Ask Fashilluminous: 5 Tips for Online Shopping2/9/15
Hey Fash loves! (you know I always have to greet you all)
So this past weekend I was given the opportunity to speak to a crowd of ladies at Dress Over Heels online boutiques' Jeans and Heels shopping party. I had a blast informing them about Spring trends, must haves for this season, and 5 tips for online shopping. I'd love to share with you all what I told the girls that night in regards to online shopping and hopefully if any of you don't really favor online shopping you will after reading this post!
1. Know Your Measurements
Whether it's online or store front shopping, knowing your measurements is really important. It allows you to have an idea of what size you wear and if you were ever interested in getting a garment made you would already have a one up! When online shopping there are typically size guides located on the shopping sites. The size guide breaks sizes down by measurements which makes it easier to determine which one will best fit you. During the event I provided the girls an opportunity for me to measure them which they were super excited about as well!
2. Utilize Services Offered by the Company
Many companies nowadays offer various services such as personal shopping that we don't even know about! Take the time to look into what the shopping site offers so you could utilize their service and you never know, it may even be free (*crosses fingers* lol). For example, Topshop actually offers a complimentary appointments for their personal shopping. Another example of a service that can be offered is in person delivery. Online shopping boutiques, such as Dress Over Heels, offer an in person delivery where you can actually get your pieces the next business day (if you're local of course). If you're ever stuck between two sizes, you could contact the owner and maybe both dresses could be brought to you. It's pretty much a win win situation.
3. Wait for Key Pieces to go on Sale
On a budget or looking to save money? Then this tip is for you! Typically, the most expensive pieces fall under the outerwear category. Outerwear consists of pieces such as blazers, coats, bomber jackets, etc. Due to their higher price my advice to you is to wait a little before purchasing. Stores usually put all of these pieces on sale during Spring to make space for their Summer collections. For example, I was dying to get a hold of a moto jacket. I searched high and low for an affordable one and was brought to a dead end. After waiting a little longer, I snagged one from H&M on sale for only $20 (originally $70). Trust me guys, when it comes to these pieces patience is a virtue.
4. Know What you NEED first
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This tip is one of my fave! You guys won't understand how many things I've bought in the past that was absolutely unnecessary. Knowing what exactly you need before shopping online (or in person for that matter) is important because it keeps you focused and organized. It also saves you money as well. Before shopping make a mental list of what you need to purchase first. I usually jot mine down on my phone so I can reference it while shopping. Recently got a nice paycheck and looking to spend some cash? Instead of buying multiple random items try purchasing pieces that can compliment the main thing you're looking to buy. If you're buying a dress for a cocktail party you could look into getting a necklace or a nice pair of heels to match.
5. Be Aware
This final tip is super important. When shopping online please be aware and make sure that the site you are shopping at is safe. It's best to look up reviews before as well. Also, be mindful of the sites that offer all of their pieces that are typically very expensive for a crazy affordable price (Jacket usually $50 for $3.00).
I hope you all enjoyed this tips and are able to use them while online shopping!