Shopping for clothes online can either get you a wardrobe full of fabulous finds, or it can leave you frustrated and disappointed.
It’s hard to tell what sizing, fit and fabrics are like through a computer screen. You might know exactly what you want but not have the slightest idea where to look for it.
You often have to pay shipping just to try something on, decide you hate it and then pay to send it back. But finding fashion you love online doesn’t have to be that stressful.
Here are the 10 best online retailers that will help you up your fashion game, stress-free. The dollar signs correspond to price.
- Make Me Chic $
Make Me Chic specializes in shoes, but they have a large selection of trendy apparel as well. Prices are low (around $25 for a dress), but the quality is subpar, and fiber content isn’t listed for all items.
They don’t offer free returns, but they will ship your new favorite floral print dress to you for free if your order adds up to $50. Make Me Chic will also trade you a 15 percent-off coupon code in exchange for your email.
- H&M $
If you want high quality at a great price, H&M is your place. An average dress will run you about $35, but the chic design and quality construction might trick people into thinking you paid a lot more. You’ll also get 20 percent off your order for signing up to receive their newsletter.
There are a few downsides to filling up you cart with chic blouses here, though. While the $5.95 flat rate shipping is reasonable, you’ll have to pay for return shipping if something isn’t up to your standards. They also don’t list their models’ measurements, so making sure you’re getting the right size is a bit more of a guessing game than it is on other sites.
- Nasty Gal $$$
Nasty Gal is an online boutique that offers a vintage-inspired selection of brands. If you are the kind of girl who can pull off cutout mini dresses and thigh-high leather boots, or even if you just want to add something edgy to your wardrobe, Nasty Gal has good quality and unique pieces to choose from.
The inspirational styling ideas on their site make up for their less convenient shipping policy; their free shipping minimum is $75, and returns are only free if you take store credit.
- A’gaci $
It is cheap in both price and quality, but you won’t care when you see the fun, trendy pieces. A’gaci’s online store has a large selection with just the right amount of information about each item. You can get 20 percent off by signing up for emails, which just means that you can add one more printed crop top or fringe mini skirt to your shopping cart to hit the $50 free shipping mark.
- Urban Outfitters $$$
This is another retailer that offers higher quality merchandise with a matching price point, with dresses ranging from $30 to $370. Urban Outfitters follows suit with free shipping over $50.
Finding fiber content information on their website is hit-or-miss, so you might have some hesitation if fabric and texture is important to you.
- Zara $$$
Zara is the queen of fast fashion. They quickly duplicate high fashion, and everyone else copies them. Their prices are a bit higher (the average dress is priced at about $70), but the high quality and cutting-edge style makes it worth it.
They offer free shipping over $50 and free returns, but you’ll have to wait until a sale or special offer comes up if you want a good discount.
- Lulu’s $$
Lulu’s is a good option for when you want cute, feminine pieces at an affordable price. Everything sold on their site looks up-to-date while still being super easy to wear and the quality is good as well. Like most of the other stores on this list, they will pay your shipping if your order totals $50, let you send it back for free and give you a 10 percent discount in exchange for your email address.
- Topshop $$$
If you’re looking for eclectic British style that makes fashion fun, click no further. Topshop is a bit pricy, but in this case you get what you pay for: high quality pieces that are perfectly curated. They offer free shipping and returns with no minimum — unheard of in the e-tailing world — so you can test out as many A-line skirts and structured jackets as you want with no risk. To make it even better, students always get 10 percent off.
- Tobi $$
With new items added every day, Tobi can get addicting. Their on-trend styles are inexpensive and fairly good quality. Tobi offers free shipping over $50 and free returns on everything from sexy bodycon dresses to comfy oversized sweaters. Plus, you’ll get 50 percent off your first order if you sign up for their emails.
- Asos $$
Asos offers high quality fashion for a reasonable price. Whether you want to spend $10 or $600, Asos has something fashion-forward and unique that you’ll love.
They offer free shipping over $40 and free returns. As a bonus, Asos takes some of the guesswork out of online shopping by offering a video of a model walking the runway in each item, so you can see how it moves and looks from all angles.