PARI DAVIS got her first job in fashion at the ripe age of seven. It was at her aunt’s boutique, but needless to say, she’s always had a knack for what to wear, and so it’s no surprise WANT BOUTIQUE is a local hit. 9301 Bathurst St.
BEST SHOE STORE
In a nondescript building on Major Mackenzie sits a shoe store that is most worthy of description. Fun and varied, the footwear at A PERFECT PAIR ranges from flirty feminine (studded red stilettos) to sleek and casual (tan, bejewelled loafers). You can also grab a dress and purse to match. 2396 Major Mackenzie Dr., #3
BEST PLUS-SIZE TOGS
Real talk: it seems impossible to score great second-hand outfits in plus sizes. But thanks to CURVACEOUS CONSIGN
MENTS, it is possible. As one of the only resale shops in the GTA focused on sizes 12 to 5X, this boutique carries designer and name brand clothes you won’t find elsewhere. 7670 Yonge St.
LF OPTICAL is a 30-year-old family-owned business, but the products reach far beyond mom-and-pop shop wares. The schmanciest designer glasses, from Balenciaga to Celine to Givenchy, are all on offer. But even better news: it sells its products at wholesale prices. Bet you can’t buy just one pair. 1450 Centre St.
There’s a reason why everyone was so ecstatic when MINISO announced it was opening in Promenade mall. The shop is renowned for selling highquality designer goods and adorable knick-knacks at affordable prices. Electronics, beauty products, housewares, stationery — it has it all. 1 Promenade Cir.
BEST MEN’S SUITS
The ultimate destination for groomsmen and grooms,
WINGMEN SUITS provides a personal shopping experience that makes outfitting a bridal party an enjoyable task. With price points ranging from $250 to $450, being in your buddy’s wedding party no longer has to break the bank. 45B West Wilmot St., #2
BEST SOCK SHOP
New kid on the block, SOX
CITY is now open at Promenade mall, where it offers a wide range of — you guessed it — socks! It has got it all covered: men’s, women’s, kids’, dressy, sporty and more. Looking for something particular like wool socks for a winter adventure? It has those too. 1 Promenade Cir.
BEST GIFT SHOP
THE FINNISH PLACE has something for everyone. As you may have guessed, the items are imported from Finland and cover everything from housewares to accessories, clothing and more. Brands include Marimekko, Iittalia and Arrika. All have impeccable designs. Alas it’s the Scandinavian way. 7670 Yonge St.
Whether it’s a wedding, blacktie gala or a ritzy night on the town, SASHAY BOUTIQUE will have a dress to suit the look you’re going for. With many of the pieces imported from Europe, it still keeps the price points reasonable, and the dresses are gorgeous. What else could you possibly ask for? 7724 Yonge St.
The team at BLK SHEEP was inspired to open the boutique after travelling the world and realizing a gap in what GTA shops had to offer. 7181 Yonge St. A must-visit when it comes to finding the perfect dress for your little one, BLINK BLANK covers all your needs for every special occasion. 1 Promenade Cir. You can often catch the hosts of CTV’s The Social donning pieces from MASKA MODE. The pieces are colourful, flattering and fun. 1 Promenade Cir.