Showcase of Beautiful Fashion Websites

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From a web designer’s perspective, it can be very interesting to look at the top websites from a particular industry to see how they relate to their target audience, the different approaches that are used, and how they compare to websites in other industries. The fashion industry consists of companies that make their mark by designing beautiful and stylish items, and by setting trends for consumers, so one could expect to see some creativity and a focus on appearance in terms of their websites also.

In this article we’ll take a look at the websites of leading fashion companies, as well as some fashion news sites, and see when fashion, style and web design come together.

As you browse through the sites that are showcased below, you’ll see some variety, but you will also notice the presence of certain trends. Here is a brief look at a few of them.

Large Photos Link

Naturally, and industry that is very dependent on image will make heavy use of photos and models. Many of the sites use large background images, some will use a slideshow type of approach to feature multiple photos. Going a step further from photos, some of the sites use large video areas on the homepage.

Black and White Link

Black, white and gray color schemes are very popular among the sites showcased here. Simple color schemes are capable of creating an elegant look, plus with so many colorful photos it helps to keep focus on the products rather than on other design elements.

Minimal Content on Homepage Link

There are a few different types of sites showcased here. Most are sites that belong to a particular designer or fashion brand, while other are fashion news sites. Those that are news sites will obviously include a larger amount of content, which means a homepage that can be very involved. However, looking at the sites that represent a designer or a brand, you will see that the majority have very little content on the homepage. In some cases the homepage is nothing more than a large photo and a navigation menu.

Fashion Website Showcase: Link

Net-a-Porter1
Net-a-porter focuses on fashion-related photos, a magazine-style look and a simple navigation without unnecessary Flash-effects. The result is usable and still beautiful (submitted by Andrew E in comments).

Net-A-Porter2

Prada3
Prada’s homepage includes only a large background image and navigation.

Prada4

Paul Smith5
Paul Smith’s homepage includes navigation and a large background image that slides/scrolls from one to the next.

Paul Smith6

Pepe Jeans7
The website of Pepe Jeans uses a white, black and gray color scheme. The homepage includes a large photo that the user can change.

Pepe Jeans

Aquascutum8
Aquascutum uses a simple layout, minimal style and a large image. The homepage is clutter-free and includes little content.

Aquascutum9

Free People10
Free People’s website has received a lot of attention from design galleries. The clothing boutiques site uses hand-drawn and grunge styles.

Free People11

The Sak12
The Sak also uses hand-drawn elements in its design. The site uses a light color scheme.

The Sak13

Ralph Lauren14
Ralph Lauren’s US site uses a white background with a lot of bright colors.

Ralph Lauren15

Ralph Lauren Rugby16
Ralph Lauren’s Rugby website has a vintage background, a lot of color, and a video playing on the homepage.

Rugby17

Armani Exchange18
Armani Exchange’s homepage features a large photo, with black, white, gray, and small amounts of blue in the color scheme.

Armani Exchange19

Giorgio Armani 20
Giorgio Armani’s website is very dark and contains a large video of runway models.

Giorgio Armani21

ASOS22
ASOS’s website has a black background with a white content area. The homepage features a large photo and showcases certain product lines to the right of the layout.

ASOS23

Liz Claiborne New York 24
Liz Clairborne New York uses a very simple and clean layout. The homepage consists mostly of a large photo, and secondary pages are also clean.

Liz Claiborne New York25

Mulberry26
Mulberry’s homepage includes only a logo, navigation, and a large photo area that fades from one to the next.

Mulberry27

Hugo Boss28
Hugo Boss with minimalism at its best: the site has a very simple and calm design with a large photo area. Flash-based.

Hugo Boss29

Issey Miyake Pleats Please30
Very simple, yet compelling design that strongly focuses users’ attention on the products. Flash-based. The Japanese version31 of the site tries to achieve the same aim with a more interactive approach (via @litherland32 on Twitter).

Hugo Boss33

Lacoste34
A very dynamic and interactive site that not only showcases available products, but also tries to entertain users. And it works! Flash-based, music-autoplay included.

Lacoste35

BCBGMAXAZRIA36
BCBGMAXAZRIA’s website showcases and sells their products. The site uses a gray background and the homepage currently features new styles for the spring.

BCBGMAXAZRIA37

Calvin Klein38
Calvin Klein’s website uses light colors and an un-cluttered layout.

Calvin Klein39

Gucci40
Gucci’s website has a brown background. The homepage includes navigation and a large photo area.

Gucci41

Agnes B.42
Agnes B. uses an interesting layout with a large background and a lot of black, white, and gray.

Agnes B.43

J. Crew44
J. Crew’s homepage includes some promotions of current seasonal styles. The site uses a white and gray color scheme, but the homepage includes some blue and orange.

J. Crew

Sean John45
Sean John uses a dark color scheme with a gray background, and a sliding content area that the user can control.

Sean John46

Tommy Hilfiger47
Tommy Hilfiger’s site has a white background. The homepage includes some photos that allow for user interactivity on hover and by sliding.

Tommy Hilfiger48

Louis Vuitton49
Louis Vuitton’s homepage has a large background image with links to sites for specific countries.

Louis Vuitton50

Lucky Brand51
Lucky Brand has a colorful homepage with a large photo and prominent navigation to shop men’s or women’s styles.

Lucky Brand52

Oilily53
Oilily’s homepage has a video area surrounded by purple covered with colorful floral decorations.

Oilily54

United Colors of Benetton55
United Colors of Benetton has a very bright and colorful website that sits on a white and gray background.

Benetton56

A.P.C.57
A.P.C.’s homepage uses a black and white color scheme with a large photo and hand-drawn fonts. The homepage includes links to the online stores for various countries.

A.P.C.58

Net-A-Porter59
Net-A-Porter’s homepage includes a very large photo with promotional links to some specific products.

Net-A-Porter60

Victoria’s Secret61
Victoria’s Secret’s homepage currently uses a very dark red background, but the rest of the site has a white background.

Victoria's Secret62

DailyCandy63
DailyCandy includes fashion-related content among other topics. The site uses a white background and a lot of hand-drawn elements.

DailyCandy64

Dolce & Gabbana 65
The top of Dolce & Gabbana’s website uses three photos as part of the navigation. The lower section of the page includes navigation to specific collections and products with horizontal scrolling.

Dolce & Gabbana66

The Cut67
The Cut is a fashion blog on New York Magazine68. The color scheme is black and white with some splashes of pink and blue. The layout presents the blog in an attractive magazine/news style.

The Cut69

Style.com70
Style.com is a large fashion news website from Cande Nast71, and the home of Vogue72. With huge amounts of content on the site, it’s still easy on the eyes.

Style.com73

Kineda74
Kineda’s dark design is simple, yet beautiful.

Kineda75

Elle76
Fashion magazine Elle’s website has a news-style layout, with the homepage featuring a lot of content. The color scheme is black, white, gray and red with photos adding plenty of color.

Elle77

WWD78
WWD is a news-style website that includes fashion-related content. The site has a dark color scheme with a lot of colorful photos included.

WWD79

Bazaar80
Harper’s Bazaar is a leading fashion magazine. The website uses a black, white and red color scheme. The layout is fairly typical of a magazine or news site.

Bazaar81

Glamour82
Glamour Magazine’s website has a white background with a lot of color from photos and images.

Glamour83

Fashion Served84
Fashion Served is fashion inspiration site from the Behance Network85. The layout is gallery style.

Fashion Served86

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.net-a-porter.com/
  2. 2 http://www.net-a-porter.com/
  3. 3 http://www.prada.com/
  4. 4 http://www.prada.com/
  5. 5 http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/
  6. 6 http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/
  7. 7 http://www.pepejeans.com/campaign/
  8. 8 http://www.aquascutum.com/
  9. 9 http://www.aquascutum.com/
  10. 10 http://www.freepeople.com/
  11. 11 http://www.freepeople.com/
  12. 12 http://www.thesak.com/
  13. 13 http://www.thesak.com/
  14. 14 http://www.ralphlauren.com/home/index.jsp?ab=fd_us_bottom
  15. 15 http://www.ralphlauren.com/home/index.jsp?ab=fd_us_bottom
  16. 16 http://www.rugby.com/
  17. 17 http://www.rugby.com/
  18. 18 http://www.armaniexchange.com/
  19. 19 http://www.armaniexchange.com/
  20. 20 http://www.giorgioarmani.com/ga_menu/EN/home.html
  21. 21 http://www.giorgioarmani.com/ga_menu/EN/home.html
  22. 22 http://www.asos.com/
  23. 23 http://www.asos.com/
  24. 24 http://www.lizclaiborne.com/
  25. 25 http://www.lizclaiborne.com/
  26. 26 http://www.mulberry.com/
  27. 27 http://www.mulberry.com/
  28. 28 http://www.hugoboss.com/
  29. 29 http://www.hugoboss.com/
  30. 30 https://pleatspleaseshop.com/
  31. 31 http://www.isseymiyake.co.jp/
  32. 32 http://www.twitter.com/litherland
  33. 33 https://pleatspleaseshop.com/
  34. 34 http://www.lacoste.com/main.html
  35. 35 http://www.lacoste.com/main.html
  36. 36 http://www.bcbg.com/home/index.jsp
  37. 37 http://www.bcbg.com/home/index.jsp
  38. 38 http://www.calvinklein.com/home/index.jsp
  39. 39 http://www.calvinklein.com/home/index.jsp
  40. 40 http://www.gucci.com/us/index2.html
  41. 41 http://www.gucci.com/us/index2.html
  42. 42 http://www.agnesb.fr/
  43. 43 http://www.agnesb.fr/
  44. 44 http://www.jcrew.com/index.jsp
  45. 45 http://www.seanjohn.com/
  46. 46 http://www.seanjohn.com/
  47. 47 http://usa.tommy.com/#/home_page
  48. 48 http://usa.tommy.com/#/home_page
  49. 49 http://www.louisvuitton.com/
  50. 50 http://www.louisvuitton.com/
  51. 51 http://www.luckybrand.com/
  52. 52 http://www.luckybrand.com/
  53. 53 http://www.oilily.nl/usa/
  54. 54 http://www.oilily.nl/usa/
  55. 55 http://www.benetton.com/portal/web/guest/home
  56. 56 http://www.benetton.com/portal/web/guest/home
  57. 57 http://www.apc.fr/
  58. 58 http://www.apc.fr/
  59. 59 http://www.net-a-porter.com/
  60. 60 http://www.net-a-porter.com/
  61. 61 http://www2.victoriassecret.com/index.html
  62. 62 http://www2.victoriassecret.com/index.html
  63. 63 http://www.dailycandy.com/everywhere/
  64. 64 http://www.dailycandy.com/everywhere/
  65. 65 http://www.dolcegabbana.com/
  66. 66 http://www.dolcegabbana.com/
  67. 67 http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/
  68. 68 http://nymag.com/
  69. 69 http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/
  70. 70 http://www.style.com/
  71. 71 http://www.condenast.com/
  72. 72 http://www.style.com/vogue/
  73. 73 http://www.style.com/
  74. 74 http://www.kineda.com/
  75. 75 http://www.kineda.com/
  76. 76 http://www.elle.com/
  77. 77 http://www.elle.com/
  78. 78 http://www.wwd.com/
  79. 79 http://www.wwd.com/
  80. 80 http://www.harpersbazaar.com/
  81. 81 http://www.harpersbazaar.com/
  82. 82 http://www.glamour.com/
  83. 83 http://www.glamour.com/
  84. 84 http://www.fashionserved.com/
  85. 85 http://behance.net/
  86. 86 http://www.fashionserved.com/

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  1. 1

    i like Bazaar and elle.

    hi

    im first comment WOWWW!!.

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  2. 3

    Nice post.

    You miss the Hugo Boss site. It definately should be within this post. Nice and clean website, simplicity but class.

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  3. 4

    I think you forgot sephora.com :)

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  5. 6

    Out of all of them I like Puff’s the most B)

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  7. 8

    I LOVE fashion websites!!! That’s where I get a lot of inspiration from!! ;) Great post!!!

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    Christopher Bolton

    March 12, 2009 4:17 am

    There is always a lot of money spent on fashion advertising. Due to this fact we usually get very high quality designs in this field. Very inspirational post.

    @wbdsgn

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  9. 10

    nice article once again

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  10. 11

    looks like you also missed out the Oliver Sweeney website too!

    Some great examples here though, loving it!

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  11. 12

    Great list. Urban Outfitters minimalistic approach to their site is amazing in my opinion and belongs on the list. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com. Their site always gives me inspiration

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  12. 13

    Fantastic list!

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  13. 14

    Hmm. Interesting post, but I’ve got to say, most of them look very, very similar. The only ones that stood out of the crowd as something a bit different were Oilily, the Sak and maybe Louis Vutton. Not a lot of imagination in these sites, despite the high quality.

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  14. 15

    hm, it didn’t like my comment (maybe too many links) … once again with less URLs:

    http://www.chloe.com
    http://www.johngalliano.com
    http://www.valentino.com

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  16. 17

    That should be the most important ones. I also think they all look too similar and usability is not rated very high …

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    Francesco Giossi

    March 12, 2009 4:46 am

    :O
    How can you bastardize the name of the best fashion designer in the world, Giorgio Armani, calling him Georgio Armani?

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  18. 19

    Now we know why we have to pay so much money for fashion :-)

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  19. 20

    I like the Victoria Secret website ;-)

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  20. 21

    While the “trend” in fashion websites is big beautiful imagery, what gets lost is the functionality and the actual user experience. I’ve been on many of these sites and been initially impressed with the visuals, but almost always frustrated by how they actually function.

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  21. 22

    Interesting list!
    I have never followed projects like these, it’s obvious that good images are mandatory for this kind of websites…

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  22. 23

    a comprehensive list with some excellent designs, unfortunately I feel that many of the fashion sites are too cluttered with very weak usability…

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  23. 24

    I agree with other comments that although the visual impact of the home page is high with many of these sites, usability is not as good as it might be. It seems that many fashion websites are still based on the outdated model of the double page spread in a fashion magazine.

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  24. 25

    I find fashion websites a great source for inspiration. They really try to push the boundaries of what websites can achieve, through their design and functionality.

    I particularly like agnes b. and Dolce & Gabbana.

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  25. 26

    very weak on usability for the ones that I looked at.

    all Flash based with no alternative content if you don’t have Flash or Javascript enabled.

    Look great with Flash certainly but usability is very important.

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  26. 27

    Amazing post!

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  27. 28

    nice ! thanks smashing mag !

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  28. 29

    Lots of good examples listed here. Always a fan of ASOS as an online retailer, with their quick scannable layout and comprehensive online strategy between their website and their Facebook page. Fits perfectly with their target audience.

    There are a few sites that should be listed there as well for their ahead-of-the-game web presence, especially a couple of Portugal’s Inditex Group’s brands (like Pull and Bear, Bershka…) and Theory for its clean presence that allows for the drag-n-drop create-your-own outfit feature.

    Also there is no mention of any of the brand’s related blog, which can be quite interesting to see how the brand is extended over to the less Flash-reliant blog format. Checkout how Costume National’s 3 clothing lines — each with its own style — extend the brand to 3 different blogs, as well as Yoox’s ever expanding The New Yooxer with the blend of art, fashion, music, etc.

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  29. 30

    I don’t know that i’d say these fashion sites push the boundary – maybe visually – but pushing the boundary would be finding that delicate balance between a site that has an amazing and inspirational design , with a site that’s useable and sends out the appropriate message to it’s correctly targetted market. Some of these come close – but even with the money spent, they lack.

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  30. 31

    the golden rule for fashion websites: Show us some t*ts

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  31. 32

    that tommy site looks pretty cool… who knew tommy was cool again?

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  32. 33

    Hi, i love the benetton website, i think the design is great, and the products are so colourful!

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  33. 34

    Wow, the tommy site really showcases their clothes in a new light!

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  34. 35

    Great web site examples! It’s nice to see there is such a wide variety of design out there in this industry.

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    Webnip Jonathan

    March 12, 2009 9:09 am

    Honestly … the typography on some of these sites <3 !

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  36. 37

    This is in some way a rather shallow analysis. Shallow is not bad, it appeals to the masses. But somehow I find that the sites are being choosed mostly based on the brand popularity, with the exception of Free People boutique. I’m sad that the main ingredient of Free People is not highlighted here, it is what makes the site shine above the rest, in terms of functionality and aesthetics. On one side Free People offers a unique, that features some of the garments in different colors and even some are featured with different models with different hair colors. This is the way any women choose a garment. I can tell from watching my wife. The online catalog is also unique. When you roll the mouse over the different garments a model is using, the garment is highlighted with a stroke and the name is displayed; of course, if you click it you go to the shopping page for that particular item.
    I’m sad you took only some random page (which by the way, the previous one was better, I have it on my site at http://www.ilovecolors.com.ar/amazingly-designed-sites-from-cleaner-to-crowded/) and left aside the true essence that make Free People one of the best fashion sites for electronic shopping. Maybe it is the best.

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  37. 38

    I’m glad that you did a post on the creativity of the fashion industry. Inspiration can truly come from anywhere.

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  38. 39

    Not sure if its just me but the image loading once you rollover is extremely annoying. Totally changes the awesome browsing experience you had.

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  39. 40

    nice collection, the sean john site is really nicely done

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  40. 41

    Really? We had to pick the biggest corporate fashion lines out there that have more than enough money to hire the best ensemble of graphic/web designers? Of course their sites are going to be the best. I think the author could have dug deeper to find some independent designers out there that have equally amazing websites who are far more interesting than Tommy H. or Polo.

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  41. 42

    thailand trend

    alot photo
    colorful
    maximum content on homepage

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  42. 43

    FYI here’s something wrong with your RSS feed… there are some weird spammy-looking entries in it.

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  43. 44

    There’s*

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  44. 45

    @Katy – I don’t see any…

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  45. 46

    I would also add hm.com, their site is always updated and has some amazing features.

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  46. 47

    Yes, Katy is right. There are some weird RSS entries on my Google Reader from SM

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    Thanks for including us on your list! :D

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  48. 49

    Daily Candy sticks out like a sore thumb – images are primarily illustrated and watercolor-esque. I love it.

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  49. 50

    Hi, i love the benetton website, i think the design is great, and the products are so colourful!

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  50. 51

    where are my coments?

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