High Street vs High Speed

Storming the streets in search for your next amazing find may be good exercise, but tapping online gives a wider variety and choice, at home. If nothing takes your fancy on one site, it’s easy just to surf across to the next. It is s easier to find the best deals, and quickly compare prices and offers between retailers with a few clicks of your mouse. This is big plus – online shopping is available from the comfort of your home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Quirky or bespoke finds needn’t be confined to the specialist High Street shops either. Sure, it’s nice to have a rake through assorted racks in independent boutique stores and we doubt the internet will ever replace that. But with people listing unique, custom and secondhand clothing on sites like eBay, it’s not impossible to be creative and find something special on the net.

Some people enjoy the buzz of going out there shopping, but for those who’d rather sidestep the crowds, the rain and the long queues, you can still shop away sitting in your jammies with a cuppa. Just wait for your computer to load, and you’re set.

What’s out there? Despite the convenience, the internet can be hit and miss, so we’ve searched the web to pick out where you should head.

For the best of the High Street, try Miss Selfridge (www.missselfridge.com), TopShop (www.topshop.com) and River Island (www.riverisland.com). No fuss and all what you would expect, the big familiar names can’t be beaten if you want dependable high street fashion, with dependable prices to match. Most offer a fuller range than you get in store and paying postage can be an acceptable compromise for cutting out the queues. With postage being about £4, there’s no reason not to shop at names you can trust from the comfort of your own home.

For those watching the pennies, try Boo Hoo (www.boohoo.com). Cheap and cheerful, this is the perfect example of High Street fashion that doesn’t empty your bank account. It features clothing, accessories and shoes with prices ranging from as little as £2.50 (yes, this isn’t a lie), and very rarely going over £35. Perfect place to go for going out dresses, guaranteed to get your money worth.

Looking for choice, try ASOS, formally As Seen on Screen (www.asos.com). Originally conceived to offer celebrity fashion (that you would see ‘on screen‘), it now sells a wide range including accessories, jewellery, shoes, cosmetics, skin and hair care products. The site is easy to navigate and allows you to happily browse through the seemingly endless amount of pages, and with some amazing bargains up for grabs. Perfect for – T-shirts: cheap and stylish, perfect.

Best for trendy footwear Schuh (www.schuh.co.uk). Lets face it, an outfit isn’t complete without some shoes. Schuh is another well known high street branch. Here you will find a wide selection of male and female shoes – so pumps, trainers, boots, heels – you name it, they’ve got it. Great looking shoes from a familiar name.

Best for gorgeous footwear: Faith (www.faith.co.uk). Fancy a splurge? This site is home to gorgeous footwear. Not the cheapest, but the money is undoubtedly worth it – glamour and style at its highest. There is also a wide range shoes for men – formal to casual, everything is on here. Especially good for jaw dropping heels.

For something a bit different, try Lipsy (www.lipsy.co.uk). Not particularly suitable for a tight budget, but for unique fashionable clobber this is the place. Trend setting and show stopping designs are sure to get you noticed (if not, then the neon tights that are available certainly will). This site is also very good for jewellery, which is nicely affordable, mostly staying under the £20 mark.

For some sparkle, try Glitzy Secrets (www.glitzysecrets.com). From glitz and glam to catwalk chic you’ll find it here. Perfect for those finishing touches, Glitzy Secrets is a treasure trove of hair accessories, rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, all with impressive quality, and affordable prices. And by sending everything out in cute gift box it certainly seals the deals.

And finally, for the downright quirky, try Cute Japanese Fashion (www.cutejapanesefashion.com). If you are seeking something you won’t find anywhere else that is sure to have you standing out, this is your place. If you’re feeling quirky enough try the ‘soft bear hoodie’, complete with fur and ears on the hood! Cute and cosey!

Words and photography by Dawn Leckie

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