Why I Hate Online Shopping

I think I am cursed with bad online shopping luck.

I love the conveniences of it — you can buy anything at the tip of your fingers! But when it comes to clothes and shoes, I have the worst luck. For every one successful outfit, I’ve had five failed online shopping attempts. Sometimes it’s my fault, sometimes it’s their fault, sometimes the colors are misleading or the outfit is too short, too tight, too loose or just plain ugly on me. And then there’s the dreaded visit to the post office to mail it all back. Shudder. That’s one of my least favorite errands.

My latest online shopping fail was about a month ago. I spent two weeks scouring Dorothy Perkins, a cute UK online boutique. I took measurements of my whole body, polled a few of my friends on which items I should get, and made sure to select the correct sizes and colors. As soon as I picked my four items, I double-checked all of the sizes again (since UK sizes are funky), and made sure my UK Size 8 was on every single item I ordered. I also had a combined 25% off through specials and promo coupons which would turn the $115 order to $85 (great deal on four pieces!). I decided to press that scary Complete Order button hoping for a success and excited to beef up my working wardrobe.

A week and a half later I receive my bag. How exciting it is when you get that bag full of new clothes! My heart immediately dropped when I saw Size 12 on all of the hangers. Maybe size 12 is the new 8? But then I tried the three shirts and one dress and they were all too, too big. Sad face.

I know it looks like maybe I could pull off the baggy shirt-with-tight-pants look, but the shirts were so big I just looked sloppy.

I tried to contact Dorothy Perkins to get an exchange for my right size but never heard back. I also really wanted them to pay for my shipping back, since the error was on them, but no such luck. My return window was running out, so yesterday I finally mailed it back after the package had been sitting in my backseat for about a month, and it cost me about $17 for international shipping.

So, lesson learned. No matter how adorable the outfit, how great the deal, I am finished buying clothes online. Unless maybe, maybe I can take it into a store to return it. But online boutiques? No mas.

Do you do most of your shopping online or in stores? Have you had better luck with clothes shopping online? Any tips and tricks for successful clothes shopping online?