As the world endures one of the most uncertain times in recent history and we practice social distancing, a new normal emerges. In the middle of a global pandemic, shopping for clothes and non-essentials can seem trivial. Not shopping at all, however, means more hardship for the small businesses and designers we love.

Quantum Metric, an analytics firm, released data on March 11 showing that store closures are driving consumers to purchase online, with online retailers based in the U.S. seeing a 52% increase in online spending, compared to around the same time last year. If you’re interested or need to shop during this time there are a number of questions that emerge. We asked experts how and if it’s possible to shop safely in light of the current health crisis.

Should We Still Be Shopping?

While there’s a strong argument for supporting small businesses and designers during this…

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