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by Isabel Fernandes February 04, 2019

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We all know that shopping for clothes online is more convenient and significantly cheaper than shopping at big-box/outlet stores.  Sadly, with reason, most of us worry that the item we are purchasing won't fit correctly. In addition, we all know what a big hassle it can be to return a product, specially if you work full time and have a family to go to after work. Most of us don’t even bother returning the product and hope for the best the next time around.

The good news is that if you follow these 4 simple steps, the chances for you having to return an item because it wasn't your size will be nil or close to it!

1. Get accurate measurements of your body

This is by far the most important thing you can do before you decide to upgrade your wardrobe and spend a significant amount of money online. Yet, very few people have their body measured accurately. As a matter of fact, none of my friends have gotten measured in more than a decade, the ones who did was to get fitted for a wedding dress no to purchase clothes online, this motivated me to write this post.

I highly recommend that you ask a professional tailor or seamstress at a good clothing store to take your measurements.  Simply, stop by your local Mall during the week or when they are less busy, they will be happy to take all your measurements for free. If for some unknown reason you don't want a professional to take your measurements for free, then ask a friend, this is your second-best option. Resist the temptation of holding your belly in, or subtracting the one or two inches you "know" you will lose before wearing that dress you are going to buy.  Taking your own measurements is prone to errors and I do not recommend it, even if you think you can do a very good job.

And last, make sure you keep your measurements up to date.  Don't wait 10 years for your next measurements.

2. Choose online retailers that provide Manufacturer Sizing Charts for each product

You need to find online retailers that provide manufacturer sizing charts for each product. Please know that the majority of online stores in the US/UK/EU do not provide sizing charts since most people purchase clothing according to their habits anyway. The ones that do, often times provide a single generic sizing chart for product collections. Again, what you need is the sizing chart from the manufacturer for every product, no generic sizing charts.

Here at MegaMallExpress.com, we include the original unedited manufacturer sizing charts. The sizing charts are the last picture (or two) attached to the product detail web page. For example, check out this beautiful Apricot Bodycon Dress.  Browse all images for this product, the last picture is the size chart, shown here as well.

Apricot Bodycon Dress - Size Chart | MegamallExpress.com

In this case, the manufacturer sizing chart includes the Decimal (cm - centimeters) and Imperial equivalent (inch - inches) size values, so you don't need to do any conversions.

3. Determine your size for the specific product you intend to purchase online

After you find the item you want to purchase, study the size chart to determine the size that is equivalent to your measurements, this is the size you will use for ordering. Always round up to the next higher size. You can now submit your order with confidence.

    Size charts are crucial when purchasing items imported directly from Asian suppliers and have Asian tags. As a general rule of thumb Asian sizes are 2-3 sizes smaller than EU/UK/US sizes. For more information on asian sizes, read About Western and Asian Size Clothing. As long as you use the manufacturer sizing chart, you will be ordering correctly.

    Some manufacturers provide their sizes in the decimal system. If you are not familiar with the decimal system, you may need to use one of these conversion factors: 1 cm = 0.39 inch; 1 inch = 2.54 cm; 1 Kg = 2.2 Lb; 1 Lb = 0.45 Kg.

    4. Choose online retailers with a good return/refund policy.

    If you follow the 3 steps described above, it will be very unlikely that you need to return a piece of clothing because it wasn't your size. However, you may want to return an item for other reasons. At MegaMallExpress.com we offer a generous Return/Refund Policy.  Don't hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions on our return/refund policy.

     

    To conclude, US/UK/EU buyers, do NOT select a size according to your habits. Please strictly follow the manufacturer sizing charts.

    Happy Shopping!

    Isabel Fernandes
    Isabel Fernandes

    Fashion Director | MegaMallExpress.com


    2 Responses

    Isabel Fernandes
    Isabel Fernandes

    June 26, 2019

    Terry, let me start by saying that the size charts are provided by the manufacturers of the dresses, we do not modify the sizing tables in any way. We include on our website the original manufacturer tables for every dress to make sure you get a better fit. Most online stores provide one single sizing table for all dresses to make life “easier" for the customer; however, your chances of getting the wrong size from those stores are a lot higher.

    Manufactures provide a sizing chart based on body measurements (as the one shown above), simply find your size on the table using your actual body measurements, that is the size you should use for ordering. We do not tag dresses as “misses sizes”, “petite sizes”, etc.; simply, find your ordering size on the table provided. Also, manufactures may provide an additional chart based on the weight/height of the person; this chart is based on customer feedback back to the manufacturer, it can give you a good idea of what size customers are purchasing. You may not get the same ordering size when using both tables since the methods for determining the size are quite different. I do recommend you strictly follow the sizing table using your body measurements (not your weight/height).

    If you are not happy with the fit, you can return the item for a 100% refund. You are only responsible for shipping the product back to us. We’ll make sure to email you a special discount coupon that you can use on your next purchase, the coupon will offset a good part (or all) of the shipping cost of your returned item.

    I hope I have answered your question & concerns.

    terry
    terry

    June 24, 2019

    i am 5’1" and weigh 104 pounds. I usually wear an XS in tops and dresses but this chart takes me into a small. Are these misses sizes? There are 3 dresses I am interested in for my grandson’s wedding 3rd week of july but I’m afraid if I order a small as your chart says, it’ might be too big. I wear a 34B bra and waist is 26, hips i’m guessing 35 or something like that. I’m petite and small boned so please help me out.

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