Dreamy Reader Mail: Where to Shop for Affordable Basics

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I recently received an email from a reader about online shopping and I got so excited that I had to respond as soon as possible (my inbox is fairly mundane these days). Mona from San Diego asks: I just saw your old post about Pixie Market and I love that shop. I live in San Diego unfortunately so my shopping is mostly online. Are there any other sites like that, boutique-ish, more for everyday outfits at good prices that you would recommend?

First of all, Mona- thank you for your email! I'm an avid online shopper myself. While I love shopping the wonderful boutiques in New York, I haven't had much time to hit the pavement these days. Here (in no particular order) are five of my top picks for online boutiques where you can find unique items at relatively affordable prices:

(1) I Don't Like Mondays

This e-commerce only boutique offers a wide array of edgy-enough basics including Anzevino and Florence, Cheap Monday, Obesity and Speed and Samantha Pleet. I love the design of the site and the menus are fairly easy to navigate. Check out the site here: http://www.idontlikemondays.us.

(2) Acrimony
Acrimony is a shop based in San Francisco which also has a good selection of relatively affordable designer items available online. I'm in love with their roster, which includes, for women, Ann Sofie Back, Funktional, Laeken and Mini Market, among many many others. Shop http://www.shopacrimony.com.

(3) Oak

Oak is a New York-based and online favorite, and while I've only visited their small but tightly curated store on Bond Street in Manhattan, I feel like I could spend hours browsing their online finds. The e-boutique has an especially strong affordable department called A-OK, with many fashion-forward staples under $100. Check out http://www.oaknyc.com for more.

(4) Seven New York

For such a bijoux physical boutique, Seven has a big reputation, which carries over into its e-boutique. The store not only sells forward labels (with pricetags to match) such as Preen and Gareth Pugh, but also affordable but interesting basics by brands like Horace and Ground Zero. Click over to http://www.sevennewyork.com.

(5) La Garconne

La Garconne is an e-commerce only boutique which stocks a wide arrange of designer items, some more affordable than others (sigh: Jil Sander wedge boots, I wish I could afford you!). With designers such as APC, Christopher Kane, Thakoon, Erin Wasson x RVCA and Maison Martin Margiela, there's sure to be something here to suit any fashionable person's taste and budget. There's a good sale happening right now, by the way. Shop http://www.lagarconne.com.

For further reading, I would highly recommend my friend's blog, Style Bite. There's a fairly comprehensive directory of independent minded boutiques on the site and I find myself turning to it as an online shopping resource.

Readers, any new online shops on your radar these days?


Livie said...

thx for these recommends! not that I need another reason to shop online but more choices is always good for the wallet (well or maybe not so much)

The Owl's Closet said...

thanks so much for this post! like mona, i'm also in search for similar boutiques at affordable prices:) can't wait to check out these links!


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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Great list D! I'd also put down Revolve Clothing - one of my favorite online boutiques and pretty affordable (esp. with the new customer discount)

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Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I really need to go to Oak next time I am in NYC... The online site has me swooning!

Susan said...

great post- thanks for sharing!

Arushi Khosla (FabBlab) said...

I Don't Like Mondays is my personal shopping mecca. Thank god for not so overpriced jersey basics that don't look like they're from the Salvation Army. *looks heavenward*

DailyDivaDish said...

What a great list. I love hearing about little gems like these.
XO Piper

Chessa! said...

after I lose the baby weight we have to go shopping together. I'm so desperate to buy something...ANYTHING at this point. I'm even past new shoes bc my feet are so swollen!

Kristin said...

This is SO getting bookmarked!

Jillian said...

i like the first one a lot

Elena S. said...

love the shredded dress
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Well I'd be amiss if I didn't take the opportunity to mention mine again!

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Deka said...

great post! thanks so much i'm excited to do some browsing :)
are you a stylist yet?! LOL
in san francisco i enjoy
those are 2 i can remember by name
but walking along union street and 24th street always leads to great finds

Liberty London Girl said...

I agree: I think La Garconne is really well edited, LLGxx

Asset Management Melbourne said...

Thank you for your sharing..Also I like that black outfit most..I got that black legging as well

nicole said...

great post D! one can never have too many basics and I love that you're accommodating to us online shoppers (better known as, you're a bad influence lady haha). but that horace sweater is to die for!

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Vyque said...

OMG, I had forgotten all about I Don't Like Mondays, thanks!

Kristin said...

I could live in that grey maxi!

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