Let me know if this sounds familiar. You’ve got an event next month — a birthday, cocktail party, a night out, or what have you. Then, in the week (or shock horror – days) leading up it dawns on you that you have nothing to wear. At times like this, what’s one to do? Everyone has seen your existing outfits too many times but there’s no time to go out and buy something new because we’re all busy, damnit, and if I’m honest, I still have a bit of PTSD from going to the mall during the holidays.
That’s where online shopping comes in. It’s great, isn’t it? You get all the fun of buying and trying new clothes, all without the hassle of leaving your house. In fact, shopping online has never been more convenient, whether you’re suffering from a lack of time or choice.
Here are retailers to shop that ship the fastest!
What would Canadian fashion be without Aritzia? The retailer has several tiers of shipping options, from ‘Standard’ ($8, or free if you’re spending more than $150) for 1-4 business days, ‘Express’ ($15) for 1-3 business days. Lastly, the retailer’s ‘Priority’ option, which will set you back 22. Plus if you need a new frock, Aritzia has the perfect range of dresses to dress up or down for any occasion — great for justifying a last-minute purchase, because of course you’re going to wear it again, right?
This Canadian shoes and accessories brand offers free shipping on all orders over $60 and no-hassle returns in-store or online. Shipping will take anywhere between 4-6 days, depending on your choice of speed. If, by chance, your order doesn’t make the $60 mark, standard shipping is only $6, or free if you can pick up in store!
Zara is one of the best when it comes to situations like this — not only are you spoilt for choice, but its shipping options are nothing short of speedy. If you’re ordering in Toronto, you get same-day delivery if you place your order before 1 p.m. on a week day. Orders are expected to arrive between 5 and 9 p.m. though, so if you’ve really procrastinated and your event is on Friday, you’re probably better off going to the mall or just being an outfit repeater. For those not in the city, express delivery is $9.95 for 1-2 business days or standard delivery for 1-5 business days (and free shipping over $50!)
Another Canadian retailer (since 1840!) with plenty of party-ready looks to choose from, featuring brands big and small. The store has a wide selection of shoes, bags and accessories too, making this the perfect one-stop shop. Your goodies will be delivered within 4 to 7 business days via Canada Post and returns are easy peasy, too!
This online retailer might be based all the way across the ocean, but high-end UK-based luxury site Matchesfashion can get your order to you in 2-4 business days via DHL for $20. Packages are also shipped on a DDP (delivery duty paid) basis, which means that import taxes and duties are included in the price you pay upon checkout because getting a package delayed and then having to pay a hefty duty charge is the worst!
We all know that Amazon offers fast, free shipping for Prime members, in which you can typically expect your package to arrive within two days. With the major selection of inventory to choose from, Amazon makes shopping a lot easier!
Another one of our favourite online retailer with fast shipping is U.K.-based ASOS. This site always has a killer selection of clothing, accessories, and shoes that just keep on going. The retailer stocks a huge range of affordable and high-end brands, as well. Express shipping will set you back $20 and takes about a week, but standard delivery is free if you spend over $63 and it’ll take between 10-20 business days.
Nordstrom Canada offers free standard shipping on all purchases, no matter the total spend. Typically your package will arrive within three to six business days. Plus, if you live in Toronto you can expect your delivery within just two days (on select items)!
Gap and its sister brands, Banana Republic and Old Navy offer free five to seven-day shipping on orders over $50. If you want your package within three to five days, you can pay $7.
If you’re more into sustainable fashion, don’t fret because eco-fashion mainstay brand Frank and Oak makes such garments accessible. Find classics to dress up and wear over and over again afterwards. Standard shipping costs $9.95 for delivery between 2-7 business days, while express shipping is $25 for delivery in 2-4. You can also send it to the store for the same time frame as standard shipping for free.
High-end retailer Shopbop is known for curating all the best brands to watch from all around the world. The site is also a subsidiary of Amazon so you can rest assured that its speedy shipping is on point. Shopbop has a free (!) 1-3 “Business Day Shipping'” option with prepaid duties so you just have to take care of returns yourself. If you have a little bit more time on your hands and want the extra security, the site’s 5-9 “Business Day Shipping” option is available and covers the cost of returns, too.
While we all love a visit to a bookstore, if you know exactly what you want and are also hoping to stay away from impulse purchases, shop Indigo online. Not only are books and other items (sometimes) cheaper online, you can also have them shipped to your home in 1-9 businesses days, though most of the time it’s never the latter. The best part is that if you don’t make the free shipping requirement, you can always have your items shipped to your nearest store for convenient pick-up.
It’s so easy to get caught up in a big beauty store like Sephora, so shopping from home is a great way to keep from getting overwhelmed. Not only that, but malls are famous for their bad lighting. Sephora is one of our go-to beauty retailers with fast shipping (2-4 days for standard shipping) and you can return any gently used merchandise right back to the store so you’re never stuck with the wrong shade of foundation or lipstick.
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