Before I rant, how was your weekend? Mine was pleasant… the fire prevention week open house Saturday went well, and yesterday was simply a beautiful fall day.
Now. To the rant. I bit the bullet weekend before last and finally ordered a sweater dress from NorthStyle. It arrived Friday and I couldn’t wait to try it on.
Epic fail. To say it didn’t fit is an understatement. It was at least two sizes too big, and probably more like three… maybe ten. Seriously.
I’m broad through the shoulders and full through the bust, and it hung on me like a sack. I have very accurate, current measurements, and I rounded down just to be safe, and still…
Here’s the rant. Shipping was steep to begin with, and now I have to pay to ship it back. Roughly a third of the price of the garment will be invested in shipping, if I go with a bargain on the return trip. Even with my gas guzzler vehicle and living in podunk, I could have driven to Richmond or Northern Va and back and still come out way ahead.
I shop online a lot, both because I do live in podunk and we lack retail options and because I don’t love to go to the mall and shop and shop. But seriously?! I read reviews all the time about how far off the mark clothes are, from all kinds of retailers. Nearly everyone I know who shops regularly from LL Bean knows to size down a size or two. Fine. I can handle that, especially when there are reviews to remind me to do so. (They also have free shipping and a satisfaction guarantee that I’ve tested – just once – so I know they stand behind it.)
Likewise, Coldwater Creek’s sizing is inconsistent, but I have a rough idea and their reviewers are always candid… Then there’s Dress Barn, who just doesn’t offer a size chart, and honestly, I’m beginning to respect that position.
I know many of you just don’t shop except in person. That’s just not an option for me, so how do the rest of you do it? Do you just accept that sometimes things have to be returned and it’s the cost of doing business?