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Four tips to buy perfectly fitted clothes online

August 15, 2016

Online shopping has become very popular in the recent years. Everything from electronics to furniture, food and clothing can now be purchased without even leaving your home. But when it comes to trying on clothing, there’s a hitch. Most products only need to be reviewed on quality, but clothing needs to be the right fit and compliment your body type. Fortunately, there are some great ways to ensure your clothes fit well even if you can’t try them on prior to purchase.

Tip #1: Measure your measurements

Before you can find clothes that fit you, you need to find yourself a measurement tape, preferably the soft type meant for body measurements, and measure yourself. Which measurements do you need? For shirts or jackets the size of your bust, shoulders, length and sleeve length will tell you all you need to know. For breeches, measure the hips, waist and length from waist to hem for an accurate overview. Most online clothing retailers provide a size chart for their products. Unfortunately, the meanings of sizing tiers such as small or large, size 10 or size 12 are not standardized between clothing manufacturers. This is where the size chart comes in handy. Take the time to measure yourself once and you’ll find shopping online way more convenient!

Tip #2: Find the retailers that fit you

It’s no secret that different clothing retailers cater to different demographics. The clothes you find at Target are designed for a different body shape than the clothes you’ll find at David Jones. Related to equestrian fashion, European brands tend to design clothes that are a smaller fit compared too Australian or US brands. This means you’ll have to do a bit of research to find the difference between retailers. Does this mean you’re stuck shopping at only a handful of stores that you already know? Of course not. Just make sure you browse through the online store first so you understand the type of retailer you’re buying from.

Tip #3: Know the return policy

The truth is, no matter how much effort you put into finding clothes that fit you, sometimes your new pair of breeches just doesn’t match your body. What do you do when this happens? You could keep it and deal with it as is but most people will end up returning it. That is why it’s crucial that you read and understand the online retailer’s return policy before you make a purchase. Most stores will let you return items within a set period of time, given the item is unused. As long as you know you can return the product when it is not suitable, you won’t end up with a regrettable purchase.

Tip #4: Give it a try!

In a perfect world, we’d be able to test the fit of a piece of clothing just from measurements and user reviews. Some online retailers might have a physical store or mobile shop for events, so you can try on new clothing, see and feel the product before making the purchase. Other retailers are based online only, so after taking the measurements, doing a bit of research and knowing the return policy, you’ll just have to give it a try. The good news is; online retailers often offer more competitive prices than competitors with physical stores. Plus, once you’ve ordered a product online, you’ll know the quality of the product, the fit and sizing of the clothing and the overall good (or bad) experience you’ve just had. Keep a list of online retailers that suit you and your next purchase will be easier, faster and more comfortable. In time, you get to know and trust your online store as well as any physical store you regularly visit.


There’s more preparation and research that goes into clothing shopping online, but it’s worth it in the end. Personally, I’ve experimented with several online retailers over the years and now have a set list of online stores that won’t disappoint me. It saves me a lot of time traveling to stores and I can now comfortably buy clothes that fit me straight from the internet. Do you regularly shop online? Any tips you have for making online purchases are more than welcome, please share!

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