Are you searching for the perfect statement piece to add to your wardrobe, or looking for some must-have basics? Then why not check out your local, independent clothing shops instead of heading to the high street! Independent clothing stores offer a much more personal and unique experience that you won’t find in any of the big chains lining the high streets. At independents you can find truly unique, high quality items of clothing and accessories at affordable prices that will allow you to stand out from crowds of micro-trends and fads. Shopping at your local independents is also a good way to shop more consciously and avoid cheaply made fast fashion.

If you are looking for the best independent clothing stores in Yorkshire, we have found a few of our favourite picks we think you need to check out…

Stocking some of the finest men’s clothing in Yorkshire, The Modern Draper in Beverley is a must-visit during your next shopping spree. Their stock is sourced from brands across the world with a wide selection of names such as Carhartt, Hestra, Universal Works, Norse Projects and more available to browse. Here you can find everything you could possibly need, such as gilets, knitwear, denim items, outerwear, socks, and underwear! Fragrances, accessories and footwear are also stocked here with names such as Birkenstock and Bullfrog available. This unique heritage and contemporary clothing store needs to be your next menswear shopping destination!

Inside the Corn Exchange in Leeds City Centre, you will find the independent shopping destination, Hidden Wardrobe. Since 2010, they have been sourcing stylish and beautifully designed products to sell to the people of Yorkshire. The owners have travelled the world to find the very best and bring it back with them! Now they sell a wide selection of high quality, timeless fashion items that will allow you to express your individuality! Their jewellery comes all the way from Hong Kong, shoes and bags from Spain, and plenty of products come from local sources such as Leaf Jewellery from Scotland and St Justin’s from Cornwall. If you want to look extraordinary in stunning clothing bought at affordable prices, Hidden Wardrobe can offer you everything you need and more!

Since 1987, Smarts of York has been a go-to men’s fashion destination for those with a prestigious taste in clothing. Located in the heart of the historic city of York, here you can expect first class customer service and a friendly sales team that can help you throughout your shopping journey. Collections by British, European and Scandinavian brands are featured at Smarts of York, with everything you could possibly need available to browse. Shelves and racks are lined with casual wear, country wear, accessories and more! If you’re looking to upgrade to a first calf’s wardrobe, Smarts of York is where you need to shop!

Located in the beautiful Ilkley is an independent womenswear boutique, Attic Womenswear. Since 2007, Attic has been providing the women of Ilkley with contemporary and modern fashion from all over the world! Their style has a strong brand mix and with new arrivals in store every week, you are guaranteed to find something new and stylish upon every visit! If you are unsure of what fashion direction you want to go in, you can also book personal styling appointments for a more personal experience where you can explore what clothes feel perfect for you and your desired style!

Based in Leeds is the Japanese fashion designer, Masato Jones, who is introducing unique, bespoke fashion to the people of Leeds. Their first walk-in shop, also named MASATO JONES, can be found along Thornton’s Arcade in the heart of the city. Masato’s unisex focus on menswear and the unique fabric patterns used to create the brand’s unique style, can elevate your style in ways high street garments wouldn’t be able to. Here they also offer a made to measure service with all garments and creating special garments just for you using one-off fabrics or details. For a truly unique and personal shopping experience you can’t find anywhere else, head to Masato‘s!

Sassy and Chic is a womenswear boutique located in Pocklington that offers up a range of distinctive clothing and accessories. If you are looking for a unique piece that will make you stand out in a crowd and that you can’t find in a high street store, this is the clothing shop for you! Here you can browse a wide selection of unique party dresses, shoes, jackets, handbags, jewellery and giftware with plenty of options guaranteeing you’ll find something perfect for you and your style! Next time you find yourself in Pocklington, make sure Sassy and Chic is on your must-visit list!

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