By Meagan Burbidge
So whilst we have had a relatively mild winter thus far here in Adelaide, the odd rainy day and the cool temperatures are still enough to keep many rugged up next to the heater with a hot cuppa. Shopping in Rundle Mall, practically a wind tunnel in August is less than appealing despite what the cartoon lady on the ad seems to think – I know I don’t stylishly breeze pass City Cross with every hair intact under a chic beret.
I would venture to guess that there are folks out there who agree that leaving the couch to shop is just not an option. But, dilemma of all dilemma’s, you do have a cocktail party this weekend, or, simply cannot consider missing out on end of season discounted boots. This is where the internet is a beautiful thing. You’ve probably heard the hype about U.S. exchange rates being in prime condition to purchase from overseas, but may not be aware of the numerous Australian sites offering bang for your buck. Below is a pick of clicks that won’t ship your dollars offshore, and, more importantly, won’t make you part with your ugg boots.
Showponyfashion.com.au – Everything from slouchy knits to chic blazers, as well as a great range of party pieces, at prices so good you can afford something new every weekend. With most items under $50, it’s a seriously good browse.
Frockshop.com.au - Let me start by saying that whilst this site is not for those on a small budget, it does have a gorgeous collection of stellar Australian designers. Stocking labels commonly only on offer in mini boutiques or upmarket department stores like Dion Lee, Camilla and Marc Zimmermann, and Karla Spetic, it’s a slice of class at your finger tips – without the catty sales assistant.
Birdmotel.com.au – An oldie but a goodie, this site aims to bring a ‘well-edited range’ of must-have items to save you time, trouble and crowds. This site is perfect for beginners with an easy to navigate layout, seasonal online catalogue, and a well-endowed sales section – win!
Nastygal.com.au – Okay, slightly cheating with this one (it’s an American site) but stay with me, this is an absolute gem. With new items added regularly (subscribe to their email list) this site is sure to have your credit card working double time. This is a personal favourite for quirky and edgy pieces; and, if you’re feeling daring, really can’t go past the selection of Jeffrey Campbell shoes. Also, opposite seasons means they’re discounting their summer stuff now, so get a jump summer with a new swimsuit.
Cocolee.com.au – You must subscribe to access this site but it offers a broad range of specials, plopped straight into your inbox ever couple of days. Brands such as I love Billy, Yoganics, mesop and Moss & Spy feature at pretty heavily discounted prices making it definitely worth a squiz if you’re fond of a brand name bargain.
Generalpants.com.au – Whilst this store is no real secret, their online counterpart is worth a mention for the plethora of fashion fixes offered. Brands like Ksubi, Alice in the Eve, Toi et Moi, The Cassette Society and Subtitled, are all reasonably priced and, should they not fit, can be returned to any store or by mail within 14 days – foolproof!
PS. Before you get over excited make sure to compare sizes! Some measurements can differ according to brand, so whip out the measuring tape and check the sizing charts online.