Fashion: It seems like every year, the holidays become more and more hectic: More parties, more gatherings and get-togethers, more friends and family to buy presents for. And because some of the people at the events may overlap, you can't be caught wearing the same party dress every time. So what's a busy girl to do, if she wants to avoid the seasonal annoyance of the mall parking lot? Shop online, of course! And here are some of the best sites to find luxurious looks for everyday, not just for the holidays.
Have you ever wanted to know exactly what celebrities are wearing? Then check out InSyle.com, the online version of the magazine, where you can see details of exactly what celebrity is wearing what and where you can find it, under the extensive shopping menu. Not only that, the site also offers how-to-videos of how to achieve star styles. Basically, this site explains how you can achieve celebrity style, without the bothersome entourage.
If you spend a lot of time going through fashion magazines, you'll notice a recurring trend: all the hottest trends can be found at shopbop.com. Shopbop.com is an online store with an amazing assortment of designers, from big names to less-known names. And if you're looking for that special something that no one else has, you'll want to check out "shopbop exclusives," which offers special designs from high-end designers that are sold exclusively at shopbop.com. Right now, the site is also having a sale on "Bop Basics," key pieces that fit into anyone's wardrobe and can be accessorized for day or night. They usually have a sale on something, or specials on shipping, which can change rapidly, so its worth checking out daily. Shopbop.com now also features videos of how to put together looks from the ladies at WhoWhatWear.com. And don't forget to enter the sweepstakes while you're there.
The luxury department store is now available online. You can find almost any designer and all of their seasonal lines, including resort wear, shoes and accessories. Right now, you can find special deals on designer label gifts, like Prada. Click on the "designer index" and you can find designers either alphabetically or by category, like fine apparel or denim. The luxury retailer also carries designer labels for kids, so be sure and check that out for the little ones on your list and even style your pets!
It can be a mind-boggling task to try to figure out what the best items from a designer's line are. Blaec.com is an online boutique with a physical store in Santa Barbara, CA, that has taken all the guesswork out for you and features only the most-flattering elements of a line from an enormous list of designers. Black is a staple for every wardrobe and the folks behind Blaec pay homage to the favorite by carrying a great deal of the color. Right now, you can also find holiday sales and gifts at the site as well as pick out a few things for your own closet.
If you want to give the gift of luxury, or just need to spruce yourself up for the season and seasons to come, check out some of our favorite sites.
It seems like every year, the holiday gift list gets a little bit longer, making budgets for holiday spending a little bit smaller. But there are still plenty of ways to get luxury fashions for less than the usual asking price.
The latest installment of every fashionista's favorite TV show, Project Runway, features products sponsored by Bluefly.com. Bluefly.com is the perfect place to find designer labels at a fraction of the cost. Many of their offerings are from previous seasons, but they also have a great selection of current trends too and offer free shipping on orders over $100. If you're planning on vacationing for the holiday season, you'll want to check out their resort collection, with cute swimwear from a variety of designers. And don't forget the cover-up, like the eyelet kaftan from Diane Furstenberg that is stylish enough to be worn as a dress, with its empire tie-waist and 3/4 bell-sleeves. And if you need any help, try out their online assistance feature.
Jake is the online store for a small chain of Chicago-based luxury retailers. Jake specializes in making sure that they're clients look their best, which is why they offer a denim fit guide on their site. Not only do they give a rundown of every style jean, they also offer recommendations of what lines offer which cut as well as ideas of what to wear with them, for day or evening looks. Another great feature of the site is the "Stylist's Notes," which is an interview with different stylists and designers and their favorite pieces for the season. The site is so customer-friendly that its like shopping in-store.
If you haven't already checked out American Apparel, 'tis about time you do so. American Apparel is a great company geared toward young adults and concerned more with fair labor practices than with cutting costs. But not to worry, American Apparel won't break the bank; they offer a wide variety of jersey-fabric basics with a fashionable twist. For instance, the Cotton Spandex Jersey Bandeau Pencil Dress, is a great value because of the video that shows you a multitude of ways to wear it, not to mention the mere $34 price tag. Dress it up or down or buy it in multiple hues to give as gifts. If the Pencil Dress is too body-conscious for you, check out the looser fitting version, the Cotton Spandex Jersey Bandeau Dress, with a more flowing skirt. If you're getting it as a gift, be sure to add the $5 gift-wrap option when you checkout.
The holidays are stressful enough without worrying about where to find the best luxury items at the best prices, but these sites are sure to give you a great place to start.
For LxM Carly Zimmerman