Summer Shopping Spree! Online?

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve never shopped online for clothes before, so this is a first for me. Call me old-fashioned but I actually enjoy the buzz of the high street, looking for a new outfit for a night out with the lads, and actually being able to try clothes on before I purchase them.

It’s always been especially nice to have a second opinion on new outfits too, like that of a partner or friend, so shopping online for clothes always seemed like a lonely pursuit to me.

Nevertheless, I’m sat here in front of my computer wondering what all the fuss is about and I’m going to search to see what I would buy should I ever decide to make the shift from high street to e-commerce.

The first place I’d start is on the website of my favourite high-street store for menswear, which is http://www.zara.com

The first thing I noticed here is that there is a much wider range on their site than in-store. Flowery designs seem to be quite popular for men at the moment by the looks of things but I’m more of a plain tee-shirt kinda guy – plain with a subtle nuance that is simple yet snazzy!

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I’ll also be needing some shorts, especially with this tropical weather we’ve been having here in London… For those I’ve gone to www2.hm.com and I’ve found a few that caught my eye.

These ripped jean shorts would probably be my next impulse purchase. I really like how they have additional style suggestions. If I were lazy I could just buy the whole outfit and call it a day!

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But no, on we must go. I need some footwear to go with my new jeans and t-shirt. Seeing as they’re quite plain I’m thinking to go a little jazzy with the shoes.

I don’t know who these are designed by, but ASOS seems to know what I like!

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A GQ magazine article I just found had me salivating at the craftsmanship of some timepieces, which lead me to this Hugo Boss watch.

I guess another bonus for shopping online is that you can go in and out of stores as quickly as the click of a button, as well as read up on advice on where to shop.

Delving in and out of magazine’s websites can also be a great source of inspiration!

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The above is the kind of outfit I would wear on a sunny day to the park or for an informal coffee down at the West End with friends.

In addition, I may opt for a matching wallet, some jewellery, underwear (maybe), cologne, sunglasses and a hat, all of which I could find in one trip to the shopping centre, and not have to wait for delivery either.

In conclusion, there are definitely some advantages to shopping online, but I’m still a big fan of high-street shopping – the changing rooms, the feel of the garments, the random conversations with shop assistants, the giant billboards, the window displays, etc.

It will be a long while before I lock myself in a room and decide to shop for clothes solely on the internet, but I definitely wouldn’t rule out the vast array of style ideas that are out here in cyberspace.

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