When technology made it possible for us to buy clothes online, it saved us trips to the mall and hauling a bunch of shopping bags from store to store. Although we do love shopping, it definitely should be considered as a form of exercise considering how much walking and carrying bags we have to endure. But the one thing that many women still seem to not get quite right is estimating their size without the help of a fitting room. Shopping online may be convenient, however the beauty of trying on clothes in store is that you can immediately ask for a size up or down when you feel that the items don’t fit right. Statistics displayed on The Guardian may indicate that 47% more people are purchasing clothes and footwear online compared to two years ago, yet some of us are still struggling to get the handle of it.
It’s disappointing when you finally have your items delivered to your door, only to discover that the medium sized blouse is too snug around your chest or the pants are way too big. Your confidence stems from the clothes that you wear, and just as the clothing brand Woman Within explains, feeling comfortable in your own skin often starts with a great fit. So let’s stop being victims of online shopping and find out how we can avoid these sizing mishaps.
Here are a few things you’ll need to do before making any final purchases:
1) Know your exact measurements
As we all know (and maybe have come to despise), sizes differ from label to label, so it’s an absolute must that you have accurate measurements. Fashion and beauty expert Lauren Conrad has outlined exactly what needs to be measured, but the main ones you’ll need to know are your bust, waist, hips and inseam.
2) Always check the sizing charts
Ideally, every online retailer should have a size chart to serve as your guide so you never have questions whether the L is actually large enough for you.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask a professional for help
Taking your own measurements can be a challenge in its own right, so if you’re ever in doubt, go to a clothing store or ask your local tailor for help. As Who What Wear points out, what most of us seem to have the most trouble with most is bra size, and getting measured by a professional will definitely eliminate any confusion you may have on the matter.
Got any tips for finding the right size while online clothing shopping? Let me know in the comments!