, this sexy little Leslieville boutique carries a vast selection of vintage-inspired cocktail dresses, dainty day-wear and everything in between – including footwear, hair accessories, hand bags and everything else that sparkles and shines.

Any Direct Flight

1382 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C9

A shopping destination for dames who dig comfort and class, this Leslieville clothing boutique features professional, classic, feminine, fun and easy-to-wear clothes you’ll feel good wearing just about anywhere and doing just about anything thing. At Any Direct Flight, you’ll also find a cozy little café by the shop’s Queen-East-facing windows, where you can grab a much-needed post-shop espresso.

Silhouette Tailoring

253 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2G6

If you want a slick-fitting cocktail dress that is guaranteed to make jaws drop, go thrift shopping and visit Silhouette Tailoring in Riverside. In addition to second-to-none (and wildly affordable!) tailoring and alteration services for both men and women, you might also find an elegant ready-to-go dress in the window that is screaming for you to flaunt about the city in. If you have a taste for fashion like no other, the possibilities are endless at this sweet spot.

Studio We

1184 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1L4

In a hurry, but need to add a little pizzazz to your outfit before a last minute business meeting, or Friday-night date? This women's clothing shop has a next-level selection of clothing and accessories to suit almost any kind of outing. Mixed in with all the pretty dresses and blouses, you’ll find colourful scarves, hats, belts, bracelets and footwear – all of which are so well priced that it will be hard to leave the store empty-handed.

Max Wholesalers

1044 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K4

This Queen East spot for men’s and women’s apparel is basically the Mark’s Work Wearhouse of Leslieville – and has been since 1972. This family-run business has a huge selection of no-nonsense brand name clothes at bargain bin (wholesale) prices. If you have some time on your hands, you’ll enjoy browsing the endless racks of jeans, dresses, shirts and jackets (in all the latest trends and styles) that fill the massive space

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