Whatās the one sentence everyone making a speech opens their talk withā¦ āOnline is where the world is today!āā¦ lol!
But then, it isnāt untrue, right! Yet when it comes to online shopping, there are still a lottt of people who just havenāt been gutsy enough to take the plunge!
Now youāve probably already bought books, gadgets and CDs online, but fashionā¦? Now thatās the iffy bit!
Ask any online shopper, and theyāll tell you that some of the latest styles and trends that are available online, are even better than the kinds youāll find in storesā¦ even in malls and branded stores. So then what stops you from buying online? āI donāt know how people buy onlineā¦ Iām not sure! ā¦ Hmmnā¦ will the clothes fit me well? Does it really look like it does on the screen? What about the quality? How can I be sure about the size?ā Those are all questions that plague the minds of the online shopping skeptics! (Believe meā¦, I meet at least 1 or 2 everyday)ā¦ And itās still okay if youāre really slim or have that perfect figureā¦ But for those of us who are better endowed in different areas, it becomes an even less appealing a prospect.
But you know what, itās just the initial hesitationā¦ I had it too until about 4 years backā¦ but once I started shopping online, I realized what Iād been missing! I started off slowā¦ with tees and nightwear, slowly went to dresses, then branded shoes and lingerie (where you know the fixed sizes) and finally two days ago, I did the unthinkable ā bought gladiator shoes and a pair of heels from an online storeās private label! And Iām so kicked about it!! laugh
Itās a whole new world of fashion opportunities and choicesā¦ Itās excitement galore! Once youāre past that period of initial hesitationā¦ thereās gonna be no stopping you!
So here are a few steps on how you can get over the trepidation and initiate yourself into the world of online shoppingā¦
Step 1: Experiment with products that donāt have a size requirement:
Most of the times, size and fit is one of the biggest concerns while shopping online. So start with items that wonāt have a sizing issue like accessories, bags, hats, etc. Thatāll help you open up to the idea of online shopping and add a few really cool items to your wardrobe in the process wink
Step 2: Always read the returns policy
Most online shopping sites offer a full money back policy and have the returns picked up from youā¦ however, there are those boutique sites which donātā¦ or which only offer exchanges or ask you to ship the items yourselves. Initially choose sites which have a full money back and easy returns policy. You donāt want a bad experience on this front and lose respect for online shopping forever cheeky
Also, avoid international shopping portals at the beginningā¦ start with the Indian onesā¦ a lot of international shopping portals face issues shipping to India (Our customs department in pretty infamous for causing trouble)and youāll end up facing discomfort in the bargain. Once youāve developed faith in the OL shopping process, then you can move on to the international portals..
Step 3: Look for familiarity
Initially, I would recommend going for branded stuff from an online marketplaceā¦ that means you try out the particular shoe or top at the store like a Vero Moda or UCB, and be sure of the size. Then you purchase it online from sites like Flipkart, Myntra, Jabong, etc. (chances are, youāll be getting a better deal on it anyway smiley). This will give you confidence in shopping onlineā¦ and when you do that, do go over the size chart shown just to familiarize yourself for the futureā¦
Step 4: Start experimenting with low value purchases from private labels and boutique sites
Now that youāre getting a hang of it, start experimenting with low value, low risk purchases like tops, tees, maxi dresses, etc. where you know size isnāt too much of a bother. And in case you go really wrong with it or donāt like it, you can easily have it altered or thereās always the money back returns policy to fall back on!
Step 5: Dive in
By the time youāve repeated step no.4 a few times, youāre ready to dive in and go crazy! Youāre now all set to move on to the boutique portals, instagram stores, buying off FB pages, international sites and whatever else you fancy! smiley
Thereāll always be those few things youāre very vary of buyingā¦ (like footwear in my case)ā¦ but once you overcome that, you too would have gone from being a skeptic to an online shopping pro laugh
Hereās an outfit I put together that I entirely bought online from Missamore, Desigual and Koovs.com.
Details of the outfit:
The Maxi top is from Missamore.com… their āDevine Interventionā collection!
Gladiator Shoes and leafy hand accessory from Koovs.com
The shorts are from Desigualā¦ (Though when I bought them they were denim pantsā¦ however, after altering the length they kinda lost their shapeā¦ so I went all out and turned them into this really hot pair of shorts!)
Now get shopping!! wink