While some of you love to shop in-store there’s times when online shopping can serve a purpose and be super handy. There’s many reasons why ladies prefer to shop online, we can all be time poor and sometimes just don’t have time to get in-store, you may live quite a distance from your nearest store, you might be ill or laid up, you might not like crowds, or maybe you are juggling a family...whatever the reason online shopping is convenient.

However for some ladies online shopping can be a little nerve wracking, but it needn’t be, I have put together some tips to get you through your online shopping experience with ease. Grab a cuppa and read on.

1. Know Your Size

Shopping online is made easier if you know your size. Ladies it’s time to arm yourself with a measuring tape, strip down to your underwear and get to know your body.

You are who you are (so accept who you are right now today) but getting your numbers right is going to ensure you get the most flattering fit and look smoking hot.

You can check out the Taking Shape SIZE GUIDE here.

2. Zoom Zoom.

I always like to zoom in and get a close up look of a fabric to see the texture and colour. Look for things like zips and waistbands, where pockets or ties sit. Are the sleeves loose or is there a button closure, are there side splits, what’s the rear view really like? Look at the height and size of the model and where hems, sleeves and leg lengths sit on her.

If you are 5ft and she is 6ft there’s going to be a difference in the way it will look on you. Look at the detail in prints, sometimes prints look fabulous from a distance but get up close and you might cringe. On the flipside sometimes I’ve zoomed in and been sold on the detailing I’ve seen.

3. Check the Details.

Always check your payment details and confirmation details, I like to screen shot mine (snap a photo on Ipad or mobile), shopping late at night can mean tired eyes so sometimes you can make mistakes. You will receive a confirmation email of payment or a dispatch notice and even a postal delivery tracking number.

Don’t forget to factor in shipping costs, did you know that Taking Shape offer free shipping on purchases over sixty dollars? Either way when I take into consideration getting dressed, driving to a shop and dealing with crowds, the shipping cost is soooo worth it. You can’t put a price on being able to shop in your pyjamas, in bed… with a cuppa. Can you?

4. Click & Collect

Of course if you still enjoy popping in-store you can choose the option Click & Collect, order online and receive free postage by picking up your order in-store. You will receive notification when the order is ready to collect. It makes it so convenient as if something doesn’t work then the amazing stylists at Taking Shape will be there to suggest another outfit or you can simply get a refund on the spot.

5. Don't get Carried Away

It’s pretty easy to get carried away popping items in your cart, there’s so many pretties online but before you know it you take a peek at your running total and realize you might need to take a second mortgage out on the house. Slow down, before you press ‘purchase’ and ask yourself a few questions first.

Ask yourself will your intended items work back with what’s in your wardrobe? Will they be versatile? Are they easy to care for? Are they appropriate for the season? Will it really flatter your figure or are you envisioning yourself as the model on the site? I sometimes get confused and think I’m her LOL.

If budgeting isn’t your strong point or you have an unexpected outfit to purchase (maternity/return to work/event) then look at using OPENPAY.

Don’t forget your CYC rewards points are also valid for online purchases so JOIN NOW to receive ten percent off your first purchase and be on the way to earning fab rewards.

6. Check the Returns Policy.

We all know that sinking feeling when we try something on and it just isn’t right. We want to feel amazing in our clothes and not get stuck with something that will hang in the back of our wardrobe taunting us, so always check the returns policy. Taking Shape offer returns in store within 30 days of purchase.

7. Make Use of Tabs.

When on the Taking Shape site you can narrow down your search and save time by clicking on a specific item category. Don’t forget to check out the sale section as there are usually great bargains to be had. There’s size and care tabs near item description and take some time to read the review tab, customer reviews can also be helpful.

There, that wasn’t so painful right? I hope you enjoyed these tips, keep them handy for the next time you need to shop online.

And if you are still not comfortable, pop into a Taking Shape Store – their stylists are trained in Online shopping and can help you make the purchase!


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