How to Shop Online When You Don't Know What Size to Order
While we're huge proponents of shopping online from the comfort of home, the big drawback is that without being able to try a purchase on, there's a sizable chance that it won't fit. And we're all familiar with the excitement of getting a package in the mail followed by the sad face staring back at us in the mirror when a new highly anticipated purchase doesn't fit. With the size variations among clothing and shoe brands and styles, it's not unusual to feel perplexed when placing an order, especially if it's a brand you haven't tried before. But worry not, we have a handful of solutions that will make you a smarter online shopper and lessen the chance of having to make a return or exchange.
Scroll down to see our tips for choosing the right size and to shop cool pieces from a few sites with easy, free returns!
Customer reviews are a hotbed of information. Other shoppers often share details about fit in their reviews, and we always look for recurring themes among them. For example, if several people comment that a pair of jeans fits small compared to the same size in other brands, we advise sizing up.
These days more than ever, e-tailers list measurements of pieces in the item description, so get out your trusty tape measure and take yours if you don't know them. Keep them in your phone in case you're online shopping on the go.
If you hate making returns, order a size up from what you usually wear and take the item to a tailor for alterations if it doesn't fit.
This is a foolproof solution, especially if you're worried that a piece will sell out and the site offers free returns.
Between live chat, phone, and email, there are plenty of ways to get quick answers from a customer service representative, and you'd be surprised by how much they know about a particular brand's sizing.
With so many e-tailers offering free returns these days, it's easy to make the bulk of your purchases from those sites. Just be sure to make the return ASAP if it doesn't fit, as return time frames vary.
How do you go about choosing which size to order when shopping online? Tell us in the comments below!
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