Shopping for items online can be scary for first-timers.
When you’re shopping, frequently, you want to be able to try on what you’re buying, feel the fabric and see how you look in what you’re buying. However, online shopping doesn’t give you that luxury. Still, it’s super convenient cause you can do it from the comfort of your house or office. You just want to have a few online shopping tips to make sure that you’re purchasing items that will actually fit.
Of late, there are so many Instagram shops in Kenya alone that sell stylish second-hand clothes. A lot of these shops are completely online, so, if you need to shop till you drop without worrying whether what you’re purchasing will fit, fear not. We got you.
Here are tips for shopping online.
1. Make sure you know your sizes, and they’re updated.
Do not take the dimensions yourself. Go to your tailor and have him/her take the accurate measurements of your high waist, low waist, hips, bust, height etc. These will be a big factor when shopping online. Also, the word updated here is the keyword. Keep updating these measurements cause it’s normal for your weight to fluctuate. Besides, keep in mind that different countries have various size guidelines. Size 6 UK is not the same as size 6 US for example, so the best thing is to know your actual waist, hips and bust measurements to make online shopping more comfortable for you.
2. When it comes to the shoe size,
My best recommendation is to go to Bata, they have a foot measuring equipment that will give you your exact shoe size. Also, keep in mind that the shoe size changes from country to country. It might be discreet to inquire first with the seller if they have not clearly shown what the precise shoe size is e.g, 37UK (4).
3. Look at the mannequin or model showcasing the item you want to buy.
The size of the design or mannequin will assist you to gauge if the item can fit or not. Furthermore, you should be capable of gauging whether or not the item will look awesome on your body type or not just by studying at the mannequin or model. However, this takes me to the next point,
4. Be open-minded.
It’s essential to remember that the colour may not be as exactly as it looks online. Also, the item may not look as good on you as it did on the model if you factor in the issue of varying body types.
5. Enquire on the fabric if not indicated.
A lot of shops will indicate the fabric and whether it’s stretchy or not at all. In the event they don’t, be certain to ask on the fabric before purchasing. You don’t wanna buy something that has a material that itches or that clings to your skin.
6. Keep a list of the shops from which you have been buying clothes, what fit perfectly and what needed adjustments.
This list will assist you to avoid stores whose clothes always require adjustments, next time you’re shopping stuff online.
7. Be loyal.
If you purchased from specific shops and the size and things were just what you had hoped they’d be, be a dependable client and make that store one of your go to online shops to bypass disappointments.
8. Read on the return policy.
Be sure to check very carefully on the return policy. While some shops are kind enough to let you exchange an item that doesn’t fit, most shops do not allow returns. Which takes me to my next point.
9. Identity a badass tailor.
Yeah, you’re going to need a reliable tailor that’s really good at making adjustments. This is for when you buy items that end up being too big and need resizing.
10. If you purchase something and it does not fit, and it’s not re-sizeable, and you cannot exchange it,
You can always swap with a friend, resell it to someone or gift someone. Don’t fret, when it comes to online shopping, you win some and lose some.