Tuesday, 11 April 2017

What Helen Wore: Sun Jellies Afternoon Tea

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Buying online has its pitfalls. Colours can look more desirable on screen, fabrics can feel different from what you imagine and getting the right fit can be a nightmare. At least when you're shopping in real life you can see, touch and try on the items before parting with your cash. But sometimes, just sometimes, you make an online purchase that turns out to be even better than your expectations. That's what happened when I bought this shirt dress from Monki. I have to admit that I'm a big Monki fan, ever since I bought my eye shirt way back when I've been team Monki all the way. Their fun patterns and prints, easy to wear shapes and affordable prices make the brand very easy to fall for. I spotted this shirt dress on Monki's Instagram account and it wasn't long before I added it to my wishlist. I couldn't resist the hand print, so eventually gave in and treated myself. I've loved wearing it ever since.

While the shape may not be the most flattering, it is super comfy and a basically just a joy to wear. I can throw it on and the pattern still keeps it interesting and makes it look like I've made an effort. Plus, it has pockets! I know everyone loves a dress with pockets and I'm certainly no different. As the print is quite full on I kept the rest of the outfit pretty simple; black tights, black jacket and shiny gold boots. An easy but fun look that was perfect for wearing to the Sun Jellies afternoon tea. The loose shape certainly made room for all those cakes! I finished my look off with my Karen Mabon cat necklace, because every outfit benefits from the addition of a cat. Am I right?!

Shirt dress | Monki
Boots | Primark
Necklace | Karen Mabon
Glasses | Spex Pistols
Jacket | Charity shop

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So, despite my issues with online shopping it can have a happy ending. I thought I'd share some tips that might help make it end that way more often:

1.) Check out social media.
A lot of brands encourage shoppers to share their purchases and outfits on social media. Check out the brands feeds and hashtags to see how the items look on other customers. It's all well and good seeing the item in model shots but seeing how it fits different people of different sizes can help to give a better idea of how it will look on you.

2.) Read some reviews.
A lot of sites allow for customers to write reviews of the products or shopping experiences. Give these a read, they can help you get an overall view of the company or give you information on specific items. Just beware of bad reviews that may have been left by customers with unrealistic expectations. Look for ones that provide useful and clear information rather than just ranting. If there isn't a place for reviews on the site, head to Google. There's many times this has helped me decide whether to size up or down depending on feedback from customers.

3.) If it's not right, return it. 
This is where I'm no good at taking my own advice. I have a dress sitting in my room right now that doesn't quite fit but I'm now out of my window to return it. If you're not happy with the item send it back ASAP! Don't waist time thinking about it or mulling it over, just get it done. Treat it as if you were just trying it on in a changing room. If you would put it back on the rack, go that extra step and post it back. One day I'll learn to do this!

Happy shopping!

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