Online Shoppers Search For Cyber Monday Deals Online Shoppers Search For Cyber Monday Deals
SAN ANSELMO, CA - NOVEMBER 29: In this photo illustration, an ad seen on the Target website for a Cyber Monday sale is displayed on laptop computers on November 29, 2010 in San Anselmo, California. Following Black Friday, online retailers are rolling out deep discounts in hopes of luring people who are returning to work into making online purchases on what is now referred to as Cyber Monday. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Geek Chic: 7 Websites You Should Purchase Fashion Items From on #CyberMonday

 

Online Shoppers Search For Cyber Monday Deals

Weren't too thrilled with the Black Friday sales this year or maybe you refused to stand in ridiculous lines to possibly be pummeled for a purse? Don't worry, the thought of crazy crowds gives us anxiety too.

That's where #CyberMonday comes in. For all of our tech savvy Vixens, this is your gateway to pure bliss. While Black Friday has come and gone, retailers are now setting up shop for yet another great day of super discount savings. But the key to #CyberMonday as it's name hints is that it's only for online shoppers.

Although it's nearly 24 hours it seems like stores are holding out on what savings they'll be offering for #CyberMonday, but don't worry we've got a list of 7 websites you should purchase fashion items from on #CyberMonday. Continue clicking to check out the goods and of course the savings.

 

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Shopbop Fashion's Night Out

Shopbop

This internet-based portal for all things designer is one of our favorites. You should purchase big ticket items and pricey wardrobe staples that would leave you with buyers remorse if you weren't actually saving. Maybe those Margiela booties you still haven't crossed off your shopping list.

Bloomingdale's Glendale Grand Opening

Bloomingdales

The possibilities are endless with this super chic department store. When it comes to Bloomies, the more you spend, the more you save. So grab yourself a slew of premium denim from J Brand, AG and Paige.

Operations At The U.K.'s Largest Online-Only Fashion Retailer Asos Plc

Asos

When it comes to high street fashion there are two things we love about this over the pond trend: the insanely affordable price and the on-trend pieces. Need an oversized boucle coat for winter for under $100? Asos has got it. Want those cool cat ear headbands Jhene Aiko has been wearing? Asos has got it? Wondering where you can grab a dope pair of hologram loafers like Rita Ora's? Yes, Asos has got it.

J. Crew Group Inc. Stores Open In Hong Kong

J.Crew

American classics with a cool and chic twist is the J.Crew aesthetic. You'll want to snag hot statement pieces during #CyberMonday like jewelry, shoes, or a bright red puffer jacket perfect for the season.

Peach Magazine Presents "Knight Time" - Hosted by Michael Knight from Project Runway

Intermix

If you love runway looks then Intermix will become your holy grail if it isn't already. The luxe boutique offers multi-brand fashions from the likes of Phillip Lim, Chloe and Proenza Schouler. If there ever was a time to splurge on something you've been eyeing the time is Monday, as their Black Friday sales were up to 70% off merchandise.

Linda Chang Attends 'Forever 21' Opening Store in Barcelona

Forever 21

Although this retailer is already super cheap there's nothing like saving a few pennies here and there. Need some basic tee's or leggings? Stock up on those here and thank us later.

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Zara

The new go-to retailer for affordable, chic clothing are becoming more and more generous with their sales. On Black Friday everything in the store was 30% off so hold your horses on buying anything until Monday.

 

 

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