April 9 2013

Shopping in Doha has never been fun and exciting experience for me.

Besides getting my basic items or to stock up on my make-up and toiletries supply, I don’t do my shopping here anymore for several reasons.

We may have high-street brands such as Zara, Mango, Topshop but the selection of clothes are incomparable to their other giant franchise stores in other countries. Boutiques and department stores that carry designer brands displays items that are a few season old in a marked up price, I find this atrocious!

My shopping trips are now reserved for when I travel but online shopping satisfies my fashion addiction. I’m sure fashion lovers in Doha share my frustration when it comes to shopping so I rounded up my best online shopping sites that ships to Doha-Hooray!



Shopbop is my go-to site for cltohes. It carries contemporary brands such as Alexander Wang, J Brand, Rag & Bone and also introduces up-and-coming brands. The site is incredibly easy to navigate and offer great customer service and a free express international delivery and returns.



Net-a-porter is my go-to site for when I want to splurge. They offer well-edited clothes and accessories from major designer brands. I check this site weekly not for shopping but to browse their weekly magazine for inspiration and trend report.


I discovered piperlime last year when Olivia Palermo became one of their guest editor. This site has an insane selection of clothes, shoes, handbags that are affordable and on-trend. Olivia Palermo is joined by Rachel Zoe, Emma Roberts and fashion blogger Aimee Song as guest editors and you can shop their picks on the website.



Asos needs no introduction for its fabulous selection of really cool items. I go to this site if I’m looking for something unique, edgy and fun. If you can handle browsing though items on the site without getting an eye twitch, you can go to the site’s marketplace where you can buy preowned and vintage items from hard core fashionistas- enter with caution!



Holy grail of designer brands. I visit this site to browse classic designer pieces like a Prada handbag or a classic Manolo Blahniks pumps. I also like their details description of the items and reviews that can help you decide on your purchase.


Matches is another serious drool worthy site like Net-a-porter. This site stocks the best seasonal finds and items that have that ‘it’ factor. It’s also a good source for current trend, beauty report and designer highlight. Delivers in 2-3 days worldwide.


J Crew offers exceptional quality of classic and basic items like oxford shirt, cropped pants and blazers for an affordable price. I love their collaborations with brands like Liberty, Comme de Garcon and recently with Goldsign. The best part about this site is their killer lookbook and catalogue that will make you want to fill your closet with only JCrew items.


La Garconne is fast becoming my favorite site because it caters to my personal style. It’s home to only the cool designers like Isabel Marant, Golden Goose, Rick Owens and they have unique selections (and stock) that you won’t see in other websites. I also love their straightforward approach of showing the pieces on models. They offer free ground shipping on all order over $200.


Recently discovered Italian-based site that offers clothes, shoes, accessories from top designer brands but also up and coming brands. It’s a great site if you are on the hunt for unique pieces but be ready to pay the hefty price tags. Shipping is free and there are no additional import fees.


The website’s tagline is the most fashionable fashion outlet-very true! Net-a-porter’s sister site offers items from top brands that on seriously discounted prices. You have to be really quick since some items are snagged very quickly.


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