I am constantly looking for a silk shirt and a pair of white jeans, right now. My first point of reference always seems to be through online stores. The emergence of online retail has definitely created another reason why people are regularly on the Internet. I, for one am definitely guilty, too.
The ease of being able to browse items of clothing without taking a step outside can be deemed as luxury in one sense. However, I still find there is a limit to online shopping. The fact that most of my online purchases are of tops and accessories or pieces that do not require precise measurements tell a tale. Even more tellingly is my bookmark of several online stores for a potential purchase of a silk shirt, compared to basically zero for the pair of jeans.
The very idea of having to return a purchase because of fit issues seems to really bother me. Firstly, the excitement of a parcel finally being delivered but only to be returned because of fit issues is a serious dampener to by spirits. Secondly, having to pay for the return is definitely not fun (there goes my next week of coffee)!
Nonetheless, in defence of online retail (given I don't want to be seen as a hypocrite since I still spend time browsing and buying online) some a curated exceptionally well that outfit inspirations are left, right and centre. I also believe some items of clothing are just not easy to buy without first trying it on. Customers have to acknowledge that fact and work out items they know are more suited to buying online.
Don't go blaming online retail...
- Anything that is tailored should be avoided online, unless previously tried on in store
- Anything that is body fitting (jeans included!) should also be avoided online, again, unless you have already tried it on in store
- If you do happen to buy clothing online quite often, really know your measurements and shape and stay true to it
In all honesty, given the time, going out once a month purely to shop can be really fun! Grab a friend or two, look through windows and walk in and touch the materials while squeezing a coffee or brunch can be seriously relaxing and enjoyable if you let it be!
Note - love flat lay compositions so even though it has no connections to the content I still happily put it up. Not everything has to make sense, right!?