Quench Your Online Shopping Thirst With Something a Little Different

One of the saddest things any Canadian fashionista goes through is the heartbreaking realization that some of the world’s best-kept fashion secrets don’t ship to Canada, leaving one with the option of either hitting up your local mall/retail store or shopping your same old generic online shops. But fashionistas want something new. Sure you can style an entire outfit from Zara into a one of a kind outfit that no one may ever think of, but there is only so much a person can do with a top that 857 other Canadians may own. Fortunately, with a little research and dedication, one can find a plethora of online shops that not only ship to Canada but also provide Canadians with stunningly fashionable clothing that’s fashion week ready and, most importantly, affordable. Here are some fun and existing stores and online shops that will have your closets and bank accounts jumping for joy.


Photo: Depop.com

Depop started as a social media platform for PIG magazine readers to share and buy clothing online. It soon blossomed into the trendiest seller to buyer fashion market on the internet. Boasting thousands of sellers selling tens of thousands of pieces every day, Depop has everything from custom made canvas bags to vintage band tour merch all at extremely affordable prices.

The benefit: Depop boasts some serious one of a kind collectable items that no one on your block is bound to own.

The drawback: If you don’t act fast, highly sought after items are swept up just as fast as they’re posted.


Photo: Mango.com

Mango comes straight to you from Spain, one of Europe’s best kept fashion secrets. After sadly leaving the Canadian market over a decade ago, Mango has remained one of Europe’s most illustrious high-street fashion retail powerhouses. With an exciting array of trend-relevant and season-ready clothing, Mango has something for everyone looking for that high fashion piece that doesn’t come with the high fashion price tag.

The benefit: Mango offers great prices on stylish clothes paired with a great return and shipping policy.

The draw back: Not your greatest bet when looking for a clubbing dress or something a little more risqué.


Photo: Missguided.com

Move over Forever 21, Missguided is a British brand that encompasses what it means to be the quintessential fashion it girl. One can find everything from sexy party dresses to super on trend athleisure wear. Filled to the brim with every trend imaginable, fashionistas can re-create looks from Gosha, Chloe, Gucci, and Vuitton with just a click of a button. Apart from the great selection of clothing and accessories, Missguided boasts some of the best perks and sales of any online shop out there.

The benefit: Missguided has everything from $100 discounts to student discounts.

The draw back: The heavy trend based shop can sometimes feel a little juvenile.


Photo: Desigual.com

Hailing from Ibiza, Desigual is another Spanish brand that aims to bring the international fashion community top notch, high-quality clothing. With runway ready dresses and seasonal collections that are actually made for their runway shows, Desigual may be one of the easiest ways to wear high fashion runway clothing without having to actually dish out runway dollars for high-quality clothing.

The benefit: Desigual has high-quality merchandise that comes from the runway as well as an amazing sale section.

The draw back: Prices can sometimes be a tad bit higher than most high-street fashion brands, but it’s nothing too steep.


Photo: Shopbop.com

Shopbop may seem like your ordinary online designer shop, but unlike other sites that do the same, Shopbop offers curated collections put together from some of the fashion world’s best brands. One can find everything from Alexander Wang, Acne, Tome, and Alice + Olivia. The prices often match the labels they’re attached to, but the curated collections, personalized style recommendations, and sales are too good not to pass up!

The benefit: SHhopbop offers personalized style recommendations for its shoppers.

The draw back: The prices can often be a lot higher than most of the other online shops on the list.

Needle & Thread

Photo: Needleandthread.com

Needle & Thread is one of the greatest finds on the web. Boasting a stunning collection of gowns, jackets, tops, and even wedding gowns that resemble couture creations from some of the worlds greatest couture houses, Needle & Thread is the closest thing you can get to haute-couture without having to drop $30,000 on a custom made wedding or celebration gown. It even has a small but growing selection of homeware goods that carry the same level expert embroidery that their clothing displays.

The benefit: Needle & Thread is one of the only online shops that sports some of the most stunning weddings gowns ready for international shipping available on the web. Making finding the perfect one-of-a-kind gowns a cinch.

The draw back: Like Shopbop, the prices at Needle & Thread are higher than the other sites on this list.

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Loup: Your Answer To Finding Unconventional Denim

Loup AW16 | Photo: Loup

In an almost gut-like reaction to living under the dominance of normcore for the past few seasons, personalizing your wardrobe to stand out has become trendy again. Look no further than the embroidery and patches trend, seen everywhere at fashion week street style. While we enjoyed wearing our boyfriend jeans, white tees and Stan Smiths–a forever outfit– we are all craving individuality and expression once again. If you agree, say hello to Loup‘s offering of unconventional denim designs for this fall.

Striped Tokyo Jacket, $165 | Photo: Loup

Designer Danielle Ribner, based in NYC, created Loup (which means “wolf” in French) as a “love letter from the city that never sleeps to the city of lights.” Her collections are inspired by Parisian art, fashion and film icons such as Francoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin. All of her pieces are made in the Garment District in New York, which gives her pieces that personal touch and evoke the timelessness of the great American fashion eras.

Photo: Royale Gabrielle Pant, $154 |Photo: Loup
 Royal Gabrielle Pant, $154 |Photo: Loup

Her new collection draws on reworking jumpsuits and trousers in new colours and shapes. So long faded blue, hello cobalt and copper as seen on the Gabrielle and Kerri Pants. The Savannah Overalls and Diane Jumpsuit offer one-piece options with elegantly cropped hem and unique detailing. The Japanese-inspired minimalist silhouettes of the trousers in the new collection pair well with the vintage-inspired details, such as the ruffles in the shirts, and the patches and ties on the pants.

Copper Kerri Pants, $167 | Photo: Loup
Indigo Diane Jumpsuit, $187 | Photo: Loup

The pieces in this collection are investments in the individual, creating the vision of that girl that walks into the room and you immediately want to talk to her. Best of all, even with Loup’s choice of local, handmade labour, all retail prices remain under $250 and are available online at Shopbop and Anthropologie.

See the entire collection here.