Having just opened their doors in December of 2011, VAM is still totally brand new. They don't call it the "house of clothing" for nothing...it's in an old house, which makes the layout incredibly fun. They even have a room on the second floor dedicated to shoes. The store has a very chic rustic feel to it, and the clothing certainly does not disappoint. Carrying brands such as BB Dakota, Free People, Dolce Vita, Line+Dot, etc etc, there's something for everyone.
2. Victoire - 246 Dalhousie St. and 1282 B Wellington St. W
I think most people reading this, from Ottawa, is going "surprise! surprise!". In the Ottawa fashion community, Victoire is pretty well know. Carrying many Canadian designers, such as Valerie Dumain, Dace, Eve Gravel, etc, it's a great place to shop to support the Canadian fashion industry. If you love a vintage feel, then Victoire is definitely your go to!
3. Young Janes - 223 Dalhousie St.
If you love vintage, Young Janes is one of Ottawa's only vintage shop. There are a few...but not many that I know of anyway. If you know of more, let me know! They recently moved locations, but I haven't gotten the chance to check it out yet. From the look of the photos, it looks a lot bigger! So I'm very excited to take a look.
4. Milk Shop - 234 Dalhousie St.
I unfortunately haven't been to Milk in a little while, but they always so many great things! I bet you've noticed a bit of a trend of shops on Dalhousie? Well there's a nice little collection of shops around there, so you can check them all out at once! I'll have to head over there soon...check up on all the new summer stuff! They carry a lot of great brands like Alternative Apparel, ONLY, Pink Martini, etc etc.
5. Slaysh - 775 Bank St.
Slaysh has totally revamped their look! If you thought it was too skateboard ish before, you NEED to check it out now. Very chic, great clothes, and a nice mellow atmosphere. They have men's clothing as well...which is always fun! Brands that your boyfriend will love.