Alright, no one believes this, but I hate shopping. Let me rephrase - I hate malls and shopping centers. I, sadly, love on-line shopping.
So I’ve had several questions about where I shop. Let me preface this by saying that I have worn anything from a size 8 to a 12 and I am not petite (I’m 5’10), so that may impact what specialty shops you have to seek out. Also, my style is pretty classic, so I am not about to provide you with a lot of on-trend options because I don’t know where those are. I have some of the basics covered with my repertoire and then a few cool little extras.
For cocktail dresses: I almost exclusively shop at Nordstrom. Their on-line variety is second to none from style, size, and variety. Plus I can exchange or return items to my local Nordstrom (which some folks don’t have, but on-line returns are pretty easy).
For suits: I’m looking for ideas here folks. I hit the basics, but recently I have not been able to find good suit places. I have historically used: Dillard’s, Neiman’s (don’t freak out here – they offer sales regularly on-line and the last two suits I bought there were $150 or less! – people have no idea you can get deals at Neiman Marcus), Ann Taylor (not lately), Talbots, and Banana Republic. J. Crew has never really worked for me. What am I missing? Do people just not sell more formal work wear anymore?
For jeans: Banana Republic or Old Navy. I like that they have “tall” lengths. (For work trousers, Ann Taylor and Talbots also have tall, just as they have petites.)
For shoes: Almost exclusively DSW but sometimes I find a can’t resist at Zappos.
For everything else:
Boden – y’all they have the cutest stuff, now that is totally dependent on their season’s collection, but I often find cool items - this is something they have available this spring:Sosie – I have found some cute tops and accessories here for remarkably low prices.
Asos – They have some super cute dresses that are reasonably priced and a ton of variety. This adorable little red dress is only $64.
Topshop - Here’s my thing on Topshop, I do look there, and I know everyone swears there are cool clothes, but I can’t find stuff here. I leave it to you and the cooler people.
Ann Taylor Loft - I go back and forth with ATL, but right now they’re doing a lot of black and white which is adorable and if you get coupons then it’s reasonable, certainly more reasonable than its mothership whose stuff I’ve not even been nuts about lately. I mean isn’t this cute (and they have a black & white blazer I am digging too):
There’s always the department stores which I will check because they have “on-line” down - Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and even JC Penney for casual bright t-shirts. I’ve never had much luck at BlueFly but some people do. I also periodically check the trinity of Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic. Occasionally I remember to shop White House/Black Market, Target, J Crew and Talbots and have some success.
Where do you shop? What’s your favorite hidden gem?