Living in a city like Toronto definitely isn’t cheap, but that shouldn’t stop you from living your best life, and having an Insta-ready wardrobe. Affordable clothing isn’t hard to find if you know where to look. Take a gander at the places and stores below, and you’ll still have enough money left over to pay your bills.
Take a look at 12 places to shop for affordable clothes in Toronto below, and hit the refresh button on your wardrobe.
Chinatown on Spadina is a beloved stretch of Toronto with its hodgepodge of clothing shops, markets, and restaurants. Here is where you’ll find great prices on many wardrobe basics like tees, sweatshirts, leggings, and sunglasses. Make sure to take time to sift through the many bargain racks, but take note: you won’t find very many trendy items here — just basics galore. Where else in Toronto can you get five t-shirts for $10?
If secondhand is more your vibe, make sure to check out Toronto’s long list of great vintage stores. Black Market Clothing is one of Toronto’s longest standing vintage clothing shops, specializing in vintages tees and casual clothing. You never know what you’re going to find here, but new or vintage band tees are almost always a guarantee, as well as the $10 price tag — not much is priced higher than that. Another fab option is Mama Loves You Vintage on Queen West which is great for beautiful dresses from years past.
Kensington Market is a well loved pocket of Toronto that’s known for its quirky shops, under-the-radar restaurants, and all around fun vibe. There are a ton of vintage shops, as well as stores selling an array of random basics like tees, harem pants, and sunglasses. But unlike Chinatown, you can definitely find trendy items here, especially vintage denim and jewelry. Next time you’re in Kensington Market take a stroll down Kensington Avenue and hit up stores like Courage My Love, Bubble Gum Fashion, and Sub Rosa Vintage.
In this day and age, it’s so important to try to recycle your unwanted clothing and not just toss it in the trash. Going to or even hosting a clothing swap is a really great way to stop clothing from going into landfills but it’s so true that another persons junk is another’s treasure. Wondering where to find a clothing swap? One quick search on Facebook will put you in the right direction. Happy swapping!
Over here at StyleDemocracy, we are pretty much thrift store obsessed so of course we had to include them in this list. While you have to pack your patience when shopping at your local thrift, you might be surprised at what you can find. Whether you’re after Aritzia-style clothing, plus size fashion, or workout gear, it can all be found at the thrift store for amazing prices.
What did we do before Bunz? Seriously, it might be the best invention since sliced bread and the Internet. For anyone not in the loop, Bunz is a trading app and yes, you need it. You can trade your items for pretty much anything — household items, clothes, bottles of wine, gift cards, the list goes on. And it gets even better because you can earn BTZ (Bunz currency) and there are actual stores where you can spend them.
Along with vintage, Toronto also has a number of consignment stores — whether you’re looking for more affordable secondhand clothing or designer labels. VSP on Dundas, as well as Fashionably Yours and Consign Toronto, both on Queen Street. West, have some of the best prices on second-hand designer clothing. Otherwise, if you’re just looking to strike a deal on lightly used contemporary and vintage items, head over to Common Sort.
Obviously, a list of places to buy affordable clothing in Toronto, wouldn’t be complete without including Winners and Marshalls stores. These off-price retailers specializes in giving you the best deals on labels we all love with many clearance items starting at only $20 or less. What we love most about Winners and Marshalls is the massive selection! Being a department store, there’s always a crazy amount of clothes to choose from whether it’s activewear, denim, jewellery, accessories, or apparel you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for off the runway finds without paying off the runway prices, then fast fashion retailers like Zara, and H&M are your best bet. You can always find the latest fads at these stores for a fraction of the price of their designer inspirations. On the contrary, if you’re in the market for basics and affordable office attire, try Uniqlo or Joe Fresh for budget-friendly button ups, shift dresses, blazers, and dress pants.
Nordstrom Rack is giving other retailers a run for their money, being one of the city’s favourite off-price department store to enter the Canadian market. You can expect to find all the contemporary and designer labels that Nordstrom is known for, but with some hefty markdowns. While you may not be getting the same bargains you’ll find in Chinatown or Kensington Market, the real win here is the affordable price on designer labels.
Whoever had the idea to group a bunch of outlet stores together and create a mall out of them, is our hero. While you’ll find outlet malls a little further out of the city, they’re definitely worth the trek to get to. In Halton Hills there are the Toronto Premium Outlets which include a Gucci outlet, Saks Off 5th, an Aritzia outlet, and even a Restoration Hardware outlet.
If bargain hunting is your thing, you’ll definitely want to do some shopping at upcoming warehouse sales. Make sure you stay tuned to StyleDemocracy so you’re in the loop on any upcoming warehouse sales from brands like Ted Baker, Triluxe, and Bugatti.
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