Friday, 28 February 2014

The Online Shopping Buzz


Online shopping; we all love it right? There's no denying it has taken over the high street in terms of popularity and sales, and I for one can see why. As much as I love a good rummage around the sale rails, trying on countless clothing items in the changing rooms and finishing the day off with a trip to Pizza Express, I'd be lying if I said those shopping trip days weren't few and far between for me anymore. 

But why is that? I hear you ask. Well, as much as I love making a day of it and coming home with a boot fit to burst with shopping bags galore, the lazy person in me much prefers buying things in the comfort of my own home. Safe away from the wind and rain, I'm more than content clicking away at my computer, adding endless things into my invisible shopping basket. There's no shop assistant pressuring me into buying the ugliest shoes I've ever seen, no queue for the tills and definitely no need to even get myself dolled up for a day of shopping - I can do it in my pyjamas if need be.

The internet is taking over, well, everything at the moment, and so it makes sense that online shopping gets a moment in the spotlight too. I have a strong inkling that the birth of blogging has definitely helped things for those clothes and beauty websites out there - it is now easier than ever to see what your favourite blogger is wearing, and then to quickly be re-directed to the very site said blogger got it from. In a matter of seconds that gorgeous tee you immediately fell in love with after spotting on so-and-so's blog is now winging its way to you, all thanks to a little thing we call the internet. It's magical, really, if you think about it. 

Shopping online has definitely come on leaps and bounds lately, too. As if it wasn't already ridiculously convenient, there are now ways of reserving things in store, checking stock, putting outfits together and even watching a model walking down the catwalk in your clothing item of choice. Online shopping puts you right a the top of the fashion pack too - whereas smaller stores won't stock nearly as many items as the Oxford Street stores will, it doesn't matter where websites are concerned - in most cases new things hit the shelves online long before they see the high street. 

Whilst a part of me does feel bad for the independent fashion boutiques and high street stores that are losing out because of the buzz surrounding the online shopping world, I can't deny that I would be seriously miffed it we didn't have it. I should say I do 80% of my shopping online - I shop for clothes online, makeup online, gadgets online - it's only those occasional shopping-days-out where my feet will grace the high street. It might seem like a shame, but I don't think you can beat the buzz of pressing 'buy now', only to relive the excitement again a few days later when the postman turns up, laden with parcels for you. Online shopping will always be my preferred method of buying things, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for it as technology advances further. 

Are you a fan of online shopping, or do you prefer to brave the high street to do your shopping?

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14 comments

  1. I love online shopping a lot, but sometimes it can be such a temptation because it's so accessible; at the same time there's nothing better than a big day out shopping on the high street!

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  2. I like online shopping for convenience but I love wandering round the shops looking at the cute home bits, trying on clothes and swatching products. However I prefer online for bits you can't get your hands on easily or if you can find something in your preferred shade or size X

    Life of a Trainee Journalist

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  3. I wish I could buy my clothes online but I find because I'm quite small I usually need to try things on and I'm too lazy to send things back xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  4. Online shopping is always good when you cannot find your size in store. I also feel you're able to get more discounts online :) X
    thefashion-junkie

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  5. I must confess I am bad for this and buy 100% of my stuff online! I just feel online shopping is much better and you always get what you want as to speak. When shopping in store I always find my size out of stock or nothing that reflects me, where as online you have so much options and price ranges its easy to make a purchase and get free delivery and most of my shopping comes from ASOS :'D xxx

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  6. I'm a fan of online shopping! Hahaha. Anyway, you have a very sweet layout design. Did you make it by your self or by professional? If so, I would like to know the web for the design :) Thanks

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  7. I discovered online shopping within the last four years and that's where I've found most of the blouses and full briefs I've reviewed on my blog recently. Right now I'm viewing your YouTube video titled Collective Clothing Haul: Primark, River Island, New Look | Away with the Faeries . The Fbloggers fashion video I viewed before your video was a 32 minute video on a clothes shopping trip. Now that I've viewed these videos I'm wondering if I should give in-store shopping another go. P.S.: I love your video. That beaded sequined River Island top is beautiful. I like the outfit you're wearing in your video to and your lipstick is a pretty colour.

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  9. I understand how easy shopping online is but i just dont think it is the same as shopping in its natural form, as when shopping online you just dont know how things are going to fit , the a lot of shops charge returns and it turns in to nightmare. I would much rather go and try the item on and then if i dont like it i dont buy simple :). But i do feel like taking the odd chance every now and again and buy online.

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  10. Really great post! I agree I deffo do shop more often online than in stores. It's just so easy to suddenly stumble upon something you just MUST buy x) However I do prefer shopping in real shops. I mean there's jsut something about inviting your friends or sister out on a shoppingspree. Having fun trying stuff in the dressing rooms, buying some good food together and just make it into a really epic girl day. Well that's my thoguhts about it anyway xP
    I love your blog, You have a really great writing style and good quality pictures. It's really inspiring and the stuff you buy is usually something I would want to buy myself x3
    xoxo
    Serainie

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  12. I am addicted to online shopping. It's so convenient and I love waiting for the postman to deliver a box....but, don't like it when the thing I receive doesn't fit :(

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