Trying on clothing that doesn’t fit can be an irritating (or in some cases traumatizing) experience for even the most seasoned style-seekers. The combination of bad dressing-room lighting, pushy sales people and confusing size ranges can create the perfect-storm of shopping, and often results in leaving the store with frazzled nerves and an empty tote bag.
If you’ve ever found yourself fighting the urge to flee from a fitting room due to any of the above, the movement toward online-generated custom clothing could change the way you shop for apparel and footwear with a single click.
I’ve rounded up some of the best bespoke shopping sites from around the web, and after having created a handful of my own custom clothing over the years, I can tell you that there’s nothing quite as convenient as shopping for clothes that I know will fit from the comfort of the couch on my Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ laptop.
1. Bow & Drape, Women’s Apparel ($70-$360) – With eight different dress designs in classic shapes and options for customizable sleeves, hems, lengths, colors and fabrics, this site has the potential to ignite the designer in just about anyone. With a two-week turn around time, they aim to re-connect modern women with the creators of their clothing like in generations past.
2. Indochino, Men’s Apparel & Accessories ($39-$600) – Offering suits, pants, coats & accessories – this site could nearly become a one-stop shopping destination if you have the same aesthetic. Their 10-minute DIY home-measurement process seems foolproof for even a newbie, and their finished products are delivered to anywhere in the world in under 6 weeks.
3. Blank Label, Men’s Shirting ($78-$145) – This site features a wide variety of men’s shirting, and their wide range of patterns, colors seem to make for a pretty easy sell as far as the guys are concerned. For sizing options, I love that they offer the choice to consult with their expert tailors, measure your own favorite-fitting shirt, or you can send them one from your closet and they’ll do the rest for you.
4. Shoes of Prey, Women’s Footwear ($169-$379) – Just 3 simple steps and a 3-D designer at your service, this custom footwear site will have your new pair of kicks on your doorstep with their global shipping guarantee of under four weeks.
5. Milk & Honey, Women’s Footwear ($225-$670) – At a higher price point, Milk & Honey shoes touts their high-end craftsmanship (displayed via a video on their site) and a fairly impressive list of celebrity endorsements. Aside from customizable options, they also offer on-trend pre-designed styles, and I have my eye on these red strappy flat sandals for Spring.
I’d love to know: Do you do most of your shopping on the internet or in a traditional store? Do you think you’d ever try ordering custom clothing online for yourself, and if it worked – do you think it would change the way you shop for good?
Jessie Artigue is a style expert & creative consultant with a variety of interactive/digital experience in both the fashion, beauty & lifestyle industries. Her most notable projects are her widely-read personal style blog “Style & Pepper“, her 2012 stint as the spokesperson for Harper’s BAZAAR’s 12-city on-air trend tour, and regular guest speaking in the New Media program at NYU. Jessie would not be complete without: her favorite husband, spicy food, good stand-up comedy, and frequent runs along the Hudson River with her pup.