This 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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!
- 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?