There are a lot of big benefits to buying fashion pieces (clothing, accessories including jewelry, and shoes) online – but you need to know exactly what you are doing or you are going to end up spending a lot more money (and a lot more time) ordering pieces that don’t fit, that aren’t what they appeared to be, and that you aren’t excited about when they get delivered.
In order to help make sure that doesn’t happen, we’ve put together a couple of quick tips and tricks to help you buy top-quality fashion pieces online at prices that are almost too good to be true!
We’re also going to mention a number of our favorite online fashion retailers such as American Apparel, Dress Barn, Necessary Clothing NYC , the infamous Tommy Hilfiger, and you cannot go past Target we’ll also drop in a few merchants who specialize in specific accessories.
If you’re after something more sophisticated then Ghurka is fast becoming a an outlet for not only stylish fashion, but they also cater for vintage and travel gifts for friends and your home.
Get concrete about your measurements
All of us are familiar with the fact that one manufacturer’s size “medium” is another manufacturers size “large” – or “small” – which is why you’re going to need to know your measurements when shopping online and not just the size that you usually squeeze into.
Almost all top-quality online fashion retailers are going to provide you with information about the actual size of their clothing, and you will be able to use your measurements to determine which size to order. Guess and Doll House are some of our go-to sites when it comes to Dresses and Tops/Bottoms and both offer extensive sizing guides. Sometimes Google shopping your merchant with the words “size guide” can be quicker eg. “Lulus Size Guide”
This is going to help you avoid ordering close online that do not fit as well as they should, and it’s going to make the purchasing process a lot easier – and a lot faster!
You can either get your hands on a sewing tape measure or visit a tailor or seamstress and have them measure you professionally. At most they are only going to charge you a couple of dollars, and you really use this information from here on out to get close that really fit from the Internet.
Pay close attention to reviews
Online reviews have absolutely transformed the way that people shop online, and they are maybe our most precious resource when purchasing pieces of fashion from retailers on the Internet. An example is Styles For Less who has an awesome list of followers on Facebook where you can read up on customer reviews.
You are going to be able to use this inside information – information you simply never would have had access to before you became a
customer – to decide whether or not these clothes or shoes are worth purchasing in the first place, are going to fit you the way that they advertise, and as high quality as the promotional pictures appear.
Focus particularly on information in these reviews that focus on size, fit, and overall quality. Le Mystere is a great source, not only for lingerie, but they’re helpful fitting guides and fashionable products that update for each season.
We’ve found Necessary Clothing NYC have a great list of reviews and they back it up with a great range of clothing and shoes. Tidebuy also have a massive online following & checking out their Facebook page gives you great insight into how well this merchant is connected with it’s customers.
Zero in on their customer service department
Even though we would love to tell you that shopping online has become absolutely effortless and complication free, that isn’t exactly the honest truth.
Sure, online ordering has become a lot more simple and a lot more straightforward – but you are still going to run into mistakes, missteps, and pieces that you aren’t happy with from time to time. The Union is one of our staff’s favorite retailers for the simplicity in marketing their products and how easy it is to make an order.
This is why you’ll want to be sure that you are only working with companies that have great customer service departments. These customer service departments should be friendly, easy to contact, and the part of a company that offers very friendly return policies. You do not want to get stuck with pieces of clothing that you do not want any longer, just because of mistakes made when ordering the clothing or mistakes made by the retailer themselves.
We’ve heard great things about Tommy Hilfiger and being an internationally recognized brand, they’re most likely keen to serve you as it’s in their best interest. Timberland is in the same boat – you see them all around the world, and they’ve been around for years.
Customer service can make or break the experience that you have with online retailers, and may be the only point of interaction that you have with these companies. Great customer service will have you coming back time and time again, while poor customer service may be reason enough to not order in the first place!
Don’t forget your accessories..there’s so many to choose from and they can really make an outfit work. Both Fashionmia and Yes Style have a great range of accessories for every occasion.
Bohme are another great source when it comes to accessorizing with fashionable bags.
If you’re looking for jewelry then Jewelry Room are a great resource to start with if you’re looking for jewelry or accessories and want to purchase from a merchant who really knows their rings, watches, gold and diamond products.
Online Fashion Shopping
Note that the current trend of online fashion retailers mostly bring a lot of their products in from China. It makes sense to sometimes browse the Chinese retailer sites direct. There’s many to choose from and after a rocky start, their reputation has gained some traction, especially amongst those that offer a strong social media presence.
Some of the bigger retailers include Nasty Dress, Fashionmia, Sammy Dress and Yes Style. There’s so many more and the list continues to grow. We find a new one almost every week! Prices are great, due to the competition, and considering China manufactures just about everything, there’s new products being released all of the time.
We try to source these products to make it easy for you to search them from a single site. Please make use of our search features to help you find your online fashion products and buy online – it’s so much easier