As the owner of a bridal salon, all of my waking hours are dedicated to discussing the fine points of the big day, including the dress (or the suit, or the jumpsuit, or the crop top).
A couple years ago, I found myself doing a little bit too much online shopping. I reigned myself in, and imposed a six-month shopping ban so I could figure my ish out. My shopping hiatus helped me learn a lot about my own finances, my wardrobe and how to shop better. I have a bit of an issue with impulse purchasing, but I'm working on it.
These days, I'm still shopping occasionally but when I do, I try to shop smarter. Gone are the days of scooping up the entire clearance section just because it's on sale. I'm trying to buy better, instead of buying more.
When it comes to online shopping, it can be difficult to shop smart. Between sizing and shipping, it can feel like a crapshoot. I consider myself a bit of an expert, though. Here's four shops you may not have known about, and the best stuff to buy right now. Get to clickin'!
Pixie Market is easily your next go-to shop for party dresses. The clothes are fun and inexpensive, though they are sized a bit small. The site has a huge collection of adorable options.
I'm dying to pair this white dress with black tights for winter. Give me all the ’60s vibes, please.
If you've ever wanted to pull off a modern take on the dress Julia Roberts wears to the opera in Pretty Woman, here's your chance with this little red number.
If you're looking for a cute dress to wear to a holiday party that even grandma will approve of, go with this red midi dress.
Need Supply has everything you need (heh) from fancy dresses to work apparel. With a variety of designers offered, you can shop items at every price point. Peep these goodies.
This jacket, lined with fleece and faux fur, is perfect for layering on cold winter nights. It's 100% cotton with a drawstring waist, so you don't have to lose your shape in order to stay warm.
I'm pretty sure once you own this sweater dress, you won't need to wear anything else this winter.
I love the shape of this skirt. Paired with a sweater, blazer, or fancier top, it's great for almost any occasion.
Sort of like Anthropologie's younger and less expensive little sister, Ruche is awesome for finding pretty items for both your closet and your home.
This gorgeous floral cocktail dress is a great option for your next wedding or other fancy event. You can even dress it down for everyday wear.
These menswear inspired flats will look much cooler with any outfit than just your standard ballet flats.
They also sell cutesy home goods. Use this tiered stand to hold baked goods at your next party, or use it 24/7 to hold jewelry or lipsticks.
Helpsy was founded with the goal of selling ethically made goods without sacrificing style. Via their site, you can shop by the cause you want to support, whether that's sticking to items that are cruelty-free, staying eco-conscious, fair-trade/wage items, or more.
This faux leather crop-top is cruelty-free and made in New York City in New York City.
This hand-crafted brass and crystal ring is cruelty-free, made in NYC, and super witchy to boot.
I'm just going to end on this note, because I can't think of a better way to go.
Your turn: Where are your favorite stores to shop online? What sorts of qualities are important to you when shopping: quality, price, ethics? Would you buy me this tank top?