Ugh, I just can’t shop online anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. Love, love, love it. How many places can you get a Gucci watch for less than your entire paycheck (Thanks, Rue La La!)? Here’s the problem: Too many times I’ve anxiously anticipated my latest discovery to arrive, only to be disappointed when it was too small/too big/too different from the photo, and, as is usually the case with deal websites like Gilt and Ideeli, ruined with a smudge or small tear in a place I wasn’t supposed to notice.
Take, for example, the amazing Rachel Zoe skirt I splurged on last year for my birthday (Paris in the Midwest did a great blog post featuring this skirt). Originally $500, I paid a deeply (like, dig-to-the-center-of-the-earth deep) discounted price and felt like I had won the fashion lottery. So it was a double whammy when I finally tried it on and it a) was too small (really, Zoe? I ordered a size larger than I usually do, as was recommended. Stop being tiny.) and b) had a weird stain that is—even more weird—the color and pattern of the skirt. I can’t…I just don’t even know what that would be.
It seems like the solution is to just not shop at deal websites, but those aren’t the only let-downs I’ve had. My most recent order from Piperlime was, for the most part, successful. The only exception was this adorable floral top I ordered that turned out to look more 90s elementary school kid sporting a Lisa Frank binder than it was Kate Moss boho-chic.
I can think of worse things than being forced (the horror) to actually visit stores. “Shopping is my cardio.” Yes, Carrie, yes it is.