This may come as a shocker to you all but I absolutely hate shopping in stores. Most of the time I have both of my (very impatient) kids in tow. Trying things on with them fighting and trying to open the dressing room door on me half a dozen times and crawling under the door is an absolute nightmare. I am so grateful for the creator of e-commerce. Don’t get me wrong, I love to head to Target and #buyallthethings but it’s right down the street from my house so I try things on at home and return what doesn’t work. If this also sounds like the story of your life, I’m going to share my top five tips for successfully shopping online.
It’s so funny to me in this day and age when I hear people say they can’t buy things online. I feel like for me, it’s the opposite. Finding time to get to the store and making it out alive is much harder for me. I love to spend the whole day browsing, adding things to my virtual shopping cart and comparing prices online. Plus, there is no fighting for a parking spot, lines or crowds to deal with and I don’t even have to get out of my pjs.
Tip 1: Don’t Shop Stores that Don’t Have a Physical Location
If you’re new to shopping online, the last thing you want to do is buy something that you then have to take to the post office to return. The only exception to this is if the retailer offers free shipping and free returns (meaning they’ll pay return postage). Otherwise if nothing works out for you this ends up being more hassle than it’s worth. One of my fave online retailers that doesn’t have a physical location is Shopbop.
Tip 2: Don’t Shop Unknown Retailers/Brands
Again this isn’t a hard and fast rule. If you don’t have experience with a brand first hand, I wouldn’t advise doing this. Nearly all of the retailers I shop online from I have already familiarized myself with their product so I can get an idea of sizing. If there is something that is exclusively sold online and I’ve never tried the brand before I will try to find a fashion blogger similar to my size who also owns the product and ask for their review on fit.
Tip 3: Carefully Review the Return and Exchange Policies before Purchasing
There are certain retailers that I love that will place items on a final sale price. I am always extremely careful and read product reviews and make sure I absolutely love the item before checking out since these items will be non-refundable. Whenever possible,I also make sure the retailers I’m purchasing from have a store nearby for easy exchanges. If they don’t have a return and exchange policy I’m comfortable with I won’t shop there. Period.
Tip 4: Try On Objectively and Strategically
One of the best parts about shopping online is that you get the luxury of trying things on from the comfort of your own home. Usually when trying things on in the store, you end up trying on a top with pants that don’t necessarily look right together. You then have to visualize the item with clothing at home in your closet. When trying things on at home, you get to see how things will look together first hand with the rest of your wardrobe.
Before deciding to add anything new to my closet I always make sure it can be worn a minimum of 3 ways AND that it is something that fits my lifestyle. If you can only wear your new jeans with 6 inch heels that hurt your feet or if you can only wear this blouse with an uncomfortable strapless bra you probably shouldn’t keep it.
Tip 5: Don’t Get Discouraged
If you think that I keep everything I order you are seriously mistaken. (My poor husband will attest to this). I have finally started to hone in on my personal style so I’ve drastically decreased my amount of returns. It hass taken a lot of duds to find what works for me. There will always be pieces that don’t work out for you but you can’t let that stop you from trying them on. If you’re able, I’d also recommend to order multiple sizes if you’re unsure and return the rest. Sometimes items will sell out and you won’t be able to exchange.
I hope you’ve found these tips useful. If only there were a way to hide all the packages from my husband (ha!) Happy Shopping!