I love Forever 21, H&M, Target and Charlotte Russe as much as the next girl- but I hate it when I see five other girls on campus wearing the same shoe or skirt I have on. Originality can be tough to come by when everyone shops at the same places. Thankfully, there are some great online-only stores that every other girl on campus probably isn't shopping at yet. Here are five of the best ones:
Does your style have a boho surfer-girl vibe to it? If so, you won’t be able to get enough of LuLus. With its plethora of flowy tops, colorful dresses and funky jewelry, you really won’t be able to resist the merchandise. Even better, everything is priced around the same as the stuff at Forever 21 (I’m talking $20-40 for a top, $30-60 for a dress,) so it’s super affordable. They even have a vintage section! Bookmark this site to have your summer wardrobe needs taken care of!
Are you more of a trend-setting risk-taker when it comes to the way you dress? Look no further than NastyGal. Not only do they have some of the best vintage on the internet (yes, high-quality vintage-on the internet!), they also have edgy, interesting clothes that’ll make people stop you in the streets. By the end of the day, I’m sure you’ll be sick of saying ‘shopnastygal.com.’ Their tops sell for around $30-80 (leaning more towards the $80 side) and their bottoms are $40-$100. Don’t forget to check out their awesome selection of shoes- I can barely keep my debit card away!
Looking for a gift for your brother, boyfriend or anyone in between? Threadless is your answer to the age old "What can I get them?". These tees are some of the best I’ve seen on the internet. They range from funny to cool looking to just plain weird, and are priced at a reasonable $18-22. But don’t just look here for gifts- they also have a women’s section! If you’re looking for an off-beat tee shirt to spice up your jeans-and-a-tee shirt look, then you’ll satisfy all your needs (and more) here.
Obsessed with designer clothes and everything high-end? Need the latest "it" bag as soon as it comes out? You must visit Shopbop! While this store definitely isn't obscure (it's one of the most popular online clothing stores), it's still a must-bookmark if you love fashion. ShopBop was originally conceived as the online offshoot of Madison, WI-based store Bop, but the online store was so successful that sales quickly outpaced those of the brick-and-mortar store! Nowadays, Shopbop does tons of business, selling everything from Alexander Wang bags to J Brand jeans to Marc Jacobs dresses. If you're on a budget, don't count Shopbop out - they have a fantastic sale section that's constantly updated, and many designer pieces are under $100!
Does vintage-inspired clothing appeal to you? Do you have a girly sense of style but still love edgy pieces? Shop exclusively on ModCloth from now on! You’ll find colorful tops in flowery prints with great details- think ruffles, cowl necks and lace, and great high-waisted skirts. Modcloth has my perfect summer internship wardrobe- appropriate office-wear with fashionable details. Prices here are reasonable, too- $20-60 for a top and $30-90 for bottom. Plus, they have a really great vintage section, too! This site is a must-visit for any of you who love browsing thrift shops (and those of us who don’t have the patience for it).
What do you guys think of these stores? What other online-only stores do you guys shop at? Tell me everything and more in the comments!