Princess Polly

Princess Polly, the site that took my online shopping virginity. Back in the summer of ’09 I purchased my first ever clothing item from the Internet. A lovely little white lace dress that was way too short for me, but I loved it so much I still paraded around in it despite the charming view of bum cheek I exposed when I bent over.

Princess Polly website

Who knew this would be the initiation of my obsession. (Okay I admit it. I’m addicted.) But it definitely doesn’t help that every site you view has a stunning model wearing a dress that fits her perfectly and even though you are aware that she is definitely not the same size as you, you look at the beautiful dress and think wow, it’ll obviously look that good on me too. Sigh.  It’s not that we’re gullible. They are ingenious.

I have a soft spot for princesspolly. It was my first love and I still visit this site very regularly. In the past year it has become extremely popular amongst the gen y gals. This is great for the founders, but if you purchase  an outfit, you can’t guarantee someone won’t rock up with it on at your next big do. Bummer.

This Australian website began many moons ago in the summer of 2005 in a little boutique in Surfers Paradise. As well as their eminent website, they now have 13 stores around Australia with 2 freshly opening in VIC (Geelong & Hawthorn).

Princess Polly Brisbane store

I don’t like this new trend of online websites opening retail stores. I don’t see the purpose. Although it’s no different to retail stores like sportsgirls’ website presenting the option to purchase their clothes online. I say pick one development and go with it #dontbegreedy.

The perks of this website is the free express shipping. An item will take 4 days max to get to where you are in Oz. If an order is placed by 3pm you should have it by the next day. Great for that last minute fret on a Thursday arvo, when everyone’s talking about their new outfits for Saturday nights’ event and you’re still thinking FFS what on earth am I going to string together now.

While PP has some fantastic and unique dresses, they can be overpriced. Some are $100+ with the average around $70. I fell in love with a gorgeous PP dress that was $330, safe to say that love soon turned to heartbreak when I couldn’t justify spending that on a dress I would probably wear once when $330 can get me 5 new dresses. I guess I’m one of those quantity of quality people.

Me (middle) wearing princesspolly dress

Recently though, I haven’t worshipped this website. I still visit it regularly with hope that something amazing will be obtainable for under $50. Unfortunately my optimisms are always crushed, but I still like to evaluate their new stuff and see what they have on sale. But I have been disappointed with their most recent range, I guess it’s not really my taste.

23 year old Ally has purchased multiple items from the site and agrees ‘the designs are all great but probably a bit too overpriced. I tend to only buy something from the sale category’.

Newly PP has had a website makeover. The layout is definitely easier to navigate and looks much better, but I can’t help but think they have embezzled the design from asos. It’s almost identical. But it does work well so who am I to judge.

Bridget’s button down 3.5/5

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