The Saviour of Online Shopping

Bella DiPietro shares her online shopping tips to combat the underwhelming lack of fashionable shops in the Bubble.

It is fairly safe to say that most students have exhausted the three or four commercial stores in town and are desperate to find some new retail options. With so few stores in St Andrews, it seems it is harder to create distinct individuality when it comes to dressing. More often than not, at least one of your friends will have the same exact H&M top you had just purchased for a night out. For this reason, online shopping is a godsend when we want to update our wardrobes. Nevertheless, it can be tricky, especially in terms of finding the right size and being unwilling to pay the five extra pounds for shipping. As a proud online shopping addict, here are some of the main sites that continue to fuel my addiction.

One of the more mainstream and accessible clothing lines which I tend to fall back on is Zara, who regularly release new merchandise making it nearly impossible not to find something like. It is important to note that Zara tends to run on the smaller side, so if you are ordering something more fitted, you may want to size up. Another seemingly commercial option for online shopping is ASOS, which has about anything you could possibly want in an online shopping site. Not only do they offer a 10% discount for students, but one can get unlimited next day delivery for £9.95 for an entire year. This alone is enough. Additionally, ASOS always has great options for more formal wear, something to keep in mind with Welly Ball and Christmas Ball in the near future.

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Another site that makes online shopping even easier than walking into Jack Wills and finding the little that is left in your size, is Matches Fashion. Matches has frequent style reports where they put together a collection of clothes and accessories that coordinate, making it easier to visualise outfits for when they arrive and saving the hassle of ordering garments which don’t work with your current wardrobe.

Lastly, the site that is responsible for taking up hours and hours of my precious could-be-studying-right-now time, is The Outnet. is a designer discount website that the company Net-a-Porter owns. All of the merchandise that doesn’t sell on Net-a-Porter is then put on The Outnet for a fraction of the price. This is the perfect website to go on if you regretted not purchasing an item from a couple months ago, because often it will pop up for less than half of the original price. 

I would highly suggest bookmarking all of these websites if you are stuck for online shopping inspiration, because soon enough – if not already –  the St Andrew’s fashion scene will become highly underwhelming.



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