Buying clothes online? 5 steps to doing it the right way
Are you going to buy clothes online for the first time and don’t know what to look out for? Don’t worry, we can help! Buying clothes online can be a time consuming and strenuous task if not done correctly. You may think that there is nothing to it, but if you don’t have the right method, you could be losing time, interest and enjoyment.
See here below 5 steps you can take to help you buy clothes online without all the effort and saving cost!
1. Make sure you know what you want, and be specific.
The first key aspect when buying clothes online is making sure you know what you want! Unless you are wanting to browse for a period of time, try to think and secure what you want. Whether that be a new shirt, coat, jumper, trousers, jeans, hats or shoes.
One common aspect of this could be thinking of what you may need or what is close to worn out to warrant it being replaced by something new. You could write this in a list and then start to eliminate clothing items that can wait.
2. Find a handful of retailers, well-known and vaguely familiar
Once you know what item of clothing you want to buy, start to find the retailers. This wants to be a list of 4 or 5 retailers you may know of or have never heard of. To do this, you want to search online in Google your item with specific details. This means include the type of clothing, size, gender for said clothing, colour and make if applicable. Doing this will help to bring up all the online retailers and shops that have these products on their website.
Alternatively, if you know the make of the clothing item you want to purchase, search this and see if you can find the product you want to buy. Try to search through the top 10 results from Google and see if you find the jacket, jumper, jeans or other items you desire or like the look of.
3. Check the finer details: Reviews, material, sizing.
With every product you are buying online, you should always check the finer details such as; the reviews of people who have worn the product before, the material the item is made from and any sizing charts to go off. Reviews are a good way of finding out if the product is what it says on the label. When it comes to clothing, you want to make sure you aren’t getting anything that looks completely different to what’s being advertised.
Sometimes the sizing of the clothing can be off. A medium-size that is being advertised may be a medium for a different country, and therefore could be bigger or smaller than your usual medium clothing you own. See if there is a guide on sizing so that you can compare measurements with a tailors tape measure or similar clothing you already own!
The material is one very important aspect to check as this can give you indicators of the quality, feel and whether to clothing item could be fake or not. You don’t want to be buying a £100 jacket made out of faux leather if it is advertising as real leather.
4. Use coupon codes and deals
Now, before you buy your chosen clothing item online, see if there are any deals and coupons online or if any other website is selling the item cheaper. Doing a price comparison may take a little more extra time but can save you vital pennies to create a bargain purchase. Have a search for 5 minutes.
Don’t forget, there are plenty of online coupon and deal websites where you can check to see if there are any promotional codes to save you even more money. A few you could take a look at are Vouchercloud, Honey, HotUKDeals, Coupons.com and many more!
5. Don’t forget shipping and collection
Just before you finish buying clothes online, don’t forget about the all-important shipping and collection! Shipping the item could be quite expensive and add more unnecessary cost to your order. See if there are any options to collect from a depot store or retail store to save you money. A lot of big brands and retailers offer free collection which you could take advantage from when on your way home from work or live near the store itself.