Being a stylist, the mall is my office and also favorite place to be; but I would be fibbing if I didn’t admit to a hefty Internet shopping addiction. With the World Wide Web at our finger tips and the capability to shop at any time, in any setting – what better way to plan out your next fabulous ensemble?
Not only do shopping websites catalog much more of their inventory on the web than what is available in the actual stores, they also offer amazing deals that can only be received when ordering online.
Of course, there is that missing high of instant gratification when you walk out of the store with a brand new outfit in hand. But even better – when you shop online, you get the glory of receiving a package in the mail just days after you order and have already begun dreaming about the possibilities of your latest look.
My top online shopping picks are each unique in the kind of services that they provide to the customer and the special offers they feature. Although many of these websites are exclusively members-only, the registration process is simple and it most definitely pays off in the end.
My absolute favorite is GILT.com. Voted best shopping site in the Julib.com Style Awards, this company provides the Internet’s best deals on designer duds. And even better, they send you an email every morning before the sale starts (at 12pm Eastern time) to remind you of the latest and greatest items up for bid that day. I must warn that this is a competitive site and you have to get online exactly when your favored designer is featured in order to snag your size and style. Membership is by invitation only, but don’t fret! Hit me up on Twitter (@Gracestyling) and I promise to get you on the list.
The runner up is Ruelala.com – this site has a similar format to GILT but features more common, lower budget items. You can expect to find BCBG (pictured), Spanx, L.A.M.B and even Furla bags available.
Not the competitive shopping type? Hautelook.com, Billiondollarbabes.com, and Renttherunway.com are also amazing online destinations for finding incredible savings on designer or contemporary ready-to-wear looks.
So keep your slippers on, pour a cup of coffee and go wild with all the money you will be saving by not even leaving the comfort of your own home. Happy Shopping!
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