While searching for great inspiration to share with my stylish readers, I often get a wee bit distracted and find myself, 2 hours later, in a sea of online shopping. Multiple browsers open and tossing up if I NEED that awesome studded clutch that is 50% off! 2 hours blogging time turns into 4 hours distraction. The things I do in the name of research.
I often get messages from friends and readers asking what are the best sites to search for clothing and accessories. Ultimately I always prefer to try on goods in store, but the ease of online is too good to refuse. As long as there is an easy return system and shipping doesn’t cost as much as the product, I’m in!
Mimi’s Top Sites:
ASOS: This site is great for on trend pieces that won’t break the bank. They have a range of designers plus their own exclusive range. You will be surprised (and overwhelmed) by the choice. My tip is know what you are looking for before you enter. And be careful of the sizes. Many are UK sizes (there is a conversion chart) which may mean going down a couple sizes. Don’t expect pieces that will last you a lifetime but for the price you can’t go wrong.
NastyGal: Have you read #GirlBoss yet? A great read from this self made owner/millionaire of NastyGal. This website is so fun to look at. I think my days of mini skater dresses are over but I love the selection of shoes (hello Jeffrey Campbell) and flirtatious accessories. They have a pretty cool sale for Black Friday.
The Iconic: This Australian Based website offers free shipping and has a huge range of labels to choose from. You can shop bras to shoes to techy gadgets. It also caters to men and children. I find this a great family site that caters to a wide range of budgets.
ShopBop: An American staple. I discovered this online mecca several years ago while touring through the USA. The daily style edits are a great way to keep on top of the trends. This site offers on trend, quality pieces with plenty of classics thrown in. Not the best site if you are on a budget but I recommend checking out the sale section often at 70% off and ShopBop offers free shipping internationally for orders over $100. A great site for my favorite labels that are often marked up way too high in Australia.
Net-A-Porter: If your bank account is looking quite healthy (wouldn’t that be nice), this is the fashion site for you. From Alexander McQueen to Givenchy this fashion extravaganza is a site to behold. I lust over many of the designs and use this site as inspiration. From sports luxe, beauty and red carpet, my mouth drools over this fabulosity. Don’t let the prices scare you, Net-A-Porter offers amazing sales with 50%+off many designers. Get your timing right and you can snag a bargain.
The Outnet : If Net-A-Porter is the Queen of Online Fashion then Outnet is the princess. This site offers year round discounts to all your dream worthy designer brands. It is the online equivalent to the best outlet mall. Sizes may be limited but the discounts are very tempting. Go ahead and get lost in the designs.
Some Australian Specific websites:
Green With Envy: As the self-proclaimed Australian destination for fashion, Green With Envy offers customers a generous range of designers from around the world and Australia. This site ships around the world and has stores scattered throughout Melbourne, VIC.
David Lawrence: My go-to for classic design and quality manufacturing. I love to mix classic staples from David Lawrence with other items in my wardrobe. What I also loge is that this label is made for a woman. The cuts are shape conscious without feeling dowdy.
Trenery: Ask me a year ago and this would not have made it to my list but for the past 6 months I have been frequenting this store for its great materials, clever cuts and classic yet fun style.
Wittner: Fun shoes for all ages and styles. I particularly love their selection of boots.
I am discovering new sites everyday mainly thanks to Instagram (such and addictive tool).
I would love to hear your top recommendations. Leave your suggestions below.