6. Read the reviews.
If reviews are consistently good or consistently bad, then it might be easier to make a decision about an item you’re contemplating. It can be so easy to get swept away by the photos on the site, but you should still do your homework. Sometimes, if an item seems too good to be true, it likely is. A lot of sites give customers the option to leave reviews that are both good and/or bad. In some cases, customers even upload pictures. Reviews can also help you figure out what size will work best for you. In addition, reviews are a great way to determine whether or not you should size up or down based on their experiences.
7. Know your personal style.
Know what silhouettes you like and work well for you. Invest in items that you know will work for you. For example, if you wouldn’t typically go for a figure-hugging dress in a store, then you probably shouldn’t order it online, no matter how good a deal it might seem. Stick to the cuts and shapes you love wearing.
Remember to remain true to your style. One of the worst mistakes made while online shopping is buying items that end up sitting in your closet, unworn. If you find a top you like online, try and imagine a few ways you would style it with bottoms and shoes you already own. If you can come up with a few combinations, then it’s likely you’ll get a lot of use out of the top and it’s worth purchasing.
8. Return policies.
Always check return policies. Some places have easy customer-friendly return processes that ensure full refunds, while others might only issue customers store credit. It’s important to know what your options are as a shopper. Look into the return process before checking out so that you are aware of what steps you have to take in the event that you aren’t pleased with your order.
9. Browse and compare.
If you’re looking for items that are typically produced or sold by multiple fast-fashion retailers, consider investigating more than one site in order to find the best option. You want to compare prices, reviews, delivery time frames, shipping costs, etc. Don’t jump at the first item you come across, especially if it’s pushing your budget.
10. Coupons and promo codes.
One of the biggest reasons online shopping has become highly favorable is because there are constant promotions going on throughout the year, specifically around the holidays and the change of seasons. However, if you find yourself browsing online when there’s no special promotion going on, don’t give up hope on saving some extra dollars. Search for some discount codes! The sites you’ll want to check out include Retailmenot.com, Groupon.com, and Couponcabin.com .
Now that you have the tools to succeed, slip into those pajamas, go forth and conquer!