We could spend hours waxing lyrical about the joys of online shopping. After all, what could be better than having an endless ream of beautiful clothes, shoes, flowers, knick-knacks and books at our fingertips, ready for our perusal anytime, anywhere?
However, with such a myriad of online shopping options vying for our attention it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, or how to sift a rare gem out from the crowd.
With this in mind, the team at Stylist have put together our ultimate guide to the best online shopping destinations around. After hours of pyjama-clad research, these are the shops we have crowned the most brilliant, from quirky interiors retailers to chic, under-the-radar fashion brands.
Every home needs a bit of Love Frankie in it
Bright and beautiful vintage fabrics reimagined as conversation-starting cushions, retro toys for godchildren with just the right amount of kitsch, all sourced and/or made by one London-based wonder woman. I’m currently lusting after their diamond faceted lightbulbs with coloured cords.
Mandie Gower, Acting Executive Editor of Stylist
Natural History Museum shop
When I’m looking for a gift idea, or have a bit of cash burning a hole in my pocket, I love to browse through Victoria Beau’s comprehensive selection of the best contemporary brands. From graphic Zoe Karssen tees to quirky stationary and great jewellery (that doesn’t require a bank loan), I basically want it all.
Shannon Peter, Beauty Assistant for Stylist
There is nothing I love more than a beautiful book, and Persephone Books are the masters of the trade. The independent publisher brings little-known fiction and non fiction titles back to life in gorgeous printed editions with fabric endpapers and matching complimentary bookmarks.
Plus, the books are mainly written by women, so it's a win-win situation.
Sarah Biddlecombe, Writer for stylist.co.uk
Astley Clarke sell beautiful bohemian and delicate, unusual contemporary jewellery. They are a real fashion insider's favourite.
Kitty McGee, Executive Fashion Director of Stylist
Finery London is great – shipping and returns are free within the UK and when you order from them you get sent a HUGE canvas tote bag. It might be branded but it's very useful!
Siobhan Morrin, Assistant Editor of Emerald Street
Bloom & Wild
I LOVE Bloom and Wild – because really, what’s better than receiving a DIY bouquet through the letterbox? It’s such a simple, beautiful concept and the epitome of spontaneous delight.
I’d happily send myself one every other week but with budget and reality kicking in, what it’s most useful for is birthdays, babies and if your friends are feeling a bit down. The service is reliable and quick, the mobile app is slick and there’s a good range of prices to choose from too.
Anna Brech, Editor of stylist.co.uk
I love the COS website and always use it. There is so much wonderful simplicity to the site and it's so much more of a platform to inspire rather than just a place to shop.
Their magazine section is really beautiful with clean-cut Scandi influences.
Hannah Coorg, Digital Marketing Assistant at Stylist
PetsPyjamas is my one stop shop for everything canine chic - including dog friendly holidays. It’s where we get all of McNulty’s (my cavalier king Charles spaniel) jumpers, leads and toys.
Jamie Klingler, Publishing Manager for Stylist
Accessories company Aura Que has gorgeous ethically made bags, purses and scarves. The founder, Laura Queening, works closely with local producers and charities in Nepal (the leather production unit, for example, gives work opportunities to people marginalised by disability) and the pieces are all really lovely staples.
I think every member of my family got a snood for Christmas...
Amy Swales, Stylist Contributor
I stumbled across Olive Clothing on Instagram and they have SUCH inst-inspirational (instapirational – oh god!) outfits. Their clothing is perfect both for work, dressed up and teamed with heels, or for weekends, dressed down with some flats.
They sell neutral colours, simplistic patterns – in short – wardrobe staples.
Sarah Gardiner, Competitions Manager for Stylist and stylist.co.uk
I love Nasty Gal for utterly unique finds. From vintage leather jackets to perfect eveningwear, it’s my go-to destination to find something a little different. But watch out for those pesky customs charges!
Harriet Hall, Writer for stylist.co.uk
Nook Shop is essentially a Pinterest gallery that you can shop from, which leads to some virtual wrestling of my debit card from myself more often than not…
Victoria Gray, Digital Production Manager for stylist.co.uk