The era of needing to go malls or markets to shop for ladies dresses is long gone. You can sit in the comfort of your home and get all the things you need to be delivered at your doorstep.
While this technological innovation has made life a lot easier and made shopping faster, it could also come at a disadvantage if we do not know how to shop properly.
It is, even more, an issue for women because women are likely to be more detailed about what they wear and it is normal that you would want your dresses to be exactly as you ordered.
Surfing the internet will show that this is not always the case; what is ordered and what is delivered are not always the same.
But the case is not hopeless; there are ways to endure this is less likely to happen.
How do you shop online for women’s dresses?
- Do a web search on the type of dress you want
If you have a favourite online store or you are a frequent shopper who knows where to go to for different things, you might not have to do this. But if you need a guide, the first thing is to do a web search for the type of dress you want. It saves you type to specify except you don’t have specifics in mind. For instance, you can search for “floral maxi dresses for plus-size” instead of just searching for “women dresses.” This is so you don’t have to go through so many entries before coming to what you want
- Be security conscious
The next thing you should do after deciding the site to visit is to check the site security. Cybercrime is on the rise and although a lot is being done to curb it, there are still many cases of cybercrime and you don’t want to fall victim. Secure sites usually start with “https://” while unsecured sites miss the ‘s’ and begin with “http://”. Also, it is advisable to use credit card instead of debit card to make a purchase because if hackers get a hold of your information, they won’t have access to your bank account. Another safety precaution you should take is to avoid shopping with unsecured or public wireless connection; it is better to shop with a home network that you can trust.
- Specify the size
Once you have decided on the dress(es) to purchase, you have to confirm that they have one in your size. By now, you should have known your size; if you don’t, try to find it out. It is impossible to shop online without an idea of your size because you don’t have the luxury of trying them on like you do if you shop physically.
- Read reviews for the site and the item
Before you shop from any site, especially, one that you are not familiar with, it is important that you read the reviews. And sometimes, we read one or two reviews and think we are done but that is not the best way to read reviews. The reason is that some people are – for the lack of a better word – sycophants, some are easy-to-please, some hard-to-please and some actual haters. So, it is better to read quite a number randomly and go with the most popular opinion. Read the reviews on the dress as well to get a good idea about the quality and style of the dress.
- Read their return policy
Some online stores have crappy return policies and if you don’t know it, you have no legal standing to do anything. So, make sure you read it and understand it before going ahead to purchase. It is advisable that the store makes it easy to return if you are unsatisfied or you got the wrong item, so you don’t waste money.
- Check their shipping cost
Sometimes, some items that are even on sales might end up being expensive because of the shipping cost. Stores do this a lot intentionally; they attract you with a cheaper price on the item hike the shipping price. You have to determine if the price in total is worth it at the end. If it is not, you can avoid some outrageous shipping costs by comparing with other price or choosing a slower shipping option, if it is not urgent, so you can save money.
- Check for coupons
You should always try to check for coupons before purchase. Some products might come with a discount or the store might be doing special deals. You can do a web search to find out if there is any code that will make you spend less.
- Take advantage of sales
If the dress is not urgent, it is an intelligent financial decision to take advantage of sales. During sales, you can even buy 3 dresses for the price of one when they are not on sales.
- Compare prices and the dress with other sites
Shopping online is somewhat like shopping physically. We usually visit different stores to compare dresses and even prices before making a decision on what to purchase. You can do the same for online shopping. Luckily, you can always open different tabs on your browser before making a decision. If you stick to one site, you can miss out on better deals in other stores. To avoid that, find out what’s happening in other online stores.
- Trust your instinct
Our instincts are usually underestimated. Women, especially, are known to be naturally instinctive; so take advantage of it. If your instinct is raging and screaming red flag, then you should probably not purchase the dress and even from the site. Listen to your instinct more; it is probably trying to protect you.
There are so many mistakes that one is susceptible to when one shops online because we cannot exactly see the exact item we are purchasing. Pictures are not always a true representation. So, it is important to learn the best way to shop. These tips – although not exhaustive – will help you properly shop online for women dresses.