The global online market is booming and getting bigger every day. According to research, 69% of Americans regularly shop online. Be it clothes, groceries, or electronics; you get to compare thousands of options sitting on your couch. While the apparel selection is impressive and huge, choosing the right outfit online might be tricky.
Following a few “online shopping tips and tricks” can help you choose better. We’ve listed everything you need to keep in mind to make fantastic new additions to your wardrobe without any fail.
Go for reliable shops
The best way to avoid getting scammed is to look for reliable retailers. Online stores that have gained people’s trust over time are less likely to sell sub-standard products.
You can browse the internet or search on social media platforms to select some reliable stores. Often influencers review many shops or recommend their favorite ones. You can go for their recommendations if you’d like to.
Choose according to your travel destinations
We all know that staycations and vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing. But you will have even more fun when you have the right clothes with you. Imagine going to an Instagram-worthy location and getting the chance to take amazing photos but not having the right clothes for your Insta feed?. Isn’t that just tragic?
The best thing to do is keeping your next vacation in mind while you are shopping online. If you plan to spend your holidays anywhere cold, look for jackets, cardigans, sweaters, and coats. If you are vacationing in Hawaii, look for breezy and floral summer dresses, tanks, shorts, and bathing suits. If you plan to surf, don’t attempt it wearing just any outfit. Look for specific surf clothing.
Check the size chart
No matter how beautiful a piece of clothing is, if it doesn’t fit you right, it won’t look good. Fitting is one of the most important things to keep in mind when shopping for clothes online. Because unlike physical stores, you can’t try them on online.
First, you need to know your measurements. It’s not hard to find out. Just stand in front of the mirror with a measuring tape and take measurements of your waist, hips, chest, etc. You can check online to know more about taking your measurements at home.
Once you know your measurements, check the size chart of the piece you are eyeing on. And pick the one that is closest to your measurements. But don’t go for the exact measurement, though. Because we all know size and fit are two different things. There is a huge difference in how a 26-inch tight-fit jeans fit versus relaxed fits. If unsure how the pair of jeans fits, opt for just a size bigger - say the 27-inch tight fit. That might be a better fit.
You know your style and comfort - pick according to the fit you like.
Research the fabric
Most of the time, the fabric either makes it or breaks it. So it’s essential to get all the information you can about the material. Generally, the name of the fabric is listed on the website. Make sure to check that out. If you are familiar with the fabric, you can decide whether to get it or not.
But if you don’t know a lot about fabrics or haven’t heard of the material mentioned, make sure to google it. You should keep the season in mind while choosing. Look for cotton or linen material for hot and humid weather. On the other hand, pick wool for extra warmth for cold weather.
Check shipping details
Of course, when you shop online, you need to get it delivered to you. Make sure to check the shipping details thoroughly. Make sure you are okay with the shipping charge and shipping time.
If you are new to online clothes shopping, it’s ideal not to choose the stores that ship from overseas. As you’ll have to pay more for shipping and it will take longer to arrive.
Check for reviews
An easy way to figure out if an item is worth buying is hearing from customers who have already bought it. Most pages have a review tab under each product where customers can leave their opinions about the product. Make sure to check that out.
Read the reviews to know if the actual product matches the picture. Try to find out reviews about the fabric. Sometimes customers upload photos wearing it; those pics can give you a better idea of how it might look on you.
Avoid deals that look too good to be true
Sometimes products are advertised to be something they are not. Some stores may even exaggerate their features to sell it. You should trust your instincts. If something looks too good to be true, do even more research on it.
Don’t get something just because it’s cheap. Remember, quality comes with a price tag. If it is unusually cheap, the quality might be compromised. Never compromise with quality even if it costs more. This way, your clothes will last longer, which is eco-friendly and pocket friendly at the same time.
Look for sales and coupons
We all love a good bargain. Don’t we? The best way to save some money is to look for sales and discount codes. Many influencers tend to have affiliated discount codes. You can use one of them if you want.
Certain apps will alert you when certain stores have a sale. You just have to add them to your browser and select the websites you want to be notified about. You can also choose products you want to be notified about if they are on sale.
Check for return options
You might be thinking, what if you somehow don’t like the product or get the wrong size even after following all the tips? There is a way you can deal with that too. Nowadays, stores offer very generous return policies. This way you can return the product if you don’t like it or it doesn’t fit you, and you won’t get your money back.
It has to be done within a specific time, though. It might be two days or seven days. But if you are shipping something from overseas, you might struggle with returns because of delivery delays.
To sum up
You might think following so many steps to buy clothes is too much. But it will ensure you spend your money on the right clothing. Moreover, when you receive your favorite pieces, everything will seem worth it.