tips | online shopping

It's no secret that I'm an avid online shopper. It's not that I never have something shipped to me that doesn't fit quite right, but, more often than not, I have a lot more luck with online shopping than in the store. First, I can browse and browse without my feet hurting, I never have to wait in line, and I can put something in my shopping cart and mull it over for a few days before biting the bullet and buying it. 

Since I know some of you have mentioned in the comments that you're still reluctant to hit the "confirm order" button on your favorite online retailer, here are a few of my favorite tips for a great online shopping experience.

1/ Read the reviews I never buy something without first reading the reviews. It's like asking your Internet stranger-friends about a skirt in the dressing room before buying it. A lot of websites give users a place to include their measurements, which can be so helpful when figuring out how something fits. I also love when reviews include things like "runs large" or "runs short" because it can be hard to know from a perfectly posed image of an item how it actually fits or lays when worn. Plus, only a review will tell you if the color is off or if the material isn't as it appears!

2/ Check the model's measurements For me, the most helpful thing about knowing a model's measurements is her height. Sure, we're not model-sized, but if I see that the hem of a dress or skirt hits the model above the knee, but she's 5'10", then I can gauge where it might land on my 5'7" frame.

3/ Search for it on other websites I've found that a lot of the online retailers I browse carry the same items, so if I find something that's low in stock, out of my size, or a little out of my price range, I'll check a few other websites to see if I can find it. If there's something you love that's sold out completely, out of season, or double what you were hoping to pay, it's always worth it to check sites like eBay, Amazon, and even apps like Poshmark.

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4/ Look up coupons Last, but not least, don't forget to look for coupon codes before checking out! I'm registered on email blasts for a handful of my most frequently shopped retailers to make sure I know when a sale is happening. For those that I don't follow as closely, I always make sure to check Retail Me Not before accepting the price as it is.


If you're buying from a retailer that has a store where you live...

1/ Spend the extra to get free shipping... And then return what you don't want or need later! This is especially helpful if you're not positive which size is going to be the best for you (usually shoes) so that you don't have to wait around to get the correct item in a mail exchange.

2/ Don't use PayPal! If you use PayPal, you can't return it in the store, so make sure to check out using your debit or credit card if you think you might want to return it in person.

What tips help you have a more successful online shopping trip? Are you, like me, totally addicted to online shopping?


  1. I've gotten so spoiled on online shopping that when I actually have to go out for a day and walk around a bunch of different stores hunting down the items I want and good deals, it feels like such a chore most of the time. I still rarely purchase clothes online though. Partly that is because my size has been in flux for my adult life, so every time I shop I have to re-evaluate where I'm at; I'm sure if I stayed the same size for a good period of time, I would be much more willing to shop online. I also am at an income level where I thrift or shop at discount stores for most of my clothes. I buy most of my makeup and skincare products online, as well as books and gifts and home goods that have to be purchased new. One thing I also love about shopping online is that it's easier to find all of the clearance in one place, rather than having to walk through the whole store looking for markdown stickers.


  2. What a great post!!! I love online shopping, so these are some great tips. Will definitely be sharing! :)

  3. Love this post! One tip I would add is to use the website Hukkster - it acts as an aggregated wishlist for items across multiple major websites and can alert you by email or text message (!) when an item you've "hukked" (aka added to your list) has gone on sale. You can even decide if you only want to be notified if it's been marked down by 25% or 50%. I can't tell you how insanely useful it is for those of us who lurk and consider and mull over purchases on multiple websites like it's our job. Hukkster has honestly been a godsend and has changed how I decide if I want to keep an eye on - and eventually spend money on - something I see online. It's also saved me a bunch of money!

  4. I definitely need to be better about checking the model's measurements. That's an awesome idea! I never buy something online without searching for reviews (Google just might be my best shopping friend!) and I totally use RetailMeNot in stores, too!

  5. First off that dress is just gorgeous and love your tips! Great blog, following via Bloglovin.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  6. First, these tips are RIGHT ON! I learned about the whole model measurements! That has greatly helped me order things and have them fit better immediately out of the box!


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