From Boohoo to Nasty Gal, we've got you covered for when you're in a pinch.
As much as we know you'd love to own the latest Gucci tee/sneakers/bag that’s been splashed all over your Instagram feed courtesy of every fashion blogger ever this season, chances are you actually need that money to pay rent. And eat food. And commute to work every day. And generally live life like a normal human being.
Enter these 34 affordable online stores. At these online retailers, you can make wishlists and purchases to your heart's content, all within your budget, guilt free and while maintaining that Insta chic-as-hell look on a daily basis.
Keep scrolling for our favourite cheap online shopping sites. Bookmark immediately.
Super cute, super chic and super cheap, The Editor’s Market is a fashion gem. It’s got all the flouncy-sleeve tops and cold-shoulder styles you could every need, plus dresses, bags, shoes, accessories and more. Winning!
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Ask any fashion-savvy girl what Sabo Skirt is and chances are she'll already be part of the beloved fanbase. This home-grown cheap and cheerful brand boasts cool clothing for twenty-somethings everywhere.
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This should be your go-to website for scouring for bargains.
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This Brissy-based online store has built a loyal fanbase like no other. Buy cheap pieces and exclusive styles on the regular and you'll be sure to catch someone's eye. #TEAMBB.
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Princess Polly is another cheap Australian online shopping boutique with a twist. What started out as a humble store has now turned into a fashion-girl favourite worldwide, with affordable and trend-driven clothing, shoes and accessories.
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Pretty much known by every woman ever, Boohoo is a globally recognised fast-fashion store from the UK that’s got everything you need when you’re on a tight budget. Take the time to scour through the thousands of stocked pieces and you’re bound to find a few faves.
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Save your pennies and dress like a fashion superstar with Pretty Little Thing.
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Party dresses, bodycon everything and cute matching outfits are what you can expect from this fast-fashion favourite born in the UK. Missguided has wow-worthy pieces for under $15 that are guaranteed to look hot on a Friday night.
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Shop here for cheap, fashionable pieces that don’t look like they've come straight off the high street. Lavish Alice is a style girl's go-to.
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If you haven’t heard of ASOS, then we suggest you click here immediately. This is a fashion girl's dream store and it stocks the perfect fast, cheap and on-trend pieces that you've been looking for. Hot tip: look for the ASOS-own label.
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This is where you can go to buy young, fresh and new up-and-coming clothing that won’t cost you a fortune.
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Okay, so this is not your regular online clothing site, but it does deserve a look in. Just like every other reason you go to Amazon, head here for just about anything you can think of in the fashion space, coathangers and what-not included.
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Find cheap one-of-a-kind bargains on Etsy that you won’t find anywhere else!
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For the girly girl in all of us, Forever 21 is forever (LOL) pumping out cute on-trend pieces, chic accessories and femme footwear.
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This British brand has been floating around in the fashion space for a good while now and is still a go-to retailer for women everywhere. Nab yourself multiple bargains, especially during sale time!
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The Nasty Gal girl is edgy and chic as hell. This store's got a tonne of cool-girl clothes just waiting for you to buy, but its best-kept secret is its vintage section. Check it out ASAP.
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This is one of fashion’s best-kept secrets. You’ll find everything you see on Instagram here and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. We’ve been eyeing off pretty dresses, statement tops and ruffles on everything.
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This is the ultimate destination for sophisticated and playful fashionistas alike. You’ll often see clothes from Storets worn by bloggers and other stylish folk on your Instagram feed. Get on it now!
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Style Mafia is a Miami-based clothing store that stocks pieces that look like they could have come straight off the runway, except they're hella cheap! Shop their cute clothes, pronto.
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MINKPINK is an Aussie label that’s well known and very much loved all around the world. It stocks on-trend, fast fashion with a cute Australian touch.
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This is a quirky store based in South Korea (thank god for international shipping) full of beauty products and brightly coloured fashion pieces. It’s full of cute gifs and content and is a must for out-of-the-box style.
Dorothy Perkins is a Brit brand that stocks all the latest high street fashion trends in sizes ranging from 6 to 22. It’s a little more conservative than its sister brand Topshop and you’ll find pieces that are perfect for both work and play.
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Born in New York, Pixie Market calls itself "a small company with big dreams" and stocks on-trend, affordable fashion pieces for every girl on a budget.
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An Aussie label that launched in 2006 as a “basics with a twist” brand, Staple The Label has evolved into a well-known name on the fashion scene. This retailer is perfect for women who are shopping on a budget but like to dress with a modern and effortless style.
UNIQLO began in Japan back in 1949 and has since become a globally-recognised brand that produces high quality and remarkably affordable casual wear.
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Another high street fashion brand from the Brits that’s loved all over the world, River Island should be any girl's go-to for trend-driven pieces that you can buy on a budget.
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Stocking affordable fashion for the modern woman, Warehouse is a one-stop shop for shoes, fashion and accessories.
Runway fashion at a fraction of the price.
One of Australia’s most loved fashion stores, BNKR stocks a huge range of Aus fashion labels including C/MEO, Finders Keepers, Ty-Lr, Keepsake the Label and The Fifth. You’ll find most pieces available around the $200 mark or under.
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Verge Girl is a Brisbane-based, festival-inspired boutique turned international online shopping destination that delivers the goods. Seriously. Shop trending pieces, one-off vintage finds and cute accessories for all your weekend adventures.
The UK’s most popular in-season women’s online clothing store, Miss Rebel stocks clothes for less than $15 a piece.
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Stocking cute and quality clothing at the best prices, you can regularly visit H&M for new pieces to slot into your everyday wardrobe.
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With an epic collection of must-have pieces and designer collaborations, Topshop is a go-to for fashion-loving girls and celebrities all over the world. Shop it online or in-store and be the best-dressed chick in your clique.
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But here’s the real reason you need to keep reading. The following fashion hacks will give you a little more credibility when you get dressed each morning. Shop the above and action the below.
- Switch out the plastic buttons on your jacket to make it look a little more fancy
That’s right, this is where you can make use of the beginner sewing skills you learnt in year 8.
- Avoid heavy adornment or embellishment when buying budget
This can look cheap and nasty. The less plastic (or metal) hardware, the better.
- Scour vintage clothing stores for nice bag chains or straps
Keep an eye out at vintage clothing stores. If you've bought an affordable purse from any of the fashion sites above, replace the cheap chain with something special you’ve picked up from a vintage or second-hand store.
- Buy budget pumps in faux suede
You can pull off a faux suede better than a faux leather any day.
- Iron, press or steam your clothes
No ifs, ands or buts!
- Have a few go-to slips
Buy a slip in nude, black and white to keep handy in your closet. Cheap fashion normally isn’t lined and wearing these underneath will help your pieces sit nicely on your body (and hide any underwear lines!).
- Choose your fabric wisely
You can get away with wearing cheap linen, cotton, neoprene and tweed fabrics, as most of the time, they look more expensive than they are.
- Lint rollers!
Ever washed something for the first time only to have it come out with tiny bits of fluff all over it? Never fear, the lint roller is here!
- Buy black
It looks expensive and it looks great. Period.