The Latest Fashionable Accessories To Compliment Your Look

Fashion is not a single word, but it is the fusion of trendy clothing, the latest footwear and many more. All the components of fashion are essential in order to reinvent one’s look. In other words, it is one of the best approaches to upgrade the personality of an individual. In today’s time, people are going to crazy about fashion.

The term fashion has a close friendship with clothing. Indeed, fashion starts with the various kinds of trendy and stylish apparel. An individual makes them more beautiful and presentable with the help of proper attire. Actually, it helps a person to put a positive impression in front of anyone, for example colleagues, friends, relatives, etc. A perfect outfit brings the attention of all the people around you. If we talk about style, then footwear also not lag behind to upgrade one’s status.

Apart from clothing and footwear, fashionable accessories play an indispensable role in order to increase the level of fashion. It is a very essential element to accomplish one’s fashion. Even, an attractive outfit and footwear become faded in the absence of fashionable accessories. Indeed, they give new style to fashion. It really gives an alluring look to the people.

There are unlimited online shopping portals which provide endless fashion accessories online for men and women. All the accessories help to improve the personality of men as well as women. No doubt that the women have a large number of accessories as compared to the men. Bags and clutches are the most preferable accessories for women. Women generally love to prefer latest and best designer bags to carry all the necessary items. It helps not only to keep useful things, but it also upgrades the look of the women. The fashionable items fascinate men too. The wallet is one of the essential fashionable items for men. It is true that men are fond of latest and branded wallet. The wallet is used by most of the men as it offers the best service to contain important things like money, ATM card, credit card, PAN card, etc.

Do you know that there are various accessories of the latest fashion trends, including sunglasses, hats & caps, watches, belts, etc. which are preferred by both the genders? Let’s start from one of the most preferable fashion accessories i.e. sunglasses. This is the one of the favorite accessories for both men and women. It is very much in demand, especially in the sunny days as it provides shade around the eyes of an individual. It makes a person not only the fashion icon, but it protects the eyes of an individual against the sun’s UV rays too. It also works efficiently and effectively to make a person impressive and admirable. Hats and caps are also not lag behind from any other striking accessories. In fact, it improves the personality of a person. It protects an individual from sunburn too. Now, let’s come to another eye-catching and latest fashion accessory i.e. wrist-watch. It is considered as a significant adornment. It is a very effective ornament in order to define one’s status. Wearing watches is a very old trend, but still in vogue. Branded and stylish watches are craze of youngsters as well as young adults. It is rare to forget a belt when we talk about fashionable accessories. It is an integral element of fashion which adds spice to one’s look.

Finally, I want to conclude that there are a wide range of fashionable products which are effective to groom-up one’s personality. There is no doubt that there are endless shopping portals which provide such accessories online easily. But, it is very hard to identify one of the most trustworthy online shopping platforms among all. So, one should be very careful about both the quality product as well as a reliable online store before purchasing desirable product.

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Costume Jewellery and Fashion Accessories: Industry Report 2011

The Jewellery and Fashion industry has remained reasonably buoyant throughout the last two years despite the global downturn. I’m going to detail the reasons for this and discuss the prospects for 2011 and beyond.

Costume jewellery (or fashion jewellery, as it also known), can be defined as any jewellery made from non-precious metals such as gold. Normally it does not contain any precious or semi-precious stone or pearls either, although in some high end cases, it might, particularly the designer jewellery market. This is not to say that it is always inexpensive, Kenneth Jay Lane’s (known as the god father of costume jewellery) vintage pieces, have been known to sell at Christie’s and Sotheby’s for thousands of pounds, although new pieces are much more affordable. Generally however, mass market items can sell for anything between $1 and $100. Types of Costume Jewellery include earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, cuffs and rings.

‘Fashion accessories’ is a broader term that includes not only costume / fashion jewellery, but also includes bags, hair accessories such as fascinators, scarves and belts. Jewellery is said to account for over 30% of the overall fashion accessory market with handbags the other big contributor, at around (or just below), this level.

After years of steady growth within the industry, the global downturn contributed to a 3% fall in retail sales for 2009 to $30.7 billion. Projected figures for 2010 are more positive with sales rebounding to $32.2 billion [Source: Accessories Magazine]. Heavier than expected snowfalls, and lower temperatures across Western Europe in the run up to Christmas, may lead to a slight downgrading of this estimate, as retailers lost crucial selling days. The well documented problems with the postal service particularly in the UK, may have affected take up rates within the online jewellery industry, as consumers fretted over delivery dates. Nevertheless, taking into account that growth in the key costume jewellery markets of North America and Western Europe has been sluggish in 2010, any sort of positive growth is an achievement.

Companies within this sector should be bullish about the prospects for 2011 onwards; positive indicators that the industry will grow are as follows:

• As previously mentioned despite sluggish growth in key US and European markets, the industry managed to not only recover retails sales from the 2009 fall, but returned to pre credit-crunch growth levels.

• Austerity measures across much of Europe are likely to keep consumer spending in check. However smart retailers can take advantage of this, marketing to consumers who are trading down. Value for money is likely to be the key driver in the age of austerity; in the UK, ALDI thrived from customers who traded down from Marks and Spencers. Whilst I’m not comparing the Costume Jewellery industry to ALDI, you can hopefully see my point.

• Following on from this, brands that can offer affordable luxury are likely to prosper. For many Fashion Jewellery brands, affordable luxury is one of the key selling points. An example from outside the industry of affordable luxury thriving during tough economic times, is Costa Coffee, who experienced strong results over the last few years as many consumers continue to buy as a ‘treat’.

• Emerging markets such as China and India, offer vast potential from strong brands. Growth in these economies remained strong in 2010 and is likely to continue, albeit at a slightly decreased rate. As much of the world’s mass produced costume jewellery and fashion accessories are manufactured in these new economies, companies need to examine their supply chain and marketing, to best capitalise on this opportunity. Cutting out the freight costs and selling directly at the point of origin is surely a goal worth striving for.

• The price of gold and other precious metals is still very high, Gold has been increasing throughout the last decade from $255 per ounce in 2001 to a high of $1422.60 this year. Silver is a similar, if not as dramatic story. This means that costume jewellery is better value against the traditional jewellery metals.

Those positives and opportunities aside, there are certain challenges the industry face in the quest for growth:

• The key challenge faced by the industry and indeed by many parts of the retail sector. is the rising world wide material costs. From copper to wheat, prices are rocketing as the emerging economies, particularly China and India, enable their populations to move out of poverty.

• Wages in China are also on the rise, putting additional pressures on manufactures which will eventually filter down to retailers and customers.

• International pressure about their trade surplus and the looming threat of inflation, could see China eventually increase the price of the Yuan leading again to increased purchase costs.

• Fashion Accessories, particular mid-market spends, are boosted by a high percentage of impulse buys. Replicating this spend in the online jewellery space is a challenge that retailers need to face up to. There is no simple answer, the likes of Amazon and ASOS spend hundreds of thousands a year on web development, to enable linking of products, and suggestions to their customer. Smaller retailers need to also consider how they can innovate to maximise their sales.

Overall this is a challenging but exciting time for the Costume Jewellery and Fashion Accessories industry, I expect worldwide consumer spending in this sector to grow by between 4% and 5%, several new entrants to join the industry and the continued growth of online jewellery and accessories’ sales. I will be revisiting this blog later in the year to see if I am correct in my analysis.

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Benefits of Buying Fashion Accessories Online

If you are looking to buy some clothes or accessories for a special occasion or even just for casual outings, you can find almost anything you want online these days including popular branded watches, purses, handbags and even shoes. Buying fashion accessories online is a great way to get the latest and hippest fashions from the convenience of your own home. Here are some of the advantages of shopping for fashion accessories online:

1. You have access to the world’s best brands at the click of a mouse. Unlike shopping at a brick-and-mortar store where you are limited to whatever accessories they currently have in stock, when you shop online you have unlimited choices. No matter what brands you want, you can usually find a website that is selling them. And your order can be shipped virtually anywhere in the world in just a few days or even overnight.

2. Prices can be more affordable than buying at an offline store. By setting up online stores, many brands are able to cut down on their overhead and other costs and pass on the resultant savings to their customers.

3. Shopping online can be more secure. When you shop online, all you have to do is give your credit card number to pay for your purchases. The best retail sites have sophisticated security procedures that ensure that your card number remains confidential. At a brick-and-mortar store, you have to physically give them your credit card for swiping, creating the risk that unscrupulous staff may duplicate it for fraudulent purposes.

4. Comparing prices on fashion accessories to get the best deal is easy, unlike shopping offline where you may have to visit several stores before finding a particular piece at a satisfactory price. When comparison shopping online, all you have to do is visit several websites selling the same item. You can even have them open simultaneously on separate tabs and then shop at the site that offers the best price.

Of course, there are drawbacks to buying fashion accessories online, the main one of which is that you cannot physically try on the accessory before buying it. This is why it is very important that you get your sizes correct before ordering an item. Make use of size charts and conversion tables that are provided by online retailers to ensure that the item fits you, particularly if you are buying shoes. And when your purchase is delivered, open the package before signing the receipt to make sure that your order was delivered correctly and in good condition.

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