Hate the crowds at the mall? Gone. Can’t stand going through the unkempt racks in the sale section? No worries! With the winter season a-comin’, why not cozy up in a warm blanket and take the stressful holiday shopping trips to your laptop? That’s right…online shops are a simple and fun way to feed your need for fashion and gift giving— open 24 hours a day and all in the comfort of your own home!
Since the stressful shopping crowds, travel, and untidy racks are gone, you should take full, carefree advantage of browsing for all those goodies on your friend’s holiday wish list or just look at the unique shops that are available via the internet. Here are some of my favorite online shops that sell a variety of cool, chic pieces!
www.shopakira.com – AKIRA
AKIRA has something amazing in store for everyone with its large selection of hot, high quality pieces without the expensive price tag! At this online shop, you can find furs to keep warm in winter, sleek dresses for a girl’s night out, an awesome selection of shoes (from Hunter boots, TOMS, to Sam Edelman heels and Jeffrey Campbell wedges), and much much more! With such a huge variety of pieces selected from all over the world, AKIRA carries great brands like Aryn K, Irregular Choice, Erin Wasson, and their very own AKIRA Black Label. For your holiday gift shopping, I recommend checking out their under $50 section for stocking stuffers, and maybe snap up a little somethin’ somethin’ for yourself!
www.needsupply.com – Need Supply Co.
A fashionista knows what she wants when she sees it— and I want all of it! Need Supply has one of the best selections of premium and contemporary street wear I’ve seen, carrying brands like Dolce Vita, Cheap Monday, ACNE, and Jeffrey Campbell. I love dressing as simply as possible, but simple shouldn’t lack edge. If you like darker, industrial fashion, then you’ll want to be shopping at this great online store!
www.thrifted.net – Thrifted
There’s no right way of online shopping without having checked out some online vintage stores. I love all my vintage pieces and looking for those rare hidden treasures for my closet (usually for much cheaper, too!), and Thrifted is a great eBay vintage boutique to start with. Thrifted sells a variety of avant-garde vintage dresses, from a 60s flapper to 90s grunge hipster! Not only is each item unique and affordable, but by thrift shopping, you’re being a better, greener consumer too!
www.shopladama.com – La Dama
If you’re minimalist with cloth but extremist in accessories, I highly recommend checking out La Dama. This online store has some amazing plain tops and tee’s that have those delicate cuts and shreds for a true minimalist. The hardware accessories are to die for— shoulder piece chains, extra long earrings— if you or a friend are into some dramatic jewelry, you must take a look at La Dama!
www.shopruche.com – Ruche
For the quirky, artsier friends of yours, Ruche is an adorable little boutique with classic knits and vintage inspired dresses. If they’re a fan of Anthropologie, lace and embroidery, “500 Days of Summer” Zooey Deschanel, then Ruche is definitely a store you’ll want to check out. Plus, they sell antique looking home and office items!
www.bonadrag.com – Bona Drag Boutique
Despite the price tag, Bona Drag Boutique definitely needs to be mentioned as an online shop favorite. Yes, Bona Drag is out of my price range. Actually, it’s off the charts on price range. BUT, Bona Drag carries a beautiful selection of rocker-bohemian chic dresses, cool tee’s, and some badass jewelry. So if you’re looking for a belt made out of wire, cut out tops, or just something way cooler than what you’d find at Urban Outfitters, take a looksie at their store. And if it’s out of your price range, there’s nothing wrong with a little fashion inspiration a la online browsing. Just sit back, scroll, and repeat to yourself: Browse but don’t click. Browse but don’t click.
www.80sPurple.com – 80’s Purple
Ah, I still remember the day I first discovered 80’s Purple back in high school. Little Amy had no idea fashion could come in such a compact online store. This online fashion boutique has a huge selection of clothing, accessories, and sunglasses from brands such as Grey Ant, Costume Dept., and my personal favorite, Melissa. 80’s Purple is the go-to online fashion store for your clicking sprees, and has great items that your friends would love as gifts!
I hope with the convenience of the internet you take some of your shopping online, especially with these stores I’ve recommended! Skip the tedious trip to the mall or the drive to downtown and start clicking!