where I shop; one of the questions I’m most commonly asked: where do you shop? At this point I would say that I do more than 80% of my shopping online, either from sites or apps (think Depop, Poshmark, or Insta). Here’s a quick list of places.
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[last updated 12/4/18]
Places I Do Not (Yet) Own Anything From*
Places on the More Expensive Side+
GENERAL; focused on clothing though most, if not all, also stock accessories/shoes. A mix of retailers that stock various brands and sometimes their own lines, as well as independent brands.
Guilty Pleasures: you’ve probably seen a number of these brands all over Insta. While I would say that a lot of the pieces are not worth their $100-$400 price tag (trendy pieces that go out of style, are not well-constructed enough to justify the price; and/or lose their value quickly), I’ve found a good number that have lasted me over the years and become staples in my closet.
Are You Am I: my absolute favorite of the past few months. [TIP] AYAI has an annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale.
Reformation: my go-to for pretty summer dresses.
For Love & Lemons: pretty dresses galore.
Maison Cleo+: French-based mother-daughter duo. Each order comes with an adorable matching scrunchie
Daisy Daisy TV+: so effin cute
Orseund Iris++: very expensive, but god their designs are to die for
Zimmermann++: ok, so, not affordable for me. At all. BUT their dresses are stunning and beautiful to look at
High-Street to Mid-Range Brands (ONLINE):
Love Too True: I will be honest and say that I do not think the quality of LTT clothing is the best as the pants I purchased are not very soft material. However, I really like their designs.
Pixie Market: casual chic. Aesthetically reminds me of Mango, but with a bit of a Korean style twist.
Tiger Mist: contemporary Aussie retailer that stocks their own line as well as other popular “cool girl” brands
Sofia the Label*+: haven’t bought anything from them yet but god their dresses look incredible
Other Brands (BRICK & MORTAR, NYC):
Frankie Shop: Also available online and in their Paris shop. However, I have found that the online store actually has less stock available compared to their brick and mortar in NYC.
100 Stanton Street,
New York, NY 10002
The Rising States: Not the cheapest, but they stock cool independent designers.
168 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
Chop Suey Club: supporting awesome Chinese designers.
260 Sample Sale: They handle many of the larger brand name sample sales in NYC (i.e. Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Maje, Reformation, etc.). It’s kind of a hit or miss as many of the sales get picked over, but I have found some nice pieces. Prices are also reduced on Saturdays (sales usually start on Wednesdays and more popular ones will have a line). They also run events out of LA, though I can’t speak for those. Follow them on Insta or check their site for upcoming sales.
Vintage (ONLINE): I’m a big fan of shopping vintage. Sometimes this is easier in store as I find fit to be a bit harder to gage and vintage sizing relies a lot on measurements.
Depop: Lately my main one-stop shop apart from AYAI. Depop is a peer-to-peer app similar to Poshmark and Mercari, but I personally prefer it due to the layout of the app as well as the inventory available.
Etsy: Always a good place to start if you know what you’re looking for. A lot of sellers have great stuff for a reasonable price.
Smock Walker Vintage (shop via Etsy)
Luxury Vintage (ONLINE): I’m a big fan of shopping vintage. Sometimes this is easier in store as I find fit to be a bit harder to gage and vintage sizing relies a lot on measurements.
Vintage (BRICK AND MORTAR, NYC):
One of a Find
One-Stop Shop Luxury
The Usual Suspects: my favorite affordable high-street brands. I’m slowly trying to rotate these out of my wardrobe for the most part, but I believe it’s important (and much more affordable) to include these in the mix.
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ASOS: SO. many. things. I love that they have a massive selection but it can also be a pain to look through. That being said I’ve found some pretty great pieces at ASOS.
Free People: not always that cheap and their overall boho aesthetic is not my style. However, I’m a longtime fan because I often find individual pieces that I love and am able to incorporate into my wardrobe. Also, I think some things are pretty worth it during their sales.
ACCESSORIES + SHOES; Most of the brands/e-commerce sites on the left also stock accessories and shoes. However, I find it helpful to still have this separated out as I tend toward different brands for specific items. There may be some overlap between categories.
Jewelry (ONLINE): These days my favorite jewelry pieces are earrings, and I try to source unique pieces when I travel. That being said I do have a number of places I like to shop.
Mejuri: my go-to for beautiful everyday staples
Stvdio Brooklyn: beautiful pieces all handmade in Brooklyn
Jewelry (BRICK & MORTAR, NYC)
112 West 17th Street
(between 6th & 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Jeffrey Campbell: Since high school I’ve found JC (haha) to be a very solid option for shoes. Some of their coolest options can only be bought directly through their site. However, I would say do your homework because a quick Google search can yield results on other retailer sites for much less. If you can find JC on Nordstrom Rack, it’s probably a very good deal.
Castaner: for cute espadrilles
Nisolo*: for well-made staple boots
Maryam Nassir Zadeh++: very cute sandals and boots. not cheap.
Eyewear: I have a wide face and a difficult time finding frames that fit.
Gentle Monster*: definitely more expensive than the other options, but not ridiculous
Jacquemus+: give me a Jacquemus mini bag all day, every day. They may not fit my phone but I’ll hang all the colors on my arm like candy.
Kate Spade+: not so much a fan of their everyday bags and I try hard to stay away from novelty these days, but some of their novelty bags are just so. darn. CUTE.
Susan Alexandra*+: bead bags are all the rage.
Shrimps*+: dreamy beaded bags. Also not really affordable unless they’re on sale, but a girl can dream.
Lisa Marie Fernandez+: very expensive and not always my style but I really love some of their designs. I found my one LMF suit on Depop for less than 20% of the original retail price.