There are many advantages to buying your clothes online, which can range from the ease of shopping at any time of the day, through to the wide range of items that you can find when shopping. Moreover, shopping online can result in finding excellent bargains and cost savings, as well as a more international range of clothing brands. However, there are a few disadvantages to clothes shopping online that should also be considered. These include issues over recommendations, time to receive clothes, and returns, and are expanded upon below:
AdvantagesAbility to Shop 24/7
Shopping online means that you can pick up items 24 hours a day wherever you are. This means that you can free up your own time to buy items, and can make it much easier to shop when you need to, rather than rushing to get to physical shops after work or on the weekend.
Wider Range of Items
Online shops often have a much larger warehouse catalogue than a high street shop, meaning that you can search for much more specific items, as well as a wider range of different sizes. As a result, you can often find items online that you wouldn’t normally be able to find on the high street and in other shops.
Online storefronts often don’t have the same overheads as a physical shop, which means that they can afford to pass on savings to consumers. In this way, you can typically expect to pay less for certain items online, while more generally saving money on the cost of travelling to the shops.
Tying into the previous advantage of an online shop having a much greater range of items to choose from, shopping online can also mean that you can search for clothes from a more diverse set of international brands that might not typically be available to you. These brands might include more specialist sizes and styles of clothing.
Speed of Use
Online clothes shopping can be significantly faster than buying clothes from a store. You can search more quickly and accurately, and can also build up recommendations and lookbooks from past purchases. This gives you an advantage over wading through the different sections of a physical shop to find what you are looking for.
DisadvantagesQuestions and Recommendations
One of the benefits of shopping a physical store is that you are able to ask questions to shop assistants on your clothes, and can also request recommendations and tailoring services on the spot. While there are recommendation features on Internet clothes shops, they might not always be the kinds of searches that you want to make.
Whether They Fit or Not
I always find one of the biggest disadvantages of internet clothes shopping is that you never know which size to choose as you can’t predict what will fit you. You have to take a guess and hope when they arrive they’ll fit! In a shop, you can try on one size and if it doesn’t fit you can easily pick another size in the shop and take that home with you. If something doesn’t fit you that you’ve ordered, it is definitely hassle!
There can be cases where online stores do not offer returns as easily as physical shops. Delays can also occur in terms of sending back clothes and receiving money, while other online shops might have strict policies about when you can return items.
While most online shops now offer next day delivery, you can still get clothes much faster by shopping in an actual store, whereby you can try on items and pick them up on the same day.
Missing Out on the Social Side of Shopping
As much as you can share clothes purchases and swap information online, you still miss out on the social side of going shopping with friends, which can make up a large amount of its appeal.
While arguably no longer as much of an issue for many people, with the vast majority of websites being secure, many people still worry over whether their credit card details and personal information will be safe when they buy clothes online.