It can be easy to fall into a pattern of only shopping at Zara or browsing those online stores bookmarked on your desktop. Here at Who What Wear UK, we think there is nothing wrong with a Zara dependency and knowing the stock at Net-a-Porter as well as your own wardrobe, but it can pay to branch out and explore new, under-the-radar independent shops from across the country.
We turned to fashion bloggers in Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester and more to discover some of the best independent boutiques outside of London, which stock everything from vintage American Levi's to Carven and Valentino.
Go through the gallery to discover six of the best boutiques recommended by bloggers living around the UK…
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"Jane Davidson on Thistle Street in Edinburgh is one of my favourite boutiques, and I always recommend it to friends visiting the Scottish capital," says Christina Miller of The Daydreamer.net. "It's a great one-stop shop for wearable labels, such as Osman, Diane von Furstenburg, Theory, M.i.h Jeans and Roland Mouret. The business is family run, so it's a truly personal experience, yet the professionalism and expert style advice are second-to-none."
Jane Davidson, Edinburgh, 52 Thistle Street
"Bionic Seven is a bit of a hidden gem in Manchester," says fashion blogger Hannah Louise. "It is a menswear store which stocks handpicked vintage, the smaller sizes are of course suitable for women too. You can get your hands on brands like Ralph Lauren, Levis, Lacoste and Fred Perry, and pieces which are much more unique than those in other vintage stores."
Bionic Seven, 60 Port Street, Manchester
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"This little homeware gem tucked away in the Northern Quarter is where I have found some of my favourite homeware items," says Lizzy Hadfield from ShotFromTheStreet. "There is a little café in there too, so you can browse with a coffee in hand! As well as homeware pieces, they also have a selection of handmade statement necklaces."
Fig + Sparrow, 20 Oldham Street, Manchester