Due to their tightness, this style of dress certainly isn’t flattering for all figures. Ideally this dress works best on a woman with an hourglass shape that is having a bust and hips of roughly equal size with a narrow waist. When you consider the dress’s construction, tight stretchy material, it is understandable that those with curves will be better served than those without. These dresses are also generally low cut to show cleavage, which is why bustier women will look better than those with little chest.
Therefore, women with a straight up and down figure, or small hips and bust will find that the bodycon does nothing for them. Similarly a pear shape figure, that is hips that are much larger than the bust, will want to steer clear of this dress. Remember, there’s nowhere for your body to hide in a dress like this, and as pear shapes tend to have much larger bottoms without the counterbalance of a big chest, the bodycon will only highlight your problem areas and fail to capitalise on your good points.
Now, even if you are an hourglass figure, there are still many ways in which to wear a bodycon to suit the look you’re going for, as well as some pitfalls to avoid.
For instance, many high street retailers carry lines of bodycon with cutouts to add some versatility to this streamlined style. Have a look at where the cutouts occur and what parts of skin you may end up flashing. If you’ve got a flat stomach, cutouts along the side seams can add a bit of sexiness, but obviously this would be better suited for a night out clubbing than in the office. There are also many designs with cutouts along the back, such as with cross-crossing straps. Perfect for toned shoulders and a bit of sophistication.
Alternatively, if you are a dress fanatic and really want to show off your legs, while looking smart and professional at work, opt for a slash or u neck design in a single colour and pair with a cardigan. The clingier and thinner the material, the more of your shape you’re going to reveal, so for a classier option, choose ribbed or panelled designs.
Since it is a listing of products, there is never any product that is not available to compare. All items within the same brand, different brands and even yet to be launched brands can be put side by side and looked at. Multiple features are often confusing to remember. Having them displayed in a handy list with take home prices assists any kind of analysis of the ‘best product to buy’ given individual needs. Many of these comparison shopping sites also include independent reader reviews which allow a customer to evaluate actual performance as against stated features. For most people, this comes in very handy as we don’t always understand the technical features being talked about. It saves us a number of visits to the dealer as we scout around for the best buy. Even for the final purchase items, all transactions are possible online at the click of a mouse. Shopping becomes fun and exciting as we sift through loads of information at the click of a button to arrive at the best bargain.
Today almost everything can be bought online through comparison shopping – be it books, clothes, gifts, electronics or even gardening tools. In fact there is greater variety on these sites than would be available at any physical store since they don’t require physical stocking. In fact, these facilities allow the consumer to be aware of the newest and latest items on offer from the company as well as their unique selling proposition. Most important people save precious time and money that would spend if they were to hop from store to store looking for merchandise.
Every Day Shopping
For frequent purchases such as groceries, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products, starting a price book will allow you to start comparing prices at local retailers. A price book can be as simple as a notebook, as complex as a multi-level spreadsheet or as engaging as a mobile app. A blank address book makes for a great notebook-style price book. Keep track of goods and the best price you have paid for them in alphabetical order. This makes them easy to find and compare when you are shopping. Spreadsheets can be designed to keep track of semi-annual sales, monthly specials and coupons as well as the best price for goods you regularly purchase. Several mobile apps allow you to keep the best price in hand, as you peruse the aisles of your favorite stores.
For infrequent purchases, such as clothing, appliances and home furnishings, the internet is a great place to start. Several price comparison websites allow you to check different brands of the same type of product, or even the same product at several retailers to find the best price on a given day. Many mobile apps allow you to compare prices while shopping. No matter what type of product you are shopping for, many apps can show the best price available at local retailers or through online stores.
Social media outlets are helping consumers compare prices when shopping as well. Apps designed to work with social media websites will allow you to see when your favorite products can be found at the lowest price.
Be aware of common pitfalls. Many retailers have some type of reward program that may or may not be helpful when comparing prices. Coupons for dollars off your next purchase are great, but only if the next purchase is already in your budget. Be sure to double-check shipping and handling fees when comparing product prices online. A high shipping rate may make a purchase more expensive in the end.
Budget conscious consumers know that using a variety of comparison strategies, including a price book for groceries, an app for price comparisons and utilizing social media outlets, you can find the best prices that allow you to stay within budget.
The Million Dollar Question about Muslim Fashions
“Where are the fancy abayas, hijabs and jilbabs available for purchase,” you ask. Before we tell you, let us engage in a minor course correction. Today’s Muslim fashions may be fancy, colorful and creative but they are not immodest. They continue to conform to the Muslim directive which essentially says that Muslim women should dress conservatively. Conservatism doesn’t imply an absence of honest creativity as you will soon find out.
With the festival and gift-giving season round the corner, there is no better reason to purchase the favorite abaya or hijab of your choice both for yourself as well as for family and friends. The mighty Internet now offers a proven and tested option for you to purchase your favorite outfit online owing to the numerous Islamic fashion clothing stores on the Internet today one of which happens to be ours. The power of high resolution graphics, animation, and the ability to customize your purchases has set the Internet buzzing with shopping possibilities which you can now leverage easily without risk. Google the name of the outfit you would like to purchase such as “abayas,” “jilbabs” or “hijabs” and a whole slew of e-commerce websites will surface instantly. Review the designs, patterns and color combinations. Be sure to read the garment specifications for the type of fabric used. It might be a good idea to check the return policy and warranty as well while you are at it. If you believe that a little alteration just might be in the works, use the sizing chart on the website to determine the ideal length for your purchase. Complete the order with your credit card or Paypal and you are done. A package will arrive in the mail before you know it.
Buying Muslim Clothing Online
There are several advantages of buying Islamic fashions online, some obvious and some not too obvious. In the first place, Muslim fashions, when purchased online, cost less if you compare apples with apples because of reduced overheads. Secondly, the vast array of choices you have with respect to design and craftsmanship can rival any clothing store that caters to the community. What is more important, with so many successful women productively preoccupied with their respective professions, time is of the essence. So why not plan your next abaya or hijab purchase as an online adventure and check out the thousands of choices that await you? You are sure to be satisfied.
Cosmetics with a cause
The two colorful award-winning performers are not just pouting lips for the make-up named after them. Since the Viva Glam product line began in 1994, part of the sales of the lipstick is donated to the MAC AIDS Fund. Through this fund and estimated US$150 million has been raised to help individuals afflicted with HIV/AIDS.
This strategy of taking on corporate social responsibility is something of a milestone in the cosmetics industry. MAC, which stands for Make up Art Cosmetics, is at the frontier of that trend towards what can be called “glamorous giving”. For that, MAC cosmetics outlets have earned the respect and loyalty of millions of consumers worldwide.
Finding Real MAC outlets
Although MAC is a relative newcomer to the cosmetics industry – at least in comparison to older brands such as parent company Estee Lauder and Clinique – more and more retailers are getting interested in becoming part of the distributorship of MAC cosmetics outlets. However, if you think that it should not be so hard to find MAC cosmetics outlets near your locality, you better think again. Although there are over 1,000 MAC stores worldwide, distributorship of MAC products are limited only to major retail outlets. The company does not offer franchises or direct sales distribution programs like other cosmetic brands.
This in part fuels the rise in counterfeit MAC products. The high-demand coupled with a comparative inaccessibility to real MAC distributors is a recipe for forgeries to appear in the black market.
Take a good look at the goods
According to one study I read recently, about 82% of products that are sold at outlets were manufactured exclusively to be sold there. This means that clothing and goods can vary a lot in quality so be sure to examine them carefully. In some cases, items might have tags saying “outlet” or “factory line.” It may be more difficult to spot others. Before you buy, check to see if the item feels lighter or seems to be of a lower quality
Check out prices before you shop
Once you’ve chosen an online store where you want to shop, go on the retailer’s website and look at the prices listed there. Outlet stores try to make their discounts seem as good as possible with signs suggesting that prices are maybe 65% off. However, according to Consumer Reports the average savings are nearer to 38%. If you compare the prices listed on the retailer’s website to what you see at the outlet store, you’ll have a much better understanding of how much you’re really saving.
Shop off-peak times
If you shop at off-peak times such as Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, you can avoid congestion and shelves that have been picked over. You should also shop early in the day. If you can’t do this, then avoid early afternoon shopping and wait until after dinnertime.
Checkout their retail stores first
If there are sales going on in your local mall or if you have some special coupons, shop it before you go to the outlet stores. You might find that you can pay about the same at a mall store as you would at the outlet store but get better quality
Look for outlet center circulars and coupons
Go online or call your outlet center to see if there are any coupons or circulars that would make for additional savings. You might also find that senior and military discounts are available.
Don’t be afraid to leave without buying anything
Outlet malls tend to be placed in locations that are not close to metropolitan areas. For example, our outlet mall is about 40 miles from our downtown. This means that going to the outlet mall could be a full-day trip for you. In this case, there is always the temptation to buy something just to justify the time, energy and gas you spent coming and going from the outlet mall. This can lead to buying stuff you don’t really need or spending more money than you would otherwise. Don’t buy something or spend more money just to justify the trip.
You can often get the best deals at outlet stores by shopping off-season. Buy your winter clothing in the summer and summer items in the winter. This can save you even more. And be sure to understand the store’s return policy. If you don’t want to have to make another 20 or 30 mile drive back to the store, be sure to ask about its return policy. Many of the regular stores won’t take returns from outlet stores so it’s important to know if this is the case.
Think Like a Woman
To shop for a woman, you have to get in touch with your feminine side. Whether you’re shopping for your mother, your sister, your wife, or your girlfriend, you need to have a good idea of what she likes. Don’t go for obvious things like jewelry or flowers or teddy bears. Every woman has a unique personality, which means that what she really wants may fall under a stereotype or an idea you have of what women want.
Go for the Sale
Many women love sales. Sales are that time of the year where everything good comes cheap. The mall may be crowded during mall-wide promo sales, but the extra time and effort you spend looking for a gift is well worth the savings you get if you buy shop on a sale. Sales can be difficult to come by, and can get a bit stressful especially with a crowd of shoppers. Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping at a sale.
- Holiday and clearance sales. The most expensive items usually have up to a 50% markdown during special sales, when stores and boutiques need to clear out inventory. Make sure that you’re not buying old stock, and that you’re getting the best value for money.
- Discounts. Shopping for women can get a bit expensive. Store owners know this, and try to offer discounts for gift items for women as much as they can. Discount goods need not be cheap; as long as the gift is of a good quality and has a reasonable price, then you can buy it.
- Follow the leader.
Duplicates and One-of-a-Kind Items
If you think that shopping for women won’t get any more difficult, think again. Some women prefer to have two or more items of the same variety, and some prefer to have a one-of-a-kind item that only they own. What makes it even more confusing is that many women have certain preferences on what items should be bought in duplicates, and what items should be one-of-a-kind. To make things easier for your shopping day, here’s a quick list of what can be duplicated, and what should be extra-special:
- Duplicates: perfumes, shoes, jewelry, make-up kits, skin care products
- One-of-a-kind items: clothes, bags, purses, watches, bracelets
Assessing Your Space
One of the first steps you should take when addressing your shop fittings is assessing the amount of space you have available. Remember, you will want plenty of room for patrons to walk around, and if the area is too cluttered, it may discourage people from even entering your store. One interior design that works well involves placing your register and customer care area in the center of your floor plan. Border it with display cases that are facing outward, as this can help induce that extra product sale when your customers are waiting in line to check out.
Consider The Industry
If you are operating a clothing retailer, you will likely want to find mannequins for sale. These models can help you display some of the more popular designer items you carry, and when placed strategically in windows, can help you drive foot traffic from passerby. Mannequins are often found without much difficulty and in many cases, you can get them for next to nothing from stores that are either going out of business or purchasing new mannequins. Be sure to remember the gender, though, as you don’t want to display female clothing on male models!
Shelving and Rack Accessories
Shelving can help you get the most from your floor space if it is limited. Taking products off of floor-based tables and moving them to wall mounted shelving can also be quite attractive when someone is perusing your store. Racks are perfect if you carry hats, jewelry, or other accessories, so be sure to look for corners in which you can stand a coat or hat rack. This is a great way to display your headwear without simply setting in on tables.
Use Variety In Your Design
Variety is key when implementing the various shop fittings. If you use a single display style, your store will appear to be bland and uninteresting. Remember, half of the retail process is arranging your floor properly to keep patrons moving throughout the entire store. You want them to pass by as many of your wares as possible, and making the right choices in this department can help you facilitate this.
The big thing to look for this Holiday is people starting earlier. This is because the public is starting to see the futility of waiting till the last minute. This can be detrimental to the parent looking to get presents a little later. Some hot items will sell out quicker since people are buying earlier in the calendar year. So to make sure you are not caught flat footed make sure to have planned out your shopping for the beginning of November.
The internet will be the shopper’s friend this year. The advancement of online shopping has started to take hold with the general public and many stores are even beginning to see their online sales outstrip their store sales. Shopping online allows a shopper to instantaneously shop and compare several brands and different store prices all at the click of a mouse. The internet is also reinventing age old practices such as coupons and sales and bringing them into the digital age. This is essentially removing the disadvantages that have made internet shopping less popular in previous years.
Another thing to realize this year is that credit does not have to be your best and first payment option. There are many new ways to pay for items online such as PayPal, debit, or direct deposit. In stores old payment plan practices like layaway are being revived giving customers the flexibility that credit would normally provide without all the bad financial consequences. The smart shopper will have saved up in anticipation of the shopping season and will have maximum flexibility using these services.
As you shop at major retailers look for major discounts on items that are hard for stores to sell in the current economic climate such as electronics. This allows you get great deals such as rebates or price cuts. If you take advantage of the great offers by retailers you will be able to make you money stretch further than you thought.
Also if you can’t find that special toy or gift for your son or daughter in time, don’t worry. There is always the after Christmas sale. The truth is even with all of the efforts of stores in anticipates of the traditional holiday rush there will be many shoppers who may still decide to sit it out this year. So look for great deals afterwards and pass it off as Santa being late.