October 11th, 2012 | Tags: fashion in Bath, fashion shops in Bath,

Discover Bath: Britain’s secret fashion hub

Bath is a city not to be forgotten in your search for high fashion and original vintage pieces to add to your wardrobe. Often pushed aside in favour of bigger style hotspots like London and Manchester, this south western city’s fashion scene offers a wide variety of European labels as well as some chic and eclectic boutiques.

If you’re in an indulgent mood the first place to go is the pretty Milsom Street and Bartlett Street. Paved with cobbles, it might be a nightmare for the heels, but is truly a treasure trove of beautiful boutiques you can explore – a highlight being the boutique, Lux. This shop is labels galore, from Mulberry and Lulu Guinness to Chie Mahara and Anya Hindmarch. Shoes, bags, and other accessories, this place is perfect for those pieces that complete an outfit.

Just off Milsom Street, another well-known boutique in Bath to hit up is Vintage to Vogue. Step into another era and find a collection of 1950s dresses, trilbies and Edwardian style costume - all of the “classic” elements incorporated in the fashions we enjoy today.

To nab yourself a quality fashion staple, head over to Mimi Noor. Listed in Vogue.com’s 100 Best Shops outside of London, you will find an impressive collection of denims, from high waisted to other catwalk trends. The boutique opened its doors in 2010 and also provides a selection of blouses, cashmere, jackets and t-shirts to go with your jeans.

If you want to find something else to team up with your Mimi Noor purchase, head over to Square on Old Bond Street. For that one off item, explore upstairs for a bit of Alexander McQueen, Prada and similar luxurious brands. For the full experience, pop downstairs to discover new brands such as Day Birger et Mikkelsen.

For those who want an even more unique piece, you can have your very own dress created by famous local designer, Alexandra King, at Pinkstripes near Putney Bridge that will surely make you stand out of the crowd.

The Bath Vintage and Antiques Market, held every last Sunday of the month, is the place to find those one of a kind jewellery pieces and accessories and other fashions, amongst a collection of antique furniture, art work, ceramics and much more. This stop in particular, with its cider bar, food and DJ adds to the shopping experience.

If in doubt, you’re sure to enjoy the SouthGate Centre for some of the nation’s favourite never-fail brands and fashion stores, including Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, New Look, Superdry and Debenhams. With such a large variety of high street names to choose from, you could easily spend a whole day exploring these stores and come home with a satisfying armful of bags.

Home to the Fashion Museum and its very own Fashion Week which this year included two of British fashion’s most famous names, Manolo Blahnik and Stephen Jones, Bath is one of England’s style hubs that you can’t afford to miss.

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