Shopping online definitely has its benefits-no need to wait in line or leave the house. And while it comes with a lengthy list of pros, it can have a few drawbacks too…it may be too small for you or it actually does not fit. To save yourself time, here are tips and tricks for buying clothes that fit!
Know your measurements
By now, you should know your size varies depending on the brand and even the batch the products were made in. This is easily navigated in-store by taking a quick trip to the dressing room, but with online shopping, you don’t have that luxury. Unless the store you’re buying from make provision for you to check your measurement, you’re going to need to get out your measuring tape and take note of your bust, waist, hips, and inseam.
Check the size charts
Before you head to the virtual checkout, see how your handy new measurements stand up to the site’s size chart to help determine what you should actually be ordering. Taking a glance at the size chart on the designer’s own website before buying isn’t a bad idea since the ones used by online shopping sites are more of a general guideline for everything on their site. So even though the online shopping site’s chart says you should order your jeans in a size eight, the company might recommend going up to a 10.
Read the reviews
Customer reviews are extremely valuable pieces of info since they give you a real perspective on the piece you’re considering. Scan for comments touching on size, fit and quality of material to get a better idea of whether an item fits true to size, or if you’ll need to size up or down. While the piece may look on point in the photo, it might end up being tight in the bust and awkwardly loose through the hips, or any other less-than-fab combination.
Be aware that how a colour appears on-screen may not translate the same way in person. Not only that, but colour can also change from batch to batch. And while you should be prepared for your products to arrive in a slightly different hue, if it doesn’t match even your adjusted expectations, definitely send it back.
Read and understand the return policy
Even if you’ve followed all of the above steps, there still might be the occasional disappointment. Be prepared and familiarise yourself with the return policies before you order. Things to look for: free returns, how long you have to send the product back, whether or not you can make exchanges, if returns can be made in store and if there is a restocking fee.
Keep a running list of online retailers and brands you have shopped with, making note of the sizes you ordered and how they fit. This will make future purchases a whole lot easier. Not only will you have a record of brands you love, but you’ll have cut out the guesswork surrounding how their items run.
By Damilola Faustino