It is a strange time for shopping.
I am now getting a bit tired of my summer clothes and there is no way that I am moving to jeans or sweaters just yet!
I have stalked Net a Porter and Matches but feel like I need somewhere else to browse.
Here are some of the websites that are still brimming with bargains:
Boutique 1 – their Sloane Street store is closed but you can still shop on line (no delivery charges or duties)
- They have brands such as Kalita on sale the dress below is now £222
They also have Vivetta, one of my favourite brands, on sale, as well as Victoria Beckham aviators down from over £600 to just £93. The outlet section is definitely worth a perusal as is their new season arrivals. A lot of the time the hot pieces sell out quickly on the other main sites but I often find my size on Boutique 1.
Another site I adore checking out is Luisa Via Roma. The buyers have a bit more of an eclectic eye and they often stock brands that you don’t find in the UK sites. Again, the postage is no more than a local UK site. Their sales section is wide and I have my eye on some shoes and a coat from their range. I have also been stalking these mules from Le Monde Beryl for a long time and picked them up this week, slashed by 70%.
Another site I adore is 24 Sevres. It also has a wonderful sales section with niche brands such as Pallas and again, it’s a great place to hunt down a piece that you cannot find anywhere else. They stock everything from Loewe to Celine. I love that I stumble on pieces that I don’t spot on other stores, such as the boots below from Jerome Dreyfuss.
Another site I rate is Atterley, it’s an amalgamation of small boutiques. I find it a wonderful way of learning about new brands as it also features international boutiques. You often find pieces that are not yet on sale on the bigger sites, reduced on Atterley. Check out the Self Portrait dress below.
Don’t forget Farfetch as well. I spotted piles of Chinti and Parker on sale! Also look for The Upside which have wonderful cotton dresses, now down to £40, not to even mention the maxi below which is still over £300 on other sites, yet only £70 on Farfetch
Another site I love to tap into is Weekday, it’s great for simple basics and is a less boxy version of COS.
A site I definitely love to settle down and peruse is Mr Larkin, it is jam packed with prairie dresses, balloon sleeve tops and all the on trend items and is a great alternative to brands like Ganni and Rixo.
Don’t forget to check Stella Nova, it’s another site that offers something a little bit different.
I have ordered a couple of things for next year from APOF. There are loads of cotton dresses, it’s a better priced version of brands like BASH, in particular, I love the fabrics.
Another place to check for those sought after brands such as Ganni is Boozt. They often have more stock and offer a 20% discount on your first order, the dress below is £300 to £350 on many sites but £239 on Boozt. They have a rolling sales section as well and you can find loads of bargain pieces.
I often check the Modist to see all the top brands in one place. It is definitely more expensive than the other sites but fantastic for inspiration and stand out pieces like the metallic trench below from Raton Layeur (now on sale). They also offer 15% off your first purchase which makes a big difference on an investment piece.
The key is to think about what you need before you go online.
I have fallen in love with a couple of designers I spotted on Young British Designers. They are at the forefront of bringing new and young designers to the market. Check out Natalie B Coleman and Teija.
I will be doing a regular feature on other great sites to shop so if you know any then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me know how you get on with the sites!!