What sets shopping at an online fashion boutique apart from every other clothing store on the internet? What makes it a place you want to shop at? Every budding fashionista turns to the internet to get good deals on their favorite brands. How do you recognize a boutique that you can shop safely at and still find clothes and accessories that you love.
Here are some things you should look at before you make a purchase:
One of the best parts of online shopping is definitely the money and time that you save. You can get discounts of up to 85% on some of your favorite labels. But beware, there is also some less than reputable sites out there too. Discounts are one thing, but you’re not going to get a Louis Vuitton handbag for $40 either. So if a deal looks too good to be true…it probably is. Online boutiques, just like a regular clothing store, have a sale section where you will get the best deals.
Security is something we very rarely think about but it is very heavily regulated for eCommerce stores. You do not want bad guys getting hold of your personal information. There should be a safety seal indicating they are adhering to security protocols. Always check your address bar for https, especially when you get to the checkout process. If you are shopping at a well known store like Macy’s you should be just fine.
PayPal is the leading provider of online payments, you can pay with all major credit cards without having to have your own PayPal account. They also give you the options of echecks, and debit transactions and if you’re shopping in another country PayPal will take care of the currency transactions.
PayPal will never share your information and if you make a large purchase you’re protected by PayPal protection. You will find big retailers, like Amazon or again Macy’s that don’t accept PayPal. Boutiques stores generally will accept PayPal along with Google checkout, both you can feel comfortable with.
Store Front and Features
The store front says a lot about the company, it should be colorful and grab your attention. There should be lots of information, remember this is like meeting someone for the first time so they should make an impression on you. It should be easy to navigate around with some basic information that’s easy to find. Every boutique should have contact information and not just an email address, company information along with the legalese (terms/privacy etc).
This is the most important part and why you’re on their site in the first place. Look for boutiques that have unique clothing, shoes, handbags and beautiful fashion collections. You don’t want to find the same things you can get at the mall….unless the discount is really good. The clothes should be laid clearly and with good pictures and a sizing chart. You can’t try clothes on when you buy them online so you should be able to determine your size.
These are all things you should look for before you spend your money shopping at an online boutique, you want the transaction to go smoothly and you’re happy with your purchases.