About Stick & Ribbon

Based in the heart of Nottingham City Centre, we are an independent ladieswear boutique, run by a family team, offering you a huge stylish collection of brands to fulfil all your wardrobe needs.

Starting out back in 2009, offering pop-up events and at-home shopping across the East Midlands and then opening up our first boutique in Flying Horse Walk in 2012. We have since moved into small alleys & arcades around Nottingham including Bridlesmith Walk & Cobden Chambers, finally finding our home in our destination, high street boutique on Bridlesmith Gate.

As well as our range of beautiful clothes and other bits & bobs, we are able to offer you friendly, professional and helpful advice. Our team is trained in colour and style analysis so we will always be able to offer you that little bit more help to make sure you get the perfect piece for you! We recognise that everyone is difference - style preference, body proportions and colouring, so we encourage you to work with and enhance your best bits!

Regular contributors to BBC Radio 5 Live Wake Up to Money and BBC Breakfast

Finalists in 2019 Draper's Independent Awards - Best Womenswear Independent Retailer

Featured in BBC2/Netflix Interior Design Masters - episode 3 'Shop Makeovers'! Watch again on BBC IPlayer and Netflix!

It's all in the name!

We are called Stick & Ribbon as these are the tools of our trade!

Our styling philosophy is based on knowing our body proportions rather than our body shape – as we believe this helps you shop much better than knowing if you are an apple or a pear!

As part of a consultation, we include body proportion analysis.

We will be looking at three elements:
- Whether you have long or short legs (in relation to the top half of your body)
- Whether you have wide or narrow shoulders (in relation to your hips)
- Whether you have a long or a short waist

To do this we use A STICK & A RIBBON!

Once you know your body proportions, we can give you some clear guidelines as to where your hemlines should sit, sleeve lengths, style of jackets etc – all with the aim of re-balancing your body (and often making you look slimmer and taller!)

Our Services

Personal Shopping

If you need some help in pulling together a capsule wardrobe, getting started for a new job or just fed up with the clothes in your wardrobe and want a fresh start, we are able to offer personal shopping at our boutique absolutely free.

We are passionate about the stock we hold in the shop and know how the various items fit, how they flatter certain bodies and what works with what. We may ask you to try something you haven’t thought of trying before – maybe you will surprise yourself.

However, we are always true to ourselves about offering helpful advice and 100% understand that you need to feel comfortable and know you will wear the pieces once you have them home.

Style Consultations

One-2-One And Group Style/Colour Consultations

Ever wondered why you have lots of clothes but nothing to wear? We can give you some top tips on how to create outfits, learn about your body proportions and how to create your own personal style. Our stylists will give you advice to enable you to use your clothes to re-balance your body and create a look which will be the envy of your friends!

Would you love to find out which colours suit you best? We can show you how to use colour to make you look healthy and younger(!), as well as helping you create a co-ordinated wardrobe of clothes – no more "I've got nothing to wear" moments.

Book either a one-2-one appointment or come and join us with a group of your friends for an evening of shopping, styling and fizz!

Pure Shopping Evening

If you don't fancy the styling, why not book our Pure Shopping Evening for you and your friends – no charge, you bring the friends and we'll provide the fizz! Have the shop to yourselves from 6-8pm.

At Home Wardrobe Management

Two hour at home appointment (within 25 miles of Nottingham City Centre) £125. Additional time £50/hour

Style Talks For Charity Fundraisers

Are you involved with school fundraising, a WI/Ladies group or a local/national charity?

Why not book one of our stylists to provide a fun style talk. You arrange the event, sell the tickets and we'll bring along our pop-up shop and provide the entertainment!

We will also provide a great raffle prize to add to your fundraiser.

Other fundraising activities include

- Fashion Shows
- Clearance sales
- Coffee mornings

Alterations Service

We understand that garments will not always be a perfect fit. We will offer advice on items bought from our boutique to ensure you get the best fit to flatter your body.

Meet the Team


Sally Longden


Hobby: Golfing with my hubby

Favourite brand: Paige

Favourite part of the job: Creating the perfect shopping experience for the ladies of Nottingham

Can be found: Modelling most of the items in the shop


Ellie Philpott

Creative Director (& daughter of Sally)

Hobby: Ultimate foodie

Favourite brand: Essentiel Antwerp

Favourite part of the job: Spending time with my mum every day

Can be found: Re-organising rails constantly