If you’re like us, you’re just a little too addicted to online shopping. No interminable lines, no rush, no hassle – just any item you could possibly want – reachable, at the touch of your fingertips. Order that gorgeous new dress through a deal-providing site (obviously), track the package through Slice, wait a few days, and voila! It is home and ready for its first outing. But what happens when the item you thought would work so perfectly actually doesn’t? Every once in a while an outlier will be too long, too tight, oversized, or a wrong fit all together. So what do you do? Get fitted online, of course! Read ahead for our tips on making the best of online clothing shopping:
Start in the real world by actually getting off your couch and going to a store and letting a real human being take your measurements. You want to get the right size when you buy online, and a professional’s touch and expertise will ensure that your purchase will look just right. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of returns or use the ever-famous trial-and-error method (pro tip: make sure returns and exchanges are free so you don’t have to worry about budget disappointments if the fit isn’t right).
Check a website’s sizing charts. Did the medium you thought would fit actually turn out to be what you’d call an extra small? Every website is different, especially if the retailers you’re eyeing are international. Each clothing retailer has a specific sizing chart and some, like ASOS and Piperlime, have size guarantees so that if the item doesn’t fit, you can exchange it. Still, it’s a good idea to check the sizing chart before purchasing to ensure you get it right on the first try.
I know my measurements. Now, where to do the shopping? Look no further than our Fall Fashion and Online Shopping guides, which have tons of outlets and inspiration to get you going. You can thank me later.