Unique shops/brands you should have a look at!

Nowadays there is a wide variety of clothing and different styles. New unique independent brands are becoming more popular instead of buying from the usual common high street shops. Below are some of my favourite independent labels which you should have a look at. Maybe change up your style and you might have items no one else has.

Minted – Glasgow

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Taken by Gillian Gunn

If you’re in Glasgow then visit this store. If you like designer vintage sportswear or apparel then this is the shop for you. The shop has recently moved to 55 Parnie Street.

The shop sells lots of different designers like: Stone Island, Supreme, Adidas, Stüssy etc. The layout of the shops is very clean and basic but that’s what is so good about the shop. My friend about 3 years ago showed me this shop and I’ve gone back ever since. They usually post on their Instagram and Facebook showing what kind of clothes they have coming in or selling. The branded mens/womenswear they sell is always great quality and have reasonable prices for the clothes they sell. Recently, they’ve started selling there own merchandise. The other day I bought one of their t-shirts: only £28

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Taken by Gillian Gunn

Go check out their:

  • Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/mintedshop/
  • Instagram – @mintedshop
  • Website- mintedshop.co.uk

MDMS by madmars

It was only the other day when I was looking through ASOS Marketplace and found this brand. A lot of my the brands I choose on this blog post will be from ASOS Marketplace.They make clothing based on street fashion. They sell uni sex clothing.

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Images taken from madmars

The clothes are quite expensive but the quality and detail that go into them makes it worth the buy.

Sisterhood

Sisterhood is a boutique that brand the company as Eco-friendly. The clothes are made for women to make them feel more independent and confident about themselves. “We are projectors of optimism, good vibes and female empowerment!” (taken from their page).

http://www.join-the-sisterhood.com/shop/

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Images taken from Sisterhood website 

I really like this boutique as the clothing is similar to Bershka or Zara. The clothes are reasonably affordable and they do worldwide shipping so definitely go check out the website or there Instagram @sisterhoodthe .

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Items I WANT but do not need…

Being in town for university on a daily basis is tough. Walking up Buchanan Street everyday, trying to resist every urge to go into every clothing shop and not to buy a single thing is very very difficult not just for me but for any 18 year old student. Recently, I have stopped myself from buying anything, and if you asked any one of my friends they would all say this is very hard task for me.

For this post today I am going to share the items I would love to buy right now! But, unfortunately I have to save my money.

  1. Urban Outfitters –

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5133434281002&parentid=SUGGESTIVE+SEARCH+RESULTS&q=pink%20jacket

I am in love with this jacket. But it costs £59, so that is my problem.( link for it, is above) I was walking past the Urban Outfitters shop when I saw it in the window and wanted it straight away. I would say I already do have quite a variety of different jackets but this isn’t like any I’ve had before and would be nice for spring/summer.

Taken By Gillian Gunn

 

Taken by Gillian Gunn

2.  Zara

Of course Zara has to be on the list..

Taken by Gillian Gunn

The words on the picture says it all really. I really want this two piece outfit from Zara. If I remember correctly the top is £17.99 and the bottoms £25.99. I haven’t tried it on yet but I love the style and the pattern of the clothing. This is part of Zara’s most recent new collection.

3. GUESS – backpack

Don’t really have the money to be spending £45.50 on a bag. But I love this pink camouflage pattern. About a year ago I got a backpack from Accessorize that cost me £50 and I’ve used it once. I like this bag because it is different. It’s a good size and I actually like the style of it.

Taken from GUESS link above

4. Zoeva Brush kit

 

Taken from beautybay link above

This brush kit looks amazingg. I know quite a few people who already have it and they have recommended it to me. I love the rose gold on them and makes the brushes look very professional. However, I think I would feel a bit guilty if I spent over £100 on a make-up brush kit but I really want it. I also don’t think my mum would be too happy either. Hopefully in the next couple of months I’ll be able to get them.

 

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My favourite items in my wardrobe

For this post I thought I would share my favourite clothing items from my wardrobe. I think I really started to get interested in fashion and trying out different styles was about a year ago. I became more aware online on social media of trends and looking at what celebrities wear. Personally, I think social media has a large influence on everyone on what we wear on a day to day basis. We all take advice and I guess in some way look up to others on social media and not always from celebrities. After looking through my wardrobe I would definitely say I have a few favourite pieces in my wardrobe that I would like to share… (not in order, I love them all):

1.  Zara – White Puffer Jacket 

I got this jacket a few months ago luckily in the Zara sale. It was roughly £30 I think, however I could only get it in a size Large. This doesn’t bother me personally as I like big jackets and I am able to wear big jumpers underneath. I love this jacket as I can wear it for nights out aswell because it’s quite fancy rather than other jacket that I will mention below.

2. Zara – Camouflage Jacket


This jacket is honestly amazing, I bought this as I really needed a jacket with a good because going to university when it’s raining and you have to walk up a hill.. you NEED a hood! This item also goes with like every outfit I wear and it very comfy. I unfortunately didn’t get this in the sale and saw it in the sale a few weeks later. It was £50.

3. GUESS A$AP ROCKY – T-Shirt


This top was a very lucky buy for me. I was inspired by Kylie Jenners post on Instagram of her wearing her GUESS A$AP ROCKY original top:

Taken from https://wheretoget.it/link/3510170 and Kylie Jenners Instagram @kyliejenner

This is probably one of my favourite pictures of Kylie and I fell in love with her too. So, I went to the GUESS website and went onto the Sale tab at the side of the website, whilst scrolling down I found this top on sale for £14.50. I didn’t even realise until it came it was a A$AP ROCKY Original! I love the high collar and the quality of the t-shirt is amazing.

4. AllSaints – Material Jacket (denim jacket style)


When I was in London in Selfridges I straight away went to the All Saints department in the women’s clothing floor. I was very happy to make this purchase. It was £65 in the sale used to be £98. I had been looking for a jacket that wasn’t too big to carry about for nights out and this was the one for me. The style of the jacket is very pleasing and in a way looks like the All Saints famous denim jacket they sell but only different is that it is material instead.

5. Joggers 

You won’t usually see me wearing jeans and if I am it’s for a night out or I’m just being lazy and can’t be bother to put together a outfit. I love comfy joggers.

  • The first top left image are pink joggies that I found in Tesco. I never shop in Tesco unless it is for food. However, I was in with my mum and fell in love with how comfortable and cosy they are and I love the colour. Even better.. they were only £10.
  • The top right image were from Zara. Of course. I got these in the sale for £9.99 and luckily in my size aswell. These are quite risky as they can get dirty really easily.
  • Bottom left are also from Zara. I would say these are more baggy that any of the others but I love the colour khaki and love the pockets aswell. They were £15 bit more expensive.
  • Last but not least, bottom right. These are from New Look, they aren’t as tight as the rest at the bottom of the joggers but they fit perfectly at the waist. I love the 3 stripe colour on the side and you can put any black, white or red top with it.

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Style that’s making a come back..

Recently I’ve noticed a lot of different styles from the past making a come back on the high street shops today. Vintage clothing is becoming more popular, which I’m very excited about.

The Choker

Many celebrities have started up this trend again as it used to be a thing in the 90’s. I remember when my older sister used to wear them and now they’re back. People used to wear them with smiley faces or a cross on them but now everyone is using them to complete there outfit. There were many different type of chokers: velvet, spiked, lace, plastic etc. Many 90s movies supported this trend and made it fashionable for example clueless.

Taken from Clueless movie http://fashiongrunge.com/2012/12/13/throwback-thursday-90s-choker-necklaces/
Taken from Clueless movie http://fashiongrunge.com/2012/12/13/throwback-thursday-90s-choker-necklaces/
Taken from http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/fashion-news/celebrities-wearing-chokers-spring-2016-kendall-jenner-rosie-huntington-whiteley-and-more-13000

 

Culottes

I love this trend, I’m so happy that lots of people have taken on this style instead of wearing Topshop Joni skin tight jeans all the time. First of all, they are way more comfortable compared to jeans, as the material isn’t denim. I recently bought a jumpsuit that has culotte type bottoms and it’s great if you are lazy like me or are rushed in the morning and can’t find a full outfit to put on it’s all in one !!!

This is the jumpsuit that I recently bought and would recommend from Boohoo: http://www.boohoo.com/new-to-clearance/ella-ribbed-culotte-high-neck-self-belt-jumpsuit/invt/dzz75525 only £12 !!!!

Taken from Boohoo.com

 

Top 5 Online Clothing Websites/Apps

E-commerce has made our lives easier by just a few taps on a screen or clicks of a button. Nowadays you are able to stay in the comfort of your own home or your own bed and shop online. Even if your own your way to work, shopping on online saves you a lot of time rather than going to the shops and wasting petrol. Here are some of my favourite online shops :

1. ASOS Marketplace

This website is great if you want vintage or unique brands. You are able to find a range of different styles on this website that aren’t like the high street shops.  I personally love this site as I able to find nice original pieces of clothing. Lots of brands of the website sell vintage clothing, like old Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, Levi’s etc. The site is also great to find different styles, 90’s grunge or even just see the type of trends that are out right now.

2. Missguided

This site is great for good quality and reasonably affordable clothing. It’s very stylish and I think every one of my friends has used and bought from it before. A few celebrities have opened up a line with the store for example, Carli Bybel famous Youtuber and Alexis Ren famous instagrammer. I would recommend this site a lot as it is reliable and has a wide variety of clothing.

3. Depop

Depop is a app where you are able to buy and sell items online very easily. The concept is a bit like Instagram in the way you upload but instead you are selling it. This app is great if you are looking for cheap or reasonable priced, second hand goods, mostly clothing. The clothing is great if you want to get second hand or sometimes new designer clothing e.g. Supreme, Tommy Hilifger, Ralph Lauren etc.

Taken from http://rosemarymaccabe.com/definitive-guide-to-depop-buyers-sellers/

4. Boohoo

If you need a cheap decent outfit for a night out then Boohoo is the site for you. I regularly buy from Boohoo if I know I need a outfit that I probably won’t wear again or if I need basic clothing pieces. The price is really affordable however the quality isn’t as good as Missguided. There is usually a promtional code on so you can get a discount or even free next day delivery .

5. ASOS

I’ve already put in first place ASOS marketplace but ASOS’ main website is very different to that. This website sells very high quality clothes, jewellery, shoes, accessories. They still sell from unique brands and the prices are sometimes quite high however the quality is amazing. I bought my prom dress from ASOS for a very good price and I was worried for the outcome when I got it through the post but it was amazing and would certainly buy from them again.  A brand called Club L on the site is a great and I would definitely recommend you to have a look.

SUPREME

When I was in London I had the chance to go to the Supreme store in Soho (2-3 Peter St, Soho, London W1F 0AA).

Supreme London Store taken by Gillian Gunn

 

A key thing that makes Supreme unique is their decision to make their distribution of clothing very exclusive. This makes the brand more desirable to people who want clothing that not many people have because the amount of clothing that is put on sale is limited. Supreme clothing isn’t on sale 24/7 instead have “drop days” and these batches of clothing sells out in seconds.

The brand also usually has exclusive collaborations with other famous large brands. For example, Nike, North Face, Vans, Thrasher, Playboy with and of course the collaboration that everyone is talking about Supreme x Louis Vuitton. These collaborations are ways of advertising brands by endorsing one another, so they open up a even wider customer base for multiple brands at once.

As you can see from the picture above you have to queue up into the shop. This emphasises how exclusive the brand is and they want to keep the excitement up and secrecy of the brand up. This idea continues as you are not allowed your phone or any cameras in the shop and you get told before you go in. Even just by observing the people who work and buying in the shop you can tell that this brand is unique to any other.
Supreme have used many large celebrities to advertise and model their clothes. For their 2012 spring/summer campaign they got famous model Kate Moss to model. This brought a large amount of attention  for the brand as such a huge supermodel would model for Supreme and appear on one of their t-shirts.

Taken from Hypebeast.com
Take from i-D Magazine

Many celebrities also wear Supreme which influences a lot of young people as they look up to their idols. For example, Kanye West and even… his daughter North West.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/kanye-west-loves-skateboarding-brands-mitchell-dowden
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/kanye-west-loves-skateboarding-brands-mitchell-dowden

My Top 5 Shops!

1. Zara 

Zara is a Spanish clothes shop. It is the flagship brand of the Inditex group. I would say that Zara sells clothing of high quality but yet still very affordable. The style of clothing that is produced by Zara is very up to date. The clothing is also very unique and many other shops copy their style. Whenever I have the chance to go to Zara, I will. Most of my clothes will be from there. Recently I’ve bought a bag, many tops, jackets and more. In the past year I would now say Zara is the shop I would go to if I need anything.

2. Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is known as an indie shop. However, recently more and more people are buying from here. They offer a range and a different variety of clothes compared to the high street. The prices in store are a bit more expensive than Zara but if you want unique items of clothing like vintage or like quirky pieces then this is the shop for you.

3. Bershka

I was in London when I discovered this store. It’s quite a new store and is more known of in England and in Europe. The store has more of a target market for younger people as its very trendy. It is also owned buy the Spanish brand Inditex. I loved this store when I went in and since being back from London I have bought clothes online from them.

4. Topshop

Mostly everyone shops in Topshop. I was amazed by the store in London (as I mentioned in my last post). However, I don’t really like shopping in Topshop in Glasgow. If I need new jeans then I will always get them from Topshop even though they are pricey, they will last you forever. If you need something for a night out most people shop from there. So, you might have some trouble wearing something different from everyone else.  The quality of there clothes are always amazing. I do own a lot of clothes from Topshop as I can trust them.

5. Stradivarius

Also in London I went into this shop and from the moment I walked in I already really liked it, as it was very different compared to any other shop. It was like Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Zara put together in one. I am annoyed that there isn’t a store in Glasgow but you can order online. Hopefully soon they will move up here as I’m sure they would do well.