The Future of Fashion

Fashion is constantly evolving. We see it as trends come and go each season. Major retailers are closing its doors giving way to increased online shopping. Although many may still prefer to try the clothes at a store before purchasing, more people are opting for the convenience of online shopping, especially on websites that offer free return shipping.

As retailers such as Sears, Macy’s, Abercrombie & Finch, and JC Penny fold I can’t help but a sense of sadness to see them go. As convenient as online shopping can be, you can’t replace the experience of going out with your girlfriends to discuss outfit ideas, have lunch or coffee, and the feel of a bonding outing many of us enjoy.

As online retailers are taking control of the fashion market, we see them competing to be the best by offering great rates, free expedited shipping on purchases and return and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. That’s all good until you get the package arrives and nothing fits and the quality of materials is poor.

I don’t know about you, but I’m an instant gratification kind of girl and don’t like to wait days for an item I want or need unless of course, it’s something unique, I just can’t find in a store.

There are however, a few online stores I shop because, after months of hit and miss, I’m able to determine by the product description and prior sizing trial and error, if it fits. Those sites I trust and I’m a repeat customer when I can’t find what I need in stores. Amazon Fashion is my favorite.

The other new trend in fashion is subscription boxes shipped to you with articles of clothing and accessories chosen by an in-house stylist. Companies such as Stitch Fix are becoming quite popular but I must admit, I’m skeptical. Stitch Fix waives a $20 dollar styling fee and a discount if you keep all the items shipped to you. These don’t apply if you only keep some of the items. I think this could get quite expensive if you’re not careful.

Lastly, secondhand stores like thredUp and Poshmark are sites that sell used well in great condition at a reasonable price.

As you see, lots of choices for online purchasing, and more may be on the way. For now, I’ll stick to shopping in-store and order when necessary. Not sure I’m ready to do all my shopping online yet, but as my favorite stores go away, I may have to!

Note: “This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader

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