How to Shop for the Ultimate Deals Online: The 8 Best Quality Online Stores!
Some of the comments I see the most from people looking for fashion advice are questions asking about what online clothing stores I like to buy from. It can be crazy stressful to shop for clothing online, especially when different stores and brands can have different sizes and it’s not always easy to try stuff on to make sure it fits. To help you shop smarter, I’ve picked out eight of my favorite places on the web to shop for quality clothing and accessories, from consignment stores to luxury brands.
For clothing that will fit into a casual and chic look, I recommend ShopBop for the great deals in their sale section. ShopBop’s sale section is one of my favorite places to look for off-season clothing, especially if I have a trip planned for somewhere warm. Since they’re owned by Amazon, ShopBop’s shipping and returns are no problem. ShopBop has a great variety of retailers that offer a lot of my favorite casual pieces like t-shirts and jeans, and even boots! The “Our Must-Haves” section on their website is a great start if you’re looking to update your wardrobe but haven’t decided where to start. My tip for you is to make a list of what you like in their “Must-Haves” and then take a look in the sale section for similar items to save a few bucks. If you’re looking for what’s trendy, you can even sort by “Most Hearted” which lets you see what other shoppers have on their wishlists.
If the goal of your online shopping trip is to find an outfit with the look of luxury, then you’ll want to visit The Outnet. This site serves as a kind of outlet or overstock site for the luxury fashion site Net-a-Porter, so you can find all kinds of luxury products for up to 50% off! The Outnet has a wide variety, and you can even sort by “What to Wear” to occasions like skiing, a wedding, and the gym. These categories are curated so you don’t have to struggle to look for something to wear to a special event.
Those of you that are trying to shop sustainability in mind, or those looking to make space for new clothes will be happy to check out The RealReal. This site acts like an online consignment store, so they will assess clothing and accessories, and then put them up for sale. Just like a brick-and-mortar consignment store, if you look hard enough you can find expensive luxury brands for next to nothing. If you’re trying to reduce and reuse then The RealReal is a great choice for you.
Another online resale store I love is Vestiare Collective. Based in Europe, they stock name brands from Balenciaga to Stuart Weitzman for prices much lower than retail. I really appreciate stores like Vestiare Collective because they keep these great pieces in circulation, which means keeping them out of landfills. Vestiare Collective also offers rush shipping, even for international purchases so you can get that perfect vintage item right when you need it.
When I make luxury fashion purchases online, the site I turn to most often is Net-a-Porter. I often shop on Net-a-Porter for clients and myself, and their shipping policies are excellent. Their product curators are some of the best I’ve seen online. The Net-a-Porter site has the same “What to Wear” curated section that’s on their other site, the OutNet. This section makes it easy to buy clothes that you know will make a great outfit together. Net-a-Porter also has a section for the environmentally-minded shopper, because the items in their “Net Sustain” category all meet at least one of eight attributes that support a more sustainable fashion industry.
As we continue on my list of favorite online clothing stores, we move towards the higher end of the clothing market. My next recommendation is Mytheresa, and one of my favorite parts of their site is their “Essentials”. This is a great place to find trendy items in neutral colors that are fantastic to have as basics. Designers often collaborate with Mytheresa as well, so if you watch closely, you can snag a one-of-a-kind piece from your favorite designer.
Farfetch is another wonderful site to find a wide array of high-quality pieces at a range of prices. One of the things I really like about Farfetch is that they have a pre-owned section that has great deals on some popular designer items like Louis Vuitton bags. Farfetch also has one of my favorite jewelry selections online.
The last store on my list is the priciest one so far: Moda Operandi is an amazing site to find the highest-luxury items around. It’s fantastically curated and one of the only online stores I know of where you can purchase items right off the runway. And if the prices on their front page are a little intimidating to you, their sale section lets you sort by up to 80% off so you might be able to get more than you think! I hope this list can help you find the perfect site for your next online shopping spree. Make sure to comment so you can let me know which site is your favorite, and what perfect item you found there!
Shopping online. I get tons of questions from you guys every day about where to find the basics. I'm gonna show you my very favorite sites to shop online: everything from affordable luxury down to consignment and resale. These are the best sites that I know that are out there, you're gonna love them let's get to it.
Welcome back to Secrets of a Stylist. For those of you who don't know me, my name's Kim. I'm a fashion stylist. I've been in the industry for many years working as a stylist. So I go through all of your comments-- or I try to-- on all of my videos and then from there I'm taking questions and comments and I'm trying to make videos from the most asked questions. Today's video is how to shop online. I know it's a somewhat daunting process. I'm gonna walk you through it, I'm gonna show you my very favorite sites-- the ones I use all the time—for myself and for clients, and I'm gonna give you a few tips and tricks along the way on how to order well.Read more....
I'm gonna start with one of my very favorite casual sites. They ship worldwide: Shopbop. So for those of you guys who are a little more casual dresser, if you're looking for great deals, they have an awesome sales section. I almost always shop the sales section. Especially if I'm going away somewhere hot, I will look at the end-of-the-summer stuff. There's always offseason stuff on Shopbop. They were actually bought by Amazon, or they're owned by Amazon, so they're amazing with logistics. Stuff gets to you really fast, it's super easy to return, it's just a really great site, they have a wide variety of prices. You can go from, like, a twelve dollar shirt that's on sale to whatever it is that you're looking for and some fancy foods. So it's just got a lot of great retailers on there. They tend to be my go-to for casual for jeans, for t-shirts, for that sort of thing. When you are shopping on Shopbop, one of my favorite things they have is a section called our must-haves: this is great because if you're kind of, like, wandering and you're not sure about your style, you can click on that. There's the everyday essentials, so just float through the everyday essentials, maybe they have those things listed that you need-- you can actually make the list-- and then head over to the sales section and see if you can find pieces that are similar to those that are already being shown. They have a 'Most Hearted Styles' which means people that are going through the sites, the ones that they're 'Hearting'-- which means they're liking to come back to later-- you can see what everyone else is liking. It's a great casual website. I love it. Check it out for yourself.
The next site that I love is called The Outnet. If you've never heard of The Outnet, The Outnet is actually owned by Net-a-porter. So, The Outnet is basically all of the things that maybe haven't sold, or there's just one or two left of from the season, they had them over to The Outnet. It's a beautifully curated website: there is tons of luxury products for up to fifty percent off. There's a really wide variety in the products that you can get on The Outnet. One of my favorite things about the site is if you hit on 'clothing' and then a 'what to wear' section, they have a 'what to wear' section: what to wear to the gym, what to wear skiing, what to wear to a wedding, and they've actually curated all of the products or all of the pieces and what to wear when you're going to those events. So remember that, head over to The Outnet, click on the 'what to wear' section and see what they have there for you.
One of my favorite sites one of the sites I've been working with for a very long time-- I think I was in contact with them in 2011, I was working with a designer and I had a bunch of the-- that designers pieces from a sample sale we did and I was looking to sell them to one group. It's basically online consignment: they take everything in so if you are a seller of your luxury products, you want to get rid of your purses, your boots, your belts whatever your watches, The Real Real will take those products they assess them and make sure that they're real and then they put them online to sell. Sometimes there are shoes on there that have actually never been worn, shoes, purses, jewelry--definitely check them out, there's a lot of luxury brands on there, and you can get them for rock-bottom prices. Basically, you don't ever have to walk into a secondhand store: you can just shop your luxury online.
So there's another online resale secondhand shop, whatever you want to call it. They also have luxury brands they really range this one's based out of Europe, it's called Vestiaire Collective. So they have everything from, like, Stuart Weitzman-- so, like very reasonable, um, priced items-- Balenciaga, Chanel, just absolutely amazing pieces. But you know what's fantastic about this is this is really sustainable for our environment because we can keep these items going, so what someone else doesn't want it's not just getting tossed out or ending up somewhere creating more garbage for our environment: someone else can buy it and love it! It looks like you can get an item shipped immediately within 48 hours if you want-- if you have an emergency and you need that emergency vintage purse or pair of shoes, 48 hours, they can be at your door.
So if you are into luxury fashion and higher end is probably my most-used site when it comes to luxury items. If I'm searching for a client or maybe something specific for myself, they've been around a long time. I think they shipped to 170 countries, they can get items to you buy the next day, they do an excellent job of curating the best pieces. So if that is your jam and you're into, like really luxury goods, if you're looking for specific things, Net-a-porter is the site for you. Something I love about Net-a-porter is they have a 'what to wear section. So this is fantastic for you guys--the Outnet has it, too, because they are owned by a Net-a-porter-- it takes a guesswork out of it: you're not hunting through a whole site or clicking on like, sweaters, going through all of the sweaters. They will literally put the outfit together or your entire bag if you want. Under the 'what to wear' a section called 'Net sustain' whatever it is that is really important to you crafting community or if it's important to you that it's made in the US, anyway it's something that I really like. Peruse through that and check it out and see what works for you!
So a site that I'm not sure many have heard of-- or maybe you have, let me know in the comments below if you've shopped there-- it's a site called My Theresa, and just to let you guys know, as I went through this video I started with the more affordable online options with the best quality clothes, and now I'm moving into luxury. So if luxury isn't for you then don't worry about it. This is not, I'm not saying that you need to buy these items or shop from these places, but if this is your jam then this is what I'm talking about. Also don't be afraid if maybe you're like, "oh I would really like some luxury products:" hit the sale sections, sometimes there's like 70% off in some of these some of these luxury sites. It is an awesome deal and you can find some really great high-quality pieces. This is based out of Europe. One of my favorite things to hit on this site is the 'essentials'-- so, they curate all of the essentials it tends to be, like, all neutral colors. And for a lot of you guys, I find that you're actually missing the essentials. Very cool, super hip: they're trending, but they're still in the basic category so you're not getting too far out there. A lot of designers actually do collaborations, so things that you can only get on My Theresa, so for example, I know Saint Laurent did a collaboration with My Theresa: those pieces, those Blazers were only available here, so if you're someone that doesn't want everyone to have all of the pieces that you have, or whatever, or the blazer that you're buying, head over there and don't tell them where you got it. Let me know in the comments below if you love this site: I personally love My Teresa.
FarFetch: so if you haven't been on FarFetch before, it is an amazing site. They do a great job of curating a wide spectrum of things-- really high-quality pieces-- and a range of prices, a range of price points. Something that I just discovered on FarFetch-- they actually have a pre-owned section. I feel like this is actually the theme for this video because I keep coming back to it. So I'm looking at it right now and there is a Louis Vuitton Never Full, which is one of their basic totes. Fantastic bag. I think I've had my Louis Vuitton maybe for 12 or 15 years: I've had, like, baby sippy cups floating in that and it just continues to live on, and I still have it, and I still use it. So that's an example of a great, quality item. FarFetch actually has a fantastic assortment of jewelry online, so if you're looking for jewelry it's one of the greatest sites to check it out online.
Okay, so the very last site that I have for you guys-- and I've brought it on with all the way to the extreme luxury-- this site is actually based out of Europe, and I believe was started by one of the editors of Vogue. She started this site and it is extreme luxury, very curated it's one of the only sites that you could actually go to a show, or they have trunk shows, and you could order the pieces right off the runway. So if that's something that's really important to you and you want to look for, like, unique brands, like, emerging brands that are super fashionable, on the edge, and they haven't actually hit mainstream yet: if that's you, and this is a site for you. Even if it's not, if you're curious and it was, like, love to know what are some of these brands, what do they look like-- head over. It's a great site to check it out and see what's really happening on the cutting edge of fashion. And I know that I keep talking about this, but I just don't want you guys to be daunted, or not actually go to the sites. If you're like, "Well, I can't afford those things," or, "I'm not a fashionista," just to let you know: head over to this site and click on the 80% off and there are items there for you. You can shop online in your sweatpants; actually, that's what I'm doing right now.
Thank you guys so much for tuning in! I hope that you enjoyed this video! I had a fantastic time doing it! I'm obsessed with all these sites. In fact, it was hard for me to focus because I started to look at my computer and on the sales on the sites. Anyway, if you guys liked this video, give it a thumbs- up-- that's how I know what type of videos you guys like-- and I will see you on the next video!
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