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KristinSeptember 11, 2021
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It has been an especially difficult time for single people this past year, with the lockdowns putting a dampener on the dating scene and preventing people from having hook-ups. But now the lockdowns have finally been eased it’s time to get yourself back out there. First dates can be somewhat nerve-wracking, even more so when you’re out of practice. So here are some tips on what to wear on your first date to make the best impression!

 

Match the occasion

This may seem like an obvious tip, but it can be quite difficult to know what to wear when you’re going out somewhere you’ve never been before. If your date is something casual like coffee, then dress casual! If they’re taking you to a 5-star restaurant, then get ready to dazzle in that new dress you’ve not had chance to wear yet. If you can research the venue online, look and see if there are any dress codes, as some places may require you to be up to standard.

How casual is too casual?

The last tip is a very simple place to get started when figuring out your outfit, but it can still feel complicated when you desperately want to impress your date. If you have agreed on a casual first date to just get to know each other, then they’re likely not expecting you to come out with makeup ready for the red carpet and high-heeled shoes. Find something comfortable and stick with what you know, if you usually have natural makeup on then do that, if bold eyeliner is your thing, then stick with it! A casual first date is to get to know you, not to impress, so stick to what you normally would do in this situation.

Fancy first date? Dress up!

If a fancy restaurant has been suggested for the first date, it’s likely they want to impress you, and will be expecting the same back. So put yourself out there a little. A black dress can never go wrong with the right accessories, and more striking makeup and a bold lip will match this perfectly. And it is likely that the venue will definitely have a dress code, so if you’re still stuck, or want to do more than a simple black dress then check the site. Or, you could look on Instagram and see posts people have tagged to the venue to get an idea of how others dress and take inspiration from them.

Is this a passionate night, or a spark igniting?

You will also want to consider whether you intend on seeing this person again. If this is a one-night stand, then you can go all out to make it a passionate and steamy night. Wear your best lingerie and cute skirt, put on your heels and be ready to wow them. But if this is someone you are planning on seeing again, or pursuing a relationship with, then you may want to save the best until later, and do just enough to entice them in. Wear a cute dress and boots, or perhaps some jeans and a nice top. You don’t want to give them too much and set a standard for how you always be (unless of course, that is how you always are).

Match the weather

If you’re in a heatwave in the middle of summer, you’re likely not going to want to wear jeans or a jacket. Check the weather in advance so you can play around with that. Will you need an umbrella, or will a jacket do? Is it going to be hot enough to wear a skirt or shorts, or are tights needed? Is chafing going to be an issue? If you’re in the middle of winter and its cold, a jumper dress will be perfect for a nice cosy date out, and it can be styled to be very casual or more done up to match the occasion. If it’s spring then you’ll want to get rid of some of your thicker woollies for a long sleeved shirt and jacket, or a dress and cardigan could work. You should always check the weather so you can be prepared for the worst.

 

Follow this simple guide to knock the socks off your date. But what you should do if a guy suddenly stops talking with you and the date didn’t go as you hoped? Was it your outfit, your hair, your makeup? If it didn’t work out just try again! It doesn’t matter if you didn’t nail the outfit, someone out there will love your style no matter what you show up in. The more dates you go on, the more practice you’ll have at finding the perfect outfit.

 


KristinAugust 24, 2021
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Over the last couple of years, we have unfortunately been unable to attend a lot of the events that we know and love. Due to covid restrictions, all major public events had to be put on hold in order to protect the safety of those who were going to possibly attend. This means that no concerts, big celebrations, or festivals were able to proceed, which means that many of us are craving a good public event to attend in the next year.

If you are someone that has a passion for fashion, then you may have been upset over the last year due to the fact that so many of the runways and fashion shows that we all love were forced to cancel. There were still some fashion shows that took place, but this all occurred online and so you were unable to experience the atmosphere of a fashion show, which we all know is something that can not be compared to any other feeling.

You are most likely more than ready to venture out and see a fashion show, but with so many regulations still in place, it can be hard to know which shows are actually going to happen this year. Here are the hottest fashion shows going ahead in 2022.

 

London Fashion Week

One of the most popular fashion shows that thousands of people flock to every year is London Fashion Week. This event didn’t happen at all last year, which means that the designers have had almost two years to master some of the most beautiful designs and inspire the general public.

Due to the fact that this particular fashion week is considered to be a ‘come back’, we have been promised that it will be the best one yet. Something that is setting this year apart from other fashion week events is the long list of celebrity hosts and guests. Many celebrities have worked in collaboration with some of the biggest names and one of the most notable celebrities to be taking the stage this year is Lily Allen. Lily has had a big year, due to her performances in the west end and her creation of the brand Liberty which focuses on female relaxation products such as rose toys. Though last year was already busy for Lily, this year looks as though it is going to be equally, if not more busy. She is collabing with Chanel and presenting their latest collection to the world. Nobody knows what the collection will be like, but when it comes to Chanel you know that it is going to be good.

If you want to get an experience of what fashion week is like in London, but you are unable to get tickets to the runway, then simply head to London. The whole city comes alive when London fashion week is happening and you will see some of the most glamorous outfits and meet some of the most amazing people.

 

Handbags and Gladrags

If you are someone that doesn’t really enjoy the look of a typical fashion show and you want to see something a little more camp, then we recommend that you book tickets to go and see handbags and Gladrags. This event is hosted by some of the UK’s favorite drag queens and next year promises to be one of the biggest shows yet.

This particular fashion show is about embracing all things that are unique and creative and for this reason, this particular fashion show actually invites viewers to take part in the show. If you want to be a part of the fashion show, then all that you need to do is use recycled materials and try to make your own look that is sustainable and fashion-forward.

What makes this fashion show stand out from a lot of the others is just how inclusive they are when it comes to model selection. This fashion show believes that fashion is not just reserved for size 0 and for this reason they try to include a diverse line of models, which represent many different body times and body abilities. This is why the fashion show has been so popular for so many years.

 

Milan

The Milan fashion show is included in what is considered to be the ‘big four’ of the fashion weeks. Anyone that is a huge fan of fashion waits all year in anticipation of what they believe is going to be the new trends of the year. Many people fly out to Milan in order to be able to see the event in person, but a lot of the runways are extremely exclusive and are reserved for some of the biggest names in fashion and some major celebrities. If you want to attend, we recommend that you look now in order to get tickets


KristinAugust 2, 2021

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If you are from a country that had to undergo isolation and lockdown last year, then you probably spent most of the winter enjoying the comfort of your own bed and watching Netflix. I believe that winter is the most fashionable time of year, as this is when the parkas and turtlenecks make their way out of the back of the closet and hit the streets once again.

Last year, many of us didn’t really get the chance to show off all of our more fashionable clothing items. After all, do you really need to change out of your sweats if you are watching Netflix and feeding your pets CBD cat treats ? Now that the world has started to open back up, your upcoming winter may have many more plans than your last winter. This winter may be the first time you have seen your friends in forever, so you may want to impress with how you look. The best way that you can impress us is by looking as fashionable as possible. Here are our fashion choices for the upcoming season.

Turtleneck

I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat it, no winter fashion is better than a stylish turtleneck. The turtleneck is genderless, which means that everyone that wants to can wear a turtleneck. You can match a good turtleneck with a stylish pair of jeans or even a skirt or leggings. If you are someone that doesn’t really like the look of a turtleneck on its own, why not purchase a thin turtleneck and layer it with a thin tee or even a t-shirt dress. You can do a lot with a good turtleneck, and it also keeps you quite warm, so what is there not to love about it?

The Parka

I know I mentioned it in the introduction of this article, but there is no arguing that a good parka is the staple of any good winter outfit. Parkas come in an array of different colors, so no matter what your style is, you are bound to find a parka that matches. We recommend that you get yourself a black parka as this will be much easier to match with pretty much any outfit.

If you have ever been to the mall or for a nice walk during the winter, then you will be more than aware of just how many people choose to don a stylish parka. Parkas are great as they have your whole body covered, which means that you will have a lot of protection from the cold winter air. They also have a lot of pockets, and if you are a woman, you will know just how hard it can be to find an item of clothing with some decent pockets. This means that when you head on your winter Christmas shopping trip, you can keep all of your essentials in your pockets, which means that you can use your hands to carry around your dozens of shopping bags.

Hat, Scarf, and Glove

Knit Hat/Scarf/Gloves Set- Women Men Unisex Cable Knit Winter Cold Weather Gift Set - ForestAfter a year of trying to avoid a life-threatening disease, it would be silly of you to head out into the icy winter air and catch yourself a cold. You can still look good while staying warm this winter, so make sure that you are not prioritizing your fashion over your appearance.

You can still look good in your winter gear, and if knitting was one of the hobbies that you picked up during lockdown, then why not try and put yourself together a brand new set ahead of winter. By making your own set, you will have something unique to you. If you have an issue finding a hat that fits well on your head, why not make one for yourself to measure up until it is a perfect size?

If you like to wear named brands and don’t really enjoy the warm winter look, worry not. Every single major brand has its own hat, scarves, and gloves, so you don’t have to compromise any of your fashion along the way.

Winter dresses

Just because it is a little colder outside does not mean that you should abandon dresses altogether. There are plenty of retailers that offer a line of thick dresses that are perfect for the winter. You can even wear the dresses that you love to wear all year long, but pair them with some thick thermal tights and a cute jacket.

There is no excuse to look bad this winter and so try your best not to revert to your comfortable clothes that you have already spent enough time lying around in within the last year.


KristinJuly 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 e-commerce 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 to 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.


KristinJune 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.  


KristinMay 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.  


KristinFebruary 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.


KristinJanuary 15, 2021
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Fast fashion is a symptom of globalization and capitalism.

 

Fast fashion is the phenomenon of producing clothes at exponential rates to keep up with high-fashion trends set by fashion companies. The ‘fast’ part of fast fashion comes from how the clothes are made, how fast the clothes cycle through fashion trends, and what happens to the clothes after they’ve been discarded – all in the name of fashion, of course.

Before fast fashion, there was seasonal fashion; fashion trends based on the change in weather and the need for different clothing styles. In stark contrast to this, fast fashion took over, taking the need to want in the fashion industry.

 

Fashion of need

According to ‘The Good Trade’ in ‘What Is Fashion, Anyway?’, before fashion was based on fluctuating trends, the fashion industry created its garments on the changes in season, which influenced the changes in fashion at the time. This fashion of need was the prevalent form of fashion, mostly because the industrial revolution hadn’t happened yet. Creators and consumers were bound by (in comparison to current times) rudimentary machinery and manual labor. Not only did this take money, but it also took time. Therefore, clothing was more expensive – consumers couldn’t afford to buy clothes as often as is normal now, nor was there time or money for the clothing industry to create the amount of clothing that cycles through shops in current times.

 

The clothing revolution

‘Bellatory’, in ‘Ready-to-Wear: A Short History of the Garment Industry’, explains once the industrial revolution enveloped the “western world”, clothes could be produced much faster and, therefore, at cheaper rates. Every aspect of the industry was supplemented with technology, making every stage of clothing creation faster.

It was the fashion industry that revolutionized this industry of need into one of want. With clothing now faster to produce, different styles and cuts were easier to make en masse, and the demand for fashion became a new front for the clothing industry. This was the beginning of fast fashion. With advertisements for new and different clothing now part of popular media, the notion of “fashion” became widespread.

‘Bellatory’ explains another large step for the clothing industry was the move from locally produced clothing to internationally produced clothes. Many clothing companies chose to move their factories to other countries, where worker’s pay was cheaper and the lack of regulation meant cheaper production. The clothing industry, operating on a low-expenditure high-production system, began to create clothing at rapid rates, and with the ability to keep up with equally quick fashion trends. ‘Bellatory’ tells us how clothing quality became progressively worse with the new invention of plastic. Again, a cheap material to make, plastic is a huge part of the current clothing industry.

 

Fast fashion and pollution

‘The Good Trade’ tells us about fast fashion and the environment. With the decline in the quality of materials used in clothing, garments don’t last as long and are thrown away quicker. A lot of the clothes made by the clothing industry end up in landfills or garbage incineration – either way, this means pollution.

Despite landfill and incineration, many of the clothes thrown away (a symptom of fast fashion) end up in the ocean and, because of the low-quality materials they’re made with, cause pollution. These pollutants contaminate wildlife and their natural habitats, with the damage occurring irreversible; these pollutants will be in the environment forever. This also directly affects humans in the matter of the food-chain.

 

Fish caught from the sea have these pollutants in their bodies, and we consume those pollutants when we eat seafood. The long-term consequences of plastic pollutants are still unknown but have already been linked to higher rates of cancer.

 

Fashion and the internet

With the rise of the internet, the fast fashion industry’s reach grew even more. With stores placing themselves on the internet, creating an online presence, everyone with access to the internet had access to them and their entire catalog. Clothes shopping didn’t just happen on the high street anymore, people could now buy clothes online and have them delivered to their home. While this may seem normal to us, the internet and its connections were revolutionary to all businesses. just last week i got a great deal on my broadband from here but a few years ago you would have been hard-pressed to find anything as stable.

 

According to ‘The Good Trade’ and ‘Bellatory’, the high street fashion industry has a high turnover of styles and trends. This, of course, is driven by the internet and the variety of product comparison sites. If fashion companies weren’t online, there would be less demand for new fashions and styles and therefore less turnover of garments. However, the opinion on whether the internet is harming the fashion world is a matter of opinion.

 

Is the internet harming the fashion world?

Those who partake in “high-fashion”, such as that of Paris Fashion Week, maybe of the opinion that the internet is harming fashion. With creators spending an entire year culminating new ideas and transforming them into new innovations for fashion, such creators may dislike the fast fashion of high street companies. The argument could be made that, with so many companies influencing “general” fashion, fashion overall is being polluted with trend fluctuations that aren’t itself fashion.

 

On the other hand, those high street companies whose business largely depends on online sales may disagree and argue “high-fashion” is inaccessible to those who shop at high street stores, and by following, trends are providing those shoppers with the fashion they can relate to.

 

So, what’s your opinion?


KristinJanuary 14, 2021
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Vaping. It is the trend that has swept over the planet in full force. No matter how people try to push back against it, people continually invest in their vapes. It seems like only yesterday vaping had just emerged, riddled with cautious voices crying out against it and people saying it would never catch on. But those voices are now being drowned out and the nay-sayers are quiet. Vaping is here and it is here to stay.

But how does vaping go from being a simple smokers alternative, designed to help people quit, to being one of the biggest industries on the planet. Alongside it also being one of the biggest fashion trends of the 21st  century. Today we are going to do a deep dive on vaping, examining its early years and looking at its eventual rise into fashion icon history.

Humble Origins

Vaping was born out of the ever raging battle against smoking addiction. Smoking is one of the biggest killers on the planet. With proven studies showing its clear links to a number of heart and lung diseases. And, of course, the correlation between smoking and cancer is undeniable.

And yet, despite millions dying from smoking-related illnesses every year, smoking remains legal. This is due to the big tobacco companies having enough money to lobby for laws to stay the way they are. But this battle is where vaping comes from.

Starting out as E-cigarettes designed to give a nicotine hit to the user to help them ween off of cigarettes. Here is something you may not know, the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive but it isn’t actually the worst part of smoking. It is all the dangerous chemicals inside the cigarettes, mixed with the act of inhaling smoke, that causes the most damage. Nicotine still has a number of mental effects that make it horribly dangerous.

So E-cigarettes were a cheaper, safer alternative to smoking. But the issue was this early tech was cumbersome, ugly, and unresponsive. So it went largely ignored for a long time. Until we finally got the first proper Vaporiser.

Vapes

Vaporizer technology was nothing new. Used in a lot of fields from the sciences to medicine and everything in between. But when Vape companies finally released the first batches of flavored vape juice, combined with nicotine, all bets were off. Early adopters flocked and began vaping everywhere they could, leading to a lot of memes and jokes about people who vape.

But eventually, the trend picked up. In relation to its impact on smoking, it did help a lot of people quit. Being able to slowly ween themselves down on their nicotine intake was a valuable tool. But for some people, it was a doubled edge sword. Their nicotine intake now doubled as they could vape inside and smoke outside.

And technology only improved. Soon people were making their own vape juices, exploring exotic flavors. People were getting custom vapes and vape accessories. People began vaping with delta 8 thc and various cbd oils as well. Vaping was seeping into a lot of cultural areas.

Fashion Trend

One day vaping finally hit America in a huge way. Juul pods started surfacing, mini vapes that could be easily concealed, and the lovely flavors associated with vaping made it very enticing for the younger crowd. And then came TikTok.

A wave of influencers would parade themselves around, flashing their vapes for the world to see. And their audience lapped it up and, wanting to be just like their idols, millions began vaping. Suddenly it wasn’t just smokers that were vaping. People were buying non-nicotine based vapes and simply vaping for the flavors. It had become an area all its own.

Soon many fashion icons, aside from the TikTokers, started vaping proudly in public too. Further pushing that vapes were now as much a fashion icon as they were a tool to combat smoking. With companies creating new and exotic flavors every year and the vaping community growing by the day, it seems vaping is here to stay. We have even seen vaping conventions popping up, where people go to compete in blowing smoke, discuss and trade and just be with other vape enthusiasts.

A Dangerous Trend

It would be negligent to look at all this and see it as just a positive. In fact, we would go as far as to say that this may be one of the more dangerous trends to appear lately.

Medically speaking there is little evidence that vaping non-nicotine vape liquid has any negative health effects. Some hospitals have claimed that odd-viscous liquid has been shown to form in the lungs because of it, but these claims are anomalous.

The big danger has come from the influx of young people now vaping. But you might be thinking, where is the danger if the juice is nicotine free.

Smoking addiction is more than just nicotine. It is the lifestyle attached to it. Any smoker will tell you the social aspect of it is what kept them smoking for so long. Vaping could be seen as a gateway to smoking. Or a way to easily get nicotine introduced into their lifestyle. Not to mention vaping is an addictive activity in and of itself. To have so many teenagers now addicted to this lifestyle is not encouraging at all.

But we might be worrying needlessly. What do you think about it all? A welcome fashion trend, or a dangerous sign of the times?


KristinJanuary 13, 2021
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When you think of fashion, I imagine you picture glamorous runways and even more glamorous exclusive parties. The fashion industry is a billion-dollar industry that shows no sign of slowing down. Every year we buy products from some of the big-name brands, which gives them the opportunity to invest in creating even more clothing options. Something that a lot of people do not know is that a lot of big-name fashion brands actually use their influence and monetary power to donate to a number of charities.

 

There isn’t a charitable cause that has not received funds from fashion brands. Usually, the brands will donate to organizations that link closely to the message of the brand, but they are not restricted in which brands they donate to. In recent years, one of the main categories of charity that has been donated by fashion brands is medicare charities. There has been a big increase in brands donating to medicare charities in the last few years for a number of reasons. First of all, the medical sector has been under a lot of pressure for some time now due to a decrease in funding and an increase in demand. This has only magnified through the introduction of Covid 19, which has seen a mass population of hospitals and a drain on medical resources.

 

These brands not only donate to these charities, they also host events with the goal of spreading medical education in mind. But which fashion brands are donating millions to medicare?

 

Alice and Olivia

Alice and Oliva is an online-based fashion brand, offering year-round comfortable clothing to its consumers. Though this brand is by no means the biggest on this list, their contribution to medicare has been astonishing.  Since the start of the Corona pandemic, Alice and Olivia have donated 10% of their profit to causes that are aiding the treatment of Corona sufferers. This is a large part of their profit margin, yet they have promised to continue to do so until a viable cure is found and distributed nationwide.  They have been donating to charities in need since April last year and since then there have been hundreds of reports from charities that they have worked with, thanking them for their generous donations.

 

Skims

Skims is Kim Kardashian’s own clothing line and, much like Alice and Oliva, the brand has been making big steps to help with the current pandemic. The brand has pledged 20% of all profits made from its products to be donated to underfunded hospitals and other smaller health organizations. Skims promises that even after the strain of the pandemic decreases, they will continue to donate profits as they feel that the health care sector, in general, is underfunded and in need of additional funds. They hope that their donations will encourage other brands to take some pressure off of the already strained health sector.

 

 

Tom Ford

Everyone has heard of Tom Ford and the vast amount of money that they have donated to charity is no secret. The brand has been giving back to its community for over a decade, sponsoring several causes and supporting various charities. Even before the start of the pandemic, Tom Ford was donating to dozens of charities that supported medicare. Not only does the brand donate to various charities, but they also host events to spread the importance of the medical sector and also promote new medical findings. Just last year they hosted an event that discussed the advantages in choosing microcannulas over traditional needles with the hope that more medical centers will use them as part of their practices, due to the substantial cost difference between the two.

 

Michael Kors

Michael Kors has been donating to varying medical charities for a number of years due to his own experiences with his mother’s deteriorating health. The brand has donated thousands of dollars to charities specializing in the treatment of diabetes and other long term health conditions. During Michael Kors runway shows, attendees are expected to donate to various charities that Kors represents and there are often raffles that give all the proceeds to these charities.



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