Online Store of the Week: Nasty Gal

826ca1940c7380bc8e8f568ecb1ce397In lieu of my recent #GIRLBOSS review, I decided it was time to discuss Nasty Gal as my online store of the week. Its achievements in such a short time are impressive – what started off as an eBay store selling vintage clothes from thrift shops has now become a multi-million dollar business, styling girls from all over the world.

Nasty Gal is one of the first online stores I ever shopped at. I have bought two pairs of denim shorts, a knit, a jumper, a bracelet (see below) and Jeffrey Campbell heels. Quite an array of clothing and accessories. Unfortunately, when I bought my first pair of shorts, I was confused by the sizing. I compared myself to the models (who all wear size S) and the size guide. I took my measurements and ordered a size 27 in shorts, but to my disappointment when they arrived they was too big, particularly around the waist – a common occurrence for me and oh, so frustrating. Note to self: know your size before you buy.

imageNasty Gal is based in the USA and in my experience it has taken between 10-14 days for items to arrive. I never returned the aforementioned shorts and just made-do by wearing a belt because I didn’t want to wait the shipping time. This was lazy on my behalf, because Nasty Gal’s shipping is definitely fast and reasonable compared to other stores. If you live in Australia you will get free shipping on orders $175 and over. Nasty Gal has also improved it’s delivery time and shipping prices to Australia. It now takes between 4-7 business days for standard shipping (AU$9.75) and 2-3 business days for express (AU$29.75). I consider the express postage price to be too expensive, but it may be worth it if you need an outfit in time for the weekend or a special event. Luckily, I had more success with the rest of my purchases, and learnt from my mistakes when I bought my second pair of shorts.

The items themselves have always been great quality and I have gotten a lot of wear out of everything. One thing I would recommend when shopping at Nasty Gal (and all online stores) is making sure you aren’t just impulse buying and consider the different ways you can style your purchase before you click “check-out.” This is particularly important when you are buying something that is a little out of your comfort zone or doesn’t suit the rest of your wardrobe. Trust me when I say Nasty Gal has a lot of edgy, unique and vintage items that you won’t find at every store. You don’t want to be spending your precious pay-check on something you will never end up using, no matter how beautiful it looks on the website!

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.50.20 pmIn the few years I have been following Nasty Gal, their website has undergone many changes and each time it has been made to look more aesthetically pleasing and responsive for all devices (mobile, iPad etc). One of my favourite things about Nasty Gal is the app, which you can download from the app store. You can browse through all categories and items and purchase them via the app. Hello, online shopping convenience! Another venture by Nasty Gal has been the introduction of their own clothing and shoe lines – “Nasty Gal” and “Shoe Cult” respectively.  Each line is filled with gorgeous clothes and shoes that rival designer brands, at prices which are far more gentle on your hip pocket. On my wish list at the moment are the Take The Plunge Dress and the Perception Heel – among a tote-full of other lovely items.

Nasty Gal began selling vintage clothes and it has continued to do so, whilst evolving to also stock new and designer items. Not only do I love the products that Nasty Gal sells, but I also love the idea of supporting a business that has worked from the ground upwards to find success. Read #GIRLBOSS (written by Nasty Gal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso) to hear all about Nasty Gal’s rise to power. Yes, I know I’ve been raving on about it all over my blog and social media but I loved it THAT much.

Whether you’re looking for something simple and classic or something edgy and out of the ordinary – chances are you will find it on Nasty Gal.

xxxxxx

Disclaimer: images of models found on Nasty Gal and Pinterest

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