They say being a Fashion/Lifestyle blogger is expensive, let me tell you a secret (well, not a secret anymore bc I’m sharing it with y’all haha) that’s not true. Since I started this career I found so many ways to make everything cheaper but at the same time not looking so cheap. It’s just a matter of finding the perfect material and style. I’ve been asked many times of what’s the do’s and dont’s of shopping online and I think it’s time for me to share ’em. When I was back home (Philippines) I don’t really shop online bc I’ve had enough experienced where I bought it but end up not liking it just bc I don’t like the fitting. When I moved here in the US and started shopping more online I found so many ways to get the right item. Sometimes it can be pretty much tricky though, my always to go to shopping stores online are Zaful & Shein. When I first saw their prices I was like “this is too good to be true” at first I was hesitant of ordering from them but I still gave it shot anyway and I’m glad I did. Since then they’re always been my fav online shops. I’ve had hit and missed experienced with them but knowing Shein offers US free shipping, no minimum order kinda take that away from me. LOL Who doesn’t like free shipping after all? And their clothes are so unique, I’m the kind of girl who’s “if everything wearing it, I am not wearing it” Lol I don’t like being somewhere and suddenly this person and I are wearing the same clothes (good thing, never happen to me yet) I never had clothes that I ordered from them that never got compliments plus you don’t have to pay taxes when you check out. Haha! Aside from those stores online, I usually go to Forever21 if I’m running out something to wear but honestly, their clothes lately (in my opinion) started looking so cheap and so does the quality. So without any further yada yada here’s my secret when I’m shopping online.
Sizing: Online stores doesn’t really have consistent sizing, specially if its coming from china, some of them don’t follow the US sizing bc they have different manufactures so everytime I want something online I usually look up their sizing and the next one is,
Reviews: When I buy clothes online I have to spend mins before I put ’em in my cart (for real y’all) most of it because I read all the reviews first, if it’s true to size or if its the same thing as described, pictures online can be very deceiving. I have to know what’s the material they used and etc.
Returns & Refunds. Aside from little details I also look their return & refund policy, different stores online have different policy and I usually don’t buy clothes when they don’t offer return & refund, but honestly haven’t had any experience where I have to return it bc I don’t like it, and going through all the trouble is not worth it at all if you only bought it for few bucks.
Trusted site. Never buy something online if you think something’s going on, you have to trust your instincts, when I’m a first time buyer from their site, as much as possible I try to look for their company reviews first and I usually use Paypal when I checkout, I can always ask for refund whenever something goes wrong.
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