It’s pretty safe to say that the last few weeks have been a confusing time for everyone. Most of us are working from home, our social lives have been paused, and we can’t do Saturday morning mall missions anymore… But all is not lost. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite brands with online stores. This way, you can shop from the comfort of your couch and also ensure you look – and feel – fab. These brands have saved the day with accessible online shopping that can be delivered right to your door.
We’ve divided our favourite online buying experiences into four categories: fashion, decor, beauty, and everyday essentials. All of the brands featured here offer premium products at your convenience.
How to make sure you’re all dressed up, even if you have nowhere to go…
Yes, you guessed it. The online shopping giant is first on our list. And for good reason! Superbalist offers a staggering variety of clothing, footwear, beauty products, accessories, and even decor staples. And unlike most other online stores, Superbalist offers trendy goodness at almost every price point. So no matter what your budget is, you’re sure to find something show-stopping here.
Why we love it: the ranges are seemingly infinite and totally lust-worthy. With over 30 000 products to shop, you’re sure to find what you need (or want). You’ll never need to leave home for wardrobe must-haves ever again.
If you’re looking for high-end statement pieces, Mango is the platform for you. The brand offers timeless garments that are made to last. Also, if you’ve committed to something but aren’t sure whether it’s the piece for you, don’t stress. Mango offers returns for a period of 60 days after your purchase – so you basically have two months to make up your mind. Perfection!
We’ve all walked through a Zara store, totally in awe, at some point in time. Being at home is no reason to stop though because their online store is fantastic. They’ve also added a new tab on their website called “special prices” – here you’ll find premium buys at the fraction of the price.
Why you should check it out: Zara is notoriously luxe (and usually demands a splurge), but their online store offers exclusive discounts. So that piece you’ve been drooling over for months might be there now – get clicking!
Elevate your home for peak comfort…
KNUS is an online home decor store that will leave you with an unshakable urge to re-do your whole lounge. You can also find ridiculously stylish ranges exclusive to KNUS online – which means you should be able to keep up-to-date with jealousy-provoking pieces. Of all the homeware online stores, KNUS has the most unique, boutique-feel offering out there.
Why it’s special: KNUS offers a platform to loads of local creatives. From wall prints and scatter cushions to sofas, everything about this site screams taste. They also offer wedding registries and gift vouchers so that you can share the e-shopping love.
The king of online stores, MRP Home delivers a luxury offering on a budget. Their online store is just as colourful, quirky, and time-consuming as the bricks-and-mortar equivalent. You can get lost on there for hours, so proceed with caution. You’ll be able to find last-minute gifts, a linen upgrade, scores of scented candles and even a couch online – whatever you could possibly need, it’s there.
Why you should get scrolling: this site offers affordable decor items at a fraction of the price of some of its competitors. There are also stacks of promos and special offers loaded regularly. Hello, savings!
Top online stores to help you along your self-care, social-distancing journey…
Lulu and Marula
Lulu and Marula is the (natural) answer to all your beauty needs. The products are handmade in South Africa and the emphasis is on natural ingredients that’ll leave your skin glowing. This online store also allows you to shop according to your skin type, meaning that taking the leap of trying a new product isn’t quite as much of a gamble as it is with other online stores.
Why you should have a look: the products are wholesome and natural, ensuring you have a healthy skin. You can also buy gift sets online, so it’s a great gifting option too. Why not treat your bestie to a matching self-care routine in this turbulent time?
Branded as “a group of girls, not a beauty conglomerate”, Swiitch Beauty isn’t like other online stores… This local site stocks beauty essentials at affordable prices. Their ideas are also crowdsourced, meaning that all product, packaging, and distribution ideas come from their client base. Is there a shade of lipstick that, despite hours in beauty aisles, seems to exist only in your mind? Then, Swiitch is the online store for you.
Why we can’t do without it: this Pretoria-based group of girls is making waves on the internet with their popular, affordable beauty ranges. They have built a thriving digital community and ship to all nine provinces – so get shopping.
Because even though you’ll be looking fab with the online stores above, a girl’s gotta eat…
Yes, you guessed it: good old Woolies made the list. You can order everything from fresh berries to a new toothbrush (and so much more) online. If anxiety about leaving the house is eating you up from the inside, know that Woolies can deliver your groceries to your door. Select what you want online and get free delivery on your first online order.
Why it’s so cool: if you shop online, you’re still eligible for in-store promos and discounts like the Eat In and Save promo. Quality food at the click of a button – what’s not to love?
Pick ‘n Pay
Pick ‘n Pay offers great deals, quick service, and Smart Shopper points when you shop online. Shopping with Smart Shopper gives you exclusive discounts that are tailored to your needs. So all those things you regularly stock up on will earn you discounts in the future. Whether you’re searching for snacks, cleaning products, or a full-on Sunday lunch, Pick ‘n Pay online can help you out.
Why this made the list: the online shopping platform is simple to navigate and still gives you great deals tailored to your needs. Accumulate your Smart Shopper points and then by the end of the year, you’ll be able to #treatyourself.