Winter may not officially begin until December, 21 but the persistent frost nipping at your nose signals the winter chill is already here. Whether you can’t wait to get out and glide down Whistler’s frosty slopes or just want to survive the biting days where the wind and the damp seem to cut through everything, stocking up on new winter gear is a must.

Make your travels in the chilly weather a bit easier and head to the quaint streets of Victoria to check out the city’s burgeoning shopping scene and a few of our favorite boutiques. With an array of winter jackets, warm boots and cozy scarfs, these trendy, unique shops have everything you need to stay warm this season and look good while braving the elements.

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Check Out the Iconic Contemporary Style of Still Life

Browse the quality selections at Still Life. Photo: Jordan Stout, courtesy of Still Life For Him & For Her
Browse the quality selections at Still Life. Photo: Jordan Stout, courtesy of Still Life For Him & For Her

For the fashion savvy, Still Life needs no introduction. Located in the heart of Victoria’s shopping district on Johnson Street, the iconic boutique carries modern, quality threads for both men and women from smaller international fashion designers.

This winter, the shop is full of gear have you feeling cozy, yet looking stylish.Try the cozy Minimum Algerine Outerwear coat paired with the Aigle Ms, Julie Rainboots and topped off with the snuggly the Minimum Gry Wool scarf.

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Try on the Feel Good Fashion of Spank Clothing

Stock up on cozy jackets to stay warm through out the holidays. Photo: Spank Clothing
Stock up on cozy jackets to stay warm through out the holidays. Photo: Spank Clothing

With curated collections for every season, Spank Clothing supports Canadian and independent brands including their house label, Lost & Found. At their Government Street location, you’ll find Lennon wool-blend jackets, Alder parkas with faux fur trim and waterproof Breakwater jackets. Whatever you pick, you’ll look and feel good this winter.

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Cozy Up with Stylish Finds at Mynx Boutique

Stay comfy in one of Mynx's threads. Photo: Mynx Boutique
Stay comfy in one of Mynx’s threads. Photo: Mynx Boutique

Located 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, Mynx Boutique at Royal Oak Shopping Centre carries everything from affordable luxury labels to high performance, outdoor clothing brands. Step through the doors and you’ll find a vareity of coats and jackets to top off your winter outfit. We suggest checking out the quality ski jackets from Columbia, cozy down jackets from Point Zero and sleek winter trench coats from Dex.

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Explore Sustainable Design at Not Just Pretty

Not Just Pretty has lots of attractive, eco-friendly options on display. Photo: Not Just Pretty
Not Just Pretty has lots of attractive, eco-friendly options on display. Photo: Not Just Pretty

A mainstay for over a decade on Fort Street, Not Just Pretty shows that style and sustainability go hand in hand. The eco-boutique carries locally designed clothing made of organic sustainable fabrics. Standouts for the winter season include the lightweight and insulated Nau Cocoon Down Trench and the Nau Allee Down Pullover with a draped funnel neck collar.

When it comes to cold weather accessories, you’ll have no shortage of options. Complete your look with cable knit hats from Cecile Benac, popcorn knit eternity scarves from Lolë and merino wool hand warmers from Erdaine. Your winter ensemble will be more than “just pretty”—it will be comfortable and environmentally friendly too.

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When you’re on the hunt for a cozy winter coat, sturdy boots or a stylish scarf, Victoria proves that you don’t have to rely on big box stores to get what you need. Explore the city’s independent boutiques and you’ll find an abundance of winter outerwear that will keep you toasty and warm while looking stylish.

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Clipper Recommends:

  • Now that you are armed with the gear to stay cozy and warm all winter, bundle up and spend an evening exploring the colorful, dazzlingly array of lights covering The Butchart Gardens on the Holiday Lights Tour.
  • After spending the day shopping or exploring, warm up with a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate at one of our favorite Victoria coffee shops.

 

Feature Photo: Evan Kirby