Five Things I Hate About Online Clothes Shopping

With me being a larger gentleman, that’s code for fat, haha, I generally have to do most of my clothes shopping online, because although some brands have started to wise up to the fact that we aren’t all stick thin, a lot of the stores still don’t stock the widest selection of larger sized clothes, and I thought that I would tell you five of the things that I hate about online clothes shopping.

Some silver metal hangers along a metal rail, on a white background.

A picture of a metal clothes rail with some metal hangers on it.

1. Badly Designed Websites.

I do most of my shopping on my phone, mainly because I find it easier, and when I do, rather than being presented with the company’s full website, I am presented with an extremely basic mobile version. This is normally very hard to navigate, especially with VoiceOver, and contains little to no accessibility. This means that I often have to ask my browser to load the full website before I can even start shopping. I mean if you’re going to force the mobile website upon me, how hard is it to create a good one?

2. The Lack Of Product Descriptions.

I finally find something I want to buy, a black and white spotted shirt for example, and instead of describing it as a black shirt with a white polka dot design all over it, most brands will describe it as just a black and white patterned shirt. This wouldn’t be such a problem, except I normally can’t see the picture on the website, so I need a good description of the product to be able to figure out what it actually is.

3. Astronomical Prices.

I’m aware that creating bigger sizes means that you use more material, and that means that they cost more to create, but why is the pricing of some larger sized clothes so astronomical. I mean you can go into some stores and pick up a coat, or even an entire outfit for the same price as a larger sized plain shirt.

4. The Click & Collect Delivery Process.I’m on the checkout screen and have decided to use the click and collect option, as I know that I won’t be in when they try to deliver my order. Now, you would have thought that all I would have
to do is go in store and find customer services, show my confirmation email, and pick up my order, but no that’s too easy, and the store I have chosen has such an elaborate pick up system that you truly feel like you’ve earned your order, once you’ve finally gotten your hands on it that is. For instance, one store I recently ordered from had their click and collect department on the top floor of their three story store. It was also right at the back of the store, and hidden by a load of shelves.

5. Strange Product Sizes.

Once I have finally received my order, I go to try everything on, but what’s this? Even though it clearly says that it’s my size, it doesn’t fit me. Why are the same sizes totally different depending on where you buy something from?
There’s a lot more things that I hate about online clothes shopping, but I thought that I would just tell you five of them.
What do you hate about online clothes shopping? What are some of your favourite sites to shop from? Please let me know down below.

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  2. Hi Luke, how would you rate our new mobile site from a visually impaired accessibility angle?

    Would appreciate your feedback, thanks a lot!

    • lukesamsowden

      It’s really good. It’s easy to navigate and brilliantly layed out. The only thing I would suggest is that you add some alt text to your pictures, but other than that it’s great.

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