Here's the best time to shop on Net-A-Porter (and how to become a super VIP)

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Whether you're looking for the next it designer bag for autumn/winter, or the designer shoes to invest in, there's nowhere quite like Net-A-Porter to satisfy your designer cravings. Unfortunately, it's not exactly a well-kept secret, and hot items often sell out before you can add them to your basket.

So we thought we'd ask the pros at NAP to share their top shopping tips to make sure you never miss out, including which is the best day to shop there. And did you know there is such a thing as an Extremely Important Customer, and that you get a host of extra bonuses if you are one? Keep scrolling, and don't forget to check out our Net-A-Porter vouchers whilst you're here.

Net-A-Porter new drops

‘What’s new’ on NET-A-PORTER drops three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with over 800 new styles a week. Shop the most exciting recent capsule and launches also within the ‘What’s New’ drop down tab - currently this is Gucci Kids

Instagram Shop’ – one stop shop for everything that is featured on the NET-A-PORTER Instagram.

How to shop out-of-stock items on Net-A-Porter

NAP allows you to add anything from the site into your Wish List, it notifies you if the piece is low in stock or back in stock if the piece has sold out. You can also check out the ‘Back in Stock’ – this section of the site allows you to shop all the sell-out items which are now back in stock.

‘Exclusives’ section – directly shop exclusive collections and designer capsules. ‘New Season Now’ – This section allows the customer to shop everything that is new from the upcoming season.

New Designers to NET-A-PORTER’ allows the customer to explore the list of products from all the new designers which have recently launched on NAP.

'Trending Now' stories also give you an indication on the latest trends. At the moment for example: animal print, basket bags and pastels. This allows the NET-A-PORTER customer to shop the latest trends with an edit of our buy curated by our stylists for each individual trend.

How to find out what other people are buying

If you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, there is a Net-A-Porter live section that shows you what women around the world have in their baskets right now. Fascinating.

How to style your outfit

How To Wear It – when shopping for an item, you get suggestions of other products to go with it, from shoes to jewellery, with great style tips of how to best style and wear the item.

How to become an EIP on Net-A-Porter

An EIP is an 'extremely important person.' These are the most engaged customers who have access to premium shopping services, enjoying many exclusive benefits listed below. EIPs are designated a personal shopper and have special early access to view ‘What’s New’ 24-36hrs ahead of the onsite launch. As an EIP, you also get complimentary premium delivery and are able to shop new designer launches and exclusive capsules before anyone else and reserve next season’s collections.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.