Favorite London Stores

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While studying in London, I did my fair share of shopping. There were some stores I fell in love with, but were devastatingly too expensive for a broke American college student trying to live in London; however, that doesn’t mean I can’t splurge every now and then. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites that I’ll be missing until my next visit.

1. Topshop
Alright, so there are four Topshop stores in the US, but that’s a far cry from the 300+ stores in the UK. And Topshop just so happens to be one of the more expensive stores on my list. The bright, often eclectic, style is beloved by celebrities and Duchess Kate Middleton herself. Taking the latest trends and creating pieces for everybody, Topshop has earned it’s place in the fashion world.

2. New Look
New Look earned it’s place as my favorite store in London as soon as I discovered it. I purchased my dress for the BRIT Awards there, and I have never loved a dress more. New Look is a fashionable store complete with items you’d find at Forever 21, and is one of the less expensive stores I found.

3. Miss Selfridge
So, we’re back to the more expensive clothing option. The store started as the young fashion section of the highly popular Selfridges department store and has emerged as a popular fashion staple. I cringed with sadness every time I walked past the windows with gorgeous displays and price tags out of my wallet range; however, the sales are brilliant, and there are plenty of items to splurge on.

4. ASOS
Here’s the thing about ASOS–it’s only online. It is one of the UK’s largest online-only fashion and beauty stores, and they even launched an ASOS website for the US in 2010. ASOS always has the latest trends and some of the best sales. I regularly check the site to see if there is anything I want to order, and I have to struggle to keep myself from ordering everything. The joys of online shopping.

So there you have it, some amazingly wonderful UK fashion stores that are bound to give you a bang for your buck. If you’re worried about shipping fees, they often aren’t as bad as you think they might be. Also, the sites regularly have specials for international shipping, so go ahead and get shopping.

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