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I wouldn’t call myself a pro when it comes to online shopping, but I have had a lot of experience buying clothes on the interwebs, ever since I was about 16.
I have had bad experiences, ok experiences and amazing experiences with online shopping, and have definitely went through a bunch of situations that made me not want to shop on online again, mainly due to fit issues.
I can deal with a garment if the material feels a little weird, or if the coloring is slightly different from the website, but if the fit is all wrong I seriously cannot deal with it. I hate clothes that are super tight and cut off blood circulation, or clothes that are super big that make me look like I’m drowning in an endless amount of material. I don’t mind fitted things or a slight oversized look, but if it’s too overdone I’m not even going to try to wear it, because I will feel absolutely ridicules in it.
So because I have had so many experiences with good and bad purchases online (mainly with the fit of the clothes) I thought making a post on some tips and tricks to fix that problem, that might help somebody who struggles with picking things online that actually fit their body shape.
The number one tip to finding clothes that actually fit you online, is measuring yourself. If you plan on shopping for clothes online, and you don’t own a measuring tape, it should be your next purchase. Because without a measuring tape you won’t be able to look at the size chart, which is a huge game changer!
Sometimes you might know your size, and think you can wing it, but different stores go by different measurements when it comes to sizing, and will run small, true to size or even big. So it’s a good idea to learn the precise dimensions of your body for that specific store, and look at the chart as a guide to what size you fall in, so you don’t get disappointed when your item arrives. Because after all, fit is everything! And you need to make sure that particular garment compliments your body type.
Avoid items that look too fishy
I know this one seems like a no brainer. But sometimes we get desperate and really want to buy something we know looks a little cheap or strange looking on the model, and then later regret it.
Don’t settle with something just because it was on sale or the store had a special promo code going on that made you want to buy something. Save your money and wait instead, and actually buy something that you know seems legit and will look good on you. Never settle with something that looks bad on the model or on the website and then hope it looks good on you, because 9 times out of 10 you won’t be happy with it.
Look at reviews
It’s good to check reviews when looking for clothing online too. The size chart is your best friend, but reviews are also your best friend since you might come across reviews that tell how the garment fits and if they’re satisfied with it overall.
Everyone is also shaped differently and has different standards with clothing too, so experiences will vary on the reviews (which is something you need to be careful with). But if you see something noted in majority of the reviews, it’s a safe bet that it’s probably true.
I’m normally not the one that promotes doubles. But if you’re really contemplating between two sizes, two colors or two styles, you might want to order both of the garments you’re stuck between, if it seems like it’s causing a lot of confusion.
Buying two may be more expensive but at least if you’re stuck between getting two things, you can always see which one you like better when they’re delivered to your house. And even if you do end up going with just one, you can always donate the other one you don’t like, and give it to a sibling or a friend, or just ship it back to the store if you don’t mind doing that.
Look at the return policy
And speaking of sending items back, look at the return policy! If an online seller doesn’t accept returns, you will have to decide whether the risk is worth the possible reward. Sometimes items will fit perfect and you won’t need to send it back, but if you don’t want to risk it, be sure to only shop with companies that accept returns.
A good return policy will offer free or very cheap return fees, that won’t give you any problems sending anything back. If the store’s support team doesn’t seem very friendly or keeps giving you the round about when you’re asking about the exchange/return policy’s, then you should really consider if you want to buy from them, especially if you’re not too sure about the item in the first place. Because if you’re stuck with an ill-fitted garment, then you’ll have to give it away to someone else. But at least if you can return it, you can get your money back.
Ship it to the store
For those of you that are truly baffled if something is going to fit or not, and you have a car to travel to the store, try shipping it there. I know you may be thinking it ruins the whole fun of shopping online, but in the long run it will actually be a lot safer since you can actually try the item on in the store and see if it’s flattering or not.
Almost all online stores have it in such a way where you can ship it to a nearby store for free when you’re about to place an order, so you can physically pick it up yourself. I would use this option a lot more myself, but unfortunately I don’t have a car…so this would not work for me. But anybody that has a vehicle, please try this out if you’re really iffy about an item, so you can try it on or even exchange that particular piece you bought online in the store, without being disappointed when it arrives in the mail. It will just save you from a lot of frustration that I’m pretty sure nobody wants to go through.
So I guess those are all my tips for finding clothes that actually fit you online! I hope I didn’t miss anything that’s important when shopping digitally, and hopefully covered everything that I personally do to find gems that actually fit me online. But anyway, thanks so much for reading and I hope you found this post to be super helpful.
I’ll see you all next week!💕