Major mistakes to avoid when shopping for clothes online: I’m doing this post today because I have been shopping online and it went wrong and I thought don’t you know better by now so 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 five mistakes that you will not make any more after watching this Post-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 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 the regular sizeI’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 redtop 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 this obviously too short it’s barely hiding my belly clearly not fitting.
What happened? I’m not just TALLI 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 on solely on the pictures that you see even
if the girl there has your exact height andpretty much the same size as you have the thing is if the patterns are wellmade 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 adifferent length so often the total length of the garment will not beindicated in the product description on the product page of the website you’relooking at but if you write to the customer service they must be able totell you according to a table if this is your size this is the total length of thegarment if they can’t do that that’s an alarm signal for me it’s a bad sign itmeans that they don’t have their patterns under control that’s typicallythe case where it says falls smaller falls larger it depends I thought I was Mbut actually this size is like an S that should ring a bell it should tell youooh 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 buyanything
I answer questions from my own customers every day I do that personally not my team when they have questions about sizing because I’m the one who knows the patterns number two 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 36according to the EU sizing system European size and I wanted those lovely wool pants so I ordered them and I liked the idea that they sit a little bit lower the waist I found that cool it’s a little bit baggy a little bit relaxed very comfortable then I received this in those pants I look like an eight-year-old wearing her dad’s trousers it looks like Charlie Chaplin what doesn’t fit here is the design itself see these 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 see you could fit both legs in here.
So what happened? understanding your correct size is not enough as you can see in this example 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 like these tucks, 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 and there you see in distance at the hip level you have plenty of space.
What’s the return policy again? this is one that probably happened to everyone it happened to me again recently, for instance, I ordered this nice umbrella on a French website thinking I will support my country 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 well 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 blah blah, 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. number four somehow it doesn’t look and or feel the way I expected it to and I’m disappointed…
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 to think prom dresses they offer in acetate they’re in a fabric you can’t dance which is a contradiction for a prom dress if you feel that you don’t know enough about the properties of the fabrics I’ve done a post series on that natural fiber synthetic fibers what they’re good at what they are not good at how they get combined to improve the properties of the fabric etc I will link here in the corner and down below in the description all those posts.
then you have the care instructions for instance 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 dry clean 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 if you feel that you want to know more about what all these icons mean I have an older post about that which is called “”how to care for your clothes” I will also link it here and down below for you guys.
With these tips, I hope that you feel more confident a bit better equipped for the next time you’re gonna shop online? If you feel just a bit smarter about this topic, thumbs up! thank you very much! see you very soon again! Bye!