Just in time for Vogue Online Shopping Night, I thought this was appropriate to share. Yes, if you are wondering, I have already taken the opportunity to use the VOSN discount code on a few sites to order things from my Wishlist's (just in time for a new weekend outfit).
Online shopping can be either the hardest thing ever but also the best thing ever created. Now I don't have to leave my house and walk into a super hot and wayyy to cold shopping centre to find what I am looking for.
I do have a few rules when it comes to online shopping which helps me purchase the correct size and and my style. I always look for sites that showcase a variety of body shapes, that show clothes at multiple angles and of course offer refunds because not everything will always suit.
I have been a loyal Princess Polly shopper since I was 20, gosh that makes me feel a little old. They have new arrivals every day and being a curvy girl with a smaller waist, their photos are perfect for seeing if they will suit my body. They offer the option of refunds, exchanges and credit notes!
Princess Polly has seen me through many different fashion stages through out the years. From my floral stage, to my now chic rock. They have a variety of clothes to suit different bodies, style and colour choice.
Gosh I remember when Showpo was originally Showpony – again showing my age haha. Showpo recently updated their returns policy and now offer refunds. Which is a massive win for me. I am a bulk online shopper. I love to order everything I love and then try them all on in the comfort of my own home with different pairs of shoes I own. Then I can keep what I love, get a second opinion on ones I’m not sure about and then return the rest super easily.
I hate leaving my house in the winter and having the ability to have clothes delivery straight to my door in my nice warm house means that I don’t have to rush to make a decision and see it with other clothes I own.
Showpo is not only an online clothing store but a one stop shop. Stocking a massive range of brands, sizes and for different body shapes! They stock everyday to work wear clothing, accessories, beauty, shoes and even wedding attire. It truly is the store where you can buy your week day to weekend outfit.
Buying bags for different events and matching nude shoes to a nude bag will forever be one thing that gives me anxiety. But Olgaberg has truly made my life easier stocking a huge colour range of bags, I know I will always find something that will match the outfit I have planned.
Their pieces are beautifully made but affordable! They truly complete an outfit. I had a wedding recently and had my whole outfit planned except the bag. I always was told find the dress first and then the accessories. I had nude shoes planned with a silk navy blue dress with gold accessories. Jumped straight onto Olgaberg and literally within 5 minutes I had found the perfect bag to go with my outfit and which I will definitely use again.
Olgaberg have their own online website but are also stocked on The Iconic and in Myer if you need to go see a few bags in person.
Where do I start with The Iconic…. All I can say is IT IS AMAZING! Stocking 100’s of different brands and not only clothing, I can find everything I need on The Iconic. From travel accessories (including cubes to pack my suitcase neatly) all the way through to headphones and exercise gear for the gym it really is the Google of online shopping.
The Iconic offers refunds on items which are not final sale, which again is super handy. They are always surprising me with discount emails and codes.
I can admit the minute I am invited to go out somewhere whether it is dinner, drinks or a party the first thing that runs through my head is what am I going to wear. I know I will always find what I am looking for on The Iconic, whether I need a whole new outfit or just the finishing touches like earrings there is always something. The one thing I do love about The Iconic they stock a huge price range. If you’re on a budget or you know you’re only doing to wear it once all the way to those designer pieces you keep forever. They have it all.
Now Verge Girl was a cool find a couple of years ago and I am obsessed! If I am looking for something different or ideas on how to mix and match or style outfits their photos always help me!
Verge Girl always has new arrivals and I know if I’m looking for a winter outfit or something for a holiday even a dress to wear as a guest to a wedding its there. They have fast shipping which is great because sometimes I am a last minute buyer and need things at my door ASAP. Plus they have Verge Girl exclusives meaning you wont find them on every other online website you search.
Their Instagram showcases how everyday people have styled their outfits as inspo which is super helpful!
Jolie and Deen
My first experience with Jolie and Dean was on chapel street a few years ago in a boutique that stocks clothing and accessories. I was obsessed from the moment I laid eyes on their jewellery.
From finer jewellery to statement earrings, I always find what I am looking for.
I love supporting Australian businesses and Jolie and Deen was not only Founded in Australia but by Melbournian sisters which I love even more!
They are perfect as gifts or even to spoil yourself with a little something.
Oh Glassons! You will forever have a piece of my heart. With a store in the heart of Melbourne CBD, heading over on my lunch breaks is the best! If I need a last minute outfit for the weekend I know I can head on down on a Friday and find what I am looking for.
They are affordable and believe it is their responsibility to help minimise the environment impact they have and support people. Their products are great quality and sustainable but also accessible and affordable. As a shopaholic this resonates so much as I want to do the right thing for the environment and buy products I can re-wear and that don’t effect our environment but also are affordable.
I love storing the items I love on my Glassons online Wishlist which means if anyone asks me what I want as a birthday gift I can always send them what I have seen!
Beginning Boutique… where all my initial outfit research begins.
Beginning boutique is also an inspiring story which I hope motivates people everywhere to go for their dream and make it a reality. Sarah started Beginning Boutique at the age of 21. I love that she knew exactly what she wanted to do at that age, risked it and went for it and now has such an amazing online store that caters to so many different body shapes and styles. From brunch to beach they have you covered.
They love to share Beginning Boutique babes how they styled their outfits and where they went! Great place for inspiration and to suss out the shape of the clothes on real people in real lighting which makes online shopper so much easier.
Peta and Jain
There is two things in life that I love to purchase. Shoes and Bags. Why? Because they always fit. My shoe size is always the same and bags I can mix and match with so many outfits. So if I am bloated and smashed a whole pizza (which I regularly do) I don’t feel bad buying a bag because I can’t go wrong!
Peta and Jain is definitely my go to for a ‘casual’ bag / night bag. Peta and Jain stock vegan bags which is amazing! They describe themselves as affordable luxury and they are definitely right with that description.
They stock mini bags to oversized work bags to fit your laptop. Matching wallets and accessories to complete your outfits including hats!
They are stocked on the iconic and princess Polly but also have their own website with a bigger range and colours.
I am currently obsessed with their shoulder bags having bought 2 black ones with different hardware justifying one for my mum and then fell in love with a brown version which I just had to have! They are perfect from going to brunch all the way to a night out for a few cocktails and a dance.
Another favourite Australian jewellery brand. Francesca Jewellery which first started in a market in Tasmania is now stocked online but also have stores in Hobart and Melbourne. I was first introduced to Francesca Jewellery when my friends travelled to Tasmania and we all quickly became obsessed with their quality pieces which can be layered or worn alone.
They then opened a store in Melbourne and I was one of the first people to head down to the Melbourne Central store in 2016 to pick up some new pieces and get a photo with the girls! More than 5 years on and I still wear every piece I have bought from them and keep adding to my personalised necklace.
Their pieces are great as mother day gifts, birthday presents, wedding day accessories or even to spoil yourself.
Yes, I know I said ten but I had to throw an eleventh out there because I freaking LOVE All Things Golden so much. They just opened a boutique in Melbourne which is the best and most dangerous thing ever for me!
They are my go to store when I am looking for my rock chic look. Their Instagram and website inspires a few of my outfits and I love the fit of their clothes.
From affordable faux leather to real leather they have everyone sorted. I own the most comfortable sports bra by A.T.G but I also have the coolest backless tie up silk top. I am a sucker for backless and the minute I saw this top I knew I needed to have it. It was not optional.
A.T.G is stress free shopping when it comes to online shopping. With their helpful size guides and ability to return items you can't go wrong.
I hope these favourites help you find what you’re looking for and online shopping so much easier. Always read the returns policies as different stores offer different options and they can change. Before I order I always make sure to double check the returns policy just in case it has changed since the last time I ordered.
It’s not as daunting as it seems. I now know how each of my favourite websites size charts work, how the models wear them and if they will suit me. I know what size to order and if I should get a size up and down to know I can keep one.
I would love to hear your tips and tricks on how you online shop to make it easier.
Da Adriana. Xo