I’m delighted to introduce a guest post from those wonderful people at Totally Clapham.
Need a Spring wardrobe update? No need to sweat it out in the West End – there are plenty of independent women’s fashion shops around Clapham plus we’ve highlighted the new season’s key fashion trends.
What’s in for Spring:
1. Stripes are big this season – in any direction
2. Brights are back
3. Neon too – accents rather than full-on!
4. Metallics are still shining for Spring
5. Floaty florals complete the bohemian look
6. Don’t like bright? Monochrome and neutrals contrasted with pastels are on-trend too
7. Military coats and biker jackets hang around for another season
8. Check out checks, animal prints and tropical-inspired designs
9. Less tottering, more gliding – extreme stilettos are kicked aside
10. Out with the big bag, in with the tote (ideally with detachable clutch) and back-to-school satchels. Oh so practical…
(Caption main photo above: halterneck maxi dress from the Hoss Intropia Spring/Summer 2013 collection)
Here’s our pick of the best independent fashion shops in and around Clapham.
The Abbey boutique
27 Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 9LA, T: 020 8772 6674
Edgy yet elegant, this boutique features quirky and interesting designers. It’s not cheap but the owner, Debbie, offers a personal service and can organise for some pieces to be designed specifically to your size and shape.
24 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9RG, T: 020 8675 2345
Clothing from Vero Moda, Saint Tropez, Numph, Sugarhill and st-martins plus shoes, accessories, gifts and babywear.
22 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EE, T:020 7228 4077
If you’re looking for a dress, this is the place to visit. There’s a wide selection and the staff are very friendly. Good price range too – plenty of designer lines such as Paul Smith, Moschino, Nicole Farhi but also dresses under £100 from Rules by Mary and Selected Femme. Smaller collection of jeans, jackets, shoes and accessories.
97 Northcote Road, London SW11 6PL, T: 020 924 1836
Certainly not cheap, but gorgeously stylish! Features Acne, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno.
45 Clapham Old Town, London SW4 0JL, T: 020 7720 8050
JZD has been in the centre of Clapham Old Town since 1999 and manages to mix high end fashion with affordable designers. For Spring, JZD embraces the animal print trend with some must-have Malene Birger Folippa silk trousers (£255) and a Hoss Intropia printed knit top (£89). Or, for just £12.95, there’s a selection of gorgeous elephant print scarves in several colours. We particularly love JZD’s statement jewellery – you can pick up some dramatic designs from £10. But our favourite for Spring has to be the range of individually made, quirky Prinz clutch bags – pictured. JZD is the only shop in the UK to be selling them! Don’t forget, if you need some fashion guidance, the lovely JZD style advisors (and they really are friendly!) can help – day or night. Call or email them to arrange an appointment.
Katherine Bird has been here for years and has a wide range of beautiful formal/special occasionwear and a made-to-measure service plus daywear from well-known brands and designers. You’ll find everything from InWear, Nougat and Avoca to Day Birger et Mikkelson, Beulah and Joseph. Plus they stock the brilliant James Jeans.
143 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6PX, T: 020 7924 6948
This is the place for designer jeans – if you have the budget. There’s a huge choice including Citizens of Humanity, Goldsign, Paige, J Brand, Mother the Looker and Hudson. Denim for men also includes Acne, Seven for all Mankind. It’s a large shop and includes women’s and men’s designerwear for all occasions plus bags, shoes and jewellery. New for Spring: Rabens Saloner – a laidback, stylish brand from Copenhagen. Complimentary personal styling also available – out of hours if that suits you best. Call or email to book.
But if the thought of updating your wardrobe fills you with dread, Lara Brothertonis a local image consultant who offers advice on making the most of your current collection (however small it may be!). She will cast a fresh eye over your existing wardrobe and help you to assemble new and flattering combitions as well as giving advice on how to alter pieces to achieve a perfect fit and ways to organise and store clothes. Lara also offers an accompanied shopping service to help identify the best clothes for your shape, lifestyle and budget.
Finally, you can find a more extensive list of clothing shops in Clapham, Battersea and Balham on our listings page – click here.