Online shopping is my ultimate guilty pleasure! The worldwide selection, the waiting, the checking the letterbox twice a day just incase. It’s like Christmas, only soo much better.
But, unfortunately every now and again you receive an item that didn’t quite meet your expectations, and frankly it sucks. Stick to some of my online shopping tips and every experience will be a good experience!
1. Stick to what you know
Just because it looks hot on the model, doesn’t mean it’ll be right for you.
You’ve been shopping for yourself for the last (insert age here) years, and you know what suits you. If you want to branch out and try something new – great! Just try it on in-store first before opting for the online (usually cheaper) version.
2. Be a bitch
Scrutinise the model, for the sake of fashion. In all honestly, if the model looks fat, you’ll look fatter. Look for unwanted curves, and where the fabric puckers. A good rule of thumb, especially with bodycon styles, block colours will not hide anything. If you want to rock a skin tight dress but don’t want to show-off your food baby, opt for prints.
Note below: The body bumps exposed by the blue dress, and the wide girth of the back and shoulder blades in the grey dress.
3. Check yo self
If ever in doubt measure, measure, measure! Although I must say some online size guides I swear aren’t right… apparently I’m a size 14 from ASOS.com. I usually go one size up from the model for dresses, and looser garments an S or M. For accessories and shoes, ALWAYS measure, especially for necklaces when the length often makes the piece.
Here is an easy visual guide I like to use when buying necklaces:
4. It’s what’s inside that counts
Check the fabric type! Unfortunately online shopping removes the all-important judgement of touch which can completely change your perception of a garment. The only information they tend to give you (if any) is the fabric type and %.
Typically, cotton will be cooler than polyester and have less stretch than a knit. Any synthetic fibres (polyester, viscose, rayon etc.) will be very smooth to the touch as they have longer individual fibres. Obviously anything containing elastane, nylon or lycra will have a lot of stretch.
5. Watch it walk
The drape of a garment is so important! To assess this online there are a few things you can do, the best being to watch it walk. Most large online stores will have a ‘catwalk video’ that you can watch, if not then analyse the pictures they do have! They will reveal a lot if you know what to look for. Here is an extreme example of difference in fabric drape: