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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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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I’m Taking a Zara Break and Shopping These Awesome Vintage Stores Instead

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a Zara devotee. But the thrill of finding a one-of-a-kind vintage piece that is unique is far more exciting than scooping up another Zara top. Vintage shopping is one of my favorite pastimes—my earliest (and fondest) childhood memories involve scuffling through racks of musty old clothes at the local secondhand store with my mother. It’s a shopping ritual I wholly believe led to my enduring love affair with fashion.

So today I wanted to share some of my favorite online vintage stores where you can find charming, pre-loved pieces that you can guarantee no one else will be wearing. Not only does shopping secondhand maintain individualism, but it also offers affordable access to designer heritage brands, it’s cost-effective, it favors quality over quantity, and it encourages sustainability.

Scroll below to see my favorite online vintage shops that range from Zara prices to

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