With the ‘lockdown life’ starting to feel like the norm, most people are spending a lot of time online

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted more people to start shopping online, which is a more convenient, and safer, option.

Here are a few tips when fashion shopping online for the first time

Visit online stores you are already familiar with

One of the safest ways to enter the online fashion shopping world is to visit stores you already know.

Search for the items you are looking for

Save yourself some time to do that DIY manicure by just searching for the items you are looking for on the site. Genius, right!

Look out for deals

Get your hands on your most wanted items at low prices with online deals. Most stores have ‘online only’ deals that you should never miss out on. Early Black Friday!

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Check the size guide

Avoid the disappointment of not being able to zip up that little black number you ordered by always checking the size guide. You will be so glad you did.

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How to stay safe while fashion shopping online

Have antivirus software

The first and obvious way to guarantee safety online is to have security. Better safe than sorry!

Create strong passwords

An 8-digit password with upper case letters, numbers and symbols is harder to hack, so be creative.

Only use secure websites

Look for the lock image on the toolbar to know that a site is secure. Also, the page where you are making the payment should read ‘https://’ not ‘http://’.

Pay with a credit card instead of debit card

Shopping with credit cards online is safer than with debit cards, so opt for the first option.

Never save personal or banking details on site

Saving your personal or banking information on any site is very risky so avoid it at all costs.

Always use two-factor authentication methods

Two-factor authentication methods are when you use more than one way to verify a transaction. So this will be your password and a one-time pin (OTP) that will be sent to your cellphone.

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Some of the best online clothing stores

These are some of the best online clothing stores that provide good service. I’m sure there are a few that are on your favourite store list.

Cotton On

Get your fashion on at Cotton On in their comfy clothes you will adore.

Delivery and Click & collect take between 2 – 4 working days. Delivery costs R50 or free for orders over R500. Click & collect costs R20 or free for orders over R300.

MRP

Perfectly priced! All items at MRP are affordable yet still super stylish.

They deliver in 4 – 7 working days. Delivery is R45 and Click & collect cost R5, but Click & collect is free for orders over R350.

Woolworths

Get the wow factor in the most chic clothes that money can buy at Woolworths.

Delivery takes 3 – 5 working days and costs between R25 – R35, but free for orders over R475.

Zara

Add pizzazz to your look with modern fashion from Zara that every fashionista needs.

Get your order in 3 – 6 working days for R79 or free for orders over R999. Click & collect is free.

RunwaySale

Get original designer brands at a fraction of their price at RunwaySale.

Delivery costs R60 and takes up to 5 working days.

Truworths

Stay trendy in Truworths’ elegant styles that are timeless.

Orders are delivered in 3 – 5 working days for R50. Click & collect is free.

Zando

Shop all the fashion you need at Zando in a price range you will love.

Get free delivery on orders over R400. Delivery costs R50 for orders below R400 and takes 3 – 5 working days.

Happy shopping!