While the folks at Zara have told us that they’re diligently working on bringing their lust-worthy clothes online next spring 2011, according to Fashionista.com, starting September 2, lucky shoppers in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom will have access to a Zara e-commerce site. It’s hard to believe there are popular brands that still haven’t gone online. Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy perusing through brick-and-mortar stores, but we’d rather skip the crowds. Here are three stores that need to put their goods online, stat–and three similar online brands you can shop for now. 1. Zara Zara is the master of making clothes inspired by designer collections that are affordable and look good. Every time we go to the store, we can’t walk away without buying something–and although an online Zara store is in the works, we’d rather not wait. In the meantime, check out Nordstrom‘s in-house brand Hinge. They sell affordable separates similar to Zara’s that are trend-inspired, but will last past one season: You will wear this Hinge Cotton Twill Boyfriend Blazer ($88) all spring long, and although there’s a major debate about rompers at SHEfinds, this Hinge Silk Romper ($78) will look great on weekends with flat sandals, or for a night out with a pair of heels. 2. Club Monaco Club Monaco is our go-to for non-boring 9 to 5 staples that work well for nights and weekends. Street style photographer Garance Dore shot their fall 2010 lookbook (above), and we’re hoping we can shop for some of these pieces online this season. Unfortunately, there’s no word on an e-commerce site, but try out Banana Republic for your online fix–they also sell non-dowdy work basics: This Banana Republic Silk/linen shirt jacket ($79.50) is great for layering, and a dress cut like this Banana Republic Linen tie-waist dress ($130) will work for almost all figures. 3. H&M An H&M e-commerce site would save us from a bunch of headaches, but although they currently have online stores for Austria, Denmark, and a few other countries, a rep from the brand says a U.S. e-commerce site is not in the works. Sigh. Until the brand smartens up, check out the Bloomingdale’s Aqua line, which is a tad more expensive, but makes up for it in quality. A striped like this Aqua Striped Boxy Tee ($58) is a spring staple. We also love this Aqua Cotton Plaid Shirtdress ($88), which screams summer barbecue. Find out five sneaky tricks to grab designer collaborations first, and then see our guide to the best necklaces, and the best cage booties.
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