Best Free Stock Image Sites to Use When Launching Your MyWear Store

Finding stock images can be difficult. A google image search will normally yield one of two things: A slew of mystifying photos of overly excited guys in suits, or worse, an image you like, but that’s watermarked to filth.

When designing the banner for your LaunchMyWear store, watermarks and men in suits might not be what you had in mind, so we’ve compiled a list of some sites offering free, aesthetically-pleasing photos to choose from. Enjoy!

GRATISOGRAPHY

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A personal favorite! Gratisography’s curated collection of stunning photography offers tons of quirk, and even more pixels.

Stokpic

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A nice, downloadable mix of different styles of photography.

Pexels

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Another amazing source with a huge selection of free photos that’s added to daily.

StockSnap.io

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A little bit of everything, in large, high-res photos.

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Tons of gorgeous photos to choose from in large, downloadable sizes.

After you’ve created your banner and logo, you’re all set to promote your MyWear® store. Go get ’em, tiger!

The Benefits of Choosing LaunchMyWear.com

Because LaunchMyWear.com relies on all new, patent pending technology to produce custom clothing and apparel, designers may wonder how exactly our platform works. More importantly, how does it work for them, as designers?

Your Own Private e-Store

First and foremost, with LaunchMyWear.com, you own an e-store, which can be customized just the way you want it. You control everything, from the name, theme, and font colors, to what your customer sees when entering your store.  Upload your logo to establish your brand even further.  You can even group your merchandise into assigned categories of your choosing.

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Secure Payment Gateway

Your e-store, which showcases your products, wouldn’t be complete without a payment gateway. Hence, we offer you and your customers a secure checkout that’s already integrated into your e-store.

Your Own Label

At LaunchMyWear.com, apart from owning your e-store, you can also launch your own fashion label. This feature will be active after you generate at least 50 orders from your e-store. You can even apply for a trademark through us. Need more help? We offer one-on-one consultations to our designers to help them get their trademark and label up and running.

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As an artist, don’t be restricted to design only on specific sections of your merchandise. LaunchMyWear.com is the only platform that lets you design a product with all-over prints, or on any surface of the product you like! Our 3D tool will help you design on any section of your creation that you please.

One Design, Many SKUs

Our patent-pending software converts your design, from the 3D tool, to different sizes, including both standard and custom sizes, and automatically creates SKUs for production.  So, you only have to design once!

You Design It, We’ll Manufacture It!

We’ll manufacture your design when it’s ordered, without any upfront fees. That means no inventory, no pre-orders, no minimums, and no cost to you, the designer. And, because it’s made to order, you can design and launch as many products on your e-store as you want!

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LaunchMyWear even makes it easy to promote your products online! No need to login to individual social media channels and post your content. At LaunchMyWear.com, you can promote away, directly from our social media share dashboard.

Drop-Shipping

Once ordered and manufactured, we deliver straight to your customer’s doorstep. Or to yours, if that’s your preference!

Transparent reporting

Our transparent reporting allows you to keep track of your orders and earnings. Link to your secure Stripe account and watch your designs pay off, literally.

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Simply put, LaunchMyWear is an all-inclusive package for any designer to create new, custom looks to be produced, on-demand, without any of the obstacles associated with traditional fashion manufacturing. Hopefully, now you have a bit of a better idea of just how our platform works and how it works for you, as a designer.  And, with no costs to you, there’s no reason not to get started!

Writing Blurbs & Tweets Like a Marketing Pro!

How many of us wake up first thing in the morning, eyes still adjusting to waking light, and strrrretch, reaching for our phones in one swoop motion. It’s probably been waiting there, on your nightstand, since the night before, when you last checked Facebook from that softly lit screen before falling asleep.

It turns out, it’s probably not just me. 74% of 2013 internet users were on at least one social networking site, 52% of online adults used multiple social media sites and 70% of people on Facebook used it daily! Those numbers have only gone up in 2015. I’m not telling you this so much to be informative, as I am to justify my unhealthy internet habits stated in the first paragraph.

Before I had a job crafting an online presence for a media company, I never really thought about my “reach”. I posted the first thing that came to mind. Done. Now this stuff haunts my dreams. No, really! I’ve woken up trying to determine the most efficient place to put the subject in a sentence.

In an effort to perform some kind of digital marketing Freddy Krueger number on all of you, I’m sharing my tips and tricks on how to engage your social media audience. And, when you start counting the number of words in your Facebook blurbs at 2 am, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Brevity is most import- Yes, almost more important than finishing that sentence. Because, according to science, you already got the gist. We’ve become insanely skilled at extracting the important words in a headline, blurb, or tweet and moving on. Normally, this leads to us paying most attention to the first and last three words. So, if a blurb is rambling on about why you should click, don’t be surprised if my millennial brain taps out by the 95th character. Ideally, your blurbs should hover around the 40 character mark and tweets should stay in between 71-100 (I recommend 70-80 for more retweets).

 

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Funny or Die. It turns out, people like to be entertained… or horrified. Marketing researchers have found that, unsurprisingly, humor and cute overload are incredibly effective (i.e. Top 10 Cutest Puppies Falling Asleep While Standing for Charity). But, interestingly, we might click even more for negative superlatives. One study found that negative expressions performed 30% better than positive superlatives. Yikes. Because I’m an optimistic gal, I suggest spreading peace and love, so maybe try your best to bring the funny before resorting to negativity in your social media, and life, for that matter. 🙂

FB posts photo engagementPicture Perfect. Photos can be easier to consume than text (especially in that first-thing-in-the-morning scenario we discussed earlier). So, I highly recommend using large, aesthetically pleasing photos. It’s honestly one of the easiest and most effective changes you can make. If you don’t believe me, studies show that adding a photo to your tweet can boost retweets by 35% and, on Facebook, posts with photos account for the highest rates of engagement by a landslide. Go for Facebook’s aspect ratio of 485 x 255 to ensure half of the photo doesn’t get cropped out during posting!

Be Coy. How many times have you been lured into clicking on a post you didn’t actually care about? If you’re anything like me, it probably went a little something like this: You’re scrolling through Facebook and a blog you follow posts: “You won’t BELIEVE what Kylie Jenner did this time…” Mind you, I barely know who Kylie Jenner is, BUT, what if she did something actually news-worthy and I’m the only person who won’t know about it? What if she succeeded where her brave, trailblazing sister failed, and actually broke the internet?! Ugh, fine, Refinery29, you got me, *click*. Then, the article reveals she got a trim and natural highlights… Duped again!

Now, I’m not at all suggesting you trick your audience, but it is perfectly acceptable to not give everything away in your bylines. In fact, I would highly recommend it.

Ask Yourself: What would you want to read? This is sorta the Occam’s razor of online marketing. What do you find most interesting about the thing you’re sharing? By putting yourself in your audience’s shoes, you’ll be able to decide what type of byline would catch your eye — and, hopefully, theirs!

What Trends Will People Be Wearing Next?

As I swiped through a fashion blog’s slideshow, “The Top 7 Trends That Fashion Girls Will Be Wearing Next”, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of cynicism. It was a well-researched piece, filled with examples from S/S 16 runways, some of which were from my favorite designers. What gives? Although the garments were beautiful and inspiring, I was reminded of two winters ago, when I felt an urge to push my usual bohemian prints to the back of the closet, replacing them with newly bought sweatshirt dresses and over-sized tee shirts. I didn’t understand why gray, stretchy-cotton material and white sneakers suddenly felt so exciting, they just did.

Less than a month later it all made sense: Normcore had been a thing for a while, and I was unknowingly riding the zeitgeist. I started to take notice of all the photos of models off-duty, impossibly high cheek bones peeking through air-dried, perfectly-bent hair. Their baggy white tees and mom jeans hung on their long, thin frames, making these young women look even more delicate in contrast. It was then that I realized that no matter how fresh this looked on a 115-pound model, it just wasn’t going to have the same effect on my strong, broad-shouldered frame. I would look more like an off-duty Croatian wrestler on her way to play D&D or a Croatian Andrew W.K. impersonator… Not that there’s anything wrong with that! It’s just… not the same.

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I would look so silly in this.

I should clarify that I’m not implying that only certain body types should wear certain things. I believe, and want to see, people from everywhere on the spectrum wearing whatever it is that reflects them, both emotionally and creatively. BUT, I am a product of an environment that’s shoved one beauty ideal down my throat since I was a wee lass, so I hope you’ll understand why I would feel less than chic wearing a billowy poncho with cropped flares, or whatever it is that Alexa Chung’s wearing this week. So, why the pressure to try? Why the need to try and keep up with these fashion girls and the 7 things they’ll be wearing next? What do YOU want to wear or design next?

Trends are just that. They can keep things from becoming stagnant and uninspiring, but if you haven’t developed your own sense of style, they can send you down a long, and weary path of wearing or designing for a different person every few months. I realize I’m stating the obvious here, but it’s amazing how often some of us get caught up in the idea of staying… well, caught up.

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My take on a fit & flare involves tribal-inspired prints!

Your perspective offers far more than making sure you create a buttonfront A-line skirt in alignment with the 70s trend that’s currently everywhere. Instead, I’d like to remind everyone to let trends work for you, to motivate you to evolve your own aesthetic. Do you prefer a classic, 50’s silhouette? Maybe your take on the 70’s is a fit & flare with a far-out print? Maybe you want to pair suede platforms with an understated cigarette pant. I dunno, that’s for you to decide! Point being: style is supposed to be individualistic. Celebrate your creative voice and find inspiration in yourself, before paying too much attention to what’s on trend, because the one thing you can offer potential clients, that no one else can, is your own unique voice, right?

So, if it isn’t already obvious, what trends do I think people will be wearing next? Pieces designed by one-of-a-kind people, and customized for every one-of-a-kind body. The internet has been priming us for this for a while. Looking for a panda iPhone case? Browse all 9,600,000 results on Google. Want to order a pizza with 6 toppings, light sauce, slightly crispy crust, and then track it to you door? Pizza Hut has you covered! vPersonalize, MyWear and on-demand manufacturing will give us all the ability to create and find that piece of clothing that’s juuuuust right, made to order, and fits all of our super-specific measurements. As a designer, you’ll have the ability to design the vision that’s been dancing around in your head, without having to worry about overhead, inventory, or even sewing, for that matter. We live in the future, guys! And in the future, we wear whatever we want to.

How to name your store

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Now that you have decided to launch your fashion business and zeroed in on the scope of your business, it is time to come up with the name of your store. The task seems simple as well as daunting. You have gone through many brainstorming sessions, finalized a set of names, but not sure which one would be the best among all. Not to worry, this article will take you through the points to consider to finalize one.

Let’s consider a few of the most successful consumer brands. Apple was named with a sense of fun and good spirit. Google was named from googol, which is a mathematical term for a number represented by one followed by 100 zeros. In fashion space, names like Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Gucci came from the names of the designers. The name of your brand or business is the first step towards communicating the value of your brand. If we try to arrive at a common conclusion among all these great names we will realize, all the names reflect what the business is about or the core DNA of the business. For example, Apple is about a good spirited, fun loving and an innovative brand, Google synonyms with an idea of building infinite information on the web and the bands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton were named after the designers as these brands represent the uniqueness or exclusivity of these designers’ collections. Considering these success stories below are a few guidelines to come up with a name for your e-store at launchmywear.com

Define your business: First, define your business. Outline what you do, what is the theme of your fashion business, what are the unique benefits you offer through your products. Then write down a few of the adjectives of the benefits in terms of emotions or experiences which would be derived by your consumers. These adjectives would be the stepping stone for finding that killer name for your retail store at launchmywear.com

You could also zero in on a set of products you will specialize in. For example, if your brand represents the rugged outdoors or travel, you might just design backpacks and T-shirts. If you cater to sophisticated and mature women, you might focus on Tote bags, Tunics, Silk scarf and cotton Tee’s.

Understand your audience: Then understand your audience and their affinities. Create a shorter list of those names which your audience would relate to, derive a positive emotion out of it and create an image of yours which you desire and fulfill.

Short and simple: Remember, most of the successful names are the ones which are short and simple. A short and simple name of a brand creates high brand recall.

Be Unique: Apart from being short and simple it is also very much important to be unique to create a much more efficient brand recall. Unique brand names are also helpful to get a good rank in SEO as you would compete with lesser relevant entities. There is also a trade off between a unique name and a name with higher keyword density. Names with higher keyword densities would be better discoverable through search queries, but comes at a cost of similarities with other names and lesser brand recall. However, unique names require higher expenditure on marketing to create a brand, but with the right marketing strategy and with the right choice of unique name the brand recall value would immensely higher.

Google your name: Then, Google your chosen name to check whether there is any existing band with this name. You don’t want to come up with a name which is copyrighted and would result in a violation.

In conclusion, the name of your store should be simple, memorable and likable by your target consumers.

Manufacturing is no more a barrier for fashion designers

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Many a times emerging fashion designers may not have all the knowledge about various manufacturing processes nor may have access or experience dealing with multiple manufacturers. The limited availability of manufacturing setups that can do small quantities further restricts them from manufacturing their own apparels and accessories and to start their own clothing line.

Getting patterns made, sampling, sourcing fabric and getting it manufactured with minimum order quantities is a long and tedious journey.

Apart from that, designers may have to spend a lot of time in handling business operations such as collating orders, production booking, monitoring the production, payment processing, dispute resolution etc.

At launchmywear.com we solve most of the problems associated with fashion designers starting a clothing line. We offer you, the designers, an on-demand manufacturing facility with an option to manufacture custom sizes and with a choice of fabric without any upfront cost or minimum order quantities.

Pattern making: After you receive an order on your E-commerce store powered by launchmywear.com, our patent pending software creates the manufacturing ready patterns.

Manufacturing: Based on the orders from your customers, we will custom make the products to their size and fabric choice. There are no minimums, no pre-orders and no inventory. All products are custom made on-demand.

Drop Shipping: After the manufacturing is done, we ship directly to your consumers in multiple countries, including the United States, Australia and Canada. We continue to add more shipping destinations, so you can reach more customers worldwide.

You can sign up at www.LaunchMyWear.com to launch your E-commerce portal, publish your products and start promoting on social media. We will take care of the rest.

Make Your Teenage Dream Of Becoming A Fashion Designer Come True

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In the world of fashion, it doesn’t make any difference if you’re 15 years of age or 50 years of age. The only thing that is in any way important is whether people will like and buy your plans. So it’s never too early to take after your dream of turning into a Fashion Designer!

Turning into a fashion designer at a very young age is quite challenging, but it will be more than worth it, if you devote time and keep the right tips in mind.

So, here are our handy tips on “How to Become a Teen Fashion Designer”:

icon_1Emerge Your Own Style:

One of the best ways to launch your dream is to live it. Pen down your thoughts, or better is draw outlines on paper. If you have a thought for a design, sketch it quickly and for that matter keep a sketchbook with you always. Paper and pencils are not hard to discover and it is better to do draw, before it slips your mind. Not to forget, modification is the greatest step, so revise your sketches time to time.
icon_2Educate Yourself:

Study fashion magazines religiously. Stay updated with the latest styles by reading blogs, checking fashion websites, following the top fashion bloggers and so on. Learn how to use a sewing machine. To be a fashion designer you should have some involvement in actually making garments. The best thing about your age is that you’re a high school student, you have an art teacher who might love to hear about your thoughts. Share your thoughts with your teachers. Not only can they give you useful tips, but also they may even be able to help you with landing your first job in the fashion world.
icon_3Set Realistic Goals:

If you’ve decided to become a fashion designer at a very young age, it is very important that you set practical goals for yourself. Obviously, you generally have people instructing you to go after this and that actress, but whatever the situation is, you have to set objectives for yourself that you know you can really reach within of a sensible time, so you don’t feel just as you have fizzled and give up on yourself.
icon_4Create & Promote:

Once you’ve implemented your sketches into a final dress, start promoting it. Begin requesting inputs from friends, family and online fashion groups. An awesome approach to begin is presenting your final product on your own blog. You can start a YouTube channel as well to hotshot your most recent garments made.

icon_5.2Hard Work Pays Off:

Success doesn’t come overnight. With devotion, eagerness and an endless love for fashion, you can make it. It’s something you work at, and don’t quit.

Because someone said correctly- “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream!”

6 Steps to launch your clothing line free

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Have the passion for fashion and dream of running a fashion business? Many fashion designers really want to launch their fashion label and to run their own businesses, but there are lots of entry barriers to do so: How to get the best design tools, how to source the fabric, from where to secure money to run the business, how to set up logistics, how to create an online store, how to sell and many more. More importantly, how to get right people to help you to do the job! Take a deep breath; our new platform www.LaunchMyWear.com is here to help. This article will walk you through the process of starting your own clothing line – free!!

icon_1Create a business plan: Create a business plan where you mention the mission and vision of your company along with business projections and mile stones. Identify current market gap, your closest competitors, and your total target market.

icon_2Build your brand: Define your brand and jot down who are your typical customers and what kind of aspirational fulfillment they will have after they purchase your brand. For that, you brand name, logo, kind of categories you keep in your brand would be crucial. Your brand name should be unique and memorable. Your logo should be impactful which goes along with your value proposition. It should have right color combination as per the brand positioning. Your product categories should fulfill the requirement of your target segment with an impact.

icon_3Infrastructure you need: If fashion design is your forte, to start with you would not like to invest much in software or tools and have any manpower to launch your clothing line to minimize the cost and risk. Of course, you wouldn’t have manufacturing or logistic support to start with. You may checkout http://www.launchmywear.com which offers 3D tool to design your products along with the possibility to auto grade the designs to multiple sizes at one go rather you creating it of your own and spending days on it. You can just focus on the designing and launchmywear.com takes care of pattern making and manufacturing as per your design, delivery of the products at customer’s destinations and the portal also auto credits your money in to your account with professional reporting. To manufacture launchmywear.com does not ask for any minimum order quantity or does not ask any registration fee or initial investment which is a norm now a days.

icon_4Monitor seasonal trend: Fashion being very much trend focused where change is the only constant thing, you may need to change your styles frequently to keep it up to date as per the season and taste. Of course, be innovative to launch few unique cool designs.

icon_5Marketing and selling: For this you would require your website which would catalog all your great collections. www.launchmywear.com offers you a free private portal of yours which would list all the items you design. You do not need to spend to secure domain name of your website. This portal also offers various design themes which you can keep as per the positioning of your store. You can arrange all the collections in your store the way you need. Keep refreshing to give it a new look. Promote your store on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram which are great platforms to reach your audience free of cost. Launchmywear.com gives you flexibility to publish your collection on your social media sites directly from the portal and saves lots of time for you.

icon_6Believe in yourself: Finally, believe in yourself that you can do it. The biggest fear to start any business is the risk associated with the investment you are making. With launchmywear.com you don’t have any risk as you don’t invest in anything. So relax, have fun and open your store at www.launchmywear.com to give it a try.