Fashion is an individual journey through textiles and self expression. However, this is sometimes difficult when the only stores in your vicinity are large, fast fashion retailers. You don’t want to look like everyone else, duh, but you also don’t have an atelier internship under your belt so you can’t sew your own outfits. There is a solution to your drab problems… ONLINE SHOPPING. But wait, there are so many stores on the inter webs, plus you can’t actually touch the fabrics and try anything on. So, its a bit of a catch 22. We have tried online shopping and have come out victorious on some occasions and failed miserably in others. Here are our tips:
1. MEASURE YOURSELF, PLEASE. If you can’t physically try it on you need to know the standard measurements the company uses to make their garments. Once you know your size it makes life much less disappointing. Many online stores are international so make sure you peep the size guide for international conversions. Also, if you measure yourself and you were expecting size x but got size y instead don’t be disheartened, numbers don’t mean anything! You should feel great in the garment period, companies tend to do their own thing when it comes to sizing so don’t sweat it. * image taken from boohoo.com
2. READ THE FUCKING DESCRIPTION.
A. Seriously, get to know your fabrics. If the picture shows a silk dress but its made of a cheap polyester it might not look good in person. If you don’t know what fabrics like chenille feels/looks like go to your local fabric store and give it a good rub. Keep in mind that the colour projected on any website will be different in real life, hello photoshop!
B. Look at the dimensions of the garment (more important for length of dresses and shirts). You could end up with a dress that barely covers your crotch like I did (unfortunate, I know). See the size worn by the model, even though they may not be the same size as you, you can see how it fits on a real person. Plus this gives a good indication if the garment runs big or small. Fortunately, more brands are expanding their lines to be more inclusive to size, so be sure to check if the garment comes in petite/tall/curve etc…
3. LOOK AT THE REVIEWS. You can get collateral information from so many sources! Lots of bloggers do seasonal hauls via YouTube where they usually try on several trendy pieces and judge the quality, colour, fit etc… Many sites also have a review option for each item, so be sure to look for any! If you wanted to try a new site but are unsure of its validity (ahem Zaful) be sure to look at blog posts before buying anything. We love saving money on fashion, however cheap websites tend to waste your money versus saving anything.
4. WAIT FOR PROMO CODES AND SALES. You work hard for your money, don’t waste it on full prices items if you don’t have to. The worst feeling is buying something on Monday and finding out it was on sale 2 days later. You can use codes to get free shipping too!
5. BE CAUTIOUS. When buying from a new store for the first time its not a terrible idea to buy one thing first and see the quality before your decide to spend $$$. Also, read the shipping information very clearly, lots of websites don’t cover duties so be prepared to pay when your delivery comes (you can always self declare your package too!).
We’ve shopped at the following stores: ASOS, Boohoo, Missguided, Storets and PrettyLittleThing
Tell us your experience with online shopping (horror stories and successful finds!)