The internet has changed the way people shop for products in virtually every clothing. That’s certainly true when it comes to clothing. Although some online clothing purchases are quite straightforward, when it comes to sexy fashion navigating the market becomes quite a bit more complicated.
THE MANY SHADES OF SEXY
The first challenge women face when shopping for sexy styles online is that “sexy” is a golden grand prize winning example of a subjective term. The first stage of an online shopping expedition for sexy clothes consists largely of visiting and then recoiling from stores that clearly have a definition of sexy that’s miles away from the customers’ ideas. Simply finding a seller that seems to share your understanding of sexy fashion feels like an achievement.
Things become yet more complicated when you consider the different occasions why you might want to wear a sexy outfit. “Business casual sexy” and “all night dance party” are clearly two very different looks. Rare indeed is the online store that sells outfits for both of those occasions!
SIZING, PRICING, AND QUALITY CONCERNS
Checking the prices on sexy outfits is always an adventure. Many women are shocked again and again to discover the disconnect that can exist between “cheap-looking” and “actually cheap.” Sometimes fashions that teeter on the line between “sexy” and “trashy” can come with price tags that would seem more appropriate on a designer evening gown. It’s never a good idea to spend huge amounts on a piece of sexy clothing from an untested store.
When picking fashions, size is often hard to judge accurately. Even though some of the clothes that are regularly sold under the “sexy” tag come with lots of stretchy fabric, achieving a flattering look still requires them to be chosen in a size that’s as close to the wearer’s actual body shape as possible.
Quality is the final physical characteristic that can become an outfit when women go shopping for sexy wear online. Sometimes the difference between two similar-looking outfits with very different prices only becomes obvious when one (and not necessarily the cheaper one!) falls apart the first time it gets laundered.
Unfortunately, the only completely reliable way to check fashions for fit, quality, and value is trial and error. This can be an expensive proposition even for shoppers who stay away from bigger-ticket outfits. Return policies should always be reviewed thoroughly before making a first purchase from an untried store.
As a general rule of thumb, most brands and stores should be held to a “three strikes” policy. One disappointing purchase could be a simple fluke. Two disappointments is bad luck. Three unsatisfactory pieces of clothing is a clear sign that the brand is not to be trusted. (This scale can of course be adjusted based on price, expectation, and frustration. There’s not much point in going all the way to three tries if the merchandise in question isn’t very appealing.)
Dressing sexy has always been challenging for the majority of women. While Internet shopping opportunities have done a lot to expand their options, it hasn’t really made the process much easier. Most buyers who are looking for really flattering clothes are still going to run into their fair share of failures before they find the perfect sexy outfit.