Sunday, March 29, 2015

Best Way to Find Clothing Stores

Shopping for clothing is fun, and it is also rather easy.  Thank you internet.

So, what do you think is the best way to find clothing stores.  If you don’t already have a particular retailer in mind, how do you typically begin your search.  Are you like most people and use the big search engines like Google & Bing?  Or do you have a special tip to share with us?

Here are a few of my favorite places to look for new boutiques (yes, I am bias and prefer these because they are on Apparel Search).

Clothing Stores – this is our primary fashion retail store section. The directory consists of department stores, outlet centers, online retailers, and speciality boutiques. If you know any amazing companies that should be added to the directory, suggest to them to contact us. We are happy to add new resources.

Consumer Fashion – this is a rather new section on Apparel Search.  This entire section has specifically been designed for people interested in shopping for clothes, shoes, handbags, or accessories.  The area is not yet perfect, but it is off to a good start.  If you can think of ways that we can improve this particular area of the site, please do not hesitate to let us know.  While you are reviewing this area of the site, you may want to check the top shopping destination page to find clothing stores that may be of interest to you.

Because we are fans of the East Coast of the United States, we also must recommend that you investigate shopping for fashion in New York.  If you live in a different part of the country or the world, please let us know your favorite shopping destinations for purchasing clothing.

Thank you for taking the time to read our fashion retail blog post. We hope that you have found this news to be informative. If you have comments or questions, please add your thoughts in the discussion area below.

Apparel Business Draws in Fashionistas

Why does everyone want to join the fashion industry?  Just because you are a fashionista it does not necessarily mean you are ready.  Seriously, you may actually not be ready…

We can’t even begin to tell you how many people wish to create an apparel business.  The number is almost mind boggling.  If someone told me that 70% of the world’s population wanted to start an apparel business, I would “almost” believe them.  OK, seventy percent is an unrealistically high percentage.  However, you get the point, and the number must be pretty high.   

What is the reason for this phenomenon? 

In the opinion of Apparel Search, the desire to become a fashion designer is similar to the concept behind why people want to start a restaurant.  Despite the fact that the majority of restaurants fail, there appears to be an endless supply of wanna be chef’s lining up to open new dining establishments.  Sure this is great because clothing manufacturers have the opportunity to manufacture chefs clothing, but why do all of these people think they can be a successful restaurateur.  The reason is that they love cooking and they believe that the meals that they prepare are enjoyed by all.  The problem is that cooking for your family is “way” different than managing an actual business.  Food preparation is only a small part of the business.  In regard to fashion, it is a very similar dilemma.  People are confused that their love for clothes, footwear, and style means that they are qualified to manage an apparel business.  This is simply not the case.

Having an eye for fashion and a fantastic sense of style, most certainly does not mean that you understand customs clearance documents, inventory management, and quality testing procedures.  It is critical to understand that the science of garment design, manufacturing, and distribution is more complicated than the average person would consider.

As with any business, when looking from the outside, everything often looks very easy.  The reality is that this is often not the case.

Before you decide that you want to become an emerging fashion designer and take a shot at the catwalk, take your time to learn about the fashion industry by attending a school specializing in garments & textiles.  If you think you are ready, you can further investigate explore a career in fashion.

Are you interested in becoming an emerging designer on the road to fame and fortune.  Do you want to work in the apparel business in another capacity?  If yes, most definitely give it a try.  However, before you blindly jump in, make sure to study the apparel industry first.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment area below.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

11th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

If you can use toilet paper to make a beautiful wedding dress you just might win $10,000 and have your entry made into a real gown!
Everyone likes to save money here and there. And for some, saving money on weddings is more than a hobby, and a little less than an obsession. Laura Gawne and Susan Bain operate the popular website .
The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest presented by Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin begins March 12, 2015 for the eleventh year in a row.
Toilet Paper Bridal Gowns
For the first time ever, Kleinfeld Bridal will create a wearable gown inspired by the Grand Prize Winner’s Entry! Contestants have until May 12, 2015 to submit their paper masterpieces. Top ten entries will be chosen then online voting will be open to the public.
The top ten dresses and their designers will be flown to New York City to participate in a live fashion show finale event at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City on June 17, 2015 where the top three winners will be chosen.
At the Finale Event, the dress entries will be judged by members of Cheap Chic Weddings, Charmin, Co-Owner of Kleinfeld, Mara Urshel and Celebrity Judge Mikie Russo, event planner and host of “Mikie Saves the Date” on FYI Network.
“The contest has grown immensely over the last ten years and we are always in awe of the beautiful gowns created by the contestants.” says Susan Bain, Co-Founder of Cheap Chic Weddings. “We specialize in making weddings chic on a budget but these designs often surpass even our imaginations.” added Laura Gawne, Co-Founder of Cheap Chic Weddings.
The Grand Prize winner will see their design created into a beautiful gown and receive $10,000, the second place winner will receive $5000 and the third place winner will receive $2500.
Here’s How to Enter:
First: Plan your design.
Second: Grab some Charmin Toilet Paper (Ultra Strong, Ultra Soft or Basic), tape and/or glue and/or needle and thread (that’s all you can use)! To help offset the cost of designing these memorable creations; Charmin is providing coupons by request at [email protected]
Third: Make the dress and headpiece on your model or mannequin and take some clear, unaltered digital photos (front, back and side). The dress must be able to be worn by a human!
View top and winning entries:  
2014 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest Winner Susan Brennan’s Entry she calls Romance on a Roll

Official contest rules along with lots of other wedding cost saving tips and information can be found at .
Apparel Search reported on this wedding dress contest in 2013 & 2013.  We are very glad to have the opportunity to share the news with you again this year.
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Mindy Kaling in her Kam Skinny jeans in Dark Knight

The beautiful and extremely sexy Mindy Kaling was photographed wearing Parker Smith last night at the Vogue Magazine x Rodarte dinner in Los Angeles! The writer/actress looked stunning in her Kam Skinny jeans in Dark Knight ($178;
Sexy Mindy Kaling

Vera Mindy Chokalingam known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer widely known for creating and starring as Mindy Lahiri in the Fox sitcom The Mindy Project. She is also known for portraying Kelly Kapoor on the NBC sitcom, The Office

Stephanie Drake Black Obsidian Croc Statement Ring

Mad Men actress Stephanie Drake was photographed wearing Isharya last night to The Black and Red Ball hosted by AMC in Los Angeles! The actress accessorized her black gown with Isharya's  Black Obsidian Croc Statement Ring ($98;
Stephanie Drake March 2015

Black Obsidian Croc Statement Ring

Alexander & Naomi Styling in LA

Naomi Watt's son, Alexander, wore Junk Food yesterday in LA! The eldest of the two boys sported his Junk Food Mr. Men Tee on his way to karate class (Price available upon request; ( 
Alexander and Naomi Watt March 2015

Explore a Career in the Fashion Industry

If you enjoy fashion as much as we think you do, it may be a good idea for you to investigate opportunities to work in the apparel industry.  OK, it is understood that it is very possible that you already work in our fabulous industry.  So, I better break this post up into two distinct parts.   Section one, for those new to the industry.  Section two, for those of you that are already entrenched.

New to the Fashion Industry
  1. Step one is to learn about the fashion industry.  Obviously, you will need to know what you are potentially getting yourself into.
  2. Step two, attend a college or university to further educate yourself in regard to a specific aspect of business.  Or get a well-balanced but “industry specific” education at a school that specializes in fashion or textiles.
  3. Step three, prepare a resume.
  4. Step four, do all of the following:
  • Attend a job fair.
  • Meet with an employment agency.
  • Research job opportunities online.
Here is one more important tip, which is not technically a step that I official recommend, but it may be helpful.  Make a mental decision regarding your thoughts on internships. It is debatable if they are a good idea or not.  You will need to know if you are willing to take an internship to get your foot in the door or if you want to be patient and go for full employment from the start.

Experienced Fashion Industry Professional

If you are not new to the business, you probably already know most of the ins and outs required to be successful.  However, it is important to remind yourself on occasion that it is always a good time to discover new opportunities.  For those of us that do not own our own business, staying in one position for too long will cause you to stagnate.  Yes, it is true.  Your mind, your inspiration, and your opportunities for advancement may become set to simmer if you stay with one company for too long.  With that said, this is obviously NOT always the case.  Sometimes, the longer you stay at a company the better off your career.  My suggestion to move job hop every few years is a generality (good for many people, but not all people).  You will need to review your own career path to make a proper determination.

You may want to stop by the employment section here on Apparel Search to evaluate resources and your career options.

By the way, you can search for fashion industry employment at the Fashion Job Search website.

Don’t forget, if you are trying to learn more about the fashion industry, check out the Apparel Search fashion industry overview term for additional resources.

Thank you for taking the time to read our fashion blog post. We hope that you have found this news to be informative. If you have comments or questions, please add your thoughts in the discussion area below.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Say I Do with Natori

Say “I Do” with Natori! In anticipation of this year’s Bridal Market, we wanted to share the latest offerings from Natori. With pieces such as luxurious silk robes that are perfect for pre-wedding prep, sexy lingerie that seamlessly fits under your dress, and intricate detailed slips and charmeuses for your honeymoon, Natori will make sure your special day is unforgettable! 
Bridal Fashion from Natori
Natori’s bridal collection has a wide range of prices from $60 to $1,500 with most pieces averaging $200. With all of your bridal needs covered, all you need to do is say, “I Do!”

BoBo House Sexy, Relaxed, Bohemian

Behind the Paris-By-Way-of-LA inspired brand of Bobo House is the creative vision of born and bred Parisian, Eloise Lapidus, daughter of famed couturier, Ted Lapidus. Eloise Lapidus' Bobo House is inspired by a particular approach to life in Paris, the “Bourgeois-Bohème" – stylistic independence and laid back luxury. Comprised of incredibly soft, utilitarian pieces, the collection includes cheeky French phrases and imagery to create the perfect wardrobe staples; ultra soft tees, tanks, pullovers, and t-shirt dresses that combines Parisian whit, style and a bit of je-ne-sais-quois, creating an ultra-feminine, downtown chic collection that is eco-friendly to boot.
Bobo House SS15

Pricepoints run between $85-$255 and is currently stocked in LA’s premier “it-girl” boutique, SATINE Abbot Kinney and West Hollywood.
Bobo House SS15 collection

Designed and produced in Los Angeles, BoBo House brings together the classic, sexy undone quality in the way French women dress and the certain relaxed, bohemian appeal of the California girl.

View more of the Bobo House S/S 2015 fashion collection at the Fashion Blogger.

Thank you for taking the time to read our fashion brand blog post. We hope that you have found this news to be informative. If you have comments or questions, please add your thoughts in the discussion area below.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Jessica Lowndes Looks Amazing in this Bikini

Jessica Lowndes wore PilyQ and Lisa Blue over the weekend in Newport Beach! The actress sizzled in her Lisa Blue African Skies Vintage Bandeau Bikini Top and Soft Side Bottom ($100; and a PilyQ Neda Kimono ($152; in a sexy Instagram snap! 
Jessica Lowndes Bikini Photo
Below are models wearing the garments.
Sexy Bikini and Kimono

Popular Fashion Blog Posts

Ready to shop?  Apparel Search has a few favorite upscale boutiques such as Barney's, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, etc.  We also find inspiration by using online resources. Amazon is a place we often turn when we want to quickly investigate multiple clothing brands and silhouettes.  You can use the following links to view carefully curated collections of both classic and on-trend styles so you can quickly find everything from your favorite tried-and-true denim brands to pieces from up-and-coming designers.  Versatile women's clothing selection includes favorite brands as well as emerging designers.

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If you have learned enough about clothing and style on this page, you are welcome to view more of our blog posts.

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Fashion blogs typically cover various aspects of clothing, footwear and personal style. Ours is exactly what one would expect from a leading international resource and more.

Designer brands: If you are researching the newest emerging indie designers or the most popular international designer brands, you will find articles and enlightening reviews on the subject. Fashionistas will find what appears to be an endless stream of designer options.

Shopping: You can find consumer tips on issues such as how clothes should fit, where to find sample sales, and other information to help consumers research apparel and where to make purchases. We also discuss clothes, fabric, and color trends that offer assistance to shoppers.

Beauty: We do write articles about cosmetics, fragrances, hairstyle trends, and a wide assortment of beauty tips. Models, stylists, fashionistas, and photographers, will surely find news articles of interest.

Essentially, we cover most of the topics you would find in an industry journal as well as other topics that you would discover in a typical fashion magazine.

Fashion is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has considerable impact on the way ordinary people dress and present themselves. Fashion is trend-driven and our fashion blog by Apparel Search provides a riveting way to follow and oversee these fast-paced trends. The blogoshepere has tons of style sites for your review. We thank you for taking the time to view ours.

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