5 Tips To Help You Shop For Clothes Online

Although online shopping has become very popular in the last number of years, with more and more people flocking to the Internet to buy anything from groceries, to furniture, people are still a bit apprehensive when it comes to shopping online for clothes. A lot of people cannot understand how you can decide a garment would look good on you without trying it on first, which is understandable. But there are many benefits to shopping online for clothes, including massive deals, which should tempt anyone to try clothes shopping online.

In this article I would like to share my 5 tricks to help you shop online for clothes, so that you are satisfied with your experience, whether you choose to keep the items you buy or not!

1. Read The Product Description Carefully
At first this might sound pretty obvious, but I myself am very much guilty of ‘quick glance shopping syndrome’. When shopping online you browse around the websites looking at pictures of products, and once you see a picture of something you like, you might not read the entire product description in detail. You might simply read the item summary, without going into the nitty gritty detail of the product. This is a big mistake, as the description might contain information about the product which might not appeal to you, and which would influence your purchasing decision. It might also give some clues about the sizing and fit of that particular garment.

Once in fact, I bought a dress from an online store I had shopped from multiple times before. I ordered my usual size without reading the entire product description and sure enough when the dress arrived it was pretty tight at the shoulders and I had to get it fixed. I was rather surprised (and upset), but when I checked back on the website there it was on the product description… It said that this dress runs small so they suggested ordering a size up! Now had I read through the entire product description in the first place! So make sure you read the entire product description before you even add an item to your cart, let alone check out.

2. Measure Up (And Check That Size Chart!)
When shopping for clothes online it is important that you consult with the store’s size chart to ensure you are ordering the correct size for your figure. Do not order the size you ‘usually’ buy because different designers and different stores sometimes have their own unique size charts, which vary. Therefore measure yourself first; usually having your bust, waist and hip measurements should suffice for you to determine where in the store’s size chart you fit. This will help you select the correct size every time.

3. Use Store Shopping Tools
Many online clothes stores these days provide unique tools to help their shoppers identify those items which would suit their body best. Check the online store you’re shopping on to see whether they provide such tools to help you select your ideal items; many women’s clothes stores provide this feature, which you might find listed under ‘Shop by Body Shape’ or ‘Shop by Body Type’.

4. Check Return Policy (in Detail!)
No matter how hard you try to select the right items in the right size, having to return something once in a blue moon is inevitable. For this reason, it is very important to know before you actually buy from an online store, what their return policy is. Check whether they give refunds, whether they give store credit, whether you can return sale items, etc. Different stores have very different return policies, so do not just assume you can return an item. Check these fine details out before you actually make your purchase, to make sure you are covered in case you need to return an item,

5. Check Return Shipping Policy
Some online stores these days offer free return shipping. What this means is that if you decide to return an item, the store will cover your costs for shipping that item back to them. Stores that have such a policy are usually the ones who take customer service very seriously, and are ones who are determined to make their customers’ shopping experience a pleasant one, so you should feel safe doing business with them. Look out for such a policy before ordering, as knowing that any return shipping is covered will make your online shopping experience worry free.

There you have five tips to help you make better choices when shopping for clothes online. Remember that you can get extra special deals online, so I encourage you to give online apparel shopping a go in the very near future.

5 Tips For Saving Money When Shopping For Clothes

Whether young or old, we all like to look our best and shopping for clothes, shoes and accessories is one of life’s little pleasures for many. However, with people cutting their cloth (sorry for the pun!) according to their means at the moment, buying new clothes can sometimes feel like a luxury we can ill afford. That doesn’t mean that buying clothes has to be something we no longer do as there are many ways to enjoy new trends and fashion without breaking the bank.

1. A great way to gain a new look for free is to hold a “swishing” party with your friends. Everyone brings an item or two (or more) they no longer want, maybe some shoes, a belt, a dress or a bag and then “swishes” or swaps them for another item. It’s a good idea to settle on how many items you will all bring as it is unfortunate if one friend brings a huge bag full and another brings one item! For the price of a few nibbles and drinks, you and your friends can get themselves a whole new look for free and also have an inexpensive fun evening trying on new outfits!

2. Shopping at charity/thrift shops and boot sales can uncover a whole new load of fashion treasures for mere pennies. The last thing people want to do when holding a boot sale is take all their items home with them, so there are many bargains to be had. I recently picked up a new suit from Mexx, complete with tags, for £1! The seller bought it on impulse and was just happy to get rid of it. Charity shops can also give you a great new look for less. My sister was looking for a winter coat recently but at £50 on the High Street, they were out of her reach. A trip to her local charity shop uncovered a great cream wool coat for less than £7! And her purchase also raised cash for a local good cause.

3. If you are lucky enough to have a local market, you will probably find traders who sell clothes and accessories for a fraction of the cost of those sold by the large retailers. These stalls are great for picking up items such as scarves, fashion jewellery and bags which can update your look. Our local market sells scarves and pashminas for a fiver for two, which can instantly transform an outfit.

4. If you are talented with a needle or own a sewing machine, why not consider making or customising your own clothes rather than buying new? With fashion gurus such as Gok Wan showing you how to transform an outfit for a few pounds, it is something which can be done at home with little outlay. A packet of dye and some string can transform a t shirt into a tie dye marvel. Or a few fabric flowers sewn on can update a dress or skirt instantly. If you are more serious, patterns and fabric can be found at most charity or craft/sewing shops.

5. A way of making fashion affordable is to consider a catalogue. A favourite of many women in 1970’s/1980’s, catalogues are now a very popular way to update your look and spread the cost. Many stars such as Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby have their own fashion lines in catalogues. Many catalogues also offer an incentive such as 10% off your first order if you purchase. Obviously only consider a catalogue if you are able to pay it off each month.

Hopefully these tips will show that fashion can remain affordable and give you a few new ideas when next considering a new outfit!

Tips for Shopping For Clothes Online

Having a decent size wardrobe is all part of being fashionable. However, following the latest trends and styles can be quite a hassle. Fortunately, shopping for clothes online has become increasingly common.

If you are the type of person who loves clothes but find the process of actually shopping for them to be an unnecessary inconvenience then shopping for clothes online is perfect for you. It completely eliminates the cumbersome parts of going to the mall, checking yourself out in front of the dressing room mirror and lining up to the register just to pay for it.

There is certainly no shortage of online business that deal with this kind of thing. You will find a number of user-friendly sites that offer a wide array of choices at reasonable prices. However, before you jump the gun, there are a number of important online fashion shopping tips that you should always keep in mind.

Be Honest about your Measurements
When shopping for clothes online, you need to make sure that you are honest with yourself. Always state the facts when filling out your orders. Accurate measurements are crucial if you don’t want to walk away disappointed.

As hard as this may seem, getting your exact measurements is the only way to ensure that your clothes will fit perfectly. Fortunately, there are some online stores that try to help their customers in this regard.

Explore Your Options
When you go shopping for clothes online, it is important that you weigh your options carefully. After all, the prices for a particular product may not always be the same with the different websites. Make sure that you take your time and check out all the sites you know before making a purchase.

You can never really know when you might be able to get a great deal. For instance, some online stores offer sales and discounts on certain products, much like their real-life counterparts.

Prioritize Your Security
This tip requires little explanation. While most online stores can be trusted and have good customer feedback, there is still the possibility that you might fall victim to unscrupulous phishing websites. If that ever happens, then it will be your credit card that will be put at risk.

It is crucial that you take all the necessary precautions when shopping for clothes online. Only go to encrypted sites. Also, try sticking to the stores you have come to know and trust. However, if you were to find new stores, then you should make it a point to do some research on them to see what customer feedback.

Those are just a few of the useful tips you can use when you go shopping for clothes online. Hopefully, this will be of some help to you in terms of expanding your wardrobe.