Awesome Fashion Deals on the Social Web
September 13, 2010 Leave a comment
Given the large number of women living and working in DC area and their heavy engagement with various social media channels, here are a few more fashion sites you may want to check out next time you are surfing the Net. They all offer great deals.
Keep Your Cash
When you are ready to make a big clothing or beauty purchase, make sure you use a service like eBates, which gives you a percentage of what you spend on their partner sites back as a cash rebate. So, it’s basically like you’re paying yourself to shop — or at least that’s what you can tell yourself to justify spending so much on shoes.
Sample Sale Sites
If you’re looking for basics like great jeans or tees, then BlueFly is probably your best bet. This mainstream online shopping mall also has a fantastic private sale area, where anyone can browse big discounts on designer duds from brands like Theory, Prada and Louboutin. You don’t even have to sign up to use it, although registered users can ask to be notified about new deals via e-mail.
If you’re into the higher end of high fashion, then Gilt Groupe, Net-A-Porter and Haute Look are all great bets for big name brands. Gilt Man gives guys the same exclusive deals on a site built just for them. Gilt Groupe even has an iPhone/iPad/Android app to let you shop sales on the go. Net-A-Porter lets you do the same from your iPhone/iPad.
For more unique, up-and-coming designers, head to Rue La La, which has a slightly younger aesthetic and a lot of fun, playful finds. If you’ve got little ones to outfit too, use Zulily. They’ve got great clothes and accessories for kids, and a few things for mom too.
Fashion Goes Social
You can use Stylophane to quickly find your favorite fashion brands on Facebook. If you want to find coupons you can use in the real world, CheapTweet will let quickly scan everyone who is sharing a fashion or beauty sale on Twitter in real time, so you know which coupons to print out and which ones to pass on. You can also send a tweet to @couponbot with the name of your favorite store, and see what deals come back.
Of course, you should also make sure you accessorize your favorite mobile device with an app like ShopSavvy, which lets you scan bar codes of stuff you’re thinking about buying to see if there’s a better price elsewhere. Because if you’re paying the bill for a decent smartphone data plan, you definitely can’t afford to pay full price for fashion when there’s a sale going on somewhere else.
Personal Stylists Are Out of Style
Before you buy any clothes to go with that signature scent, use a site like Polyvore or ShopStyle to be your own personal wardrobe stylist — no hefty retainer required. These sartorial social networks let you “try before you buy” by giving you the tools to put together looks online, so you can see how clothes and accessories will work together.
With huge databases of designer duds, this is a great way to test drive an outfit before you spend cold, hard cash on it, and a great way to keep track of what you already have in your closet. Plus, with everyone posting different looks, these are also great places to get inspiration for new ways to wear the stuff you’ve already shelled out the cash for.
Vintage: Everything Old is New Again
Etsy, Rusty Zipper, Archive Vintage and Posh Girl Vintage are just a few of the places where you can score hot looks with a little bit of history behind them. CMadeleines has a great listing of vintage duds by designers, including pieces by Chanel, Dior and Hermes. And, TheFrock has fantastic vintage dresses, including a great bridal boutique.
Speaking of brides, if you’re looking to accessorize all of those fabulous outfits you just bought online, you can score great jewelry deals — including deeply discounted bridal bling — at I Do, Now I Don’t. This site specializes in the sale of jewels by scorned exes who want to unload them fast for much less than what they were purchased for in the first place. You can bid on necklaces, bracelets, rings and more, or buy them outright. Just try to avoid reading the stories about why the items are being sold, unless you want to spend a whole lot more in retail therapy to get your mood back up.
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