As a mum I know how hard it is to go clothes shopping with a toddler so I have become an avid online shopper. I’m an ex- Londoner so I always check out the UK High St stores. The prices are so cheap! You are guaranteed to find a bargain especially in the sales section due to our opposing seasons. The big guns ASOS and Top Shop have already set up camp in Australia. Here are some other UK brands you might not know and they all ship to Oz! Mums on a budget take note..
Next Direct offers beautifully designed, excellent quality fashion and accessories for women, men and children together with a full range of homewares. I blogged about this online store here. I love their new summer range and I’ve already bought quite a few pieces. Next has an Australian dedicated website which offers free shipping on all orders and easy local returns. One thing to note is that you have to buy one size smaller, make sure you check the size guide!
River Island is known for its stylish and affordable fashion and the unique touches they bring to their collections. You can find great going-out looks, amazing denim and fabulous shoes and bags, as well as
being the perfect place to pick up everything you could need to get a complete head-to-toe look. Every once in a while I have a splurge at River Island; there is always a great sale! Make sure you sign up to their newsletter to get ‘free worldwide shipping’ alerts. Rihanna has teamed up with River Island and her debut collection will hit the stores on March 5th.
3. Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Perkins is now one of the biggest fashion retailers in the UK and has won numerous awards. There is a wide range of collections including Tall, Petite, Maternity, Lingerie, Shoes and Accessories. I absolutely adore their dresses like the one I wore here. The Kardashians teamed up with Dorothy Perkins and their Kardashian Kollection is on sale now. Free worldwide delivery when you spend $80 or more.
Boohoo was voted Best UK Online Retailer 2012. It provides a wide selection of celebrity and catwalk inspired pieces, with lots of new looks arriving daily! To be honest I find some of the clothes on this website are a bit too young for me but you can find some great items. Cheap as chips and free shipping.
Warehouse won ‘High St Retailer of the Year 2011’. Founded in 1976 Warehouse offers a stylish, edgy and fashion led collection. Sexy, modern and confident; Warehouse brings up to the minute dresses, tops and accessories to women who love fashion and shop for the hottest trends. Warehouse can be found at andotherbrands.com and offers free shipping.
If you’re looking for must have party dresses, you’re in the right place. You will find a gorgeous collection of lbds, colour, print and embellishment dresses for that special occasion. Complete the look from top to toe with a fabulous range of accessories, shoes and handbags. Oasis boasts an amazing array of fashion forward pieces for great prices. Oasis can be found at andotherbrands.com and offers free shipping.
7. Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer has come a long way. Once just known for it’s great lingerie and food; M&S offers fashion items to rival the other big UK High St brands and is now the No. 1 provider of womenswear and lingerie in the UK. Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley, Ryan Reynolds, Danni Minogue and Twiggy are some of the famous names who have signed up to be the faces of M&S! With a host of different brands including Limited Collection, Per Una and Autograph, there is something for everyone. I just wish they could ship their food over too!
1. Per Una Pure Cotton Textured Military Jacket $115
2. Per Una Watercolour Shift Dress $69
3. Limited Collection Colour Block Platform Court Shoes $38
4. X Pleated Clutch Bag $19
8. Miss Selfridge
Whistles is all about intelligent design with interesting and luxurious pieces. Their collections are easy and laid back with attention to detail and quality. This is one of my favourite UK stores and one of the more high end High St brands. There is a store just around the corner from where I lived in London and I would pop in every week to do serious damage! I have had a few Whistles dresses for years; they are timeless classics. This brand is a bit pricier than the others on this list but totally worth it! Free shipping.