There’s a love-hate relationship when it comes to globalisation. Love, because it brings the world closer to us, such that previously unattainable overseas goods are now available at the click of a mouse and the keying in of credit card details. Hate because that also means it opens up a plethora of sites and we now have way more options than before to spend our dollar bills. Talk about information overload! One such site where the pressure might be too much would be Taobao. With more than 8 million stores on the site right now, it’s definitely not easy to navigate and find out what you’re looking for, especially if the Mandarin language is not your strong suit. And so, we’re here to present 10 of Taobao’s fashion sites that have been tried and tested by us at &Whyte which we are confident would suit the minimalist in you.
When you pop in JHXC’s site, the first thing that comes to mind is comfort. Think oversized tops and athleisure inspired outfits amongst others. That’s not to say the style is compromised by comfort. In fact, the outfits look so good that you can’t wait to pair it off with your newest sneakers, a baseball cap and take an OOTD shot beside a textured wall just like them.
Liangxin’s brand identity personifies the modern woman today, empowered, all-encompassing and unapologetic about it. While the cuts might seem daunting to some as being too feminine, they also have power suits to cater to the lady boss suiting up to fight the corporate war.
Brand: AMII Redefine
AMII Redefine’s collection reminds us of MUJI’s simplistic designs. Whereby the outfits feature a much rounder and looser cut. This thus creates more emphasis on the details and the quality of the outfit. Most of the fabrics used are linen, which is a perfect material for our sunny weather climate.
Brand: INSO Collection
INSO Collection’s pictures are almost always against a white surface, with natural lighting being used to bring out the look of how the materials flow on the model’s body, giving you the illusion of almost being able to touch the fabric. The outfits are suitable for those who want to look effortlessly chic on weekends.
Brand: WBW Shop
WBW has been our go-to accessories shop for a while now. The designs are simple and yet stand out
as statement pieces that are suitable when pairing with all kinds of outfit for all occasions.
Brand: Unlimited Non-cycle
A unisex store, Unlimited Non-cycle sports androgynous looks with the occasional asymmetrical cuts. Their pieces are perfect for days when you want to go for a fuss-free yet edgy style.
For the office ladies out there who are looking to spice up their wardrobe, look no further! 花田原创’s outfits are
sure to get the approval from even the most stringent of bosses. Their array of statement dresses will turn the heads of office men and have your female colleagues hit you up to ask where you bought them from.
Brand: A7 Seven
If you’re a Hallyu fan, then be sure to check out A7 Seven, whose style is heavily inspired by the fashion capital of Korea. The site is adorn with oversized overall dresses, sweaters and jackets that’ll capture the coldest of oppas’ heart.
With power fashion houses such as Rick Owens popularising monochromatic wear, it is easy to see how many brands are also jumping on the bandwagon, with YBS being one of them. Their monochromatic ensembles and boxy silhouettes finished off with chunky soles will definitely please those who are into statement black and white pieces in irregular cuts and textures.
Brand: Chic Ven
If you’re new to the workforce and am having a hard time transitioning from casual wear to office wear, Chic Ven might be able to help you ease into it. With fashionable pieces that are not only appropriate for work but will also not kill your weekend or after work vibes, we can definitely envision a design intern or newly minted creative donning Chic Ven’s garb and clocking in the overtime hours rushing for a pitch that’s due the next day.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article as much as we have in compiling this list. If you’re a seasoned Taobao buyer, do share with us some of your favourite haunts and perhaps we might even add them to the list! Else, let’s get some shopping done!