I’ve never actually done that, but I’ve heard stories. The vast majority of my clothing shopping is done online. It saves time, is convenient and ensures that I am getting the best possible price. You can also do so not showered, wearing sweats and with no make-up. If drinking wine while shopping is your thing, you can do that too…but it’s not a habit I necessarily recommend. Here are my top tips for a successful online shopping experience.
1. Wait for a sale if you are shopping at a mega-retailer (not a boutique with limited items). Think Loft, Gap, Old Navy. We all get ourselves into situations where we need an item for an event and end up paying full price for a pair of basic black pants or buy a crappy dress in a moment of desperation. Don’t let that become your M.O. Stores like Loft, Gap and Old Navy very frequently have 40% off sales. Don’t be weak. Practice some self control and wait for that sale. In the meantime, load up your cart so all you have to do is checkout on the day of the sale. If you’re paying full price at any of the stores I just listed, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.
2. Over-order, but only if you are diligent about returns. If you aren’t responsible enough to return in store (which I prefer because you get a quicker refund) or send back via mail within their time frame, DON’T do this. And let’s face it, everything looks great on the model (that lucky bitch) but not everything is going to look great on you. Sorry, Charlie…it’s true. It’s not you, it’s the clothes, so don’t be so hard on yourself. Odds are not everything will work out, so don’t get scared by the check out price. You won’t keep everything.
3. Fast forward to delivery day. The clothes come and here you are, trying everything on, “checking your reflection and tellin’ your best friend, like girl I think my butt gettin’ big!” I digress! Be honest with yourself. What are you actually going to wear? What fits your lifestyle and your budget? It is OK to return things that don’t work.
4. Order in two sizes, especially if you are new to that store.
5. DO NOT get hung up on the size. Literally NO ONE EVER will see the size on your label except you. And if it bothers you that much, cut the size tag out. I have clothes in my closet in A LOT of sizes. The most important thing is that you wear the correct size for the body you have right now. There’s nothing worse than looking or feeling like a stuffed sausage or busted can of biscuits.
6. Know your favorite stores and do your discount research. In addition to the regular 40% off sales, stores may also offer special discounts to those with various business affiliations, teachers discounts or special discounts if you have the store credit card.
7. Pay attention to shipping costs. Nordstrom, for example always has free shipping and free returns. Another store I can’t seem to stay away from is Evereve. They offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more. However, if you find yourself needing to ship items back for return, you DO have to pay for shipping (if you don’t have a local store to return in person). My advice: if you find yourself just shy of the shipping minimum, add something to your cart even if you don’t intend to keep it. Every little savings helps. Stores hate me, I’m sure of it.
I’ll leave you with this my friends. If you only buy $20 items, you’ll start to look like 20 bucks. That applies to stores too, no matter the price range. You don’t want to buy all your clothes from just one store. You diversify your portfolio, don’t you? Well, diversify your wardrobe and try something new. I hope this list has been helpful.
See ya on the next post!
-The Chic(ish) Chick