Best Cheap Online Clothing Store: Top 5 Online Clothes Shopping Sites

Best Cheap Online Clothing Store: Top 5 Online Clothes Shopping Sites

Posted 09.27.2012 in Articles by Neil-Denny

Online clothing stores are the way to go if you want to capture your own unique style for a more affordable price. However, it takes more than going directly to the online counterpart to a big department store or retailer. The best online clothing stores are run by fashionistas with an eye on the latest trends. They can not only serve as an excellent source for online clothes, but also as your own personal fashion consultant. To save you the time it takes jumping from rack to rack, only to be disappointed by unimpressive designs and ridiculous price tags, we've compiled the top 5 online clothing stores with a knack for fashion.

The UK is a hub for cutting edge fashion, so it makes sense that the largest online-only fashion and beauty store from the UK makes it on our list. has over 850 labels and over 40,000 branded and own label product lines for men and women. Sections like Fashion Finder and Style News can either keep you up-to-date on the newest trends or give you ideas on creating your own individual style. With so many items to choose from, you may not know where to begin. But a highly refined search helps you narrow down your selection by brand, product type, color, and price range. 

To find styles unlike any other, the ASOS marketplace is a must. Here, indie brands, upcoming designers, and individual vintage sellers share their fashion ideas to the world and sell their products for an affordable price. Sellers can sign up for either a Basic or Boutique account to sell new, pre-owned or vintage fashion items. Basic members can list an unlimited number of items for free, get 10% commission, and can use a “Make me an offer” bidding tool. Sellers who want to run their own online boutique must apply and pay for a monthly membership. Boutique sellers get 20% commission, a customizable storefront, a blog, Boutique Directory listing, and an appointed Account Manager to help promote the brand. With so many different individual and boutique sellers to choose from, you're sure to find items you can't find anywhere else.

Old is the new when it comes to fashion, so if you're looking to go vintage, nobody does it like and Rusty Zipper has been running an online vintage shop for men and women since 1995. As the first vintage store on the web, their business grew from a spare closet to a 7,000 sq-ft warehouse based just outside of a rural farm town in Oregon. On vintage apparel is categorized by era, from the 1940's to the 1980's, or by style, from Disco and Hippie dresses for women, to bowling and old-school gas station shirts for men. For really affordable items, stop by the “Crazy-Ass” sale section, where you can find discounts up to 75%.

Just like RustyZipper, ModCloth came from a humble beginning. Since high school, founder Susan Greg Koger would spend every weekend shopping at thrift stores. By 17 she had a full dorm room packed with vintage clothes, and decided to start her own online vintage shop for women's apparel. ModCloth was born and has grown to a business of over 275 employees. To this day, Susan can be found at local vintage shops, scouting around for the most unique pieces of mod fashion. On ModCloth you'll find cute, quirky dresses for all occasions, shoes, accessories, and even funny little knickknacks, for your home or office.

While these stores offer great ideas for unique ways to dress, there's also nothing wrong with sticking to your favorite brand name. Two great sites to shop by brand are and Piperlime. Zappos started out as a modest online shoe store, and has grown to a billion dollar company after being acquired by Amazon. Although they are still primarily a shoe store, Zappos also houses thousands of items in men's and women's apparel. Much of their success is attributed to customer service, with free shipping both ways, a 365-day return policy, and a 24/7 call center. Searching for items is a cinch, with a refined search that helps you narrow down your options by category, brand, occasion, size, color, price, pattern and material.

Piperlime is another destination for great discounts, with free shipping and returns, no minimum purchase, and hundreds of well-known brands for men's and women's apparel, shoes, and handbags. Popular designers available at Piperlime include Calvin Klein, 7 for All Mankind, dolce vita, Lacoste, Diesel, Adidas, and Steve Madden. Although they opened their first physical retail store in the Fall of 2012, they are first and foremost an online shop. Stop by the SALE section to find thousands of items for men and women available for discounts up to 65%. If you subscribe to the Piperlime mailing list, you can also receive 15% off your first purchase. And since Piperlime is a division of Gap, Incorporated, you can also earn and redeem rewards for using a GapCard, an Old Navy Card, or a Bananacard (from Banana Republic), every time you shop on

These online stores bring stylish yet affordable flavor no matter what your taste may be. Rusty Zipper and ModCloth are go-to destinations for that classic, vintage appeal, while Zappos and Piperlime offer great discounts for all your favorite designer shoes and apparel. With and the ASOS marketplace, you get the best of both worlds at a one-stop online shop. Keep our top five in mind the next time you shop online, and you can save a dime without ever compromising style.



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Re: Best Cheap Online Clothing Store: Top 5 Online Clothes Shopping Sites
Reply #1 on : Mon October 15, 2012, 12:11:50
i love modcloth! i haven't tried some of those other ones so thanks. i'm a nerd so i go to threadless too

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