If you’re reading this, I bet you’ve had thoughts like:

“oh god, I can never shop online”

“I’ll need to try it first so i’ll know it fits”

“I’m afraid it won’t fit in certain areas”

Well let me tell you this ladies, SO DID I!

I use to think all of those things above and I was willing to drive a long long way just to have the chance to try them on before actually buying it. What I soon learnt was that, not everything online is available in physical stores; and with a growing variety of online stores that cater to plus size women, there was simply more choices in the websphere and I was being ridiculous for stopping myself from getting that beautiful dress that I can’t find anywhere else! So i decided to put together this little guide that’ll hopefully make your online shopping experience painless!


  • Measurements is key

Yes ladies, not the fact that you’re a UK 16 or a US14 but actual measurement in cm or inches. Why is it important? Well let’s just say that there is no such thing as a universal sizing system. In one store you can be a 16 and in another you could be 18. What about all those labelled ‘free-size’? *rolls eyes* don’t even think about it until you see the measurements of the clothes. You may need someone to help you with getting accurate measurements, so either get your lovingly husband or a body- positive friend to help you out with this. Keep your measurements in your phone so you can refer to it easily when you’re shopping online.

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  1. Read the sizing guide

Now that you know your measurements, ensure that you read the sizing guide when you shop. Most online store will display measurements for each and every piece of clothing showcased. Don’t just assume you’re a 3XL because that’s what you usually get. I’ve come across a 3XL with a measurement of 29 inches! *GASP* i mean like helloooooo…. A size 29 is NOT 3XL.. Huhuhu!

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  1. Know your fabrics

Is it stretchable? Is it linen? Cotton? The type of fabric will also help you determine if you should go for a size slightly bigger or smaller. It’ll also be handy to know what you’re getting into- i hate ironing so i love fabrics like cotton/lycra, cotton/poly, knits and heavier fabrics like denim.


  1. Know the store’s return policy

This is super important. Most online stores have a return policy, so if you find that you’re not happy with the clothes you ordered despite choosing the right size and fabric, then at least you’ll be able to return it and not have to sell it off at a cheaper price on carousell like yours truly!


  1. Sign up for email notices from your favourite online store

You must be thinking ‘oh hell no, I ain’t wanna get spammed- I used to be like that too, but once you’ve learnt the benefit of it, you won’t regret it! Many online retailers will let you know about about their flash sales or send you discount codes. So do not ignore those emails because you’ll want to take full advantage of that sale going on!


Got another awesome piece of advice to add to the list? Share it with us in our comment section below!

Written by Lily Shah
Lily is a mum of two boys who loves to share her experience as a new mum going through motherhood. She also has a passion for fashion and loves empowering other women to be strong and confident.

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