My Top 20 Big and Small-Time Online Retailers

When I was a teenager, washed denim vests and all, the mall was the mecca of social happenings. Granted, we couldn't do much with our meager allowances, apart from the occasional movie, but gossiping by the water fountain while eating pretzels was good enough for us.

Alas, I'm all grown up now. The thought of hauling myself to the mall seems ambitious. The ease of online retail makes it all too tempting for me to sit in bed while "window shopping" for new shoes. For like-minded souls who prefer shopping in bunny slippers at home, I've gathered my favorite retail sites to peruse based on price and how user-friendly they are, a big deal when you can't hold the actual cloth in hand.

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1.  AnnTaylor.com - Quintessentially classic businesswoman clothes that are well-made and never of dubious taste.  They have petite and tall sections, and I love their “lookbook” where they put together different pieces so you can see how they work together instead of waiting until they arrive in the mail.  (Also great for inspiration.)

2.   ASOS.com - I’m so glad that ASOS opened a USA online store because I was blowing all the savings on these clothes by having them shipped from their UK site.  This is a great go-to store for inexpensive trendy pieces when you don’t want to spend a fortune on basics or clothes that will be out of style before they wear out.

3.   Avenue32.com  - A luxury womenswear hub (from clothes through accessories) with a right-off-the-runway vibe.

4.  Bloomingdales.com - With a 90-day return policy, this department store’s online version follows closely behind Nordstrom’s #1-best-return-policy.  On top of that, their price range is fantastic - you can find sale items at low prices, as well as premium designer merchandise.

5.   Bluefly.com - Picture an outlet store for designers that sells everything from clothing to housewares.

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6.   eBay.com - A great option if you don't have qualms about used/vintage goods.  I’ve been known to buy designer pieces on this auction site that have barely been worn or used.

7.   Farfetch.com - Over 300 luxury-level, independent fashion boutiques are sold on this site.

8.   Lastcall.com - Neiman Marcus’ outlet serves up designer fashion at slashed prices.  You won’t find items straight off the runway, but if you can wait a couple of months you may just find it at half-off the price.

9.   Lyst.com - Thousands of brands are available on this one e-commerce site.  You can follow a brand, a store, or a specific item and you are alerted when it goes on-sale.  No more scouring the web for your favorites.

10.  Mango.com - As you’d expect from a company started by two brothers in Spain, the clothes tend toward the relaxed-yet-stylish, international young woman image.  Picture affordable, often colorful, comfortable-yet-still feminine fit.

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11.   Modaoperandi.com - Order outfits straight off the runway (if you dare.)  You will need to put down a 50% deposit but you’ll be the first in your town to receive the piece and sometimes the items don’t even hit the stores.

12.  Nordstrom.com - Famous for their amazing refund policy (return anything, at any time, at any of the stores, no questions asked), the website offers free shipping and free return shipping as well.

13.  Polyvore.com - Not only can you shop for a wide variety of brands (low-end to uber-high-end) but you can seek fashion inspiration from fellow Polyvore users who create “boards” where they place outfits they’d love to own.  It’s like shopping and looking at a fashionista’s style board at the same time.

14.  Revolveclothing.com - Hip clothing, but not inexpensive.  Head here when you want some quality, mid-range priced au courant pieces.

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15.  ShopBop.com - Mid-priced, chic pieces for the young or young-at-heart.  For example, you’ll find DKNY, but not Donna Karan.

16.  StyleBop.com - One of the largest, designer e-commerce site where my favorite hook is their “shop by look” option.

17.  Theoutnet.com - A designer discount site.  Fashion outlet to the fashionable.  You’ll sometimes find deals of 75% off list-price.

18.  TopShop.com - Their flagship store in London is the largest fashion store in the world.  Thank heavens you don’t have to a) fly to London and b) try to find your way around the building.  Recently Kate Moss collaborated with the brand so you can probably imagine that the clothes are modern, youthful and have the stream-lined tailoring of the Brits.  Prices are reasonable.

19.  Zappos.com - The place to buy shoes online.  Free shipping and I often receive my shoes the very next day.

20.  Zara.com - Style of the absolute moment (word has it that the company only needs 2 weeks from concept to piece hitting the stores) expect to see trendy, yet classy items on this site.  Extremely wearable, reasonable (but not inexpensive) pieces make this e-tailer a permanent “bookmark” on my computer.



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RESPONSES

  • I shop online too, coz I got tired waiting in line at the cashier’s table to pay for my purchased items. I’m not fit to wait especially when I got a bundle of purchases to hold. So yeah, like you, I do my shopping online, most of the time in Zara.com and Polyvore.

  • Faye says:

    e-bay! That’s where I always do my online shopping. I think it’s the best one-stop shop there is.

  • I only go to malls for leisurely walks and window shopping with my gals and to chat with them in a resto. Other than that, I shop online, too! Most of the time, I do my shopping on avenue32.com because that’s where I get to see all I need.

  • Claire says:

    thanks for sharing the links. I haven’t done any online shopping lately because I’ve been out a lot this summer and been hitting the local stores. now that’s summer is coming to an end, I guess I have to start staying at home and do online shopping, instead.

  • Georgina says:

    Gee! I think I shall never leave this page, Heidi. I only do my online shopping at TopShop. Guess I have to click on every link here to check out all these other sites I’ve been missing out! Thanks!

  • MJ says:

    I hate going to the malls lately, too, they’re far too congested for my taste.

  • Kelly says:

    I know how you feel, about getting tired while in the mall, looking for something to eat or wear or use and you feet get all swollen because of all the walking. I’d rather do an online shopping, too, easier and much more convenient.

  • Arianne says:

    I spend most of my online shopping at ebay, Amazon, and Topshop. Glad to know there’s a whole lot more that the internet hub can offer. Much thanks for these, Heidi!

  • Leigh says:

    I love your list of e-tailer shopping links! I think I’m in a shopping haven right now!

  • Daphne says:

    Bloomingdales had always been my prefered shopping e-tailer. Thanks for your other 19 links, I’m gonna have a lot of options to shop for my stuffs at home!

  • Tina says:

    Whoa! I never thought I’d be in a link haven.. Thanks for sharing all these etailer sites! Now i’ve got more options to cover and scour 🙂

  • Patricia C. says:

    I also hate falling in queues when paying for my purchases. So I’d much rather go shop online and wait for the delivery man on my footstep.

  • Heidi says:

    This is something new. and i like it

  • I’ve always preferred shopping online, in the comforts of my own home. No hassles, no pressures, no saleslady breathing down your neck and those stuffs..

  • Lauren Lim says:

    I haven’t done online shopping in a long while. The last time I checked out an item was a couple of years ago, at Bloomingdales website. Thanks for sharing the other links. I can’t wait to do online shopping again.

  • Erin says:

    I am so not shopping on crowded malls and fall in line in front of cashiers. My back always aches and my feet suffers from long walks. I’ll gladly do my shopping online any time of the day, anytime I want.

  • Rebecca Bloomwood says:

    I prefer online shopping, too.. why hassle myself with the traffic and long queues, right?

  • Kaylee Adams says:

    Ever since I’ve heard about eBay and other online outlets, I’ve been a fan of online shopping. I like how convenient it is to stay at home and do shopping by just going to retail sites and click on the things I want, without having to worry about the long lines in front of the cashier or the gas mileage I have to spent when I drive to the mall.

  • Nikki Ann says:

    Me, too, when I was younger, my friends and I would rather spend the afternoon at malls and department stores to get new clothes and stuffs. But now, with online shopping sites to choose, I’d rather spend my afternoon inside my room without the hustle and bustle of the city and traffic and order my choice dresses online. I usually spend most of my time at Zara’s

  • Misty Dew says:

    Christmas is just around the corner and I don’t want to go cramming to malls buying gift items for my relatives and friends. So it would be best to do some online shopping, faster and convenient, too. I won’t have to worry about falling in line in front of the cashiers too!

  • loreleichung says:

    I prefer shopping online, easier and convenient. at least in this case, the mall comes to me instead of me getting stuck at traffic just to get to the mall and shop.

  • Wena says:

    I do my online shopping mainly on TopShop and Amazon – great sites for gifts this coming holidays! Yay!

  • Bernadette says:

    I do my online purchases at Amazon, too, and sometimes, at Bloomingdales.

  • Queenie says:

    I’ve been using eBay ever since. It’s nice to see this list, I would be having a field day visiting those various sites to shop. Thanks!

  • Pamela says:

    I don’t have any particular place or favorite e-tailer to shop, but I’m glad you have introduced me to handful of choices! I’d be sure to check the above websites and see what these pages have to offer.

  • Carmencita says:

    Thanks for all the shares here.. Really valuabe!

  • Nancy says:

    Mango, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom are my favorite etailers, but I’m not that rich always, so when I need to be frugal, I get along with eBay and can find interesting items there too.

  • Sofia says:

    Yep, I’m just like you, I like and prefer shopping in bunny slippers while at the comforts of my own bed. e-Retail shopping has been proven therapeutic to me, especially after a long day of work. I’d rather shop till I drop, online and wait for the mailman to push my doorbell and deliver my package(s)

  • Heather says:

    I’m truly grateful to you for sharing those sites to us, moms. I actually am problematic about gifts for Xmas and spending some “me time for myself. So in order to hit two birds with one stone, I have started reaching out to some of those e-retailers to inquire for skirts about my size and a lookback to my experience with those customer services – way to cool!

  • Franceska says:

    OMG! Thanks for sharing these helpful links, I could really use some help right now with my last minute Christmas shopping. I no longer want to go to the malls because it’s getting crowded and all, so online shopping is the way it should be! Again, thanks!

  • Janine says:

    These online shopping sites have saved me a lot of money & gift ideas this Christmas. Lastcall and Zara delivered my gifts on time! I love online shopping! THanks for the links, by the way 🙂

  • Shailene M says:

    All those sites you mentioned. have been proven very useful to me this holidays! Online shopping is really fun and time-saving!

  • Helga says:

    Zappos had always been my favorite too! I’m a big fan of shoes so I want to get them as soon as possible after I order them, and so far, Zappos really delivers!

  • Riley says:

    I usually do my clothes purchases online though Zara, I love every piece of clothing I got from them. I love seeing those boxes of purchases on my doorstep, I’m like a child who’s got a gift from Santa Claus.

  • Taylor says:

    Thanks for sharing your choice online retail shops. I usually do mine at TopShop. Now I’ve got more online places to choose from. Yay!

  • Jemma says:

    THank you so much for sharing the links to your choice online retailers. I usually had my clothes ordered through Nordstrom.com but now I got more alternative options. So much thanks for all these!

  • Jill Shevaun says:

    Thanks for the link fest dear. Don’t have much time going to malls lately due to work, work, work. But at home, I make sure I got time to surf online and satisfy my cravings. Your link list just saved me.

  • Madonna Karann says:

    That’s a long list of online shops I haven’t encountered yet. Thank you so much for sharing them!

  • Bernadette says:

    With a hectic schedule like mine, who has time to shop in malls and boutiques? I love the idea of online shopping. Saves me time and gas mileage, plus I get to spend more time choosing the things I want without the hassle. Thanks for sharing some of your choice links!

  • Drew says:

    I’ve always been a mall rat during my high school days, sometimes cutting classes just to be able to meet my friends in our favorite mall and spend all my money for clothes, accessories and foods. Now, I don’t have much energy to go out, always cooped up in my office and usually spend video-chatting with my friends. Online shopping has worked a lot for me too, I find it convenient and more practical especially when I no longer have enough time to buy something for someone. Thanks for sharing your links, now I can have more options!

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