Tired of what major fashion clothing magazines have to say about this and that—that designer, this trend, that store, and this season? Well, you’re not alone. That’s why some pretty spiffy and inventive people forged into the online world to bring you alternative views on fashion and women’s clothing. That’s right, Vogue! You have rather feisty DIY competition, which is a good thing…well, for the consumers, at least. Why? Because most of us aren’t a size 0 and the thought of $1,000 jeans makes our bank accounts shudder. If you want fashion from a different perspective, here are the top 10 women’s fashion clothing websites you’ve probably never heard of (unless you’re a fashion addict, in which case there’s a remote possibility you have):
These are in no order of preference.
1. Necessary Clothing
Necessary Clothing is the ultimate online destination for trendy fashionistas on a budget. Shop this season’s must-have looks, in their NYC stores or online, without breaking the bank. Let me first say that I would like to think that whoever named this store was thinking ironically, though from the likes of the place, I highly doubt that was the case. Necessary Clothing carries completely unnecessary items; however, they have some great, fashionable finds that will spice up your wardrobe at a CHEAP cost to you!
2. Fashion Dig
Whether you want fashion advice, a vintage clothing store locator, or recommendations on books related to fashion (to name just a few things), you should see this site. It’s well-organized, easy to navigate, helpful, and plain fun! Give them a look at: http://www.fashiondig.com
Fashion, hair, beauty, entertainment, sex and life—those are only some of the categories covered on this style-oriented site. It’s user-friendly, with active forums where you can discuss what in the fashion world is important to YOU! Check out their site at: http://www.handbag.com
4. Indie Fixx
A charming blog with childlike illustrations serving as the webpage borders. Very focused on indie style and design; in fact the ‘About’ section blatantly states: “Indie Fixx is a celebration of the creativity, tenacity, and general spunky goodness that is the indie design movement.” Gung-ho DIY in a good way! Take a gander at: http://indiefixx.com
5. Mod Cloth
Featuring delightful vintage-style clothes from indie designers, this site also boasts visually appearing photographs that give you a good idea of what you’re buying. Whether you want skinny jeans, tunics, tees, rompers, bloomers, or pleated skirts, Mod Cloth probably has something for you. Look around at: http://modcloth.com
6. 2020 Ave
Well, I first found 2020Ave a few years back when they use to have all these cool unique tunics no one else had, but I recently gave them a try and I’m skinny and have a hard time with finding clothes to fit me like I want them too and I ordered two high-waisted denim shorts and they fit! So thin women, this is your place. And shipping is super fast, I placed my order on Saturday, and it just got here today and it’s only Wednesday, I am definitely hooked, plus they have promotions/discounts on holidays!
7. Soul Flower
Hippie, hippie, hippie! If you like tie-dye, organic cotton, the Grateful Dead, and anything else reminiscent of the psychedelic side of the 1960’s and 1970’s, then this is the place for you. They even have baby and toddler duds. Check them out at: http://www.soul-flower.com
8. Stockin’ Girl
They describe themselves as a “stocking and lingerie boutique,” but they should be called THE stocking and lingerie boutique. Their prices run from moderate to high, but, boy, do they carry lovely thongs, girdles, tights, bras, panties, and other lacy and not-so-lacy unmentionables. Check them out at: http://stockingirl.com
We all know I’m a sucker for women’s clothing, especially when I can order online and they have a huge selection. What makes it a homerun is when it doesn’t cost me an arm-and-a-leg! So of course, I have to let you in on a little secret (okay, maybe its not a secret to you!) and its this fun online site called Sosie. I absolutely love finding sites like this that offer stylish, unique items and are always adding new inventory.
Its name means exactly what you suspect: outrageous vintage and this site certainly lives up to its name! Never fear if you’re more conservative, though—there are plenty of reserved pieces of clothing for you, too. Each item includes a detailed description so you have a strong idea of what you’re buying. Visit them at: http://www.vintageous.com
By Christine Stoddard