Consumers Remain Wary About In-Store Shopping

Though stay-at-home orders have ended and certain retail stores have reopened, not all consumers are rushing to return to their pre-coronavirus shopping habits.

Consumer research company First Insight has been tracking shoppers’ sentiments amid the COVID-19 pandemic since late February. The most recent survey, conducted on July 10, 2020, found that many shoppers are uncomfortable with in-store interactions, and that safety concerns are rising over time in some cases.

Fashion, beauty take a hit

While consumers have been looking forward to returning to their pre-coronavirus routines, many may be finding that it’s taking longer than expected. For example, many shoppers are still afraid to try on clothes. In fact, 68% of women surveyed in July said they felt unsafe trying on clothes in dressing rooms, up slightly from 65% of women previously surveyed in April.

An even higher percentage of women (80%) noted discomfort with trying out beauty

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Shopping for a sustainable wedding outfit is easier than you think, here’s how

The clothing and textile industry is responsible for 8-10 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions: The Independent
The clothing and textile industry is responsible for 8-10 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions: The Independent

In recent years, sustainability has become a big focus for almost every industry, particularly in fashion, as many of us are trying to make more conscious decisions as shoppers.

While it’s a global issue, one way individuals can make a positive change is through what we wear ourselves, and what we demand from brands. As we become more active in our shopping habits, we’re calling for transparent supply chains and look to brands that show a commitment to protecting the planet for future generations.

The fashion industry has a huge part to play in the climate emergency. According to the UN Fashion Alliance, the clothing and textile industry is responsible for 8-10 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, 20 per cent of wastewater pollution originates from the industry

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Five things you may not know about the fashion firm

You might have bought some joggers from there, or seen your favourite Instagram star wearing one of their dresses, but how much do you really know about Boohoo?

The online fashion firm has been a real winner during lockdown, with a massive increase in its sales by 45% to £368m in the three months to the end of May.

But it’s been hit by claims that workers at a Leicester factory that supplies some of its clothes were paid just £3.50 an hour, while being offered no coronavirus protection.

Boohoo has said it’s launching an investigation, but experts say it could struggle to make a comeback after the controversy.

Here’s five things you may not know about the company.

1. The Manchester-based family behind it are billionaires

Boohoo was founded by entrepreneur Mahmud Kamani and designer Carol Kane.

The pair had worked together at Pinstripe Clothing, a company that was

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Go back-to-school shopping from home with these kid-friendly subscription services

Fashion subscription boxes aren’t just for grown-ups. These services send you complete outfits customized to fit your child’s size and style. From kindergarten to senior year, keep your kids in trendy clothes that can be tailored toward their needs and your budget.

GOOD CAUSE

Kidbox curates from brands including Splendid, Guess, Adidas, Puma and DKNY in sizes 2T to 14. Each box contains six to seven items and costs $98, and for every Kidbox purchased, a new clothing item is donated to a child in need. kidbox.com

DIVERSE TASTES

Stitch Fix’s new kids service provides clothing in sizes 2T to14 across a range of tastes. Each delivery includes eight to12 items personalized to your child’s style and interests. The head-to-toe looks range from $10 to $35 per item. A $20 styling fee goes toward each purchase, and if you buy every item in the box you receive a 25% discount

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