While there are plenty of fashionable shopping centres and boutique stores throughout Singapore, there are also many online-only options. And who’s got the time to run around in the heat, humidity, and rain anyway? Here are eight online fashion sites, bound to have you dressed to the nines.
Selling designer clothes at less than designer prices, The Outnet is easy to search by your favourite designer or clothing type: easily browse the vacation shop, or the ‘what to wear’ section, which puts together collections for you such as “Global Traveller,” or “Bohemian Spirit.” There is even a “Classics” section, so don’t forget to check out their abundance of shoes, bags and accessories.
Style Theory has a unique business model that rents women’s work and casual clothes via its subscription service. For a monthly fee, you can choose from 16,000+ designer pieces in XS-XL that will be dry-cleaned and delivered to your door. You can keep them as long as you’d like. When you are done, simply box them up and trade them in for more. Your wardrobe will remain fresh and exciting, and tiresome pieces will no longer clutter your closet.
Aijek hit the mark this year with its inventive and surprisingly wearable lace fashion. This boutique shop has dresses, pants, skirts, and compelling bodysuits in off-shoulder, V-neck, and other styles, as well as a display of contemporary wedding dresses. A Singaporean brand focused on women’s clothes since 2010, it is one of three brands selected by the Singapore Fashion Week Fashion Futures 2.0 Programme to take its inventory to the international level.
Charles & Keith is an internationally known Singapore brand, selling classic and trendy shoes for women and kids. It also sells bags, sunglasses, and accessories such as costume jewellery, belts, and cute bags for your ‘mini-me’. Browsing is a breeze on this streamlined site, with a magazine section to check out for ideas from world-famous fashion bloggers and fashionistas. View shoes on the user-friendly site by type, occasion – or sort by price, category, or size. As shoes can be tricky to fit without trying them on, items can be returned for free up to 30 days after purchase.
Men’s Fashion Sites
Benjamin Barker has a compelling series of ad campaigns that beckon us back in time to the good ol’ days when gentlemen wore tailored suits—and also enjoyed Star Wars movies. Hmm, that must be the sartorial elegance they aim for in their designs. This retailer sells a line of polos and striped T-shirts, as well as more dressy ensembles.
There is a wide selection of Chinos, as well as joggers, and trousers. Men’s shirts come in three colour-coded varieties: everyday essentials, creative tailoring, and black tie affair. It even has the cutely named Puppy Print Woven Pocket Square. These classy designs are versatile and bring an elegance back to men’s fashion. Items ship next business day, free to Singapore, with a 30-day return policy.
Fashion Sites For Both Men and Women
With its landing page split down the centre for women’s or men’s fashions, Grana is a site that caters equally to both sexes. The site has a special emphasis on hand-picked fabrics from places around the world, namely Mongolian cashmere, Japanese denim, Chinese silk, Irish linen, and Peruvian pima cotton.
The website has a men’s and women’s section for “beat the heat” clothes: the women’s section features denim and comfortable casual wear, the men’s has chinos, slim fit button-down collared casual shirts, T-shirts, and shorts. Grana’s business model is to keep prices low by cutting out the middleman, while providing high quality fabrics and designs.
Offering high-quality pieces, Farfetch is an online retailer for upscale men’s, women’s, and kids’ clothes. What makes this site really special is the collection of vintage designers, as well as international brands from all over the world. Prices are reflective of the high-end market. You can also shop for shoes, watches, and accessories. Yet the biggest reason to shop on this site is to find well-made unique items.
Zalora is one of Singapore’s most popular online retailers, mostly due to the sheer quantity of fashion items it stocks. There is something here for everyone, from shoes, to casual wear, from business casual, to elegant formal apparel, organised in tidy categories. The prices are mid-range, with a fair array of known designers, both local and international. This is the place to shop for basics, as well as trendy items. They offer free returns, and shipping in one to three days.
As you can see, there is an online retailer for nearly every sector of the market. It is up to the consumer to determine if they will continue to spend on known international designs, or try something newer, edgier, riskier. And if unsure, most offer free returns, or try it out with the Style Theory’s clothing subscription service listed above.