Clothes shopping online – a game changer?
9th February 2016
I’m really old school when it comes to shopping for clothes.
I prefer to visit a shop to see, touch and try on items before making a purchase. I’m such a funny size that I’ve bought everything for a size 6 to a size 14 (I average out about an 8), and my weight has barely changed in the last 5 years; this means I have to try on clothes before I buy them, or risk having to return to the shop for a refund.
When I have bought clothes online in the past it’s only because I’m buying something I’ve already tried on in store but want it in another colour that isn’t available there and then. Or because I’m buying shoes, and I feel like there is less risk involved when it comes to buying shoes.
BUT even though I prefer going to a physical store to buy my clothes, I hate the process of clothes shopping. I find it really tedious and a waste of my valuable time. I’d rather be walking along a beach or walking in the countryside than walking around a shopping centre.
18 year old me would not believe I just said that.
I feel like shopping online has changed a lot over the years and now it’s so much quicker and easier to place an order, get it delivered and return it if it doesn’t suit or fit.
The idea of not having to trail around shops for hour on end, not having to get undressed and redressed a million times, and not having a break down in public because everything looks rubbish, seemed absolutely perfect. I also love the idea of being able to try your new clothes on at home where you have your whole wardrobe to play around with.
So last week I placed my very first ASOS order. I picked three items of clothing (see below), clicked order and waited for my delivery to arrive.
When my package arrived I was very excited to open it, and to see if online clothes shopping could really be the answer to my fashion prayers.
(I will quickly mention the fact the package was opened when it arrived. Thank Hermes! Seriously, what is it with me and crappy delivery companies?!)
I tried on each item individually and assessed them. The outcome was not so great…
1) The dress (from New Look) was too tight around the neck. I think something was seriously wrong with it because nobody has a neck that small. Also, don’t be fooled by the model’s hand-on-hip pose because it makes the dress look like it has more shape than it actually does.
2) The shirt was too big. I ordered a size 6 because it did look a little on the large side, but I think even a size 4 would have been too big.
3) The floaty top was much more baggy that I expected and didn’t flatter my shape at all. The neck was also pretty tight on that one too (…or maybe I just have a wide neck).
All in all, it was a bit of a disaster. However, I am not ruling out the idea of online clothes shopping altogether. I really do like how much of a time saver shopping online, and how much freedom it gives me.
I would love to give ASOS another go, perhaps in the summer when I’m actually in the mood to pick out clothes. You all know I’m a sucker for summer dresses, jumpsuits and delicate white vests.
Do you shop for clothes online? Do you prefer going to the shops or buying online?