Leading online shopping network brandsExclusive hit our shores last month. As you know, we love a bit of (daily) retail therapy, so we thought we’d find out a bit more about the site and how it can benefit shopping obsessives like us.
We spoke to Head Buyer Garth Allan who shared his tips on getting the most out of the site, and he threw in some summer style advice for good measure.
What’s it all about?
brandsExclusive gives customers the choice of shopping from 8oo fashion and lifestyle brands, including a selection of New Zealand labels, at high discounts and daily sales of up to 70 per cent off the normal retail price.
Fashion lovers will find everything from dresses to strappy sandals, jewellery to heels and the best skincare ranges at discount prices.
To help keep their prices at such a bargain level, brandsExclusive orders the items purchased on its website from the supplier and then the products are delivered to its distribution centre before sending on to the consumer.
What are your tips for finding the best labels and the best deals on the site?
With new sales starting every day, we make it ever so easy to discover a great offer. However due to the flash sale nature of brandsExclusive, popular brands and products can sell out quickly – it’s literally first come, best dressed! We recommend signing up to our daily email reminders and connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss out on your next fabulous fashion fix.
What is your top trend for this summer?
Opaque fabrics have given way to anything sheer this season, from loosely tailored shirts and blouses in sheer silks, to flowing semi-sheer maxi skirts, to figure flattering dresses with sheer detailing…. It makes for a pretty skin-baring summer 2013! Our advice? Be sure to invest in a good slip or cami.
What colours should we be wearing this summer?
This summer is all about pastels. Think pops of mint green, baby pink, robin’s egg blue and lemon yellow colour blocked together, or paired with light neutral tones in a statement piece or accessory.
Can you give CLEO readers some summer style tips?
We all know that a ladies wardrobe is forever a work in progress, but there are some pieces that remain the go-to summer after summer:
Whether one piece or two, you want a swimsuit that flatters your body shape, making you feel comfortable and sexy. Choose a suit in a go-anywhere colour like black, white, or navy – it will never go out of style.
The maxi-dress has become must-have all-year-round, but its free, romantic spirit makes it a particularly good staple for the summer months. Change up the look of your maxi day to day by tying a casual knot at the bottom or cinching the waist with a statement belt.
In a creamy beige or white cotton, the over-sized menswear shirt is like the chameleon of your wardrobe, switching from beachy chic to polished day-wear with ease. A long enough style worn with a skinny belt can double as a dress – talk about versatile!
Accessories are a less financially taxing way to update your look, and this season a statement necklace is the perfect way to add a unique flair to any outfit.