July 4

Solving Online Fashion Shopping

Every woman has been enamored with pop media images of Carrie Bradshaw and her closet full of stilettos, gazing lovingly into a store’s display window that displays her current obsession – designer shoes, and having a hard time with an attire because it is some vintage creation of a dead French designer. Ah, what women would do to have that ideal of tagging six shopping bags on a windy afternoon with three of your girlfriends, hopping from one store to another and enjoying some retail therapy. Alas, this only happens on TV. When a girl is stuck in a town with a center that has a diner, a gas station and a supermarket, there is simply no way shopping for loop earrings or 3-inch pumps, or even wholesale sunglasses is easy.

But then, that is where online fashion comes in. Doing fashion, shopping online is an answered prayer for all sorts of people. There are those who don’t like the shopping experience. They think that shopping entails too much effort and money and feel that it is inconvenient for them to spend too much time on shopping. There are also people who love to shop, but are too busy with their daily lives, having to deal with family, work and other matters. Then, there are also those who, like the example given earlier, do not live in areas that resemble New York. There are just not a lot of stores in some places, and some avid shoppers have to drive for miles on end just to go to an outlet store that unfortunately, is not at all as glamorous as women shopping on TV. Besides, how can you take advantage of low prizes for bulk items like wholesale sunglasses when you keep on buying through actual stores?

Wherever you are in the world, online fashion, shopping makes it possible to gain access to merchandise from so many shops, brands and inventory. There used to be three matters that made a lot of shoppers uncomfortable with the idea of shopping for fashion online. First is the idea of items that do not fit. This concern is very crucial to fashion items because customers may suddenly discover that since they did not fit the items before purchasing them, they turn out not fitting well. That issue has been resolved by a majority of online fashion retailers as they now offer free returns and exchanges. The second concern is with regard to the length of time items are delivered. It used to be that online shoppers complain that by the time they receive their ordered items, the fashion is already ‘last season’. In the world of fashion, being timely is important as trends become passé all too quickly. Nowadays, though, online stores offer delivery times for as fast as three business days even on international addresses.

The last concern would be with regard to people who love online fashion, but live in obscure locations. Aside from times for delivery considerably slower, earlier online shops also charged exorbitant delivery charges especially to customers abroad. However, couriers nowadays have tie-ups with international delivery companies, making deliveries first to a US mailing address before shipping in bulk to international destinations. This process all in all makes delivery charges way more affordable for customers.

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July 3

Fashionable Shopping Bags For Every Woman

Shopping bags are very common and can be used not only for shopping but also for various other purposes, such as holding school text books, various cosmetics, diapers, and of course the groceries. These bags are actually considered all-around bags due to their multipurpose usage.

For example a woman can carry a fashionable shopping bag with her while keeping in it many things including the trusted cell phone and wallet. These bags have usually a few small inner compartments which are dutifully used by every woman owning one of these. Actually the more compartments, the more crevices to store things, the higher the chance of the bag being bought right away. Many bags also come with long handles and straps, allowing the fashionable shopping bags to be held on the shoulder.

Particularly nowadays with the new ecological movement in Europe and the rest of the western world, fashionable shopping bags, also called eco-shopping bags are very customary. Instead of buying a lot of totes each time when shopping, a multipurpose shopping tote allows any woman carry a lot of things in it. Just imagine prior when women had 5-6 different bags in her hands how difficult it was specially if one bag happened to fall from her hands. Now though the situation is different. These reusable bags are big enough to handle a lot of load and shopping and they are also money saver. This is because now you don’t have to keep buying bag after bag during shopping. Now all you need to do is take it with you on your way to the grocery store and fill it up with everything you need to buy.

These days the shopping totes can be easily called fashionable as they are made of several different materials, colors and styles. For example for a truly fashionable experience you can choose the leather bag which is modern and very suitable for the corporate environment. One made of a lighter material can be easily used to hold the running shoes, towels and other accessories when you are on your way to the gym. So no matter what you are using them for, fashionable shopping bags are great for every occasion.

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July 2

The Pros and Cons of Online Fashion Shopping

So let’s just break it down a bit to find out the Pros and Cons of it all so we can figure it out. So what things come to mind when it comes to comparing both, well let’s see;

Convenience

Pros: So you don’t have to drive off, take a bus or the train to your favorite store which that saves a bit of travel cash. You don’t really have to work around your job hours as you can probably shop from your smart phone on your break. Cons: It is less fun since it means you are not going to enjoy a trip to the mall. Also, sometimes when you go shopping you come up a bit short on cash to buy that cute sweater and you miss out on the convenience of borrowing money from a friend.

The Skinny: OK, this is a bit more of a Pro than a Con but that is still debatable, unless you are that friend who is always lending the money.

Store Layout

Pros: No physical layout means with a well design website you get to what you want when you want it. You will not be pressured by a store owner’s layout to dig through their preferred design to get to the brands you want.

Cons: It can be argued that the store layout is half the fun of visiting a local store. With all the multiple posters, sales messages and product placements you go into a store thinking you will only spend $80 but you come out with so much more.

The Skinny: This is probably an individual choice and to each their own on if they like store layouts or not.

Discreet Shopping Experience

Pros: No one needs to know what you are buying, when you are buying it, who you are buying it for, how much you are spending or where you went to buy it.

Cons: This sounds so lonely! Isn’t showing off to everyone what you are about to purchase half the fun? Plus you know the next day you can talk to your friends about the time you spent at the store looking at that cute skirt you almost purchased.

The Skinny: Unless you really enjoy the publicity of shopping in a local store, then the Pros have the edge here. But then again it does seem a bit lonely without having a store employee attend your needs.

Excellent Prices

Pros: With fewer overhead the items cost less to maintain in-stock so it is cheaper for the consumer to purchase. If you factor in that certain purchases can be exempt of taxes (depending on your state) and you also deduce the average cost of your transportation to the store, you will be saving a substantial amount shopping for your fashion selections. Cons: I beg to differ! You only really save on transportation costs if your purchase with free shipping, and most stores require a minimum purchase before that kicks in so unless you were planning to purchase their minimum to begin with it wasn’t an advantage. And even if it did save you money you still lost time, it can take several days to get the outfits you want after you have paid for them.

The Skinny: Better prices are a good argument that most people make for the Pros but it is a give and take where you accept the lower cost for a delay of delivery of fashion goods. So it comes down to balancing the choice of time vs. money most of the time.

By no means is this list complete as there are several other factors not covered such as; samples, hours of operation, customer service, reviews, reliability, variety, etc. as this article was more of a basis on online fashion shopping, not a straight comparison vs. local fashion stores, but we can see that the Pros of this type of shopping have created a competitive option in the fashion world and will continue to dominate certain areas for the near future. So what is your opinion about online fashion shopping?

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July 1

Fashion Shopping

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Shopping for something special, even as recently as ten years ago, was something that you did during a shopping trip into town. In some instances you ordered your special outfits from a printed mail order catalogue.

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Nothing wrong with that at all, it’s just that ten years doesn’t seem that long. It doesn’t seem long enough to have witnessed an astonishing shift in social habits that the Internet has produced. So great is the impact of the Internet, that it is now possible to create an entire business empire dedicated to fashion shopping without the huge costs of having a high street presence, and in a fraction of the time.

Internet shopping is now an everyday occurrence for most of us, so it’s hard to believe that it’s only fourteen short years ago that the first Internet shopping transaction took place in the US, when a single compact disc was sold online. Sales have rocketed from that single ten or fifteen dollar purchase to this year’s estimated sales of over 45 billion pounds in the UK alone. Of that 45 billion pounds a massive proportion of that will be spent fashion shopping.

Quite where that leaves the traditional bricks and mortar stores is anyone’s guess. For you and me however, shopping for something special is now an activity without restriction. If you’re anyone in fashion or fashion retailing, then you’re online. Without a web presence you’re traditional fashion shopping public will forget you in an instant and they’ll spend their hard earned cash elsewhere.

So just what can you expect as a modern day keen fashion shopper? Well to begin with, there is choice like you’ve never experienced before. If you choose, you can still visit the high street and you can still order from a printed catalogue, but add to the mix the Internet and you have a whole new fashion shopping ballgame.

Even the staid old mail order catalogues have a website now; in fact it’s some of the more familiar mail order brands that are leading the way when it comes to website innovation. Many of these sites now offer some of the best names in fashion and they display them on their sites in some truly original ways. Online catwalk fashion shows, superior zoom and pan features and a broader range of sizes from petite to plus size, make your familiar old catalogues the first place to start your fashion shopping.

Clearly the Internet is more than a passing phase. Shopping online is here to stay and with every retailer worth their salt investing in this technology, you can bet your boots there’ll be more exciting innovations to follow.

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