Finding the perfect dress: My online shopping experience

As the first month of summer has almost passed me by I soon discovered a real crisis regarding my wardrobe (world class problems indeed): I barely own any summer dresses. Or any dresses at all for that matter.

Following my recent move to the UK, I left back home most of the clothes I thought were unworthy of the British weather only to discover that a British summer (90% of the time) is still … well … summer.

So what do you do when you are in desperate need of some new clothes but you don’t have the time to go shopping or the patience to try everything on? Well, like the rest of the population I resorted to online shopping.

And since I like to take as much advantage of my Amazon Prime Membership as I can, I decided to browse  and see what Amazon’s Fashion section has to offer.amazon-fashion

The fact that they have up to 50% off during the summer season might have something to do with the amount of clothes that I felt were “a must” and that persuaded me to click on the “Add to basket” button.

One of the main reasons I love online shopping is because you can access hundreds of different stores, brands and styles from one single comfortable spot (usually perched up in my bed, with a cup of hot chocolate, some snacks and some good music in the background).

But after a few prom dresses online shopping internet fails I was a bit weary of purchasing online, and I can’t be the only one. Therefore I hope to shed a little light when it comes to shopping for clothes on Amazon by talking about my recent experience with online shopping and including a few tips that you should keep in mind when looking to buy clothes from Amazon. Enjoy!

Summer Chiffon Sleeveless Cocktail Dress 

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One of the first dresses that caught my eye was this simple chiffon sleeveless dress that comes in a variety of styles but I opted for a simple yellow one that is easy to accessorise and can easily become the perfect beach outfit.

Not only does this look as in the pictures it is advertised but it’s extremely comfortable, well made and the size fits as expected.

The only downside I had since purchasing this dress is the fact that, due to the delicate material, it requires a minimum level of ironing skills, an area where I only seem to get worse at.

 

Women’s Sleeveless Bodycon Party Dress

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But the main issue with shopping online is picking the right size, which is most of the time a gamble because no two sizes are the same on the internet. For example, this simple grey bodycon was available in size 8 (UK) which normally fits me perfectly, but turned out to be rather loose here and there.

Maybe some of us just aren’t made to wear body tight dresses, but for those of you who shine in them, this is a perfect choice for a “not really trying but I’m still fabulous” outfit.

Strapless Lace Top Chiffon Evening Dress

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Talking about dresses that look way better on the model than they would on me, this strapless evening dress was a lovely purchase but had a pretty unforgivable flaw: it’s one of those strapless dresses that will fall or slide off unless you are staying still. But maybe this just happens to me, as it seems to have glowing reviews on Amazon.

Besides the poorly put together top, with some ironing the skirt is a real beauty and it could make for a lovely summer party dress.

Women’s Chiffon Strapless Short Bridesmaid Party Dress

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But ultimately when looking for summer dresses you want at least one simple white dress in your wardrobe and I found just the one for me. High end fabric, lovely design and perfect length.

Not only was this a perfect fit, but it came with complimentary white straps so you can either wear it with, or without. This can be easily paired with any jacket, pair of shoes or jewellery and can be adapted to any dress code.

Maxi Boho Summer Sleeveless Long Beachwear Evening Dresses

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Another dress that lived up to the expectations (the great value it offers for such a low price even exceed them) was this maxi striped colourful dress that has a milky and breathable fabric suitable for hot summer days.

Comfortable, chic and a perfect fit, this dress continues to impress because of the optical illusion created by the stripes and the high waist which bring you closer to your summer body goal and make you look taller.

Floral Print Chiffon Strapless Pleated Prom Dress

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While I am on the topic of great designs for dresses, this flower print strapless chiffon dress was well worth the money. A bit more expensive than the regular summer dresses you find on Amazon, this dress raises up to the high expectations and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

The great quality fabric and flawless stitches make this not only comfortable to wear, but it gives it a unique and quite splendid look – a perfect outfit for a summer photoshoot.

Strapless Lace Patchwork Party Long Prom Evening Dress

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Yet another dress that proved to be exactly what it promised (elegant, high quality, comfortable and stunning) was this evening dress with a beautifully detailed top, high waist and chiffon skirt.

Made for summer fancy outings and special occasions, this dress is a cherished possession in my wardrobe and I only regret the fact that I do not have a prom to go to this year.

Shopping for clothes on Amazon. Is it really a good idea?

Based on my recent experience with purchasing clothes online, I can definitely YES! It’s a great idea.

First of all, Amazon is a very trustworthy and quite popular online retailer. Even if you end up with despicable clothing you have a great safety net. You can always return the items or get a refund.

But I was pleasantly surprised with the random Amazon sellers and the items I purchased as they offered professional services and with a few exceptions, the dresses were lovely and a perfect fit.

Why waste time driving to nearby crowded shopping mall, when you can access thousands of items of clothing from one website and have them delivered in no time.

My only tips for those of you who hesitate are:

  • Did you know that only up to 5% of all Amazon purchases are reviewed? A dress can be a great seller and  have no reviews. Don’t let that stop you from getting something you want online.
  • Unsure about the sizing chart? Ask the seller! Is in their best interest to make sure you purchase clothes that fit you.
  • The listing has previous reviews? Read them! People love to share their experience when it’s either something that made them really happy or really disappointed them .
  • So what if you end up with a crappy item of clothing? Amazon deals directly and quickly with all returns and refunds.

My final advice to you fashion lovers out there is to take a chance either if you are buying from a well known brand that sells on Amazon, or if you simply found a delightful piece of clothing that seems too cheap to be decent.

Just go for it and treat yourself today! You deserve it.

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Additional notes:

  • This is not a sponsored post. I was offered no monetary rewards for posting this.
  • I received some of the dresses at a discount in exchange for an honest review on Amazon. ( If you happen to come across my reviews, please take a second to vote the helpful button!)
  • However this post contains affiliate links. Full disclosure here.
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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! I love the comparisons between the Amazon thumbnails and your pictures. Really helpful and pretty!!!

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    1. anasdomain says:

      Thank you so much xx

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  2. myvoguestyle says:

    It is great to show comparisons just to know how they actually look! My Favorite one was the grey dress.

    Have a great day gorgeous!

    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

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    1. anasdomain says:

      Thank you so much lovely. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. Karen says:

    Wow!
    Those dresses do look perfect on you Ana! Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Karen| http://chocolatyprints.com/

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    1. anasdomain says:

      Thank you for your lovely words xx

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  4. Charlene says:

    These dresses are all so beautiful!! I love that you did comparison shots to show how they look on you compared to the model. Thanks for sharing about your experience with online shopping!
    Charlene http://thefrugalfashionistacdn.com

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    1. anasdomain says:

      Many thanks for stopping by lovely! You have a wonderful blog xx

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