How to Shop for Clothes online

How To Shop Fashion Online Like A Pro

Follow these tips and master the art of shopping fashion online.

Today we’re going to share with you, our top tips and advice on how to shop fashion online. With quarantine the new norm, the way we shop has changed and the internet is our new mall, whether it be essentials or the small ‘pick-me-up’ purchases that help get us a bit of that exciting retail therapy boost. Right now, online shopping is the safest option and the only way to buy your favourite fashion pieces you have had your eye on. Plus, let’s not forget the great sales and offers that retailers are currently making available during this unprecedented time.


It might sound a little bit obvious, but planning  your shopping is extremely important. Know exactly what you need, and what you want to purchase so that your online shopping experience is less tedious and overwhelming.


It is crucial to know your budgetary limits. Knowing this comes in especially useful when shopping online because you have a better perspective of which labels and brands to choose from. Also, determining the amount you want to spend is a key factor when it comes to avoiding any shopping regrets. Of course, don’t forget to look out for exclusive discount codes to add more value to your purchase.


If you are on a tight budget try to go for basic versatile pieces from which you can create many looks. This way you will get the most wear out of your online purchases. Or, if you are just trying to make your wardrobe feel more current, more seasonal, go for the key statement pieces that would instantly upgrade and refresh your existing wardrobe. It is essential to think beforehand how you are going to wear a garment, what you are going to style it with and if it can give you at least three looks, before adding that garment into your shopping basket.


tips for online clothes shopping

You really want to try it out a trend, but you do not really know how? Well, you can check out old favourites like Pinterest and Google and see how other people are wearing the trend. Alternatively, you can check out The Gaggler’s Get The Look section for the latest celebrity and influencer looks and see how they are styling it, or browse our Style section to read up on the latest trends.  This way you can get all the inspiration and incorporate styling ideas into your personal style and make the trend your own.


This next tip is going to save you a lot of effort, time and headaches  – know your measurements. Knowing your measurements is going to help you better predict how that particular piece will fit you, as well as, substantially diminish the amount of big no-no’s and returns on your list. So, make sure to have your measurements for these critical fit areas handy – chest, waist, hips, inseam, shoulder to knee length, shoulder to ankle length – when shopping online.


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This is a very important part of shopping online. It is already challenging to try to figure out how selected items will fit you. Taking your body shape into consideration when shopping for fashion items is essential.  By knowing the cuts that suit your body shape the most, and the fabrics and patterns that flatter your figure, your online shopping experience will be the most rewarding and successful.


Check the size and fit specifications. With access to brands that cater to many different markets around the world it is very easy to get confused with all the sizes and the equivalents. This is why we recommend you to always check the size specifications of the piece and the fit information. Always make sure the size option you choose matches all the measurement areas of your size by checking the fit and size conversion chart. This way you’ll be certain that this is the right fit for you.


When shopping online use the website filters wisely. It just makes the shopping experience smoother and less time-consuming. Personally, I tend to go for the size and category filters first and then as a second step I narrow it down to a designer or brand when I am sure of what is available in my size and category interest. Especially during sales time, using these features will help you to minimize frustration by knowing exactly what is available in your size. Also, don’t forget to play the product videos, if this feature is available.  More and more websites are coming out with cool features like product videos that show a model wearing the actual product, so you have a better sense of reality, see how the product fits and moves on the body. Most of the time product images are altered to make them look more appealing to the shopper’s eye. By watching the product video and seeing how that garment really wears and flows on a moving body makes the whole decision-making process really easy and more accurate.


Read carefully the clothing fabric composition and the type of care that it requires. We all have different lifestyles and personal preferences. Make sure you’re getting what you are paying for and check if the type of care is something that goes along with your lifestyle.  For example, if a product’s care instructions requires dry-cleaning only, you may want to think twice before adding that garment to your shopping basket if you are contemplating using it for everyday wear. Dry-cleaning can get pretty expensive if you are on a budget!


Make sure to be aware of the return and exchange policy of the site you are shopping from as well as their policy’s time frames. When the items arrive make sure you do not remove any tags, wear any makeup and be extremely careful when trying the garments for the first time as you don’t want to get any stains or damage on them. This will ensure you do not face any issues in case you need to return your online purchases.


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Spring-Summer 2023 Fashion Trends

Go bold this season.

Ahh Summer, what an amazing time of year, unless you live in Dubai and sweating from places you didn’t know existed! Whether you are travelling out of the heat or sticking it out in the UAE, I have rounded up some summer favourites for this season to keep you cool, calm and stylish.

Oversize It

It’s no secret that I love oversized everything. So the high heat of summer is no exception. In fact, oversized clothing is a big trend for summer this year. Long hemlines are showing up again in the form of full-length skirts and maxi dresses. I found these little gems at Emilia Ohrtmann. The fabrics are so beautiful and soft, I especially loved the Amaia Dress, the colour is absolutely stunning in this soft dove tone and I contrasted it with a brown leather belt. Her oversized Lily dress is an easy go-to for hot summer days and since sparkling bags are set to be another huge hit this summer, I’ve teamed it with this sequin clutch from Desert Totes.

Deborah wears Emilia Ohrtmann

Deborah wears Emilia Ohrtmann

Deborah wears Emilia Ohrtmann & Desert Totes

Flower Power

Next up, Flower Power! It’s time to pull out those big, bold florals! The runways for Spring-Summer 2023 are beaming with floral designs, from all-over ditzy prints to bold 3D floral shapes, this season has them all. Needless to say, I don’t think we’ll see too many people rocking Loewe’s runway tribute to the Anthurium Flower any time soon. Nevertheless, the concept was a stunning and dramatic opening for the summer season, topped off with deflated balloon shoes and contrasting bold hues.

Loewe Spring/Summer 2023. Photography by Cris Fragkou

Loewe Spring/Summer 2023. Photography by Cris Fragkou

Loewe Spring/Summer 2023. Photography by Cris Fragkou

For a more wearable version of this trend, head over to Carolina Herrera for some inspiration of a head-to-toe ditsy print with a 3D element – this could be paired down and worn with a crisp white leather skirt for an evening look. Magda Butrym, also known as, The Queen of Florals gives an alternative to this trend with a more subtle tone-on-tone version of the 3D floral, with this chic oversized mackintosh. Lastly, Simone Rocha, shows us how to play with feminine floral shades on bolder shapes with masculine detailing for a fashion-forward summer look.

Carolina Herrera Spring-Summer 2023

Magda Butrym Spring Summer 2023

Simone Rocha Spring-Summer 2023

Cobalt Bold

Another trend I cannot wait for is cobalt blue for the summer season. This shade is one of my all-time favourites when it comes to going bold. In the past, I’ve tried to get hold of this colour but it’s so hard to find the right colour and shape in the same garment, so to know Spring-Summer 2023 is the season of cobalt, brings me much joy! I’m going to be looking for oversized tops, pop colour bags and evening wear in cobalt.

To head down the simplest route for cobalt, select a slim-line lightweight top and pair it with tailored trousers and you’re good to go. The colour is a good standalone statement piece so you won’t need too many accessories or details to make it look sleek and on-trend. I like this version from Cos. If you’re feeling bold, they also have a satin shirt which will definitely make a statement at the office, simply paired with black trousers will do nicely to tone the look down a little. If you want to go all out, the easiest way is with a full suit, oversized blazer and wide-leg pants to match. Maybe save it for that important presentation or for the review with the boss, nothing says confidence more than a full cobalt blue pantsuit!

Long-sleeved Top at Cos

Satin Shirt at Cos

Alexander McQueen Cobalt Suit

Whatever you take away from the Spring-Summer 2023, make it bold!

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians, medical practitioners, or industry experts, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Gaggler.


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