The best of Cheshire and Manchester boutiques

There are so many reasons why our local boutiques are simply the best...

There are truly lots of reasons why we should buy from local boutiques. Mostly independent shops stock labels that are entirely different from those on the high street and that means you won’t clash with someone else, which let’s face it, is so important especially when you’re at a business meeting or special party. They usually offer expert advice too on crucial things such as accessorising and how different pieces go together, resulting in a look that is truly unique to you.

The owners of these boutiques are usually women and men who have had a lifelong love of fashion and a loyal clientele who they can call whenever they spot a piece of clothing they think is the perfect addition to their wardrobe.

They are passionate about their stock and the good ones won’t allow you to walk away with a purchase you’re not happy to wear - after all they want to build up your trust so you’ll come back over and over again.

Above all, what could be nicer than having gorgeous little boutiques on our local high street? Isn’t it a pleasure just to be able to pop in and experience the joy of browsing through beautiful things?

These are stores that can beat the high street on so many levels, from fashionable looks with longevity, through to dramatic designer ballgowns with the wow factor.

Here are just some of our favourites...Vicky Allen205 Ashley Road, Hale.Tel: 0161 941 1627Style:  A boutique which is very much tuned into its customer base, smart sassy and stylish women who want to follow the trends in their own unique way.Labels: Oskar, Joseph Ribkoff, Gina Baconi,  Oui, Moments, Olsen, Senas, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Kirsten, Faber and lots of gorgeous jewellery to play with, gift wrapping, gift vouchers, wardrobe makeover service.

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BroadbentsKing Street, KnutsfordTel: 01565 632 568Style: A very special department store that really cares about fashion.Labels: Pause Cafe, Sandwich, Massai, Peruzzi, Gerry Webber, Betty Barclay, Ya-Ya, Tara Vao are amongst the European labels for this season. Tailoring is soft, unstructured but with contemporary flair.Andrea Claire59-61 Station Road,CheadleTel: 0161 485 3331Style: Destination boutique for anyone who is looking for those elegant occasionwear pieces or daywear with a difference with sizes ranging from 10-20.Labels: A dedicated Joseph Ribkoff Studio, Fred Sabatier, Peruzzi, Steilmann, Gold, Libra, this season cocktail dresses in delicious jewel colours are proving a hit but there are full-length gowns for those more formal occasions too, as well as lots of lovelysmart casualwear.Ibizaar104 London Road, Stockton heathTel: 01925 269948Style: Fashion haven for the young, funky fashionista.Labels: Clothing and accessories that ensure you stand out from the crowd. Darling, Traffic people, Yumi, Numph, Charming are amongst the labels at Ibizaar, as well as a delicious selection of accessories, all cherry-picked to suit their clientele.Browse12 Town Street, MarpleTel: 0161 427 7010Style: Warm, welcoming attractive boutique that prides itself on really looking after customers - without being pushy of course!Labels: Oui Moments, stills, Sandwich, Tuzzi, Sita Murt, European Culture and new to the store are bags from Bag SacBibaUnit 1, Chase meadow Heatley Mere, Lymm Tel: 01925 757508Style: Glamour darling! Biba has just been launched and it’s even more gorgeous than ever with its pink and white Laura Ashley wallpaper in the front and boudoir feel complete with chandelier in the back area.Labels: Catering from the yummy mummies right through to the forvever 40s there are some cool labels here such as Desigual, Kush, Lipsy, USA, Vicky Martin and Aftershock  as well as footwear from Ravel and Lacuzzo and if you want a complete make-over there’s even a hairdresser next door!Jennie at Susie Blues187 Marsland Road, SaleTel: 0161973 3398Style: Very friendly and helpful (when advice is needed) with teas and coffees and lots of lovely clothes plus an alteration service. What more could a gal want? Susie Blues regulars are well looked after by the experienced staff. Labels: The classics such as Gold, Betty Barclay, Apanage, Eugene Klein and Olsen, as well as classics with a quirky twist, lovely knitwear and jewellery and accessories too.

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