Knowing where to shop for women’s streetwear is the first hurdle many come up against when on the hunt for new threads. The high street is hard to navigate, and men’s streetwear dominates the online shopping experience — often leading us to have to settle for oversized apparel from men’s lines.
Here at Highsnobiety HQ, we’ve noticed many of our most-used e-commerce platforms are, however, catching up with women’s streetwear needs. As the line between high fashion and streetwear continues to blur, the likes of Farfetch and SSENSE are expanding their offering, while women-only streetwear stores like Maha Amsterdam and OnTheBlock are also setting a precedent in this space.
Read on to discover the full list.
Specializing in streetwear, luxury, and independent fashion, SSENSE is a leader in the e-commerce space while also operating from a concept store in its hometown of Montreal, which showcases over 400 designer collections.
Ever since its inception in 2003, SSENSE has been at the forefront of blurring the line between streetwear and luxury. Click through below to keep up with the best new women’s lines from brands such as Carhartt WIP, A-COLD-WALL*, and MISBHV.
Founded in 2007, Farfetch was the brainchild of Portuguese entrepreneur José Neves, who has a long track record in the fashion industry and is also the creative mind behind footwear brand SWEAR.
Luisaviaroma’s story begins in 1930, when French woman Luisa Jaquin opened a small boutique with her Italian husband Lido Panconesi on Florence’s Via Roma. Jaquin’s grandson has since taken over the business and transformed what was a small enterprise into an internationally-known luxury retailer.
You’ll be familiar with Urban Outfitters. The store has become a high street leader since its conception in 1970, with a far-reaching list of streetwear essential brands. UO provides a purse-friendly outlet for those looking to shop the likes of Stüssy, I.AM.GIA, and even the store’s fashion-forward own designs and carefully curated vintage selections.
Dover Street Market
Founded by Rei Kawakubo (the brains behind COMME des GARÇONS), Dover Street Market (or DSM for short) first brought its curation of avant-garde fashion to London back in 2004. Today, DSM also counts locations in NYC, LA, Singapore, and Beijing.
DSM is the shop for those who know, championing new designers and an eclectic but esteemed selection of high fashion and streetwear brands. In its time, the store has produced its own collaborations with labels from Vans to Gucci, and remains the destination for all things CdG.
Since 2003, Caliroots has brought forth the best in streetwear and sneakers, from the OG brands to more recent, on-trend labels. Its online storefront is teeming with dope women’s streetwear, including a great range of Stüssy and Carhartt WIP apparel and sneakers from Nike, PUMA, Reebok, and more.
Women streetwear shoppers in Sweden can also try stuff on for size in Caliroots’ physical store in Gothenburg, with a Stockholm location currently in the works.
Opening Ceremony is a pillar of the streetwear scene. Founded in 2002 by fellow UC Berkeley students Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, it came to be following a trip to Hong Kong that inspired the friends to leave their 9-5s and open a store in downtown New York.
OnTheBlock is a webstore entirely dedicated to women’s streetwear. Specializing in not so “girly” designs, it features both established and emerging women’s brands including Stüssy, Dimepiece LA, Daily Paper, and HLZBLZ.
As you can imagine, OnTheBlock was founded by a woman, Josine Michels — a streetwear fanatic fed up by the lack of women’s offerings out there. Now, OnTheBlock is one of only a few European online destinations devoted solely to women’s streetwear.
Need Supply Co.
Based out of Richmond, Virgina, Need Supply Co. started out selling vintage Levi’s in 1996. Since then, it has expanded its offerings to both men’s and women’s apparel, launching its webstore in 2008.
With its tagline “Supplying girls with sneakers”, Naked is dedicated to answering the streetwear needs of women seeking out the latest streetwear. Founded in 2004, it can count two locations in Denmark — one in Copenhagen and the other in Aarhus — and a far further online reach with worlwide shipping.
Like OnTheBlock, The Netherlands’ Maha Amsterdam is a women-only streetwear store. Relatively new to the scene having opened in 2015, the store was born from the desire to provide Dutch women with a platform for contemporary streetwear, broadening the offer to the global marketplace via its webstore.
One of Berlin’s best up-and-coming stores, Superconscious is a project by Nikolai Goutzov and Simeon Dimitrov, who linked up to fulfill their dream of creating a unique concept store in the heart of Berlin’s Mitte district.
Catering to both men and women, today the store is known for offering a highly-curated selection of streetwear and small, niche brands, focusing on a friendly and inclusive culture.
Another Berlin staple, OVERKILL is a go-to destination for sneakers, streetwear, and art. The first location opened in 2003, and has since hosted many special events, limited edition releases, and more.
OVERKILL hasn’t just met the needs of women by allocating a few racks in store, but instead opened OVERKILL Women, a dedicated store not too far from its flagship. Its webstore is home to brands such as Alpha Industries, PUMA, and Vans, all shoppable far beyond Berlin.
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