5 Reasons Why I Only Shop Online

DSC_0310This weekend, to take a quick break from house-and dog-sitting, I thought I’d head to the mall for a little shopping.  This is not something I normally do.  While I like looking at window displays for ideas and generally taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells, I typically don’t come home with anything these days.  Instead, nearly everything I get comes from a shop online–and here’s why.

  1. I’m lazy.  We’re talking about someone who regularly eats cereal for dinner because she can’t be bothered to whip up a sandwich.  I don’t relish the idea of driving, walking around to a bunch of stores, waiting in line to buy stuff, and driving back home.  Maybe this will change when I live in the city and driving won’t be as much of an issue, but for now, ugh.
  2. Most places don’t have petite offerings in-store. This was a nasty shock the other day when I strolled into Anthropologie.  The store used to carry petite clothing in a tiny nook in the back, but they’ve since gotten rid of the whole selection.  When I asked about it, I was told to just go online.
  3. It’s easy to buy clothing that’s made in the US. Shopping for American-made stuff is a priority for me, and shopping online is the best way for me to find it.  Why bother roaming around a store and checking tags for the country of origin when I can simply go to my favorite websites and filter by American-made clothing?
  4. Quality, quality, quality. It might seem easy to check the quality of an item when you’re at the store, but how do you know how well the item will fare once you wear it a few times?  I always read the reviews on products before I buy them to find out how well the clothes will last.  I’ve found that lots of reviewers will describe what an item is like out of the box, after it’s been washed once, and after it’s been worn several times.  This info is gold, I tell ya!
  5. It gives me ideas! Many clothing websites, alongside their reviews, allow customers to upload pictures of themselves wearing each item.  I love this because it gives me inspiration and makes it easier for me to imagine how I’d style a particular item.  While it’s not great for my wallet, I like getting those creative juices flowing.

So what about you?  Do you have a preference?

 

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10 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why I Only Shop Online

  1. I feel you, I pretty much only shop for clothing in person at thrift & antique shops. Fast fashion is hard to avoid out there in the real world. Also, I happen to find LOTS of petite sizes while thrifting for some reason!
    What is your exact height, if you don’t mind me asking?

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    1. Yeah, I’d say that if I do any in-person shopping at all, it’s thrift stores for me as well. Haven’t had a lot of luck finding petite stuff there, though–lucky you! I’m 5’1″.

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      1. Oh no, Well I am sending you some good luck vibes for the future then! & I am 5’2″, so funny how you can’t even tell from pictures. If you didn’t mention it, I would have never guessed!

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  2. I guess I don’t really shop much online or in malls – pretty much the thrift store for me! haha.I don’t really like shopping online just because it strains my eyes (blind problems lol) and I never know how something is going to fit/what size to get!

    I can definitely relate to the struggle of finding petite blothing though – I’m only 4’9″ so it can a real struggle to find things that fit!

    Lee – leethrifts.com

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    1. That makes sense–thanks for giving me a different perspective! And I didn’t know you were 4’9″! I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but you look a lot taller in your pictures!

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  3. Whoa, comments are back on!! O Happy Day!

    I totally hear you — especially now that I live in a fairly isolated part of the city, I don’t ever really go into a brick-and-mortar shop. I’d rather get exactly what I want, often after seeing photos of the item on regular people with bodies like mine, and not have to wait in line.

    I’d be really interested to hear what your favorite places to buy American-made are, since that’s super important to me as well.

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    1. I’d have to say that my favorite place to get American clothes is ModCloth, although it’s sort of a secret filter on their website (you have to actually search Google for “Made in USA ModCloth” to find it). Instagram is another good starting place–I’ve found a few good shops through it that have clothes made here or in Canada like Happy Yellow Dress, Apricity, and Act Three Apparel.

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  4. I’ve been shopping solely online for the past few years – stores just don’t carry clothes I like or suit my style! I also like shopping online because I can use my measurements to shop and not have to worry about sweating it out in fitting rooms. I also think that there are better discounts to be had by shopping online – even with shipping fees – and honestly, what’s better than coming home to find a pretty new dress waiting on the porch? Exactly!

    By the way, I have not forgotten about the blog post I owe you. I have written something up and just need to select some photos to go with! 😉

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    1. Exactly! Apart from Anthropologie and a few boutiques, I’m not really a fan of most of the clothes you can find in brick-and-mortar shops. I also didn’t think about pricing, but you’re right–especially if you can find what you’re looking for through a swap or on eBay!

      And I can’t wait to see what you’ve written! 🙂

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