5 Things You Should Never Shop for Online

bathing suitFew things are better than online shopping. You don't have to drive anywhere. You don't have to brave the crowds. And you can do all of your browsing and purchasing braless and pantless, if you'd like. (Most stores even have free delivery now!) I, personally, would take online shopping over the real thing any day. But still. There are some things that are better left for the IRL version.

Here are 5 things you should never shop for online. (Put some pants on! You can do it!)

1. Swimsuits. Unless your name is Gisele, it's best to head out into the cruel, cruel world to shop for bathing suits. Yes, we all hate swimsuit shopping, what with the fluorescent lights and, um, swimsuits, but you kind of need to physically try on a bathing suit in order to see if it's going to work. You're not going to magically look like the model in the photo just because you purchase it online. Bummer, I know.

2. Jeans. Same with jeans. No one likes shopping for jeans. It sucks. But you need to try them on -- probably more so than swimsuits. There are a million cuts, fits, and materials, and you're saving yourself a trip to the post office or a UPS box if you just do your shopping at an actual store instead of a virtual one.

3. Foundation. Shopping for makeup is fun, and actually, I prefer doing it in person as opposed to online. Sure, I could get lost on Sephora's website for hours on end, but when it comes to something like foundation -- something that needs to match your skin tone exactly -- you're better served testing it out in the store instead of trying to guess.

4. Wedding dresses. At some point or another, we all looked around online for the perfect dress for our big day. But like my mother always said: Things look different once you try them on. You could see something you think you hate, but once you try slip into it, it may be an entirely different story.

5. Sunglasses. Again, you kind of need to try sunglasses (and regular glasses) on in order to see which best suits your face shape. If you happen to know exactly what works with your face, go for it. But I promise, it makes much more sense to try them on in real life. Speaking from experience here.

What do you shop for online?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

Bras, NEVER shop for bras, I havent but been told unless you know a brand and size work then don't do it. I shop for kids clothes and kids stuff is all. Really anything I don't have to try on, I will buy online.

miche... micheledo

Ditto the bras!!!  I have NEVER found one that fit right.

Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

I've bought all this stuff online with the exception of #3. If you know the brand and how it fits you, there's no reason you can't buy jeans and bathing suits online. As far as wedding dresses go, sometime the size you want isn't available in the store, so you HAVE to order it online,and if it doesn't fit you just return in.

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

I've bought all those things online except for the wedding dress. I don't like shopping in stores anymore. If you know your size and the way things fit then you shouldn't have an issue :) I just ordered an awesome bathing suit from a store I never buy from and in my usual size, no issues. I'm not an average sized woman either. I'm a curvy amazon. But I know what works for me and where to get it through trial and error :) 

mande... manderspanders

I *HAVE* to buy jeans and swimsuits and bras online.  Being a plus size in rural Kansas means I can't just run to the store when I need to go shopping for those things... unless I'm planning a trip to Wichita or Kansas City.   We had a local Fashion Bug; but of course the chain closed; we have a local Maurices, but at 31 years old, some of those clothes are just too young for me to wear.

So it's all fine and dandy to think that a person shouldn't buy those things online, but the reality is not everyone lives in a city and not everyone WANTS to.  Online shopping is a god send - especially since I have had to shop for maternity clothes and nursing bras.  It is rare for me to have size issues with anything I order.

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