Questions? Call us Monday-Friday 10.30 to 17.30 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on +44 (0)161 832 9655 and we'll be happy to assist.

Please note* We do not refund return shipping and handling charges.


Shopping Online

Shipping & Handling

Gift Services

Returns and Exchanges

How to Buy?

Contacting Aftershock



Why do I need to register?


You only need to register on our site if you are making a purchase. By registering you are initiating an account that only you may access. You may access your account by using your e-mail address and a password that you have created. Only you will have access to this information. If you are signed up on our e-mail list, this does not mean you are registered. 

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How do I register?


Simply click on “My Aftershock” and you will be provided with a direct link that will take you through the process. If you have never purchased from us before, you must register with us to place an order. If you already have items in your shopping bag and are ready to complete your order, simply click on “Checkout”, and this will automatically direct you to our register page.


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What if I forget my password?


Simply visit this link. If you ever forget your password again, there is always a link on the "My Aftershock" page. By providing your e-mail address, via a secure, encrypted connection, aftershockplc.com will e-mail you a new password that you may later change by visiting your personal account in "My Aftershock" once you log-in successfully. Passwords are case sensitive and must include a number or punctuation character.


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How do I change my password?


Once you log-in to your account under "My Aftershock," you may change your password by clicking on "Edit My Details". Then click on the link that says: "Change Password". Enter your new password and click on "Submit". "My account" is a useful destination for configuring your aftershockplc.com account to your liking.


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How do I make changes to my account profile?


Log into your account via "My Aftershock", and click on "Account Information" located at the top of your account page. Make the necessary changes to your account, (i.e. e-mail address, password, billing address, delivery address etc...) Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on "Submit" The changes you have made will now be saved to your profile.


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How to shop online


Once you're done shopping, checking out is easy. You may always view the items you have added to your cart by clicking the "shopping bag" icon or "view cart" link on the menu bar at the top right corner of any page. You may also checkout by clicking on the "checkout" hyperlink located on any item detail page.

Once you are viewing the contents of your shopping bag, you may adjust quantities in your bag by changing the number to the left of items, and then by clicking "recalculate" after all quantity adjustments have been made.

Thinking of removing items from your cart?

You may instead want to consider saving the items to your wish list for a future purchase. Items that you move to your wish list can later be moved back to your shopping cart, or you can send copies of your wish list to others in hopes of making your wishes come true. Please note, items added to your wish list do not ensure later availability. (You must login to use the wish list feature). You may always login by clicking on "My Aftershock" on the menu bar directly at the top of any page.

Once you are ready to checkout with the items in your shopping cart, click on the "checkout" button in your shopping cart. At this point if you have not registered with us before, you will need to click on "register" to sign-up for a new account. If you have already registered with us before, simply sign-in using your e-mail address and the password that you created for the account.


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Item availability


Although we make every effort to keep sufficient stock of items listed on our site, occasionally we do sell out of certain products. If we are out of stock on an item that you've ordered, we will notify you via e-mail. Any changes will be reflected in your order total as well as your shipping confirmation.


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Do you have sizing information?


We have added a size charts link on every product details page. Reference the size charts to help determine your size when ordering from aftershockplc.com. Because sizing and cut will always vary between styles, please use this chart as a general guide to compare the various size scales. If you are between sizes or need assistance selecting the proper size, please contact Customer Services by e-mail or phone.


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Which credit cards do you accept?


Aftershock Online accepts the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Maestro currently We will be accepting American Express in the coming weeks.


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How can I track my order?


You will receive an order confirmation once your order has been successfully transmitted. In addition, a shipping confirmation e-mail will be sent once the product(s) you ordered has been despatched. This confirmation will include the tracking number for your package. You may check the status of your order at anytime by clicking on the link, where you will be directed to Royal Mail's website. Once you login to your account using your e-mail address and password, click on "Order History" to view past orders and current orders that you have placed. From here you can determine when your order actually leaves Aftershock. Note: tracking number may not be visible.


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How can I modify my order?


Please be advised that once an order has been placed we are unable to make any modifications to the order including cancellations.


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What is an Aftershock “Limited Edition” or “Boutique” piece?


An Aftershock "Limited Edition" or "Boutique" pieces is a specific item that is exclusive or only available in limited quantities at aftershockplc.com. This can include but isn't limited to an entire style, a colour within a style, or a combination of colours sold together. Some "Limited Edition" clothing pieces or "Boutique" accessories may only run for a certain period of time - a chance to get the item first at Aftershock Online before they hit our stores!


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Shipping & Handling guidelines


Orders placed Monday-Friday before 1 PM GMT will begin processing that day, excluding holidays, and will ship within 2 business days pending availability and credit verification. All orders placed after 1 PM GMT will begin processing the next business day, and ship within 48 hours. Orders placed on Friday after 1 PM GMT will begin processing on the following Monday. Aftershockplc.com will contact you with a follow-up e-mail if the merchandise you have selected is not currently in stock or if we need additional identification provided for credit verification. We use Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day (for UK & Ireland mainland only) and Royal Mail International Signed For services for all other destinations. We do not offer same day, Saturday or Sunday delivery.


Aftershock Online is now offering FREE UK Delivery on all orders over £100 in value. Select "Royal Mail £100+ FREE" to qualify for free shipping in checkout.


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International Shipping costs, methods and disclosure


International shipping charges are based on several factors, including total price of items, the weight of the package, and its destination. To determine the cost, please add your selected items to your cart and proceed to checkout. You will be able to view the shipping costs on the review page of the checkout process. This is the last page before finalizing your order. From this page you may either cancel or proceed with your order.

Royal Mail International Signed For and Aftershock provide customs-cleared delivery to more than 50 destination countries. Most shipments to Europe or Asia are delivered within 5 to 7 business days after leaving Aftershock Online.

Risk of loss and title for merchandise shipped internationally will pass to you upon our delivery to the carrier. Your order may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are levied once a shipment reaches your country. You will be responsible for paying additional charges for customs clearance; we have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; please contact your local customs office for further information. Additionally, when ordering from aftershockplc.com, you are the importer and must comply with all laws and regulations of the destination country. You authorize us to designate a carrier to act as your agent with the relevant customs and tax authorities in the destination country, to clear your merchandise and advance (on your behalf) any duties and taxes owed by you.

Your privacy is important to us, and we know that you care about how information about your order is used and shared. We would like our international Customers and Customers shipping products internationally to be aware that cross-border shipments are subject to opening and inspection by customs authorities.

Also, we may provide certain order, shipment, and product information, such as price, product description and weight to our international carriers, and this information may be communicated by the carriers to customs authorities to facilitate customs clearance and comply with local laws.

If the order is a gift, the package is marked "Gift," but the cost of the item is still stated on the customs form. Customs authorities require us to state the value of the gift item directly on the package.


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Refused shipments


If you decide to refuse any shipments from Aftershock Online, you are responsible for the original shipping charges to you, any duties, taxes and/or customs charges that are incurred on the package (on both the original and return shipments), and the cost of returning the package to Aftershock Online. This amount will be subtracted from your merchandise refund.

If you have any shipping and handling questions or comments please click here or call Customer Services on +44 (0)161 832 9655.


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Do you ship to where I live?


Aftershock is an international brand and we intend to deliver beautiful artisan handcrafted ladies clothing and accessories to every corner of the World! For a list of the countries we ship to please see the details below.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua And Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote D'ivoire
  • Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • France, Metropolitan
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran (Islamic Republic Of)
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia, Federated States Of
  • Moldova, Republic Of
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory, Occupied
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation Rwanda
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome And Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Helena
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania, United Republic Of
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad And Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks And Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Virgin Islands (British)
  • Wallis And Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Yugoslavia
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe





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Shipping restrictions


We use DPD and DHL services for UK and Royal Mail for Worldwide delivery. We do not offer same day. PLEASE NOTE: Some countries may have restrictions on the receipt of specific items.


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What gift wrap/box services do you offer?


Aftershock Online will gift box your order providing you select this option at the time of purchase. Our gift box service includes a beautiful zebra printed Aftershock matte finished structured gift box with our signature black ribbon and the item(s) wrapped in specially designed Aftershock branded tissue inside the box at no extra cost! The recipient will receive proforma invoice and a with return/exchange form.


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What is your return policy?


Customer satisfaction is always our top priority, and as such we handle each query on an individual basis to the best of our ability. While we hope that you are delighted with your order, if you are not perfectly satisfied with your goods we will happily offer you a full refund or exchange.

This means that you can return your jewellery for whatever reason you may have. A Return Authorisation (RA) number must be requested from Aftershock within 7 days of delivery.

RA numbers can be obtained by e-mailing us at returns@aftershockplc.com. Once you have received your RA number, please take care to follow the instructions e-mailed to you and detailed below. Please note that unidentified returns/exchanges may be returned to the sender.

We request that all goods being returned from within the UK are returned within 7 days of issuing your RA number.

International returns should be shipped within 7 days of issuing your RA number.
Returns and exchanges are accepted on merchandise within 14 days of receipt for items that HAVE NOT BEEN ALTERED OR WASHED, and with ALL TAGS ATTACHED. Footwear returns and exchanges must include the original shoe box in its original condition and without postal labels. Damages to or omission of this box from your return/exchange may result in a fee.

When trying on items of clothing, please ensure that you are not wearing perfume/deodorant that may leave a scent or marks on the item. We will be unable to accept the return of any item where there is evidence that these instructions have not been followed.

Returns received outside the above time frames are accepted at the discretion of Aftershock and can only be refunded as a merchandise credit.
We strongly advise all customers to check their purchase thoroughly upon delivery before removing any attached tags and before disposing of any original packaging.
In the event of any failure to return any goods to us within the stipulated time limits, even though validly cancelled, we shall have the right to charge any costs of recovery of the goods.

Please note*

* We strictly do not take returns for multiple purchases unless the items are genuinely faulty or damaged.

* Shipping on returned merchandise is non-refundable nor are any taxes and duties incurred on international orders.

* We will only refund the card from which the original payment was made.

The Return of Goods Procedure

How to proceed if you would like to return/exchange your goods from the UK
1. In order to facilitate the return/exchange of your item(s) you must obtain a Return Authorisation (RA) number by e-mailing us at returns@aftershockplc.com or calling us on +44(0)161 832 9655 within 7 days of receiving your order. You will need to quote your order number and may receive multiple RA numbers if returning more than one item.

2. All items must be attached with the security tag intact, not be worn and in their original condition. Items designated as "SPECIAL OFFER" or "SALE" are non-returnable. We do not offer returns/exchanges on earrings, jewellery or rings for health and safety reasons unless items are deemed faulty or damaged.

3. Please complete the Returns Form, stating the Return Authorisation (RA) number under "Item(s) for Return/Exchange." and enclose with the item(s) to be returned/exchanged. Enclose this document in the package you wish to return. If this document is not enclosed we regret that we cannot process your return or exchange. If you have lost or cannot find this document you can download and print it from the link entitled "Return Form" at the bottom of the page.

4. Please place items in the original packaging and ensure the outer box is completely sealed.

5. All returns/exchanges for any particular order needs to be returned in one shipment with clear labelling of the return address:

Aftershock Online,
Returns Department,
155-157 Cheetham Hill Road
Cheetham Hill
M8 8LY

6. We request that returns/exchanges are shipped through Royal Mail Special Next Day Delivery. Please note that we do not accept liability for returned goods if you do not return them to us via Royal Mail Special Next Day Delivery. You should take your item for return to a Post Office for return by Royal Mail Special Delivery within 7 days of receiving the RA number. Failure to obtain an RA or to return goods other than via Royal Mail Special Delivery does not affect your statutory rights.

7. Please note that we do not take responsibility for packages lost in transit during this period and the sender must return the item at his or her own risk.

8. All successfully returned items will be only credited to the account used to originally purchase the items, less any taxes or import duties incurred. We are also unable to refund any shipping charges.

How to proceed if you would like to return your goods from overseas

1. In order to facilitate the return of your items you must obtain a Return Authorisation (RA) number by e-mailing us at returns@aftershockplc.com or calling us on +44(0)161 832 9655 within 7 days of receiving your order. You will need to quote your order number and may receive multiple RA numbers if returning more than one item.

2. All items must be attached with the security tag intact, not be worn and in their original condition. Items designated as "SPECIAL OFFER" or "SALE" are non-returnable. We do not offer returns/exchanges on earrings, jewellery or rings for health and safety reasons unless items are deemed faulty or damaged.

3. Please complete the Returns Form, stating the Return Authorisation (RA) number under "Item(s) for Return/Exchange." and enclose with the item(s) to be returned. Enclose this document in the package you wish to return. If this document is not enclosed we regret that we cannot process your return. If you have lost or cannot find this document you can download and print it from the link entitled "Return Form" at the bottom of the page.

4. Please place items in the original packaging and ensure the outer box is completely sealed.

5. All returns for any particular order needs to be returned in one shipment with clear labelling of the return address:

Aftershock Online,
Returns Department,
Unit 60, 1st Floor
Wembley Park Boulevard

6. We advise all our customers to use a reliable and fast courier service to ensure items are delivered to ensure you receive your refund or exchange. It is also advisable for you to e-mail us and quote your tracking number. Aftershock does not accept responsibility for returns sent using any other method. The return must be shipped within 7 days of receiving an RA.

7. Please note that we do not take responsibility for packages lost in transit during this period and the sender must return the item at his or her own risk.

8. All successfully returned items will be only credited to the account used to originally purchase the items, less any taxes or import duties incurred. We are also unable to refund any shipping charges.

How to proceed if you wish to return faulty goods

1. In order to facilitate the return of faulty items you must obtain a Return Authorization (RA) number by e-mailing us at returns@aftershockplc.com and follow the standard returns process as detailed above.

2. Faulty items will only be accepted if the goods are delivered to the customer damaged or there is a subsequent manufacturing fault within a period of 3 months after delivery. All items returned as faulty will be inspected and any damage deemed to subject to fair wear and tear will not be accepted as faulty.

3. Where possible, items may be replaced at no extra cost on request but only where such items are deemed faulty, damaged and not repairable.

Receiving a refund

Refunds to you will be made within 30 days of the date of cancellation notice. All undamaged, correctly returned products will be credited to the original purchaser's credit card including sales taxes for all EU country shipments excluding shipping charges. As previously stated, international customs duties and sales taxes are non-refundable for shipments outside the European Community (EU).

Gift returns

If you have received an item from Aftershock as a gift you can return it for an exchange or a credit note within the parameters outlined in this Returns Policy. Please e-mail us at enquiries@aftershockplc.com or call us on +44(0161 832 9655 to arrange this.


You will be charged for any difference in cost and any additional shipping, taxes and import duties.

Credit notes:

Once issued, credit notes are valid for 6 months.

Returns Policy for items on Sale

Items designated as "SPECIAL OFFER" or "SALE" are non-returnable. We do not offer returns/exchanges on earrings, jewellery or rings for health and safety reasons unless items are deemed faulty or damaged.

For further information you can contact one of our customer service representatives who will be happy to talk you through the procedure; simply call our customer service team on: +44(0)161 832 9655 (Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) excluding national or public holidays). or e-mail us at: returns@aftershockplc.com and we'll be happy to assist. Alternatively, send an e-mail to returns@aftershocplc.com with any questions you may have.

Discount codes & Vouchers

If a discount was applied to your original order, the amount refunded will be adjusted to allow for the revised order value and appropriate discount level.


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Where do I send my return or exchange?


Please send your return or exchange to:
Aftershock Online,
Returns Department,
155-157 Cheetham Hill Road
Cheetham Hill
M8 8LY


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How do I make a return or exchange?


Simply follow the instructions on the invoice included with your package. Securely pack and seal the return merchandise and invoice in an appropriate shipping box or envelope, and send back to us using an insured service to the above address. (This will provide you with recourse on your package, as we cannot accept responsibility for packages that we do not ship ourselves). Please note we strictly do not accept in-store returns if the purchase is made online.


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When will my credit card be refunded?


Once your package has been received at Aftershock Online, your refund will be processed in the original form of payment within five business days. You will be notified via e-mail to the address listed on your account when this transaction has taken place. Please note that your banking institution may require additional days to process and post this transaction to your account once they have received the information from Aftershock Online.


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What suits your body shape?


Establishing what suits your body shape can be tricky. However, everyone's different - so it's important to make sure you choose clothes that suit your particular body shape rather than just bowing down to the latest fashion trends.

Different body shapes and what suits them

First, figure out which body shape your body best fits. For instance, big hips might be the defining feature of your body, or you might possess a pear-shaped physique where your hips are wider than your shoulders.

Alternatively, your body shape might be a typical hour-glass figure or you could have a straight body with no defined waist. In order to define what body shape you possess, be honest with yourself and take a look at exactly which features of your body stand out the most.

Moreover, try on different styles of clothing in order to ascertain what suits you best. The more you experiment with different types of clothing, the easier you'll find it to recognise what suits your body shape best.

Find out what suits your body shape with Aftershock whatever your body shape, it's easy to find out what suits you with Aftershock's useful style guide. Here, you'll be able to figure out exactly what suits your body shape so you'll be able to buy clothes that make you look and feel fabulous.

Types of body shapes

Everyone's body is made differently so instead of trying to look like someone else start to feel confident with yourself and find a style that will complement your shape. To help you we have put together a useful guide to buying clothes for your body shape so you can figure out what suits you.

Athletic - An athletic build is an ideal shape and you can just about wear anything. Be careful though, this does not mean that you go overboard and try and mix too many trends all at once.

Hourglass - This is where the bust and hips are in proportion, and there is a defined waistline. However, if your waist is small and your hips curvy then it is important not to draw too much attention to the waist area as it will make your hips look even larger. Cropped jackets look great or slightly looser tops that don't cling tightly to the waist.

Big hips - If you have big hips then flatter the figure with wide leg trousers in dark colours this will make you look taller and will take the attention away from the hips. Tailored pieces with a great cut are ideal for minimising the appearance of big hips.

Top heavy - Minimise you assets by wearing scooped or V-necks. Avoid high necklines and polo necks this will simply accentuate your 'top half'.

Pear-shaped - A Pear shaped body is where your hips are wider than your shoulders. In order to achieve a proportionate balance you should invest in a pair of straight legged trousers or A-line skirts teamed with loose fitting tops. Dresses with an empire line are great for the pear shaped body. Accentuate your bust area with low necklines or accessorise with a scarf and beads as this will draw the attention away from the hip area.

Apple-shaped - Apple-shaped bodies are larger on top and smaller below. People with this shape often have a short neck and it is important to make the neck look longer by wearing tops with a v-neckline. Avoid anything figure hugging as this will only draw attention to your waist. Wide legged trousers or flared skirts look great on Apple Shaped bodies.

Straight body - This body shape has no defined waist so avoid high waisted clothes and belts. Instead, clothes with a dropped waist are ideal or a wrap dress. Accentuate other areas of your body such as the bust and legs as this will draw the attention away from the waistline.

Arms and legs - Arm and legs can be troublesome areas when buying clothes. Take a long hard look at your upper arms. If your upper arms are flabby then wear three-quarter or half-length sleeve shirts and tops this will stop you feeling self-conscious. Long lean legs will suit any style of skirt but if you are unsure what skirt will suit just remember that a skirt should end just above the slimmest part of your leg.

Must-have's for your body shape

Flatter your figure with our guide to the ultimate must-have's for your body shape.
Curves - Curves need to be shown off so don't hide underneath baggy clothes, you need to flaunt it: Invest in a pair of tailored trousers that will elongate you legs teamed with a fitted jacket which will polish off the look perfectly. Corsets and pencil skirts are a great way to accentuate the waist area.

Tall and slim - Most trends will look great on this type of figure but there are a few fashion faux pas that you have to stay away from. For instance, if you are flat chested then stay away from low cut tops. Skinny jeans are ideal for this shape teamed with a pair of heels for the night or ballet shoes for the day. Most tops will look great on this shape and you can even wear horizontal stripes as this will help to minimise your torso area.

Petite - It is important to find the right fit. Don't be afraid to mix and match from the petite and standard range to get your ideal look. Dark colours are great for the petite frame as this helps to make you look taller. Fitted tops are great to create a slim silhouette teamed with a pair of tailored trousers and kitten heel boots the look is simply great. Above-the-knee skirts and dresses suit the petite frame and are a great way to show off those legs.

Pear shaped - A great shape for showing off your bust area. Try corset style tops, tailored jackets, a halterneck dress and A-line skirts. The wrap dress is also key for this shape as it is a great solution for different sized tops and bottoms.

Useful tips

Look in the mirror and get to know your body. Everyone is different so feel confident with your body shape and the right clothes will enhance your confidence!


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Handbag buying guide


Finding the right handbag

Whether you want to make a fashion statement, or need a bag that is functional Aftershock offers great styles that will carry you through the day and into the night. To help you get a handle on what style of bag is right for you we have put together a useful guide that explains the different styles and shapes available.

Types of handbags

Across body bag - A style of bag that has longer straps for it to be placed over your head and shoulder so it sits across your body. It enables you to carry a bag whilst keeping both hands free.

Grab bags - These are great styles for when you are on the move. They are large enough to contain all your essentials and small enough to carry around all day everyday. Simply grab and go!

Occasion/Evening bags - Small and compact they are ideal for any special occasion. Made in luxurious fabrics such as velvet and silk they can be plain, beaded or exquisitely detailed. Clutch bags are the most common occasion/evening bags. Clutches have no straps or handles and can be carried in your hand or tucked under your arm.

Purses & wallets - Available in different sizes purses and wallets are designed to keep together all your money and coins and can feature special compartments for creditcards.
Shopper bags - Shopper bags are large but stylish. They are a great shopping accessory and have a top-handle with a zip or button closure to keep your shopping safe.

Shoulder bags - These styles are great for everyday use. Available with a single strap or double strap just carry it comfortably over your shoulder.

Tote bags - The popular tote bag has short to medium straps so that you can carry it easily in your hands. The top is open so that you can shove in your gym kit or those important documents right at the last minute.

Useful tips

Give your old bags a new lease of life - accessorise with a bag charm or keychain.


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Accessories buying guide


Finding the right jewellery

Buying jewellery for yourself or a special loved one is an exciting experience. It can add the perfect finishing touches to any outfit or it can be the perfect way to show a special someone how much you care. To help you, we have put together a buying guide so that you can make a sparkling choice.

Types of jewellery

Bangles / Bracelets - Worn on the wrist, bangles and bracelets are an ideal accessory for any outfit. Available in different styles you can find one to suit your individual look. For the laid-back Bohemian style opt for chunky wooden styles or beaded bracelets. Lots of skinny bangles worn at once give an ethnic twist and can glam up an outfit in an instant. A bangle is usually worn on it's own and varies from thin and elegant to wider, chunkier cuffs.

Chokers - These are more glamorous neckpieces and are worn more often in the evening. They fit snugly around the neck and are the perfect finishing touches to a long, low neck dresses. Chokers can be elaborate with a variety of gems or simple and elegant so you can find one that perfectly complements your individual style.

Earrings - Available in different styles and lengths, earrings can instantly update any outfit and draw attention to your face. From subtle studs to longer, dangling styles, earrings can carry you through the day and night.

Necklaces - Worn around the neck, necklaces are a great gift idea and make any girl feel special. Available in different styles you can choose from chunky and more elaborate styles to single piece chains with a precious stone.

Pearls - Pearls are classic accessories to have! You can pile on the pearls for a trendy, funkier look that can be worn in the day, or in the evening a single strand necklace is classic and elegant and associated with Hollywood glamour of the 50's.

Tiara's - Ideal for the evening or special occasions, tiara's are a glamorous headpiece. Remember, if your dress is elaborate then choose a tiara that is subtle and elegant and vice versa.

Watches - Available in different styles and shapes, watches are now considered more of a fashionable accessory rather than just a timepiece. Look out for watches that are combined as a bangle or bracelet.


Useful tips

When wearing dangling earrings in the evening try putting your hair up. This will accentuate your face and the earrings will stand out giving an instant wow factor to your style.

When choosing the right accessories consider your outfit carefully. If your outfit is elaborate then complement the look with understated, subtle accessories. If your outfit is minimalistic then accessorise with more dramatic pieces.

Re-use your accessories! Bracelets look great as a charm on a handbag. If necklaces are broken then use the gems or stones as a brooch.



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Sunglasses buying guide


Finding sunglasses to suit your face shape

Stylish sunglasses are the ultimate accessories to be seen in. From over-sized and glamorous to aviator and understated-chic, everyone needs a pair of funky shades. To help you find the ideal pair we have put together a useful guide so that you can find a style to suit.

Different sunglasses for different shaped faces

Round face - If you have a round face then opt for wide, square or rectangular frames as this will help to elongate your face. If you have a large face then you can wear oversized sunglasses.

Heart shaped face - Avoid wide oversized sunglasses, as these styles will make your chin look pointy. However if the styles are not too wide you can get away with it. Aviator sunglasses suit this shape of face.

Oval face - If you have a small shaped face then anything goes. From smaller to wider frames, oversized to more slender your shape of face can carry off just about any style. However, avoid thick frames.

Small face - Avoid oversized, big glasses that could take over your face. You need accentuate your features so opt for rimless styles that look great on smaller shaped faces.

Long face - Add width to this shape of face and opt for a wide rectangular frame. This will make your face look rounder.

Square face - Square shaped faces best suit rounded sunglasses. Avoid sharp angled frames as this accentuates the jaw.

Triangular face - Triangular shaped face will have a wide forehead, but small chin and rimless sunglasses can really work well and look good. You may wish to select frames that are winder at the bottom.

Useful tips

Find a colour to suit your face is just as important as finding the right size and shape.
Rimless sunglasses and aviators suit most face shapes and are a safe bet if you are not too sure which style suits.

A perfect pair of sunglasses is when the frame follows the line of your eyebrow and you should never be able to see your eyebrow above the frame.

The edge of the frame should be slightly wider than the widest part of your face but make sure it is not too wide.


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Gift guide for men


Having trouble finding a gift for a special lady?

Every woman loves to be pampered, but we understand that buying gifts for her can sometimes be a daunting task. Don't panic! We've put together our definitive guide to the best Aftershock gift ideas for that special woman in your life - whether it's your girlfriend, wife, sister, mother or friend.

Your present will be wrapped in layers of Aftershock branded tissue paper, and finished off with a black ribbon. We can also include a hand-written message and deliver your gift directly to your loved one.

In the unlikely event that she isn't happy with an item you've chosen for her, we're happy to exchange anything that's returned to us in an unused condition within 14 days.
Don't forget: Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Christmas and Anniversaries are perfect occasions to buy gifts, but every day is a good time to make the woman in your life feel special by giving her a surprise gift!

Gifts for your girlfriend/wife

Our latest collection is packed full of gorgeous treats to make your girlfriend/wife feel special. Here's our pick of the best gifts for your wife/girlfriend.

If the woman in your life likes jewellery, then take a look at our best-selling Glass and Swarovski encrusted bracelet. This elegant, elasticated crystal bracelet will add a sparkling touch to any outfit.

Gorgeous handbags are top of many woman's wishlist for special pressies and clutch bags are an excellent choice. Our sophisticated, Foldover sequin clutch bag is the hit of the season - it has a real vintage feel, and it's just the right size for all her essentials for a night out.

Alternatively, try a sparkling sequin clutch bag, which can be used on its own or as a make-up bag to slip inside her shoulder tote.

Does your woman enjoy spending a quiet evening at home relaxing? Our ever-popular aromatherapy cupcake bath melts will help her relax, renew and rejuvenate.

After a day out in heels, our sparkling Moroccan slippers are perfect for nights in, snuggled-up with a glass of wine in front of a good film.

For the well-travelled woman, try our Pure Silk Kaftans. Loose and easy to wear (just take a look at her clothes size before ordering a small, which fits UK 8-10; medium, which fits UK 12; large, which fit UK 14; or extra large, which fits UK 16). This, scrunchy, suitcase-friendly kaftan can be worn as a dress, belted over jeans or as glamorous loungewear.
Sneaking her off for a weekend away? Then don't forget that she'll need something to keep her shoes and underwear tidy. Our crisp cotton drawstring bags, hand-embroidered with a whimsical Cinderella shoe design or 'Petit Linge' on a washing line are a fail-safe gift idea.

Gift for your sister/daughter/female friend

Looking for something a little different? There's no need to tackle the high street, when there are so many gorgeous gifts online at Aftershock. We choose some fun gifts for your sister, daughter or friend.

You can't go wrong with our best-selling hand-painted butterfly garland. They can be draped on a mirror, bedstead or party table...

If the she likes fun, colourful jewellery, then take a look at our Boheme tassel bracelet It's a runaway best seller this season, and the elasticated fastening means that there's no need to worry whether checking her wrist size.

Tealights and candles are always a safe gift idea for a friend. Perhaps she'd like our set of three beaded fan candles, featuring a beaded design - these decorative little lights will brighten up her dressing table, bathroom or mantelpiece. Alternatively, take a look at our set of three oriental tealight holders.

We all know that staying in is no excuse for scruffiness, so our floral print PJ set is perfect for the woman that likes to lounge in style!

If she's a girlie girl, then she'll appreciate our boudoir flower mirror, with its a generous cluster of soft pink and yellow flowers along the top. It has a stand and hook at the back, so it can be used on a bedside table or hung on the wall.

Gifts for your mother/mother-in-law

Struggling to think of what to present to buy for your mother/mother-in-law? We share a few of our favourite treats with a classic twist.

Pearls are always a good choice of jewellery for a mother/mother-in-law. Why not try our steely purple freshwater pearl and heart bracelet, featuring more than 60 freshwater pearls hanging from a sterling silver chain, finished off with a delicate heart charm? This popular gift idea is also available in classic snow white and dusky pink.

For the woman that likes a little luxury, our fabulous blush velvet ruffle scarf will add a sophisticated finishing touch to her outfit.

For the woman who has everything, try our beautifully embellished raw silk rose mirror compact. It will look perfect on her dressing table, cabinet or tucked away in her evening bag.

Another sure bet is a pair of our Moroccan slippers Moroccan slippers. With extra soft padded interiors and double layered sole these will make her feel like she's walking on air at the end of the day. And, with a choice of six colours, ranging from classic white to vibrant fuchsia, there's the perfect colour for everyone.

Aftershock gift vouchers

Still don't know what to buy her? Then treat her to an Aftershock gift voucher and let her choose for herself! She'll receive her gift certificate in a hand-made card, with a message of your choice. If you need any further assistance or advice, please don't hesitate to give us a buzz on +44(0)161 832 9655 or e-mail enquiries@aftershockplc.com


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Recommend a friend


Spread the word!

Tell a friend about Aftershock and you'll both save 10% off your next order!
Aftershock's 'recommend a friend' scheme is our way of saying thank you for spreading the word about Aftershock.

If you know someone who loves shopping for gorgeous designer clothes, accessories, jewellery and gifts, please let us know! All you have to do is send us their name and e-mail address (all over 18s please) and your friend will be issued with a voucher code for 10% off their first order.

If they decide to buy something using their voucher then you'll receive your own voucher code entitling you to 10% off your next Aftershock order.

We won't keep their details on record - we'll just send them an e-mail with a voucher code for 10% off their first Aftershock order. Please e-mail us the following details to comply with the scheme.

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Fab Fabrics: Glossary of fashion terms



Embellishment on a garment where the decoration is made by cutting pieces of one material and applying them to the surface of another.


A popular design for knitted fabrics (both hand and machine knit), most often used on sweaters and socks. Usually two or three colours appear in this diamond shaped plaid patter, named for the tartan of a clan in the county of Argyle, western Scotland.


A strip of fabric sewn over or attached along an edge to secure or protect.


A strong, durable, closely woven cotton fabric popular for raincoats, handbags and boots. Originally made of unbleached hemp or flax used for sails, tents, etc...


From the French word for a cloth or rag, is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S- and Z-twist crepe (high-twist) yarns. The twist in the crepe yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel.

Chiffon can be made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibers, but is usually associated with silk or nylon. Chiffon can be dyed to almost any shade desired, however if made from polyester it is difficult to dye. Under a magnifying glass it resembles a fine net or mesh which allows chiffon to have see-through properties.


Medium to heavyweight cotton pile fabric with Wales usually cut vertically. This is strong, durable fabric, originally used by the household staff of French kings, was called corde du roi or "cord of the king".


Used to describe all kinds of fabrics - wool, cotton, silk, rayon, synthetics and blends - that have a crinkly, crimped or grained surface. From the French word creper, which means, "to crimp of frizz".

Crepe De Chine

(krepp deh sheen) A fine lightweight crepe usually made of silk.


Loose, open knit made by looping thread with a hooked needle. Used for light, summer sweaters.


Type of woven fabric that contains simple geometric forms or motifs, where the design on the fabric is created in the weaving process.


Fancy needlework or trimming consisting of a coloured yarn, embroidery floss, soft cotton, silk or metallic thread. Although hand embroidery is still widely practiced, most commercially produced embroidered clothes are by machine.

Engineered Print

Also called a place print, because it is integrated into a specific area of design. Border prints are often engineered into place.


Fabric that is designed with a series of finished small holes or perforations, adding beauty and breath ability to the garment.


A piece of fabric sewn to the inside of a garment for the lining purposes to add structure.


A warm, soft fabric, made in tightly woven twill or plain weave, and finished with a light napping. Derived from the Welsh word gwlanen, which means wool.


A sheer, lightweight plain weave fabric with a fine crepe surface. Also called georgette or georgette crepe.


A twill weave made up of parallel lines balanced evenly in each direction to create a zigzag effect.


A type of cut and sew fabric that is characterised by the interconnecting of the knit stitches.


(ja-card) Elaborate woven or knitted pattern made on a jacquard loom. Invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in France 1801, the loom uses a punch card much like a player piano does. Some Jacquard fabrics have specific names (e.g. Brocade, Damask, Tapestry).


A generic term for a plain knit fabric without a distinct rib. Originally made of wool, jersey fabric was first manufactured on the island of jersey.


Fibres of the flex plant, woven into the fabric that are cooler, stronger and more absorbent than cotton.

Marled Yard

Two single yarns of different colours twisted together. You see this mottled effect most often in sweaters.

Merino Wool

This is high quality wool yarn made from the fleece of merino sheep. It is fine, strong, and elastic, and takes dye well.


A generic category of manufactured fibres that have a greater ability to retain shape when wet, as well as a high breaking strength.


This finish allows a garment to stay smooth without ironing, and stay crisp throughout the day.


A shaded effect of colour ranging from light to dark tones of one colour, and used in a striped motif.

Piece Dyed

Fabrics that are dyed in piece form after they are woven, and usually offer just a single colour.


(Peekay) A knitted cotton fabric with a waffle (or diamond shaped) pattern.


The piece of cloth that reinforces a split or opening in a garment; and that usually also serves as the closure (i.e. the button packet for a shirt).


Delicate looking rib knit fabric made with a pattern of openings.


A durable, plain weave fabric similar to broad cloth, But with a heavier rib and heavier weight, made of silk, cotton, synthetic fibres, wool or blends.


A sleeve where one piece of fabric extends all the way to the neckline, with slanted seams from the armhole to the neck (no shoulder seam).


A cloth that typically has a glossy surface and a dull back. It is a warp-dominated weaving technique that forms a minimum number of interlacings in a fabric. If a fabric is formed with a satin weave using filament fibers such as silk, nylon, or polyester, the corresponding fabric is termed a "satin".


A semi lustrous surface distinguishes this smooth, durable fabric in a satin weave. Sateen is usually made of cotton.


Medium weight, plain weave, silk like fabric with pronounced slub filling yarns (slub means yarns are uneven or nubby).


An elegant, versatile and washable fabric that makes its own statement. Silk is a natural protein fibre taken from the cocoon of the silkworm. Most silk fabrics can be hand washed. Technically, silk does not shrink like other fibres.

Silk absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Because of its high absorbency, it is easily dyed in many deep colors. Silk retains its shape, drapes well, caresses the figure, and shimmers with a luster all its own.


A fabric that shows a distinct diagonal wale on the fence (e.g. denim, gabardine).


Soft plush fabric with a close, dense pile. Originates from the French word for velvet.


A short, closely woven cut pile fabric with a rich, soft texture. Originally silk, velvet is now also made of cotton blends.


A fabric woven or knitted with yarns that have been dyed prior to fabrication of the cloth (i.e. plaid). Considered a sign of quality, because yarn-dyed makes the fabric resist fading.


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