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When it comes to shopping for designer clothes, shopping online can seem like a daunting task. There’s no denying the growing interest in designer brands like Off-White or Balenciaga, thanks in part to the increased visibility and truncated barrier to entry that platforms like Instagram, TikTok and Poshmark provide, but with this increased appetite for high-end apparel, there has also been an influx of queries regarding the how, what and where of digital designer acquisitions.
For those just testing the waters of high-end clothing, it’s hard to know where to start. Even for a seasoned buyer, the uncertainty of spending a lot of money on an unseen, undamaged and, above all, untested purchase can seem like too much of a risk.
Don’t worry: InsideHook is here to help you on your way to high enlightenment. As veteran shoppers ourselves, we’re happy to report that there are a ton of great (and safe) options for snagging rare, coveted, and otherwise apparel online. From timeless tent poles like Mr. Porter to second-hand sellers on Grailed, shopping for designers online has never been easier, faster or more affordable (you win this one, the World Wide Web).
Below, we’ve highlighted nine trustworthy places to grab brand-name gear. Some have impeccably curated selections, others crazy discounts, and most offer quality return programs, superstar customer service, and a host of other features to focus your shopping experience on what really matters. ; dress to impress.
There are few places better than SSENSE to snag the hottest designers and exclusive styles. It’s why the Montreal-headquartered retailer has become synonymous with esoteric haute couture over the past few years, and why its retail platform is hailed as one of the best shopping experiences you are just interested in the designer or you are a full-on couture convert. Plus, their semi-annual sales (the first of which is happening right now) are by far your best chance of getting a designer at a deep discount.
Tabi beige ankle boots Maison Margiela
Since launching its e-commerce operation in 2006, German retailer Mytheresa has become one of the best digital shopping experiences, thanks in large part to its impeccable taste, well-curated shops and savvy selection of international designers. With over 200 unique sellers, including Dries Van Noten, Burberry and Acne Studios, Mytheresa has virtually everything the elite dresser could possibly need, and their often-updated weekly arrivals are second to none.
Burberry cotton piqué polo shirt
Gucci jacquard knit sweater cardigan
If you dabble in the streetwear side of fashion (or are interested in testing the hypebeast waters), British company End. The clothes are made for you. Curated around a handpicked selection of streetwear labels – Off-White, Balenciaga and Fear of God come immediately to mind – they also have one foot firmly planted in the sneaker space, with a system draw and frequent drops of hot releases.
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If your interest in designers is more about tailoring than sneakers, Mr. Porter knows a thing or two about the finer things in life. UK-based retailers have a nice operation in place, with offerings from Loro Piana and Brunello Cuccinelli, and even make their own Mr P line of essentials (excellent).
Brunello Cucinelli Linen, wool and silk blend blazer
Mr P. Honeycomb organic cotton polo shirt
Farfetch operates much like a real marketplace, connecting consumers, sellers, and curators in a self-contained ecosystem of designer-driven goodness. Boasting a ridiculously large 1,400 brands across 50 countries, the platform allows for an incredibly expansive shopping experience.
Off-White Arrow Print Bomber Jacket
Offering a variety of well-known houses and lines, but with a strong physical presence for easy returns and in-store try-ons, they’re a great starting point for anyone looking to upgrade their wardrobe.
Balenciaga distressed logo baseball cap
Dries Van Noten Philips Cotton Chinos
Perhaps the most recognizable name on this list for people based in the United States, Saks Fifth Avenue has been a designer for almost a century. Although not the trendiest name on this list, they are still a reliable option for anyone looking for a name they can trust.
Tom Ford 56mm Plastic Sunglasses
No one said your creative cops had to be new. The Grailed online marketplace is one of the best places to find rare, exclusive or otherwise luxurious finds without the high price tag, with options to bid, haggle and chat with other clothing enthusiasts through the platform. While it takes a bit more patience and dedication than your traditional retailer experience, buyer protections and a host of super-sellers mean you can often find what you want at a reasonable price.
Boot Rick Owens Tractor Bozo Beatle
Stüssy x Comme Des Garçons T-shirt
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