The popularity of online shopping has exploded within the last few years, with more and more heading to the internet for their fashion fix. It appeals to those of us too lazy to venture to the shops and deal with the crowds, or those who are hunting for a bargain. Whilst there are endless places that you can go to shop, I’ve selected a few of my favourites to give you a little inspiration.
Although this shop is gaining more and more popularity in the market, I still think it’s so undervalued in favour of other cheap places, such as eBay. It’s basically Primark online, selling cheap, fashionable clothing, shoes and accessories. It’s a great place to go for party dresses, cheap basics and statement pieces when you’re feeling a little penny-pinching. I bought a plain black maxi dress from here last summer that fitted like a dream and lasted me two summers before the shape started to go. They constantly have sales on too, and the delivery is fast and cheap. Returns are amazingly easy and I’ve never had any problems or questions with items that I’ve returned.
Another great one for savings, this is the one I go to on payday. The quality of their clothes is usually very good (I did have an unfortunate experience with some jeans from there, but their returns department dealt with it promptly and efficiently and I got every penny back) and the look is classier and more luxe than somewhere like boohoo. It’s often featured in magazines after some celebrity is spotted in their clothing and it’s easy to see why. You can find some real gems on here and they update their range often enough for you to visit regularly and fall in love every time.
This site is more suited to buying statement dresses and in season items than basics. If, like me, you get sick of websites showing all of their clothes on super-slim, impossibly leggy models (I’m looking at you, ASOS) then this website shows the clothes on their own. I find that it helps me make a judgment based more on the item, rather than thinking, “wow, that dress looks great on a 6”, size 6 model, so it must look great on me too!” and the subsequent heartache when it doesn’t. They have good, quick delivery and the clothes are always folded so nicely in the packaging that it’s not usually necessary to iron the item a few times before wearing it. The quality is as good as any high street shop and the sizes are pretty standard.
It’s important before you do any kind of online shopping to check out their payment protection policy. It’s alarming how easy it is for hackers to get into these types of shops and steal your details or even your identity. Open up a Paypal account for the most peace of mind, and ensure that you specify when ordering that you do not want your details (even your preferences or address) with any third parties. Happy shopping!