Over the past year I have discovered several fantastic local boutiques in Vancouver.  I still love my big stores and chains.   But I have a special spot in my heart for the local independent retailer.  I love independent boutiques with a unique approach to style.   And ones that stock quality investment pieces at prices that won't equal your house payment. 

Here, in no particular order, is my list of top 5 independent local Vancouver boutiques.  

1. The Velvet Room Boutique - This Kerrisdale boutique carries an extensive collection of  Canadian designs - made in Canada.   Their passion for style is evident in everything they do.  You can follow them several ways:

2. Tenth & Proper - I love this Point Grey for their unique selection of quality designs, wide range of size and their no pressure fun customer service.   The last time I was there I must have tried on at least a dozen outfits.  I got some great tips and feedback from owner Marion Fudge, and nary a strange look as I had to run, without buying anything, to pick up Lil T at daycare.  http://tenthandproper.com/

3. Bodacious - A long time favourite shop that focuses on fun and pretty clothes that fit women over size 12. They have some great local designers and funky designs that match their Main street location. They don't update their blog often, but their newsletter keeps you up-to-date on what is in store. http://www.bodacious.ca/home/

4. Body Politic - This store is tucked away on the busy corner of 12th and Main.  They offer a wide range of independent designers from Vancouver to New York.  All designs are ethnically made with sustainable materials. http://bodypolitic.ca/

  • You can sign up for emails about their blog updates which alert you to changes in store hours, new stock or upcoming events  http://bodypoliticapparel.wordpress.com/ 
  • Twitter @body_politic
  • They also have a newsletter that comes out a couple of times a year - you can sign up for this in-store

5. LBD - The Little Black Dress shop is right around the corner from Body Politic, tucked in beside the Dairy Queen on Main near 13th.  With LBD you get exactly what you expect.  A store full of fantastic little black dresses.  Their selection includes petit and plus size dresses too.  When I was there 2 weeks ago they were expecting a large selection of fun Holiday dresses to arrive.  In the event section of their website you can sign up for their newsletter, which alerts you to special events or sales.  The site also offers a gallery of pictures of real customers in their LBDs.  http://www.thelbdstore.com/home.html

Did I miss your favourite?  Let me know and I'll try to check it out. 

A quick apology for the long website links, as wordpress seems to have updated their hyperlink function this morning and it wasn't working for me today.