Five Steps to Starting a Clothing Boutique

If you have made the affirmative decision in regard to starting a clothing business, you need to keep in mind the five steps that you will want to take in order to succeed in regard to starting a clothing boutique in this day and age. By following these steps, you will be on your way to staring a clothing boutique business that will bring you success and profits not only today but on into the future.

Step One

The first step that you must take when it comes to opening any type of business, including when it comes to starting a clothing boutique, is to develop a comprehensive business plan. Just as you cannot travel from one point to another without a road map you cannot embark on successfully starting a clothing boutique without having your own road map in the form of a complete and thorough business plan. In your business plan, you must make sure that you develop and include a meaningful and realistic budget.

Step Two

In addition to creating and developing a business plan to be used in starting a boutique, you must also devise and implement a comprehensive and in depth marketing plan. Obviously, in order to your clothing business to bloom into a profitable enterprise for you, it is crucial that you develop a steady stream of customers who will patronize your boutique now and into the future.

Step Three

In this day and age, those boutiques that have the best chance of success are those that design and build user friendly websites on the Net. Therefore, when it comes to starting a clothing boutique, you will want to make sure that you design and build (or have design and built) an attractive and user friendly website on the Net connected with your boutique business. You will want to be able to display your merchandise online and to give potential customers a chance to make purchase through your website.

Step Four

You will want to make sure that you have an appropriate selection of inventory on hand when it comes to starting a clothing boutique. There is nothing more frustrating to a potential customer of a boutique than to have than person show up and not find a nice selection of merchandise.

Step Five

Finally, when it comes to starting a clothing boutique, you need to make sure that you plan a great grand opening, a grand opening that will get people’s attention and draw them into your new clothing boutique.

Organic Newborn and Baby Clothing

Organic baby clothing is the safe alternative many parents prefer, in order to welcome their babies in a healthy world. Organic baby clothing is basically clothing made out of organic cotton. This fabric did not undergo major chemical nor synthetic changes. The entire process is quite aggressive, leaving a high percentage of chemicals on the fabric, possibly damaging the sensitive skin of the babies. This issue determined parents to look for much safer solutions, as to protect their babies from the eventual risks. Considering the ascending trend of substituting synthetic products with organic items, baby cloth manufacturers initiated pretty late the organic lines, however, surprisingly, sales figures exceed their expectations. Many are very much aware of the risks involved in exposing newborns to toxic cotton. Medical tests show that newborns are prone to a wide spectrum of allergies, since their immunity is considerably affected by many toxic factors. Thus, their sensitivity increases and one of the most common reactions which emerges each time newborns are excessively exposed to a dosage of chemical above the upper limit is rashes. The organic cotton production is not impressive, as only 1% of the entire process is accomplished without using pesticides and insecticides.

Nevertheless, organic cotton manufacturers are encouraged by the ongoing interest parents show when choosing newborn girls clothing and newborn boys clothing made out of organic cotton. You may say that organic selling lines (food products, cosmetics, and clothing) are expensive comparing to items obtained via industrialized processes, and that it is almost impossible to take over a lifestyle exclusively based on the consumption of organic products. Yet, no matter how tricky this might be for us, newborns deserve a healthier life and environment, as all efforts we pay today, will have a major contribution to a safer future world. In addition to long-term benefits, organic products for newborns are meant to keep them away from immediate allergies affecting their immunity. It is worth mentioning that organic cotton is also used in manufacturing clothes for toddlers and children clothes over the age of three. This extensive use of organic cotton has turned fashionable. For example, girls boutique clothing businesses redirected the manufacturing process to this relatively new fabric.

Designer Toddler Clothes

When it comes to having stylish, one of-a-kind toddler clothes, it might seem that the only way to get these is by spending large amounts of money on designer items. However, by using techniques such as embellishment and appliqué, parents can create elaborate and unique toddler clothing which will rival any boutique clothing you can find.

The business of children products is one of the largest industries in the world, with thousands of companies providing various toys, clothing, bedding, educational products, etc for children. Often, manufacturing companies will draw from generic designers, and utilize large production runs of items. This is not all bad however as it tends to keep prices lower – a good thing in fact I hear you say! But it does result in many identical versions of toddler clothes being released to consumers. This limits choice somewhat and means that to get individuality you may have to pay higher prices. But by using appliqué to embellish your baby clothing, not only will your child have unique clothes which cannot be found in retail stores, you can also have the privilege of personalizing these items to suit your child’s taste and personality.

Appliqué is a simple way to create fabulous layered bold patterns and designs on your toddler’s clothes at a fraction of the cost of designer items. The process works much in the same way as children use construction paper, by cutting various shapes of colored paper and layering these to create different images. However in appliqué these colored papers are replaced by various pieces of printed fabrics. Cut the fabric into any shape you like and stitch it into place with colorful thread to create an individual and unique piece of clothing. You can also sew on large buttons or any other decorations that you feel work. Just make sure they are attached securely and cannot be easily pulled off.

If you want to take designing your own creations a little further some ideas for appliqué for special occasions include your child’s name or the name of their mother or father. Birthday party celebrations can be incorporated into a uniquely crafted clothing design using your child’s age. You can even go as far as to create a layered design of your baby’s favorite cartoon character or animal. Your toddler will have clothing which is truly unique and special.

Another great use for appliqué is to recycle! As we all know, toddler clothes are susceptible to becoming dirty, worn and damaged. Embellishment and appliqué is also a great way of covering stains or worn patches and bringing that old favorite back to life and at the same time giving your toddler something truly unique and special to wear.

Global Clothing Industry In A Mess

The last time I brushed on the topic of the clothing stores idea of the dreaded numbers, clothes sizes. I know it’s a touchy subject but no matter how many people gloss over the facts, and try to give guise to the surface of reality, a sheen gloss with the likes of vanity sizing seems to be prominent. The more preferred style of sizing by most Boutique clothes stores. No one in the industry wants to commit and take the lead in the new revolution of turning upside down the present clothes Standardisation, which in a word is total Chaos. We are not alone in this mire. The USA, Spain, France and of course Europe are all suffering the changing room “torture- chamber”. Sizing guides of all European member states conflict Hence the high rate returns to retailers, for poor fitting clothes and the result is YOU the consumer disappointed, bemused, tired and frustrated.

This article is to arm you with some kind of explanation and the present status of the Clothing Industry from the Industry Standard side of the fence. Questions asked frequently, why is it that shopping in a High street boutique, that one style of clothes fits say a pair of size 12 trousers, yet from the same shop you try a pair of jeans in another style it’s either slightly tight or it doesn’t even get passed the knees. British Standard Institution (BSI) is trying to introduce a standardisation to reflect an overall agreed size within the member states of Europe. But most of the industries are opposed to the legislation that is being proposed with the size definition that is supposed to be the UK Average size 12, the numbers just don’t add up for the size of a standard UK size. For instance the BSI size is supposed to be 88-72-96.

Before the garment is even cut using the average size indicated, the chest size 88 is not of the average size 12 woman, also if one was to fit into this size garment you would look like a lamppost. When in actual fact it would not compliment you because the chest size is the wrong size, and yet it’s supposed to be the average size 12 woman. I would like to see the Government to step in and help to enforce legislation of a the census of measuring a broad scope of women throughout Britain the European Union wants to introduce uniform sizes, with a pictogram featuring metric measurements, but this has encountered some resistance. What’s needed, says Keith Shortland, of the British Standards Institution, is a comprehensive sizing survey from the main member states. “This has not happened; that’s the reason we’re held up. Manufacturers want to do their own thing – some try to make their sizes meet the Europeans halfway or the US halfway – and so each invents their own system.” Designer Wayne Hemingway, the founder of Red or Dead, says standardisation just doesn’t work.

Clothes retails are dragging their feet, because they want to shy away from standardisation that would throw emphasis on women and tag them with a size guide that is rigid and one that does not compliment with their body size. Hence a lot of the retailers love the size 0 or vanity size because without embarrassing women they can give the illusion that they are smaller in size than they thought when in actual fact in real terms they are wearing larger size clothing with small size tagging. Europe-Wide Standard: Following previous unsuccessful attempts to establish international standards for clothing sizes, which failed to be accepted by the clothing and retail industry, a renewed attempt is being made to develop a new Europe-wide standard based on metric body dimensions (draft BS EN 13402).

The British Standards Institution (BSI) carried out much of the research for this innovation, but it remains to be seen whether the reform is accepted by industry and consumers. The latest which Magazine says “EU guidelines” should mean that traditional UK sizes will be replaced. Frank Moore, the chairman of the committee for textiles and apparel at the European Committee for Standardization, is quoted in the latest issue of which Magazine as saying that a new sizing system will be introduced in continental Europe and that UK consumers “will get used to it”. So far no major retailer in Europe has shown any enthusiasm for the voluntary Europe-wide standard, still less any UK High Street clothing chain. The standard, established by the European Committee for Standardization – which includes EU and non-EU countries – is based on pictures, known as pictograms, marked with measurements in centimetres. It has also been agreed that the gap between one size and the next should be 4cm (1.6ins). So far the Standard size they propose to use as a benchmark is Chest – 98-102, Waist – 86-90 and standard height 174 – 178.
Part of the agreement is that a system coding would summarise the information made by the Pictogram, amongst the other proposals this is still in debate. With all these sweeping changes, upon completion, it will still be up to the retailers if they want to implement it. Over 28 member state countries use body size measurement in centimetres on labels, whilst in the UK most label up with both UK and Europe size. So armed with all this information, where are we going? We seem to be travelling generally down the same road, but exiting differently. What we should be doing for the future ahead is to at least sing from the same hymn sheet, that is for ALL European / Non European countries to agree in the coming years to carry out a reform for of the Industry to provide a unilateral Sizing Census exercise to collate information of body type, shape, height, age, cultural background into one central database, to use and to generate a flexible Standardisation that All countries can work within the boundaries agreed upon.

Will this happen, I hope so, because with every passing year encourages the circus of madness, which too many Women and Men isn’t funny anymore. If this census can be conducted, “toes” might be stud on in the Industry. But what are more important people? Is that we want to see less time in the dressing room and more time choosing the right colour, style & pattern in the mirror, knowing that the garment you have chosen fits you and makes you feel, as you wanted, GOOD about yourself. Instead at present the clothing industry, almost gives no choice in what you want, because the market has churned out a mass of one size fits all culture, with stretch style clothing garments, that they hope to brain wash everyone into the accepting that this is all and YOU will get used to it.

Especially Smocked Children’s Fashions

Children’s fashions are not an easy task. There are trends emerging each season. The seasons are Spring and Fall-Holiday and the collections differ greatly. Fall and Holiday dresses usually are produced at the same time. Christmas dresses are a very popular item and so are Easter dresses. These two holiday seasons pretty much keep the children’s boutique clothing stores in business. There are lots of specialty occasions things also like christening, baby shower gifts and birthday outfits. This is the most difficult clientele and niche in its category. With competitive marketing strategies and a well aware buyer status, the manufacturers are proactive in their ability to create newer comfortable solutions in dresses.

There is a large demand for boys specialty clothing items. People complain and ask why children’s boutique stores don’t carry more boys clothing. Boys clothing is very hard to find. The reason for this is simply that boys clothing are just as difficult or more difficult to produce than girls clothing. People just are not willing to pay the same price for boys clothes as they are for the cute little girly things. There is a large demand for smocked Easter dresses for kids and also ones that have special messages like picture smocking with birthday cakes or birthday balloons and party hats. New born and infants clothing is in very high demand in these tough economic times. There will always be a need for clothes for new born babies. Peruvian cotton layette clothing for infants is of very much interest. Lines like Sweet Cheeks have matching blankets, bibs, hats, sleepers, onsies, rompers, dresses and leggings all in matching fabrics that can be displayed for customers in boutique stores. These make a very lovely display and customers seem to love these for baby shower gifts and just special things that grandma likes to buy. Applique clothing items such as jumpers and jon jons are very popular children’s clothing item.

Many years ago, mostly children of royalty wore this kind of clothing. Smocking is an ancient art which originated in England and was most popular during the thirteen and fourteen hundreds. Smocking is an exquisite art and is a kind of embroidery. It is mostly used in children’s clothing but is used somewhat in ladies blouses and night wear. Martha Pullen and Children’s Corner patterns has made smocking very popular for stay at home moms to do sewing for their children. Smocked dresses are available in jumpers for casual wear. In recent years, it has become popular to cut a square from the center front of a tee shirt and insert a square about 6 inches square in the center of the shirt to make a cute playful capri or pant set. Smocking patterns is all about threads. Mostly cotton thread is used. The design can vary according to the number of threads that are used to smock. The smocked dress can be done in lots of different patterns. The round yoke dress is called a bishop dress. Some dresses are smocked to the waist in a bodice pattern. Lots of sundresses are made with smocking designs. Sometimes white inserts are used in a color fabric and something called picture smocking is inserted to form a lovely picture such as santa for Christmas or bunny rabbits for Easter. Lots of different smocked clothing is enjoyed by children all over the world.

If you think your child should look like a little princess, then smocking is certainly something that you may want to consider. Lots of pieces of smocked clothing become heirloom clothing items. There are multiple companies producing handmade smocked children’s clothing. One outstanding smocked line is Bow Peep. Bow Peep is a handmade smocked dress line that has been in the United States for 16 years. Bow Peep clothing is manufactured in Central America by some of the most talented crafts people in the world. The native ladies there love doing this kind of work. They teach their young daughters at a young age to do the handmade smocking. They start them out doing what is called back smocking. This is the stitching that is done on the back of the design that causes the design to hold its shape. I was amazed to know that the 50 women that do the smocking for Bow Peep can produce about 200 smocked designs per day. That is an average of 4 dresses per day. That is pretty amazing as I have done some smocking myself and it would take me much longer.

Brings a Dazzling Style to Your Little Daughter

With a girl child, it is always a pleasure to make them get ready for functions and parties in gorgeous outfits. Any parent would be excited to dress up their little daughters with crochet hats and fairy wings. Any little girl would look adorable and attractive in a fashionable outfit. You could get fashion clothes for your child only from a girl boutique. There are a variety of little girl boutiques providing clothes for girl children of all ages starting from six months to fifteen years. But the key thing lies in choosing the right boutique which suits your child’s requirements. Girl boutique clothing is all about special and stylish costumes. If your child feels to wear special and rare dresses, which are not worn by anyone else, then with no doubt, take her to a girl boutique. There she could find all kinds of dress satisfying her requirements.

Many parents long to purchase new and stylish costumes for their daughters, but are not aware of the different girl boutiques that provide the same. They are confused in choosing the right boutique suiting their daughter’s demands. The best way to select a boutique for your girl is via online. There are a lot of online sites, which provide information about the latest fashionable dresses and subsequent costumes for a little girl child. Instead of visiting numerous shops in your city or town, and returning without purchasing, it is far better to look for online girl boutiques. You can also compare the different kind of dresses through the various comparison sites.

A girl child would look extremely beautiful on wearing a crochet hat. Crochet hats are available for children starting from the age of six months to twelve years. These hats are comfortable and soft to wear. They come in different colors usually with a flower clip fixed on the top. This flower clip is removable and hence if it is irritating the child, it can be removed. The crochet hats also come with different flower accessory options. Crochet headbands are also available for little girls, which could be worn by any girl from new born to age twelve. Tutus are yet other kind of dress on hand in boutiques that makes your little angel look admirable. They come in different sizes and shapes, so that you can select the one which fits your daughter. Pink colored tutus are highly demanded and preferred. Generally such dresses are meant for wearing with tight fittings or leggings. Fairy wings are also available for children as per their ages. They come either attached to the dress or separately so that you can fix it on the dress.

Display Concepts For Boutiques

When you run a boutique, your displays should always be seen as branding platforms for communicating your store image. Boutiques are heavily judged by consumers on their attention to detail. Shoppers are interested in boutiques because of their uniqueness and their themes. Make sure that your displays are not only functional and eye-catching, but that they also say something about you and how your boutique is special.

Branding your image is as important as what you carry. Your merchandise says a lot about you, but the presentation is just as important. Make sure that you don’t blend in with the competition. If there’s nothing unique about you, then there’s no reason to spend more money, go out of the way, or check out your new inventory. Keep customers interested by rearranging and creating new and exciting displays as often as possible.

Mannequins are very useful when it comes to creating something unique. Not only do they show customers what your clothing looks like when worn, but they offer focal points that draw attention and give personality to your boutique clothing. People identify with mannequins that show them the styles that they like in a setting that they can relate to. Make it interesting by trying not to display a mannequin in a normal, standing position. Put the mannequin into a situation that your customers might identify with.

Using displays that show your clothing face-forward is also very effective. People perceive items as unique and special if there aren’t very many of them, and if they seem to be promoted in some way. Having items crammed together on a normal round clothing rack accomplishes little more than inventory storage. Using display racks that face the clothing out will help you to make each piece seem special in some way. Make sure that the racks are fully stocked, but not over-stocked.

You can use adjustable displays to help you keep it fresh and new. Slatwall panels can be connected together to create displays in oddly-shaped areas, like underneath windows and in corners. They have slatwall accessories such as hanging bars, shelves, and hooks so that you can easily move things around whenever you want.

Installing slatwall in your boutique also helps you to keep the sales floor from becoming crowded, even when you carry a lot of merchandise. You can face many items forward so that the customer can see which items you are promoting.

Creating interesting displays all of the time can take a little imagination. Keep your store’s image in mind, use display systems that are versatile, and keep your customer’s interested year-round.

Why Wear A Boutique Dress

Do you have a special occasion on the horizon? Maybe you are looking for that special boutique dress for a cruise or a special dinner engagement. There are certainly many retailers to be found via the internet. Many boutique dresses will be unique, so if you are looking for something to wear that only you own in your wardrobe then a boutique dress is an ideal purchase. No matter if it is a long flowing evening dress that you are looking for or a simpler day dress they can all be found in a boutique dress shop. There are now all sizes available from petite to plus sizes covering a diverse range of sizes in between. Stunning classic dresses and original occasion wear are plentiful in boutique stores.

Perhaps you are the Mother of the bride or Mother of the groom at a forthcoming wedding and are looking for a fantastic outfit that you feel great wearing. Another occasion where a boutique dress is essential is for a prom, if one of your daughters is leaving college or high school and an end of term prom dance is arranged then a great place to start looking for that dress is a boutique clothes shop.

Many of the dresses can be found with a reasonable price tag too, so even though you may only be planning on wearing the dress on one occasion it can be really affordable. There is a range of designer boutique clothing that carry designer price tags so there is a boutique dress in all price ranges for people with all budgets. Many of the boutique shops will have handpicked the dresses especially for their store, meaning that many of them will be exclusive and sophisticated.

If you are lucky enough to have a boutique shop in your local area that has a website, you will be able to browse the collections on the website and then visit the shop to try on any gowns or boutique dress that you really like. You will find that the staff will be helpful and give you any advice you may need when choosing the best dress for you. Maybe you are looking for a particular dress that you have in mind and there is not one in stock in the shop, or perhaps you would like a dress in a different colour? Whatever reason just ask and the boutique store should be able to help you and order in something that you are looking for.

Gender Neutral, Unisex Baby Clothes

Gender stereotyping starts even before a child is born. As friends and family buy gifts for an upcoming birth, color choices are often limited to pale green or yellow if the baby’s gender is to be a surprise. If the baby’s sex is known, or after the child is born, pale pinks and small flowers adorn newborn girls’ clothing, while light blue with trucks and sports insignia adorn newborn boys’ clothes.

An attempt to find gender neutral clothing, unisex, or bright colored clothes for babies and toddlers can result in frustration. The clothing exists and boutiques do carry them, but the selections are often limited. Children’s clothing should represent the spirit of childhood: fun and exciting, colorful and unique. Children’s clothing should not begin to stereotype children prior to their ability to determine their own likes and dislikes. This does not mean dressing boys in pink lace and girls in black, it means providing a range of colors and options.

There are some wonderful children’s boutique clothing with colorful, unisex designs. It can take some time and perseverance to find these clothes, but there are sources available for busy parents and shoppers.

Finding high quality, gender neutral and unique baby clothes can be a challenge, but hopefully not as difficult as it once was!

Breaking with the current trends, while still being fashionable, Polkadot Patch Boutique opened in April 2006. Online at polkadotpatch.com, parents looking for unique, whimsical and bright colors, as well as fun gender neutral clothing will find a growing selection at one, convenient location. While you will still find pink and blue, black and brown, unless it is bright, whimsical or unique, Polkadot Patch Boutique will not carry it.

For fun bright colored baby clothes see the Cow & Lizard line featuring turtles, fish, and caterpillars. For something a little more funky, take a look at the “Zoot” the Bee or “Algernon” the Fox on the long sleeve shirts, with matching striped pants and hats from Tiny Tyrants.

Affordable Boutique Dog Clothes

If you were to take a step into some fancy pet boutiques in New York City, then you might do a double take at the prices. It is not unusual at all to find coats the size of a person’s arm going for at least $60, and sometimes even more. Is it worth paying that much for dog clothes? Some say an emphatic yes and even boast about how much they spend on dressing their dog. That’s all well and good if you have the extra dough to throw around, but for the rest of us it doesn’t make sense to spend that much money. So can the average person get boutique clothes without breaking the bank? The good news is that it is possible to get boutique quality clothes at an affordable price.

The first step to finding affordable boutique quality clothes for your dog is simple…don’t go to a boutique. Sure they’re pretty and well decorated, but you’re going to pay for the ambiance. The problem is you might not find what you want at a cheaper big name store like PetSmart or PetCo. So where do you go? Online. The internet stores have a much lower overhead than brick-and-mortar stores, so they can charge less for the fancy fashions. Simply go to one of the major search engines and start looking. You will find there are literally millions of sites selling dog clothing, so you have plenty from which to choose.

However, you do need to be careful of where you choose to buy. There are easy ways to tell if an online store is a good choice for you aside from looking at prices. Make sure they have a return/exchange policy, and make sure you understand it. Take a look at the site itself. Does it look neat and well maintained? Do they update they’re inventory information regularly? Do they make it easy to contact them (i.e. they have a phone number and email)? If so, then it’s safe to assume that whoever runs the store is willing to work hard to get and keep you as a customer. The online world of commerce can seem daunting, but it is the perfect place for the average dog-loving consumer to get some great boutique quality dog clothes.