Tips / Shopping for Fashion Online

By Steve Woodfield

Shopping for clothes online, whether you buy them from a big box store or a custom clothier, you can get great styles at bargain prices. Unfortunately shopping online for clothes does come with the stress that it won’t fit and you’ve wasted your money. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen to you!

Get some accurate measurements. You need to know your size beyond “large,” “size 8,” or 42 waist,” because remember one company’s size 8 is another company’s size 10. Have a friend help you take your measurement, if you can, head to a clothing store and get your measurements taken by someone who takes measurements on a daily basis.

When buying online always check the retailers sizing chart, once you have your measurements these sizing charts will be your best friend. You won’t ever need to trust that a medium is the size that will fit you, just use the sizing chart, find yourself on it and go from there.

At minimum, women should know their bust, waist, and hip measurements. Additional measurements, such as height, inseam, and arm length, may also be needed depending on the garment being purchased. Men should know their chest, neck, waist, and inseam measurement. Additional measurements such as height, shoulder width and arm length may also be needed. For children’s clothing, child’s height, waist and hips will be needed. When shopping for newborns and toddlers, you’ll need to know the child’s height and weight.

By shopping around online you can get bargain prices, all without leaving your chair. Within minutes, you can check out the selection at multiple stores and compare prices. You may discover similar garments at online retailers at significantly different prices. To avoid wasting money online make a list of what you need. If you decide to shop for multiple items of clothing, a list will help you keep track of what you’re looking for and may help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by choices. Avoid distractions by looking only at clothes you need, if you intend only to buy a new top, avoid looking at shoes and dresses. Otherwise, you risk spending more than you intended to and may go over budget.

Make sure to shop at stores that accept returns and try on your clothes as soon as they arrive. Most stores do accept returns, however for a limited time. Do not remove any tags or stickers when trying on your clothes, since doing so may hinder the ability to return them.

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