Overseas shopping websites for clothes

BY LEE SUCKLING
Last updated 09:51 20/07/2010

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Getting bored with what's on the hangers in your local clothing stores? These shopping sites all ship to New Zealand for next to nothing.

TopShop

Synonymous with shopping in Britain is TopShop, the High St brand that carries affordable prices for one and all. Topshop.com and topman.com are the virtual shopping versions of the fashion destinations of London, blending cutting-edge designs, freshly following runway trends, with purse-friendly prices.

From jackets to swimwear, items on TopShop start under 5 pounds (NZ$10.60) and shipping to New Zealand is a bargain at just 7.50 pounds (NZ$16) for as many items as you like.

Delivery takes five to seven working days, so get online today and you can be working chic new British styles by next weekend.

Revolve Clothing

California-based Revolveclothing.com stocks more than 400 international brands, most of which cannot be found, or are only sparsely available, in New Zealand.

From Anna Sui to Y-3 Yohji Yamamoto, this website is one of the world's greatest online boutiques. Pricing can be shown in New Zealand dollars and shipping is - wait for it - free.

Returns are also a breeze, so there's no need to worry if items don't fit. You can get a full refund if you send anything back within 30 days and store credit if you change your mind on unworn clothing within 60.

ASOS

With more than 35,000 branded products on its virtual shelves, ASOS.com is rapidly becoming one of the global leaders in fashion e-shopping.

Aimed primarily at fashion-forward 16- to 34-year-olds, ASOS offers a mix of clothes, accessories and beauty products, both from international designers and its own house label.

This company boasts a great customer service record with a one-hour response time to queries.

I tried it during British business hours and got a reply in 40 minutes.

ASOS ships to New Zealand within 11 working days for a flat rate of 10.50 pounds.

T M Lewin

Established in 1898 in Jermyn St, London, the famous street of English tailors, T M Lewin has a century-old reputation as a quality shirt maker.

Today, it is still known as one of the world's quality purveyors of business attire. Tmlewin.co.uk, the online shop, is a fantastic place to kit your closet out with all the business shirts you need.

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Both men's and women's shirts are on offer, and come in stock sizes which can be shortened in the sleeve by a T M Lewin tailor.

The company offers a three-month satisfaction guarantee on its products, although shipping is slightly pricier than other sites at 15 pounds.

Bluefly

Prada, Gucci, Fendi - oh my! If you're a big spender and lover of couture, Bluefly.com is your ultimate hook-up in New Zealand. While it is great for clothes, it's the bags and shoes that will get your heart racing on Bluefly.

Slashing United States retail prices, this haven for Carrie Bradshaw wannabes offers great markdowns on must-have items that will never be available locally.

- The Press

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