October 16

The Top 7 Men’s Fashion Shops

The top 7 online stores for men’s fashion and clothing have been chosen based on many different aspects. These include product range, brand profile, customer service, the general look and feel of the site and the price point of its clothing.

  • Oipolloi.com – This Manchester based store is one of the best independent mens retailers in the country with a massive fashion following. Oipolloi stock brands such as Acne jeans, Apc clothing, Barbour, YMC, Superga, Fred Perry, Trickers, Stone Island, Belstaff, Converse, Clarks, Folk and many more. Oipolloi has an online store which runs along side its Manchester boutique
  • ASOS.com – ASOS has become one of the biggest online retailers in the Uk, it has seen a huge amount of growth in the last 5 years and has completely re-shaped its image since its launch. ASOS stocks both designer clothing brands and also its own collections which are fashion led pieces. The website also uses celebrity style to back up their own massive range of products. ASOS stocks brands such as Acne, Quoddy, Marc Jacobs, Paul Smith, Unconditional, Ymc clothing and many more.
  • My Wardrobe – The My wardrobe websites has undergone some recent updates, and having been predominantly a ladies boutique when it launched it has seen strong growth since its started training. The My Wardrobe online store now sells a selection of mens clothing. The mens clothing launched a few seasons ago and is also growing, with more brands being added all the time. My Wardrobe stocks Apc clothing, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, Marc Jacobs, John Smedley and Grenson shoes.
  • Coggles – Another great independent online retailer with a massive selection of top mens and womens designer brands. Coggles has won numerous awards over the years for it excellent customer service and quality of brand profile.The Coggles website has a unique search option which allows customers to browse collections and styles of clothing quickly and easily.
  • Dogfish – Dogfish has stores in Norwich and Cambridge and stocks brands such as Folk clothing, Nudie jeans, Nike, Ymc clothing and many more denim brands. It has a great reputation as being one of the best places to shop in the East of England.
  • Topman – If you’re looking for high fashion items at cheap prices then Topman is the place to shop with a massive selection of mens clothing and footwear. There are stores in all the major cities in the UK and more opening in the US.
  • Kiosk 78 – This store is based in Leeds and is a relatively new kid on the block, the store launched 2 years ago and has quickly become a firm favourite for mens fashion followers. Kiosk 78 stocks Apc clothing, Folk clothing, Nom De Guerre, and Shofolk.
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October 16

Online Fashion Shopping

Jeans, tops, jewelry, bags, shoes, accessories. These are just some of the basic items that constitute to what women’s fashion consists of, and what you will find in the wardrobe of every woman all over the world. After all, what are women famous for if not for their women’s fashion apparel that comes in all sorts of shapes, designs and styles and is ever changing according to the style trend of the moment.

In the old days, if women wanted some new fashion or clothing item, they would manually have to go out to the department store or to their favourite boutique and pick out what they like. These days however, times have changed and thanks to modern and technology and a little thing we call the internet, it is now possible for women to purchase their jeans, tops, jewelry, bags, shoes and accessories through a new medium – the internet.

The internet is indeed a beautiful tool, because it allows us to access it anytime and anywhere, regardless of where we are in the world or what time of day it is and it is easily accessible to everyone. And you can get anything and everything you want on the internet too, no matter what it is from fashion clothing to jewelry, to bags and shoes, you name it they’ve got it online and in all the latest trends, styles and colors too.

Another thing about the internet which makes it such a popular medium for shopping for ladies fashion clothing is that you can get a wide variety of styles from anywhere across the globe. The internet is not restricted by geographical boundaries and you can easily access anything you want from anywhere around the world. And if you happen to see a fashionable piece of clothing that you like, you can purchase it there is no stopping you as long as you have the means to pay for it.

One another great tip? You can access all the latest trends and styles of all the ladies fashion you want, from any designer you want! How great is that? This will definitely thrill all those brand-conscious fashionistas out there who are always on the lookout for the latest developments from their favourite fashion designer because now they can get their hands on it with just a click of the mouse, it is that simple.

With the internet, your options are not limited as well, because you have access to shops and boutiques from all over the place. This means that you are able to compare products, compare prices, compare stores against each other until you find the one that offers you the best value for your money and offers you something which you like instead of having to settle for second best, as you probably would do if you were to hunt for your ladies fashion clothing the old fashion way by manually going to the stores and boutiques.

Because the internet can give information about anything and everything we need related to fashion, it is not merely restricted to clothing either. You can also get other tips from the internet, such as tips on garment care, washing tips, hot trends, fashion clothing, fashion horoscopes and so much more.

The internet is in fact a great tool for shopping for women’s fashion clothing today and judging from the latest trends, it will only keep getting better.

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October 14

Plus Size Fashion Shopping Online

I am often surprised by people’s reaction when I tell them that I bought my latest dress off the Internet. They cannot understand how I could take the ‘risk’ of buying something so personal online, without even touching or trying it on first. This is the most common feedback I get from many friends and relatives when they compliment me on my new outfit, ask me where I got it from and I tell them… online!

The thing is, most of this feedback comes from people who are size 10 or less and who do not understand how much of a distressing experience clothes shopping can be for a lady who is size 20.

I remember when I was younger hating going shopping with cousins or friends. Most of the time I used to end up being their shopping assistant instead of their fellow shopper; not finding anything that I liked which was in my size, would usually leave me no other option. I could not understand why most stores could not open their eyes real wide and realise that most women are curvy! It felt (and still does feel) so unfair to me that most of the fashionable styles of clothing are not available for plus sized women.

My shopping experience changed from night to day when I discovered plus size clothing stores online. I could not believe the amount of stores available online for plus size women. Stores exclusively carrying plus size fashion; apparel and accessories that looked good and that was in my size. I was ecstatic at my discovery, this eased so many of my shopping problems.

I can now say that over the years the amount of plus size stores available online has grown tremendously, and the quality of fashion available has definitely improved. Plus size store online are now able to satisfy all tastes, occasions and sizes.

I have decided to share these thoughts with you to encourage fellow plus size women who may be looking for that special outfit, or who simply want to shop for more clothes, to consider the option of shopping online because, believe me, it will open many stylish doors for you!

Here follow my seven essentials reasons why I personally shop online for most of my clothes and why I am recommending online shopping to all plus size women.

1. Size availability

Finally you no longer have to worry about whether stores carry the item you like in your size, because plus size stores online cater exclusively to plus size women’s needs. That is, they usually carry items from size 12 or 14 to size 48 and above! Most stores have their own size ranges, as some may stop at size 34 for instance while others may carry items up to size 50. This usually varies on a store by store basis.

2. Endless choice of styles

When you are out and about shopping in the usual stores, you are rather limited to the styles of clothing available at one store. Some stores may focus on formal wear rather than casual, and some may not carry swimwear or lingerie for instance. This inconvenience does not exist online. Why? Most plus size clothing stores online carry a wide variety of styles. Plus, it is easy for you whilst you are shopping around online, to switch from one store to the other if you are looking for a different style.

3. Ease of shopping

I don’t know about you but shopping is one tiring chore; walking around big stores, out of this one and into the other. By the end of the day your feet will be aching; makes you wonder why you go into all their trouble in the first place! Shopping around on the Internet just to see what’s in stock, what’s in fashion and what the price ranges are, can be done at just the click of a mouse. You can tirelessly click your way from store to store.

4. Greater selection

When shopping online for clothes I usually find that I am open to a more vast selection of items than when I’m otherwise shopping in usual stores. A store’s web-site usually lists all the items available within that particular store, so you can view everything online. The fashion available to plus size women online from the various stores available is simply endless; you will find stores to suit every taste, age and size. You will find the right store for you!

5. Save those pennies
Looking for the best priced item is much easier online. Imagine you have found an item that you would like to buy; you could easily make a note of it by book-marking the page, and before actually buying that item you can browse around the other plus size clothing stores to check whether they carry the same or similar items at a cheaper price. There are also a lot of promotions and sales going on at online plus size stores. Some stores may choose to keep you updated to their promotions by emailing you monthly newsletters, which will keep you up to date with money saving deals, coupons available and discounts.

6. Friendlier shopping experience

I don’t know about you but one thing I really hate is the nasty attitude and looks I get sometimes from shopping assistants when they tell you, “Sorry we do not carry that in your size!” Seems to me like they need some chocolate in their system! You will definitely not get any of that from most plus size stores online, as they understand the needs of big beautiful women and the friendly customer service reps are usually plus size ladies themselves.

7. Convenient!

This is definitely my favourite perk of shopping online. It is simply convenient! You can shop whenever you what, at what time you want and you can even shop in your pyjamas! You have ample of time to think about your purchase, look over the items you want to buy over and over until you make you final decision. It is just all about you and your time.

Overall shopping online is much more of a pleasant experience. Personally I shop online for a wide range of stuff, due to time constraints and everyday life; however even if I had all the time in the world I would still opt for shopping online when looking for new clothes and accessories as it is much more of a satisfying experience. I recommend online shopping at plus size fashion stores to all the big beautiful women who have trouble finding outfits they really like and which fit them well. The Internet will make you love shopping and your figure!

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October 13

Can Perfect Information Be Applied To Fashion Shopping?

When thinking through a potential purchase, the only sure fire way of knowing if you are getting a good product at the best price is through having complete knowledge of the entire market. In Game Theory and Economics, the concept of having complete knowledge about the environment is called ‘Perfect Information’.

As with all theoretical concepts, actually putting Perfect Information into practice is incredibly difficult, perhaps even impossible, to achieve a complete implementation. There are endless reasons why this is the case. Before the rise of the popularity of the web, practicality was a big factor. Shopping would usually be done in the town you lived in or through mail order. It would be hard to find everywhere in the town that sold what was being looked for and shopping around for the best price would take hours, even days. The web changed this; it made it possible to browse through potentially hundreds of suppliers and merchants and quickly compare amongst them.

Even with the power of the internet, Perfect Information is still not a real possibility in the truest sense. The vast quantity of places that you can buy from is quite prohibitive to thorough research. The biggest obstacle, however, is perhaps the manufacturers of the products themselves. Perfect Information is of great benefit to the end user and purchaser of a product, but is undesirable for the manufacturers and the retailers. Armed with complete knowledge of the market, the consumer will know exactly where to go and what to buy to get the best deal. This invariably leads to retailers and manufacturers having to engage in a price war to be able to remain competitive. Price wars are already commonplace in high-volume, low-value markets such as food and school clothing. Price wars give an immediate advantage to the customer as they pay less for their goods, but over a longer period of time they result in lower standards of customer service and product quality and may also lead to several organizations going out of business. It is for this reason that manufacturers and retailers are keen to avoid price war and why so many manufacturers of high-value products are very strict about the prices and the imagery used by the retailers that sell their products.

One of the best examples of products that have very tight restrictions on pricing and brand imagery is the fashion and designer clothing industry. Many big name fashion brands have spent decades fine tuning their products’ places in the market with aggressive marketing tactics to ensure they retain complete control over how retailers sell their clothing. To the retailers, this means that for certain brands they have almost no flexibility in the prices at which they can sell their inventories to customers. To the customer, this means that wherever they go to shop around for the best deal for a fashion purchase, they will rarely find anywhere with significantly different prices.

Instead of competing on price, retailers have had to find different ways of attracting customers. The most common method is in the level of customer service they provide and how far they are willing to go to ensure that every sale results in a happy customer. Other methods include ensuring that the styles of clothing on offer are different from other retailers. For big name brands like Levi’s or Wrangler, this is perhaps the most common way of differentiating between retailers. Giant brands like these tend to have lots of styles each season, far too many for a single retailer to stock all of them. There is also the retailers’ usage of regular promotions and coupons that are kept in circulation. Coupons are very rare in the fashion world but they do exist, although they are often only available against certain stock and for very limited times.

Despite all of this, customers can still get a good deal by shopping around on the internet. However, they first need to rethink what it means to ‘shop around’ in the modern marketplace. It is unproductive to browse between individual merchants’ websites hoping the right product at the right price.

Now, there are websites that exist that allow you to almost automate the shopping experience. They keep an aggregate index of each merchant, along with every brand and product that they sell. This way, a customer can search for what they want as they usually would but the results they get back will be from every possible match. For example, if a customer is looking for Levi’s jeans, they simply go to a fashion aggregate and click on the Levi’s section. They will then be shown the jeans that are in stock at every merchant on the site. The customer can then sort through the results by price or by merchant to find a product they would be happy with. Once they have made a selection, they are offered a direct link to where it can be purchased from. Some of the more advanced aggregation services also keep profiles of each merchant and brand so the customer can see if there are any offers, sales or coupon codes available or to read reviews that other users have left about merchants.

In summary, while a complete implementation of Perfect Information is not really possible in the fashion and designer clothing market, there is a viable alternative. Fashion aggregation websites enable the customer to make an informed decision on their special clothing purchases without wasting their time searching every retailer individually. They can also be confident that they are buying from a trustworthy merchant by reading about other customers’ experiences with them. The convenience offered by a well-designed fashion aggregator is not quite the consumer utopia of Perfect Information, but is a very close second.

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