5 simple ways to improve your online shopping experience

This list was created by me for me but also for the person that wants to improve their experience when shopping online.

I love shopping online but I wanted to find ways to make it easier to buy what I need and to not end up wasting time (or money). So I created these 5 tips, they’ve helped me a lot and I hope they do the same for you.

Have a list of what you want/need

Shopping aimlessly is an easy way to end up with a bunch of things that you don’t need. If you’re working towards curating the best closet possible shopping with a list of what you need is the quickest way to get you there. There’s so much choice online that having a focus will save you loads of time.

Search for specific things

Places like Asos, Zalando, Selfridges or The Outnet will have hundreds of not thousands of items in each category so be specific. Don’t waste time looking through 564 skirts if you’re looking for a light pink satin midi. Either type in exactly what you want or use the filters. I’m a big fan of Zalandos filters as they allow you to searchthat include material, sleeve length and sustainability.

Check the product description

You’ll find things like the material composition, if it’s dry clean only and details in the item like fastening, pockets or embroidery. There are so many times that I’ve ordered items only to find that there’s slits in the sleeves or at the side so I had to end up returning it.

It’s useful to check if you wan’t to avoid materials from animals like leather and wool. On the other hand if you want a high percentage of merino wool or cashmere in your jumper checking the details is useful as even though it may say wool blend the item may only contain 5%.

Set a maximum budget for each item

There’s not much point looking at jackets that cost over £600 if the maximum you’re willing to spend is £120.

Visualise how you’d style it with what you already own

When buying items, think about what you’d wear them with. Maybe it’s a ruffle sleeved black lace blouse. You could wear it with jeans or trousers, layered over a camisoles or a sleeveless dress. Knowing how you can style an item multiple ways with things you already own means that it’s a purchase worth making.

However there will always be items we like that we shouldn’t buy. I once bought a gold and purple boucle style jacket. But I never worn it, not once. The problem is that I bought it because I liked it, not because I knew what I’d wear it with.

This tip is more aimed at the non basic pieces. As it’s not likely you’ll have difficulty styling a pair of jeans or a t-shirt with what you already have in your closet.

So there we have it, I hope you found it useful. If you have any tips for shopping online leave a comment and let me know.

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