If you're scoping out the website of a cool shop you found on a recent vacay abroad or simply combing the Internet for unique pieces from distant retailers, chances are you might think twice before adding items to your virtual cart. We've been there, and we know it can be daunting to nail the price conversions, sizing charts, and shipping rates. So we consulted the pros at Farfetch, which curates the latest finds from boutiques around the world. Here, the site's global fashion and editorial manager Ana Canadas shares her tips—trust us, they'll save you from having to do a pricey return.
Check the Materials
"When shopping online, especially with international retailers, one of the biggest challenges is not being able to interact with the material. Make sure that the site has very clear, detailed images that show the true texture of a product. At Farfetch, our lighting reflects the real colors and textures of the material."
Pay Attention to Size Variations
"It's really important to keep in mind that sizing will vary from country to country. Double-check the size chart before making a purchase. Ours shows the different European sizes, as well as [sizes from] Russia, Asia, and the United States. For any site you're shopping from, look to see if there's a separate size guide for special pieces like jeans and lingerie."
Look for the Model's Measurements
"If you're buying clothes, check to see if the site you are on lists the model's dimensions and what sizes she is wearing. If you know her height and measurements, you will be able to gauge how a piece will fall on your own body in comparision."
Weigh the Price
"Here's a rule of thumb: the closer in proximity that a retailer is to your home country, the less you are going to pay. This is due to both the taxes and the shipping rates. For instance, if I'm in the U.K. and I'm shopping from a U.S. retailer, I can expect to pay more than if I'm buying from another European country."