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Top 3 Tips for Shopping Online

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Honestly, who doesn’t shop online?  Online window shopping has become my new hobby.  I seriously stalk the Nordstrom sale section every week.  And ShopMarkkit has become one of my favorite places to shop online.  I think after years of shopping online, I have gotten quite good at figuring out my size for various brands.  It can get quite confusing sometimes, so click HERE for a reference guide.

Let’s take the mystery out of online shopping, shall we?  Here are 3 tips to help you conquer that fear of online shopping.  Because who wants to order an amazing dress, skirt, trouser, or jean to only have it not fit when it arrives two weeks later?  Not me!  That’s for sure.

1. Know your body measurements!
Before you start ordering EVERYTHING online, you have to know your body measurements like the back of your hand.  You need to know how wide your shoulders are, the measurements of your bust, waist, and hips.  To make sure you are measuring yourself correctly, always refer to the diagrams provided by the retailers.  Personally, I love the measurement guide from Nordstrom.

Image Source: Nordstrom.com

This guide is great because it shows your wear each body part should be measured, so that your measurements will be accurate.  Plus, I love that Nordstrom actually tells you whether or not something is “true to size” or “fits smaller” or “fits larger” right on the product page.

2. Research the Brand
For some odd reason, brands all have their own concept of size.  One person can be a small in one brand and a medium/ large in another.  Brands that tend to run small are: American Apparel, American Eagle, Aeropostale, H&M, Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, Madewell, Topshop, and Zara.  Brands that tend to run either true to size or slightly larger: JCrew, GAP, Old Navy, Forever 21, Banana Republic,and  Free People.

3. Check the Measurements
Don’t always assume, I’m usually this size when online shopping.  Because the garment measurements around the bust or shoulder could lead you in to getting stuck with your arms in the air or experiencing extreme difficulty getting the top over your head because its stuck on your shoulders.  (I’m speaking from experience here.  I know we’ve all been through this struggle, right?)  A top in a size small can fit your everywhere except your arms.  A pair of trousers can fit everywhere except really snug on your thighs or fits everywhere BUT your waist.  By checking the measurements of the garment, you can prevent yourself the hassle of having to return that AMAZING piece you scored at such an AWESOME deal.

Those are my top 3 tips to shopping online.  If you have other tips to share, comment down below!

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New Dress Review and Haul + Online Shopping Tips

Guys, guess what? I have found an awesome new site where I can shop to my heart’s content without breaking the bank.  Dream come true, right?

Now, I’ve started working full time so I knew I had to get more office appropriate clothes.  My two blazer and dress pants can get old really quick since I work the traditional five days a week.  I wanted to get something that was perfect for summer and could easily transition in to the fall.  So, I got this amazing sheer navy trench-coat style cardigan and a classic white top.

New Dress is very similar to many other fashion sites.  They have a HUGE selection of clothes that does not cost an arm and a leg.  You can probably buy a whole wardrobe with a hundred dollars.  (I’m not joking, you seriously could.)  The quality of their clothes is pretty good for the price you pay.  I got a top and a cardigan for $20 including shipping.  The shipping I chose was the China Post with tracking number.  The package got here in about two weeks, which is pretty fast.  I have ordered from other sites before and got my package a month later.  To save some money, you can always order without a tracking number.  I would recommend ordering with the tracking number in case your package gets lost in transit.

If you really want to save some money and score some of their awesome deals, you can check out their “Free Shipping” section, where they have a HUGE selection of accessories and clothes that will ship to you for FREE!

When my package arrived, the pieces were individually wrapped and folded.  The trench-coat style cardigan had some loose threads, but after I cut them off it was good as new!  The cardigan is made of a material that frays really easily, so be careful and try not to snag the fabric on sharp corners or objects.  I ordered the cardigan in an XL and it was a bit snug around the shoulders and arms.  I am usually a small in most US brands.  They have the cardigan in an XXL, but I thought the XL would fit since I usually order a L on most Chinese or Korean sites.

For the top, I ordered it in an XL also.  The top has a slightly oversized fit, so it fits perfectly.  From the picture, I thought the sleeves on the top were slightly longer.  But after I played around with folding the cuff, the sleeves look great folded to a three-quarter length.  This top was less than $10 and is honestly quite well made.  I love how light it is.  This breathable cotton material is perfect for the hot summer months and will layer perfectly under a sweater without feeling too bulky in the fall and winter.

Lesson to learn from this is to ALWAYS:

  1. Check the measurements
  2. Know your body measurements
  3. Read up on reviews (to check for size references and quality measurements) 

You should always follow these tips when shopping online.  Because what looks right on the model, may not look right on you.   Online shopping is fun, but when the pieces don’t fit, it could be really frustrating.  So always do some research before you buy!  For more detailed online shopping tips, be on the lookout for my next blog post, coming out Monday @3PM EST

To check out more trendy pieces from New Dress click HERE!
*I received these products free for styling/modeling purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.*

WTF? Women’s sizing and Body Image

Hello Beauties,
It’s monday!  And if it’s your first day out from school, I’m really jealous.  I still have two more weeks, well three weeks if you count exam week.  Today, I’m going to tackle the problem with women’s sizing.
I’m pretty sure all of us have noticed that every brand has their own perception of size.  Even though the number on the pants is the same in two different stores, the size is very different.  Here’s an example of what I mean:

In H&M, I wear a size 6/8
GAP: 2
Old Navy: 2
Decree (JCpenney brand): 5
JCrew: 26
Levi’s: 28 or size 3
Calvin Klein: 29
Aeropostale: 4
American Eagle: 3
Celebrity Pink Jeans: 9
American Apparel: L/27/28/29

See the problem?  All of these sizes equal to the same 26/27 inches in waist, but they all have a different number.  WHY???

A lot of girls, including me a few years ago, would be horrified at how they can be a size 2 in one store and an 8 in another one.  But all those pants sizes are just a number.  What is important is being healthy by eating right and exercising.  If it helps, go grab a few pants sizes to take to the dressing room, mix them up, and when you’re trying them on DON’T look at the number.  Get pants that fit, not pants that will fit when you lose those five pounds.

I can honestly say I will never be a size 0.  I will never be 5’8”.  And I will never look like a supermodel.  The best thing I can do is be the healthiest best ME possible.  Growing in an Asian family, I’ve been called fat.  My thunder thighs have been repeatedly pointed out.  Asian families say these things in order to help you, supposedly.  But what most of them don’t understand is how hurtful those words can be when you’re young.  They don’t mean to be mean, but it just comes across that way to a young, self-conscious girl.

But I work, I exercise and I try hard to keep a fairly healthy diet.  I will never be as thin as those Korean drama stars.  It took me 20 years to understand this.  I have always been self-conscious of my weight and my fat legs.  But I am healthy and that is what matters.  I am not fat and I am healthy.  And those pants sizes don’t matter because there just a size.  As long as the pants are flattering and feel good on my body and make me feel good to wear them, why does it matter what size they are?