We live in a day and age when virtually anything can be done on the Internet, and buying clothes online is no exception. However, online shopping does come with its own set of challenges.
Shopping For Clothes Online Challenges
Because you can’t actually see the product, it’s easy to make a mistake and order one thing and get something completely different. This is especially true when it comes to ordering clothes – you either get a skirt or a dress that is two sizes too small or end up with an XXXL shirt that’s more of a dress than an actual top. So, to help you shop smarter, faster, and easier, we’re listing four online shopping hacks. Take notes!
Get Precise Body Measurements
…and keep them up to date. Sizing charts won’t be much of a help if you don’t have accurate body measurements. Although you could take them yourself, they won’t be as precise. Therefore, it’s best to go to a local tailor to take them for you. While some might do it for free, others won’t, so be sure to ask around.
Nevertheless, having your body measurements will help you shop without fear. Once you get them, keep your measurements on file so you can easily refer to them whenever you’re shopping online. Don’t forget to keep them up to date, though!
Befriend Size Charts
Let the size charts be your guide. This one is a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at how many people forego this step and place an order. Making impulse purchases without thinking them through costs both money and time. That’s why you should let size charts be your guide when shopping online. It’s not as simple as checking the size of the garment because different manufacturers will use different labels. Also, your size may vary from brand to brand. You might be a size 8 in one brand, but 10 in another. Therefore, it would be best to write down your measurements and check size charts before you make a purchase.
Buy Simple Silhouettes
Purchase skirts, dresses, and tops with simple silhouettes. The fewer exact measurements you need for a garment, the less of a gamble it is to order it online. It’s a tried-and-true technique many experienced online shoppers stick with and a great way to spare yourself the hassle of ordering the wrong size.
For example, buying women’s skirts online can be easy because you usually need just the waist measurement. Go for certain silhouettes – if you’re not sure which ones you should get, take a look at your closet. The silhouettes that repeat are probably the ones that will have the highest chances of actually fitting. Usually, those are A-line and shift dresses, flared and flowy skirts, as well as loose tops.
Check Customer Reviews
Go through customer reviews on sizing before placing an order. One of the advantages that come with online shopping is that you can easily check the previous customers’ reviews before you make a purchase. This is especially useful for people who are in between sizes and who usually have trouble finding clothes and shoes that fit perfectly. Scroll through the comment section of the website you’re purchasing from and look for reviews on sizing. Sometimes, you’ll need to go a size up or down depending on the store, so it’s great if you find someone who already went through that and read their thoughts and opinions. It’ll help you make a decision as well as figure out which size to shop for at that particular online store.
The Gist of it
While it may seem daunting to shop for clothes online, it’s slowly but surely becoming our future. Although it does require some initial legwork, once you get a hold of it, it’ll become a routine task. Be sure to get your body measurements so you can navigate through size charts with ease. Also, look for skirts and dresses with simple silhouettes and make it a habit to go through customer reviews on sizing. That way, you’ll ensure online shopping success and get clothes that actually fit.
Are there any other shopping hacks you can think of? Leave a comment down below and help fellow online shoppers shop smarter.
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