I love internet shopping, especially in the evening with a glass of wine, during the unwatchable bits of ‘Dr Foster” (how did she ever get through medical school?). My tastes in shopping sites are firmly rooted in the high street, but I love a small independent retailer, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite new places to shop.
Good for comfy, stylish clothes and shoes and quirky accessories and bits and bobs. The sales are particularly good. A nice alternative to Toast. I bought a great furry (of course) coat in their sale. I rather like this devore dress.
Boyer dress, black, Plumo, £249. BUY ME HERE
Brush up your kroner exchange rates when you shop from this cool Scandi store (though they have recently updated the site and so now it shows sterling prices). I missed the summer sale and am still kicking myself for missing out on the copper jacket and beautiful green ankle boots. Fine, simple Danish style, with a little bit of a twist. I love this coat. But then I would, wouldn’t I?
Lena coat, faux fur, Stone Goya £358.12. BUY ME HERE
You have probably come across Wolf and Badger on social media, where they spend a lot of their (my?) cash. I have been missing an eclectic, interesting, fun retailer that has something out of the run-of-the-mill and they are certainly that. They specialise in curating small, independent labels from around the world. This means they are at the pricey end of the market – so that means sales shopping only for me. Their returns policy and customer service needs some serious attention. And the site takes patient navigating. But you can’t argue with the goods. They have an actual store too in London.
Orwell & Austen 1984 sweater, Wolf & Badger, £199. BUY ME HERE
Another Scandi gem, Weekday is part of the H&M empire and if you like & Other Stories, you might find room in your heart for it. Never to be said outside this blog but it may be a little young for we Muttons. Still there are things I can wear without looking foolish so it’s worth looking beyond the mini’s, Beanies and boots. I’d wear this dress over jeans or leggings.
Maeve shirt dress, weekday, £45. BUY ME HERE
I tend to visit Zalando if there’s something I like from a known brand (Adidas, Levis, Mango, those kinds of brands) that I can’t get elsewhere. But I’ve discovered there’s more to them than that: LK Bennett, J Crew, Max & Co.; The Kooples; J Lindeberg; Gestuz..etc. I don’t exactly enjoy the site – it’s not a fun experience, but it is great value. And again, excellent sales.
Zoe velvet jacket, Gestuz, Zalando £169.99 BUY ME HERE
I used to shop here years ago. Back then it was where you went for laid back, west coast, boho brands. It’s a US site so everything ordered came with a hefty customs tariff, that would almost give you a stroke when the postman arrived. All a little, as my friend who lived in Italy calls anything difficult ‘impegnativo’.
Well, they’ve had something of a revamp and gone all contemporary designer and expanded their range hugely. It is what I see magazines are now calling “spendy” (!), so look at the sale section. There you may find little cuties like these shoes. So sweet.
Frances Valentine ‘Pauline’ mules in pale blue (also available in lemon), Shopbop, £184.72. BUY ME HERE
I love this little outfit. They are based in Surrey but have built a great business via showing their wares on Instagram, Twitter and social media. You can buy online if you see something you like they’ve posted and they couldn’t be more helpful. Hand on heart, it’s not 100% my vibe but these are lovely wearable clothes that don’t wear you. And of course, if you’re lucky you get to spot Morris the terrier, who has a tendency to photobomb their Instagram.
I wouldn’t say I’m on this site a lot, but if you’re looking for something a bit different then Zara’s big sister Uterque is a good place to start. It has a small collection of rather beautiful items that belie their (top end) high street prices. I am especially drawn to their shoes.
Silk mosaic kimono dress, Uterque, £180. BUY ME HERE
Check them out and let me know what you think. And, of course, always let me know about any new stores you’ve discovered.