The doors to my independent boutique Very Stylish Girl opened in pretty Horsforth, in the outskirts of Leeds, in March 2019, a year after my little girl was born.

After launching the business online in 2017, I wanted to grow further by moving to a bricks and mortar store - I had a clear vision for the boutique and its collections.

The dream was to create an easy to browse, contemporary space for ladies to feel relaxed in whilst enjoying a warm welcome and knowledgeable customer service. The collections, predominately from Scandinavian brands, are curated capsule collections to allow you to easily shop and build outfits to suit you in sizes 8-18. We try to strike a balance between trend-led items and wearability, with a nod to the effortlessly chic feel of the French & Scandinavian We pride ourselves on offering beautiful, high-quality clothing at an affordable price - our clothes are designed to be worn, loved and to offer inherent confidence for a wide range of ages.

New collections arrive every few weeks and, as well as fashion, there is footwear from Woden, Emu Australia and Freedom Moses. We love to source new UK brands so you’ll find jewellery and gifts from UK labels Estella Bartlett and Big Metal London and home fragrances from CAHM.

The website continues to reflect the styles in store and we offer click and collect where you can buy online and collect from the boutique.

We were very excited to be a “New Independent Retailer” finalist in the Independent Drapers awards 2020 and we are equally proud to be in the final for “Best Womenswear Independent” in the Boutique Star Awards this November.

You’ll find another Helen at the boutique, come and pop in and we will both strive to offer a personal shopping experience where you can browse, have style advice and try on at your leisure with no pressure. We love to chat about all things fashion and we love to make the experience of shopping with us feel fun and relaxed.

Helen & Helen x