Where can I buy good quality, good value women's basics online?
January 3, 2009 6:07 PM Subscribe
FashionFilter: I wish to shop online for women's clothing of decent quality, classic fit, available in a large range of colours, and reasonably priced... let's say a la Gap or Banana Republic. Can anyone suggest online shops of this type in Australia, where I can avoid getting stung by the exchange rate? Or perhaps a cheaper global alternative to the labels mentioned?
posted by Weng to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I know that Gap may not be many people's idea of fashion, quality or whatever. And I'm not sure I actually know what 'classic fit' means. But I like my clothes basic, comfortable and worn layered in a range of colours, using a flattering cut and nice quality fabrics. I checked out previous posts and saw recommendations such as forever21.com, which I consider to be a bit too "trendy" for me (sad, I know!)... Although I would hesitate to say I have a style of any sort, if I did, I suppose it would be some variation of natural, classic or casual. Anyway, with the current value of the Australian dollar, it is making shops like Gap on the pricey side to order from. (Am also unsure about the ethics of production for these giant international labels.)
So, can anyone recommend some good online retailers of quality basics that might appeal to me? Cheaper than American Apparel (yep, I have a pretty low budget) and bonus points if made ethically? I'm 25 y.o. & Australian size 8-10, if it helps.
[There is probably some special meaning of "basics" in a fashiony-type context, but what I mean is simply items like the following: stretchy cotton tops that are well-made enough (i.e. not see-through) to dress up for work; cardigans and fine woollen sweaters in pastel or earthy tones; well-tailored pants in neutral colours, not just black; collared or ruffled cotton shirts; tank tops that don't fall apart in the wash; lined skirts of suit and non-suit variety in a range of cuts, etc. Maybe some denim. Basically, being an impoverished student, very versatile items that I can dress up or down infinitely as the situation requires it!]