Sunday, 20 July 2014

Luxury online shopping

I'm no stranger when it comes to shopping for designer clothing online. I have to admit that I still enjoy browsing in stores, although the ease and convenience of buying online is something which continues to attract, not only myself, but millions of people every day. Adding an item to the shopping basket is as easy as a click of a mouse.

Net-A Porter is the 'world's premier online luxury fashion destination' 1. Net-a-Porter first opened by founder, Natalie Massenet, 14 years ago, back in the year 2000. Since then, it has remained one of the best online shopping destinations for high-end designer women's clothing and is it any wonder. Their packaging and customer service is faultless.



While browsing Net-a-porter recently, I found the most adorable navy cotton-silk blend skirt by high-end designer Burberry London. Luckily, my size was still available, although marked 'low in stock', and with one simple click, the skirt was added to my shopping cart. 


I was happy to discover that shipping was complimentary and the item in question was shipped quickly and received at my end within the specified time. Once I held the box in my red hot little hands, I couldn't wait to open it. Inside the normal brown cardboard box, was the most chic, matte black box, embossed with 'Net-a-Porter' and wrapped with a stunning black and white ribbon. 

On opening the box, I was surprised to see a cute, little gift bag, containing a measurement guide and tape, which will be utilised during my next purchase. Underneath the gift bag, was my gorgeous new Burberry skirt. The sizing, colour and style was as described on the garment specifications. 







After trying on the garment, I was elated to find that it fits me perfectly! I credit Net-a-Porter for including the garment's measurements on their website. I only wish more online sites would follow suit, as knowing the actual sizing at the time of purchase, takes away the doubt associated with not being able to actually try the garment on.

Net-a-porter can add yet another satisfied cutomer to their list.

I'm looking forward to showing you the numerous ways I can style my Burberry London skirt in future posts.

Well, as you know, holidays have come and gone and I am now back at work teaching. This weekend has been relaxing so far, which has meant I can recharge my batteries in preparation for yet another busy week. 

Take care until next time!

Yours in style,

Suzi x



1. Quote taken from net-a-porter.com
thanks to net-a-porter.com for edit image & garment image

Saturday, 5 July 2014

This week's designer in focus: Ralph Lauren

This week's designer in focus is American designer, Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren began designing for men only, back as early as 1968 and worked for his own label, Polo Fashions. Ralph Lauren later branched into women's fashion and is wasn't until much later that Polo fashions became a public company in 1997, trading as Polo Ralph Lauren, as it is known today.


Ralph Lauren have several labels, so for those of you new to this designer, it can be a little bit overwhelming. I will share three of my preferred labels with you.

The Blue Label collection is perhaps the more affordable of the ranges. The label is renowned for the famous multi-coloured polo shirts, sporting the famous polo player in contrasting colours. The Blue Label collection is my go-to label for classic pieces, especially classic button-down shirts, which I wear to work.


The Black Label Collection is my favourite label for special pieces to be worn after five. In particular, I am a huge fan of the cashmere from this collection. It is exquisite.

  
Last of all, the "creme de la creme" of Ralph Lauren is the Purple Label or as it is more recently referred to as the Ralph Lauren Collection, which offers evening wear in the most sumptuous of fabrics. These garments are to die for.



I have to say Ralph Lauren is still high on my list of preferred designers as the garments do stand the test of time, are sophisticated and classic, three vital components of having a wearable, workable closet. 

Until next time, 
stay stylish!

Yours in style,
Suzi x 

images care of Ralph Lauren (c/o Google images)