Have you ever ordered something online and been so excited for it to show up on your doorstep only to end up disappointed? Welp, it happens to the best of us! Sure, online shopping can be convenient (where else can you shop in your PJ’s with a glass of wine?) but there’s definitely an art to finding that perfect little dress on the dot com. So… what’s a girl to do? Follow my simple rules to help navigate you through your favourite sites and save you from a case of buyer’s remorse.
1. READ UP
If there’s one rule you follow, make it this one! The times I’ve been most disappointed in my late night purchases was when I didn’t read the fine print. Knowing the fabric, fit, product details and even washing instructions can make all the difference. I mean no one wants a jersey/spandex dress or a blouse they have to dry clean every week! And remember, not all brands fit the same!!! Most sites have a sizing chart so make use of it! Tip – measure some of your favourite fitting pieces in your closet and use those as a reference when looking at sizing charts.
Also reading the FAQ never hurt anyone!
2. SHOP AROUND
Before you rush to the checkout, shop around. There’s SO many online stores out there that you might just be able to find what you’re looking for at a better price. SCORE!!! I love ShopStyle.com for comparing prices and even finding similar styles. Just keep in mind that if you do find what you’re looking for on sale it’s usually final… another reason rule 1 is so important
3. FIND FREEBIES
With everything going digital these days online shopping is getting easier and easier. Most companies offer perks and incentives to help keep the shopping process as painless as possible. Look for sites with free shipping/returns or ones that offer a promo code (usually when you sign up for their mailing list) for a percentage off your first order.
4. KNOW YOUR LOCATION
This rule is pretty simple but being Canadian I’ve fallen victim to it a few times. ALWAYS check the default country and currency! Some shops can be a little sneaky and won’t display the currency until checkout so just make sure you pay close attention. Not to mention if you’re shipping out of country be prepared to pay duties. There’s nothing like thinking you’re spending $80 and then seeing your credit card statement for $130…
5. THINK TWICE
Being someone who’s always on the go I love online shopping for it’s convenience… BUT sometimes it’s so easy that it gets you in trouble #guilty. When you’re getting ready to complete your purchase make sure it’s something you REALLY want/need. If you already have 9 leopard scarves do you actually want another one… or could it be those 3 glasses of wine talking??? If you can’t make up your mind, sleep on it! If it’s meant to be it will still be there in the morning.
Ready to shop? Here are some of my go-to online stores or check out what I’m lusting over on my Shop page or what I already have in my closet. My favourite online shopping tool of all is liketoknow.it. If you don’t know what liketoknow.it is … all you need to do is 1. simply sign up online -> 2. like my instagram photo if you want to know the clothing details on it -> 3. receive a direct email with all of the details so that you can shop it!!! If you’re confused or have any questions … let me know in the comments below!!!
Happy online shopping my loves!!!