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KristinKristinJuly 22, 2021
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If you are someone that has a passion for fashion, then you have probably considered opening up your own boutique. Being a shop owner can be an exciting prospect, but there is no denying that it can be a difficult task. 

These days a lot of clothing stores that open up to the general public have a very low survival chance and if you are someone that lives close to any shopping malls then you may have noticed that a lot of clothing stores quickly disappear. If you want to run a successful boutique, then your best chance of survival is setting it up online. 

Online stores have a much better chance of survival and also have lower running costs, which means that you don’t have to worry about getting into financial debt, but running an online business still has its own risks. Here is a guide to running an online boutique. 

Planning your Boutique

Just like owning a real life boutique, a lot of planning needs to go into making sure that your boutique looks good and operates well.  One of the main parts of making sure that your boutique operates well is making sure that you have a well designed website. If someone was to walk into a real life boutique, they wouldn’t purchase anything if the facility was a mess. This is the same for your website and if your website does not look good, then people will be unlikely to buy from your boutique. 

We recommend deciding on an overall theme for your boutique, as this will make designing the page and purchasing your clothing items much easier.

Building Your Webstore 

One of the first steps to ensuring that your online shop is ready for use is building the actual webstore. Now, if you are just a standard business owner then you may not have received the training for creating your own webstore and for this reason we recommend that you employ someone who has plenty of experience in webstore building.

You have to make sure that your webstore works effectively as this is the main way that you will source your income, so if you have any problems with the website then you could potentially miss out on days worth of profit. For this reason we recommend that you have regular diagnostic checks to make sure that your website is in working order. 

 

As well as having someone that maintains the general running of your website, we also recommend that you employ a web designer to ensure that your website always looks good and up to date. 

Establishing A Payment System 

When it comes to payments on an online store, it is not all as straightforward as it is in store. There are a long list of things that can go wrong when it comes to payment systems online and so you need to make sure that you have a secure payment system set up. 

You can use a third party ecommerce service such as Shipbob, but if you haven’t heard of Shipbob then you may be wondering, is shipbob a good ecom fulfillment service?We recommend taking a look for yourself and examining whether or not it fits your website. 

If you are someone that wants to keep it simple, you can go for simple bank transactions. We recommend pushing a Paypal check out as there is more reliability in Paypal than other transaction sites. 

Boosting your Brand

When you own an online business, you do not have the luxury of someone just stumbling into your business and checking it out. For this reason you have to make sure that your branding is as effective as it possibly can be. We recommend setting up a social media page as this is the easiest way that you can get your brand out there. 

Making a social media account means that you can speak directly with any potential customers that you may have. It also means that you can keep everyone up to date with what is happening with your brand, which will make your customers feel as though they are more involved with your company. Social media also offers the chance to promote your posts, which will only get your brand out there more.


KristinKristinJune 28, 2021
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If you consider yourself to be somewhat of a fashionista, you may be on the constant lookout for a brand new stylish item to make a statement with.  As summer is approaching, we are all ditching our winter clothing and slipping into something a little more comfortable and far less warm.

Dresses are the signature outfit of the summer, as they require very little styling and are incredibly comfortable and cooling. However, you may be bored of wearing the same dresses all of the time and want to find a fresh style to make your own. Here are the 8 most stylish dresses you will simply adore.

 

Little Black Dress

No matter what time of year it is, every single woman needs to own a little black dress. A little black dress can be pulled out on any occasion and will be sure to stun the room. The little black dress is a timeless look that has been impressing the world for decades and every iconic woman in the world has made a statement with this dress.  Think of the Princess Di revenge dress, which was a little black number.

Maxi Dress

If you are someone that wants to be comfortable and cool, then you need to get yourself a maxi dress. The best part about maxi dresses is that you don’t even need to put too much work into styling them as they are so large, they essentially are the outfit. Match a maxi dress with a stylish cropped jacket and then you are ready to hit the town while looking fabulous. Maxi dresses come in many different styles, so you are bound to find one that you will absolutely adore.

The Strawberry Dress

The strawberry dress has been making fashionable women swoon for the last year or so. This dress is very hard to get your hands on, but when you do you will feel the most fashionable you have ever felt in your entire life.  You may have seen this dress all over the internet as many influencers have been styling it to fit their own personal aesthetic. This look is not only cute, but it is extremely well made and if you are someone that appreciates the craftsmanship that goes into designing clothes, then you will be very impressed with this dress.

Abaya

Who said that fashionable dresses are exclusive to just one culture? Even if you are someone that cannot necessarily show off a little skin this summer due to religious reasons, you can still look fantastic in an Abaya. An Abaya is a flowing wide-sleeved dress and is one of the most popular Arabian dresses out there due to how comfortable it is. This type of dress comes in many different styles and colors and it is popular to decorate this dress with gems and other embellishments. This dress can work on any occasion and is extremely versatile.

An off the Shoulder

If you are someone that loves the look of an exposed clavicle, then you may be interested in buying an off-the-shoulder dress. Off-the-shoulder dresses come in many different lengths and cuts so you are bound to be able to find a dress that suits your style and whatever event you plan on going to. The off the shoulder look has been a staple look for the last one hundred years and it doesn’t seem to be going out of fashion anytime soon, so be sure you stick with the trends and get yourself an off-the-shoulder dress.

Bodycon

If you are someone that is body confident and has an attitude to match, then the bodycon dress is the dress for you. This dress is tight to the body, meaning it will show off every curve that you have. If you are someone that works hard for their figure, then you may want to show it off. This dress is the perfect dress to do this. It is getting extremely hot recently, so the less material you wear the cooler you will be, this dress is perfect for achieving a cool body temperature.

Aline Dress

If you are someone that isn’t as comfortable with your clothes hanging to your body, then you may prefer a more shapeless aline dress. This kind of dress is extremely popular right now and has been seen plenty of times on international catwalks.  If you are someone that enjoys keeping up with the latest fashion trends, then you have to get yourself an aline dress. If you want a bit of shape from your A-line, you could always add a stylish belt to cinch in the waist and add shape to your look. However, we recommend that you just rock it as it is.

Sweater Dress

Even though it is getting hotter, some of us are still naturally cold people. For people who feel like that, we recommend that you get yourself a sweater dress. Not only will a sweater dress keep you warm, but they are extremely comfortable. If you are going on a casual hang out, then a sweater dress always makes for a fashionable and comfy look. Many brands have their own kind of sweater dress and so if you look at your favorite brand, then they will have a sweater dress that you are bound to love and look fashionable in.


KristinKristinJune 10, 2021

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Unless you are someone that isn’t particularly interested in the ins and outs of fashion, you have probably stared at yourself in the mirror and wished that you dressed better. It has happened to the best of us, as for whatever reason, many of us are incapable of purchasing the clothing items that we would love to wear, or we simply do not know what we would want to wear at all. 

For a lot of us picking out an outfit is no easy task. No matter how passionate you are and how much you care about what you wear, not all of us were born with the natural ability to be able to style and put together our own outfits. As the more romantic time of the year is approaching, those of you that are stylistically challenged may be worried about what you will wear on dates or go out. Here are 7 romance-inspired outfits perfect for passionate dressers.  

 

The Strawberry Dress 

Something that took the world by storm last year was the strawberry dress. This dress made all of the girly girls out there revert back to their childhood dreams of wearing a beautiful floaty dress. It wasn’t just the style of the dress that lured us in, but the pattern that was used. This dress has a delicate light pink strawberry lining that is the epitome of cute. If you are someone that wants to let their hair down and enjoy a girly day out, why not look into purchasing the strawberry dress. 

 

Fall Romantic 

Fall is the most romantic time of year. This is the time of year when you can cozy up with the person you love and go on romantic dates. Fall also means that you can dress up in comfy clothes. It is hard to argue that fall clothes are not the most fashionable of the year, so why not put together a cute jean and comfy jumper combination that will be perfect for your upcoming fall dates. 

 

Cute and flowery 

There is nothing more romantic than flowers. If you are someone that loves romance core, then you need to have a signature floral look in your closet. If you are a girl, you can match a cute floral skirt with a plain top or vest and if you are a boy, why not add a floral shirt to your lineup. Floral looks are extremely cute and if you are someone that loves to take an Instagram picture and you were lucky enough to receive a rose bear this year, then you will be able to take some cohesive pictures. 

 

Tailored suit 

Now there is nothing hotter than a tailored suit. No matter what your gender is, there is nothing more attractive than an outfit that fits like a glove and if you get the chance to get your hands on a slim fit suit, be sure to. Anyone that wears a suit instantly looks like they are making much more effort than they actually are, so if you plan on heading on some dates or out on the town in the next few weeks or months, be sure to pick up a suit. 

 

A Tight Delight  

Though some of us are hesitant to show our bodies off, it is hard to argue that anything looks better than a tight-fitting dress or shirt. Dressing like this oozes confidence and quickly allows you to create an attitude that makes you extremely appealing to people, even if it is not an accurate representation of who you are as a person, we could all use an occasional confidence boost. 

 

Cottage Core 

If you are someone that likes floaty dresses, tea party-style outfits, and timeless fashion, then you will love cottage core. Cottage core outfits are the epitome of romance, even if that is not the intention of the people who style themselves. There is an association with the clothes that you can find in the cottage core category that instantly reminds us all of the beloved fairy tales and romantic stories from the past. If you love comfy clothing and effortless fashion, then you would love cottage core. 

 

Gothic Romance 

Who says that romantic dresses have to be all flowery and pink? We could not finish this list without remembering those of us who love to dress a bit more on the dark side. Even if you don’t want to conform to the usual looks associated with romance, it does not mean that you have to forget romantic looks entirely. You can take any classic ‘romance’ outfit and add a splash of black. In fact, the strawberry dress that we previously discussed comes with a gothic sister, which is a black dress covered in light yellow moths.  


KristinKristinJune 2, 2021

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The Best Show on WFMU

Comedy team Scharpling and Wurster release another compilation of staged radio call-ins and interview spoofs

Published: May 5th, 2007 | 10:10am

Since October 2000, the cult radio show appropriately titled The Best Show on WFMU has been making listeners laugh throughout New Jersey, New York City, and eastern Pennsylvania via radio stations 91.1 FM and 90.1 FM as well as throughout the world via wfmu.org and podcast. Every Tuesday evening from 8 to 11 p.m. Eastern, DJ Tom Scharpling hosts three hours of “mirth, music, and mayhem,” which mostly consists of Scharpling’s rants about various topics such as Kevin Smith, the new Killers album, and NYC grocery stores, interactive games like “Come On, Guys” and “I Don’t Get It,” and frequent call-ins from “celebrities,” including Ted Leo, Mr. Show‘s Paul F. Tompkins and Chunklet editor Henry Owings. Scharpling has also interviewed comedians Zach Galifianakis, Matt Walsh and Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

While many diehard fans, dubbed “Friends of Tom,” are devoted to Scharpling, religiously tuning in each week and discussing the show in an online chat, the main attraction often comes in the form of audio sketches involving Superchunk drummer–turned–comedy writer Jon Wurster. He and Scharpling first became friends in 1993 when they bonded over their love for the TV series Get a Life, and in 1997, the duo debuted “Rock, Rot, and Rule” during Scharpling’s first WFMU radio show. The call featured Wurster as Ronald Thomas Clontle, a terribly misinformed music critic who had written a book dividing bands into three categories: those that rock, those that rot, and those that rule.

“We’d been talking on the phone for months, and eventually it was decided that we should probably try to do something on the air,” Wurster recalls from his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. “And it went fantastically, and people were calling in to argue with me. And so from there on out we just kept doing it.”

Over time, the duo have developed a structure for its comedy bits that basically goes like this: Wurster calls into Scharpling’s show as a new or recurring character, and the initially innocuous conversation devolves into a tale of utter absurdity, culminating in the “caller” either threatening to physically harm Scharpling or getting harmed himself. The natural rapport between the two comedians would lead any unsuspecting listener to believe the call is real … at first. But after while, one learns to discern Wurster’s casual tenor from that of the average caller, no matter how it’s disguised.

Amazingly, the pair never rehearses beforehand. “We’ll kind of talk on the phone and one of us will have an idea,” Wurster explains. “[Then Scharpling] gets kind of the layout and I’ll actually write a lot of it down, how it’s gonna flow, some actual lines here and there. And then I’ll send Tom some notes on it, and we’ll discuss it a little more the day of the call, and then we’ll do it.”

“When we go into the calls, we know the spots that we have to hit to tell the story,” Scharpling adds. “Sometimes there’s 15 things to hit, and the calls are pretty much scripted out beat for beat. Other times we can keep them pretty loose just as long as we get to those spots, and the rest can be improvised and filled in and that keeps it really exciting.”

The fifth and latest release on Scharpling and Wurster’s own label, Stereolaffs, guarantees plenty of laughs for new and longtime listeners alike. Titled The Art of the Slap, this three-disc, super-sized compilation features some of the best bits the duo has performed on-air since October 2005. Scharpling does a follow-up interview with a man who got sucked up into a tornado and uses his second chance at life to start his own version of Girls Gone Wild. Regular character Philly Boy Roy talks about “The Running of the Cheese Steaks” and the psychic abilities of his chain-smoking 15-year-old son. And Corey Harris from major label alternative rock band Mother 13 calls in to gives a two-part account of his band’s trip to the top of Mt. Everest with the Polyphonic Spree and Buddy Guy, who all suffer terrible fates.

Scharpling and Wurster’s progressive, somewhat nerdy humor seems perfect for a listener-funded, freeform radio station, but both comedians have expanded into other media. In 2002, Scharpling was the first writer hired for the TBS television series Monk, having previously worked as a writer’s assistant to the show’s creator, fellow WFMU DJ and feature film writer Andy Breckman. Wurster is currently working on an episode for Cartoon Network’s Squibillies, and both helped write episodes for the next season of Tom Goes to the Mayor. Wurster also contributes to Modern Drummer magazine and plays with the likes of Robert Pollard, Rocket from the Crypt, and Jay Farrar.

But they’re not ready to stop doing The Best Show on WFMU … yet. “We’re planning on doing some visual stuff for later in this year, and it would be nice to see what we could do with that, but I wouldn’t want to end it right now,” Scharpling says. “I still think we have stuff to do. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, [but] I think we have worked it up to being something that’s kind of special, and we’re at full-strength right now.”

 


KristinKristinMay 25, 2021
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 Whilst the conflicts of the 20th Century was an absolute tragedy they have inspired many things today that you may not be aware of. Many popular video games have been based on the events of the 20th Century including games like rainbow siege six, if you’re currently playing this game and struggling then you can find rainbow six siege hacks online to help you with the game. Another thing that came, as a result, is the style inspiration, military-style clothing is a prominent trend. It has been in fashion a long time and it seems unlikely that it will go out of fashion anytime soon. If you’re wanting to achieve that military-style look then we have 6 great tips for you. 

 

The Trench Coat

The trench coat is by far the most iconic military-inspired item of clothing. If the military look is what you’re going for then you have to buy a trench coat as no military look is complete without it. Burberry was commissioned to create trench coats during the war as they needed suitable outerwear for the conditions that they were living in, after this he developed the trench coast as we know it today. There are many variations to the original trench coat long, short, or even colorful. 

 

 

The Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket is a very versatile jacket that tends to go with any outfit you’re wearing. Many people don’t know that the bomber jacket was originally used to keep pilots warm in cockpits as many of the cockpits that they were flying in were so thin there was a chance of freezing. The original bomber jacket was made from leather and was much different from the lightweight bomber jackets that have been in fashion for the last few seasons. 

 

Chino’s

Chino’s now has the reputation as the perfect pants for any events you may be attending that have a smart casual dress code. They are most commonly spotted on college campuses so it may be surprising that Chino’s were originally designed for war. They were based on khakis and played an important part in helping to camouflage soldiers that were stationed in India. Chinos paired with either of the jackets mentioned above is a great military-style look. 

 

Desert Boots

Desert boots are another popular fashion item that is vital to achieving the military style that you want. These boots are popular as with the bomber jacket they are versatile and they are also made with high-quality fabrics. These boots were initially made for soldiers that were stationed in Burma in the 1940s as they needed more comfortable shoes and suede was the best material available.  

 

Cardigan 

This is usually one of the most surprising items that were originally developed for military use. It was developed for those soldiers who were fighting for Britain in the Crimean War, originally, they didn’t have sleeves but the designs were quickly changed to include long sleeves. Now cardigans are one of the most popular items of clothing from every age range from old-age pensioners to children at school. This is another great item to purchase if you’re trying to achieve a military-style look. 

 

Combat Trousers

Combat trousers are another iconic piece of military clothing that any person wanting to achieve a military-style look will need in their wardrobe. They were designed in the First World War as soldiers needed pockets to hold medicine and now they have become trousers that are worn on casual days. Combat trousers and a trench coat are the 2 most important items getting that military style.  


KristinKristinMay 10, 2021
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The world of fashion involves so many things that it’s hard to keep up with all the details. If you’re an aspiring fashionista then you’ll be really interested in how to get into the field, what the latest trends are, how you can make your mark in fashion and how to get into the best fashion shows. On top of these exciting things, there is so much more you must consider when your dreams of a job in fashion are starting to become a reality. Working in fashion involves long days, lots of overtime, stressful weeks leading up to fashion shows, and even legal issues like how you copyright your work as there is no worse feeling than your designs being stolen or being sued for creating a design too similar to someone else’s. Even accidentally copying another designers’ clothes can cost you your reputation in the fashion industry.  

What is Copyright?

Copyright is one of the main ways for an individual to claim their work as their own and prevent others from copying it, it declares that something that is your own intellectual property. This gives you ownership over whatever it is that you’ve copyrighted whether that’s a design or a product and the legislation is dealt with under the Copyright, Design and Patents Act. Copyright comes up automatically when someone thinks up something new, for anything to be copyrighted it needs to be original and the owner will need to have used skill to create it. If you’re in fashion and you’re having some trouble wrapping your head around how copyright works with clothes then you might want to get in touch with a lawyer. If you’re a lawyer who’s looking for new cases then you may want to consider leads in the fashion industry, legal leads are extremely important to lawyers so you can expand your search by finding leads in the fashion industry too. 

Can you copyright clothing designs?

The simple answer to this is that some clothing designs can be copyrighted, but in many cases, they can’t. Anyone involved with the law will know that it is never that simple, whilst there are rules put in place to try and simplify it there are always several exceptions to these rules, this is the case with copyrighting clothing designs. As clothing is often so similar is has always been a difficult task for judges and lawyers to determine to what extend clothes can be copyrighted. The law around copyright isn’t put in place to make creators rich but rather to encourage more creativity, this is the only way that things advance in any field and if everything were copyrighted then things like medicine would be much less advanced than they currently are. The main rule for fashion is that clothes can’t be copyrighted as in the eyes of the law their main purpose is to provide us with warmth and allow us to meet the public standards of decency.  

The Main Exception

It seems very simple at first, as the main purpose of clothing is to keep people warm it does not fall under the copyright act as the need for people to have clothes outweighs the need for a designer to be able to copyright their work. This gets more complicated when you consider that there is an exception to this that states that features that can be identified separately from the aspects of clothing that are useful can be protected by copyright. In simpler terms, this basically means that if part of your clothing was taken off the clothing and it met the requirements for copyright then this part of your design can be copyrighted.  

There have been some famous examples of this. There was once a long case about whether the design on a belt buckle could be copyrighted, the question that was asked to decide did the belt buckle also has a visual function to it, one that is separate to the use of the buckle holding the belt together. It was found in court that yes, it does, and this set a precedent for most sculptured designs like jewelry.  


KristinKristinFebruary 27, 2021
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We have all heard the term ‘net worth’ thrown around in many different instances. Usually, we encounter discussions of net worth when we are discussing the worth of celebrities or trying to understand news articles that constantly tell us how much money Billionaires are worth. However, if you were to ask your average person what net worth really is, they may not be able to explain it. There is no wonder why, as the net worth isn’t necessarily talked about in education or even brought up to people who make an average salary. Some people think they may know what net worth is, and if you are one of these people you may be surprised to learn that you’re not getting the full picture of what net worth is.

 

Common misconceptions

Many people believe that net worth is determined purely by the amount of money that someone has in their account. This is in fact a very common misconception and working out your net worth is a little more complicated than that.

 

What is net worth?

To put it plainly, your net worth is essentially the total value of all of your assets, minus any liabilities that you may have.  This includes the worth of any property that you may have, such as your home or a business that you may own. You add this total to whatever amount that you have in your bank account.

However, simply adding together all of your equity does not equate to your net worth and is not an accurate representation of all that you own. It is fair to assume that you have some sort of financial liabilities in your life, such as a mortgage or a car loan. These can not be forgotten when you are trying to work out your net worth, so you need to deduct your outgoing to get an accurate representation of what you are really worth. If that is confusing to you, then an easy way to work it out would be figuring out how much money you would have in your bank account if you sold all of your possessions and took away any outgoing costs that you have.

 

Positive and negative net worth

Though you may not have heard of it before, as well as having a positive net worth, you can also have a negative net worth. This happens when your liabilities outweigh the value of your assets and can often appear when you have a lot of your property bought via finance.  Though a negative net worth may seem scary, it is actually an extremely common occurrence. This is especially the case if you are a student or you have just left college and you are still paying off your student debts. Usually, when people first leave education or become a member of the working world, they have a negative net worth. This is because at that point people usually have more debt than property, but this can be changed within a number of years.

 

Is it important to know your net worth?

More likely than not, you won’t really ever need to know what your net worth is. However, in a time where we have a lot of outgoing and incoming costs, it can be difficult to keep track of how much money we really have. After all, with modern bills such as phone bills and continuous subscriptions, it can all add up without you knowing. When this happens, we can be led to believe that we have more money than we really have and so it is best to know our true worth so that we can comfortably have control of our finances.

 

Different types of net worth

As there are vast differences in the wealth system, it is understandable that there are different ways to measure net worth. Aside from the basics of positive and negative net worth, there is also ultra-high and high net worth. But you may be wondering, what’s the difference between ultra high net worth and high net worth?

As you can probably tell by the name, there is quite a big difference between those with a high net worth and those with an ultra-high net worth. People with high net worth have between one million dollars and ten million dollars, which is a substantial amount of equity. However, people who are considered as ultra net worth usually have over ten million dollars.

 

How can you improve your net worth?

The best way to improve your net worth is by getting rid of any loans or financial obligations that you have, once you have completely eliminated the costs that you have then you will start to gain a positive net worth. There is no point in trying to increase the property you own if you still owe money to others.


KristinKristinFebruary 16, 2021
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Opening any new business is a very daunting process and creating a new shop within the fashion boutique industry is no exception to this. If you want to be successful as a shop owner then it is important that you take all of the necessary steps to create a solid foundation that your business can grow upon. You shouldn’t rush into things and every little detail should be thought about before you even consider opening your store to customers.

 

Sourcing Stock and Premises

The first thing to do when it comes to opening a new boutique would be to find the perfect location for you and your company, the location of a shop is often overlooked and many new owners admit to going for their premises-based on price and not location. Of course, you should be looking for a good deal but when you are reliant on passing trade you should consider which location is going to get you the most customers. Many businesses fail due to the simple fact that they are positioned too far away from the main shopping area and a business like a boutique that is heavily reliant on its in-store sales means that location is vital to your business’s success.

Once you have finalized your boutique’s premises it is time to start looking at where you are going to purchase your stock, depending on your company you may already have contacts in the design industry and it would be a good idea to use these if you have them available. Sourcing stock is a very intricate process as you must make sure the clothes you are selling match up to the style of shop and business that you wish to open. There are many retailers out there who will offer a better price for a stock that is bought in large amounts so you should shop around for the best deal where possible. You can find many bulk clothing retailers such as toplineclotheslines, so you should look online for a retailer with a style that you like.

 

Hiring Staff

Your shop will require extra staff to help carry out the running and maintaining of your new boutique, it is important that you interview potential new recruits before you take them on as you will require staff that provides the right image for your store. Finding potential candidates should be easy as you can advertise online that you are looking for people to hire. I would argue that younger recruits are favorable as they will be able to help your customers with finding the right clothes, however, age shouldn’t be a determining factor and as long as your staff is presentable and efficient with working around the shop then you should be able to put together a high-quality team.

 

Advertising

Once you have put everything in place in the set up of your new shop and you are ready for the opening day you should be thinking about the way in which you are going to introduce your new store to the public. With proper advertising and organization, you could set up an opening day event to encourage more customers to come into your store and spend their money. An event like this is a great idea as it also spreads the word about the existence of your boutique and encourages a lot of customers to come in and see what you are offering.

 

Creating a good Aesthetic

With smaller boutique businesses there are already a lot of competing establishments in existence, with this in mind it is vital that your shop has a unique and intriguing design quality to encourage customers to choose your store over another clothing retailer. One of the main aspects that sets boutique retailers apart from the mainstream high street stores is the unique pieces that can be found, you should try and source clothing stock that is a bit different to make your store more enticing. If you are able to create a unique aesthetic in both the stock you sell and the design of your shop then you should see pretty good results in terms of sales and the number of customers who visit.


KristinKristinFebruary 7, 2021
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It can feel pointless at the moment to put effort into your accessories when they’re a few people to show them off to. However, as with all aspects of our dress, it is important to remember that you are dressing for yourself not other people. Wearing a bright pink bow or adorning our fingers with rings in the shapes of skulls might not have passed in your work environment but you can get away with them at home. In fact, being at home means that if we want to wear our dinosaur hat all day long then we can do so without fear of judgment. So, I implore you to spend this time experimenting with your weird and wonderful accessories in the freedom of your own home. To help I have compiled a list of six of the current hottest accessories brands.

 

Accessorize

It is no surprise that Accessorize made this list, it is named after all for its range of accessories. This high-street staple produces bags, hair accessories, and jewelry that are on trend at affordable prices. Their sister brand Monsoon focuses on fashionable clothing, so at sites where their shops are combined, you can find accessories that perfectly match your clothes allowing you to buy your entire outfit in one go. Their pieces appeal to those of any age, with some items specifically targeted for older or younger customers. So, no matter your age, you are sure to find the hottest accessories for your generation available.

 

Gucci

No matter the year or season, Gucci will always be on-trend. The brand was created by Guccio Gucci and is based in the city of Florence in Italy. Whilst they do produce clothing, their main focus is on accessories. If you can afford their high prices, then their world-famous handbags or golden belts are must-haves. Their pieces are iconic yet timeless so can be well worth their high price tags. Their recent collaboration with North Face has ensured that not only are their items durable they are also practical.

 

Blackshore

Blackshore is a British coastal clothing company that offers a range of handmade designer bags, the most famous of which being their canvas duffle bags. They are made in the local style of Norfolk, using the same type of canvas found in boat covers which makes them waterproof. Their unique style mixed with sea proof practicality helped to win their place on the Make It British’s list of top 30 British made bags. So, if you would prefer to support more locally independent companies instead of worldwide brands then why not spend your money on a well-crafted handmade item from Blackshore instead.

 

Audemars Piguet

Accessorising isn’t just for women. There are plenty of brands dedicated to accessories that cater to men as well. Audemars Piguet is a high-quality fashion brand that specializes in watches ad clocks. The company was founded nearly one-hundred-and-fifty years ago in Switzerland, so they have had plenty of time to perfect their craft. Their quality watches have become a must-have for any professional gentleman.

 

EMP

As stated earlier, we can use our current time at home to experiment and explore accessories that might have gotten us strange looks if we were to wear them in public. EMP is a website that has merchandise from various brands from Disney to My Chemical Romance. They have many fandoms to choose your accessories from including Marvel and Star Wars, and they are always up to date with the hottest TV shows and bands. They also do unlicenced items that cater to a more gothic or grunge look if that is more your style.

 

Claire’s

They might not appear to be the hottest accessories to older audiences, but when it comes to popular accessories for children and teens, Claire’s always has it covered. Whether the latest trend amongst tweens is to wear massive rainbows in their hair or earrings in the shapes of fuzzy pompoms, Claire’s will have it stocked. If you have children in your family and you are unsure of what to buy them, then you can be assured that anything you buy for them from Claire’s will be on-trend, however garishly so.



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