Happy Sunday everyone!
I’ve done quite a bit of online shopping lately, and D has more-than been an enabler (not that I’m complaining!) Part of my Valentine’s Day gift from him this year was a shopping spree at Nordstrom for some new tops that I’ve had my eyes on for quite some time now, and thankfully I grabbed a few of them just in time before they sold out of my size!
I’m going to be totally honest though: online shopping and I have a love/hate relationship. And I know I’m probably not the only one that feels that way! I love how easy it is to access thousands of stores within seconds from the internet, and have the ability to buy things from all over the world. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like trekking to the mall to sort through messy racks or deal with the crowds of people. I prefer to do it at home in my pajamas, or at work on my lunch break.
There’s also times where I’ve seen a product online that I love, and am glad I didn’t buy it until I waited to try it on in person. It doesn’t happen often, but there have been times where I loved a shirt, found it in the mall, and realized how poor quality it really was, or that maybe i didn’t like the feel of that “world’s softest sweater.” And that is the downside to shopping online for me. It’s also the sizing- what might be my size in one top may be completely different in another- and can happen at the same store. One of the shirts I ordered from Nordstrom I was really glad I had read the reviews for; it ended up running two sizes larger than what it said, so I ended up with one top in an XS and the rest in my regular size.
Aside from some of those discrepancies in product (because you will find that almost anywhere) make sure that whatever store you’re ordering from lets you either exchange in person at their location or offers free online returns. More often than not, stores require you to pay for return shipping, and I prefer to save that money for something else. There are several stores I’ve learned to shop from online over others, and I’ve compiled 5 of them here for you to shop and enjoy!
1. Nordstrom/Nordstrom Rack
Nordstrom is by far my favorite store to shop at: they have all my favorite brands, and their products range from budget-friendly to downright luxurious and over-the-top expensive. Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, meaning they off a lot of the same products (albeit discontinued or out of season) at up to 70% off the normal price. Although a majority of the products aren’t the same quality, the differences are often minor enough that people can’t tell the difference. High-end designer products often offer the best value, because those designers don’t have a dedicated outlet strategy. I tend to shop the sale and clearance racks at both stores, and only pay full price when I have a gift card or if the item I’m trying to find isn’t on sale. (Or when it’s a Valentine’s Day gift!)
ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings, as marketed on their website. They sell cutting-edge fashion and offer a wide variety of fashion-related content, making ASOS the hub of a thriving fashion community. They offer many of the same brands as Nordstrom, but is marketed towards a more specific audience rather than Nordstrom’s “encompass all.” The prices at ASOS are very reasonable, always dependent on what you find affordable and what matches your needs. They carry clothes for a variety of styles, and while I do sometimes have to dig for items more my style, the quality to me is always worth it.
I love Lulu’s. They’re one of my go-to sites for super cute sweaters, dresses, and shoes, and they always have good items on sale. You have to be quick though- they sell out fast! They’re especially good for dresses, formal or otherwise, that are under $150 (many are even under $100.)
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This is one of the more budget-friendly options on this list. While it technically does allow you to order online and return in store for free, you get a store credit instead of your money back when you shop here. So if you’re like me, and you go here quite a bit, you won’t mind the store credit so much because you know it’ll be used again. Recently, the store has gotten a lot better with its options and quality, but it’s still lower quality than some of the other stores on this list. Most of the clothes I buy from here hold up quite nicely; others have fallen apart within one wash, so it’s really a hit or miss.
Ahh, Bloomingdale’s. I get why you’re so pricey, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! Out of all the stores on this list, this is the only one I exclusively shop in the sale section. They have so many cute, top designer products and I prefer NOT to pay top-designer price, if I can avoid it! They have so much to choose from and for those who don’t mind the full price tag, they do still have some good seasonal sales. Right now they have 20% off the new spring styles.
Some of the stores I also love to shop at online did not make this list simply for the reasons I have listed above. They either do not offer free return shipping, or do not offer returns in store. H&M is one of my favorite places to shop, but for some reason the last time I went to the store to return a shirt I had ordered online, I was told I couldn’t return online stock in-store. It was a little strange to me, but oh well! I hope you enjoyed my little compilation. If you love to shop online, which stores do you prefer?