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August 18, 2009

40 Best Online Shopping Sites

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25. Bagsnob.com
The opinions on the chic bags posted here read like your best friend wrote them. Check out reviews of the latest arm candy from Alexander McQueen and Lanvin, with links to purchase them. We love the Frugal Snob tab that dishes on the best bargains of the moment, and Snob TV, where cameras take you into stores with style experts like Michael Kors.

26. Chictopia.com
Upload stylish photos of yourself or looks that inspire you, and connect with other members so you can see what works on people with similar body type, skin color, and style sense. Not sure if Dr. Denim jeans are worth the price tag? Read the user reviews before splurging.

27. Closetcouture.com
Users can upload the contents of their closet and then make and share outfits. Connect with others who have similar taste; partake in styling services (starting at $25); shop for clothes, shoes, and jewelry; and comment on style news.

28. Daily Makeover.com
Upload your photo, test-drive hundreds of celebrity hairstyles, then post your virtual makeovers on this site’s before-andafter gallery so friends can decide whether they like you with Katherine Heigl’s waves or Pink’s platinum pixie.

29. Ed itionsDeParfums.com
Oenophiles have winespectator.com and fragrance fanatics have this: the website for Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, a line of fragrances that celebrates the art of perfumery. Read up on the famous noses behind each unique scent, then fill out an openended questionnaire (multiplechoice doesn’t cut it in the perfume world!), and an adviser will e-mail you recommendations.

30. Refinery29.com
With everything from the latest on Louis Vuitton leather Band-Aids to shop openings all across the U.S. and breaking designer news, this site will keep you up to speed on all things fashion. Shop select eBay picks and new designer items from the likes of Charlotte Ronson.

31. Stylecaster.com
This site tailors its content to your tastes, which you express by clicking on a heart or X icon. Change your opinion, and it adapts to your new preferences. We love their Style Caster TV, featuring fashion experts, like Derek Lam, who let you in on what they’re doing and loving now.

32. Totalbeauty.com
Want an honest opinion on the new wonder-mascara you heard about? Head to this site, where members post unbiased reviews on thousands of products daily. We love the Members’ Top 100 (and often hilarious Bottom 100) list, as well as the contests with prizes like spa trips or baskets of beauty loot.

33. Whowhatwear.com
Dying to know who made Sienna Miller’s perfectly broken-in boots, or what color Rachel Bilson is sporting on her nails? Submit your queries to this site, and staffers will do their best to dig up the answer for you. While you wait, indulge in their under-$100 “shop the closet” picks.

ECO-FRIENDLY

34. Earthgirlsboutique.com
A destination for everything from Gina Michele’s collection of easy-to-wear organic cotton dresses to ingenious bags by Noon Solar that can charge your cell and other electronics with renewable energy. This site from the Chicago shop of the same name donates 1 percent of each sale to the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the U.S.

35. Junoandjove.com
The virtual outpost of the brickand- mortar shop in Sarasota, FL, has an eco-friendly item for everyone—even your pet and your recycling-challenged boyfriend. Sign up for the newsletter and get 10 percent off items like Evan & Dean’s stylish clothing, which is only available online, and jewelry by Toby Pomeroy crafted from 100 percent reclaimed gold and silver.

36. Nimli.com
The seriously stylish organic and sustainable clothes, shoes, pet supplies, and other items on this site aren’t just made with the environment in mind— they’re shipped straight from the designer to you, eliminating the damage that additional shipping between the seller and buyer can do. Check out the Green ’Zine, which has cool tips and products for greening your workouts and even your wedding!

37. Shopenvi.com
Shopping on this online version of the Boston store makes going green easy. Items like sleek Serfontaine denim and beautifully cut Bahar Shahpar dresses and separates are all shown with helpful front, back, side, and detail shots, along with information about each label’s ecological and organic practices.

38. Thegreenloop.com
Get in the eco-loop by following this company on Facebook and Twitter and signing up for the newsletter with details about presale offers. Feel good about purchasing items from Kate Organic and Good Society on this virtual outpost of the Portland shop: For every order you place, they’ll buy certified carbon offsets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

39. Ve rtlosangeles.com
Owner Renata Helfman knew she’d struck gold when ecoconscious stars started stopping by her L.A. boutique for green beauty brands like RMS Beauty. So she launched this e-commerce site that brings the same expertly edited mix of all-natural home, beauty, baby—and dog!— products to the masses.

40. Yooxygen.com
Register with this green site that Yoox. com spawned on Earth Day 2009, and place your favorite items, like vegan-friendly accessories by Stella McCartney or hard-to-find Brazilian jewelry by Caboclo (online exclusively here), in a dream box so friends know what to get you (hint, hint) for your birthday.


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