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Finding clothes that fit right and look good is one of the truly endless struggles of being human. It’s right up there with death and taxes… and the struggle to avoid a daily diet of Dunkin Donuts. Luckily we are in an age of wonder where things like the internet exist to inspire us (that one’s for you, Pinterest!), or frustrate us (curse you and you’re unattainable fantasy projects Pinterest!). But if we are focusing on the topic at hand – finding clothes – we are in a true renaissance. There are now companies that are offering all kinds of nifty things for guys and girls alike. Here are just a couple things to get your motors revved and ready to go [online] shopping.

  1. Ladies, everyone knows that men can be a bit “fish-out-of-water” when it comes to finding clothes that look good; i.e. he thinks that sweatpants are a versatile style of pant, and that Ed Hardy is still acceptable anywhere other than Jersey Shore reruns. If the gentleman in your life is one of these poor, unfortunate souls then look no further. The Five Four Club is a pretty easy answer. By joining the club you agree to spend $60 each month. This club cost gets you a monthly shipment of Five Four brand clothing, shipped right to your door. There is no shipping and handling… nothing; just the $60. The cool part is that you create a style profile that collects your preferences and sizes. So you’re always bound to get something that you will love, or at the very least, like a whole heckuva lot! Not to mention returns are easy – but really, that probably won’t happen. Why is setting up the man in your life something to be concerned about? Well what better accessory is there for the sophisticated young woman than a well-dressed companion?
  2. Of course, it’s not all about the men. The greatest new online tool for ladies is still pretty young, but give it some time to gather more publicity and traction and it could be the greatest gift to women’s shopping since the credit card! This new novelty is Sizeable. It is the greatest thing to come out of Australia since Hugh Jackman, the Hemsworth Brothers, and Rebel Wilson. The trick to the newly hatched clothing company is not the actual clothes – it’s how you shop the site. You pick a virtual body, with a full set of total body measurements. Once you’ve selected your Sizeable alter-ego you go shopping, and all the clothes are shown on “your” form! There’s no “Hmmm, those jeans will probably fit my hips”, or “I wonder if that top will work with my chest?” You get to see it right on your screen. Now if only every online clothing retailer will follow suit!
  3. For a more equal-opportunity shopping experience check out the wonderful limited-time engagements at Ideeli. This company offers steep discounts on great items for men and women; they can help you dress yourself, your partner, and even your home! They carry names like Michael Kors, Beverly Johnson, Ray Ban, and Calvin Klein… and that’s just the tip of iceberg. All their sales are only “while supplies last”, so once they’re gone they are gone. You’ve got to keep tabs on the items you like and get ‘em while they’re good. The site is especially great for the holidays, because you can find something for everyone – and who doesn’t want to be the best Santa they can be?
  4. And finally, a little something for the Hipster in all of us, and it is fabulous. Fab.com to be precise. Fab is like an online department store with super cool, funky, artsy fare. Whether you’re looking for off-the-wall accents for your home or apartment, or a tote to trick-out your look, Fab can get you there. And you can be sure that most people won’t be wearing what you are – so you got it before it was cool.

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