In-store vs. Online: What's your preference?
Many of my close friends have disclosed they've been having issues finding clothes they like in stores. Really? Because same.
In addition to feedback from friends, many endless failed shopping trips of my own inspired me to launch the So She Shops Series, an emerging addition to So She Wore. Think of it as a curated guide to the coolest items available online, I will basically do your shopping for you. The series is an exclusive roundup of the latest must-haves - inclusive of priority picks, style steals and a splurge spread. Each series will share style at every price point.
Lately my in-store shopping experience hasn't been fulfilling, when I go shopping I end up leaving the store with nothing but disappointment. Or there's the rare (and I mean rare) occasion that I do buy a top at Zara to later go online and see that ASOS has the same top in 37 shades all with slightly different cuts and for a lower price. Online retailers have so much more to offer, online exclusives (pieces that are solely available online) are a real thing. I find myself only shopping in-store when there's a really good sale or when I'm in a rush and need something immediately and okay fine, when I'm bored.
Yes, there are the downsides of online shopping - such as not being able to try clothes on before purchasing and then the dreaded, "your package will arrive within 5-7 business days," unless you splurge on the expedited shipping and then stalk your UPS delivery man daily (guilty, probably). But, did you ever think about the burdens of in-store shopping? Like the fact that some stores are so incredibly messy that the thought of even going near them gives you anxiety or that it just always happens to be your size that's sold out. Should I even begin to talk about the checkout lines (or dare I say dressing room lines) at prime time shopping hours?
Then there's returns, in-store or in the mail, easily my top 5 of least favorite things to do. When I'm shipping something back there's always a form I have to fill out and then either schedule a pick-up or drop it off at the nearest shipping location. It gets repetitive, but it's really not that bad. When I go back to the store to return something I usually end up returning it and then spending more money on something else that I usually don't need but while I'm there in the moment I feel like it's everything and it would be a sin if I left the store without it. You know you're #guilty.
Nowadays there are so many retailers that are exclusively online such as ASOS, Boohoo, Net-a-Porter, REVOLVE, Storets, and so many more. Online retailers have created a competitive edge to match up with brick-and-mortar stores. Retailers such as ASOS offer free returns and offer the ability to spend $20 for expedited 2-day shipping for 1 whole year.
I've mastered the online shopping experience. I pay close attention to the return policies and possible shipping discounts. If I have an event/vacation/etc. I try to order ahead of time so everything has time to ship and I'm able to return and order additional pieces if need be. When I'm unsure about fit I usually order 2 sizes and return whichever doesn't fit. If I don't spend enough to get free shipping I consider the $5 shipping fee my sacrifice for not having to deal with salespeople, people and the ability to do all of this from my bed in pajamas. So, what's shopping you?