Shopping clothes online?

Fashion Nook

ONLINE shopping has been a popular way of acquiring goods without the need of going out of the house. And it became more popular following the pandemic.

More and more people, especially in the Philippines, have shifted to online shopping since March this year. However, there are still those who are not comfortable shopping for clothes online. This is understandable, especially that we aren’t sure if it would fit perfectly, right?

Personally, I have been into online shopping for so many years now, but it was only lately that I started to buy clothes from different online shops. And these are what I’ve learned so far:

1. Let the tape measure be our best buddy.

It is important that we know how to use the tape measure properly. By knowing how to use it in getting our measurements, we will become definite of the clothes sizes we have to order. Without our body measurements, there is a huge chance we would get the wrong size and end up wasting our money.

2. Check the size chart more than once.

Once we have our body measurements, we have to check the size chart of the online shop. Based on experience, there are numerous shops online that give out the sizes of their products even if they are marked “free size” or “one size only.” We need to examine the provided sizes carefully and check if they would fit our measurements.

3. Don’t forget to read the reviews.

It is highly recommended that we read the reviews of the product we would like to buy. If previous buyers have submitted a photo together with a review, the better. Through these images and comments, we can gauge if it would still be practical to make the purchase.

4. Contact the sellers.

If there are no available reviews, talking to the sellers could help. If there are items I really want to buy but I couldn’t see any reviews about them, I make an effort to contact the sellers. I ask them about the cloth and the actual color if they are darker or lighter options. The photos posted on their shops may vary (a lot, at times) from the actual products.

5. Research about the fabric.

After asking the sellers about the clothes’ fabric, research about it, especially the advantages and disadvantages of such kind of material. Who knows, they may not be suitable for us.

6. Study the return policies.

It would help if we are aware of the shop’s policies when it comes to returning defective items. Remember that based on our Consumer Act, only products bought brand new but with hidden or factory defects may be returned. Nevertheless, we have to consider, too, that with the pandemic, the return of clothing items may not be allowed. In short, let us go back to tip #1.

Hope these tips would help. Happy online shopping!


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