Summer Lovin'

19 June 2015
Summer Lovin'
The shops are full to the brim with everything from sunglasses to swimwear with no coats or woolly jumpers in sight, which of course, can only mean one thing – summer is here. Oh yes, the holiday season is upon us and so we set out on the streets of Leeds to explore some of the best stores stocking everything you need to look super stylish this summer.

Little Pink Wardrobe

Little Pink Wardrobe, sitting prettily within the beautiful Corn Exchange, is a shop I'm sure all girls wish was their actual wardrobe. The fashion counterpart to The Little Pink Jewellery House – a shop equally as inviting and a must visit to top up your summer jewellery collection, the fashion store offers unique yet affordable pieces that will guarantee you look gorgeous this summer. From colourful dresses and patterned trousers to lightweight floral tops, The Little Pink Wardrobe stocks brands including Lily J of London and Park Lane, as well as handmade pieces by local designers for that special touch.

Audere Couture

When it comes to shopping in Leeds, the Central Arcade may be somewhat overlooked. However, with the likes of cool clothing boutique Audere Couture sitting upon their top floor, it is an arcade not to be missed. A stone’s throw from Briggate, as well as stocking pieces from independent designers from around the UK, they also stock their very own Audere label for those seeking something completely unique. Offering everything from geometric crop tops, patterned bodycon skirts and Levi shorts for the girls to tees with customised patterned and colourful sleeves for the guys, there's something to suit everyone at Audere Couture.

The Hip Store

A year round designer fanatic? With The Hip Store around, high-class luxurious style is still possible this summer. Stocking hand selected clothing, footwear and accessory options for men, the latest addition to Vicar Lane believes that 'purpose and quality transcends trend'. Whether you're after clothing from an established brand or one that's slightly lesser known, the store stocks everything from Lacoste, Converse and Polo Ralph Lauren to Edwin, Engineered Garments and Human Made. And with a selection of sunglasses, swimwear and luggage options, this really is the perfect menswear destination to visit before you hit the beach.

Portare

Ladies, make sure you add independent clothing boutique Portare to your list of places to summer shop. Offering stylish and high quality clothing options for everyday wear, this is the ideal place to pick up loose summery dresses, printed kaftans and harem pants for ultimate style in the sun. With a wide selection of different lines, layers and textures, you can be sure to find something to suit your individual tastes. Located in The Corn Exchange, the store is simple yet elegant with white sheer curtains gracing the walls and windows, a classy counter and a lavish chandelier hanging from the ceiling, ensuring a stylish shopping experience for all.

Fresco

If unique fashion pieces that you won't find anywhere on the high street are what you're after, then be sure to pay a visit to Fresco. One of the Corn Exchange's quirky independent boutiques, Fresco offers customised and limited edition streetwear options for a cool summer vibe. Stocking everything from vest tops, tees and crop tops to snapbacks and patterned shorts with the Fresco logo branded across in a variety of cool colours and patterns, the store caters for both men and women who want to ooze individuality.

Stocking all your summer staples, this stylish set of independent boutiques will have you sorted this summer.

By
Hannah is head of Retail Therapy and Health and Beauty at Leeds Living. She is an English Language Graduate with a penchant for all things fashion and beauty.