Online shopping is a bit like a drug. Add in some alcohol and it’s pretty much a party. But unfortunately we all know that most of our purchases don’t actually work out (doesn’t stop us though!); the item doesn’t look as pictured, it’s too big or too small, or it just doesn’t suit you. As someone who has shopped online for years, I’ve picked up a few tips + tricks that I thought I would share. So grab a glass of Malbec, read on, and take the plunge on that dress you’ve been coveting:
1. Look at other photos
Most sites do a really good job of making their items look appealing so it’s a good idea to get some variety with the photos. For example, I’m currently looking at this AYR dress from Shopbop. I have also looked it up on the AYR site to see it on a different model and with different angles. Just Google the item to see it on different sites.
2. Check out the fabric content
This is something that can really make or break a piece. Because you can’t touch the garment, it’s really hard to know what the fabric might look like. Asos has great pieces, but I once bought a blazer from there that was actually made of sweatpant-like material. I should have checked to see if it was made from a wool blend! Polyester isn’t necessarily bad, but it can look cheap, especially on budget sites, so keep that in mind!
3. Find reviews
Even if it’s not on the site you’re actually purchasing from, look to see what other customers are saying about the product in question. It can be super helpful with sizing up and down.
4. Check their return policy
This may seem like a no-brainer but it’s pretty important, especially in Canada. Will the company refund your duty if your order doesn’t work out? Does it come with a pre-paid return label? Will you get a full refund? Shopbop is my favourite for this.
5. Google to see it in real life
If I’m unsure about a piece, I’ll Google it with “fashion blog/blogger” so I can see the garment on a real person. I find it helpful to see how it might fit that woman (is she slim, curvy, short, tall?) and what it looks like IRL.
Do you guys have any tips for online shopping? It may actually be my favourite way to shop…
In other life news, I am off to SE Asia TONIGHT and am so excited! Follow along on Instagram to see all my adventures 🙂