Plus Size Fashion Shopping Online

50I 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!

9 Shopping Streets of London for Photography Addicts

49Imagine you are visiting one of the busy streets of London, where Londoners and tourists are busy in shopping, and you are busy in capturing the moments where they are enjoying the shopping.

London is a very lively city with several streets. Each street has its own story and distinct identity, especially the shopping streets are quite bizarre with eccentric themes which can enthrall you for capturing people’s reaction and feelings in the camera.

Just take a walkthrough to London streets and spend several hours or a whole day in capturing the excitement of shop-o-holics and window shoppers.
Here, we have listed the names of a few London’s shopping streets which can give you countless moments and stories to embrace in your camera.

  • Oxford Street: This is the most popular street of London for shopping with more than 300 shops, landmark stores, and designer outlets. If you are a real shop-o-holic, then you cannot go without a plethora of overflowing bags. And, if you are a street photographer or a traveler who has a kind of flair for capturing bustling streets, then Oxford Street has a lot of, including famous department stores, flagship fashion store and the veteran and legendary Selfridges. You can also walk down to the side streets to capture some blissful activities of people.
  • Regent Street and Jermyn Street: Far from the bustling crowd, Regent Street shows the elegance with city’s oldest fashion stores and famous shops. The classic street is best for fashion shopping with numbers of mid-range fashion stores. You can catch the classy and elegant appearance of the street and the people wandering over there in your camera. Don’t forget to move your feet to the Jermyn Street, which is known for its ancient British feel and men’s clothing shops.
  • Bond Street and Mayfair: If you want to capture the shopping craze of high-profile people and celebrities, then step your legs toward Bond Street and Mayfair. You can also do luxury window shopping while snapping the dummies wearing designer clothes and people doing window and real shopping. Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. are perched here to make your photographs exclusive.
  • Camden: You can find a lot of stories and moments to share through your camera. Gothic fashion and punk clothing can give your camera countless moments to capture something bizarre. Piercing and tattoo shops on Camden High Street can give you the exposure to go little weird in the street photography. Well, don’t forget to zoom in your camera at Camden Lock Market.
  • Notting Hill: This street gives you a plethora of stuff to give a great feel to your photography addiction. Stores for vintage clothing, quirky things, antique items, and organic food is the best site to spend the whole day for capturing varied street views, stories, and people’s feelings.
  • King’s Road: Extensive range of designer shops, boutiques, high-street brands alongside an array of restaurants and cafes- all are available at King’s Road. You can even find the best example of interior design in several stores which can double your enthusiast for picture-taking.
  • Carnaby Street: One of the oldest streets between Oxford and Regent Street, which is known for its saga of culture and fashion, is good to enhance your photography experience. This market street is a group of 13 streets with about 150 brands, 50 restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs, designer shops, and boutiques. You can capture the chaotic expressions of people roaming here for shopping and dating. You can also get the chance to click the still pictures of shopping events and live music shows.
  • Knightsbridge: Prestigious brands, trendy stores, famous department shops- this street is full of stunning shops and glittering elite. You can find the people who always love to keep in the fashion string at this street doing fashion shopping at Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and several other big fashion stores, boutiques, and high-street brands. So, it can give you plenty of moments to increase the count of your pictures at Knightsbridge.
  • Covent Garden: If you want to go little quirky, then you must walk through the shopping street of Covent Garden. Here, you can find people buying quirky gifts, rare sweets, funky cosmetics and shoes, and latest urban streetwear. The artistic beauty can be explored through art and craft stores situated at Covent Garden.

Online Shopping Factors That Affect Fashion Trends

48Online shopping is becoming more popular nowadays alongside with the seemingly endless innovations in technology. The success of online shopping business is rooted to several factors, although there’s no single recipe to become a successful online retailer. Online shopping has a significant contribution to the highly diversified and fast changing fashion trends. If checking a diamond has 4 C’s (clarity, carat, color and cut), online shopping has 5 C’s, as listed below.

Convenient shopping- Convenience is the most prominent keyword when discussing the benefits of online shopping. No hassle of going in and out of an actual store just to find out that you’re most dreaded pair of jeans is still out of stock. No wasted time for falling in line just to pay for a single piece of accessory that you have been waiting to arrive at store. If you were from the other side of the globe, you can still enjoy the same fashion trends that people from the other side are enjoying because you can simply order online, and have the latest designer bag delivered to your doorstep.

Comparing products and brands – Various products of competing brands can be easily compared with each other while you’re just sitting before your monitor, your laptop or your tablet. Everything is posted online and virtual shoppers could easily check the similarities and differences between products and brands they are choosing from.

Cost-effective and affordable products available – Since there are many products competing for one customer, prices tend to go lower by following the law of supply and demand. If there are more supplies than what is being demanded, prices go down, making products become more affordable and cost-effective for online buyers.

Customer service and after-sales assistance- It may be surprising but more of the online shoppers nowadays are affected by the reliability of the after-sales service of online stores. This is highly observed among online stores that sell gadgets and other products that may need technical assistance in the future. Customer service reliability is also measured in terms of providing a good ‘return policy’ should the purchased product arrives in defective condition.

Courier factor or the lead time delivery – Going online means going global as you target a wider market. To become an effective online store or retailer, the courier factor or lead time to deliver is quite a big factor. No consumer would ever want to receive their Christmas decors on New Year’s Eve already. Lead time to deliver is also critical factor for fashion industry, as fashion trends easily move through time.

The Pros and Cons of Online Fashion Shopping

47So 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?

Cheap Online Shopping

46The hottest fashion statement of this season certainly has to be to dress as bold as possible. And the best way to display your boldness can be by wearing spaghetti, tube or lace dresses.

All the big celebrities have been seen wearing them at red carpet events. Both the spaghetti and tube dresses help to display the toned upper physic of the wearer. Here in this article we shall attempt to decode this new fashion forward trend.

It is widely assumed that the people that wear these two types of dresses need to have a perfect figure. But the truth is that these two options are readily available in a wide variety of lines and figure like the fit & flare or body con silhouettes that are sure to fit any body shape and type. If you are in the mood to spice things up then go with the top that has cuts on its side or those that are detailed with lace.

You do have to admit that when you look at your closet you must be sitting in-front of it wondering what to wear. If you are a little confused as to which dress to wear to a party then the best and safest bet would be to go with the spaghetti dresses. If you want to increase the glamour factor to your outfits or wardrobe then definitely get this look.

On the other hand if you have a business engagement in the morning and a casual plan to catch-up with your girl pals later in the day then you obviously cannot go back and forth in changing clothes. So instead wear a tube dress. It is great for both the occasions and will help you save a lot of time.

So versatility of the tube dress does make it the most ideal choice if you want a dress that will look good at a formal event, casual outing or party. You can also add some layers to your look if you think that tube dresses are getting a little too boring.

The only thing to worry about when wearing a spaghetti or tube dress is to choose the right inner wear. Most women prefer to wear strapless bras with these dresses, so make sure that they give you good support, otherwise you can always go for a stick on bra.

Dresses in lace have always been a favorite with the ladies and this season too they attracting a lot of attention. The lace fabric is very soft to touch and the variety that is available will surely satisfy your fashion cravings. Lace dresses are also very comfortable to wear, look beautiful and are feminine too.

There are so many ways that lace dresses can be made to give a bold and sensual look. Some of the styles that you can wear are mini lace dresses and backless dresses. The best part about lace dresses is that they are fashionable without being too pricey. If you are not too sure or confident in wearing a full lace dresses then you can always detail your tube or spaghetti dress with beautiful lace. But if you like to experiment then we suggest that you pick a bold vibrant colored backless lace dress; you will be the talk of the town because of your bold fashion sense!

You can easily search for these high-on-the-glamour-quotient dresses online and also find very cool accessories to match with the look that you want. All these items are available at online stores and are really affordably priced. And this is the reason that more women are now doing cheap online shopping as compared to a couple of years back.