Update April 2020: Shop Canadian! See the best online shopping sites from Canadian retailers here. 

Online shopping site: AHAlife

Based in: New York; prices listed in Canadian dollars and ships to Canada.

Our web editor Noah Lehava’s previously well-kept secret, AHAlife is a curated art, fashion and lifestyle e-commerce site curated by global “tastemakers” (the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and Tim Gunn) from all walks of style.

Our go-to for:
Stumbling upon aha! finds we didn’t know that we needed to know: one of a kind home décor pieces, a Swarovski crystal-embellished clutch handcrafted in Italy and Argan gift soaps.

Online shopping site: Vaunte

Based in: New York; ships to Canada.

How do the stylish set get dressed in the morning? Peek inside their enviable closets with this carefully curated invitation-only shopping site for designers, editors and well-heeled New Yorkers. ELLE Canada readers can temporarily bypass the line by visiting vaunte.com/vipellecanada.

Our go-to for:
Luxe consignment finds, including the latest designer duds, accessories and pieces from limited-edition capsule collections that have serendipitously resurfaced. Plus satisfying our voyeuristic curiosity of what our favourite fashion personalities are offloading.

Online shopping site: Polyvore

Based in: Mountain View, Calif.; prices listed in Canadian dollars and ships to Canada.

The online shopping go-to that pulls every look, style and colour from the Internet when your only starting point is “Oxford shoe.” The Silicon Valley brainchild also curates runway and street style-inspired looks and how to shop the outfit for less.

Our go-to for: The online shopping equivalent of Saturday afternoon browsing—inspiration, sales and window-shopping for ideas on what to pair with floral trousers this season. Then clicking enter and waiting for the entire look to arrive.


Online shopping site: eLUXE

Based in: Based in Toronto; prices listed in Canadian dollars and ships across Canada.

An edited collection of the latest luxe finds from around the globe with all the personal touches of a brick-and-mortar equivalent: enlist the complimentary service of a virtual stylist by phone for tips on creating your own perfect look.

Our go-to for:
An all-encompassing luxe lifestyle, from a designer wardrobe to well-dressed tech products, plus beauty essentials and a range of pastel wellies.


Online shopping site: Not Just A Label

Based in: U.K.; prices listed in Pounds Sterling and ships to Canada.

This spotlight on “pioneers in contemporary fashion” first shone in 2008, and has since swelled to a roster of designers from around the globe that includes “Black Sheep” (promising fashion influencers) to local favourites (hey, AMANDALEWKEE!) in womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories.

Our go-to for: Perusing the looks and lookbooks of hidden gem-designers emerging onto the fashion scene out of every corner of the globe.

Online shopping site: Net-a-Porter

Based in: New York; prices listed in U.S. dollars and ships to Canada.

The curated runway shopping site-cum-nouveau fashion editorial outlet, Net-a-Porter has revolutionized the online shopping experience to the refined prestige and ease of perusing an art gallery.

Our go-to for: Must-have designer pieces each season, striking gold cuffs (this spring, in particular) and workout tips for fitting into your splashy denim jeans, apparently.


Online shopping site: Motilo

Based in: London; prices listed in Pounds Sterling and ships to Canada.

An IRL girlfriends’ shopping experience online, Motilo allows users to shop and share the deets of their purchases in real time. Match the wardrobes of your favourite shoppers by peeking into their finds, then making a few edits to your outfit.

Our go-to for: A truly social network of shoppers. Plus guest posts by Anna Dello Russo and regular runway livestreaming.


Online shopping site: EBay

Based in: Sourced from all over the globe; prices listed in Canadian dollars and ships to Canada.

An oldie but goodie, EBay has been an early online stand-in for that fabulous great aunt who nonchalantly showers us with vintage Chanel that we all wish we could have. Bid on new and used luxe pieces, as well as electronics, art and an Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s evening gown Barbie doll.

Our go-to for: The thrill of the hunt and the exhilaration of bidding on vintage designer duds. As with any worthwhile online find, patience and lighting-fast clicking are virtues.

Online shopping site: The Outnet

Based in: New York; prices listed in U.S. dollars and ships to Canada.

Like a ridiculously lucky younger sister, The Outnet (Net-a-Porter’s outlet site) receives fabulous and brand new hand-me-downs and retails them at significantly slashed prices. Likely the most vibrant and heady collection of discounted designer goods around.

Our go-to for: Alexander Wang pumps (we’ll take any size!) and the online-exclusive Oscar de la Renta collection for TheOutnet.com.


Online shopping site: Byronesque

Based in: New York/Paris/U.K; prices listed in U.S. dollars, Sterling Pounds and Japanese yen.

A stylish blast from the past, Byronesque curates vintage finds from top fashionable locales and arranges them in delectable editorial spreads, including one inspired by the flamboyant look of Boy George.

Our go-to for: Oft-forgotten designer pieces—think John Galliano’s 1984 Central Saint Martin’s graduate collection—on display for sartorial homage and purchase. Or both.

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