3 Reasons Online Shopping Is And Will Forever Be The New Fashion Experience

3 Reasons Online Shopping Is And Will Forever Be The New Fashion Experience

Who wants to go to the mall when you can shop in bed?

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As a guy who adores fashion, there is nothing I love more than pretending I'm in a 2000s teenage girl movie and having a mall montage. Trying on clothes is what I live for. My dad experienced the horrifying experience when we went to a department store in Scotland on a vacation and I had him holding about fifty different shirts alone for me to try on! But as a lover of retail and fashion, I have come to discover that in-person shopping is slowly falling off the face of the planet. I've come up with a few reasons as an explanation as to why nobody typically wants to go out shopping anymore.

1. Stores don't always carry what they do online

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That GIF is an accurate representation of myself when I go to the store and ask where they carry the shirt I want, and they say, "Oh that's an online exclusive!" I don't even know why I bother going out to the store when I see it right there online because it isn't guaranteed to be at the store. This isn't just the case for clothes, it's the case for ALL shopping. Your mother could be on Target.com and see a lamp you want, but when she goes to buy it in the store, it isn't available in stores. For this reason is why most people I know just prefer to order their products online rather than to go gamble that it's in the store.

2. Interacting with people can be hard

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Going to the store and interacting with the employees isn't easy for everybody. If you're like me, you will walk up to anybody and tell your life story, which is pretty fun. But, I would say that at least 75% of the people I know in my life don't feel as comfortable asking for help from the employees or even checking out with your purchases. It's totally understandable as some people get super anxious, or the employees are rude or maybe they just don't enjoy speaking to strangers. It's super common anxiety that even I have trouble just dealing with.

3. The online store has way more options than the physical store

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If only we could all walk out of stores with multiple bags full of purchases. Unfortunately, that isn't how it happens nowadays! This kinda goes along with my first reason. Imagine you walk into a store right? You walk in, and there are so many options for each article of clothing. Well, get this: Every store's online version has 10 TIMES the content to choose from. It can't even compare to all the options that you can scroll through on your phone. So which be honest, which would you choose?

I'm a guy with a passion for fashion, but it is becoming more and more of a digital industry. I've learned that if I want to enter the fashion world someday as a career, I have to know that sooner than later it's all going to be digital and hardly any physical work. It's sad, but it also opens up so much more room for creativity. All in all, I am somebody who prefers online shopping when possible. But don't get me wrong I love going out to the largest malls too! Besides, I would like to hope that I can have my fashion movie moments for the rest of my life!

XOXO, Jake

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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Buying Bathing Suits Online Is The Worst

Online Shopping isn't for everyone, sadly.

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With Spring Break right around the corner, I find myself online shopping more than usual. I would say I'm somewhat an online-shopping connoisseur, meaning I do it CONSTANTLY. However, just because I'm always online shopping doesn't mean I actually buy the clothes I put into my shopping cart; it's fun imagining I have a bottomless wallet, okay! Online shopping can get time-consuming and can lead you down a dark hole -I know this from experience; I often find myself aimlessly staring, scrolling, and clicking for two hours or more. This can become a problem if I have homework or exams to study for, but it's hard to just stop, there are just too many stores and clothes to get through!

One issue that seems to follow me whenever I decide to online shop is picking the right size and PRAYING it'll fit me. Online shopping doesn't give you the liberty of trying on different sizes until you find the right match; instead, it's a guessing game full of anxiety and ultimately regret if it doesn't fit.

I know the feeling of regret way too often, for I'm a very tiny girl who just so happens to have a very large bust, making it extremely hard to pick what size would be most flattering and appropriate. It gets really frustrating when I can't buy some of the things I want due to my body, and gets even more frustrating when I can't buy cheap and cute bathing suits like most girls my age.

Since my body is extremely unproportional, I have to get two different sizes for my bathing suits -a small for the bottom and a large/extra large for the top. However, for some unknown reason, online bathing suit companies decided to only offer their two-piece sets in one size. For example, you can only buy a bathing suit in a size small top and small bottom, medium top and medium bottom, large top, and large bottom, etc. It's ridiculous and unfair to assume that every girl is built to be the same size in her butt and bust!

I know they're just bathing suits, but this issue represents the struggles I have endured my entire life trying to find clothes that flatter my body; I'm constantly wishing I had an easier body-type to dress, not only for comfort but for convenience. It seems small, but I want to be able to buy a cute bathing suit online like all of my friends. However, I won't be granted this luxury until these bathing suit companies realize their sizing is exclusive and unjust.

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