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Online Fashion Tips for Men

Today, there are many options available for people who want to buy men’s fashion online. However, not all online shops for men’s fashion will offer quality clothing. You are therefore required to be careful when choosing an online retailer so as to get value for your money. As such, this article offers some tips on how to select the best men’s fashion online retailer.

Choose Familiar Brands

To avoid confusion, it is prudent that you go for fashions you are familiar with. Take your time to pick trusted and well-known brands. It is advisable that you go for the labels that you’ve tried before or have an idea about to be sure of what you are purchasing. However much an online retailer will describe the importance of buying certain brands they vend, it is only wise that you have some personal experience rather than going by their explanations. By choosing the brands that you know well, you will avert possible after-purchase disappointments.

Have an Eye for Size

Size is one crucial factors you should consider when doing online shopping for men. Most online fashion shops are located in foreign nations. You should therefore be careful enough to verify the size of the clothing that you intend to buy to make sure that they are of the desired size. Different countries use different measurements. Therefore, be sure to make the right conversions of units into your local standards before you place your order to avoid buying oversized or undersized fashions.

Stylish man looking for clothes via ShopamongousConsider the Price

You should factor in the cost when shopping for men’s fashions online. Although the prices may be low, you have to consider the fact that you will be required to pay for shipping. Therefore, ensure that you do your math right to find out whether you are overspending on your online shopping venture.

Think of Cyber Security

When shopping online for men’s fashion, it is important that you look at how secure the retailer’s website is. Avoid sites that appear dishonest or ill-maintained. A reliable site should have a secure payment system. Avoid retailers who ask you to expose your credit card details or other critical personal particulars. You may easily fall prey to cons. Thus, whenever shopping online, make sure that the dealer you are transacting with is of impregnable repute to avoid losing money to unscrupulous online merchants.

Hopefully, the guidelines above will help with your online shopping for men’s fashion. Note that the above guidelines are not the only precautionary measures to be observed while doing online transactions. Personal discretion also comes in handy in safeguarding you from being fleeced by scammers masquerading as honest fashion dealers. Learn to respect your instincts and quit any dubious transactions before you are swindled.

Look for Top Quality

It is tricky judging the quality of a commodity that is sold exclusively online. As such, it pays to be keen when shopping online to ascertain that you deal with a reputable online retailer. Have a rough idea of what the fashion you need feels like, and you will be in a position to avoid any unexpected hassles down the road

Perfume and Cologne

Since recorded history –and probably before—women and men have anointed themselves with scents. It has been said that Egypt’s ruling queens Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut had extensive vats of exotic perfumes. History also notes that during the reign of King Charles II men often carried pomanders, or “nosegays” of scents as accessories. Perfumes through the years were not only used as alluring adornments, but also to dissipate body odor; by today’s standards, personal hygiene of the past was significantly lacking!

In our time, women’s perfumes and men’s colognes are considered to be an essential part of grooming. Heady, beckoning, and elegant ladies’ perfumes can be purchased in retail stores, specialty stores that carry only fragrances, on the Internet, through catalogues, or in duty-free international airports’ shops. Every perfume is built around “notes,” or specific scents; most fine fragrances have upper (the strongest), middle and lower notes all combined to form a single perfume. The top notes may be floral, earthy, musky, grassy, or citrus-based. The great perfumers’ of France immortalized top-note fragrances like Chanel #5 by the House of Coco Chanel, Je Reviens from the House of Worth, Shalimar from the House of Guerlain, and Joy from the House of Jean Patou.

Men’s fragrances are primarily musky, earthy and citrus-based. Since most men object to the notion that they wear perfume as women do, these fragrances are usually referred to as colognes. Many fine colognes come from designers of men’s clothing such as Ralph Lauren, Versace, Chanel for men, Tommy Hilfiger, and Davidoff. In a recent US poll, Guerlain’s Vetiver, a citrus-based cologne, and Cool Water by Davidoff were top-ranked by men who use fragrances.

Using only the most rare and highest quality ingredients, No1 is officially recognized as The World’s Most Expensive Perfume, reflecting the luxury of the perfume. Being “the perfume of my heart”, Clive has chosen to create a very special bottle for No. 1 – one of extraordinary beauty and rarity – to mark the opening of the first Clive Christian Perfume Boutique in Harrods’ splendid new Salon de Parfums.

Clive Christian’s No1 Passant Guardant parfum is worth a staggering $227,884.09 US Dollars. This is largely due to the ornate bottle which is handcrafted with 24 carat gold lattice-work and 2000 individually set flawless white diamonds! Having said that, there are cheaper versions… In 2006 Clive Christian created “Imperial Majesty” ten limited edition bottles each containing No 1.

This particular parfum is housed in the finest Baccarat crystal bottle, bearing a five-carat white diamond in an 18-carat gold solid collar. So, a tad more affordable though none of which are available! 7 were sold privately, while the other three are on display. one in Harrods department store in Knightsbridge, London, the other at Bergdorf Goodman New York – and the final piece travelling the globe in exhibition. These 16.9 oz bottles sold for $12,721.89 per ounce! But fear not, for this luxurious fragrance is in fact available without the bells and whistles.

The Future Of Shopping In Three Trends

Back in 2012, I wrote a piece titled, Five Trends Driving Traditional Retail Towards Extinction. Looking back, I’m generally happy to see that the trends I examined are still valid, though “extinction” might be a little strong.

But the retail and e-commerce industries still interest me and living in New York provides a firsthand view into the petri dish that many of these companies use to experiment. So almost two years later, I’ve revisited the space to focus on three more trends that are changing the way we shop. (I’m leaving out an exploration of mobile for the moment, since it’s probably worth its own post.)

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Malls may empty out, but physical stores aren’t going away.

The Macro View

670px-bristol_galleries_1First, a brief look at the bigger picture.
Last month marked Amazon’s 20th anniversary, which is kind of amazing to think about since e-commerce seems both very new and indispensable at the same time. Either way, the world has had plenty of time to digest the trend.

It makes some sense then that the pace of e-commerce growth appears to be decelerating in both the developed and developing worlds. I should note that a deceleration in the developing world means going from say, 94% year-over-year growth in China in 2012, to 64% in 2014. Those are still monster numbers, and there’s still plenty of land to grab, but the peak growth rates appear to be in the rearview.

In the U.S., the pace of growth is a more stately 14%. The sector attracts a healthy sum of sum of venture money–nearly $1 billion in Q1 of 2014, according the very helpful people at the NVCA.

But all of that strength doesn’t mean that the future of shopping is as simple as buying everything online. Consider our first trend:

Location-based Technology

For online retailers, it’s always been relatively easy to gather data about customers. If you run a Web company you can track all kinds of information about shoppers who visit your site—where they’re located, how they reached your page, what they look at and where they get held up during the shopping process. This helps e-commerce companies adjust tactics quickly to maximize sales.

For brick-and-mortar stores, that kind of granular data has been harder to come by. Location-based technologies promise to bridge that data gap. Apple AAPL +1.11% recently introduced iBeacon, a set of small sensors that can be placed around stores to track and communicate with customers’ iPhones. Startups like Estimote, Nomi and inMarket, meanwhile, sell similar technology to retailers.

What does this look like? Let’s say these beacons track a spike in foot traffic near a rack of bathing suits in a high-end department store. But that foot traffic isn’t prompting a comparable increase in sales. Are customers intrigued by the style, but put off by the price tag? If that’s the hypothesis, the store can ping each shopper who approaches the section with a 10% discount on the bathing suits. If the hypothesis was correct, customers now buy more bathing suits and the company can subsequently reduce the bathing suits’ price to increase sales.

This kind of technology helps brick-and-mortar retailers to optimize their store layouts, pricing, and improve ad campaigns. It also figures heavily into the next trend.

Omni-channel Retail

Since e-commerce first started gaining traction in the late 90s, nearly every brick-and-mortar brand in the country has developed an online sales strategy. But traditionally, it hasn’t worked in reverse. Amazon, eBay EBAY -0.05%, Blue Nile and other online pioneers never opened up physical shops for customers to browse items.

1989 America’s malls

Malls are not the center of our cultural sphere anymore. They’re not new and shiny. We’ve moved on, and now we have the Internet.

In 1989, Michael Galinsky, then a 20-year-old student, took a month to traverse the U.S. Everywhere he went, he documented the same place: the shopping mall.  The results are now an archive of a vanished world, simultaneously familiar and foreign, trivial and full of meaning.

These pictures are taken from Michael’s book, Malls Across America. See also Michael’s current project – All the Rage.