5 Online Shopping Mistakes you must avoid: I am Prerna and, welcome back. I hope you all are doing well. With the current situation around going to the nearest mall, Sarojini Nagar, Chandni Chowk looks like a distant dream. Also, it’s not safe to go to such a crowded place. So the only shopping option left is Online Shopping! I’ve exclusively been shopping online for the past 5-6 years. It might sound weird. But, during job years, I was so busy that I had no choice but to shop online. And now, habitually, all I do is shop online. Based on the experiences of so many years, I’ll be sharing a few mistakes that we tend to commit while shopping online. It’s because of these mistakes that we at times receive ill-fitted or poor quality clothes.
So, I’ll be sharing a few tips which will help avoid such mistakes. Also,(a fun fact) I bought my engagement gown from Aliexpress and… I actually loved how the gown turned out. So, I feel I’m credible to talk about online shopping. Let’ get started…. The first and the most common mistake that we tend to commit while shopping online is… the misjudgment of fit and size of clothing. We usually buy trousers or Jeans based on waist size. Well, this works for some but for others, this is how the trousers turn out to be. So, I’ll share with you how I avoid such mistakes. Firstly, talking about the top… If you go through the sizing at various sites like Myntra, H&M or Zara, the size chart has bust size mentioned next to the sizes like for XS-32″, S-34″ and so on. My bust size is 32″, so I should go for XS but I rarely do that for tops.
I usually buy tops in size S. Why so??? Because I’ve got a little tummy fat… You must be thinking that I’m only kidding but that’s the truth. Which is actually completely normal considering the fact I am all day just lounging at home. So, an XS top tends to highlight my tummy area because it’s tight at that part. To avoid that, I always go a size up in tops. I go for Small instead of XS so that the top is loose at the tummy area and.. my tummy area isn’t highlighted. This T-shirt, had I gotten it in size XS it’d have still fit me well at the bust area… but would fit tight at the tummy part. I bought it in size Small, it’s loose at the tummy area and fits the bust area also quite well. I prefer my T-shirts to be loose in the tummy area. This takes away the pain of being unnecessarily conscious.
But, here’s an exception, I bought this crop top/bralette from Zara. You’d seen this before in the Saree styling post. I bought this in size XS. Why?? Because it’s cropped and covers only the bust area, hence I got it according to my bust size. This should be your thumb rule as well. If you’re buying a crop top, get it according to your bust size. But, if you struggle with that belly fat, get a size up in T-shirts and tops. You’ll never face such problems while buying tops ever again. A similar problem arises while ordering bottoms as well. We usually order bottoms according to waist size. But this doesn’t go well for everyone… especially when you have thick thighs and heavy bottom like me. Whenever I order trousers based on waist size it gets stuck at thighs. It gets very frustrating! To save yourself from such a situation, I’d suggest checking the hip size as well.
I always look for my hip size (which is 38″) and then order jeans according to that. It might turn out to be loose at the waist but… it’s not something that a good tailor can’t take care of. Getting a bigger size and then getting it altered is much easier. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS refer to hip size before ordering your bottoms… especially if your body is pear-shaped. Again a small exception here, trousers are made of thinner material so, I never order trousers to exactly fit my hip size. My hip size is 38″, so I order a size that has a hip size of 39″ or 40″. This way, the trouser will be loose at the hips and thighs, and.. will look more graceful and elegant. Also prevents panty lines.
Keep this in mind while ordering trousers and pencil skirts as well. Flowy skirts can be ordered by just the waist size. Go a size up in trousers and pencil skirts and… jeans are made of thicker material so order jeans based on hip size. Now, last light while preparing for this post… I was studying the size charts at Myntra and I found a glitch. While checking the size chart of Mango and I saw that 2 tops had different sizing charts. This cannot be true. I’ve worked in the garment industry and I know that every brand has a specific size chart and… garments are always according to the same size chart. I’m sure there’s some glitch on Myntra’s end.
If you ever come across such a situation… I’d recommend checking the size chart on the brand’s website. Whenever I’m unsure about the size chart on Myntra, I always cross-check it on the brand’s website. It does take a few extra minutes but saves you from the headache of return and refunds. So, keep this in mind. Now, moving on to the next point. This is again supercritical while ordering online. Always refer to the brand’s own sizing but also keep in mind the brand you’re going for…. especially when it’s an Indian brand. For example, Zara, H&M, Forever New are designed according to European bodies and… their size charts are according to that. Clothes from our Indian brands like… FabIndia, Jaypore, Ajio are made according to Indian body types. An average Indian body is a little wide and curvy. So, if I’m a size small in Zara then it’s an XS in FabIndia.
FabIndia sizes are made according to Indian bodies. So keep this in mind that if you’re ordering Kurtis from Myntra from brands like… Sangria, House of Pataudi, you might be a size small in tops but could be an XS in Kurtis. Moving on to the quality of clothes. How to check the quality while ordering stuff online? I usually shop brands like Mango, Dorothy Perkins, Only from Myntra. These are a few brands I trust and I’m aware of the quality. This is something I’d recommend you as well that… do not experiment unnecessarily with brands. Myntra is a marketplace just like Sarojini Nagar… where you get clothes from different brands. It could be of good quality or poor as well.
So, buy brands that you trust. Another thing to keep in mind is the Seller. On Amazon, there’s a seller called Cloudtail. It happens to be a subsidiary of Amazon and… you can be assured that the quality offered by them will be good. You can check seller ratings on Amazon and Myntra. You can keep these two points in mind to ensure that you get good quality products. 1. Buy from the brands you trust. 2. Check the seller and the ratings. Myntra isn’t a brand, it’s a marketplace. An average consumer isn’t aware of this fact. Myntra is like a market and the different brands available are like shops. You might not always get good quality clothes from Myntra. It depends on the brand.
So, this is something you can keep in mind. Moving on to the next point… Again, very important. You must’ve noticed while shopping from Myntra that… the Model’s height and size is mentioned in the description. We often tend to overlook this piece of information This info can be helpful if we are ever confused about the sizing. The model’s height, physique, and clothing size… can provide a reference check regarding the size to go for. Coming on to shoes, it’s very rare to go wrong with the size part if… you know your standard Euro or UK size. For example, (by the end of this post you’ll have known all my sizes😂)… I’m a size EU40 for footwear. I always check the number next to EU40 while shopping on Myntra. I don’t look for number 8 everywhere. I check the size chart and the number next to the European size before ordering.
Keeping such small points in mind will save you from sizing issues in the future. Moving on to the last point… and that is Check the brand’s own website. I got this skirt from Forever New. I first saw it on Myntra and loved it. It was on a 15% off on Myntra and when I checked it on Forever New’s website… it was available at 25% off on a flash sale. I got an extra 10% off. So, this is an amazing hack you MUST try. Just check for the product on the brand’s website (if available) as well. You might end up getting a better deal there. Also, this tip can be helpful if a particular size is unavailable on Myntra. I first saw this black dress on Myntra but my size was sold out. I then checked it on Mango.com and luckily I got my size.
This is an amazing hack to try. With this, it’s the end of the post. I used to get Instagram DMs and youtube comments asking my size for jeans, trousers. I know many people get confused while picking the sizes… so I wanted to make this post. I hope this helps you with online shopping. If you found the tips helpful, make sure to give it a thumbs up. Take care… See you soon. Bye!!!