Everyone knows a well-rounded wardrobe consists of timeless and practical basics that can be worn for years to come, which is why women have come to obsess over Vancouver-founded Aritzia.
Known for its elevated and quality-crafted basics, Aritzia is where most shoppers go to stock up on well-made coats, quality tees, great jeans, tailored trousers, layering essentials, and cozy knits. And let’s not forget about the brand’s trendier pieces including the Super Puff coat, silk slip dresses, teddy jackets, and jumpsuits.
You have to admit, you probably realized you own many (or most) of these items as you read that. But for the devoted shoppers, who feel like they already own all of the brand’s essentials, they can find solace knowing there are other brands like Aritzia out there that offer similar styles, some for even half the price.
If you fall into this category, or maybe you’re just looking for somewhere new to spend your hard-earned bucks, here are brands like Aritzia to shop.
Montreal-based clothing brand Frank & Oak is not only known for being deeply committed to minimizing its impact on the planet but it’s also known for its sustainably made men’s and women’s essentials. Sold online and in 22 stores across Canada, Frank & Oak has reinvented the customer experience through its personalized shopping experience. Aritzia fans will be able to find similar products to what they’re used to, only with a more environmentally conscious blueprint. You can shop for outwear, responsibly-made denim, tops and blouses, sweaters, dresses, pants, footwear, accessories, and more.
The beautiful contemporary brand, Totême, is actually based in Stockholm. A modern uniform through distinct designs, meticulous craftsmanship, and high-quality materials. This brand is inspired by women’s lives and their needs in fashion, creating a wardrobe that not only is stylish but also has a purpose.
Also hailing from Vancouver, OAK + FORT now has over 19 locations across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver. Here you’ll find minimalistic, Japanese-inspired basics that we promise will go with just about everything in your closet. Most of what you’ll find here comes in a timeless, neutral colour palette of black, white, gray, tan, and navy, meaning it can all be mixed and matched with what you already own with total ease and without complication. In addition to women’s and menswear, you’ll also find jewellery, accessories, homeware, and beauty products.
This summer, popular L.A.-based, sustainable fashion brand Reformation opened the doors to its first international retail store right here on Canadian soil at Yorkdale. The new Toronto location features natural and recyclable materials, including eco-friendly fabrics, vintage furniture, hangers, reusable totes, and garment bags, and will offset 100% of electricity usage with wind energy. Here you can shop for sustainably made styles, including dresses, jeans, tees and tops, shoes, and bags. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the Toronto flagship, you can shop the sustainable brand right from the comfort of your home.
For the gals that live in cozy basics, we highly recommend giving Lou & Grey a try. Here you’ll find all the comfortable essentials, without having to sacrifice on style. You can stock up on affordable cashmere and loungewear, which can easily be dressed up for nights out or down for those cozy nights in. But easily the biggest selling point is how insanely soft every piece is. Seriously, the brand’s motto is making items that are “crazy soft” and will give you “all the feels.”
Petite Studio focuses on, well you guessed it, petite sizes. The brand puts a strong emphasis on steering clear from fast fashion and creating pieces that you’ll want to wear season after season. Investing in clothing that will last for years is the idea behind this company.
While known for its incredibly crafted denim, Madewell also focuses on all the things you’ll want to wear with your jeans including effortless tees, keep-forever bags, cool jewellery, and compliment-worthy shoes. If you’re looking for some essentials to style with your beloved Aritzia favourites, this shop is definitely worth the visit. Think tops and sweaters in retro-inspired hues, corduroy bottoms, cozy sweaters, and flowy floral maxi dresses.
Another top pick for brands like Aritzia, The Frankie Shop features understated yet elevated pieces that are timeless. Think feminine, menswear-inspired pieces like sweaters in slouchy silhouettes, paper bag waist pants, and wide-leg trousers. But let’s not forget about the swoon-worthy lineup of tops and blouses, coats and blazers, and accessories including structured bags and stunning footwear to suit the modern woman’s lifestyle.
UNIQLO designs clothing for everyday life. Simple, high-quality, and practical, you’ll soon find this brand as your new go-to. It’s always evolving to satisfy the needs of its customers and creating innovative technology to strive to be the best.
Part of the H&M group, & Other Stories has a fab selection of contemporary yet still trendy clothes. Expect to shop feminine silhouettes, florals, pretty pastels, as well as the brand’s selection of stunning jewellery, handbags, shoes, accessories, and even swimwear.
Similarly to Aritzia, kotn is a Canadian brand that you’re sure to love. The Toronto-founded brand sells effortlessly cool pieces for the capsule closet of your dreams. Find turtlenecks, trousers, t-shirts, dresses, and more, all made ethically with the finest Egyptian cotton.
If you’re all about classic with a twist, then you’ll want to check out what’s available at Storets ASAP. This brand, like Aritzia, is filled to the brim with chic and trendy everything, but nothing is over-the-top or overdone. Think lots of boyfriend blazers, stunning co-ord sets, fun rompers, and more all for prices that won’t make your head spin.
RE ONA is a women’s ready-to-wear label offering transitional, functional, and clean designs. It believes clothing should be effortless, minimal, and comfortable— all at the same time. The label is passionate about creating quality-made garments using soft fabrics that can easily transition from morning to night, that transcends from season to season.
The LA based brand, Mijeong Park, draws major inspiration from the city. With modern silhouettes and neutral colours, these pieces are truly timeless. The brand was designed with quality and refinement for the modern woman in mind. Mijeong Park actually donates a portion of its online sales to elementary art education in areas of LA.
DÔEN is a gorgeous contemporary brand with dreamy dresses, flowy skirts, sleek blouses, and more. If you love Aritzia’s Wilfred Free line, you’ll definitely fall in love with this brand. Not to mention, DÔEN is currently transitioning to organic and recycled fabrics for certain styles of clothing, so you can feel extra good about your purchase at this shop.
Mango is a brand that’s similar to Zara, but it feels a little like its older sister in a way. While there are no more Mango stores in Canada, you can thankfully still shop the brand online. It’s here that you’ll find super wearable items that are fashionable and on-trend with a modern contemporary feel.
Online store Pixie Market is a one-stop-shop for all your straight from runway-inspired finds. Everything you’ll find here is elevated beyond its basic form and even though the prices are a bit steeper than Aritzia, once you take a look, you’ll fall in love too. Plus, the site also has lots of sustainable offerings and we all know how important that is.
This popular brand can always be found all over Instagram being modeled by celebs and influencers. With whimsical clothing that makes you feel like you’re in a fairytale, browse its site for puffy sleeves, corduroy pants, pom-pom sweaters, and more akin to some of Aritzia’s trendier styles.
Since 1992, Anthropologie has become a contemporary fan favourite. If you love bold patterns or neutral designs, there is something for everyone’s personal style. The brand also has a great plus-size section and is constantly hosting awesome sales.
For a more affordable brand like Aritzia, there’s Montreal-based Dynamite. You’ll find trendier pieces and basics here. There’s a great variety that’s near-identical — think knit tank tops, blouses, faux leather pants, cardigans, sweatsuits, blazers, and more.
With a focus on creating pieces to last beyond trends, COS is a brand that offers beautiful essentials for your closet. Stock up on elegant and chic pieces from this store, similar to the style you admire from Aritzia.
Popping up all over Vancouver and Toronto, The Latest Scoop fills up its retail spaces with fresh basics and trendy pieces from Paris, Italy, New York, Bali, Los Angeles, and Spain. Proudly Canadian, The Latest Scoop not only carries the hottest brands from our nation, but also scope out what is trending around the world.
This womenswear brand, Eileen Fisher is an industry leader in ethical and sustainable fashion. The chic company plans to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions from production by 25% by 2025. Not only does it source sustainably, but it also makes a point to create a supply chain of fair working wages.
LEZÉ The Label was founded in Vancouver back in 2017 by Tanya and Karen. It was created on the basis of wanting workwear that’s recycled, comfortable, and chic, all at the same time. Plus, sustainability is definitely at the forefront of the brand’s practices and manufacturing processes.
Everlane wants the right choice to be as easy as putting on a great T-shirt. That’s why it partners with the best, ethical factories around the world, and sources only the finest materials. It offers beautiful fashion pieces that are so effortlessly chic.
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