I've always liked online shopping more than regular shopping. For me it's easier to find clothes appealing when they're worn by the model rather than hung on the store rack. Or maybe I'm just lazy and prefer shopping while watching TV on bed, but whatever it is, online shopping -when done right- can be far more productive. And let's face it, receiving a package every now and then right at your front door is the nicest part of the experience.
However, it can also be a real pain if the clothes you get aren't what you expected or they don't fit properly, and you have to go through the annoying return/exchange process. So, to make things a bit easier for you, avid shoppers, I gathered some personal tips that've helped me throughout my online shopping career (year, right. I wish).
KNOW YOUR BODY. Most of us usually buy from the same brands all the time. It's good to have a specific brand to turn to for specific pieces of clothing. I always get my jeans from Urban Outfitters, for instance, and I know the size and style I wear, so it's easy for me to get a pair that I know'll fit. The same goes for swimwear and shoes. When you're familiar with the brand's sizing, it'll be easier to succeed fit-wise.
USE FIT MODELS. Most sites provide the measurements of the model and the size they're wearing so you get an idea of which size will fit best. Write down your measurements and compare to the model's to avoid any fitting disappointment later on. Also, try to visualize the piece worn by you and how you'd combine it. I've been too close to buying pieces that look great on the model, but -based on how I would wear it- not so much on me.
READ STORE'S POLICY. Every online store has different policies regarding returns and shipping. Make sure you agree with their policy before making your purchase. Some might charge an extra fee for returning, and some won't even accept returns, so if you're not sure about the product(s) you're buying, think again.
LOOK FOR THE BEST DEALS. The good thing about online shopping is that you can look for the product you want in tons of different stores at the same time, helping you land the best price or even retail stores that'll sell the exact same high-end product at a much affordable price. Also, apps like Honey will automatically search for discount and promo codes during your checkout, helping you save a fair amount of $. It's also a good idea to follow your favorite brands on social media, since they're constantly sharing deals and pre-sale invites.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Unless it's a designer product at an incredible retail price, most times you really get what you pay for. Stores like Romwe and SheInside, where they offer up to 80% discounts all year long, tend to have a questionable customer service, super slow delivery system, and $5-worth product quality. Don't get me wrong, I've had my share of fast fashion shopping through the years, but I also appreciate a better shopping experience for a higher price. Stores like NAKD and ASOS offer a much better product quality and the order arrives at half the time (and these two offer free worldwide shipping too ;)).
I hope these tips come in handy next time you find yourself browsing for the season's trends or your closet basics. And if you have any other tip when it comes to online shopping, please share in the comments below!
Image from Instagram via docaitlin.
, by Marielisa