Thursday, 26 March 2015

5 Tips for Shopping Fashion Online - The Closet Conundrum

Or ... I am making mistakes, so you don't have to.

Let's face it. Online Shopping has become an integral part of our culture. I do it, even tho I love browsing real shops and won't buy certain products online. However, some of my favorite shops have no brick & mortar store near where I live, so that's that.

Today I wanted to share with you some things I've learned about minimising the risk of fashion mis-purchases when you cannot actually touch the item or try it on before paying. Most of this has come to me by first hand experience, a.k.a trial & error, hence the introductory sentence.

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5 Tips for being more savvy when Shopping Online


1. Check their size guide

Look for the size guide of the shop, as not all sizes are created equal. A size M with shop A could be a different thing from M in shop B, even if theoretically this should be a standard unit. Not everyone considers medium the same thing. A lot depends on the country in which the shop is based, even if they use standard numbers/naming for their sizes, they might create from a vastly different base measurement template.

Look also for any reviews left, sometimes people will mention whether the fit is true to size or if it's better to go up or down a number.


2. Check the shipping costs and return policy

Especially the return policy. Sometimes, items marked down a lot will be final sale, meaning the shop won't accept a return/refund. Finders Keepers. In case you can return the item, how much time do you have? Is return shipping free or do you have to cover it? How much does it cost in your country to send a package of the approx. size and weight, in case? If you are ordering from a shop not based in the same country as you, do they have a return warehouse in your country? Or do you have to send the goods abroad, which usually means it'll be quite a bit more costy.

Take heed online shop owners, these are probably the things that hold me back from ordering online the most.


3. Know your body shape

So right, it is good idea to have an approximate idea what piece of clothing will look good on you, and what has a high chance of sucking badly. There's a reason I don't order pencil skirts or body con dresses. This is especially usefull in case you are thinking about ordering a no return item, or returning the item would be a major hassle and/or money drain.

In the same vain, I very rarely order shoes online, at most it will be sneakers from brands I already know, or shoes where having the problem of a large span will not be an issue. Think flip flops.


4. Read the item description

Not all shops have this, unfortunately I've seen some with a blanket "this is cool style to be fashionable" text, but many times there will be a more or less detailed description of the item, its composition and care instructions.

This helps me because I know by experience which materials aren't for me, like for example a high wool percentage. Or which I wouldn't want to buy for other reasons. Thus I can avoid ordering them in the first place.


5. Look closely at all pictures 

Zoom it. And if there are different colors, look at those pictures too. Sometimes, some colors will translate and display details better than others and sometimes different angles have been shot for the other colors available. Basically try to get as good a grip on the fit, detailing and possibly the material (in case there are no or just generic descriptions) as you can.



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6. Don't be afraid to send stuff back

Or bring it to the next brick & mortar store of the chain in question if they give this option. If you can recover any money at all by doing so, which will depend on return policy and shipping costs, send it back and do so as quickly as possible, like the very next day if you can. Every item you keep without 100% wanting it will just add to closet clutter, will just become, as I call them, a closet corpse.



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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Flowers, Stripes, White and Blue = Spring Mood - SS 15 collection by Whit

Since last Friday we have officially entered the spring season, so I found it fitting to start showing you some SS15 collections that I noted during the fashion weeks last September.

This collection represents a lot of the proclaimed trends for this Spring and Summer 2015. It has stripes, it has blue, it has flowers, it has window pane, it has white lace/eyelet and it has culottes. Talking of which, go here to see how I styled these trend pants during 2014.


What I like about this collection the most is the clean, crisp, carefree summer vacation vibe. And the awesome shirt dresses. Ladies (and Gents) I cannot help it, I just love shirt dresses.
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Da Venerdì scorso è ufficialmente arrivata la primavera, quindi trovo adeguato iniziare a mostrarvi alcune delle collezioni Primavera/Estate 2015 che mi ero segnata durante le settimane della moda, nel mese di Settembre dell'anno scorso.

Questa collezione contiene tanti dei trend per questa primavera e estate. Ci sono delle righe, del blu, dei fiori, la fantasia a quadretti panello di vetro, il pizzo / lasercut in bianco e delle culottes. Parlando di culottes, guardate qui per vedere come indossavo questi pantaloni trend durante il 2014.

Quello che mi piace di questa collezione e l'idea delle vacanze estive che trasmette. E i chemisier strepitosi. Ragazze (e ragazzi) non ci posso fare niente, adoro le chemisier.
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Seit Freitag haben wir ja nun offiziell Fruehling und da dachte ich es waere passend Euch einige der Fruehjahr/Sommer 2015 Kollektionen vorzustellen, die mir waehrend der Modewochen im letzten September besonders gefallen haben.

Die Kollektion von Whit enthaelt viele der sogenannten Trends fuer dieses Fruehjahr und Sommer. Da sind Streifen, da ist Blau, da sind Blumen, da ist das Windowpane (Fensterscheibe) Muster, Spitze bzw. Eyelet in weiss und Culottes (Hosenrock). Da wir gerade von Culottes sprechen, hier koennt Ihr sehen wie ich diese Trendhosen im Jahr 2014 getragen habe.

Was mir an dieser Kollektion am besten gefaellt, ist die klare, frische Sommerurlaubsstimmung die sie vermittelt. Und die Hemdkleider. Liebe Maedels (und Jungs) ich kann mir nicht helfen, ich liebe Hemdkleider.





















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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Vogue it Up - Houndstooth and Funky Tights

As I've said the other day, I love the posing part of taking outfit pictures. Maybe it is my comitrical (comic theatrical) side, but I'm usually having a lot of fun. I'm a fashion blogger, whome am I kidding about not posing for pictures? So I sing "Vogue" by Madonna to myself and get on with it. Showtime.

"Ladies with an attitude, fellows that were in the mood, don't you stand there, let's get to it, strike a pose, there's nothing to it. Vogue." - Madonna

Batwing PU Panel Sleeves Top, Little Black Wrap Dress, Funky Black & White Tights, Heeled Sued Boots, Houndstooth Scarf | Vogue it Up - Houndstooth & Funky Tights || Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog


I'm happy that the weather is now allowing me to wear this top without too much above and below. Here I used it to turn the dress you know from "The Mondrian Incarnation" into a skirt. Not sure about you, but lately I prefer wearing things that leave me with a sense of freedom. That is really just to say comfortable and loose in all the right places. Like under the arms. Tight under the arms garment? Nightmare.

The funky tights aren't houndstooth like the scarf, but I figured they go well enough together, what says you?
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Come avevo detto l'altro giorno, adoro fare le pose per le foto dei look. Forse è il mio lato comico-teatralico, ma di solito mi diverto tantissimo. Sono una fashion blogger, a chi potrei darla a bere che non faccio le pose per le foto? Quindi canticchio Vogue di Madonna e via.

Sono contenta che posso mettere questa maglietta senza tante cose sopra o sotto. Qui l'ho usata per trasformare l'abito che conoscete già dal post "The Mondrian Incarnation" in una gonna. Non parlo per voi, ovviamente, ma io negli ultimi tempi preferisco indossare vestiti che mi lascino una certa sensazione di libertà. Con ciò voglio dire comodi e non stretti nei punti giusti. Come per esempio sotto le ascelle. Un indumento che è stretto sotto le ascelle? Un incubo.

I collant strepitosi non sono pied de poule, ma trovo che vanno  bene insieme lo stesso. Che ne dite?
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Wie ich letztens schon gesagt habe, ich liebe es fuer meine Outfit Fotos zu posen. Vielleicht ist das meine komischtralische Seite, aber ich habe dabei immer viel Spass. Ich bin ein Fashion Blogger, wem will ich bitte schoen glaubhaft erzaehlen, dass ich nicht fuer meine Fotos pose? Also singe ich mir selbst still und leise Madonna's Vogue vor und lege los. Showtime.

Ich bin froh, dass ich dieses Oberteil jetzt auch ohne viel drueber oder drunter tragen kann. Hier habe ich es dazu benutzt das Kleid, das Ihr schon von dem Post "The Mondrian Incarnation" kennt in einen Rock zu verwandeln, sozusagen. Ich weiss ja nicht wie es Euch geht, aber ich ziehe in letzter Zeit am liebsten Sachen an, die mir das Gefuehl von Freiheit geben. Will damit sagen, sie sind bequem und nicht zu eng an den richtigen Stellen, wie z.B unter den Armen. Kleidungsstuecke die unter den Armen zu eng sind? Horror. Albtraum.

Die Strumpfhosen sind kein Hahnentritt, aber ich fand die beiden passen trotzdem gut zusammen. Was sagt Ihr?

"All you need is your own imagination, so use it that's what it's for, go inside, for your finest inspiration, your dreams will open the door" - Vogue, Madonna

Batwing PU Panel Sleeves Top, Little Black Wrap Dress, Funky Black & White Tights, Heeled Sued Boots, Houndstooth Scarf | Vogue it Up - Houndstooth & Funky Tights || Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog

Batwing PU Panel Sleeves Top, Little Black Wrap Dress, Funky Black & White Tights, Heeled Sued Boots, Houndstooth Scarf | Vogue it Up - Houndstooth & Funky Tights || Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog

Batwing PU Panel Sleeves Top, Little Black Wrap Dress, Funky Black & White Tights, Heeled Sued Boots, Houndstooth Scarf | Vogue it Up - Houndstooth & Funky Tights || Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog

Batwing PU Panel Sleeves Top, Little Black Wrap Dress, Funky Black & White Tights, Heeled Sued Boots, Houndstooth Scarf | Vogue it Up - Houndstooth & Funky Tights || Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog

Batwing PU Panel Sleeves Top, Little Black Wrap Dress, Funky Black & White Tights, Heeled Sued Boots, Houndstooth Scarf | Vogue it Up - Houndstooth & Funky Tights || Funky Jungle, fashion and personal style blog



"It makes no difference if you're black or white, if you're a boy or a girl, if the musics pumping it, it will give you new life, you're a superstar, yes that's what you are, you know it" - Vogue, Madonna


Outfit Sources:

Dress / Vestito / Kleid - Mango (old)
Batwing Top / Maglietta Pipistrello / Top Fledermaus - H&M
Tights / Collant / Strumpfhose - Max&Co.
Boots / Stivali / Stiefel - Pittarello (old)
Bag / Borsa / Tasche - Urban Outfitters
Scarf / Sciarpa / Schal - c/o Oasap (exact)






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Friday, 20 March 2015

Touching the Clouds - Editoral

Touching the clouds. I was captured by this editoral not so much because of the clothing itself but how it is styled in the pictures, because of little details like the posing, the hair, the jewelry the model is wearing, especially the thumb ring in the photo where she is sitting on the ground. Obviously. "Rule of Thumb"

And I think the photographer did an awesome job capturing mood with the stormy clouds as backdrop.



Wednesday, 18 March 2015

5 Tips to Pull Off a Shopping Break and 5 Reasons Why I Do It - The Closet Conundrum

In this new installment of the beloved Closet Conundrum Series, we are going to talk about spending bans. I am sure the concept of a shopping break isn't new for most of you. A lot of people do this, and yes, I am one of them. I am going on spending breaks at least twice a year. This year I did my first one secretly in January. 

My rules for them are fairly simple. No money spend on clothing, accessories or decorative cosmetics for 30 days. If I do really have to replace an item I can do that - and no, having a hole in 1 t-shirt but 5 others left doesn't count.



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