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A Smart Girl's Guide to Online Shopping

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by Katie Alford (subscribe)
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Published September 12th 2012
Online shopping can be daunting. What happens if you buy the wrong size? Will your products ever arrive? And what happens if it's absolutely hideous in real life? Follow these simple tips to make sure your online purchases are a big success.

The sheer range of clothing on websites such as ASOS and Boohoo can be incredibly daunting. It's best to start off looking for a particular product (such as a summer dress) to lessen your options. They usually have heaps of filters, allowing you to narrow your search, which means you won't end up trolling the website for hours (and buying more than planned). The best thing about buying clothes online from other countries (such as the UK) is that their seasons are opposite to ours. This means the sale or clearance sections are an excellent place to start if you're just having a browse.

Sizing is an issue many people face when shopping online but it's actually pretty easy to get it right. To begin with, always check the size charts to make sure there are no disparities between sizing in Aus and sizing wherever you're making your purchases from. Secondly, if there are measurements listed for a product, USE THEM. Particularly if the item is expensive, the 5 minutes it takes you to measure yourself will be worth it in the long run. By the same token, ALWAYS read the reviews that other buyers have given. These comments will tell you if the sizing is odd (American Outfitters have a fantastic consumer voted size scale on all their products), if the fabric is bad or if the product is fantastic. Finally, ask around. Maybe a friend has brought something off the sight before and can give you advice on their sizing. And obviously, don't try and buy clothes to fit your "problem area", that's just asking for trouble!

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Postage can be another massive setback when shopping online. Never buy something from the UK or the USA and expect it to arrive the next day. If you need a dress for the weekend and it's Thursday, pop down to the shops, don't turn to the internet. A lot of popular websites (such as Asos and Boohoo) ship to Australia for free. Others will ship for free if you spend over a certain amount, which is never a bad thing. To make postage cheaper, you can always combine your purchases with a friend and the split the cost.

So there you have it. Shopping online really is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Happy shopping y'all!
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