A good guide to shopping in Toronto is published by Toronto Life magazine. I bought the 2005 Shopping Guide this year for the first time. You can find all kinds of shops to suit everyones style. For fashionistas, this guide is a must. It has a lot of entries and the catagories cover: fashion, beauty, home, garden, books and music. The guide should be available at your local magazine seller or online. There is an online version of the shopping guide, I am unsure of how much it differs from the print version. It is included in the City Guides section of the site. There is tons of great information that includes food, restaurants, fitness, kids, entertainment and getaways.
I also just noticed a great little monthly shopping column on the site called The City’s best loot.
Classic Girl Rib Boy Beater Tank
I love these tank tops, I have so many. They are the perfect cut and fit. The range of colours available is incredible. I have some in yellow, white, black, teal, crannberry, kelly green, red and orange. They cost about $15.00 at the American Apparel Store on Queen Street. But if you hit up Chocky’s on Queen you can get them for $13.75
In addition to the links I have on the sidebar, there are many other shops I like to visit that don’t have websites.
te koop 421 Queen Street West – map it!
te koop offers accessories, bags, sunglasses, clothing and watches. There is a great selection of Adidas and Puma bags. Other brands include Killah, American Apparel, and Parcel handbags.
Change Room 425 Queen Street West – map it!
Change Room is a great clothing store for both men and women. Brands you can find there are Triple 5 Soul, Gas (Beautiful jeans, but they don’t fit muscular legs. Speaking from experience, sigh), Betty Bush, Kitchen Orange, Fidel, Franklin and Marshall, OK47 and others
Da Zone 468 Queen Street West – map it!
This shoe store has great sales on brands like Adidas, Puma and Nike. The best thing about this store is that there is always something on sale. I got in every once in awhile and check things out. This is the place I got my Gerd Muellers from.
Heel Boy – 682 Queen Street West – map it!
Good selection of shoes. Brands you will find include Matt and Nat, Nine West and Steve Madden
Well you can imagine that I have a lot of shops to list, so I will be making more posts with my favourite places to shop.
There are many funny blogs out there about fashion. Here are a few I suggest you check out for laughs.
Go Fug Yourself
Heather and Jessica reprimand the fashion victims of the world and puts them on display for all to laugh at.
Give me spirit fingers dammit
Hilarious stuff from Hong Kong. Classic posts can be found here and my fave.
Manolo the Shoe blogger
Funny stuff wedged in between great shoes.
Bryanboy: Le Superstar Fabuleux
Just discovered this blog about a month ago. It is hilarious, I love Queens going off. I think Bryan is absolutely hilarious and I love reading his rants and things.
Cute hats. This site isn’t funny or anything, just has some really neat hats.
Fashion addicts diary
fashion news and trends
Here are a few things I’ve purchased recently.
I got these jeans while on vacation in Vancouver in March. They are the perfect length for me (32 inseam). I wear more flat shoes, so getting a 34 inseam really sucks. I don’t want to cut them because they are perfect for heels; but I have to roll them up to wear them with flats. This drives me insane. So it’s nice to have jeans that fit perfectly. Apparently these jeans make your butt look really good; I’m not a very good judge of that though. The designer Jason Trotzuk is a Canadian and the creator of Dish Jeans. Fidelity is a little higher end than Dish jeans but only by about 50 – 70 bucks.
OK47 Muscleshirt and Halter Top
As a gemini, yellow is my colour. I love lots of colour, it’s helps that I have the complexion that allows me to wear all the colours of the rainbow. These 2 lovely items are from another great Canadian company OK47. They make funky printed clothing. I have this great lawnmower shirt by them from last season. The clothing is made from quality cotton and will last a long time. The prints are very good and do not wear off in the wash. I always hang my OK47 shirts to dry, so I’m not too sure about the dryer.
Dish Jeans demin skirt
Finally I found a demin skirt. I’ve had trouble finding ones that fit comfortably, but of course great Canadian demin company Dish Jeans have helped me out. I have also purchased some jeans from Dish. I can’t find any pictures of them so I haven’t blogged about it. They fit great though. Dish jeans are high quality and great fit without a massive price tag. Jeans are under a hundred bucks.