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It's been an exceptionally warm month in Toronto, leaving many of us thrilled we can start ditching our spring jackets for some shorts and dresses. But maybe time flew by and you're running low on comfortable clothing for this unexpected heat. STOP WORRYING! If you need some summer clothes but don't want to pay your rent's worth of mula for some apparel, these stores in Toronto should suit your needs
1. Black Market Clothing
If you call yourself a Toronto vintage clothing connoisseur you should know Black Market like the back of your hand. Across from the iconic Much Music building at Queen and John St., this fashion landmark sells virtually any clothing, band and humour-filled t-shirts, jean shorts, hats, dresses, and more for $10 OR LESS. Don't believe us? See for yourself.
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2. The Kind Exchange
A notable clothing store with locations across the city where you can buy, sell and trade in old clothing for some new items, this is a place cheap clothing lovers dream of. Generally specializing in women's apparel and accessories, this one of a kind Toronto clothing chain offers designer brand items at 50-90% discounted prices meaning you can flaunt the Lacoste or American Apparel summer wear at an affordable price. Plus you can give those items that live in your closet most of the time a new home.
3. A HOMERUN!
This small Kensington Market vintage clothing haven has a variety of blouses, dresses and unisex t-shirts where you'll be sure to find something that fits your standards of comfort. And what if you need some art or decor items to spruce up your apartment a bit or if you're a budding designer? Well they specialize as a home decor shop and have a design studio in their store specifically for local fashion entrepreneurs. Talk about selection!
4. VSP Consignment
Dundas St. West between Bathurst and Dufferin has become a food and fashion mecca in the city and one shop on the street getting lots of praise is VSP. Selling items from designers such as Alexander Wang to Louis Vuitton at insanely discounted prices, this place has earned its respect from Toronto fashionistas in the past two years. And for those wondering what a consignment store is and how you can be involved in consigning; this should help
5. SVP Sports
Advertising sales of 20-60% off every day, this is the place to go when you're not trying to overspend on athletic apparel or fitted hats. Walk into their main outlet on Queen West and you'll find walls of some of the best sneaker, jersey and fitted cap deals you're bound to find in the city. So next time you want a jersey of any Toronto sports team jersey, but don't want to pay the outrageous prices the team flagship stores offer, try one of SVP's many Toronto locations
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6. Social Butterfly
No it isn't downtown or in an area with tons of money-hungry college students who thrive off cheap clothing, but don't underestimate this store or Greek town in general. Social Butterfly is a dress lover's dream. With French Connection and other brand items selling for much less than the retail price plus a variety of cheap skirts, jewellery, accessories and fragrances, it's been described as a boutique that won't make you break the bank.
Photo cred: Canculture
7. Get Outside Shoes
OMG SHOES!!! Yes this Toronto shoe outlet boasting a variety of brands and shoe types at, as per usual on this list, fairly discounted retail prices is your one stop shop for some foot comfort without having to splurge on heels or the pricey sneaker swag at Foot Locker.
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8. Cabaret Vintage
So you like dresses in the summer but you're looking for something with a bit more of a classic feel, you don't have to look much further than here. Near Trinity Bellwoods Park, this is the place to go for cheap summer wear but also inexpensive wear for formal occasions such as fancy family dinners, weddings and more. Other places on this list may have a bigger surplus of bargain deals on clothing, but never downplay the variety and critical acclaim this store has received in its 20 years on Queen West.