6 Do’s and Don’ts When Buying Clothes Online

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Are you trying to decide if you should buy clothes online? Before you hit submit on your next online purchase, there are some important do’s and don’ts to be aware of!

  • Do Pay Attention to the Fabrics

You probably have at least one fabric that you don’t like. Always check what material the apparel is made of to avoid accidentally buying something you won’t like. If you’re looking for anime graphic tees and you’re unfamiliar with how different fabrics feel, go through your closet and check the materials used in your clothing. Write down which fabrics you like and don’t like, so you can easily reference it whenever you shop for clothing.

  • Don’t Rely on Size Charts

Not all stores use the same size chart, so you need to check each store’s size chart before adding items into your cart. You want to make sure you buy the right sizes. You will want to take your measurements and find which size to buy on their size chart. The measurements you need to know include:

  • Bust
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Inseam
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Neck
  • Chest

Sometimes, apparel runs small or large. Check reviews to see any remarks made about having to buy a size up or down or something is too small or too large on them. You will want to make sure to pay attention to height and weight as well when the reviewer specifies their measurement. It will help you get a better idea of how the item will look on you.

  • Do Check the Return Policy

Are you anxious about not liking the apparel you buy on the Internet? You will want to choose stores that have a generous return policy. Check to see if the store will charge you a restocking fee if you make a return. Some online stores will cover the shipping costs on returns, while others will allow you to make in-store returns. Also, you should look into the company’s exchange policy just in case you want the same item but in a different size.

If you do need to make a return, you will want to know how you need to ship the item back.

Most online stores will allow you to drop at your post office, like your local Dover post office, while others might require you to take the return item to FedEx or UPS. You will want to know the return policy before you make the purchase will save you time and money.

  • Don’t Rely on Images of the Clothes

Keep in mind model photos of the apparel are professionally taken and highly stylized. Most online stores will state the height of the model as well as what size she is wearing. However, the way the item looks on the model will most likely not be how the item will look in person when you try it on. Since the photo has been altered for web use, the colors of the items will also vary.

This is why it is critical to buy from online stores that allow customers to upload photos of themselves wearing the clothes. You should check customer photos of the apparel when possible to get a better idea of how it will look. Always remain realistic as to how the clothes will look in person.

  • Do Check the Customer Reviews

Always read verified customer reviews of the clothing before adding it to your cart. Customer reviews lend you insight into how it fits and looks in person as well as the quality of the apparel. 78% of online shoppers rely on and value reviews by other customers.

If multiple customers say an item ripped after a few months, you may want to choose something else to buy. Look for comments and reviews that discuss size, fit, and quality of the material, does it fit true to size, or should you size up or down. Reading reviews will help you save time, money, and the stress of having to return items.

  • Don’t Impulsively Buy

You’ll save a lot of money when you don’t impulsively buy. Each time you consider adding an item to your cart, ask yourself if you need it, if you’ll wear it, and if you can pair it with what you already have. Save money by checking online for coupons and sales before placing your order. Browser extensions like Honey and WikiBuy make it easy to save money on your purchases. These extensions will search online for any coupon codes available and find you the best deal possible.

You can also use cashback sites like eBates to earn a percentage back of your purchase. Another tip you may find helpful in stopping impulse purchases is to save the items in your cart for later. Sleep on it, and then, look at the items again, asking yourself the same questions related to if you need it and if you’ll wear it.

Final Note

These six do’s and don’ts will help you next time you are shopping for clothes online.

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