The top 10 stores for women's suits in Toronto
Stores for women's suits in Toronto vary between big chains, boutiques and bespoke tailors. When it comes to career-wear, we've got plenty of obvious options: On the budget end, there's Banana Republic or Topshop, and if you've got dough to spare, you can find what you need at Holts or The Room. But smaller shops often take a more idiosyncratic approach - and for the true queens of the boardroom, several tailors offer bespoke options as well.
Here are my picks for the top stores for women's suits in Toronto.
Tiger of Sweden
This chain's Toronto flagship on Ossington is a favourite for razor-sharp suits for gents; on the women's side, pencil skirts, cigarette pants, tux jackets and blazers (of comparable degrees of sleekness) are available in a variety of tones (including occasional fashion colours) from $179 to $429.
No one does the classics like Hugo Boss, and their Yorkville boutique is a constant source for basic but carefully-cut suits in neutral hues perfect for everyday business wear. Pieces range from $400 to $800.
Judith & Charles
This Montreal-based womenswear line has a Toronto outpost in the PATH's First Canadian Place. Look to them for tailored suits that mix professionalism with a relaxed edge. Separates go for between $250 and $500.
Formerly known as "Femme de Carriere" (yep, as in 'career woman'), this Quebecois chain helmed by designer Sandra Angelozzi does business wear with a feminine twist. Look for locations in the Eaton Centre, First Canadian Place and TD Centre.
Formerly synonymous with stodgy prep, the American clothier has modernized its wares in recent years, though the women's suiting at their Toronto stores (including locations in the Annex and the PATH) err on the side of conservative. Pieces range from $200 to $600.
In addition to a wide range of Tiger of Sweden suits for women, the Distillery location frequently features suiting from SAND, Ted Baker and J. Lindberg. Blazers usually run $350-500, while bottoms are $150-300. (They don't quite have all the options the fellas do, but you can raid their section for bowties, pocket squares and fancy socks.)
The Italian chain's Yorkville boutique is a favourite of high-powered, sophisticated Torontonian women. Their Bay St.-ready suits, rendered in ultra-fine wool, come with the price tag to match - they start at around $2,200.
Trend Custom Tailors
This bespoke shop on Sherbourne attracts a number of professional female patrons, who come through their doors seeking the expertise of tailor Don Lee. They take pride in infusing their suits with a little panache through vibrant fabrics and punchy details.
Isaac Ely Bespoke
This bespoke tailoring shop started doing women's suits a year ago when, as staff explain it, the partners of their male clientele started protesting that they wanted suits of their own too. Their bespoke suits, all made in their North York studio, start at $1800, with a turnaround time about four weeks.
Walter Beauchamp Tailors
Don't let their new location in Holt Renfrew Men put you off - Walter Beauchamp has been making bespoke suiting for men and women since 1908. About 20% of their clientele comes from women looking for tailored pieces (NB: they don't do dresses). A two-piece suit typically starts at around $2,000.
Did I miss any? Leave your suggestions for where to find women's suits in the comments.
Photo of Tiger of Sweden by Morris Lum.
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