When you are busy with work, home and family matters, somehow the You gets missed out. You probably need a few extra items in your wardrobe to help pull everything together. As you have found, locating the shapes that work for you can take time. So here are some pointers to help you when you have time to yourself to shop online. I have included some top tips too, which should avoid annoying returns.
I often find department stores are a good starting point. In the UK, John Lewis is a good one to experiment with as it has a solid selection of core brands you will know and a few new ones. Great delivery and returns options too.
Use the filters to choose your garment, maybe a skirt, trousers or dress. Then be a bit more specific, and narrow down the fit and length. What length of sleeve and necklines can all be specified. Maybe select a couple of options if you are not sure between a midi and maxi skirt, or cropped and full length trousers, for example.
With some items, like dresses, they offer you ‘What Occasion’, defining boxes. Is it for a wedding, a party, or work? Be careful not to limit your choices as we all have different looks, so the algorithms may discount a dress you love. If unsure, ideally avoid this filter if you want to see more.
Always tricky but think about how certain brands cut smaller and others are a bit more generous. Typical ‘younger’ brands often cut with neater measurements so go up or down. If unsure order two to compare. Yes, you have to spend out twice initially, but it’s simpler to try on two together and return one for a refund. More companies are offering Tall, Petite, Plus and Maternity options so look for these filters if you want to.
You can tick more than one colour or use ‘Multi’ for prints. Remember navy comes under ‘Blue’ and there is often a cross over between Neutrals and Brown for example, so tick both to open up more options. Colours can often vary to descriptions so if unsure, look up the actual brand’s website to see different or more details.
Be a little flexible with price so you get to see all the options, Also if you love something and the price is too high, you can always click on their Wish Lists, to keep updated on the price reductions. Check for price matching too, to know you are getting the best deal.
Shopping online does take a bit of practice to find the brands that work for you and make the process as simple as possible. But persevere and use it as a process to narrow down your options to order online or go into the store and try on your selection if and when possible.
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