Posted on August 27 2015
Since our name has NORTH right in it we figured we better head that way to check what our Canadian friends have to offer us in terms of style…and oh my my do they have a lot! Toronto is a huge city full of unique neighborhoods that come together like a trendy patch work quilt. You can shop, eat, work out, caffeinate and be entertained all while being surrounded by politeness, maple syrup and poutine (fries covered in cheese &gravy) . It’s basically a dreamland.
Now let’s get dressed shall we?
#1 Gussied Up. 1090 Bathurst Street.
This is the spot to go for great curvy basics and designer dresses…yes, they do it all. Located in an up & coming ‘style mecca’ of the city Gussied Up also carries pieces by local designers & jewelry makers.
#2 Your Big Sisters' Closet . 3126 Dundas Street West
Located in “The Junction”, shop owner Karen Ward hasn’t just opened a store, she’s started a movement. When you walk in you’ll be struck by all the color and choices and when you walk out you’ll not only look good you’ll FEEL good.
#3 Addition Elle. Multiple Locations (Flagship: 181 Yonge Street)
We all know and love superbabe Ashley Graham right? Well she is the face of Addition Elle and this is the brand that started her lingerie collection. Pick up workwear from their line Michael Studio and get rocker glam pieces from Love&Legend.
From top left: Gussied Up, Your Big Sister's Closet, Addition Elle, Voluptuous, Hudson's Bay & Sophia's
#4 Voluptuous. 636 Queen Street West
If you want that sexy dress for a fun night out THIS is where to come and get it. Price points are great, trends are everywhere and they’ve never met a curve they didn’t like. It feels like a celebration when you shop here and they just happen to be located on THE coolest shopping street in the city: Queen Street West.
#5 Hudson's Bay. 176 Yonge Street
This is one of Canada’s heritage department stores. It has a Saks feel to it and carries a lot of the larger plus brands: Ralph Lauren, Point Zero, Jessica Simpson, INC, Chaps, Jones New York etc. Shop head to toe!
#6 Sophia’s Lingerie. 527 Danforth Ave
Located in greek town this is the place to get EVERY style of bra in ANY size. It’s not a fancy place but the stylists are very knowledgeable and aren’t afraid to get in there and give you a proper fitting. Bathing suits, bras, body shapers, you name it – Sophia’s has it.
Wanna work out?
#7 Reach Personal Training. 287 Davenport Road
From NFL players to radio hosts, models, high powered CEOs to the next generation of pro athletes – they all get their sweat on at Reach. Why? The trainers. They are top of the line and all about smart strength training & recovery. Even if you only book one session you will learn more in that hour than anywhere else. #CurvyFitClub
Wanna keep up the pretty?
#8 Gee Beauty. 2 Roxborough Street West
Gee is the spot to get your face & body in tip-top shape. It’s been a Toronto staple for 10 years. Wax, pluck, treat, tan, paint, you name it - they will have you event ready in no time. Located in Toronto’s poshest neighborhood this family run gem is not one to miss. Make sure you book ahead – their days fill up fast!
Let’s grab a bite?
#9 El Catrin. 18 Tank House Lane
What can I say about El Catrin other than GO TO THERE! The best Mexican menu in the city, colorful décor, very memorable architecture…it’s a feast for the eyes and the belly. Located in must see area: The Distillery District. No cars allowed, cobblestone streets, you get the idea.
OMG, we need coffee!
#10 Boxcar Social. 2 Locations: 1208 Yonge Street & 4 Boulton Ave
Hipster coffee shops are everywhere but what makes Boxcar Social unique is their solid bean selection, sound technique aaaand because they have a lot of really good bourbon. How does an espresso bourbon tasting flight sound?
Let me introduce you to my #FancyFriends
#11 Killer Kurves - Karyn Johnson
This Toronto girl has taken the term ‘plus size blogger’ to a new stratosphere. She is connecting with women around the world thanks to her unique take on curvy style (think pink tutus). Women seek inspiration, find comfort in her honesty about her own curvy life and strength in her body positive sense of humor. This plussize Barbie is definitely one to learn from and connect with.
#12 Dare Magazine - Diana DiPoce
Meet the magazine editor that is changing the idea of plus size fashion in Canada. Diana is EIC of Dare Magazine. She brings together the best of the best in Canadian fashion. She is a curvy beauty herself so she really knows how to speak to her readers and she practices what she preaches…DARING to wear her first bikini in the pages of its Summer Issue!! Go girl!!