Web Spy: ShopStyle

[There are over 100 million sites on the Internet. 100 million! You might think you know about all the important ones (CollegeCandy, Gmail, Google, Zappos…), but there are thousands of other sweet sites out there (like CoolSpotters, DailyLit and Voyij). And more showing up every day! We get it – it’s not easy or fun sifting through the crap and porn to find those gems, so we’re gonna bring the gems to you. Just sit back, kick up those feet and allow us to introduce you to the diamonds in the internet rough.]

It’s no secret that I’m an online-shopping addict.  I don’t always buy things when I online shop, though–a lot of times, I just like to browse my favorite stores’ sites when I’m bored.  However, when there actually is something in particular I need (or want) to buy, I prefer to look for it online first rather than driving down to the mall and searching through hundreds of racks of clothes in dozens of different stores.

The problem is, online shopping can sometimes be almost as exhausting as the mall; you may not have to strap on the comfy shoes to walk miles from store to store, but there are thousands of online stores out there and having to search each one separately for the item I’m looking for can get pretty annoying.

Or, at least that’s what I thought before I found ShopStyle.

ShopStyle is an online fashion-based community where users can create style boards, wish lists, and sign up for sale notifications from their favorite stores.  However, it’s main purpose is a shopping search engine.  You can type literally anything into the search box (for example, “leather booties” or “boyfriend cardigan”), and the ShopStyle searches the thousands of shopping websites in its database (from super high-end to bargain sites) and provides you with a gallery-style listing of results matching your search query.  If the number of results are overwhelming, you can make your search easier by narrowing your results by color, price point, brand, and more.  You can also choose to just browse by category instead of typing in a search phrase.  Once you find the item you want, you simply click on it to go to the site and purchase it.  So easy!

So now, whenever I’m looking for something specific and not just browsing, I turn to ShopStyle.  It saves my time by only having to go to one website that helps me find exactly what I’m looking for.  Like my new beloved nude pumps and the absolute perfect LBD for a friend’s upcoming wedding.  ShopStyle has completely changed the way I shop online (which might be a bad thing for my bank account….), and it’ll change it for you, too.

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