Start your style revolution from the comfort of your desktop with these star buys
Time Out Dubai staff
If ever there was a time to discover the scope of local online shopping it’s during Dubai’s steamier months. We’re a city obsessed with convenience and with many local websites offering same-day delivery, hitting the shops can be done from the office during your lunch break, without even leaving your desk. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive guide to local and international online shopping in the emirates, plus our pick of the instant buys, which can be delivered to you at the click of a button. Whether it’s organic hair-care products or vintage jewellery, stylisth work-out wear or an investment buy, you’ll find it in these gallery
Him and her West LA Boutique The independent, unisex Sunset Mall boutique for hipster and urban-wear launched its online shop in April this year, making window shopping possible anytime, anywhere. Head to this site to find last-minute gifts for the sartorially superior from labels including Beach Riot, Cali Dreaming, Unif and Aussie labels Bless’ed are the Meek, and Bec and Bridge. Same-day delivery within the UAE on orders made before 2pm. Free next-day delivery within the UAE. www.westlaboutique.com.
Beanie, Dhs155, Dimepiece at
West LA Boutique
Sunglasses, Dhs420, Rave On at West LA Boutique
Sandals, Dhs950, Jeffrey Campbell at West LA Boutique
The Wrist Shop Always late? Perhaps you need a timepiece to keep you in check. The stand-alone store for all things tick-tock launched its online shop last month, and the watch-obsessed can browse affordable statement pieces from labels including G-Shock, Fromjade, Alessi and Mr Jones. If cookie-cutter arm candy isn’t your thing, you need to head here. Free next-day delivery within the UAE. www.thewristshop.com.
Watch, Dhs645, Cognitime at
The Wrist Shop
Watch, Dhs630, Channel Cute-B at The Wrist Shop
American Apparel As well as a full selection of clothing (including sustainable, eco-conscious pieces), shoes, swimwear, underwear and accessories for men and women, there is a great range of dance gear and work-out wear. It’s all a little bit Flashdance, and it works. Dhs184 for delivery to the UAE within seven to ten business days. www.store.americanapparel.net.
Asos Labels range from affordable urban, such as American Apparel, to quirky, high-end designers including Vivienne Westwood. There’s also a dedicated marketplace for independent international boutiques as well as a section that helps shoppers put together outfits. Ideal for updating your wardrobe in one fell swoop. Free delivery to the UAE within 14 days for orders of Dhs93 and above. www.asos.com.
Skirt, Dhs346, Asos
Namshi This local online shopping destination offers a gargantuan range of clothing and accessories for men, women and kids. Partake in some lunchtime retail therapy and browse brands including Nike, Jack & Jones, Motel, Vero Moda and much more. Free next-day delivery in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah on orders placed before 10am. www.namshi.com.
Trousers, Dhs250, Lily at Namshi
Stylebop This Germany-based, family-run luxury online boutique is home to more than 250 brands for men and women. Shop by looks including holiday and nightlife outfits or simply browse your favourite brands including Ralph Lauren, Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Marc Jacobs. Dhs124 for delivery to the UAE within two to four business days. www.stylebop.com.
Men’s sneakers, Dhs520, New Balance
Duffle bag, Dhs2,304, Ralph Lauren at Stylebop
Shopbop Heaving with designer pieces as well as a good selection of mid-range clothes, shoes, accessories and homewares, Shopbop is a good option for a quick splurge especially if you need the items in record time. A handy ‘loves’ option follows you everywhere you go on the site so you can heart pieces you like and come back to look at them later. Free delivery in the UAE within two to three business days on orders over Dhs367. www.shopbop.com.
Farfetch Independent UK boutiques sell their wares here through the one portal. Shop from their selected looks such as Miami Vice-style, Rising Star and Summer in the City, all with curated pieces from mid-range designers including Paul Smith, Rag & Bone, Balmain and Leit Motiv. Delivery from Dhs55 to the UAE within three to seven business days. www.farfetch.com.
Bag, Dhs6,696, Pierre Hardy at Farfetch
Pumps, Dhs2,307, Gianvito Rossi at Farfetch
Etsy An online marketplace for crafters and designers from around the world to sell their unique art, homewares and jewellery. There’s also a dedicated vintage section where you can pick up everything from ornaments to old-fashioned picnic hampers, and a wedding section teeming with gorgeous one-off dresses and one-of-a-kind rings. Planning a baby shower or party? You can also find décor here. International shipping price and delivery timings vary between Etsy’s individual retailers. www.etsy.com.
Arcadian Apparel This site is a home-grown hub for statement T-shirts inspired by local culture. With slogans including ‘Got Laban?’ and ‘Dubai Til I Die’, it’s hard not to crack a smile. The brand embraces Arabic elements and imagery and is all about supporting home-grown artists and representing Emirati culture in an unexpected and contemporary light. Dhs15 for delivery within the UAE within three to four business days. www.arcadianapparel.com.
T-shirt, Dhs150, at Arcadian Apparel
Sivvi Billing itself as a ‘mobile mall’, this local e-commerce site and app is home to the brands you know and love, but can’t find anywhere else in Dubai. Alice McCall, 7 For All Mankind, Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B, Maaji and Talulah are just a few of the cool international labels residing here. With both bargains (MinkPink dresses on sale for Dhs186) and splurges alike, this site really appeals to all budgets. Free next-day delivery to the UAE. Dhs100 same-day delivery charge. www.sivvi.com.
Dress, Dhs1,670, House of Hackney at Sivvi
Neiman Marcus Penny-pinchers with a weakness for luxury, beware. The online version of this luxe NYC department store gives you instant access to the latest items from big-name designers including Derek Lam, Michael Kors, Giuseppe Zanotti, Prada and Christian Louboutin. The men’s section stocks everything from pocket squares to ties, while for ladies, there’s everything from Marc Jacobs bags to Jimmy Choo shoes. Free delivery in the UAE within seven to ten business days on orders over Dhs367. www.neimanmarcus.com.
Jumper, Dhs1,303, Alice + Olivia
at Neiman Marcus
Coat, Dhs7,900, Gucci at Neiman Marcus
Peep toes, Dhs2,351, Aquazzura at Neiman Marcus
Boohoo Not as easy to navigate as Asos, their direct competitor, Boohoo still serves up a serious dose of pocket-friendly fashion, with everything from dresses and shoes to beachwear and accessories, plus a decent men’s section. Shipping is a snip at just Dhs45 and takes seven to 14 workings days, however, your order must include a minimum of ten items. International delivery 7 to 14 working days. Dhs45 flat rate for international shipping. www.boohoo.com.
J Crew Known for its beautiful accessories and classic denim, American brand J Crew has emerged as a front runner in the online fashion world in recent years, and with good reason. A small but perfectly formed collection is displayed on the site with handy style stories to show you how to put looks together. Dhs140 for delivery to the UAE within four to eight working days. www.jcrew.com.
Women Beginning Boutique Exclusively for the fairer gender, this Aussie site stocks a great range of affordable buys, from beachwear to sassy cocktail dresses, playsuits to wet-look leggings, jewellery, make-up, homewares, books and even stationery. We like that you can browse products by price, with the option to view only items within your budget to prevent you from going overboard. Free shipping to the UAE within seven to 30 business days on orders of Dhs344 and above, Dhs68 for courier. www.beginningboutique.com.au.
The Dress Room This site stocks party dresses for all occasions. Browse through an extensive selection conveniently categorised by events – such as weddings and cultural – and forget about trudging from store to store fruitlessly again. Designers include Boutique Montage, Escale, Mon Cheri and Jenny Rose. Free delivery in the GCC within five to seven business days. www.thedressroom.com.
Dress, Dhs1,685, at The Dress Room
The Luxury Closet This Dubai-based online store stocks designer items from big-money brands including Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Mont Blanc and Louis Vuitton. Shop for both new and second-hand pieces, all authentic and in mint condition. Dhs50 for delivery in the UAE within one to seven business days. www.theluxurycloset.com.
Tote, Dhs,385, Celine at The Luxury Closet
Fashlink This Dubai-based boutique stocks designs from international and local labels including Gisella Blu, Polka Dot Cat and local urban accessories label Lady Mauve. You can shop by trends or use filters to find the exact look you’re after. Free delivery in the UAE within two business days and free next-day delivery in Dubai on orders over Dhs100. www.fashlink.com.
Dress, Dhs270 Milla at Fashlink
T-shirt, Dhs90, Modagram, at Fashlink
Kaleidoscope by Mimi This is an eclectic online hub for local handmade goods. London and Dubai-based art and travel enthusiast Mimi Shakhashir sources everything from beaded necklaces to vintage jackets and brooches from all over the world. Free next-day delivery in the UAE and same-day delivery upon request. www.kaleidoscopebymimi.com.
Bracelet, Dhs290 at Kaleidoscope by Mimi
Clutch, Dhs624, Dvan Wild Calavera at Kaleidoscope by Mimi
Vintage Heirloom Even with hours devoted to hunting down vintage handbags, the choice in Dubai isn’t huge. Save yourself the time and effort by heading straight to this UK-based site, which stocks a huge range of classic Chanel handbags as well as pieces from Gucci, Dior, Prada, Celine, Hermes, Balenciaga and many more. Dhs154 for delivery to the UAE within one to three working days. www.vintageheirloom.com.
Bag, Dhs8,430 Chanel at Vintage Heirloom
The Trend Boutique Where else could you peruse more than 100 different designers inside of an hour? Nowhere a Dubai Taxi can take you, that’s for sure. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s safe to say this California-based site has probably got it, and in several different colours. There’s even a page when you can find items worn by your favourite celebs. International shipping from Dhs66, delivery between 14 and 25 days. www.shopthetrendboutique.com.
Dress, Dhs720, For Love and Lemons at the Trend Boutique
Monroe & Me For fast, affordable fashion delivered to your door at the click of a button, this local online boutique is the place to be. It stocks all the current trends from jumpsuits to ear cuffs, tribal pants, cut-out dresses and crop tops, so if you’re deliberating over what to wear this weekend, head here during your lunch break for some inspiration and instant wardrobe gratification. We dig the retro high-waisted bikinis and easy-to-wear summer dresses. Same-day delivery within the UAE on orders placed before 1pm. Dhs20 for delivery on orders under Dhs499. www.monroeandme.com.
Dress, Dhs279, Xenia at Monroe & Me
Stylerunner This Oz-based website stocks uber cool work-out gear from brands including The Upside, Wildfox, Tonic and Zoe Karssen. As well as camo sports bras and capris, you can pick up Nike’s latest training kicks, tough-look mesh Ts, fashion forward leggings, parachute trackies and oversized sleeveless hoodies. By far the most stylish work-out edit we have seen. It’ll cost you, but you’ll be the coolest kid on the block. Approximately Dhs100 delivery charge to the UAE within five days. www.stylerunner.com.
Hot Box Kit Sure to set you apart from the yoga crew, the Dubai-based online boutique stocks the latest workout wear from popular brands including Onzie and eco-friendly Teeki, whose look-at-me leggings are made from recycled plastic bottles. The cheetah and skull print bra tops are not for the traditionally zen and the current collection includes leggings with in-built legwarmers, ideal for both dance and yoga. Dhs25 delivery in the UAE, free delivery on orders over Dhs350 within two business days. www.thehotboxkit.com.
Leggings, Dhs299, Teeki at Hot Box Kit
Boutique 1 If you want that Mara Hoffman handbag or Lisa Marie Fernandez one-piece in your wardrobe ready for the weekend, the online version of this Dubai boutique promises to deliver it for free on the next working day. A huge selection of designer wear and accessories are available along with handy style tips and lookbooks on their fashion insider page. Free next business day delivery in the UAE. www.boutique1.com.
Tote, Dhs1,165, Mara Hoffman at Boutique 1
S*uce One of Dubai’s most-loved home-grown brands is now online. With regular sales and plenty of web exclusives, including their collaborations with local designers, S*uce is a good option is you’re looking for unique pieces and accessories that can’t be found anywhere else, as well as quirky designer items you’ll want to brag about. Free delivery in the UAE within one to three business days. www.shopatsauce.com.
Top, Dhs1,025, S*uce
Socialista Boutique We like to think that when West LA Boutique shoppers grow up, they head here. The online store went live earlier this year, meaning you can now drop cash on de rigeur brands including Opening Ceremony, Clover Canyon and Three Floor from your desk. Its sartorial philosophy is polished with edgy details and cuts. Clothing is on the pricey side, so save this site for pay day. Free delivery in the UAE within one to three business days. www.socialista.net.
Skirt, Dhs1,380, TA at Socialista Boutique
Missguided A lunch hour is easily spent browsing this cheap and cheerful UK-based ladies site for fast fashion. You’ll find current hues, including very now khaki and autumn pastels in everything from pencil skirts to boxy tops, plunging playsuits and coats. Browse by cut (midi or mini skirt; bodycon or swing dress), colour or even price. Free delivery to the UAE within ten days on orders over Dhs300. www.missguided.co.uk.
Three Fifty Nine This site stocks wearable art-inspired pieces in on-trend cuts. Egyptian artist Hani Mahfouz’s animal-like creature print T-shirts and embroidered shorts and toga-style dresses make great holiday apparel. A summer essential worth bookmarking. Our only gripe is prices are listed in US dollars. Free delivery to the UAE within one day. www.threefiftynine.co.
Dress, Dhs835, at Three Fifty Nine
Net-A-Porter This stalwart in online shopping showcases the latest designer fashions and accessories as soon as they leave the catwalk. It also has a carefully curated section of the newest beauty must-haves. With pieces uploaded daily, you’re bound to find that handbag you saw Olivia Palermo carrying or that cleanser you heard Miranda Kerr talking about. Dhs125 for delivery in the UAE within three to four business days. www.net-a-porter.com.
Moda Operandi The only website that allows you to pre-order collections straight from the runway, Moda Operandi is packed with exclusive designer pieces, accessories and beautiful beachwear from both established and emerging brands before they have even left the runway. So you can get your hands on that Peter Pilotto print dress before anyone else. Dhs200 for delivery in the UAE within two to five business days. www.modaoperandi.com.
Silk shirt, Dhs992, Equipment at Moda Operandi
The Exposed House Based in Abu Dhabi, this online retail store offers everything from stylish outfits to designer accessories, such as bow ties and handbags, from brands including Savas, Cor Sine Labe Doli, and luxury scarf label Vassilia among others. If you’re on the lookout for unique art-driven fashion, you’ll love this site. Delivery in the UAE within two to five days, charges apply according to location. www.theexposedhouse.com.
Men only Mr Porter Sick of browsing sites with limited men’s items? Then Mr Porter is for you. Not only does it showcase sharp tailoring and must-have accessories from brands such as Thom Brown, Givenchy and Saint Laurent, Mr Porter also offers a carefully curated home and tech section featuring the latest accessories and homewares for the discerning male. Free delivery in the UAE within three to four business days. www.mrporter.com.
Chelsea boots, Dhs1,594, Church’s at Mr Porter
Shorts, Dhs946, Incotex at Mr Porter
Beauty and grooming Lush If you can’t stand the overpowering soapy smells that wash over you when you walk into the store, but dig their products, this is for you. The online boutique is a lifesaver for instantly re-stocking dwindling shampoo and shower gel supplies during a busy working week. Delivery in the UAE within two to five business days. Dhs35 delivery charge. www.lush.ae.
Sunscreen cream, Dhs160, Lush
Micaroon Available at only a few select S*uce boutiques, your best bet is to order the cleverly packaged, adorable macaroon-like containers of lipstick, eye shadow, bronzer and more online. Perfect for office touch-ups. Free delivery in the UAE within two business days on orders over Dhs250. www.micaroon.com.
Eyeshadow, Dhs50, Micaroon
GlamBox Sign up for monthly deliveries of cosmetics samples from a whole host of top brands (including Benefit, Dermalogica, Cowshed, Elemis and many more) and save yourself a lunchtime trip to the mall ever y four weeks. Free shipping to the UAE for GlamBox subscriptions and on orders over Dhs200. www.glambox.me.
Special edition boxes, Dhs119 each, GlamBox
Accessories Boom and Mellow A trip to Jumeirah Town Centre isn’t complete without a peek inside this trinket haven. But, if you’re strapped for time, a visit to its online store is the next best thing. Head here for playful accessories from designers including Ashlyn’D, Alexis Bittar and Joanna Laura Constantine. It also has a small section for quirky men’s items.. Free same-day delivery in the UAE. www.shopboomandmellow.com.
Earrings, Dhs880, Joanna Laura Constantine,
at Boom & Mellow
Sophie’s Closet This site houses intricate vintage accessories that will instantly transform your look from day to night. You’ll find own-brand Sophie earrings, plus jewellery from Kenneth Jay Lane, House of Harlow and Chanel, all with that ‘wow’ factor. Free delivery in the UAE within one to two business days. www.sophiescloset.com.
Hair pin, Dhs795, Jennifer Behr at Sophie’s Closet
Esswara You might need more than a hour to sort through the vast collection of jewellery from international designers including Amrita Singh, Penny Levi, Yuna and BO*M by Camille, but it’s well worth it. Free delivery in the UAE within two business days and free next-day delivery in Dubai on orders placed before 12pm. www.esswara.com.
Necklace, Dhs180, Lavinia Claudia Foderaro at Esswara
Earrings, Dhs260, Camille at Esswara
Home Virgule This local e-boutique features a collection of handmade art, homewares and fashion for him and her from a host of international designers including Samira Vaziri, SkinFeelings, Ali Rouhani and Keyvan Fehri. Perfect for last-minute gift ideas such as bespoke jewellery and décor for your digs. Free next-day delivery in the UAE and free same-day delivery in Dubai on orders placed before 2pm. www.virgule-shop.com.
Plate, Dhs480, Samira Vaziri at Virgule. Espadrilles,
Dhs540 at Virgule
Lumitrix Browsing this online photography store and archive is like going to an art gallery; the only difference is you can have your lunch while you do so. Artists include Steve Back, Ritty Tacsum, Oliver Barnett and Banoo Batliboi. From Dhs150 delivery to the UAE within ten working days. www.lumitrix.com.
Photograph, Dhs370, Astrid Harrison at Lumitrix
Gifts Little Majlis Gulf-based artists, designers, cooks and crafters sell their handmade and artisan wares here, including gorgeous knitted booties for baby showers, camel milk soap for an eco-warrior amigo or beautiful, handmade pewter cheese knives for the food devotee in your life. The variety is almost endless. Price and timings of delivery vary between Little Majlis’s individual retailers. www.littlemajlis.com.
Sandals, Dhs500, Aelia at Little Majlis
Ideyna Head here for handmade items by local UAE artisans. Check out their eco-friendly range, bath and beauty products and customised clothing and accessories from Sarah’s Art, Ragmatazz (we worship the Frida Kahlo bags), Crafty Dust and Palm Lights. Delivery in the UAE within five to seven business days. Delivery charge varies with seller. www.ideyna.com.
Ananasa A Dubai-based Etsy-style marketplace for all sorts of handmade items from sellers around the Middle East, this site offers eclectic, bohemian-inspired fashion and accessories amongst its striking sculptures and unique homewares. A truly standout shopping experience. Delivery in the UAE within three to five business days. Delivery charge varies with seller. www.ananasa.com.
Mug, Dhs52, The Jo Shop at Ananasa
Kids Baby Souk Having recently merged with online baby-centric portal Bubs Boutique, Baby Souk offers a huge range of essentials such as swaddles and cots to cute towels. Next day delivery across the UAE on orders placed before 3pm, delivery within 48 hours on orders placed after 3pm. Normal delivery Dhs28, express delivery Dhs75. www.babysouk.com.
Stroller, Dhs2,700, Phil & Teds Navigator, at Baby Souk
Just Kidding Everything families might need for their brood, this site has convenient categories covering play time, bath time and lots more, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for and then some. Free delivery in the UAE within seven business days. www.justkidding-me.com.
From the cover: Headphones, Dhs400, Spitfire; Necklace, Dhs575, Midi rings, Dhs450, both Maria Francesca Pepe, all at West LA Boutique. Dog ring, Dhs470, Boom and Mellow. Earrings, Dhs140, My Candy at Fashlink. Men’s watch, Dhs3,192, Shinola at Mr Porter.