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.
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.