Online vs. Highstreet Fashion Shopping

Are you a regular high street shopper or do your love scrolling through online fashion boutiques? It may be surprising but good old bricks and mortar is still topping the sales in the UK ahead of online stores. So what is it that makes you want to visit the high street to pick up your favourite fashion items or grab that online bargain with next day delivery?

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Are you a high street shopper….

Like many people, myself included, there’s nothing like having a good rummage through the latest rails in my favourite high street shops and independent boutiques. Shopping is a great way to socialise with friends and also give you that much needed time out from your hectic work/life schedule.

Independent boutiques make your shopping experience that much better, with an eclectic mix of pieces on offer. If you take your shopping trips to locations such as Bath, Brighton or our capital London, the selection and variety of shops, brands and markets is plentiful. If you love vintage or preloved shopping, places like Portobello Road market offers bountiful selections of shopping opportunities from antiques, food, clothing and preloved goods.

Another not so obvious choice for high street or retail park shopping is the supermarket. Do you secretly succumb to stacking your trolley with clothing whilst doing your food shop? Well you’re not alone, many supermarkets have a dedicated fashion section with the latest trends and super sales to entice to us to spend more whilst doing our weekly shop. Some people say this style shopping is killing the high street but with many people wanting quality as well as low cost, many still choose the well known retailers to find those next seasons fashions.

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Or do you love online shopping….

So do you love online shopping, getting a bargain and the convenience of next day delivery? Most retailers now have an online treasure trove that sometimes has a much bigger selection than your local store. According to statistics, the UK is one of the biggest online shopping countries compared to others such as USA and our European friends, France and Germany.

Online shopping can also provide a unique experience, want something weird or wacky? Then 9 times out of 10 you will find something totally unique by looking online. The vast of the Internet has given home to many now household fashion names including ASOS and Net a Porter. These ecommerce sites are many people’s go to for everything fashion and not just clothing. Trends, tips and fashion advice are readily available on these one stop fashion websites.

This in turn has given way to a host of online boutiques and sellers creating unique and individual fashion and accessories at the click of a button. Have you ever ventured on to Etsy or Bigcartel and seen the variety of fashionable brands and labels craving your attention, trust me there are thousands. This is great for us fashion lovers as the selection is huge and you are pretty much guaranteed to get something no-one else has. A win for any fashionista.

So what’s your favourite?

Are you a loyal high street shopper or an online convert? Statistics show we are still buying by majority on the high street but I think for many we can all agree we love the vast choice out there for our favourite fashion buys.



  1. June 26, 2015 / 19:35

    Target is one of those supermarkets that sucks me in. Like you said, you can buy groceries AND buy clothes. Haha 🙂 I’m an online shopper for the most part. It’s so much easier to buy things on Amazon or elsewhere and get great deals but it’s much more fun to go out and shop.

    • June 28, 2015 / 17:00

      Hey, I’m guilty of checking out the fashion section whilst doing the food shop. There are some great bargains to be had! 🙂

  2. June 26, 2015 / 13:17

    I really loved reading this post, Tasha! It’s something I’ve actually been thinking about quite a bit recently. I went through a phase of buying so much online that I wouldn’t know what to expect in each parcel that arrived! But I do still love shopping in store.

    I think the High Street is a lot more hit and miss – sometimes I’ll come away with loads and sometimes I just won’t find anything – whereas online I always know where to look. I prefer being able to try stuff on and I’m reluctant to pay for delivery in case something doesn’t fit and I’ve wasted my money but I do think the deals online are much better!

    Jodie x

    • June 26, 2015 / 13:28

      Hey Jodie, thanks for your lovely comment. I do a lot of shopping online too and as we’ve had some great independent boutiques open in my town it inspired me to do a little bit more highstreet shopping and write this post in fact. Glad you liked it 🙂

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