Advantages Quick & easy.
Disadvantages Items not always in stock.
It would be a fare comment to say I love to shop but at times I can be a lazy minx and simply can't be bothered with the hassle of getting up, ready, out and driving to a shopping centre full of crowds, teens, double buggies and stressed out mums.While busy at work one day - well, wasting time surfing the net and filing my nails - I came across a website called asos.com which stands for As Seen on Screen. The site is like an on-line department store and has everything for men and women; we're talking cosmetics, hair products and ornaments, jewellery, accessories, shoes, underwear and clothes. It is very easy to navigate using the drop down selection menu on the left of the page so you can go to 'most wanted', 'new in' and so on and so forth. ASOS stock un-branded items as well as products and clothing by GHD, FHM, 6ixty 8ight, Dolce & Gabbana, Miss Sixty, Cosmopolitan, Hooch, Birkenstock, French Connection, no romeo, LoveKylie, etc, so you are bound to find something to suit your taste and budget.
If you click on the clothes rail left of screen, you'll be asked if you want skirts, tops, dresses, trousers, clearance, etc. Once you have selected what you are looking for, you'll be met with a page of clothes. Practically each one, be it a t-shirt, vest top or shorts will be 'in the style of' some celebrity or other, ranging from Britney, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton, Rachel Stevens - I could go on but won't. I must admit some of their 'in the style of…' are rather weird - an example being a gorgeous bejewelled sandal 'in the style of Joss Stone'. Now, I was led to believe Miss Stone performed bare-foot and that when she did happen to put something on her feet, as she was a boho babe, diamante would hardly be her first choice, but who am I to argue?
The idea of the site is people often see the clothes celebs are wearing and really want to buy the same, however, that chic little skirt worn by Kylie is bound to be designer and would set you back 3 months salary so ASOS copy the design or design something similar or that they think would be worn by a particular celeb and say 'in the style of …..'. There is also 'as seen on' but ASO's tend to be designer brands so will be a bit pricier.
The good thing about this site is that you can get up to date fashions at reasonable prices, the frustrating thing is you can be waiting an absolute age for the item you want to be re-stocked as some items sell out really fast - two examples are the silver ballet pump and the white gyspy skirt. I got so fed up checking each day incase they'd had a new delivery that after 3 weeks I gave up. Whenever they did get a new ballet pump delivery, it would be in a size 4 (4!!), and would sell out in less than one hour. They do have a customer services section but they say that they are unable to answer questions concerning when an item will be re-stocked and suggest you check back regularly. Despite this, one day they finally DID have the Pink Soda skirt I wanted 'as seen on Kate Moss' and the sandals 'inspired by Joss Stone' (I love a bit of sparkle - I think I was a magpie in a previous life).
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