Have you heard about The Outnet? It’s a shopping Mecca for label lovers seeking bargain designer womenswear and accessories. Brought to you by the team behind fashion website Net-a-Porter, The Outnet hosts time-limited discount shopping events. The idea is to give shoppers the same thrilling sale experience as they might get at Selfridges and Harrods — but without the sharp elbows and “sale rage”.
But, as I write, The Outnet is falling prey to its own online version of the sales crush. Its much-touted £1 First Birthday Sale is sparking a furore as it has caused the website to crash… with many a crestfallen fashionista berating The Outnet’s big web fail: marketing an event aggressively, then being unable to handle the response.
Technical difficulties aside, The Outnet does a lovely line in lingerie. Current highlights for small-busted shoppers include triangle bras by Miu Miu and gorgeous sheer chemises from Stella McCartney. But turnover is fast: this is no place for the indecisive shopper… you’ve got to get it before it goes.
This Gina Peeping Chemise by Stella McCartney, £74 (RRP £245), caught my eye. A pretty cotton-blend chemise, it has adjustable chiffon-trimmed straps. The sweetheart neckline and hem have a scalloped-chiffon trim. The button fastening at the back has a keyhole detail below and there is a small silver-tone logo stud at end of one shoulder strap. Just gorgeous.