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Shopping Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s difficult to imagine that it’s already been a year since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of our daily lives, from the way we perform our daily duties and commute to school and work to the way we shop for everything from groceries to clothes and other essentials.

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In the times when social distancing has become a norm and working remotely has become an alternative arrangement for a number of employees, it comes as no surprise that many people are doing their shopping online as a way of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Given the many advantages online shopping has over the traditional in-store shopping and the fact that it’s a much safer alternative in times like these, e-commerce is expected to only gain in popularity during the pandemic and beyond.

Below, everything you need to know about shopping online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Are The Advantages Of Shopping Online?

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First things first, there are many reasons why online shopping may be more beneficial for consumers compared to the conventional method, especially in times like these. For starters, shopping from the comfort of your home is far more convenient. You have more control over your spending, there’s no sales pressure, and there’s more variety – which is a big plus, especially if you’re shopping for clothes and want to get in on the latest trends.

You’re also able to get better deals this way, and you have the option to send gifts as well. There are no crowds which reduces the risk of catching COVID, and you can easily compare prices to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Which Product Categories Are In Demand?

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With online purchases rising, it may be interesting to take a look at the product categories that are in demand. According to a survey, product categories that have experienced a 6-10% increase are electronics, household items, gardening, furniture, and cosmetics. While some websites choose to focus on only one or a couple of product categories, others are more general and sell products from multiple categories.

For instance, if you visit shoppster.com and other similar sites, you’ll be able to find everything from homeware to clothing to electronic devices. Having everything in one place and just a couple of clicks away is less time-consuming, and websites like these can easily become your go-to place for practically everything you need. They’ll often offer loyalty programs which you can use to get various discounts and get the most bang for your buck. On the plus side, companies are working on enhancing their e-commerce experience, so shoppers may expect improvements in everything from delivery times, product descriptions, and product reviews and ratings.

How Are The Delivery Services Handling The Increase In Online Shopping?

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Aside from being a practical and efficient way to get everything you need in a hassle-free and stress-free way, shopping online is also the safest option at the moment. With the number of online orders increasing at a rapid pace, one can’t help but wonder how this increase in online shopping is affecting delivery services and the processing and packaging of online purchases.

Keeping up with the latest updates from the department of health and following all the guidelines is mandatory for delivery services. By taking precautions and enhancing safety measures, they’re able to keep the mail personnel healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. That being said, it might be best for customers to request the mail carriers to place the packages on the floor. That way, there’s no physical contact, which is much safer for delivery personnel, and the method is being increasingly applied for both fashion purchases and food delivery.

What Are The Precautions For Opening Boxed Shipments?

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Other than avoiding transmissions by hand, it’s best for customers to take additional safety steps to prevent the spread of the virus for their own peace of mind. This is especially important if you’re taking care of an elderly person or someone with a chronic condition, in which case it’s advisable to wear disposable gloves when handling packages and mail.

When it comes to online fashion purchases, your safest bet would be to wash any new clothes that have been delivered to you. Although spreading via fabric is not the main way the virus is transmitted, there’s no way of saying how long the virus can survive on fabrics, so taking an extra safety step before trying on new clothes is recommended.

Wrapping Up

An effective response to the public health crisis, shopping online helps you remain healthy and safe during these tumultuous times while also saving time and money in the process.

Now that you’re aware of the advantages of online shopping and all the health-related questions are answered, you can let go of any concerns you may have had about online purchases and shop safely and worry-free during the pandemic.

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On-Trend Winter Coat & Accessory Guide

The weather is getting colder, and we are all looking for ways to stay warm, and look great at the same time. Fashions Finest has put together some of the most on-trend winter coats and accessories to keep you looking hot this season. Keep scrolling to find our recommendations, and how you too can get the look.

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We have chosen a few popular and easily accessible brands to help you begin your search for your winter wardrobe, and we have included a range of styles to suit every look, from day wear to evening and work attire too.

On trend colours this winter are darker colours including the timeless shades of black and grey, but a very popular colour this season is navy blue. Expect to see fiery bursts of brighter colours as well, such as reds and pinks to brighten everything up.

Primark

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Primark are a major retailer on many high streets, and Fashions Finest loves the affordable and bang-on-trend looks their clothing offers us.

This warm and cosy oversized and super long coat £35.00 offers great protection from the elements. It looks fantastic when paired with a cosy knit jumper and boyfriend jeans, or a pair of timeless skinny’s. Add a pair of classic trainers, or even heavy boots to achieve a street smart look, or wear it over a dress and add knee high boots for a smarter look. This coat has a good amount of versatility, and lends itself easily to both day and evening wear.

Oversized scarves are fashionable this season, especially when worn wrapped over the head. Primark have a great selection of oversized scarves which are made of recycled materials for only £6. Wrap this over the top of any coat to stay warm and add to your on-trend look this winter.

Military Coats styles are up there with the seasons most on-trend looks this year and they look great layered over a dress and boots, or a top and skirt combination. This Primark military style coat for £35 works well for daytime work wear, and evening wear too. Add a hat and scarf in a brighter hue to add a pop of colour to your look.

Head on down to your nearest highstreet store to grab your gear today.

Debenhams

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Teddy bear coats are still in style for winter 2020/2021 which is great news if you still have one in your wardrobe from last winter. Team your coat with a warm and fluffy bucket hat to complete the look.

Debenhams are both an online and high-street store, and Fashions Finest loves the fantastic range of quality brands and variety of styles Debenhams gives us access to.

This fantastically soft and warm teddy coat from Principals is available at Debenhams for £65, and totally on trend. Hats are also on trend this winter, with the traditional beanie hat coming top of the list. Bucket hats and fedora style hats are following closely behind, and Debenhams have a wide variety of hats in different colours and styles for us to choose from. Fashions Finest loves this simple pale grey cable knit Beanie hat from Faith. At only £10, it will finish off a winter outfit with a timeless feel. Alternatively you could opt for this Black Fedora Hat, from Quiz. At £15.99 it will add an air of style to your winter wardrobe, while keeping you warm, and won’t destroy your hairstyle as much as a traditional Beanie could do. A fabulous choice when paired with this Wallis - blue faux wool funnel neck coat £65, over a suit or short skirt, an worn with boots with a higher heel.

Topshop

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Topshop offer great accessories for every season, and you can guarantee they are on-trend and great quality. Fashions Finest love this biker coat, which Topshop offer in several different styles for £65.00. Choose a faux fur lined jacket, and go for a few sizes larger than your usual fit, and your biker jacket will fit perfectly over a warm woolly jumper. Perfect for the cold climate, and easy to dress up or down, this jacket will look just as good worn over your comfy jeans, t-shirt and heavy boots, as it will worn over an evening dress and heels!

Alternatively choose this beautiful deep red velvet faux fur coat for £75.99 which will add that special something to your outfit, when worn over a blouse and mini skirt, or a dress suit.

Brighten your ensemble up a little with this warm and colourful burgundy brushed grid check scarf, £20.00 which can be worn in a variety of ways. Add a bucket hat to keep your hair dry on wetter days, from £16.00 at Topshop.

Zatchels

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Every woman needs to carry a bag of some kind, to house everything we may need throughout the day, or carry our work gear. It is time to finish off your outfit by adding a timeless bag and Fashions Finest recommends the one and only stylish Zatchels bag to complete your look this winter.

Zatchels offer an exciting array of bags in various styles and colours, including over the shoulder bags, hand bags and back packs at their online shop. We have chosen this plus size handmade leather sugarcube handbag, in black and gingham £110 which we love because of it’s nice size, and on-trend look which will complement all of the winter accessories we have looked at in this article.

Zachels have only been around since 2011, but since their first re-boot of the classic satchel they have grown to become the essential ‘go-to’ place for on-trend leather bags and accessories that are available in a myriad of colours and finishes. Fashions Finest loves Zatchels for its high quality bags which offer a sense of fun, a pop of colour and the latest fashion styling in equal measure. A must have this season and beyond. Choose the colour and style that expresses your inner-you the most today. You can even have bags personalised, adding your name or nickname to the outside, or inside the bag, giving these bags a fun and useful bonus!

A Note To Finish

Everything we have discussed above is currently on sale because of Black Friday deals and early New Year sales. The likelihood is that you will find them at much cheaper prices than we have listed, so click the links to find out if you can grab a bargain now, and Happy Shopping!

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