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?
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!