I do… all the time.
I love to browse all of my favorite stores simultaneously, each with their own dedicated tab (that’s a type A personality shining through), and search for exactly what I need. It’s easier to have an objective, to shop with a purpose. When I go real-life shopping, I’m always distracted by the shiniest new thing in the store. Online shopping is so convenient and you get to try everything on in the luxury of your own home (the best!), and see what your potential new purchase looks like with everything in your wardrobe — not just what you wore out shopping that day.
But I didn’t always like shopping online. It was a lot of hit and miss for me, but I finally figured it out. Here are the rules that I
live online shop by:
1. Preference brands you already own and know over new ones.
Sure, it’s always exciting to try out new labels but it’s more difficult to gauge the size. For example, I know Prada shoes are quite narrow but I have a wider foot. I’ll always go up half a size if purchasing online.
2. Check the sizing chart!
If you don’t know the label inside and out, this is the best online tool you’ve got. Companies are pretty good at staying true to what they include on their sizing chart. If they don’t have one just make a realistic judgement. I have friends who optimistically order too small and know others who order waaaay too big. Think about what size you normally pick up when you go to a store and think about whether you normally get it right. If not, change the size before ordering.
3. Know if the website will accept returns, and under what conditions.
Basically, don’t drop all of your savings on the Céline leather pants unless you know you’re safe if it doesn’t work out. This might be the most important one. I generally don’t order clothing online unless I know I can get an undisputed refund. If I’m getting something on final sale, I’m always willing to take the risk so I’m not sorely disappointed.
4. Think about shipping costs.
This can be a scary surprise, especially on sites where it varies by item such as eBay! Check what kind of shipping fee there might be if you want to make a return, too.
5. Make general searches.
You might shop at one store in real-life because you know it well, it’s close to your home and the décor is beautiful and inviting. Online, find what you like but then make a general search on google. You never know, the same thing could be on sale for 40% off elsewhere — could be your lucky day.
Do you shop online? What are your magic rules?