With the internet offering a whole range of fashion options, it’s no surprise that many girls are looking for party outfits and dresses online. Shopping online can also save you quite a bit of money, as so many online retailers hold regular sales in comparison to the high street, and there are many sites you might stumble across which are little gems of affordable fashion. However, buying the right dress online can be a tricky business, and sometimes it can be a bit hit and miss as to whether something will suit you or not. With this in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you ensure you choose the right dress when shopping online.
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Go with What You Know
If you’ve shopped online for clothing before, it’s a good idea to stick to the online clothing boutiques and retailers which you have made purchases from in the past and liked. This way, you’ll have an idea of the way the retailer sizes their clothes, and how well of a fit they are for you. The same goes for retailers that you’ve bought from online before and the items haven’t fit – chances are, you’ll end up in the same scenario again and have to make a return before ordering something new, so avoid any retailers who haven’t worked for you before.
If you decide to go with a new online clothing retailer or even if you use one that you’ve bought from once or twice in the past, it’s a good idea to take your measurements before you choose your size. Clothes sizes can vary between different retailers, so even if you’re generally a size 04, there’s no guaranteeing that it will be a perfect fit. It’s best to grab a measuring tape and measure around your hips, waist and chest in order to use the sizing chart provided to determine which clothes size is most likely to be a good fit. If you’re unsure or in between measurements, choose the next size up.
When it comes to online clothing shopping, there is only so much that you can learn from the picture of the model wearing the outfit that you’d like to buy. Facts about the fit, materials used, and even the color of the item might not become clear until you actually open the parcel when it arrives in the mail. However, reading reviews from other buyers can help you get a good idea of what your dress will actually look like in the flesh, so if there are any available it’s a good idea to read them. Just remember to bear in mind, however, that everybody has different tastes in fashion, sizes and body shapes – so one or two bad reviews might not necessarily mean that the dress won’t look fantastic on you. Don’t forget to also check out delivery fees and any return policies.
Buying dresses online doesn’t have to be hit and miss if you follow some general handy guidelines.