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The biggest obstacle facing us all when changing seasons is first finding out what the upcoming fashions are, and then figuring out how to afford them. We don’t have time to go from store to store looking for what we want. Fortunately, we have the Internet. Not only does it save us time (and usually money), but the online selection is often larger. We used to wait weeks to receive our purchase and pay high shipping fees on top. Nowadays, many websites offer free shipping and guarantee delivery within 5 business days. Of course, for an extra fee, you can also get your items shipped overnight to enjoy the next day. Even though you pay for shipping, you probably save in the long run by buying online.
Next time you’re looking to buy for less, that is, less time AND less money, consider these sites:
1. www.piperlime.com: This website offers free shipping and free returns. Everything is arranged by category, so you can find what you are looking for fast, from “must-have handbags” to “Spring’s top trends.” There is even a section labelled “Rachel Zoe’s picks.” Surely every fashionista has heard of Rachel Zoe…or needs to. Piperlime always has great sales. Browse those first. You might discover exactly what you are looking for there! From Rebecca Minkoff to Kate Spade and even Botkier, you’re sure to find something on the site worth spending money on.
2. www.shopbop.com: Shopbop is not exactly Marshalls or TJ Maxx. You may not find the best deals, but you’ll definitely find the best stuff. Occasionally, you can also snag an amazing find. There is free worldwide delivery within 3 days, plus free return shipping. If you like to splurge on an expensive handbag or killer shoes, do not pass up this website. Shopbop is for those of us who just don’t have the time to browse leisurely through the hottest stores, but definitely want to stay current with all the latest trends.
3. www.shopittome.com: This is one of THE best websites online for designer sales. Shopittome claims to be your free personal online shopper…and they are! You can create a profile, telling the website who your favorite designers are and what sizes you are looking for. Shopittome then searches the Internet for your items at the best possible prices. If something is marked down, only on VIP sale, or has a secret promotion code, Shopittome finds it! You can opt for daily email alerts, weekly email alerts, or whatever combination you like. Pictures of the items with their sale prices are included in your email message.
4. www.renttherunway.com: If you do not have the money to buy your favorite designer brands, why not rent? Who has $2000 to drop on a dress for one evening, anyway? Renttherunway is a great alternative to those of us who go out often and need a new ensemble every week—make that every day! Renttherunway offers a wide selection of all your favorite designers. From Alice and Olivia to Herve Leger, you’re bound to find a dress you love. Prices range from $50 to $200+ for a rental. If you live in NYC, you can order online and receive your dress the same day! Returns are free, and you even get an extra size of the dress you are ordering for free! Upon first order, you receive goodies like a measuring tape, deodorant eraser, etc. If you can manage to get into this exclusive club, you’re a very lucky - and fashionable - lady!