How to shop online like a pro

How to shop online like a pro

I have a spending problem. There, I’ve said it. Now, the way I see it, is that I can mellow in a little corner all by myself and cry over all the money I’ve just blown on clothes, makeup, home -ware, skincare, food you name it, I’ve probably bought it (so to say,) or, I could share my tips on how I manage to spend all this money without even realizing it, to the rest of you lovely people so that you can join me in a little corner – so we can cry together! Now obviously, I have chosen the latter, because it never seems or feels as bad, when you have someone else in the same boat as you!

So this is technically more beneficial to my sanity, as apposed to a casual read, but hey, who says I can’t kill two birds with one stone?

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Online shopping is probably one of the best things in life for me. I prefer it over shopping in stores, simply because you can navigate your way around and not key pieces that you’d like to buy.

Whenever I find myself shopping in a store, I always feel really overwhelmed with the amount of things placed in front of me, and I don’t know where to start and always feel like I’ve “missed” something.

Now, that doesn’t come to say that online shopping is easy as pie, because sizing is one hell of a nightmare, and no one really wants to deal with sending things back, because it’s a right pain!

 

 

 

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Always try on current trends in stores. It doesn’t matter what the colour/ pattern is, just give the style itself a go.

I know I just said I hated shopping in stores, but this isn’t quite that. Now when going in to try on a particular item that is trending (aka – it’s EVERYWHERE) all you have to do, is pick up the first one in sight that is your size.

I do this to judge if the style itself will suit me.

 

  • Is it the right length?
  • Does this size fit the way I want it to?
  • Should I size up or down?
  • What shoes would I need for this?
  • Would it work with items that I already own?

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Now, the reason I say that the colour doesn’t matter, is because you can judge that more or less off a screen. However, whether a particular style suits you or not, can only be judged if tried on. So to save yourself the time, give trying on the style you are after in store first. I usually try and do this if I am out already, so that I don’t have to make two trips.

This has worked really well for me in past situations. I once loved these pair of Palazo trousers from Zara but was a bit skeptical on the length because I am fairly short and things are always much too long for me ( I don’t wear a lot of heels either.) I went in store and picked up two black Palazo style trousers, one in an xs and one in a S.

The trousers ended up being way too long for me, in both sizes, and even if I had worn heels with them, I would’ve still have to have gotten them taken up – so I didn’t end up ordering the one that I was eyeing out!

 

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I have made this mistake one too may times and it’s that I don’t browse enough websites before making a purchase!

When online all you have to do it type and click away, so comparing items and prices from different stores is made so much easier as apposed to having to walk up and down a street or shopping center.

Most of the time, if you are buying items on the high street there will be multiple versions of this item, in different sizes, colours, fabrics and prices – so compare as much as you can!!

If you can find an item that has the same fabric and design for half the price from somewhere else, then I’d say that is a pretty successful shopping trip! When online shopping, it is so easy to get caught up in adding things to your basket, that if you can cut that ever growing total by a fraction – then good on you!

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So always keep a few tabs of your favorite shops open and always compare – I usually do this for things that can are bit more pricey (jackets, and shoes mainly) but also it’s a great tool for basics as well!

 

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This is more of a standard shopping rule, but when I start shopping I can get a little carried way and add things that I know I’ll only wear once and be done with it.

So to prevent this from happening, I like to try and stick to items that I can pair up with most of my existing clothes. This will make your purchase so much more cost effective as you’ll definitely get your cost per wear out of it.

 

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This is something that is definitely a lot trickier to judge off a screen. Personally, I think that the best way to judge this is to have a basic understanding of fabrics.

Now, I don’t know much about fabrics, but I do know the core/ basics off them – and if you don’t, don’t worry about it – you can always ask a friend or simply Google characteristics of that particular fabric (if you are skeptical)

This can be particularly handy if you are seasonal shopping. Whenever I shop for my winter knits, I try and avoid high percentage wool products because it irritates my skin and feels quite itchy – so I stay clear of it!

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When you do find yourself browsing in-store keep an eye out for fabric – feel different types and notice which ones you subconsciously take preference over!

Also, a huge factor about fabrics is that it can make an item look high-end or very tacky – so be fairly picky. I like to stick to heavier fabrics, because they do look a lot more high-end in general.

 

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This does fall under “ Try on” but, I just wanted to go into a little bit more depth about it; because it’s something I use to (and sometimes still do) struggle with.

Sizing is always a mission online. Will this be too small or too big? Is always the question on everyone’s mind.

If you are anything like me, you may have a different size for almost everything.

I’m always a size up in trousers and jeans than I am tops. I like to buy my coats and jackets one size up too, so that I have room to layer underneath; I am always a size smaller in heeled shoes, than I am a flat shoe!

I’d say have a browse through your current wardrobe and look at the sizes you have previously gone for – for jeans, blouses, trousers, jackets, etc.…

This is always a good indication of what size you are for each style. Just try and pick up a pattern in things that you have bought in the past!

 

So here you have my must have checklist for online shopping, I hope it helps any of you who find online shopping a bit of challenge, and if you are a frequent online shopper, I’d love to hear about some of your tips and tricks!

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19 Comments

  1. September 22, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    These are great tips – I’m also addicted to online shopping, in fact, I just bought a pair of shoes I probably don’t need!

    • theaugustclause
      September 22, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you beautiful <3 trust me, I have been there one too many timed gurl! xx

  2. September 22, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Gurrrrl you’re not the only one with a spending problem lol! You’d only have to ask my parents and they’d give you a lonnnnggggg lecture on my spending habits haha! I find it so much easier to spend online though as it doesn’t feel like real money (I know that’s terrible!) These are some great tips, I think my main tip is always get more than one size for things when you’re not sure how they’ll fit. Far too many times I’ve just chosen one, it hasn’t fitted, and when I’ve gone back to order the other size, it’s been sold out! SO annoying! x

    whatevawears.co.uk

    • theaugustclause
      September 22, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      hahahaha glad i’m not the only one! I swear having my own card is dangerous and I have no idea what I was thinking trusting myself with it! I am so glad that you liked it hun <3 and yes I completely agree with ordering different sizes too ! ( I just get too lazy to send things back ha! )

  3. September 22, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing these helpful tips. I try to buy online where possible, it saves me not getting those crafty extra purchases.

    • theaugustclause
      September 22, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      glad you liked it hun <3 You have some serious talent to not spend more online!! I need a tip from your book !

  4. Corinne and Kirsty
    September 22, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    You sound like such a pro when it comes to shopping. I am so bad. I don’t really look at the sizing or if I can actually pair something up with anything I have. So I often end up returning at least 3/4 of my order! xx corinne

    • theaugustclause
      October 5, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Practise makes perfect haha ! I hope these tips were helpful sweets <3 x

  5. September 22, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I agree with your “sizing” part so much! It’s such a problem for me especially when it comes to trousers… I never thought about fabric quality though so that’s a good point to bring up xxx

    • theaugustclause
      October 5, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much for the comment sweets <3 really glad you found it helpful xxx

  6. September 22, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    First of all, I love love love this post! I think you’re so right that you need a basic understanding of fabrics. Not only do you need to know how those fabrics will fit on you, but you also need to know what kinds of fabrics are of quality. I also try to buy clothes made of fabric that I know will last.

    -GG
    http://www.girlingamba.com

    • theaugustclause
      October 5, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this post lovely <3 thank you for reading x Yes, I completely agree - durability is a key factor ! xx

  7. September 22, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Browsing around before purchases is definitely important! Really good tips 🙂

    • theaugustclause
      October 5, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      thank you lovely <3 x

  8. September 22, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I always seem to end up buying stuff I only wear a couple of times and I get so annoyed at myself haha! I’m trying to go by the 30 rule nowadays, where you only buy something if you think you will wear it 30 times. Much harder than it sounds!! <3
    Morgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

    • theaugustclause
      October 5, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Hahaha I am the same ! that’s why I stick to a capsule wardrobe and basics ! Can never go wrong. ahh your bank account will thank you later hun ! xx

  9. September 23, 2017 / 7:55 am

    Great advice about keeping a few tabs of your fav shops open to compare. I do this all the time and it helps me cost and style wise.

    xx
    lovelytwenties.com

    • theaugustclause
      October 5, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      Thank you lovely <3 glad you enjoyed it xx

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