Shop, don’t ship.

Okay, shopping ProTip: Don’t order clothes or shoes online. Remember, with clothes, fit is the most important factor & you MUST try everything on before buying it. Each company & each line of clothes in that company are going to have different cuts. If you think the waist size on your pants reflects actual inches, I will direct your attention to the chart below from The Style Blog:

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Retail companies make sizes bigger to boost the self-esteem of the people buying it. Women have this worse than men, but it still exists for us. Why be ‘fat’ at H&M, when you could be ‘normal’ at Old Navy? But you’re still the same weight. Women, why buy a size 8, when you are a 4 at Banana Republic? It’s all in your head & that’s what marketing is and does.

So how do you know what size to get? Also in photo shoots & on mannequins, you see clothes you love & the fit seems great, but they are pinned in the back to make them look good. Investigate the mannequins at your favorite stores & you may be surprised at what you find.

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Also, with just pictures, you can’t always tell the exact color or tint based on the lighting of the picture.

So don’t pay your hard-earned money for 1. Something you don’t know the size of. 2. Something you’ve only seen how sales and marketing want you to see it, not the actual product. 3. Something you have no idea how it will fit your body.

One time a company made a pin-stripe hoodie that I had to own, even though it was $160.00 & made in San Fran, so I had to order it online. I ordered one in small after looking at the size chart. When it finally arrived, it said ‘small,’ but was humongous! Like XXL huge. They made an XS but I knew that wouldn’t fit me with the size of the small, so I sent it back & got a refund, but still paid the shipping.

On a few occasions I had ordered things that never showed up! Then I had to call my bank to dispute the charges & while the money was fully refunded eventually, there is a big waste of time and energy.

While I love getting packages in the mail like anyone else, with clothes, it is not worth the hassle, & the online sales industry knows this so they are constantly trying to make it easier, but just don’t do it. It is too easy to settle for things you don’t really like & a waste of time, money & energy in most cases. Don’t gamble with your style & image, be sure.

You can always find something good in the city, I promise. Get a friend & go out and about. Try everything on, get feedback & only buy what you love. Plus this keeps more of your money in the local economy, which is good for the city.

Have your own online shopping horror stories? Wanna prove me wrong & defend online shopping? Share below:

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