Who doesn’t think online shopping is beneficial? No more finding parking at malls, you get to skip those long lines at checkout, and sometimes you can view clothes on an actual person instead of on a hanger. With retail convenience at the tip of our fingers, online shopping has its amazing advantages but a share of drawbacks as well. To save yourself from unexpected surprises in the mail, check out these six important tips to turn your online shopping experience into a success.
Always take the time to check the size charts before adding an item to your cart. Sure, you can glance at the model wearing the clothes but it can be very hard to determine the actual fit. If you don’t already know your measurements, it’s important to have your fittings on hand if you do a lot of online shopping. The three important measurements to always have is your chest/bust, waist, and hips. With your measurements, you can determine on the brand’s size charts which is best for you. Be sure to take note if there are any unique fitting specifications that the brand will usually note in the product description.
A drawback of online shopping is not being able to hold and feel the actual garment in your hands. The last thing you want is receiving a piece a clothing you never thought of receiving. A garment shown online can sometimes be misleading to know exactly how it feels and looks. Be sure to read the material type and other details in the product description to know exactly what the clothing is made off. If you don’t know much about material types, research them ahead of time so you have a point of reference.
Note the brand or company’s return policy before you order. Do they have free returns? Is there a specific time frame for returns or exchanges? It’s always important to be informed of this matter just in case of a mishap.
When in doubt, scroll through the customers reviews regarding the type of fit, style, and overall ratings. This will sometimes give you a better idea of what to order or what not to order. Depending on the brand, they will always include photos shared by customers.
With social media being a huge platform for apparel brands, check out their social media pages on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. If they’re having any kind of sale, be sure to use promo codes to save a few dollars. They also include their products in their posts so you have a better idea of colors, styles, fittings, etc.