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Will The iPad Change The Way We Shop?

Post-iPhone fashion app boom, retailers are now focusing on iPad-specific applications for the new Apple product. And some believe that the device is about to revolutionize the way we think about fashion and shopping. For starters, the idea of mobile shopping may become more palatable. Are you really going to buy a $500 Marchesa gown from Net-A-Porter off your phone? Doubtful. However, if you’re dealing with larger visuals and special features that you might not even find on a website, purchasing with your iPad might not feel too different from doing it at home online. Also consider this: In the past few years, mail-order catalogs have been dying off. iPad catalogs, suggests Ad Age, might bring about its renaissance.

Don’t have an iPad and don’t plan on getting one anytime soon? You may still see a difference as retailers start incorporating them into the physical shopping experience, placing them in stores to provide customers with product info. Are you into the idea of experiencing shopping and fashion through this new medium? [PSFK] Keep reading »

Study Shows Violent Fashion Ads “Lure” Consumers, But Is That All?

So, 2008 and 2009 saw some of the grossest, bloodiest, most violent fashion ads of all time. To refresh your memory, Duncan Quinn once depicted mobsters torturing female bodies, Alexander McQueen placed models on a bed of snakes, and Marc Jacobs dangled women out of buildings. (Drastic recessionary action?)

While things have quieted down a little bit, we may expect to see a resurgence in savage advertising thanks to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, which is making its rounds around the internet. The investigation, conducted by two female researchers, one from the University of Saskatchewan and the other from Santa Clara University, recorded the reaction and engagement of women as they looked at violent fashion campaigns. Keep reading »

Rich People Shop At Kohl’s?

There are two types of wealthy people. Those who go on reality television to show off their private jets and bling and Caribbean estates. And then there are rich people who are also cheapskates, and won’t spend money on peculiar things, like clothes. (Come to think of it, Daddy Warbucks did wear pretty much the same outfit every day.) Or so it seems, according to surprising new research about where they shop. Check out the full infographic after the jump. Keep reading »

CVS Is Having A Major Beauty Sale

Trying out a new look for spring is now more economical because CVS/Pharmacy has instituted “Spring Beauty Days,” a 20 percent off hair, makeup, fragrance, and skincare products sale that lasts through May. Burberry Brit for Women Eau De Toilette, one of my favorite scents, is on sale for $38.39; it’s usually $47.99. The new L’Oreal True Match Roller Makeup is $3 cheaper than its normal $14.99 price. And Covergirl Contouring Blush costs less than $5 now. But these aren’t the only deals to be had at CVS — find your favorites here, but don’t forget to sign up for an ExtraCare card for even more discounts. Now you don’t have to feel guilty for spending a little extra on your appearance. [Essence] Keep reading »

6 Items You Should Never Buy Online

It goes without saying that drunk online shopping can get you in all kinds of trouble ranging from the ha-ha kind to the way serious variety. But it’s not just when you buy, but what you purchase. While e-commerce has made all of our lives a hell of a lot easier–anyone miss the mall? didn’t think so–it can be a territory fraught with danger. And man, having to pack something up and return it by mail is a total drag. Ladies, don’t make the same mistakes that I did. After the jump, six ways things can go very wrong. Keep reading »

Women Spend How Much Time Shopping?

I love a good fashion study. Though I certainly don’t understand math, if the numbers and percentages relate to style, I’ll mull over the figures for quite some time. So when I found out that women spend three percent of their disposable income on clothes, I was more than intrigued. In today’s fashion-focused scientific research, it seems that if you add up all the time women shop, you’ll find they spend three years of their life in stores! But, interestingly enough, those three years aren’t just for purchasing new shoes, bags, and accessories. You see, 94 hours and 55 minutes per year are devoted to grocery shopping, while 100 hours and 48 minutes per year are spent in department stores or malls. Add a few hours in there for window shopping and over a lifetime it really adds up. Personally, I’m going to be honest and admit that my habits are a bit more of an obsession than a necessity, so those numbers might not relate to me. What about you? Does this sound about right for your trips to the mall? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Frisky Editors: The Most/Least Expensive Things We Bought And Love

Let’s talk cash: We’ve been trying to be more money-conscious lately, so we decided to take a peek into our closets to see how we’ve spent our paychecks. Here, we dish on the most expensive things we own (and why we bought them and whether we love/regret the expense), as well as the cheapest styles that are so awesome, they’re priceless. Share your own facts and figures in the comments below! Keep reading »

Designer Clothes $1 Sale, Really

Mark your calendars, set your alarms, and write some Post-It note reminders, because you won’t want to miss this shopping opportunity. On Apr. 16, The Outnet is celebrating their very first birthday, and in order to show some love to their devoted fans and customers, the site is offering a major sale and seriously slashing prices. Apparently, all day on April 16, you’ll find designer clothes, shoes, bags, and more on sale for just ONE DOLLAR. Yeeaah, really, $1. (That’s 1,625 Balmain T-shirts!) And to add to the birthday fun, one lucky winner will have the chance to shop with a personal stylist. So far, there are no details on just what designer items will be available for $1, but holy smackers! We’re excited. [The Outnet] Keep reading »

How Much Of Your Disposable Income Goes To Clothes?

I like to go shopping more than I care to admit. My boyfriend will come home to find me in the midst of new bags, trying on my latest purchases, and he’ll utter the same question every time: “Didn’t you just go shopping?” But without fail, I’ll find a new ring, a new dress, or new shoes that I just need to integrate into my wardrobe. And I figure, as a 20-something girl living in NYC, with no bills besides my rent and cable, what’s wrong with treating myself to a little shopping? I do work in fashion after all. My disposable income is just that — disposable in the form of purses, accessories, and skirts. So it was more than surprising to me that Dr. Mark J. Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan, found that Americans only spend 3 percent of their disposable income on shopping. In one year, as a whole, we spent $326 billion on clothing and footwear, which is a minimal 2.98 percent of our income, but in 1950, those purchasing habits equated to 11 percent of that same income. What does this mean exactly? Basically, clothes are cheaper than they’ve been in years. You can thank stores like Forever 21 and H&M with their immediate wear-a-few-times-and-trash mentality for this development. And with this news, I’ll continue shopping, thank you very much. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

What Men Think When Shopping For Clothes

Men and women behave differently when shopping for clothes. Women tend to take longer than men when picking out their wardrobes. I know, you’ve never heard this before. However, nobody really addresses the male thought process when shopping. It’s different from the way women think, sometimes bizarrely so. Here’s a look at what guys think during their clothes shopping excursions. Keep reading »

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