It is time of the year. The weather is starting to toy with our feelings; the snow has melted, but the wind is still thriving. I know there is someone in front of their mirror contemplating wearing a light blue jumpsuit or wearing a leather jacket, a pair of jeans, and rain-boots. On the other hand, this is the time we start to look for new and better outfits to purchase. The newest Spring collection of your favorite designer has launched, and you’ve made room in your closet for everything and anything. But did you prepare your wallet the same way you prepared your closet? No. I don’t judge you. I also neglected my wallet and decided space in my wardrobe was more important. I was fascinated with the different patterns, the intricate cuts outs, and the vibrant colors, until I noticed the price tag. The price tag of these designer stores made me put some of my old clothes back on the hanger, luckily, I found some affordable online boutiques that aren’t a complete sham. I know what you’re thinking, “online boutiques are nothing but people recycling clothes from other stores with cheaper material and overpriced.” Yeah, I know. There are some clothing brands that sell us a piece of fabric for more than what we make an hour. And there are also some clothing brands that sell good quality clothes for a decent price.
3udora is a black woman owned online boutique that focuses on unique and eccentric fashion. The online boutique includes sizes for all women, sizes ranging from small to XX-Large. The founder of 3udora, Candice Jean-Pierre, fell in love with fashion at a young age. She grew up in an area where many of the retail stores had the same clothing and girls’ fashion were predictable. She decided to create a modern, sophisticated, and unique Afrocentric clothing boutique. She asses the quality of her clothes by trying on samples and testing the clothes herself before posting her clothing on the site. She believes that the clothes she designs bring a sense of belonging to the women who purchased it. In her words, “They preserve the afro-culture of these women [black women] and celebrate it, while everyone else just looks at it as a trend.” Personally, I have purchased from the site before, and I love the quality of my head wrap. The material is stretchy, breathable, and versatile. I recommend this store to everyone.
- Rebellious Fashion
Rebellious Fashion is one of the many well known popular online boutiques we see dominating Instagram. The online boutique has gained much traction since created in 2013. The online retail store is based in the United Kingdom and has been in business for over 20 years. Rebellious Fashion was made to be different, risky, and classy all in one. The clothes trend on many different platforms and focus on making the buyer feel good. The quality of the clothes is very good, especially for a mainstream online boutique. And if someone receives a malfunctioned product; the customer service is excellent.
- Papaya Clothing
Papaya clothing is an online boutique with physical retail stores located in the United States. Papaya clothing has been in the game for over three decades. The store has a variety of sizes for all shapes and sizes. Papaya clothing prides themselves in helping millions of women find the best clothes that will fit their style. The best thing is the company has control of their supply chain; the company is direct with all operations and customer savings. The company tests the wear of their clothes before posting the items. The clothes wear well and can last for months, even years, after purchase.
- Poppy Apparel
Poppy Apparel is an upcoming boutique that has much potential. The boutique sells different clothes for any occasion. Although it is a newer website than the big names on the list, the brand started to receive buzz from smaller influencers. On the other hand, the company does not have an about page or speaks much on the experience of creating the boutique. The brand is nice but needs to step up their game to receive notoriety in the fashion world.
- Kloset Envy
Last, but certainly not least, Kloset Envy is next on the list. Kloset Envy is all about looking good but not breaking the bank. Jai Nice, founder of Kloset Envy, tests her products on herself and the Kloset Envy models before selling her clothes. She styles and buys her clothes, as well. In my own experience, the quality of the clothes is exceptional. The fabric doesn’t feel scratchy on the skin at all. I suggest ordering up in size because the clothes are snug.
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