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Appy shopping, fellas

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Now you don't even need to leave the bedroom to do your shopping. Handy if you have other things to do ...

Now you don't even need to leave the bedroom to do your shopping. Handy if you have other things to do ... Photo: iStock

Whatever Gerry Harvey and the bricks-and-mortar brigade might say, the advent of online shopping is a godsend to men such as myself. And no, this isn't because of some stereotypical male apathy towards the physical act of shopping. I love shopping. What's the point of earning money if you're not going to spend it?

No, online shopping is a godsend because I exist at a level of laziness you would normally find in an ill-tempered sloth. You see, unless it's to get up to go to the fridge or to take up position in front of the television, I'm unlikely to even get out of bed on the weekends. The fact that online retailers are now becoming increasingly mobile-friendly is only exacerbating the situation. And making my life easier at the same time.

A couple of swipes, a prod and voilà! - new shoes, some undies and a jacket. And I haven't even left my bed. 

Most retailers are already beginning to see the light and now offer an "app" version of their online store in a clear attempt to make the most of what could be termed the "sloth dollar". A couple of swipes, a prod and voilà! - new shoes, some undies and a jacket. And I haven't even left my bed.

But there are some who are definitely doing it slightly better than others, with smoother interfaces and usability. With that in mind, I thought it was time to spread the love/laziness and make a shortlist of some of the top apps men can use to keep their wardrobe full from the comfort of their bed - or wherever.

Mr Porter

An online store for men par excellence. Shirts, pants, jeans, accessories, you name it. While the selection on offer is on the more conservative end of the style spectrum, it remains a great first stop whenever you are in need for something for that weekend wedding or happen to work in an office that requires the rather ambiguous "smart casual" dress code. The other plus is their speedy delivery and returns service – all done at your door, no questions asked.

Shopstyle

The Shopstyle app works like an online shopping mall – all you need to do is go to the category you're interested in and Shopstyle does all the searching at other online stores for you. And just like a shopping mall, the product range is enormous with brands and styles for all tastes.

Gilt

This US-based store offers flash sales on high-end brands. This is where you can find yourself a daily bargain on labels such as Bally, Dolce & Gabbana and Paul Smith. Because of this, the site operates on a high turnover basis with products selling out quite quickly. Since the daily sales always change, there is literally a first-in-best-dressed ethic in place.

The Iconic

While not an app per se, The Iconic has still mastered a smartphone-friendly website. Their same-day delivery (if you live in Sydney) makes this site a procrastinating purchaser's dream and is super-convenient when you're caught out at the last minute for work or the weekend. The price range is also diverse and you can just as easily pick up a $20 t-shirt or a $500 jacket along with all your socks and jocks.

Urbanoutfitters

This might be the last thing you would expect to find in a section called Executive Style, but give me a chance to explain myself. I like shoes, particularly sneakers. Always have. Urbanoutfitters.com is a US-based, General Pants-style store that stocks brands such as Nike, New Balance, Puma, Adidas, and Grenson. And they are cheap, especially so with the current strength of the Aussie dollar. Add to that free international shipping for purchases over $50 (easily achieved) and I've recently found myself clearing out space just to find room for my growing collection.

Incu

You might be might be familiar with Incu's stores in both Melbourne and Sydney and the great mix of brands they stock. The guys behind the store have recently launched an online store that, like the Iconic, isn't an app but is still easy to use and gives you access to all the same great brands available in-store such as Weathered, A.P.C, Acne, and Oliver Spencer. Shipping and returns within Australia are free for orders greater than $30.

Now, if only there was an app that could make me a sandwich …

What are your favourite online menswear stores or apps?

20 comments

  • OZ Sale. Many of my clothes are now from there.

    Commenter
    doyd13
    Location
    Sunbury
    Date and time
    June 07, 2013, 3:04PM
    • Why wouldnt you want to leave home?Why wouldnt you want to get out in the shopping malls, ?Why would you want to shop, pay ,and then wait days or even weeks to get your gear,and then find out it doesnt fit ,or you dont like it, and realize its going to be too costly to return,and talk about snails pace shopping.Unbelievable.

      Commenter
      Kane
      Date and time
      June 07, 2013, 3:16PM
      • "?Why wouldnt you want to get out in the shopping malls, "

        Because they're miserable hell holes designed to such the life out of you? That's a pretty big motivator for me.

        Commenter
        Tim the Toolman
        Date and time
        June 08, 2013, 9:09AM
      • You haven't bought online have you? I buy both online and in stores, but online is generally cheaper, have better customer service, have a wider range, and are easier to deal with for returns. Everything I order comes in 2-3 days, even within 5 days from the UK, while returns I have made for size have been quick and painless.

        Why would I prefer to go to a store, receive poor customer service, find out my size isn't in stock when I check through the racks only to get home and find out I could of also bought the same thing online for $100 less.

        Commenter
        Daniel
        Date and time
        June 08, 2013, 12:30PM
      • Why would you want to leave home? Why would you want to visit overcrowded, stroller infested shopping 'malls'? Why would you want to deal with smug retail staff that couldn't care less about service? Why would you want to pay exorbitant markups? Unbelievable.

        Commenter
        Tim
        Date and time
        June 08, 2013, 2:35PM
    • For all you retailers out there, you don't need a separate app to your website for your online store. Like The Iconic, a responsively designed website will do the same job. Just saying.

      Commenter
      Nan Allen
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      June 07, 2013, 3:19PM
      • svpply is just like shopstyle, just UK based and a bit better all round really.

        Commenter
        opine
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        June 07, 2013, 4:24PM
        • The Mens Shop - best prices, regular sales, good customer service. Range is expanding, too. This is more for your business wear, however.

          Commenter
          mick
          Date and time
          June 07, 2013, 5:12PM
          • The internet is ideal as I am naturally shy :) and don't really want to see shop assistants. R B Sellers is a great option for those not wanting to leave Hicksville. Shoes at Rivers on line and I am dressed, apart from having to go to the post office. Australia Post charges for delivery, but refuses to deliver to the edge of town. Can't wait for an affordable 3D printer, to print my own courier.

            Commenter
            StHilarious
            Location
            Hicksville
            Date and time
            June 07, 2013, 5:47PM
            • If your so shy ,then you might as well stay home and shop till you drop eh?And the other ads posted read just as clearly ,dont they?Realistically,friends of mine who are gay guys do like to shop online because they feel akward trying on clothes in front of other men?Idont get it,anyway,thats what they say.

              Commenter
              Jane
              Date and time
              June 09, 2013, 11:00AM

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