Online shopping has saved us from scrumming our way through crowded malls. You can easily find so many online stores that offer a huge variety of clothing items. You don’t have to tire yourself while going into a shop after shops to find what you are looking for.
Online shopping provides customers the freedom to purchase from anywhere, and anytime. It saves so much time. You can order whatever you want from the comfort of your home. Plus, you can find all sorts of discount clothing and special deals at some online stores.
Even with all these advantages, online shopping has some drawbacks too. When ordering clothes from an online store, you can end up choosing the wrong size, misjudge the quality of the cloth, or end up ordering from a scammer.
To save yourself from these disappointments, you have to keep some simple rules in mind.
1. Check your measurements
While buying clothes online you should be extra careful with the measurements since you can’t try your picked outfits on. Know your size because not all sizes are the same. Remember, there are no universal sizing standards when it comes to different brands. One brand’s small could be another’s medium. So don’t just pick a small size jacket just because you think it will fit. Look for the size chart on the website. Take out a measuring tape and write down your measurements. You should know your shoulder, chest, bust, waist and hip measurements before you order an outfit online.
2. Research the material
Majority of the time online stores display the pictures taken by professional photographers. They can be deceiving as the colors or the material may look different in than pictures than it actually is. There is nothing more painful than an outfit you waited for days to be delivered, and it turns out to be low in quality or has an altogether different shade.
Every well-known brand specifies the fabric they use on their product page. Make sure to read the product description carefully to avoid facing disappointment. It’s better to research beforehand about the material and to see if it suits you.
3. Read the reviews
Look for the real customer reviews about the products on their websites. These reviews tell a lot about the product quality and the brand’s customer service. Don’t just look at the stars as even a 5 star rated website can lead you to a bad purchase. Look for trusted reviewers who take time to write more than one word and are regular reviewers.
These reviews say a lot about the fabric quality used by the brand and their sizes.
4. Keep notes
Keep notes of your purchases and the measurements you take for the specific websites with their names. So when the next time you shop online you will know which website has the kind of outfits you want and which of their size will fit you perfectly.
5. Keep it in the cart
Online shopping doesn’t allow you to try on the outfits, so it’s better not to buy them the moment you see them. Keep them in the cart, check your size, read reviews, look for better deals don’t purchase dresses you might later regret buying.
One of the advantages you get from online shopping is that you can save your favorite outfit in your cart for up to 15 days. You don’t have to rush into buying it as there are no salespeople staring at you judgmentally.
6. Look for sales and deals
When shopping online look for better deals and sales available on other websites. Sometimes you can get the same jeans at a much lesser price because there is a sale going on another website.
The majority of the brands offer summer or winter deals to their customers at the end of the season.
7. Check the return policies
Last but not least, before checking out always read the return policies. Some clothing websites offer a time frame within which you can return the items you are not satisfied with. Read these policies carefully, even after you may have to return the item if you don’t like the color or maybe the size is just not right.
At the end there is no right way to shop online. However, these tips might save you a lot of trouble while you shop online the next time.