Shopping for clothes online can save you a ton of money not to mention the convenience. You can pick up stuff from your favorite designer or in a style you love for a fraction of the price. No more mall crawling and driving from store to store, why bother when you can sit at home and get all of it online. In fact shopping online gives you even more variety than going to the mall.
While shopping online is the most convenient thing ever, you don’t get to try clothes on before you buy them. It’s the one drawback. If clothes don’t fit, they are no good to you. Here are some tips to avoid that from happening and to help make sure you get the right size when you shop online.
Break out the measuring tape
The first step in getting the right fit is to make sure that you have the right measurements. If you are not sure how to take your measurements then watch the video below. Your measurements also need to be up to date, if you were a size 4 six months ago, that could change. Also each site may do their sizing a little differently so double check.
Pick the right retailer
Before you bust out the credit card to pay for that gorgeous dress, check with the site’s return policy first. You want to make sure that if the clothes don’t fit that you can exchange them at no extra cost. Some retailers have great policies in this regard, others…not so much. Mistakes will happen and you won’t always get the right size, but that happens shopping in the mall too.
Make sure they are clearly sized
Some retailers just label clothes in small, medium and large. This is way too vague, for instance in Asia a size 34” might be considered extra-large, while in North America it’s a medium. Get as size specific as you can.
Check the sizing chart
Almost every retailer that sells clothes will have a sizing chart on their site. This outlines the measurements that make up their sizes and these can vary greatly from what you’re used to. If they don’t have a sizing chart then it’s time to shop elsewhere.
Following these tips will help you get the sizing right and look smashing in your new purchases. There is no guarantee that mistakes won’t happen but shopping at an online retailer with a solid reputation that allows returns will minimize the aggravation.