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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.