Being in Asia, we don’t always have access to the best merchandise in stores (especially since local buyers are catering more and more to the mainland). Luckily there are so many online stores that give us more options in terms of variety and style. To help navigate what’s out there, I have discovered various web tools or sites that help streamline the online shopping experience. Here are a few of my favourites:
www.shopstyle.com – This is the google of fashion. You can refine your search by various parameters including designer, brand, store, sales items, price point or colour.
www.farfetch.com – There’s nothing quite like finding a cool new designer that no one has even heard of. This web site brings together items from independent fashion boutiques around the world, including cult stores such as L’Eclaireur in Paris and Feathers in London.
www.covet.com – If you want more variety, this website is great. It’s like having a personal shopper online and allows you to search through an extensive network of online boutiques from large department stores to independent retailers. You can even search by size!
www.polyvore.com – if you are obsessed with what celebrities are wearing this site is for you. It features thousands of webpages created by the likes of Lady Gaga or fashion boutiques such as Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Think of them as your personal stylists offering up their top picks for the season.
www.boutiques.com– Launched by google, this selection of virtual boutiques is edited by designers, bloggers like The Sartorialist, celebrities as well as regular shoppers. Again, it’s great if you need style inspiration.
www.shoppingnotes.com – Who can’t resist a good deal? This site tracks any item on the net and will send you an email alert as soon as the price drops. You can’t beat the rush of getting an item at the fraction of its original cost.