7 TIPS TO BUY GREAT (& AFFORDABLE) CLOTHES ON AMAZON + Sharing My Favourite Finds So Far
I used to think clothes on Amazon were only cheap novelty items I would never want to wear, but over the last few months, I’ve really been surprised a few times with some amazing finds on the online giant’s website. While Amazon Fashion has some well known brands like Sam Edelman and Levi’s, there’s also a TON of smaller brands that are more or less known in America (or anywhere else, lol) - which is probably why a lot of people find shopping on Amazon extremely overwhelming… Because let’s face it, there are as many price points and quality levels as there are legit brands and sketchy brands on the website, and it can be a headache to sort through all that just to find one decent skirt.
BUT, if you do take the time, you can really find some amazing gems on there, most of the time at a crazy affordable price. Another plus is that since not everyone shops on Amazon (and there’s so much to choose from) the chances of your girlfriends showing up to brunch wearing the same outfit are that much lower… Unless of course you shared your amazing find, ha!
Since I’ve been spending quite a bit of time (and lots of trial and error) trying to find decent clothes on Amazon over the past year, I thought I would share some tips that I use myself with you guys, because they have really made my life a lot easier when it comes to finding (and buying) clothes on Amazon.
This is a non-negotiable and something you should consider if you’re buying anything on Amazon - Not only clothes. Wether you’re shopping for clothes, shampoo or toilet paper, when you buy a Prime item with a Prime membership, you either get 2-day, 1-day or same day free shipping, which, in 2019, is still pretty damn cool.
Plus, if you need to return something, it’s also free and simple. You print your return label, package your item, and just ship it back. This might not be that useful for toothpaste purchases, but when shopping for clothes, it’s obviously REAL practical.
Lastly, this might only be me, but I feel like when a company goes through the trouble of conforming to Prime, it means they’re kinda legit. I’m in no way saying that a business not selling Prime isn’t legit, but I feel like the opposite is somewhat true. When I buy something with Prime, I never have a shadow of a doubt that I’ll get my product, that it’ll be decent, and I know that if it’s not, I can simply return it without any costs attached.
Prime is the best and it allows you to shop on Amazon with zero risk.
BECOME A REVIEWS EXPERT
Most big online retailers have a reviews section on their products, because it’s incredibly useful and probably reduces the amount of returns they get - But also because they understand the power of the herd effect. And while reviews can be super useful on any brand’s website, they’re particularly crucial on Amazon - And that’s probably because there are so many diverse things being sold on the site, from so many sellers.
While reading the reviews is great, it’s even more important to know how to read reviews. Here are a few sub-tips about the reviews section:
Know how to spot fake reviews - While there’s no surefire way of knowing which reviews are fake, some signs don’t lie. 5-star reviews that say “very nice” and nothing else are probably fake, as well as the ones that are oddly lengthy and sound like a sales pitch, accompanied with 3 photos.
Read a few 1-star reviews - You know, just to have an idea of the worst case scenario. That way, you’ll know what to expect.
Look at Customer Images - On the very top of the reviews section, there’s a sub-section called “Customer Images”. If you click on “see all customer images”, it’ll open a window with all the pictures that were added to all the reviews for this product. This is super practical because it shows you the product on a ton of different body types and shapes, without you having to sift through 34 pages of review. You know, a picture is worth a thousand words…
Buying clothes that fit me is always my biggest challenge, wether on Amazon or not, because I’m super thin but tall. When I shop on Amazon, I try to be mindful of a few things when it comes to making sure I’m ordering the right size (and by that, I mean make sure that the smallest size available won’t be too big for me):
Know your measurements - This is a no-brainer for me because I’ve been equipped with a measuring tape since my Fashion School days… But I realize that a lot of women have no idea what their bust, waist and hips measurements are. And that’s a shame, because it’s you safest bet when shopping for clothes online - And not only on Amazon!
Look at the seller’s size chart - Not Amazon’s - As I mentioned earlier, Amazon is just a giant marketplace with a ton of sellers. Some from America, some from Asia… Which means that they don’t all use the same size chart. While Amazon displays a standardized size chart, a lot of sellers add their one as one of the product pictures, and that’s what you should refer to if you want to make sure you’re ordering the right size.
Be Specific about what you’re looking for (& your search words)
While I sometimes head over to Forever 21’s or Zara’s websites for inspiration and just randomly browse through their new section, it’s a little harder to do that on Amazon. Since there’s so many sellers on there with so many different items, you can’t just type in “t-shirt” in the search bar and expect to find the item of your dreams.
Instead, you should have a list of things you’re looking for and know how to describe them. For example, you could find the top I’m wearing in these pictures if you searched for “self-tie smocked crop top” - as well as a LOT of super cute similar options. The more specific you get, the more chances you have of finding something decent. And once you do…
Use the related items feature
If you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for or you don’t know how to describe it, just search for something a little more vague, like “crop top”. Then, click on one item that’s more or less close to what you’re searching for, and scroll a bit to see the similar items Amazon recommends. I personally like the “Customers who viewed this item also viewed” section, because it’s usually full of recommendations in a similar style.
For example, last week I was looking for a graphic tee for a shoot, but didn’t really know what kind I wanted. So I just typed in “graphic tee” in the search bar, and after 5 minutes of going from recommended item to recommended item, I found 2 that I really loved - and the results kept getting closer to what I like every single time!
Bookmark your favourite shops
While I’m shopping for something specific, I’ll often add a ton of items I like to my cart and then choose the few items I’m actually buying at a later point, once I have a few things to choose from. Then I either completely remove the items I’m not purchasing from my cart, or I’ll move them to the “save for later” section so I can refer to them at an ulterior date.
But once I buy an item, I don’t stop there. Once again, since there are so many brands available on Amazon (and most of them have weird names that don’t really mean anything in English) it can be hard to remember them later. Which sucks, because it can also be hard to separate the junk from the gems, and it’s always good to remember a specific brand when you’ve bought (and loved) something from them before… Chances are, they’re a legit shop and you might like more of their items.
On every item’s page, under the “add to cart” and “buy now” buttons, there’s a button called “add to list”. You can use that list to save all the brands that you love and trust, and browse them directly next time you’re looking for something.
Use Amazon to price-check (or save on shipping)
This doesn’t really apply to the brands you’ve never heard of before or are Amazon exclusives, but if you’re looking to buy some shoes or anything from a well-known brand, you should always double-check the price on Amazon first. I once bought a pair of Adidas sneakers sold at Nordstrom for over $60 and paid $34 for them, with free shipping.
So next time you see something from Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, Adidas, Hudson Jeans, Sam Edelman, BCBG Maxazria, Show Me Your Mumu or any similar brand on another website, don’t forget to double-check on Amazon because you might be bale to get it for less… Or at least get free shipping in 2 days or less.
Now that we’ve been through these tips, I thought I would share some of my favourite Amazon finds with you guys. These might be some pieces you’ve seen before if you’re a long-time reader, but in case you haven’t, I’ll also link the original post for each of them.
THE STRIPED SELF-TIE CROP TOP
I hope you guys found these tips useful! Do you usually shop for clothes on Amazon? If not, what do you buy on there? I like to buy boring things that I hate going to the store for (like batteries, ugh!!), books (they’re so much cheaper!!), home decor (I did a post on boho home decor from Amazon a while back, there were SUCH good finds on there!) and all kinds of accessories. I just posted about my favourite pearl accessories on Monday, and most of them were from Amazon.
Let me know in the comment section below if you have more useful tips for shopping on Amazon, and don’t forget to tag me @thehungarianbrunette if you post a pic of you wearing an Amazon find on Instagram, so I can see it and repost it in my stories!
Love you guys,