Shopping for women's clothes online has several benefits -- you don't need to wait in line to pay for your items, and you can do it in your pajamas. However, with every list of pros comes a matching list of cons -- like when your new jeans arrive and they're too small. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to help ensure that the new women's clothing that you order online fits well when it arrives at your doorstep.
Know Your Measurements
If you don't know your exact measurements, ordering women's clothing online can be really difficult. You need to know more than whether you typically wear a size 12 pants, large shirt, and size 14 dress. You need to measure your:
- Bust -- at the fullest part.
- Natural waist, which is located between your belly button and the bottom of your rib cage.
- Waist -- where your pants sit.
- Hips -- at the largest part of your buttocks.
- Thigh circumference -- at the largest part of your thigh.
- Upper arm.
- Sleeve length.
- Neck size -- if you want to purchase collared shirts.
If you plan to purchase bras online, you might want to get a professional fitting first. However, if you want to measure yourself, you need to:
- Measure the width of your torso, directly under your bust. When you do this, you need the measuring tape to remain level and be snug.
- Determine your band size by adding four to your torso measurement if it was an even number and five if it was an odd number. For example, if you measured 33 inches, your band size would be 38. Your band size would also be 38 if your torso measurement was 34 inches.
- Measure your bust, at nipple level, with the measuring tape slightly loose.
- Round the measurement up to the nearest whole number.
- Subtract your band size from your bust measurement to determine your cup size. The difference between the two numbers corresponds to a cup size, and each inch represents a cup size. So, if the difference between your two measurements was one, you'd wear an "A" cup; if it was two, you'd wear a "B" cup; if it was three, you'd wear a "C" cup; and so on.
Look at the Size Charts
Don't assume that you know how the clothes you order will fit. After all, the exact sizing for women's clothing varies between designers and brands -- if even only slightly. So, every time you order clothing online, you need to compare your measurements to the size chart provided. It also helps if you read reviews left by other customers. This way, you might be able to determine whether a specific piece of clothing runs a bit small or is true to size.
The color that you see on your screen might not be the exact color of the item you ordered. Not only do colors vary on computer monitors, but exact color can change slightly between batches of clothing. So, be prepared for slight differences in color, but return items that are drastically different -- a shirt shown on screen as burnt orange shouldn't arrive in neon orange.
When it comes to shopping for women's clothing online, the only way to perfect it is to practice. The more you order from specific online boutiques or brands, the more you'll learn to know beforehand how a specific item of clothing will fit your body. Until then, don't make shopping for clothes online difficult, know your measurements, review the size charts before you order, and be a bit flexible with the color of items you buy.
For more information, contact Angel Heart Botique or a similar company.