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Colourful Shop Front | Courtesy of Thunder Egg
Colourful Shop Front | Courtesy of Thunder Egg
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Best Womenswear Boutiques in Manchester

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Updated: 24 January 2017
In a city famed for its high street and high-end shopping, there are still a selection of exciting independent boutiques to discover. Take a step away from the bustling areas around Market Street, the Arndale Centre and Spinningfields (and don’t you dare head to the Trafford Centre); the majority of Manchester’s independent stores are located in its southern suburbs. If you’re looking for unique styles, quirky fashion, hard to find labels or just something a little different, take a look below at our little black book of the finest womenswear boutiques in and around the city.
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Object Man | Woman | Home

Describing itself as Chorlton’s ‘neighbourhood store’, Object isn’t solely a womenswear boutique (it also focuses on menswear and home accessories) but its selection of linen garments earn it a place on this list. Stocking pure linen and linen-wool mix jumpsuits, aprons, dresses and culottes from a selection of Lithuanian-based linen labels, Object offers a simple and slow style that can’t be found elsewhere in the city. Make this your one-stop destination for a Nordic-inspired aesthetic.

Object Man | Woman | Home, 519 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, UK, +44 161 425 6868

Capsule Womenswear Collection at Object | Courtesy of Object

Capsule Womenswear Collection at Object | Courtesy of Object

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Do you drag your boyfriend along with you on the lookout for young hip brands? Make West Didsbury’s favourite boutique, Steranko your first port of call. With the shop floor split 50-50 between men’s and women’s clothing, it’s the perfect place to shop together for all the clothing, shoes and accessories that you need to look effortlessly dressed. Having been open for 25 years, the staff are extremely knowledgeable about both their products and the local area. Head here to shop super cool brands such as Fjallraven, YMC and Superga while discovering new favourites including Rains, Samsøe & Samsøe and Great Plains.

Steranko, 172 Burton Road, West Didsbury, UK, +44 161 448 0108

The Shop Front on Burton Road | Courtesy of Steranko

The Shop Front on Burton Road | Courtesy of Steranko

McQueen Independent

Absolutely nothing to do with Alexander McQueen, this Beech Road gem is one of the city’s best purveyors of independent British and Scandinavian brands. Stocking stylish garbs by the likes of The White Pepper, Native Youth, Sol Sana and Antiform, it’s worth heading to the suburb of Chorlton (or nearby Didsbury Village, where it’s sister shop lies) for a well-earned respite from the busy city centre.

McQueen Independent, 54 Beech Road, Chorlton, UK, +44 161 881 4718

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Summer Styles | Courtesy of McQueen Indepedent
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Thunder Egg

At the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if you’re seeking for something colourful and quirky, look no further than Thunder Egg, situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Women’s clothing is the focus in this alternative boutique, although they do sell a range of homewares and gifts. Contemporary brands such as Lazy Oaf, Trollied Dolly and Run & Fly offer a carefully curated selection of printed dresses, slogan T-shirts and cosy knitwear; helping you select the perfect outfit for day or for night.

Thunder Egg, 22 Oldham Street, UK, +44 161 235 0606

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Love Lucy Boutique

The third store on our list located in Chorlton, Love Lucy Boutique is a fairly recent addition to Beech Road. Focusing on British, Italian and French brands with a distinctive feminine aesthetic, each garment in the store is hand-selected by the owner to create a carefully curated collection. Offering a fusion of everyday clothes and party frocks, the majority of Love Lucy’s labels can’t be found elsewhere in the city.

Love Lucy Boutique, 109 Beech Road, UK, +44 161 881 7107

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Love Lucy Boutique | Courtesy of Love Lucy Boutique