It happens eventually. You look up information on cruising and the next thing you know all ads are focused on it. There may even be bathing suit ads or for other clothes.
An ad may catch your eye. The price may be right. Maybe you decide to give it a whirl. How do you know what you are buying is not a scam or coming from China and 8 sizes too small?
Tips for buying cruise clothes online
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I love online shopping. I don’t have to talk to people or go into smelly changing rooms. Plus the time I go on cruises, it is not that time of year for swimsuits and shorts.
Do a quick name search on the website you were taken to and add the word ‘reviews’. Find a site that has your keywords. Scan a few reviews to find some common themes. Does shipping seem to be an issue? Product not as described? Sizing issues?
For example, Trustpilot is a site dedicated to helping consumers find reviews. In my example, liligal.com is reviewed by consumers. I see liligal a lot on my pinterest feed. From my understanding (and confirmed by the reviews), this is a company based in China. Buying from this company, you may receive long shipping times, no customer service, cheap products, and awful sizing.
But look how cute this dress would be for formal night! (This is the one that teases me all the time on pinterest!)
So maybe I decide I really want this dress. It’s been haunting me for about a year now.
What I usually do at this point is copy the name of the dress and input it into Amazon.
Oh look at this one I found.
At this point, I look at the size chart and read a few reviews. Focusing more on the size chart gives me more of an idea than reviews. It is so easy to get lost in reviews.
“I focus more on the size chart than reviews.”
Look at actual measurements over US sizing… it is so subjective. By looking at bust size, I have rarely made a mistake in ordering.
However, after looking at a few comments, I’ve decided this one is not the one for me. Amazon always gives suggestions of what others have bought and I found a plus size version with better reviews and perfect sizing. See it here. (There’s even a video showing how it moves!)
Overall, a few minutes of research (as outlined above) can save you a lot of aggravation and give you great clothes at a reasonable price to take with you on your next cruise!
*This post is dedicated to Yvonne, who has fallen for the sizing issue but now calls me whenever she is weary! Thanks for the post idea.