Does your best friend always look beautiful? Do you have a devastatingly dapper dad? Perhaps yours is the mum with the most? Is your sister a sartorial stunner?


York businesswoman Anne McCrickard, owner of Grape Lane boutique Maude & Tommy, is celebrating ten years in retail in the city with a quest to find our most stylish citizen.

“After a decade selling clothes to the brilliant people of York, I know exactly what a stylish bunch we are,” explained Anne, “But who’s the most stylish? That’s what I want to know now.

“In keeping with Maude & Tommy’s ‘slow fashion’ philosophy, this competition isn’t about being the youngest or the skinniest or the most buff. This is about celebrating genuine personal style, in all its shapes, sizes and glorious colours. We want to reward anyone who puts a little extra magic into their outfits – from the beautiful to the bonkers!”

The slow fashion philosophy is a world away from the fast fashion that dominates our High Streets. It’s a reaction to the pile ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap thinking that creates an industry based on exploited and underpaid workers.

Slow fashion puts the focus back on timeless styles, made in ethical conditions and with sustainable materials.

York’s Most Stylish is open to anyone, of any age, living in York. You can nominate in two ways. Either:

  1. Instagram

Post a pic of your nominee, telling us their name and a brief reason you’re nominating them. REMEMBER TO INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #YorksMostStylish – or we won’t see your nomination.

  1. Email

Email a picture, brief details and the reason you’re nominating them to

The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 18 April.

The winner will be chosen by Anne herself and Fashion City York chair Angela Horner, following Fashion City York’s Six Days of Style, which runs from Tuesday 4 April to Sunday 9 April.

As well as impressive bragging rights and the incredible prestige of being recognised as York’s Most Stylish, the winner will be awarded County Stand badges for Macmillan’s Charity Raceday on Saturday 17 June 2017.

This fantastic day of exhilarating racing has plenty of opportunities to support people affected by cancer. What better place to show off their style?

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Images courtesy of Mike Nowill Photography