Guest Post - Online vs. the High Street

These days everything isavailable online, and many of us have more or less completely ditched the highstreet in favour of browsing the internet in the comfort of our own homes.

But what are the pros andcons of clothes shopping online compared to picking something up in person?

The biggest advantage ofshopping online is the convenience. You can shop at any time, day or night,from the comfort of your sofa. You don’t have to deal with crowds of shoppersor the hassle of changing rooms, as you can try things on in front of your ownmirror, before deciding what to keep and what to send back.

Prices are often cheaperonline, so it can also be a very cost-effective way of shopping. Without thehigh overheads associated with a high street premises, online clothingretailers are able to pass the savings on, direct to you. And with itemsdelivered to your door, you’re also free from the worry of transporting itemshome.

Online shopping can alsobe a great place to find a little inspiration. Loose Women star Lydna Bellingham recently modelled a selection of looks for Isme,which could be a fantastic place to start if you’re looking for a new look.

It’s true that there’s nosubstitute for trying something on and being able to see exactly how you lookin an outfit. When shopping online, you do have to imagine yourself in theitems you’re buying, and you won’t know quite how it looks or feels until itarrives. However, if you do find yourself with something very different to theimage you saw on screen, there is a returns option – usually provided by theonline retailer. Make sure you check the returns policy details before buying onlinethough, as some sale items are often non-returnable.

If you’re worried aboutthe cost of delivery, check for special offers. Many sites have free deliverywhen you spend over a certain amount, and some occasionally offer free deliveryas a short-term promotional offer.

When considering the needsof shoppers today, online shopping simply is much more convenient for themodern woman. And whilst it may not be as instantly gratifying as a shoppingspree on a Saturday afternoon, it is much quicker, easier and far lessstressful!