Which Chinese stores are the best to buy clothing and accessories?

Made-in-China clothing and accessories are one of the most popular product lines in the Chinese foreign trade industry. For this reason, the number of international online fashion stores based in China is unbelievably big. For buyers, too many options sometimes could become a trouble as making a smart choice is not so easy. This post will introduce the best Chinese global shopping sites to buy various kinds of apparel of accessories by wholesale or retail.

Since apparel and accessories are a huge category, I think it could be more helpful if I list the stores by sub-categories of clothing and accessories. The following online trading companies are not necessarily professional fashion suppliers. Some may be comprehensive shops where you can buy varieties of products including fashion. Anyway, most of them focus on selling dresses, tops, bottoms, skirts, blouses and other types of clothes for men, women or kids. While most fashion shops also offer a limited range of fashion accessories such as shoes, scarves, jewelry and watches or handbags, some may not carry any accessories at all. Comparatively, it is the easiest to find clothing and accessories for women and kids from the online Chinese market while it is the toughest to find clothes or accessories for men or women of older ages.

Best stores to buy special occasion dresses

1. Lightinthebox.com: a NYSE listed comprehensive shop but focuses much more on women’s fashion; best known for high-quality and professionally designed wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, evening dresses, cocktail dresses, graduation dresses and any other types of formal or semi-formal dresses. It is also the one-stop shop for all sorts of wedding accessories like headpieces, wedding veils, wedding wraps, wedding shoes, wedding garters or wedding petticoats.

Wedding Dresses by Lightinthebox.com
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2. Milanoo.com: a world renowned online fashion retailer offering all kinds of fashion stuff. Special occasion dresses are the backbone of the store but other fashion sub-categories and home and garden supplies are also their big revenue earners. Like Lightinthebox.com, they provide custom-tailored formal gowns or semi-formal gowns directly to customers all over the world.

Strapless Mermaid Trumpet Sweep Celebrity Dress by Milanoo.com

Image courtesy of Milanoo.com

3. Merledresses.com: a veteran online retailer of wedding dresses, party dresses, prom dresses, evening dresses and other special occasion dresses. Likewise, it carries a huge selection of wedding accessories and you can shop everything for a new bride there easily and on a friendly budget. Quality is one of the best rated natures of the dresses offered by this site. I am personally most attracted by the gorgeous styles available there – they tend to easily arouse people’s desire to purchase one home right away!

4. Didobridal.com: a Shenzhen-based fashion store with years of experience in offering special occasion dresses. They do not have their own designers and most dresses offered by them are inspired by world popular trends and tailored by factories or workshops in Suzhou, which have built long-term co-operative relationship with the shopping site. Wedding accessories and women’s lingerie (especially corsets and bustier) are also among their hot-sellers.

5. Amormoda.com: a professional special occasion gown supplier offering competitive prices and free shipping. Rare Chinese fashion stores provide free shipping on heavy items like formal gowns but Amormoda does. The style options at this site are also very impressive. It is a young store but enjoys good customer ratings all around the world.

As formal dresses or occasion dresses require higher standard of tailoring craftsmanship as well as better fabrics, you are encouraged to choose stores with better capacities and better reputation and professional stores of special occasion dresses like those mentioned above are usually the better options. Of course, the very condition is that they are legitimate trading companies and you can be confident in ordering dresses with them.

As for casual clothing, sports clothing, office clothing and other more commonly sought after clothing and accessories, you don’t have to stick to fashion stores only. Some comprehensive shops may be also a good option, depending on which sides you care about most. For example, if you emphasize more on styles, go for the stores with bigger category of fashion and accessories or the stores with better designing standards; if you think pricing is extremely important to you, virtual stores covering everything especially wholesale shopping sites could deserve checking out.

Better stores to shop for general clothing and accessories

1. Romwe.com: an increasing Chinese fashion brand offering self-designed and self-tailored high street fashion products. Vintage styles are their best specialty.

Fashionable Daily Looks by Romwe.com
Image courtesy of Romwe.com

2. Sheinside.com: a globally popular made-in-China fashion designer and supplier. It is also well known for unique retro styles and classic styles which can build elegant looks for the wearers. I often mention this site as “a graceful fashion site filled by elegant outfits for women”.

3. Sammydress.com: a powerful fashion retail company possessing a huge range of apparel for men, women and kids. There you can also find plenty of shoes, bags, lingerie, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Unbeatable variety of clothing and accessories and competitive prices are their best attraction among all competing fashion sites located in China.

4. Martofchina.com: a fashion wholesale shop with varieties of women’s clothing, men’s clothing, cosplay and costumes and fashion accessories at low wholesale prices. Retail orders are also accepted. In terms of degree of reputation, it is not as widely known as Sammydress.com, though its product range is also quite impressive. Ultra low pricing is what makes them worth a try.

5. Myesoul.com: a store specialized in selling Lolita dresses, Lolita coats, Lolita shoes, anime pillows, catsuits and zentai and other cosplay and costumes. In this field, Milanoo.com should be an even better option in terms of professionalism, credibility and capacities as it started its business from selling cosplay and costumes and in recent years I witness a robust growth of the site on the global market.

In addition to the above listed fashion stores offering clothing and accessories that fit common occasions, three comprehensive shopping malls are also worth considering when it comes to purchasing cheap made-in-China clothes and accessories: DHgate.com, Aliexpress.com and Dinodirect.com. The former two are wholesale trading platforms for small and medium-sized merchants and buyers while the last one has its own warehouses. The commonalities about the apparel and accessories offered by these sites are: more style options and lower prices. However, trading with them involves a big risk: since the clothes and accessories are made by various manufacturers, the quality standards are significantly uneven and thus undependable.

Still remember Lightinthebox.com and Milanoo.com? While they are the best options to buy special occasion dresses at reasonable prices, they are also good places to search for trendy outfits to create stylish looks for home, office, travelling or dinner get-togethers with family or close friends. Lightinthebox.com even has an officially registered self-own brand for this type of clothes: TS clothing.

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