Expectation vs. Reality: How to Properly Shop for Clothes Online

The disadvantage of buying online for clothes, aside from the delivery waiting time is the uncertainty of the fit. Yes, the photo looks good, and the model seems rocking it. But in reality, not all dresses and style are for us. Here are the foolproof ways how to shop for clothes from online shops like Lazada and Zalora. Stop fretting about wasting money on clothes you bought, but will never wear. Be a smart online shopper instead.


Know the Sizing Reference

First of all, the photo doesn’t say it all. Read on the product description to know which sizing reference was used. For example, if the sizing reference used was Chinese and you have a big Caucasian frame, it is safe to add 1 or 2 sizes as an allowance. Before you shop online using discounts, make an effort to learn about the sizing charts. If you have not been professionally measured before and have no idea what your size is, look for the best clothes that fit you from your closet. Check the size and the sizing reference the go online and convert the sizes.

Don’t Skip the Product Description

Product description should be a major determining factor whether it is a smart buy or not. Product description will tell you about the materials used, the fit, the cut, and other important details you should consider. Sincere online shops take the time to put a detailed product description on the items they sell. If the item seems nice, but the product description is too general, we suggest not to go for it.

If You Are Specific about the Fit, Go for Made to Order Online Shops

RTWLet’s face it. There might be thousands of clothes online, but there are certain types of clothes that cannot be mass-produced. Fitted suits and jacket need to be tailor-made. If you are specific about the fit, there are made-to-order online shops that will sew their pattern based on your actual size. The waiting time might be longer than normal, but you can be rest assured that it’s going to fit you perfectly.

4 thoughts on “Expectation vs. Reality: How to Properly Shop for Clothes Online”

  1. Castel says:

    No. One size bigger is not enough. My normal size is medium. The shirt came as if it was ordered by a 10 year old kid. It’s too small for adult size. I’m quite hesitant to buy clothes online again.

  2. Aubrey says:

    What I have learned from buying clothes online is to add one size bigger, especially now that most of the products are coming from China.

  3. Norma says:

    I can relate on this topic: expectation vs. reality. Those clothes I bought online ended up in donation boxes.

  4. Coleen says:

    The problem that I had on my purchases online is size. No matter how I adjust, add a few more, they ended up not really my size.

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