boohoo

Boohoo is yet another UK online clothing store that has really taken off in the past year or two. Launched in 2006 they boast they are ‘UK’s leading online fashion retailer’. (I don’t disbelieve this, but I wonder what measures were used to attain at this statement?)

Newly catering for men as well as women, this site is colossal. Accommodating a massive range with pages and pages of clothing it reminds me of ASOS reinvented a little trendier.

I recently dealt with boohoo after seeing their advertisement on television. This is the first time I have seen an online clothing site advertised on TV and was excited at this expansion. This confirms how clothing sites have recently increased in popularity extending their advertising to other media platforms. Within five minutes of visiting their site I was an instant aficionada, although a little overwhelmed by the variety.

boohoo website

I feel that if I don’t see every item the site has to offer I’m deprived of the sites full potential.  But it would take me days to wade through every page of BH, nevertheless from what I have seen, the site has a great deal of potential.

The first item that caught my eye was an extremely unique pair of floral pants, unlike any I had seen in retail stores before. I was enthralled to discover they were only $40 and with a quick look at the T’s & C’s I found there was free postage, even better. Postage is guaranteed to be with you anywhere in OZ within 8 days. I was slightly apprehensive on day 6, requiring them for a function on day 7. However, I shot them an email enquiring about my item and they were very helpful explaining that it had arrived in the country 4 days prior and assured me they would be delivered to my door by the following day.

Along with my delivery arrived a hardcopy magazine of their new items. I thought this was a great idea as it rekindled my love for looking at clothes via hardcopy, which was something I hadn’t experienced in a long time. There is nothing better than laying in the sun with a magazine dreaming of all the clothes you could buy when you win Tatslotto… maybe that’s just me.

Returning to the massive variety the BH website along with the many categories of dresses, tops, playsuits and jumpsuits (I had no idea these were different things) cardigans and tights, they also have a category labeled ‘Holiday Shop’. This tab features clothing items specifically to wear when holidaying, interesting.

Their clearance category is one of the best I have come across featuring ‘items under $10’. These are not just accessories like earrings or belts that were originally overpriced, but t-shirts and dressy shirts for $5. Good luck finding that in a retail shop.

Pants I purchased

The website navigation is very professional but easy to use and quite amusing to check out all the links. There is an extreme ‘refine by’ setting with every colour and size imaginable, but I’m sure it would be beneficial if looking for something in particular.

They are connected with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube so it is extremely easy to be kept up to date with new stock and deals. Another positive is they’re not into spamming like other sites. I am yet to receive an email from them except when my order was shipped, I’m sure this is an admirable element for some users who are overwhelmed by spam in their inbox on an hourly basis.

Boohoo user Kelly however, was disappointed with her experiences “The prices were great very affordable however, the quality of the attire I received were less than what I expected. I guess you get what you pay for.”

Prices range but it is not hard to pick up cheap clothes that are full priced and even cheaper in the clearance section. For the quality and quantity of clothes I have experienced I would say this is the cheapest site I have come across with many dresses just $40.

Bridget’s button down 5/5

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Show Pony

Online Shopping sucks you in like that baby dragon Norbertfrom Harry Potter. Deep down it’s evil, but you can’t help but adore it.

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There’s this thing about using your debit card online. It’s so easy to spend your hard earned cash with the click of a button, even when you thought you didn’t have any and struggle to buy grocery’s for the next week- see? Pure Evil.

Show Pony fashionis my latest discovery. I just happened to stumble across this website one day involuntarily, but since I have purchased 3 dresses and disbursed far too many pineapples.

One of the best things about SP is they update their stock regularly. I have them as a friend on facebook too and they constantly post new stock. None of that PR bullshit, ‘share’ our photo to win this dress… they only tell you what you need to know, like what’s new (and post the occasional funny meme) so I defz recommend befriending them.

My first dealings with them were satisfactory. I ordered a dress express post and it arrived the next day. Their policy is ‘order before 4pm for free next day delivery’, which is a bloody good deal.

However the dress I ordered was a size bigger than the one the model was pictured wearing but somehow it was like a top on me, even though the model was taller than me. The dress was so short it was un-wearable. I don’t understand the logic behind this… I have concluded the picture is an illusion.

Once the dress arrived and it wasn’t what I was after I emailed the staff and they were extremely lovely and understanding and even sent me kisses on the end of the email. We’re totez besties now XO.

SP has a very flexible returns policy. All I had to do was write that I required a store credit no exchange and this credit was automatically at the checkout on my showpony account for my next purchase. I did have to pay return potage though so that was a bit of a bummer and $7 poorer.

Dress I purchased

The next dress I ordered with my store credit was better, but I still wasn’t happy with it so I did the same thing and now I have a dress that I like. It’s still too short for me but I can deal with it.

I don’t know why online websites are fanatical about making dresses too short for the average lady. I’m a regular height (5 9’) and it seems every dress I’ve ever ordered has been too short. Yet somehow they always look the right length on the six-foot tall model, I demand an explanation!

Otherwise the website is easy to use with big pictures of the clothing items for sale. It’s annoying when you see an item you like then you have to wait for it to load to realise you’ve wasted 5 seconds of your life for a view of an unpleasant dress. The site is also optimised well for mobile use.

SP is pretty cheap as I am yet to see something over $100, with most dresses $70. The sale page is updated regularly, if you’ve got your eye on a dress and it’s not urgent definitely wait a little longer until it comes on sale, usually for around $40!

Tops and skirts can be picked up for $20 on sale. SP brags that all pieces are designed in Australia- Congrats, but where are they made showpony?

Bridget’s button down 3/5