Online shopping rules

A friend asked me the other day if I buy everything online and I realised that I didn’t. Some things you just got to try on. Here’s my rules:

Things I buy online:
1) Repeat buys (speedos, shell tops)
2) Shoes
3) Jeans
4) Tshirts/layering tops
5) Loose jackets
6) Scarves, jewellry and handbags – I always check the measurements, as things can look deceptive online.

Things I would never buy online
(or would only buy if they were cheap or the returns policy is great – see here):
1) Bras

I always, always get fitted now and try on loads. Since being properly fitted I realise that even within one brand, each style is different and it makes a huge difference. Half the time, if you think a person is dressed weird, it is due to their bra (not that I have researched this….).

2) Non-layering tops (i.e. summer stuff that is fitted and not meant to be hidden under a jacket)

I have to try on most tops due to my wide shoulders. I need big necklines, big collars, longer sleeves but tight trunk or I look like a box. Also need to ensure no muffin top.

3) Fitted jackets

See 2) plus long arms means my sleeves are normally “bracelet” length.

4) Shoes I’m unsure about (see here)
5) Dresses

Being tall, the waist is often in the wrong place.

6) Skirts.

Being tall (and old) I don’t like to show my knees (unless for a beach cover-up).

7) Patterns.

Recently I bought a striped tank. It looked fine on the model (ha!). Had to send it back.