Every time I peruse an issue of InStyle or Harper’s Bazaar, I feel like shopping. Unfortunately, I don’t like crowds, dressing rooms (the fluorescent lights they put in there magnify flaws by 1000%) or sales associates. I like to be left alone when shopping. I don’t need someone following me and telling me how great something looks on me when it clearly does not. I love it when something catches my eye and I can just grab it off the rack and race to the register before anyone tracks me down.
Thank goodness for the Internet or else I’d still be wearing clothes from 10 years ago. The Internet lets me peruse a million pieces of clothing without ever having to talk to anyone. I can go back and forth between a pair of shoes and a pair of jeans without anyone following me. I can go brush my teeth, put on a mask, slip into my pajamas and the Chloe bag I was looking at is still waiting for me on the computer screen.
For a midnight treat, I visit these online stores:
You can’t go wrong with Bluefly.com. Most items are discounted between 20 to 49%. During one of their sales, you can buy clothing or accessories that are discounted up to 80%. This Tory Burch wedge is a steal at 60% off. The collection is always changing, so make sure that if you see something you can’t live without, buy it immediately or else it may be gone later. Bluefly charges a flat $7.95 UPS Ground fee. Returns are simple, and if you have any questions before ordering or during the order process you can chat with a live BlueFly representative. You can do a lot of damage shopping at Bluefly.
Bag Borrow Or Steal is a fashionista’s best friend. You pay for a monthly ($9.95) or yearly ($59.95) membership to gain access to a fabulous cornucopia of bags, wallets, jewelry and sunglasses. You choose which items you want to rent and they send it out to you quickly for a weekly or monthly rental fee. If you choose not to pay for the membership fees, your rental rates are higher. BBS has Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Stuart Weitzman, Kooba, Coach and many more designers available. You can have a new bag every week if you want.
Although I’ve rented a few bags, my favorite part of this website is the Outlet section. Instead of renting the bags in the OUtlet section, you can buy or “steal” them at some crazy prices. Many purses have been gently carried by BBS members, but sometimes there are bags or wallets that have never been used. Every Wednesday new bags are added and every Friday new reductions are taken. I have to have the Tracy Resse Madre Tote — 65% off its original price of $695 sounds mighty nice. The Outlet store also has accessories and jewelry for sale.
If money is no object, but you still love a sale, head on over to Net-A-Porter. This site always has the latest trends in clothing, handbags and shoes. You can shop by color, clothing size or designer. Net-A-Porter’s site layout reads like ritzy fashion magazine. You can choose the ultra luxe Signature packaging (your items will come delivered in Net-A-Porter’s signature boxes) or Basic packaging (all sale items are shipped in basic packaging). Delivering to more than 170 countrries, Net-A-Porter’s shipping rates are great for US deliveries; the New York Premier is only $25 for same-day delivery if ordered before 1 PM Eastern (only available for deliveries to Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens), $20 for next-day delivery if ordered before 12pm Eastern and $12.50 for basic Ground shipping (3-5 business days). You can have it all today. I dig these Jimmy Choo Reba leather ankle boots on sale for $626. The Carrie Bradshaw in you will do a little jig.
Founded by Maria Williams, Designer Exposure sells discounted designer duds that were previously owned. Many products are in either new or mint condition. I always head straight for the Sale section, where the finds are amazing. Here’s a Nolan Miller Couture dress in mint condition that is only $225 (originally $1495.95). If only it were in my size and I had someplace to wear it besides Open House night at my daughter’s school. Since Designer Exposure is based out of Auckland, New Zealand, shipping time to the US can range from 5-21 days. Returns are easy within 7 days and sale items cannot be returned.
Yoox is great discount site to shop for European designers. You can shop by price (my favorite), designer, category, size or color. During the end of each season, Yoox has a great sale with savings up to 75%. Where else can you buy a Hussein Chalayan dress for under $50? Items are shipped from Europe and arrive within 2-8 business days, depending on your shipping preference. Returns are easy with a generous 20-day return period.
For hip clothing from Da-Nang and Ella Moss, I stop at Revolve Clothing. Featuring more than 100 designers, this website is not for the faint of heart. Sale items are plentiful and brimming with styles reminiscent of southern California’s laid-back, but trendy style. Revolve offers free shipping via USPS Priority mail. With a 30-day money back guarantee, returns are a breeze. Sale items over 30%, however, have a stricter return policy and must be returned within 3 business days after receipt of the item. I’m tickled over Paul & Joe Sister Teaday Cami Dress, 50% off $266. The deals just keep coming.
After my late night browsing spree, I simply turn the computer off and go to sleep. No mall to walk, no car to find, no children antsy to get home.