Avoid the melée of Orchard Road’s malls and save time, money (and your nerves!) by shopping online. Here are four safe and easy sites to bulk up your wardrobe.
Dayu (Singaporean) and Miranda (British) met in London and decided to bring the world’s fabulous handbags to Singapore. From a humble beginning operating out of Miranda’s living room, Doorstep Luxury now has a lush boutique on Telok Ayer Street and an online store. Both sell handbags and accessories by emerging designers from New York, Paris and London such as Fleet Ilya, Cheet London, Azyra and Tsura. They are also the online stockist of a few up-and-coming Asian jewellery and handbag designers.
Giving us scroller’s wrist: The range of handbags and high fashion jewellery that exudes the romance of Paris, quirkiness of London and urban chic of New York.
Shipping: Shipping and GST is included in the displayed prices. Every order in Singapore qualifies for free next-working-day delivery. There’s also a seven-days, no questions asked, return policy.
Americans will be familiar with Nordstrom, the upscale department store that sells everything from clothing and electronics to home furnishings. Its online shop is equally comprehensive and is a blessing for expats hunting for their favourite brands. They carry over 600 brands covering fashion, beauty and lingerie from Burberry, Bulgari and Bobbi Brown to Roxy, Ray-Ban and Reebok. You can also set the currency so all the prices are quoted Singapore dollars.
Giving us scroller’s wrist: The special size category that includes petite and plus size clothes which also includes a plus-size lingerie and sleepwear section.
Sizing: You can browse by size with some brands carrying up to US size 18 (UK 20). Most items include a detailed size guide that states the fitting measurements.
Shipping: Shipping is charged according to the weight of the items and it can get pricey for bigger orders. However the site often runs promotions on international delivery to lighten the load on your bank balance. Nordstrom offer full refunds on all returns and you can also recover all the postage and duties paid if you contact their customer service centre.
“A clinic for the shoe addicted.” Solestruck’s mission is to rid the world of ugly shoes by scouring the globe to bring shoppers emerging indie brands. Many of the brands can’t be found in Singapore and you can search by size, colour and heel height as well as by brand and style. They also carry men shoes too.
Giving us scroller’s wrist: Shoes, shoes and more shoes. Occasionally they have collaborations and exclusives to offer shoe lovers a selection that cannot be found anywhere else.
Sizing: Most shoe brands carry sizes from US six to 11 with some carrying up to size 14. Each item has a sizing guide.
Shipping: Free standard shipping on all international orders over US$150. Standard six- to ten-business-day delivery starts from US$32 for the first item plus US$10 for each additional item. Solestruck does not provide free returns on international orders but if you pay for the postage you can get a refund on the shoes.
Etsy is the internet’s answer to your local Sunday market except it’s conducted on a global scale. Millions of handmade fashion and home décor items are put on sale by small businesses that vary from a one-man-band to a five-person start-up. With over 11 million listings it’s too vast to browse so it’s best to search for a specific piece of clothing, shoe or accessory that you’re after, such as “maxi dress” or “blue patent heels”.
Giving us scroller’s wrist: Did we mention 11 million handmade and vintage items?
Sizing: Because so many of the products on sale are handmade, in most cases you’ll be able to contact the seller directly to commission a custom fit at no extra charge.
Shipping: Depends on location of individual seller. Shipping charges are clearly stated on each seller’s page. The return policy will also vary according to the seller, check with them first before you make a purchase.
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