There are very easy things that you can check before you hit that purchase button and if you do that if you check just a bit better, a bit longer, you save so much more time in returning the pieces making sure you do get very fun etc. So here are four common mistakes that you will not make when shopping for clothes Online any more after watching this blog.
It fits the model so it will fit me: I wanted to buy that red top. I checked the sizing, I looked it up in the size table it was fine there, it said waist to bust, hip measurement, okay! that’s my size. I’m gonna get size M. Then I did something that you guys should do too so far, so good! I’m doing it right until now. I looked up the height of the model because I’m officially TALL. I’m not regular size, I’m 5’11 in inches or 179cm.
So when the model is 170cm, usually that’s the average on websites. For commercial pictures, everything that they wear top will be too short on me. So that I know and I checked in our example of that red top, it said Maya is 1 meter 79 and she’s wearing size S, great! She’s even exactly my high, so perfect! What she’s wearing where it’s falling on her will be long enough for me to done deal purchase click and then I received the top and it looks like too short. It’s barely hiding my belly clearly not fitting.
What happened? I’m not just TALL I also have a long torso and I trusted the pictures. I saw how much lower than her waist the top is landing and I thought it will do the job for me. I should have looked for the length of the garment. Usually, the description would say the garment has a total length of xy centimeters. That’s the information you’re looking for. It’s measured at the back from the bottom of the neck at shoulder level and then you go down to the hem in the middle following your spine.
If your body is not a standard, so if you don’t have the exact proportions of the model just bigger or smaller for instance. If you’re petite, if you’re tall, if you have a longer torso, if you have shorter arms, longer arms, you need to check the length of the garment you cannot rely solely on the pictures that you see even if the girl there has your exact height and pretty much the same size as you have.
The thing is if the patterns are well made for that design you’re looking at, then the length varies according to the size for the things that I designed for my clothes each piece in each size has a different length. So often the total length of the garment will not be indicated in the product description on the product page of the website you’re looking at. But if you write to the customer service they must be able to tell you according to a table.
If they can’t do that, that’s an alarm signal for me. It’s a bad sign, it means that they don’t have their patterns under control. That’s typically the case where it says falls smaller falls larger it depends I thought I was M but actually this size is like an S that should ring a bell. It should tell you ooh cheap production it’s not going to be good quality I cannot rely on the fit. That’s typically a store where I wouldn’t buy anything.
I am always a size 36: I know my size in pants, it’s very easy, I’m pretty standard indeed and I’m almost always a size 36 according to the EU sizing system, European size and I wanted lovely wool pants. So I ordered them and I liked the idea that they sit a little bit low on the waist, I found that cool. It’s a little bit baggy, a little bit relaxed, very comfortable. Then I received pant looks like an eight years old girl wearing her dad’s trousers. It looks like Charlie Chaplin. What doesn’t fit here? Is the design itself, it has tucks underneath the waistband? They give me more space but I didn’t need any more space here.
If you look at it from the side you could fit both legs in here. So what happened? Understanding your correct size is not enough, you also need to look at the details at the view from all different angles. You want to see a picture from the front the side and the back so you can see the details. In this case, they change the design they change the shape of the pants and it changes the fit. So in fact, I should have gone one size down and I still would have had enough space everywhere. You wouldn’t have been tight at all because I’m a pear shape so my largest area is the hip level.
What’s the return policy: This is one that probably happened to everyone, it happened to me. Again recently, for instance, I ordered a nice umbrella on a French website thinking I will support my country’s industry and order one that’s made in France, shipping costs are the same everywhere in Europe, so fine let’s do this. Problem, the umbrella arrived broken. That’s when I started to look for the return policy mistake.
I should have done that a lot earlier turned out. They ship everywhere in Europe but they only accept returns for free in France and I am based in Germany. Oh well,l should have looked better, fine! The umbrella was 35€. shipping it back is 6.90€ in Europe. So it’s okay, it’s still worth exchanging it right turns out. It’s longer than 60 centimeters, so it’s specific goods blah blah… shipping costs 18€ conclusion for me. I really don’t want to leave that umbrella on the subway or in a restaurant somewhere conclusion.
For you, before you purchase anything, of course, look at the return policy. It will avoid a lot of trouble. There are many websites that will literally ship anywhere in the world but then they’ll make it very difficult or costly for you to return anything. I think that’s unfair and it sucks the good thing for you. For us, customers in pretty much every country by now is: there is a legal obligation for commercial websites to display transparently where they ship to, where they take returns from, which costs, if any that has to be displayed somewhere on the website, where consumers can actually find it.
So the law is very precise about that if you look usually at the bottom of the website in the footer area with contact social media bla bla, you have the terms and conditions and you have the shipping and return policy. It has to be stated transparently in there. So if you actually look for it you will find the info you need.
Somehow it doesn’t look and or feel the way I expected: You probably had that one before. I had before, I studied fashion the garment on the picture on the website looks great. It falls nicely, it has never been washed, ironed, manipulated or dry-cleaned in any way. It’s never going to look better than that. So how to avoid disappointment! Once you receive the stuff you ordered, always check the material, the fabric composition, and the constructions.
Those two parameters alone can make a huge difference in the look and feel and in the durability of the clothing that you’re purchasing very often when the cut looks complex but somehow the price looks ok, they saved money on the fabric that’s the first thing where they literally cut all the corners. If you see a dress that looks like silk but costs less than hundred euros, it’s probably in polyester or in acetate. Acetate doesn’t breathe it smells when you sweat and loses its color and turns into another color when you expose it to sunlight. That’s the kind of thing that you want to know. Think prom dresses, they offer in acetate they’re in a fabric you can’t dance in which is a contradiction for a prom dress.
If you see this list of icons what does it mean? it means that you can’t watch the garment, not even by hand, you can’t iron it, you can’t bleach it, you can’t tumble dry it and you can’t dryclean. It how on earth are you supposed to take care of a garment like that? If I see those icons I won’t buy it in the first place. I wouldn’t know how to clean it after wearing it just once. It’s waste, in my opinion, it’s not a garment that I want to own at all. So I wouldn’t order it. With these tips, I hope that you feel more confident a bit better equipped for the next time you’re gonna shop online?