As one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, Yonge and Eglinton is home to an array of chic independent retailers and clothing boutiques where you’ll find on-trend fashions for men and women. If you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe, why not get a Midtown makeover at these five sophisticated clothing stores all within walking distance from the ultra-cool Art Shoppe Condos + Lofts.

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Carbon 2599 Yonge Street, Toronto ON
In business for over a decade, Carbon on Eglinton West is a go-to destination for contemporary designer fashions at a great price. Husband-and-wife owners Alex and Sharon Mazelow have an incredible eye when it comes to trendspotting and are focused on stocking style staples that are both fashionable and functional. The modern retail store is packed with pieces for guys and gals that range from high-performance athletic leggings and cool urban sneakers to dapper slim-fitting suits and bold outerwear designed to make a statement. Added touches like personal shopping on site and in-home wardrobe consultations with a professional stylist make shopping at this independent Midtown boutique feel like a truly intimate experience.

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Studio D 2570 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Fashionable flats, sleek stilettos and luxurious loafers abound at this European-inspired designer shoe boutique on Yonge Street. Footwear is front and centre at Studio D where you’ll find gorgeous shoes for men and women on display from some of the most exclusive Italian, French and Brazilian designers. Featured brands include See by Chloé, Shutz, Sofia M, Coclico, Campanile and many more. Owner and notable man-about-town Derrick Adams has more than three decades of experience working in the luxury footwear business and frequently travels to Europe and New York to source of-the-moment styles and new classics for his posh Midtown shoe emporium.

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WANT Apothecary 2579 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Escape the hustle and bustle of Midtown and find serenity inside this glossy concept shop nestled along a busy stretch of Yonge Street between Eglinton Avenue and Lawrence Park. As the name suggests, WANT Apothecary tempts visitors with its beautifully curated inventory of minimalist-chic apparel, delicate accessories and leather goods, exquisite housewares and luxurious skincare products. Fashions from Acne Studios, Commes des Garçons, Marni and Filippa K will appeal to those who favour monochromatic dressing, a clean design aesthetic and Scandinavian style. Be sure to check out the in-house label WANT Les Essentials, which offers a collection of refined pieces that are made with a focus on sustainable fabrics and function over flashiness.

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Honey 460 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, ON
Girly girls and social media darlings swoon over the sweet styles at Honey. With a focus on Instagram-worthy ensembles and of-the-moment fashion trends, the stylish pieces here are flirty, feminine and youthful. Racks are lined with bejewelled statement hairbands, silky slip dresses, animal-print midi skirts, polka-dot blouses and chunky knits in soft pastels. The ultimate spot near Yonge and Eg to play dress up, Honey also has a wow-worthy selection of special occasion dresses for weddings, holiday parties, galas and more. Whether you’re looking for flashy sequins, feminine ruffles or glittering ballgowns, there’s a party-ready dress to suit every mood and occasion.

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TNT 1020 Lawrence Avenue W. Unit 202 Toronto, ON
TNT – or The New Trend – has long been a favourite haunt for the well-heeled denizens of Toronto. The original Eglinton West outpost of this adored local chain first opened in 1992 and now boasts 18,000-square-feet of retail space in Midtown showcasing stylish apparel, shoes and accessories from hundreds of the world’s leading fashion houses and emerging designers. Shop here for cool-kid street styles from Alexander Wang and Kenzo, designer denim from Paige, Frame Denim and Nudie Jeans, and fashionable frocks from cult-favourites like Etro, Hervé Lèger and Self Portrait. Come wintertime, the outerwear selection includes tailored blazers from Canadian icon Smythe, sophisticated wool coats from SOIA & KYO and the ubiquitous puffy down parkas from Moose Knuckles.

Whether you’re shopping for slick suits, functional footwear or on-trend outerwear, the convenient Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood offers an amazing assortment of fashion-forward boutiques where you can find apparel and accessories to suit your style and budget. Skip the nearby big-box shops in favour of these indie retailers and give your closet a serious upgrade courtesy of Midtown’s coolest clothing stores.

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