We’ll admit it: Online shopping is a critical part of our daily routine. In fact, our day isn’t complete without browsing our beloved bookmarked sites for pretty much anything and everything style related. The Web, however, can be a bit of a danger to our wallets, so its a comfort to know that fast-fashion mega-stores Zara, Forever 21, Mango and H&M offer online shopping, and sites like ASOS exist.
However, it’s also a comfort to know that the affordable online shopping space doesn’t only include those sites, but many more smaller and lesser-known ones like it. Yes, several can border on a tad overly-trendy, but like we always say: Real style comes from identifying the potential in certain pieces, and knowing how to make them work for you.
That said, we’ve combed the web and compiled 6 fast-fashion sites you’re probably not shopping, and are definitely worth checking out.
A-Thread. This site features cute, super-trendy items at wallet-friendly prices ($8 for a set of stackable skinny rings, $29 for a tie-dye henley, $60 for a pair of printed silky shorts.) What's interesting about the site is its retail angle: It stresses the fact that they've got a desire to be "great corporate citizens, not only to our customers but to our partners in the supply chain." There's also a charity angle: 10% of the site's profits to go toward its non-profit partners, such as LA Animal Services and Thrist Relief.
2020Ave. Another site that skews super-trendy, but this one is worth sifting through, as there are lots of pieces to be found that—when deftly styled—could look quite upscale, like the simple faux leather shift above ($44), as well as super-boxy solid tees ($21), quilted bomber jackets ($48), and slouchy (slightly Helmut Lang-esque) knits for $24.
Dorothy Perkins. Dorothy Perkins is to the U.K. what Forever 21 is to America, although with a bit more heritage (it was established over 90 years ago!) It's US shopping site is chock full of affordable peices, and while they're trendy, there's a pretty large selection, so lots of the stuff can easily to appeal to shoppers with a slightly elevated taste level. Plus, the brand offers US sizes 2 to 18, and a wide range of collections including Tall, Petite, Maternity, Lingerie, Shoes and Accessories.
UrbanOG. Based in Chino, California this online emporium features tons of affordable pieces—think chunky southwestern sweters, slouchy faux leather track pants, super-high platform heels—for prices that hover in the $20-$70 range. high-fashion followers can expect to see some knock-offs of familair pieces, such as Phillip Lim's superhero sweaters, Markus Lupfer's sequined lips tops, and plenty of Kenzo-esque tiger heads.
Sugarlips. Like the other sites, this too is largely trend-driven, but the site's layout is a tad sleeker than the rest. As for the merchandise it's a pretty mix of stuff you'd expect (crop tops, high-low skirts, cutout dresses), but there's also some interesting pieces like sleek blazers and cropped jackets (around $50-$70), boxy metallic tops ($49) (and structured full skirts ($50.)