How to Buy Plus Size Clothing Online with Confidence
Shopping for plus size clothing in most retail stores is a less than enjoyable experience.
Your options are limited. You have to shop in the back of the store in the hidden, tucked away plus size department. And then you must deal with the salespeople who are not too friendly in many cases.
Some retailers are getting it right. But why deal with all that when you can just shop for plus size clothing online? It’s so simple and easy, right? Well, sometimes.
It can be intimidating to shop for clothing online, especially if you haven’t done it before. Not all brands and designers use the same sizing guidelines. You may be one size with one brand and then have to go up or down multiple sizes for another. It all feels like a guess-and-test method of shopping.
Want the benefits of shopping for plus size clothing online – but feel unsure about making a purchase? Use this guide. The tips below will help you shop with confidence.
Know Your Measurements
If you want to buy plus size clothing online, first you need to know your measurements. This will help you avoid buying things that are too small or too big, only to have to deal with returns and exchanges.
Skip the stress and make a smart purchase by shopping for your measurements, not just your size. Be sure to take your chest, waist and hip measurements so you can be sure you’re getting the best fitting clothing for your figure.
Take Your Time
You know your measurements. You’re ready to shop. But this is where the entire process can get overwhelming.
There may not be many plus size clothing options locally, but there definitely are online. So many, that it can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re easily stressed by the shopping process, be warned. But don’t be too worried. The good news is there are lots of ways to make it easier.
Search for specific clothing types instead of just “plus size clothing.” Try phrases like “plus size tunics” or “casual plus size clothing.” You’ll be able to wade through the search results much more easily and find exactly what you’re looking for.
Hit Your Favorite Spots
Is there a local retailer that you like but doesn’t carry many plus size options in-store? Check out their online stores to see if they have a better variety of options. In most cases, their web stores will carry styles you won’t find in most physical shops.
Many plus size clothing designers are selling their clothing direct to customers through online stores. These boutique shops offer stylish looks that are designed specifically for plus size women. Don’t shy away from a store or brand just because you haven’t seen it locally.
Part of the allure of a boutique shop is that you’re getting a truly unique style. Big box retail stores stock rows and rows of the same old stuff.
Boutique designers tend to work with a wider range of colors, prints and styles. You can even find handmade clothing with intricate designs – something you’ll never get shopping in a department store.
Check out your options in various online stores. You may be able to get discounts for signing up for a site’s email newsletter or similar customer list.
Check the Size Chart
You found a few pieces you love. But which size should you order?
Before you decide, compare your measurements with the store’s size chart. Most online retailers have detailed sizing charts that explain the exact dimensions of their clothing.
If they don’t, it’s probably best to just find a different retailer. Stores and designers that truly cater to plus size women understand the importance of a detailed size chart.
Know the Return Policy
Even with checking your measurements against the size chart, there’s still a chance your item won’t fit quite the way you like. You may have to return or exchange it.
Before you buy anything, review the store’s return policy. That way you won’t get stuck with an unfortunate surprise should you have to make a return.
Smart Shopping, Amazing Style
Shopping online is the best way to find beautiful plus size clothing. Use these tips to shop with confidence. You’ll soon have gorgeous new additions to your wardrobe.
Where do you shop for plus size fashion online? What are the biggest challenges you face when placing an online order? Have you been happy with your online shopping experiences or do you prefer to shop in a local shop? Please join the conversation.
Stephen Hadley, founder of Generous Fashions, has exclusively designed plus size clothing since 2002. In 2009, he relocated to Bali to handcraft fabrics and garments from his home studio for generousfashions.com and his Etsy shop. Sign up for the Generous Fashions newsletter for new arrivals and member discounts.