So you're window shopping online for clothes and you find something you just have to have; how do you know if it'll fit right, mix with your existing style and is a quality product? Here are five tips to make sure you are buying something that you not only love, but will fit you and last a long time too.
Measure Measure Measure
Measure Measure Measure
The first step before any shopping trip would be to know your size. What better way to figure that out than to grab a measuring tape (the kind made for measuring bodies would be best, the aluminum might not feel very good) and start sizing. The most common measurements that you would want to find are the chest, waist, shoulders, sleeve length, hips, leg inseam, and shoe size, as well as neck size (men) and bust size (women). Also, there is a certain way to measure each part so make sure you are doing it correctly before you go shopping.
Scope out the size chart
Every retailer that has an online selection must include a sizing chart somewhere on their site. This can be a great tool when trying to find a specific sized item. Another instance where the size chart comes in handy is when a particular item is not in your specific size, but is available in something close. You'd be able to check the measurements to see if it will fit buying it in a different size.
Find retailers that fit right
Just like how every person is different, every retailer is also different. Therefore, clothes are going to fit differently from person to person depending on the retailer. Certain brands tend to fit certain sizes and body types better, so be aware of the brands that fit you best. It may take some time to explore the different brands, but it'll save time in the long run and give you assurance that you’re buying the right product.
In store before online
During your time of exploration, visiting stores can be the best way to survey your options. The great thing about trying sizes in the store is that you don't have to buy the item to try it on. much more efficient than having to purchase an item, wait for it t be delivered, try it on, be disappointed, and ship it back. You may be thinking "doesn't that defeat the purchase of shopping online?" Not entirely, because when shopping online you have a wider selection (more colors, patterns etc.) of items and a lot of times the prices are lower.
Review the return policy
This will save you from much disappointment later. Nothing is worse than thinking you've found the perfect item, online to find out it doesn't fit or isn't what you thought. Also, make sure you understand all of it. Often these policies are written with legal jargon using lots of fancy terms most people don’t understand. The time you spend understanding the return policy will benefit you later.
There you have it. You now have a toolkit for finding your perfect fit online. Have you ever had a horrible experience buying clothes online? Maybe you got the wrong size or the return process was negative? What did you do? Tell us below!