If you’re like me, going to a big department store can be a bit overwhelming. For the most part, all I see are rows and rows of clothes. Nothing stands out. Just lots of dark clothes, followed by light-colored clothes and the color du jour. Usually I throw up my hands in frustration, annoyed that I’ve waited until the eleventh hour to look for that special outfit.
“IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SIZE! IT’S ABOUT THE FIT.”
Online allows me to see the outfit on a model, as opposed to on a hanger. I can zoom in on the fabric and know what it is without seeing it in person, and often there’s a video. Here are some things I’ve learned that will make online shopping a breeze.
- Online shopping allows you to systematically plan your wardrobe. It’s easy to find a sweater to go with the pants you bought last year. You can plan ahead and purchase that coat or great pair of boots before you wander aimlessly into the store, only to discover they’re sold out in your size.
- Most websites have accurate size guides. No, they’re not the same from brand to brand… Grrrr… but they’re accurate if you’re honest with yourself about your measurements, so keep a tape measure on hand.
- It’s not about the size! It’s about the fit. Often a larger size will make you look slimmer, because those pants won’t look like they’ve been shrink-wrapped on you. That’s ok if you’ve got a great figure. If not, choose a size a bigger. It will be more flattering, and you can always have it altered if need be.
- If in doubt, order it in two sizes, and send back the one that doesn’t fit. Most stores have free shipping and return, so you won’t have to pay for it. They’re also good about crediting your account, so don’t think you’re being extravagant. Besides, you may decide to send them both back.
- Trying on clothes at home is often easier. You can take your time, try it with different accessories, and see if it’s something you really want to keep.
- Buy the best you can afford. It’s better to pay more for something you’ll wear for a long time, versus buying something cheap, that looks cheap, and may not last the season.