How to Buy Clothes Online: Things to Look for to Avoid Returning Them
This is one of THE biggest pet peeves of shopping for clothes online .
Ordering something online to get it and then realize you need to return it - whether it doesn't fit or doesn't look how you thought it would look.
Either way it goes, it's an inconvenience returning it and some people may even be scarred after the experience and..... ain't nobody got time fo' that! Here are few handy tips on what to look for and think about when you're shopping online to help reduce some of the drama that comes w/ shopping online.
Let's get the most simple one out of the way...
Read the Description:
I'm like.... dead serious on this one. READ. 👏🏾IT. 👏🏾 Not to insult anyones intelligence, sometimes we get so excited and think we know what we're getting ourselves into just by looking at the pictures. Or even worse, getting so wrapped in the sale price, that we put it straight in the cart without a second thought.
Although, depending on where you shop, they may not have the best description or enough details to help you figure out what you need to know. That's when you need to....
USE CONTEXT CLUES:
And now you're probably thinking, "where the hell would I find those!?" If you're not thinking that, then you're probably wondering what these context clues even are. Honey, they are your best friend. Let's take a look...
This is a real life example from SWIM (Someone Who Isn't Me).
#1 They couldn't figure out if the white part of the pants was a denim jean material.
#2 You can't really see the patent material as much on the white compared to the black in the photo above.
Here is where the handy dandy 🎶context clues 🎵come in! Let's take a hop, skip, and boat on over to Instagram and see if the company has pictures on their Instagram page...
And alas, they do.... let's take a look at our first clue...
#3 Denim jean material doesn't bunch up as much compared to latex. It's a thicker and much more solid material.
However, we're still not 100% certain given the white isn't giving much shine off in this picture. Let's keep looking.
Okay, now here is a clue that might just solve the case...
#4 Bingo! Look at that gloss right there!! Denim doesn't reflect in the camera flash. Not to mention, look at the crotch area and notice how stretched out the fabric looks. As opposed to being stiff like denim. Speaking of fabric....
Know What Fabrics and Materials Flatter You:
When you actually find yourself trying things on in the store (or start in your own closest with your personal favorites), take note of what materials the clothes you're trying on are by looking at the back of the tag. Take note of which ones feel good, fit well, don't fit well, look nice in the light, etc. ALL OF THOSE THINGS! The more you get used to understanding what each material looks like and how it looks on you, you'll know what to look for and actually be better equipped to understand the "materials & fit" section of the item description.
Check The Tagged Photos On Instagram:
#5 Click this sucker right here to see almost everything.
Depending on the company, they're very selective about the tagged Instagram photos that actually make it to their actual profile. Seven times out of ten, there is a certain look or them their Instagram feed follows. The idea is to show the best side of the product while still following their own branded guidelines in terms of the look and feel.
The intent is to advertise and sell more product. And what is one known method to selling? Making it look good!
If you want to see a product from a wider range of perspective, switch to the tagged photos on their account versus their actual profile. Another good hack is to search the hashtag (if they have one).
Have A Quick Hack to Know Your Measurements:
When came to shopping online, the biggest intimidating factor for me was understanding sizing. Especially since almost every company has their own version of what an Small is. For one it can mean that Small is 32" around the chest, and another it's 34". So it helps to know how inches even fit on you!! Because you're most definitely not going by inches when you physically try things on in the store
#6 Always peep game at the size + fit, especially when they provide the model size.
DO NOT FEAR THE SIZE CHART! I repeat, for the people in the back... 🗣DO NOT FEAR THE SIZE CHART!!
Don't know your height? Check your drivers license.
Don't know your chest size? It's the length around your bra strap (ex. 34C is a 34" chest).
This helps give you a point of reference to figure out if you want a loose fitting top or a tight fitting one.
Last, but not least....
Peep the Return Policy Before Dropping 💰Coins:
Because you might not get them back after you drop 'em. 🤷🏾♀️