Style in the City: Queen West, Toronto

Women’s Sidewalk Style on Toronto’s Queen West

By Danielle Goreski

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If you love to shop, eat and stroll, then you will revel in a day spent along Toronto’s famous Queen Street West. Recently named the second “hippest” neighborhood in the world by Vogue, Queen West is where the pretty young things of Toronto come to play. Although gentrification has started to creep in, bringing with it brand-name superstores (H&M, Zara, American Apparel), if you continue your stroll west of Spadina you will enter a world of unique boutiques such as Preloved, JacFlash, Style Garage, Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Atomic Design, to name a few. Along the way you’ll also pass some of the city’s best vintage and consignment shops, including VSP Consignment, Fashionably Yours, I Miss You and Cabaret Vintage.

The Queen West female is definitely an eclectic mix of fashionista meets bohemia. She’s funky and playful, yet refined, and loves nothing more than spending a day walking her pup along the strip, and ending up, naturally, at the Trinity Bellwoods Park Dog Bowl. Before heading over to meet her friends, she might grab a delicious croissant sandwich at Clafouti (915 Queen Street West) or a latte from White Squirrel (907 Queen Street West). Either way, life is pretty sweet on Queen West.