Many people love shopping online, but one area that frightens them is the clothing section of online retailers’ sites. While it may be a little daunting to purchase clothes online because you can’t see, feel, or try anything on, there are ways to ensure your shopping experience is a smooth one and that you will get items that are absolutely perfect for you and your body.
Continue reading for a list of three tips that will help you the next time you are searching for a new great outfit on the World Wide Web.
Use Built-In Tools to Find Clothes That Fit
Many websites, such as the official GUESS website, now offer consumers the chance to virtually try on their clothes before they purchase them. GUESS, in particular, uses a program called TrueFit. You put in detailed information about your body, including your height and weight, for example, and then the program will tell you how a particular article of clothing is likely to fit on your frame. For example, a pair of jeans may be too tight or a shirt may be too long if you are petite. These extra perks make shopping online a lot easier and a lot less stressful, helping you find clothes that you will love.
If a site you love to shop on does not yet offer services like GUESS’ TrueFit, you can go with your measurements for your bust, hips, and waist and then compare them to the measurements provided on the clothing you are thinking about purchasing.
Shop on the Most Secure Sites Only
Although there are countless online retailers selling a variety of clothing items and it may be tempting to just go with any site you find that has something you want, you need a discerning eye in order to determine whether or not a site is really secure enough to shop on or not. Shopping only on secure websites that provide checkout methods that encrypt your data will save you from falling victim to crimes like identity fraud or fraudulent credit card use.
Sites like Epinions and BizRate make it easy to determine if an online retailer you don’t know enough about is really safe and reliable or not. Check out the reviews on a company before shopping from it. Once on a site, look for the padlock icon or the https in the address bar to ensure it is encrypted and secure.
Never give out personal information like your bank account information or your social security number. No retailer needs that information. When it comes to making online transaction SellCell who help people trade in old unwanted items offer this piece of advice: “All you should have to give for an order is your name, address, contact information, and credit card number or PayPal email address, depending upon your preferred payment method.”
It’s advice that is worth remembering whether you are are buying clothes, phones, or anything else online.
Returns are Easier with Brick and Mortars
If you are worried about having to return an item that you ordered online, consider shopping only from clothing retailers that also have brick and mortar locations that will readily accept returns. This will prevent you from having to pay any additional return shipping costs.
Craig Timmins spends most of his time writing about technology and gadgets, and enjoys offering tips and advice when making purchases online.