May is a passionate online shopper, constantly looking for new sites offering bargains to offset the declining Australian dollar.
Overseas Labels Shipped to Your Door
It's never been easier to do some international shopping from the comfort of your own home.
While the Aussie dollar isn't as good as it was a few years ago, you can still save some serious money buying from overseas. Because of the difference in seasons, you can stock up your wardrobe for the coming season when overseas websites are clearing that season out.
An increasing number of international websites are now making it possible to shop in Australian dollars, so you can instantly see what something costs without having to worry about the current exchange rate.
This list of online favourites is by no means only for Australians, but my focus is on those sites that will ship to Australia for a reasonable price.
1. Shopbop.com & Eastdane.com
Shipping to Aus: Free for orders over $100, (or $10 for orders under $100).
SHOPBOP: Women's clothing, bags, shoes, jewellery and accessories. Small range of gifts/homewares.
EAST DANE: Men's clothing, bags, shoes, jewellery & accessories. Small range of gifts and homewares (found under accessories).
I've put East Dane and Shopbop together, as you can easily switch from one site to the other from a dropdown menu and items in your cart will move with you.
Shopbop is my favourite shopping website for its easy-to-use filters, fast shipping, and prices shown in Australian dollars. You can find hundreds of brands from low end to high end, including top brands like Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade & Donna Karan.
If you're looking for bargains, you can limit your search to items on sale. A range of filters make it easy to find what you want. For example, if you're searching for skinny jeans, size 24, by Citizens of Humanity, you can select all of these filters. There's no need to wade through pages of items you're not interested in.
You are able to quickly mark items as favourites to return to later, and save items in a wish list. This is fantastic for keeping an eye on something you're hoping will be marked down. You can receive email alerts for when something in your 'Favourites' becomes low in stock or on sale.
Delivery is incredibly fast—often I've received my goods within a week.
You can shop in Aussie dollars and returning garments is a flat $35 fee (although some sale items cannot be returned). I've only returned one item. DHL came to my door, picked it up, and around a week later I had the money I'd paid for the item, (minus $35) back in my bank account.
Also, you will find more customer reviews on this site than on any other site listed here. They leave them all there, no matter how unflattering the review is to the item, which is very helpful.
Shipping to Aus: Free on orders over $100 (or $10 for orders under $100).
Sells: Men's and women's fashion, shoes and accessories
Revolveclothing.com offers a huge range of Men's and Women's clothing, accessories and shoes.
The good news is that it's easy to find what you want. Like Shopbop, Revolve has filters to find what you really want. Filter by size, colour, style, brand, price, percentage off—you name it, it's possible. Looking for a one-shoulder dress? Animal print? Select your search options and bingo! Your choices are listed for you.
Revolve clothing has a great range of designers for all budgets. It often has wonderful items on sale. In my one-shoulder dress search, I found gorgeous Halston Heritage dresses for under $300.
Shipping to Aus: Free to Australia for orders $40 and over, otherwise $5.
Sells: Men's & women's clothing, shoes, accessories, and beauty products
Asos offers their own brand which is stylish and great value, as well as over 850 other brands. Need some direction? Look in their 'Style Inspiration' section.
I don't find as many great labels as Shopbop and Revolve, mentioned above, but it is still one of the most popular sites for online shopping.
Detailed filters make it easy to quickly select what you are looking for, and you have the option to save items for later.
Shipping to Aus: It can vary, but it is always low. Currently $10 shipping on orders of $150AUD or more.
Sells: Women's, men's, kids's clothing; shoes, accessories, and homewares
Fast shipping—takes around a week.
Not all items can be shipped to Australia.
Saks is one of the premium department stores in the US, but by signing up to their Saks email alerts, you can snatch up some great sale items. Most items sell out fast, so you don't want to wait too long.
Their website is easy to shop with some good filters to look for specific items.
Shipping to Aus: Free on Orders over $50US. $10 for orders up to $49.99US.
Added bonus—returns are only $5!
If you've been to the US, you're probably familiar with the slightly grungy, eclectic, funky Urban Outfitter stores that sell Men's and Women's clothing and offbeat homewares and gifts.
Their online store seems to have an even bigger range of clothing and homewares (mainly aimed at the young college student or twenty-something who has just moved out of home.)
Definitely worth a look—some great bargains to be had, as well as the chance to find something you don't see in every other store you walk into!
Shipping: VARIES, depending on special offers. As of August 2017, shipping to Australia is free for orders over US$75. Usually very reasonable anyway—around $15.
Sells: Underwear, sleepwear, and beauty products
Victoria's Secret is famous for its beautiful lingerie and sleepwear. Aside from all the sexy stuff, it sells a huge variety of just comfortable underwear and sleepwear. They also have their own range of beauty products. The tiny offering we have in VS stores in Australia are just a fraction of their product range.
Filters make it easy to shop by size and style.
You are now able to shop in the currency of your choice, which is much easier than trying to convert currency.
Victoria's Secret often has special deals going, so it's worth signing up for their emails.
Shipping: Free to Australia for orders above AUD$33. $4.80 for orders below $33. Faster shipping & tracked shipping also available for a higher fee.
Sells: Skincare, cosmetics, and fragrance
This is a lovely website to browse through and is a more stylish alternative to strawberrynet.com. Sells a lot of top brands sold at Mecca and Sephora.
Easy & pleasant to browse with plenty of useful filters to help you find what you want.
Prices can be significantly cheaper than in Australia, so it's worth checking out.
I ordered some This Works products and they arrived within 2 weeks.
Be wary of sites that use third-party shipping agents. It pays to check out the shipping fees of a website before you go to the trouble of shopping. Nordstrom and Crate and Barrel use Fifty-One, and I usually find that the cost of shipping the item is more than the cost of the item itself. I often get as far as the checkout, see the cost of the shipping, and cancel my entire order. If other sites can ship for less, then surely these stores can too. I am keeping a hopeful eye on them, and will update this article if they reduce their shipping costs.
Got a Great Shopping Site? An Opinion? Let me know.
May Galnou (author) from Melbourne, Australia on December 17, 2017:
Thanks, I will check it out!
Kiki Kolev from Montreal, Quebec on November 20, 2017:
Here's another one from Canada - https://runwaycatalog.com Very often they run offers with free shipping and VAT included. Also, awesome selection of designer names.
Stephen Singh on October 09, 2015:
It was a very informative post. There is another wesbite which is catered to home products you should check it out. www.thewhitecart.com
Mike Mikky on August 01, 2012:
You can find an index of shops that ship internationally at
htodd from United States on January 28, 2012:
Thanks MayG for the nice post..Awesome