Why I Rarely Shop Online + Gingham OOTD

by - April 10, 2019

Online shopping is huge nowadays and it's hard to find someone that doesn't shop for things online, whether that's clothes, homeware or just random things from eBay or Amazon.
I grew up with and on the internet so I'm very aware of the dangers present in it and growing up I was always skeptical about online shopping. I think the first items I ever bought online were accessories for my phone like a phone case and needless to say, I was scared. Scared of giving my address to someone, scared of them knowing my name, scared of paying and then never getting the product I ordered, etc. At the time I paid with PayPal which I think has some insurance that if you're scammed they give you your money back but still, it didn't ease my mind. Luckily, everything worked out.

You can't really see in these pictures but my socks have some transparency to them and they have lined polka dots, they look lovely with sneakers.

Since then, I've been ordering some things online and every time I still feel insecure. Especially when it comes to clothing. I've always shopped for clothing in store and even that was something hard to do. I'm very picky about the things I buy and if something doesn't get my attention right when I look at it, I don't get it. Besides that, sizing has always been a problem. I have a weirdly shaped body (I'm not very tall, I have big hips and chunky thighs and a small waist and chest) and certain pieces are hard to fit because one size is too small and the size up is too big or because it just doesn't fit right everywhere. The amount of size 42 (american 12, I think) jeans I bought that fit right on my legs but not on my waist, the size L dresses I bought that are the perfect length but have too much space for boobs I don't have, and so many more pieces that I've eventually cleared out of my wardrobe is the main reason why I don't shop online. Going in stores, I have to try everything on before buying just to make sure it fits right so buying things online not knowing how they're gonna fit is not something I'm inclined to do. I know that there are websites in which returns are free but still, it's an extra chore I don't want to do. Sometimes I see such cute things online but then I think "that's probably not gonna fit you" and spend time measuring myself and comparing the numbers to their size guide only to see that it really wouldn't fit me. It's not the brands' fault that my body isn't proportional so I don't blame them but it's still a little sad for me because it's not my fault either.

A moment of silence for my pale legs...

Another reason why I don't shop online is the prices. The economy in my country is different from the one in other countries so sometimes when I'm browsing websites (mostly American, the British ones have good prices) everything seems so expensive to me. I see bloggers rave about things that they consider cheap when that same piece would be half the price here. But because those brands aren't available here I have to shop them in their original country and therefore they seem expensive to me. I'm definitely thrown off by the prices in American websites and I don't even check them out anymore, I just look at Asos to see what's new in the fashion world.
Do you enjoy shopping online? Or do you also encounter the same difficulties I do?

OUTFIT \\ Sweater - Easywear \\ Dress - Old \\ Socks - Primark \\ Sneakers - Manuel Alves \\ Bag - Manuel Alves \\ Sunglasses - Ray Ban

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I hope you're having a great day,
Marta Ribeiro xx

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! It's actually a dress but it looked too basic so I wore it as a skirt with a sweater covering the top.

  2. I can imagine you feel insecure! But I see you are in general a great shopper, your look is the proof and I like it how you combined the gingham skirt!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. Thank you! I always shop in store and try things on before buying to make sure it fits right.

  3. You are right but it depends

    1. That's true but it takes a lot of trial and error to see what works or not and I don't have the time, patience or financial stability to do so. Thanks for stopping by!

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