Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Top 10 Gifts For Mother's Day: Must-Have Fashions She Needs For Summer

Giving your mom those special somethings add a loving touch in a meaningful way for one curated gift she will adore for years to come! Put creative time and effort into your Mother's Day gift this year, as the thought behind every gift always means the most. Moms always love their daughters advice when it comes to their closet, and we put together the top 10 fashions to help you easily create a stylish gift for her.

For the casual fashion mom always on the go, she will have one less to-do with a sophisticated easy wear outfit gift from you. For the timeless classics mom, she will have the chance to try something new and happily add it to her capsule wardrobe. For the trendsetter mom, she will swoon over a trendy outfit you personally put together for her and will rave over her new look with her friends. For all the moms out there is one thing in common: a present personally picked out by you, matters more to her than anything else you do. Show your momma some love this Mother’s Day with must have fashions and accessories she needs in her closet this summer!

 #1: Something that Layers

From Left to Right Clockwise: Begging for Blush Boho Kimono, Begging for Ivory Boho Kimono, This Art Pastel Floral Kimono- Ivory, Sworn Lover Lace Trim Kimono, Setting Sun Boho Lace Kimono- Mustard

Nothing says spring and summer quite like a gorgeous KIMONO. The most ideal layering fashion for the season, your mom simply cannot go without one in her closet! Kimonos are extra special for the way they serve a purpose in a blissful way. Lotus has many chic styles that are wispy and fashionable that she will love!

  • Opt for a simple solid white or pretty pastel color in a lightweight fabric to add breezy style to her outfit.
  • Flourish in floral. Not only a typical warm season print but THE trendiest print of the year. A great way to add a little print to a neutral summer outfit and to incorporate many of the beautiful colors from the Spring/Summer 2018 Pantone Color Palette.
  • A classic lace or crochet kimono is always a go-to layering piece for mom. Try adding a twist to this classic style by going for a bright color to keep her fresh for summer.

Kimonos are great to throw on and go or to have on hand when the breeze picks up. They are lightweight and easy for all day wear; plus they look great draped over your arm and are easy to tote along if you get too hot. They serve a purpose in a fashionable way. They can also be worn over any kind of outfit, from a short dress to maxi dress and top and bottoms. They are feminine, classy and can be dressed up or down to suit your mom’s personal style. Chic and sophisticated, eclectic and bohemian, simple and straight-lined or ritzy and glam, whatever your mom’s fashion style a kimono will easily fit into her wardrobe! 

#2: Something that Blooms

From Left to Right Clockwise: Forever Floral Detailed Sleeve Top, Be Bold Asymmetric Floral Tunic Tank, Hooked on Floral Basic Short Sleeve Top, Soft Blooming Aura Long Sleeve Top, Setting Sun Floral Back Detail TopCall Me Later Blue Floral Top

From Left to Right: You’re So Classic Sage Floral Maxi Dress, Good Together Cross Back Floral Maxi Dress, You’re So Classic Tan Floral Maxi Dress

Like we mentioned before, floral print has flooded the fashion scene and hey, we aren’t complaining! These feminine floral vibes will have your mom feeling beautifully fresh in bloom all season long. With many trendy floral pattern variations, your mom is certain to find one floral motif she loves!

  • Go for an all over floral print. Large-scale blossoms are perfect for a top or dress that can stand out on it’s own and paired with neutral accessories. If it’s too much flower power for your momma, try a micro floral pattern in subdued colors that’s just as fashionable.
  • A floral print easy wear top or tank she can throw on with jeans or shorts is a great way to incorporate a little floral into her closet.
  • Maxi dresses are a spring/summer staple that brings effortless style instantly to your mom’s closet. Go for a beautiful floral color mix in a comfortable knit fabric in a short sleeve fit-and-flare or tank dress style. That way, your mom can sport her outfit all day long and easily layer a denim jacket, kimono or cardigan when the breeze picks up.

For a more detailed look into the latest fashion print trends, check out our Spring/Summer 2018 Style Guide.

#3: Something that Ruffles

From Left to Right Clockwise: The Good Stuff Ruffle Sleeve Dress, New Women Ornamental Lace Blouse- Mint, Cross the Line Ruffle Tank Top, For Now Ruffle Top- Sage, Ruffle Bliss Front Pocket Tunic- Rose

Ruffle up a good time this summer with this fluttery fun trend your momma can't go without! So chic and feminine, ruffles make for a perfect accent on any garment. From ruffle sleeve blouses to ruffle trim wrap dresses, you can't go wrong with a ravishing ruffled gift for your mom this Mother's Day.

  • Big billowy ruffles should stay chic and sophisticated. These ruffle accents are meant to be lightweight and airy for an overall whimsical look to keep cool in this summer. Sundresses and silky blouse styles are the perfect pieces to pull off this look.
  • Small-scale ruffle detail used as a trim or embellishment is a MUST DO for your momma! A basic knit top, tunic or tank with a layer of small ruffles pairs with any style bottom for an extra stylish look. With ruffles made of the same fabric as the garment, they are subtle but make a chic fashion statement!

#4: Something that Wraps

From Left to Right: Hopeless Romantic Floral Wrap Dress, Something Better Floral Mock Wrap Dress, You’re Still the One Ruffle Dress- Royal Blue, Naturally Wrap High Low Dress- Blush

 Let us wrap up everything you need to know about this hot trend with this: whether a top, a dress or a pair of shoes, your momma has to have something that wraps this season! The most iconic wrap fashion of the bunch is the wrap dress. The flowy silhouette and overall chic look of the wrap style is figure flattering on all body types. Here at Lotus, we even make things one-step easier with many mock-wrap dresses, for those moms who love the look but hate the hassle. So if in doubt, a wrap dress is a no-fail fashion she will love!

  • Go for a mix of trends to get the look. A floral print with ruffle trim or an asymmetric hem in a color from the Spring/Summer 2018 Pantone Color Palette are just a few mix of styles you can put together for one wrap outfit to surprise your mom with!
  • Not only is this style versatile and flattering on all shapes and sizes, the varying hem lengths makes this style work on both tall and petite moms alike!

#5: Something that Slides

From Left to Right Clockwise: Monaco Cut Out White Platform Slides, Ivy Camel Slide Sandals, Griffith Platform Espadrille Slides

Nothing says easy fashion like a pair of sandals you can slide on and head out the door in style! A must have sandal for staying comfortable and keeping cool all spring and summer long. Plus, you can find a number of different slide styles at affordable prices your momma will love! An easy-wearing way to finish off her outfit without breaking the bank= Mother’s Day Gift Win!

  • For a basic style that you cannot go wrong with is a pair of classic flat slides in a neutral light tone color for summer.
  • For a trendier style, go for a platform slide with strappy detail or cutout features in a metallic gold, silver or rose gold color. A little glitz that easily pairs with any style outfit is the way to go here!

#6: Something that Ties

From Left to Right Clockwise: Some Tropic Time Short Sleeve Kimono, On Call Tie Front Top- Pink, One Lucky Tie Front Top- Taupe, On the Loyal Culotte High Waist Pants, Simply Irresistible Tie Front Romper- Blue Palm

If there's one fashion trend you must get your mom this season, it's something that ties! Tie-front styles are across the board, as you will find them on everything from tops and bottoms to rompers and dresses. This cute look isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and your mom will adore the different ways to style them too!

  • Tie-front tops in a comfortable, solid color knit perfectly pair with any bottom for a summer outfit she can wear to any event. Two trends in one, encourage your mom to change up her kimono style by creating a tie-front to get the look pictured above! Let her kimono be the star of the show by suggesting a neutral ensemble to wear underneath.
  • Try a tie-front on an unexpected piece, such as a fun tropical print romper to wear on her upcoming vacation, for extra fun style! You cannot go wrong with anything that ties this season!

#7: Something that Knots

From Left to Right Clockwise: Cute Stuff Knot Front Off White Tee, I’m Just A Lady Knot Front Top, Caught Up Floral Knot Front Top, Lost By the Shore White Linen Shorts

It's knot every day you give a Mother's Day gift, so make sure to make this year's special with a knotted fashion your mom will love! From twist front knots to tie front knots to drawstring knotted linen shorts, your momma will love this fun fashion and certainly work it into her everyday wardrobe!

  • One aspect we love about knotted tops is that they already come that way for one, but also they refine your outfit so you don't look frumpy. Perfect to balance out a flared bottom. 

#8: Something that Shines

From Left to Right Clockwise: Over the Metal Rainbow Earrings, My Wish List Rose Gold Lariat Necklace, filigree earrings *coming soon*, gold earrings *coming soon*, Darling Delight Small Druzy Necklace

You mom will shine like a star in metal jewelry fashions that goes with absolutely anything! Glitzy gold, stylish silver and ravishing rose gold accessories are everywhere this season and a must have fashion that easily works with you mom’s outfits already in her closet. Go big and bold or small and dainty; both are equally on trend and glam!

  • Mix your metals with on multi-color statement piece or opt for layering a mix of metal hues to give her outfit some dimension and flair.
  • Twists, cutouts, and even chain tassels take your ordinary gold necklace to a fashionable statement piece. Whatever your mom’s style, you can easily find a piece that works for her!

#9: Something that Tassels

From Left to Right Clockwise: Cherry Bomb Tassel Earrings, Enjoy the Moment Beige Raffia Tassel Earrings, Done For Me Dark Teal Tassel Earrings, Half Circle Grey Tassel Necklace, *coming soon*

Accessories are essential to completing your outfit and always great for gifting! Tassels are the trendsetters of the accessory world these days and with so many types of styles available, they make the ultimate fashion statement in a fun and trendy way!

  • String tassels make a great for mom because their airy design is lightweight and easy to wear with any style outfit. You can also choose the length and bulkiness of your string tassel to make a statement or blend in with your outfit.
  • Beaded tassels are also popular and add movement and flair to your outfit. If your mom’s style is more particular, you can easily find a pair to complement her personality. From dressier styles with extra glitz to more casual styles with boho vibes, beaded tassels are the way to go for a specifically curated tassel style for mom.
  • Fabric tassels and metal tassels and really any kind of tassel out there is hot on the style list that will make a great gift for Mother’s Day!

#10: Something that Soothes

Doughnut Bath Bomb

Ultimately for Mother’s Day, or every day rather, your momma just wants to relax! Help her do just that with a cute little bath bomb to leave her feeling stress free and loved in the sweetest way!

For ways to save on your Lotus order and make her gift even more special, build a personalized Boutique Bundle that arrives wrapped and ready to give with complementary Mother’s Day Card and all!

More Information on this special offer, click here: Best Gift to Give- Boutique Fashion Box

 



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Summer Fashion Trends: Style Guide For Wearing Prints This Season!

As you have seen everywhere so far this spring, PRINTS have dominated the world of fashion for 2018 and we are here to give you a look into the latest print trends and how to style them for summer!

 

Trend #1: Floral Print

Flower power continues to reign supreme for spring and this year’s trends will have you doing a triple take. From soft and romantic pastel hued blooms to bold and colorful 60’s inspired botanicals to intricately detailed micro florals, spring/summer 2018 bundled all the trends in one mixed bouquet of fashionably fresh florals.

 

From Left to Right Clockwise: Layered Garden Hi-Lo Wrap Skirt, Soft Blooming Aura Long Sleeve Top, Sweet Caroline Floral Maxi Dress, Just You & I Floral Open Back Romper- Taupe

 Full Bloom Florals

Marveling magnolias, chic chrysanthemums, darling daisies, and ravishing roses are just a few of the blossoms you’ll be seeing in the fashion world this season. Large-scale florals in full bloom are fresh and beautiful. Leaves and vines add to the floral motif with allover design taken straight from the garden. This year's florals give off a vintage vibe, especially the softer florals in muted tones and dusty hues. You will even see floral designs in darker shades for a mysteriously romantic feel that adds depth to your outfit. 

 

DO: Try a water bleed floral print like the ones above. On sheer fabric, these saturated florals are glamorous and ultra-feminine. A kimono or wispy maxi skirt are only a few of the many items you can wear to get this look. 

DON'T: Stop there! Soft and dark florals aren't the only designs you need in your closet! Full blooms in bright summer colors or pretty pastel shades are popular too. You essentially can't go wrong with any and every floral print out there! Have fun and go wild!

Retro Florals

Retro floral print inspired by the 60’s is bold and vivacious with eye-popping colors and illustrative design. A nice contrast to the soft floral trend, these graphic buds are bright and imaginative and will give you flashbacks to your mom's tablecloths and picnic blankets from back in the day. These floral designs range from artistically outlined to modernly bold and a totally fun print to wear this summer!

 

Left- Darcy Floral Maxi Dress With Pockets; Middle & Right- *Coming Soon*

DO: Go for an all-over floral print. Whether there are a few small clusters throughout or every inch of fabric bursting with blooms, the more widespread coverage the better. 

DON'T: Think rainbow chic. Go for a balanced color scheme of brights, neutrals or dusty shades from the 2018 spring/summer pantone color palette to get the most from this year's floral trends.

Micro Florals

From Left to Right: Beauty Marked Vintage Floral Maxi Dress, Sageless Beauty V Neck Floral Dress

Sweet, petite and oh so chic, micro florals have a vintage look this season and we can't get enough of these cute tiny buds! This dainty and delicate design is ultra-feminine and especially seen on mini, midi and maxi dresses. Combine with flirty wraps, ruffles and side slits for an overall girl power proud ensemble!

DO: Go for a bohemian look by adding layers with a lace bralette and breezy kimono. Add an edgy vibe with a distressed denim jacket, fringe bag and oversize sunnies for stylish contrast.

DON'T: Mix these floral combos. With allover designs, each floral motif will make a fashion statement on its own.

Trend #2: Tropical Print

From Left to Right: Pretty Daze Cold Shoulder Dress- Retro PalmOff Tropic High Neck Romper w PocketsSound of Satin Tropical Cold Shoulder TopTie Dye Palm Print Tie Front Top

The lush island vibes are back again this year and more popular than ever, as tropical prints are a top trend for spring/summer 2018! From palm branches to fig leaves and hibiscus flowers to banana leaves, print variations are aplenty this season that you’ll be seeing on dresses, jumpsuits, tie-front tops, rompers and more! Exotic and bold, these prints feature bright and vibrant hues in all-over foliage design to keep you caught up in your own tropical paradise.

DO: Try a bright color combo. This print is meant to pack a punch and stand out from the crowd, so go all out in a cute two-piece set, maxi dress or flirty blouse. Just be sure to keep separates and accessories neutral for an overall chic look that’s not too fussy.

DON'T: Play it safe with this bold print. Bright reds and luscious greens are the minimum tropical outfit colors you need in your closet. Pink and orange will pack a punch too! 

From Left to Right: Haute Hues Dove Palm Print Jumpsuit, Plenty of Bloom Wrap Dress- Blue, Island Time Palm Print Mini Dress

Whether you're going on a Hawaiian beach vacation or donning your tropical wear while shopping in your home town, your exotic island getaway doesn't stray far. Stock your closet full of trendy palms and happy hibiscus flowers and pull out those outfits when you are ready for a good time!

DO: Add subdued color relief with a few pastel print pieces. So beautiful and chic, the tropical vibes don't take a back seat here. You can still rock this fashion in pretty pastels. From an off shoulder jumpsuit to a flirty wrap dress, combine other trendy styles for a complete fashion-savvy ensemble!

DON'T: Sport the tropics just on vacation. Wear your palm prints everyday if you want! An everyday print trend that's meant to have a good time in- that's what this tropical motif is all about!

Trend #3: Stripes

From Left to Right: Mali Nautical Stripe Culotte Jumpsuit, Sunny Story Stripe Cross Back RomperLighten the Mood Stripe Off Shoulder Dress, Shades On Short Sleeve Stripe Top

From two-piece sets to mini dresses, stripes are everywhere this spring/summer and we’re digging it! Vertical, horizontal, diagonal or all three, you essentially can’t go wrong with your stripe design this season! Classic vertical pinstripes are always a flattering choice, as they visually lengthen and slims the body. Stripes in varying widths add dimension and interest in contrast to the usual symmetric design. You will find many navy and white stripe color combo's this season because well it is summer, but also in relation to the nautical trend also popular this season. Whatever your favorite, you MUST have stripes in your closet this summer!

DO: Give yourself a selection of stripe options. Specific stripe style trends come and go, but stripes in general are always in style! So add stripes to your closet in at least one of every clothing style. A dress, top, bottom and romper/jumpsuit. For the fashionistas, try a two-piece set or a layering piece like blazer or kimono to complete your wardrobe! 

DON'T: Be afraid to go all out. Striped pieces featuring other trends, such as ruffle detail or wrap/knot/tie styles, are what you want to go for here. Usually too many trends in one outfit doesn't work, but as long as the same striped print is used throughout the trendier the better!

From Left to Right Clockwise: Cruzin' in Stripes Ruffle Romper, Cross the Line Ruffle Tank Top, Sweet Tide One Shoulder Stripe Top, Weekend Trip Ruffle Waist Shorts- Black, Weekend Trip Ruffle Waist Shorts- Blue, Strawberry Margarita Seersucker Wrap Crop Top

Candy stripes are also very popular this summer and can be described as narrow bright colored stripes against a white background, just like a peppermint or candy cane. Red and white is a classic candy stripe color combo and has been seen all over the runway for spring/summer 2018.

DO: Keep your outfit chic and sophisticated. Stripes should be crisp and clean for optimal style balance. Be sure to pair your stripes with solid colored tops or bottoms so they are the focus of your ensemble. 

DON’T: Get too caught up in the Americana look. Although red/white and white/blue are the top stripe color combos we've been seeing, outfits are selectively put together to ultimately yield a tasteful ensemble for everyday, rather than just for the 4th! 



Article Source Here: Summer Fashion Trends: Style Guide For Wearing Prints This Season!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Best Subscription Box For Gifting!

-Why the Boutique Bundle is the best gift box around-

√ Gift shopping from home

√ A gift box set featuring boutique clothing, accessories & gift items

√ A clothing subscription box without a monthly fee

√ Personalized boxed set curated by you or stylists

√ Discount off items you choose 

The best of all box worlds in one! Exclusively at Lotus Boutique.

 

When you think about it, there are so many gift-giving occasions throughout the year it’s hard to come up with truly meaningful gifts that are personally inspired and customized for each person. You have the go-to gift card as a last resort but usually wind up getting a bunch of knick-knacks that’s seemingly expected. How many graduates get diploma frames, engraved remembrances of the accomplishment, or other gifts similar in nature? Those are wonderful gifts, but what a girl really wants to set off with to college is a closet full of outfits! Building a boutique bundle is a creative a way to piece together the perfect gift straight from home! It’s meaningful, convenient and affordable. With other gift box or personal shopping box services, they usually require a subscription or monthly fee. Plus, you aren’t guaranteed to actually like the product. Why go through the hassle of sending things back and going through the process all over again when you can just pick items out yourself? We’ve given the option of giving a gift or personally shopping for you but the additional option of bundling items you pick out yourself! It makes giving a gift that much more personal and you can shop from home, the office, or anywhere, which is great for our busy boss babes. Ok so you don’t know what to put together or aren’t that fashion-forte and hey that’s fine, just answer a few questions about things you like so we can better pick out items for you. 

Boutique clothing outfit sets you choose or we pick! It’s that simple!

How it Works: 

On Lotus Boutique’s website, select Boutique Bundle on the toolbar. Choose the theme or occasion of your gift and add to cart. Once the box is added to your cart, you are free to shop the website for any 3-6 items you want to bundle for 30% off your purchase total! Browse clothing, accessories, shoes, gift items and more for an endless assortment of options to choose from! There are select items not eligible for discount, so be sure you check the product description for that information. Sale items are also excluded. Once you've finalized your bundle selection, finish the checkout process and voilà your specialized boutique bundle is on its way! Your bundle will arrive in a beautifully wrapped package complete with a complementary card inside. Upcoming holidays and special events bundles will pop up when available, to ensure we keep up-to-date with your gift giving needs all year long. So be sure to check back often for updates on our bundle collections. 

 

Types of Boutique Bundle gift occasions and tips on how to create the perfect gift bundle:

 For Mother’s Day

The ultimate something special to give your mom is spending time together, but also giving her a boutique bundle of items you’ve picked out just for her will be the icing on the cake! She will adore the time you took curating her bundle and will feel totally confident in her new threads, especially since they are daughter approved!

 

A great bundling idea is selecting pieces that can be mixed and matched together to create a couple of different looks. This Take Notes Dusty Rose Hidden Pocket Tunic is the perfect basic tee that can either be worn alone or with either one of these fashionable kimonos! On the left, the Shadows Fall Floral Kimono in grey is lightweight and breezy with a beautiful floral design your mom can easily dress up or down. On the right, This Art Pastel Floral Kimono in mauve is so cute and easy to throw on and go when she’s in a hurry. A gorgeous pastel color palette and intricate floral design will pop against the rose tunic. Add a pair of white jeans or if you’re not so sure about the bottoms, you can add a dainty necklace or a pair of earrings to complete the look.

 

If you don’t want to fool with the size struggle of the bottoms, bundle a mix of cute easy wearing tops! We chose a beautiful vintage floral print top, the Marcy Hidden Pocket Floral Tunic, and three different solid color tops she is sure to love! The Forever Your Girl Baby Doll Top in baby blue and in lavender, because both are so pretty and she wouldn’t be able to decide either, and a trendy One Lucky Tie Front Top in rose. A beautiful shade of the season she can wear all summer! 

A head-to-toe outfit that she is certain to love is ideal, but not always that easy to do. We selected pieces that are versatile and easily adaptable to a wide variety of body types. We’ve paired together an easy wearing Aftershock Crew Neck Shirt Dress in a beautiful mint color, perfect for this time of year, and it’s also long enough to be paired over leggings or skinny jeans and worn as a tunic. Our All Star White Legging Pants are a great match to this top and being a stretchy material, more figure friendly. (However, go up a size as these do run a bit smaller). Finish off this look with a beautifully trendy The Blues Beaded Fabric Tassel Necklace with a mix of beads that match perfectly with the top. Plus, with a removable tassel, she can mix and match with all kinds of outfits. Top this off with a classic pair of grey/gold Mad Love Druzy Studs that can go with absolutely anything. An easy head-to-toe look she will undoubtedly love!

For Graduation

Whether high school or college, nursing school or MBA, this is an extraordinary achievement to recognize and celebrate! Give an unexpected gift for a pleasant surprise she will never forget. 

For our high school grads, bundle vacation-wear for celebrating the last couple months worry-free before going off to college! For this vacation bundle, we were inspired by the color scheme of this boho chic It’ll Be Great Rectangle Beach Blanket and included bright and colorful outfits that can be worn on vacation and off at school. The She Cute Halter Neck Top in fuchsia and in orange can be worn with any style bottom, but the classic I Found You Basic Ivory Satin Shorts was a flawless match. Topping off this vacation look, the Golden Hour Black Feather Earrings are funky and fun that pair perfectly with both outfits. Celebrate her accomplishments by encouraging her to cherish this vacation time with friends and family, as she will always look back and remember the last moments before taking on the world of adult responsibility.

If your high school grad is a festival lover and plans on spending fun in the sun with her besties this last summer, get her a bundle of festival-wear essentials. This gorgeous bohemian Would You Choose Detailed Beach Blanket is a must-have festival favorite and the first piece we added to the bundle. We paired the Leave the Party Early Black Off the Shoulder Top and Catchin’ Vibes Frayed Hem Denim Shorts together and layered the Shadows Fall Ivory Floral Kimono on top for one complete festival fashion ensemble. Finish your bundle with a cute pair of sunnies and your boho babe is ready for a summer of festival fun!

Send off your girl in style. Sorority recruitment bundles are a great way to relieve your babe of shopping stress before the big week! Lotus has all your sorority-wear needs at your fingertips. Cute tops and classic style shorts are practically everyday wear during rush, so we paired together the Testify High Neck Sleeveless Top in peach with I Found You Basic Ivory Satin Shorts for looking darling and keeping cool all day long! For the second outfit, we choose the Regulate Front Pocket Tee in salt & pepper to go with the Weekend Trip Ruffle Waist Shorts in blue for a cute and preppy look. The Best Interest Sleeveless Dress in pink is sweet and perfect for wearing to teas and other social events. We finished off the bundle with a pair of cute sunnies to shade your eyes (and makeup) while walking place to place.

For the college grads who will be spending their days in an office or in scrubs and most likely doesn’t have a penny to spare on cute outfits, build them a bundle of weekend outfits to help transition them into the real world! The Memphis Off The Shoulder Top in dusty peach coordinates flawlessly with the Written in the Sand Black Denim Shorts. She can add a pair of wedges or platforms sandals and be ready to take on SaturDAY and night! The All Mine Surplice Tank Bodysuit in black paired with the Lucky Rose Mustard Maxi Skirt is another weekend outfit perfect for cocktail hour with the girls. The City Sky Feather Earrings in cream and the Astro Princess Piece Beaded Necklace in her zodiac sign can be worn with both outfits and complete her bundle. The college grad deserves the utmost 6-item boutique bundle, as she worked really hard for it!

For the Bride 

**coming soon

There’s always a bride-to-be that deserves a bundle, indeed. This is a great gift that’s unexpected and solely focused on making the bride feel beautiful, fashionable and confident as she gears up for her big day. With an abundance of occasions to attend and a number of new outfits to now shop for, help take a load off her shoulders by giving her a boutique bundle of pretty white outfits for a few of her events!

We chose a group of three stylish white outfits that can be also be worn well after the wedding is over. The beautiful Start Things New Ruffle Hem Dress in white is classy and conservative perfect for any of her bridal occasions. A bride always needs a chic white romper, and the Never Plain White Ruffle Sleeve Romper is super fashionable, flattering and an outfit she can easily let loose in while celebrating her new life venture. The bride will look ultra-glamorous in the Want You Cut Out Pearl Detail Dress and you could always add in simple jewelry to complete the look. She will be ready to become a Mrs. with this boutique bundle!

For Your Bestie

When do you ever really need to wait for a special occasion to give your bestie a little happy? Especially when you see an outfit that’s totally her and something she needs in her closet ASAP! Those are the perfect times to show your other half how much they mean to you!

For our BFF babe bundle, we wanted to get her something mom might not have on her priority list. We must help a sister out! The White Caps Ruffle Off The Shoulder Top paired with the Flourish Maxi Skirt With Side Slits And Shorts is super cute and trendy; she is going to swoon over this outfit! Include a matching pair of Perfect Trio Royal Blue Drop Earrings to complete the outfit and her bundle, and so you can get your discount too!

For our BFF beauties bundle, we wanted to give her something she wouldn’t buy herself. A style she’s either hesitant about trying or something she’d like but doesn’t need. A new cute outfit with the Not So Basic Twist Back Top in pink and Basically The Best White Cuffed Skinny Jeans pairs together a top she might be a little unsure of with jeans she totally wants but won’t buy for herself. And just because she’s your bestie, a Half Circle Grey Tassel Necklace and Anytime Gold Leaf Earrings complete the look. Oh and throw in a Chocolate Sprinkle Doughnut Bath Bomb just for kicks. Why not, she is your bestie after all!

For Her Birthday

The epitome of boutique bundling occasions, every girl wants clothes and accessories on her birthday! Shopping for your daughter and don’t know what to put together? Try shopping our Best Sellers Collection for on-trend items most popular on our site, that way your bday babe is sure to love. Instead of gifting a complete outfit, try an assortment of items from different departments. That way, she has the freedom to ultimately finish off her outfit to make it her own.

The denim mini skirt is a hot item of the season every babe needs at least one of in her closet, the Let Me Shine Distressed Denim Mini Skirt features a double layer hem for extra trendy edge. The birthday girl will be pretty impressed. Instead of a top to match, we chose another fashionably trendy piece amongst the babes age group. The New Thing Floral Romper is inline with the current trends and features a vintage floral design and has bell sleeves. Well we couldn’t resist and just had to throw in a top to go with the denim skirt, the Memphis Off the Shoulder Top in sage is super trendy and adds a little boho chic look the babes just love! Tie a front knot to pair with high waist white denim flares or a slight side tuck in high waist black cut offs, this top is extremely versatile and a piece she can style in any way to make it her own. Complete your bundle with Go Time Beaded Tassel Earrings for a sweet cherry on top.

To Say Thank You

There are many occasions to give a little thanks. Turn a basic thank you card into a fashionably fun gift that will excite and surprise! Build a bundle for your bridesmaids or thank your hostesses with a cute set of accessories and gift items. This is a sure fire way to give a gift they can use and enjoy without having to worry about clothing sizes or anything like that.

 

You definitely can’t go wrong with a super cute Doughnut Round Towel AND matching Doughnut Bath Bombs! Cuteness aside, every girl needs a trendy towel for the beach, pool or park picnic fun and bath bombs are perfect for relaxing afterwards. A classic gold Needing Basic Circle Long Necklace is an everyday go-to item that literally pairs with any outfit. Likewise, this Detox Blue Druzy Bracelet is trendy, cute and dainty that meets all your girl’s fashion needs. A fashionable, pampering, perfect-for-anyone bundle to say thanks, now that’s a special gift worth giving! 

For Your Person

This is for all the ladies who have your back no matter what. The girls that will stick with you through thick in thin and love you to the moon and back! For your mom, sis, friend or lover, build a personalized bundle to show them how much they mean to you.

A great idea for your person’s bundle is to focus specifically on her personal style. Maybe she’s a little more bohemian, likes earthy tones and easy wear outfits. The Temperature Rising Tank Maxi Dress in rose is a versatile piece that can be styled any way she chooses. Plus, it’s super soft and comfortable enough to wear any time any place. We paired neutral toned accessories, including Brown Tassel Hoop Earrings and Dusk Till Dawn Natural Assorted Bracelets, and finished the look with a classic pair of Ivy Camel Slides. Voilà! A personalized clothing style bundle made especially for your person… she will love it!

From Him to Her

Calling all hubbies, boyfriends and fiancés! This is the gift to get your girl for a special occasion or just because. You know the real way to get to your girl’s heart- fashionable clothes and accessories…duh! Select your pieces or we can put together a gift for you. Pretty fashion savvy when it comes to your lady? Build her a customized bundle made by you. Wait a hot second where do I even start? Don’t worry; our personal stylists can build a bundle for you.

A nice bundling idea would be a fashionable outfit she can wear to a surprise date you have planned for her! Set up dinner reservations, plan a getaway vacation or create a romantic candlelight dinner under the stars, and giving her boutique bundle gift first will surprise and excite her for the next step in your surprise plan. For a romantic dinner, pair a nice dress that is accommodating in fit and size that flatters all figures, such as our Plenty of Bloom Wrap Dress. The wrap style allows room to adjust to her shape and the varying hem length will work on any height. Plus, short sleeves are always appropriate and acceptable. Add a nice pair of earrings such as Tell Everybody Grey Tassel Earrings and a gold cuff bracelet to finish the look! She is certain to feel absolutely beautiful, totally surprised and beyond ready to take on the rest of the romantic evening with you!

Because You Are Awesome

Whether you want to send congratulations, give a little encouragement or show some appreciation, this boutique bundle is a great way to remind someone how awesome she is!

A great bundling idea is to choose one item, in this case we chose the Forever Floral Detailed Sleeve Top, which is super cute and an all around stylish piece any girl will like and wear. Then select color coordinated accessories or goodies to match. These Go Time Beaded Tassel Earrings and gold Hammered Cross Bracelet pair perfectly with the top. And the oh so cute Doughnut Bath Bombs completes the package! This creates a visually appealing bundle and overall sweet little gift perfect for showing appreciation to those who deserve it!

For No Reason 

**coming soon

What better reason than no reason at all? Just because bundles are the best kinds out there!

For the moms with daughters off at college, surprise her with a bundle full of goodies for no reason at all! Well, just to make her day and remind her you’re thinking about her! Fill it up with a mix of outfits she can wear for a number of different occasions. For a vibrant reminder of how much she is loved, we added the Take The Long Way Floral Knit Dress for a comfy, easy wearing style she can dress up or down and in a gorgeous floral print. Rompers are a must have college girl look and the flutter sleeves and side tie is even trendier on this Like I Do Wrap Front Flutter Sleeve Romper in red. We checked a dress and romper off our list and had to add a top and bottom to complete the set. The bold and beautiful blue in this Not So Basic Twist Back Top will pop with these I Found You Basic Ivory Satin Shorts. But we couldn’t stop there; another top option Sucker For Stripes Off The Shoulder Top is dainty and sweet, just like your girl. Talk about an amazing surprise gift your daughter will LOVE and show off to her all friends! And a proud mom moment you won't ever forget.

Just For Me

That's right! You have the option of getting a boutique bundle for yourself! Why not take advantage of bundling for a thrifty deal? Select the Just For Me option for 30% off any 3-6 items of your choice, and a beautiful gift for yourself will be arriving soon!

If you love it all and can’t decide for yourself or maybe you just like surprises, select the Box By Lotus for the option of getting a bundle curated for you! The $69 box option includes 4 items and the $129 box includes 6 items, both well worth over the flat price point. To ensure the best selection of product for your gift recipient, our stylists need a little bit of information to accurately pick your product. Select your size from small, medium or large, and be sure to reference the sizing chart first. Then, decide whether you are a babe or a beauty so we can accurately suggest the appropriate styles for you.

BABE: This is our younger, more contemporary style. She doesn't mind                             showing a little skin and likes to be on the cutting edge of fashion. She has a busy social life and is always in need of a stylish outfit to wear out on the town. 

BEAUTY: This is our more conservative customer that likes to be styled with class and prefers to get items she can easily wear for her busy lifestyle.

Although there are only two price point options for now, new options could pop up over time. So be sure to check back for the latest deals! Always feel free to email any other questions you may have to info@lotusboutique.com.

...And that's not all!

Can’t get enough of boutique bundling? A Boutique Bundle clothing subscription is coming soon! Connect with us through our social media for monthly Surprise Box giveaways, specialty items and more! 

 

**Product availability and/or discount conditions are subject to change. New arrivals are added daily and new bundle features are coming soon, so be sure to check out the current site for the latest info!

 



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tips for Clothing Boutique Store Design and Layout

 

Are you ready to turn your dream into a reality? You’ve worked so hard researching and developing your Boutique’s business plan and have decided to open your first brick-and-mortar location! You’ve leased the perfect space, secured your licenses and are ready to get started! Now it’s the fun part- time to decorate! But don’t start laying those handmade floor tiles and white washing those wood ceilings just yet, as there are many important behind-the-scenes steps to take first that directly impacts the overall success of your boutique. There’s always a "method to madness" when it comes to retail and, as there are many components involved in a store's development process, majority of them take place backstage. Before you get started, it helps to clear your mind so you can truly focus on conquering each step in the process. To help put things in perspective, clear your mind and go shopping. You read it right- go shopping! (You like these tips already I can tell.) Your goal here is to be a customer and note your natural reactions throughout your experience. This activity is to understand the impact of perceived value through the customers’ eyes and ultimately develop a mindset focused on customer perspective.

As a customer, you walk in a cute little store, shop around maybe try on and purchase… Now let’s rewind. Why that store? Did you hear about it from a friend or thought it just looked cute on the outside? Was it that amazing two-piece ensemble in the window or something else entirely? Ok, you just happened upon it shopping at your local mall and figured you’d walk in and check it out. That’s fair. Now once you walked in, where did you go first? What immediately drew you in? Was it overwhelming, cluttered or confusing to look around due to a random assortment or was it organized and easy to understand the store concept? Did the space feel too open and empty with employees just waiting to attack or did the space feel like an exciting maze where you could explore different fashion worlds as you moved along? Don't use this experience to critique another store; use this experience as a tool to improve your design process. Did you spend a lot of time shopping a certain area? What was so enticing about it? Was it a visual display highlighting a new trend or a creative mix of outfit ideas? What you noticed as a customer is what can prioritize in your design. Spending an unreasonable amount of time on wall hooks in the fitting room? Did you even notice the other store's hooks? Probably not. Neither will your customer. See? Now you can spend time on the important parts of this process.

Using your newfound "customer perspective mindset", you will be able to prioritize and make decisions more efficiently throughout every step of the design process. You want to do things right the first time to the best of your ability, give yourself room to make adjustments and naturally evolve over time, and focus your time and budget on what will ultimately yield a return on investment. Everything from your product assortment to your design elements should reflect your store concept so customers can see, hear, think, feel and ultimately understand your brand. But as excited as you are about your custom tile floor and entire store design makeover, your end goal is to sell your product. Developing a multi-functional store design that drives customers from entry to check out is a multi-tiered pyramid strategy we’re going to conquer in this article. Did you realize that when you walk into a store the direction you go was already predetermined? That's right…and no it's not "big brother". There are strategic methods used when creating a store's layout to ensure your customer's shopping experience fully encompasses the different stories taking place. Constructing a strategic layout, creating awe-inspiring merchandising and incorporating creative visual design elements is key in setting up your boutique for success.

Get your pencils and measuring tapes ready!

Let’s start with the bare bones of your space. Some spaces require full-on gutting and others just need a little face-lift; whether you are starting from scratch or working with what you already have, you'll first need to setup your store's physical structure and floor layout starting with your floor anchors. Floor anchors are the fundamental hubs your boutique that help guide customers through the shopping process. Point(s) of entry, fitting rooms and cash wrap are high-traffic areas usually spaced apart from each other that essentially "hold down the fort" in your space. Some boutiques can have more depending on their store size and product offerings. Use these anchors as a guideline for setting up sitting areas, tables/fixtures, and other display areas to fulfill the customer's needs as they are shopping around the store. It's not only about the customers shopping but also whose accompanying them. Your goal is to form a strategic layout easy to maneuver that keeps customers in your store as long as possible. Getting customers to invest their time in your boutique is very important, so striving to make their experience worth it will make all the difference.

A super handy way to visually plan your boutique’s layout is by creating a floor map. Much like a blueprint, a floor map is a two-dimensional way to conceptualize your floor layout on a smaller scale before you start construction. Now there are many types of computer software, apps and websites available these days that you can use for developing your plan; however, there's no need to get too technical here. Floor mapping is just a tool for planning purposes and as long as your plan is relative in scale, nothing technically precise is required. In the long run, developing a floor map on the computer is beneficial, but drawing by hand is quick and easy so ultimately it's up to you. Create a map of your space perimeter and any permanent interior components, such as building support columns, dividing walls, etc. and secure the placement of your floor anchors via basic shapes. If you are using a computer, SAVE this document, as you will save yourself future legwork by keeping a blank copy of your floor map. Go ahead and print a copy so you can determine your floor fixture layouts with pencil. For your floor map, you want to establish the placement of sitting areas, floor fixtures, including tables, racks, and accessory build-outs, and any other constructional design elements in relation to your wall components to generate a strategic flow through your store. No matter how large or small your space, you want to “divide” your store into little areas that will each encompass a different story or concept. This creates visual interest and encourages a customer to move throughout the store to fully see what all you have to offer, rather than walking in and getting a gist of what’s available and walk out. Now you can move racks and furniture to your hearts desire, actually I encourage you to actively observe and adapt to customer’s behavior, but for now you want to generally set up these areas so you can move forward with the permanent stuff.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest 

Lighting is also a vital component to your space, as it's a part of both the constructional and decorative parts of your store's development plan. Your space will mostly likely consist of a combination of commercial lighting ceiling fixtures. Lighting can be a bit tricky, as we've all been through the "this looked totally different on me in the store" debacle before. You want to ensure your product looks just as appealing on the hanger as it does on your customers. We aren't trying to manipulate the lighting to trick customers into buying something that looks totally different at home; lighting in a commercial space is usually white fluorescent light, whereas residential spaces are warmer. So if you have to work with fluorescent lighting, try using bulbs that emit warmer light or a mix of both. Track lighting is the most ideal boutique lighting, as you have the ability to highlight specific areas of your store that's not overpowering the space. It's very important your spot and floodlights are methodically placed for an evenly well-lit space that doesn't compete with the highlighted features. Decorative lighting from chandeliers to table lamps can help add another layer of ambiance once your store is ready to decorate.

You're well on your way to becoming the new fashion boutique hotspot in town! Now it's time to show your customers how your boutique is different from all the others out there! Start by coming up with an innovative, refined interior-decorating plan that aligns with your overall brand image and selection of product you're offering. If you're inventory consists of designer goods, it makes sense your store's aesthetic should match this higher price point level. Your target customer expects a refined, luxe atmosphere special to its select clientele and product. Whatever your boutique's brand style, really strive to come up with a unique design that no other store has. What sets you apart from the rest raises your potential for success. You can quickly get carried away and caught up in the details, so remember at the end of the day your store design should act as a blank canvas of such to highlight your product. Pinterest is a great source for design inspiration with everything from color palettes to layers of lush décor. Finalize your wall design including fixtures and paint color, execute any floor or ceiling construction and coordinate placement and design of floor anchors.

Depending on your product range, you will need to determine how you want your product displayed in the store. You have a lot of opportunity here to be creative and unique, plus you have the ability to try new ideas over time; however, your product needs to be organized and arranged in a way that is reflective of your overall store concept. What is your moneymaker? What products are you investing the most money in? Those products should be the focal point of your store and featured throughout in a purposeful way. If you want to sell a vast range of product, it all needs to make sense in the space. A hodge podge of random stuff together looks cluttered and doesn’t portray a meaningful story. It’s confusing to the customer and takes value away from your star product. If you want to offer clothing, accessories and gift items, make sure these products make sense for your target customer and your store design. If your boutique is focused on trendy outfits, jewelry and a unique line of candles, customers don't expect to come in and find A-Z initialed coffee mugs or bejeweled trinkets. Don’t get carried away and stay focused! Creating specific display areas for the hard goods and accessories helps organize your space and enhances your customer's shopping experience. Little shoppable destinations to visit around the store are not only visually appealing but a strategic way to keep customers in your store longer.

Bring on the fashion!

Visual merchandising is essentially a realm of guidelines or set of principles all clothing boutique owners should get to know and learn to live by. Creating visual interest and generating perceived value isn't always such an easy thing to do. Just like buying product, you can't buy solely off what you like, it's what your customers will like as well as what's currently popular or influential in today's society. From your boutique's decoration to placement of product, everything has to be done so in just a way that ultimately draws customers in to shop, encourages them to stay a while and try on your product, and hopefully make a purchase. With a saturated market and competition of boutiques trying to stand out amongst each other, everything comes down to visual merchandising. When you are buying clothing from market, you'll quickly realize it's more than just snatching up the trendiest looks available. You'll want to balance your selection of trendy looks with everyday basics in both solids and prints to widen your customer base. Although your buying budget will determine how much, of what and particularly when to purchase product, you'll generally always need to buy an assortment of product that will produce aesthetically relative merchandising concepts. Basically, each of your walls, racks or wall/rack combos should reflect different merchandise styles, color schemes and product assortments so customers can continually discover something new as they adventure throughout your store. Customers rely on outfit inspiration because it helps them visualize what to put together and how the outfit would work for them. Nothing is more special for a customer than to be able to see themselves in our product inspired by the stories we're telling and outfits we're creating.

Let's begin merchandising our first concept in the front of your store. We want to highlight our trendiest looks to draw customers in through the front window. It's the month of March, so the current upcoming events customers are shopping for are spring break outfits, St. Patrick's day green, Easter dresses and new spring outfits in general. We should showcase outfits most relative to the season with customer's shopping needs in mind, as customers are nature of habit. We've invested the most in a spring color palette featuring floral prints, so let's combine all those elements together and start merchandising our first concept. For our merchandising story, this concept is for our chic and girl customers looking for classic spring pastels and outfits that could work for everyday or vacation. We will strategically put together outfits that could work for everyday or for upcoming spring break. We will also subtly highlight our mint dresses and tops to catch any St. Patrick's Day shopper's eye. A tip when it comes to merchandising is to allude to upcoming holidays and events through product placement and color, but wait until the week of to actually put together a holiday themed area.

This Pastel Babe Cold Shoulder Top from Lotus Boutique is going to be our inspiration piece for this concept. We will pull style aesthetics similar together, use a mixture of pieces to encourage a number of outfit options and keep a spring color story. Using all these colors together will start to become overwhelming; a great idea is to pull two colors from this palette, pair with neutrals, and mix in a couple of coordinating prints for an overall balanced color story. We can pair together white jeans and a solid purple top with a denim jacket or floral printed kimono for outfit options. Putting together a balanced mix of solids and prints that's grounded in neutrals, aligning product choice with your style aesthetic and pairing outfits together highlighting ways to incorporate this color into a customer's wardrobe are your overall goals here.

Design Elements more in depth:

  • Style aesthetic is your overall concept theme that's reflected through clothing type and outfit pairings in the same kind of style. One concept's style could be bohemian in which the clothing selection should have a boho look to them and the outfits should reflect different boho looks when put together. So pairing a run of vintage floral mini dresses, black linen overalls and crop tees together with distressed high waist black denim jeans, strappy bralettes, lace tanks and a kimono layered over as the outfit inspiration are all representative of your concept's theme or style aesthetic. Styles sometimes aren't so specific. For style examples, browse Lotus Boutique's Bohemian Style Collection, Chic Style Collection or select the Shop By Trend tab for other collection styles.
  • Color schemes are typically inspired buy a specific print or collection of prints in your clothing assortment. This is where you can let your creative juices flow! From Pinterest to magazines to the candy isle at the grocery store, there are many ways to come up with color arrangements that will inspire you and your customers just the same! You do want to be careful not to be too "matchy-matchy", but you also want the color scheme to make sense. Try to avoid holiday color schemes, such as red/white/blue or red/green/white, unless it's that time of year; otherwise, they just look out of place and uninspired. Balancing light and dark color schemes throughout the store is important as well so one area doesn't look too heavy over another. You want the flow of colors from one concept and color scheme to the next to be a natural transition that's appealing to the eye, so concepts next to each other should complement each other.
  • Product placement is a key component in merchandising, as everything is put in its place with a reason. Highlight your star product and make it the focal piece of your wall or rack by placing it on a faceout or dropdown bar. Outfitting, layering and overall outfit styling shows customers how to pair things together to create an amazing outfit. This is reason to pair coordinating outfit options together so your customer already knows how to get the look. Although merchandising techniques are widespread many companies have their own preferences, essentially you want to pair a selection of outerwear, tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched or worn together along with rompers, dresses, etc. aesthetically similar. Only pair outfits together that can actually be worn together, otherwise, you're just adding product for color. If you have a selection of boho outfits perfect for festivals, fancy dresses for wedding season and a selection of active-wear, it wouldn’t make sense to put them all together! Designate a separate area for each concept to make them special, as it also creates different destinations for a customer to visit around the store.
  • Balance and composition are important merchandising principles to follow when it comes to arranging your product, as they visually generate a complete thought behind each merchandising concept. You want each wall display and floor rack to look organized and put together in a meaningful manner. For an impactful color arrangement, disperse your pops of color among neutrals using a 2:3 ratio. If you arrange product colors in a 1-2-3-4-5 order, the neutrals can go in 1, 3 and 5, and colors can go in 2 and 4, or vice versa. You can use this ratio to help disperse color with any number of product runs put together. Similarly, distributing the visual weight through product quantities helps generate proportion. Placing many items together with only a few sizes left makes your assortment look choppy and incomplete. Customers will see your rack as being "shopped" and with no other product to fill the space; they will quickly assume your store doesn't have much to offer. Providing a range of product types, such as dresses, bottoms and tops, should also be coordinated in an organized manner so the selection is evenly dispersed.

 Check out this video by Lotus Boutique for a merchandising tutorial:

Source: Youtube

Once your store is merchandised it's time to put the icing on the cake! Mannequins or dress forms are vital to the visual process, as they complete the look behind each merchandising concept and bring to life the many outfits that can be created from your collection. Mannies are a great way to showcase items that might not have great hanger appeal plus they can show the versatility of specific pieces. Show customers different ways to style an item by selecting a piece from one merchandising concept and changing the aesthetic on the mannie. For example, if you have a floral kimono in your chic and sophisticated concept, show how this kimono can be styled in a boho way by layering it over a crop top and cutoffs for a festival look on a mannie. Come up with creative looks customers wouldn't think to put together themselves! Be the fashion boutique setting all the trends in town!

Hopefully you're feeling confident and ready to tackle the design, layout and merchandising process in stage 2 of your boutique's development process. For more information about opening your boutique, click here for tips in developing a business plan, sourcing locations and more! Now go gather inspiration and start putting your store plan together. What an amazing accomplishment to design your own boutique from top to bottom... pat yourself on the back and get ready to succeed in style! 

 You got it girl! 

 



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