Shopping online is a convenient solution for many people. It allows you to save time and money on commuting and it provides access to every store on the internet ensuring you have a wide selection to choose from.
However, shopping online does have its disadvantages. When we are not able to see the items we are buying up close, it is hard to determine their quality.
Online clothes shopping can be especially challenging. A whole new issue arises concerning the fit. Even if we buy an item that we think is our size, it can be difficult to tell how well it will fit until we try it on.
Well, never fear. Here are some hacks that will ensure you get a perfect fit every time.
Take Your Measurements
Use a tape measurer to get your measurements. Measurements should be taken when you are wearing underwear and an unpadded bra only.
To determine the size you need for tops and dresses, you must get an accurate bust measurement. To do this, wrap the tape measure under your armpits to get the measurements at the fullest part of your chest.
For pants measurements, you will want to measure your waist just above the belly button and below the rib cage. To get an accurate hip measurement, stand with your legs about six inches apart and measure at the fullest part of your hips.
It’s also a good idea to take inseam measurements which you can get by measuring from the top of your inner thigh to just below the ankle.
If you don’t trust yourself to get accurate measurements, you can go to a tailor.
There are also apps that will help you find a perfect fit. Fitbay is a sizing app that can be used to determine if a store has sizes that run big, small or fit just right.
Threadbase and Sizecharter can be used to find what your size would be in popular brands.
You can also use your phone to store the sizing info from your favorite stores and designers. You can make a list of the places you buy from and make a note of what sizes work best. Refer to this information to be sure you are buying the right size when making future purchases.
Pay Attention to Silhouettes
Some silhouettes are more forgiving than others. For instance, if you are looking for a pencil skirt, it’s important to get one that fits throughout. On the other hand, if you buy a skirt that flows more, as long as it fits in the waist and is the right length, it will probably work out.
If you are uncertain about whether your online purchase will fit you, stick to silhouettes that are not as fitted.
Use the Rules You Know
Most fashionistas know what type of clothing looks best on them. They know the cuts and prints that are most flattering. They also know what to look out for when it comes to clothing that might fall down, might be uncomfortable or might not conceal their bras.
However, without being able to try on clothing it’s a little more difficult to determine what will work and what till not.
Before making online purchases, conduct a virtual try on session in your mind to determine how clothing will look when it’s on before confirming your order.
Shopping for clothing on line has many advantages, but dealing with returns can be frustrating. Avoid having to return your items by taking your measurements, keeping track of your favorite designers’ sizings and having a good idea of what will look good on. We wish you luck on your next online shopping adventure.