Shopping online definitely has its perks. We don’t have to wait in line or leave the house, and we can even do it in our pajamas at midnight. But it can have its drawbacks as diehard online shoppers know all too well…like having your jeans being two sizes too small or that awesome blouse looking nothing like its picture IRL. Ughhh!
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To save yourself time and $$$, here are some easy tips and tricks to make shopping for clothes online a little easier.
1. Keep Up-to-Date Measurements
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Buying online means you don’t have the luxury of trying on clothes first. When you have proper measurements of yourself — including your waist, hip and bust — you won’t have to wonder whether you’re a Small or Medium. Remember one store’s size 6 is another store’s size 8. Once you know your true measurements, you’ll no longer have to worry about choosing the wrong size.
2. Check the Sizing Chart
This might seem like a no brainer but a lot of people skip these when, really, sizing charts are your best friend. Just look at the sizing chart, find your measurements on it (because now you got ’em!), and go from there. No more guessing if something is really a Large or not. Another tip? Some websites provide the size of clothing that the model is wearing. Sometimes this gives you an idea of how short or long it might be on you.
3. Read the Reviews
Customer reviews are super important because they give you an idea of how a piece of clothing looks and feel like IRL. If a certain shirt has consistently top reviews, then it’s pretty safe to assume that it’s a good buy. On the other hand, if it continues to receive bad reviews, then you should probably skip it and look for something else.
4. Make a Note of It
If you’re a regular online shopper, it’s a good idea to keep a list of retailers that you love and then jot down what you bought from them and their sizes. It might seem like homework, but it will actually save you a lot of time the next time you go on a shopping spree.
5. Question Your Shopping Cart
It’s super easy to splurge when you’re online shopping. With just a few clicks you can have an entirely new wardrobe! To avoid any regrets, make sure you go through your entire shopping cart before you purchase the order and ask yourself if this is something you’d actually wear more than once. If not, hit Delete and save yourself a future headache. Howeverrr, popular online stock often disappears quickly — and once it’s gone, it’s gone — so if you like something a lot, get it girl!
6. Review the Return Policies
This is a total must for online shopping. Even if you follow all the amazing tips above, you still might encounter an occasional disappointment. Be prepared and take a glance at the return policies to ensure that you’re able to return your clothes and receive a refund without any problems. One bad online shopping experience shouldn’t stop you from indulging in some easy at-home retail therapy!