Let’s face it: Shopping for shoes and clothes online can be a gamble unless the website has enough size information for you to make a well-informed decision. Sizes vary widely across different stores and brands, and sometimes, sending back the wrong size can be a major hassle. So we have written this post to help you to get it right more often than not.

Even if you don’t adore shopping online, which I would find hard to believe, you can’t deny the amazing deals available. Since online stores are able to pull from a large central inventory, they often have better clearance sales and a larger selection compared to traditional brick-and-mortar stores. And shopping at FrockinIt.com is not just affordable, it’s super convenient. Grabbing a new pair of leggings online saves a trip to the mall or high street where you might not even find what you’re looking for.

Getting the Right Size

So what’s a shopper to do when it comes to deciphering sizes and making sure that everything fits? A handful of tips will lead you in the right direction and help you get the right size every time:

Step 1: Measure Yourself
The first thing you need to do is measure yourself. A size 10 in one brand may feel like a size 12 in another, so it’s important to go by your measurements rather than your actual dress size. At Frockin It you can find a detailed size chart in centimeters with every single product on our website.

Measure your bust, waist, and hips. You can do this by measuring around your chest for bust, around your belly button for waist, and around your hip bones for your hip measurements.

A. Bust
  • This is not your bra size.
  • Read the product description carefully as many quality dresses will be made with a built-in bra.
  • Relax your arms by your side.
  • Pull the measuring tape across the fullest part of your bust.
B. Waist
  • Bend to one side to find the natural crease of your waist
  • This is the slimmest part of the waist region
  • Measure across at this point.
  • Keep the measuring tape slightly loose to allow breathing room.
C. Hip
  • Stand with your feet together
  • Measure around the fullest part of your hips and rear
  • The tape should brush across both hip bones

Step 2: Read Up on Sizing Information
Just like every online clothing retailer Frockin It has a section of our website devoted to sizing information, which can be a lifesaver when you’re spending money on items you can’t try on. Don’t ignore it – explore it!

Step 3: Know the Difference
When it comes to women’s clothes, some stores sell “misses” sizing, while others focus on “juniors.” It’s important to know the difference between the two because it’ll have a huge bearing on the way a garment fits your body.

“Misses” is the traditional sizing for women’s clothing, and uses even numbers to denote fit, such as 2, 4, 6, and 8. Misses clothes generally have more room in the bust and hips, so they’re great for hourglass figures. Juniors clothing, on the other hand, is denoted by odd numbers and has less room cut for the hips and bust. It’s better for smaller frames, trendier tastes, and boyish shapes. Always check the type of sizing before you buy.

Step 4: Write It Down
One way that I shop online with confidence is with a sizing file on my computer. When I have success with a certain brand, I enter the brand and the size I wear into a simple Word document on my desktop. I keep a running list so that when I’m shopping online again, I can quickly bring up my file and know which size is the right one for me. Since sizes vary so widely across the board as far as fit goes, it helps to know if you’re a 4 in one brand and a 6 in another. The same concept works well for shoes, which you can often snag online for cheap.

Step 5: Order More Than One

Never buy from an online clothing store that doesn’t have a generous return policy. A good store offers to pay for returns, but others will require that you pony up for the return label. Regardless, steer clear of stores that don’t allow returns.

To avoid sizing problems, order two of the same garment in different sizes from a website with a return policy you can live with. Then, send back the one that doesn’t fit.

Finally

You can save a ton of cash by surfing the web and buying clothes online, but only if you know how to get the right size every time. Since sizing, brands, and fit can vary, always check into a store’s return policy before you ever place an order. That way, you’ll look good, and your budget will too.

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