You know what’s super annoying? Going on a last minute overseas trip in the middle of Australian winter and not being able to buy anything summer appropriate. I know, poor me but honestly the struggle is real. I went to the shops before I left and all I could get was wool wraps, jeans and boots. Not ideal for a 30 degree Italian summer. I rarely shop online because because I’m kind of out of the fashion loop. It’s hard to find places to shop online if you’re not actively looking so I went actively looking and I turned up some gems. Here’s my edit of 15 clothing stores that aren’t ASOS. Soz ASOS but I’m a teeny bit over you right now…
These guys are the new kids on the block and they’re pretty freaking cool. They partner with with bigger designers like Zimmerman, Anthropologie and Charlotte Olympia and sell high end stuff for really decent discounts. Lyst also have an app which is slightly dangerous because it learns the kind of stuff you like and gives you alerts for when they’ve re-stocked stuff. That could be super dangerous for me when new Kenneth Jay Lane stuff comes in.
You’ve probably heard of Birdsnest but I can’t not mention it a post about online shopping. The service from this place is spectacular. A mate of mine once ordered a dress and it was too big and it was for a wedding that weekend. She contact the shop and one of the girls drove the correct size dress to her house on her way home so she’d have it in time for the weekend. How ace is that?
This is one of my favourite shops but I’m a Melburnian and I love clean silhouettes and monochrome. I bought a sweater style dress here a few months ago and I’ve been wearing it to death. Not in Italy obviously but in Melbourne it was getting washed every few days.
I discovered Eb and Ive through my mate Nikki from Styling You and it’s such an awesome place to get decent basics in grown up cuts. I’m not into walking around with my butt hanging out so I really appreciate their longer cut dresses in forgiving tunic style cuts.
This one is an oldie but a goodie and I frequently forget it exists. It’s so good for grabbing a beach cover up or a floaty maxi dress. Some of the stuff at SurfStitch is a little young and beachy for me but I’ve definitely picked up some gems there before.
Another store that has lovely sensible clothes that cover the bits you want covered but are still flattering and stylish. It’s harder to find stores like this than you’d think so make sure you book mark this one!
I only discovered Morrison a few months ago and I’ve already bought two dresses from them. Honestly, I’m a bit too tight to pay full price for their stuff but their sales are great and they have a seconds store. I bought a beautiful linen dress from there right before my trip and I’ve worn it almost every day while I’ve been away.
This is without a doubt the best plus size store online. I’m an inbetweenie – I can fit into most size 14/16 clothing but not everything and I also like to wear my clothing quite loose. I’ve got an amazing t-shirt from Harlow that I’ve worn to death. It’s perfect for people who like their clothes to be a little roomier.
I discovered Obus when I stopped a girl in the street and demanded to know where her dress was from. Obus is a bit Gormany (which is awesome because I love Gorman) but for me their cuts a bit better and their fabrics and prints are bit more my style.
When I’m looking for a quality basic, I head to Bul. Their stuff is sophisticated and beautifully cut in gorgeous fabrics. I prefer shopping online at Bul though because for some reason in their bricks and mortar stores they keep the larger sizes out the back and you have to ask for them. I don’t know why but it’s weird and I don’t like it. I want to hold an item up and see how it drapes in my size without having to ask the assistant to get every thing from the back.
Some of the stuff at Beginning Boutique is definitely not for me but they have some great trendy casuals like shirt dresses and beach cover ups that are right up my alley. It’s really reasonably priced too.
This store is the find of the century – it’s full of romantic, gorgeous pieces that are crazy reasonably priced. Everything is in a relaxed fit too which is great if you’re not into snappy tightness.
I’ve been wearing Wish clothing for years and I’ve loved their style evolution. They’ve kind of grown with the times which I love and they’ve got some super solid options for summer.
I adore Alistair Trung – I have a few of his pieces and I wear them all the time. I met the man himself in the store one day and I was just sold the second I met him. He called me a ‘sensual flower’. Shut up take my money right?
I saw a Sprinkle dress on Instagram one day and I just love their stuff. It’s not really my style but I think their aesthetic is really unique, definitely a hot spot for curvy gals.
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