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Fashion sites mix style with affordability for students

Posted on February 26, 2014 | by Maggie O'Neill


With department store and boutique prices as high as ever, deal-hunting is looking more attractive, especially if it can be done online. There are many websites that make it possible to find the perfect, affordable outfits. is useful when looking for pieces to add to your wardrobe, carrying discounted items from brands such as Free People, French Connection, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade New York. There are typically between 90 and 100 brands to choose from under the website’s sale section.

The shipping is free with a $50 minimum purchase, which you can take advantage of when stocking up on spring staples.

Steinhardt freshman Skyye James said she is an avid Piperlime user.

“When I was packing for a summer program, I had a huge list of summer clothes to get,” James said. “My friend introduced me to Piperlime and they had everything for awesome prices.”

Another place to search for apparel and accessories is Hautelook, a Nordstrom company, has no membership fee, free shipping on orders over $100 and an easy, hassle-free return policy.

The discounts are also alluring — you can find a Calvin Klein dress marked down over $60, BCBGeneration boots priced almost $90 cheaper than the in-store price or a $50 bottle of Chloé perfume for under $30.

However, some students are not sold on Hautelook. CAS sophomore Chelsea Liston said she was not impressed with her experience on the website.

“The concept was intriguing, but, in actuality, it wasn’t worth it,” Liston said. “The discounts were released daily at certain times which never worked with my schedule.” can help you find new trends for lower prices. Yoox carries very high-end designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Miu Miu and Roberto Cavalli. Yoox does not have a membership fee and shipping is free with orders over $150. also carries designer labels. While the prices are still relatively expensive because of the status of the brands Bluefly carries, it is always worth checking out to see if pricier items have been marked down to more student-friendly prices.

Rather than going to the store and paying $440 for a particular Longchamp bag, you could order it from Bluefly for $375. While still expensive, the discount is preferable than paying the original price.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Feb. 26 print edition. Maggie O’Neill is a contributing writer. Email her at


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