Measuring up: How to shop for clothes online
By Brittany Anas
First things first, we’ll acknowledge that measuring yourself the day after Thanksgiving is a bit unfair. But, you’ll thank us when the clothes you order on Cyber Monday are a perfect fit and you don’t have to hassle with returns.
Retailers got a head start on marking down clothes this week and the savings will continue through Cyber Monday. Also, some stores do flash online sales where you can save for a short period of time. Here are some tips to make sure that you’re buying the right size and the most flattering fits.
How to take measurements:
Bust: Measure at the fuller part of your bust. Your arms should be relaxed at your side.
Waist: Position the measuring tape about one inch above your belly button and take the measurement around the most narrow part of your body. No sucking in! In fact, leave one finger under the tape so that you’ll be able to breathe in your new duds.
Hips: Stand with your feet together and measure at the widest part of your hips.
When you’re shopping online, visit the store’s measurement matrix to help you determine what size you are in their brands.
Consult your closet:
Take an inventory of your clothes and write down which fabrics you feel best in and which ones best flatter you. Look at the sizes you wear and see how they vary across brands. Cross-check your list when you’re ordering online.
Read the reviews:
Many stores have online commenting that allow buyers to dish the pro’s and con’s on the apparel. If many are griping that a dress fits too baggy or the sweater is too tight in the arms, reconsider the size you’re ordering.
Shop in store first:
Sometimes, stores will make online mark downs that aren’t available in the store. Stores including Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor’s Loft do this often. It’s okay to go into the store and try on some items and then order them online to save some money. Carry a little notebook or use your smart phone to make notes of the sizes that fit you best, the cuts you prefer and the name of the product so that you can easily find it online.
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