Screw perusing clothes in-person. The holiday weekend is here, and you don’t want to be shopping in crowded stores. As much as we enjoy grazing the racks when it comes to shopping for ourselves, it’s more direct to scroll through the summer sales online. Shop Fatal is the holy grail of brightly colorful streetwise things, Strolby introduces you to some new artisans, and LN-CC is where to pay for designer things you don’t need so that you never have to feel feelings.
Here are the five independent sites you need to bookmark right now. Happy Independence Day.
There are some seriously massive markdowns on the good stuff we still can’t afford: Lanvin ankle strap sandals ($396,) Acne crackled heels ($396,) and Rick Owens silk printed shorts ($738.) There’s an interesting-looking Paco Rabanne patent leather dress for a splurge ($1,186) that we hope looks as good in the plastic bag as it does on the site. Seek out the random finds too, like the Levi’s rainbow cotton full circle skirt. It’s reversible. (The colors are bright on the indigo side, but you can switch to subtler shades.) Check out the Converse collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela and Jack Purcell. They look those originals everyone was wearing in the ’60s so you could them your “tennies.”
2. Aloha Rag
A solid source for the basics, like t-shirts, cargos and jogging pants. The summer sale is 65% to 85% off here, and there are good deals on AR Srpls outerwear. They simplify your search, because they let you browse by color. There are some decent buyer’s picks overall like a flared crocodile skirt ($81) and we found a beaded 3.1 Phillip Lim shirt for $60.
3. Surface to Air
Skip the past collection, because it’s mostly sold out, and the jeans you’d probably want to try in person. But there are tons of dresses still available in breathable summer fabrics, like the Sophi Dress V1, which is a riff on a office-appropriate blue blouse ($212.) Their Palms print stars in a lot of stuff. It hangs differently on their dress, their Zulu shirt, their trousers and their shorts. It’s actually forgivable that plenty of this stuff is sold out right now, because those Twilight trousers look amazing, but what’s left is reasonably priced.
Consider this your one-stop market for your favorite streetwise arty labels like the Gerlan Jeans, Jeremy Scott, and Kenzo. You’ll also find lesser known labels like House of Malakai and Migh-T. Right now, most of the summer/spring stock is marked down to up to 50% off. Just submit to the ’90s fashion craze already with the Gerlan Jeans overall hooded top ($102.) All the Jeremy Scott stuff including the Monster print leggings ($87.50) is sliced in half. Shipping is free on orders more than $200 so it pays to stock up. Unfortunately, sale items aren’t refundable, and returns have to be sent within seven days.
Even fast fashion can pump out things we want more than the real deal quickly, but here’s an alternative. Stolby gives tiny boutiques an e-commerce presence. Scroll down from the product image for a description that details the Brooklyn boutique’s backstory. Owl & Thistle’s recycled rice tote with a Mermaid print ($35) is made by women in India and Cambodia, the flat triangle necklace is handmade in Brooklyn ($48) and the burnt gold smock top ($98) from Meg is a winner.
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