Shopping online has its risks regardless of where you order. But with care, you can increase the odds that you’ll like what you get in the mail. Here are some tips if you’re shopping for a swimsuit online:
Measure and Measure Again
Because you won’t be able to try anything on, you need to make sure you have the correct measurements. It’s probably best to ask a friend to help you out with this one. Read the descriptions carefully to make sure you know what to expect with the way the swimsuit should fit.
This versus That
Buying a one-piece suit is different from buying a two-piece bikini online. One-piece suits can be more finicky in terms of fit because they don’t leave much room for stretching and adjustment. A two-piece bikini, however, will usually come with ways to adjust the fit like strings, garters, or some other method of fastening. This means that you’ll have a better chance of getting a more precise fit.
Know the True Colors
It might be obsessive to do so, but check if the photos were taken in natural light. It’s the best way to find out if the fabric colors are shown in their truest possible shades. Make sure, too, that your monitor is properly calibrated. Another way to find out if you’re seeing the right color is to check the item through another screen like on your phone.
Check the Policies
Although buyers have the right to request for an exchange, swimwear falls under the same category as underwear—sellers may refuse to have them returned or exchanged for hygienic reasons. In general, as long as you keep the hygiene strip intact, with all the tags still attached, the store is more likely to accept exchange requests.
The best thing about shopping in a mall is that you can try everything on and if you find something you like, you can easily take it home. Buying online requires some waiting depending on where you order from and how soon they ship out. The wait time can be long, but a well-chosen suit will always be worth it.