5-tips for buying from Torrid
As an Australian, the internet is a shopping wonderland. With a click of a button, I can buy a pair of jeans, grab a cute cardigan and have them shipped to me within the week from somewhere across the globe. But the scariest thing I face is the dreaded size chart. When an email from Torrid pops into my inbox, and I start to drool on my keyboard, I know I need to hide my credit card. With such high postage costs, I want the Torrid experience to be a good one for everyone, so here are my top 5 tips to buying from Torrid.
1. Weight on it.
You’ll add 50 things to your cart, feel super accomplished and then die when the postage is $200.00. This is because Torrid use a Postage by Weight system, which alot of companies use, but postage to Australia is VERY expensive. I suggest be careful and be mindful that buying multiples of heavy items will add up to a big shipping bill. For reference, 4 pairs of the new Torrid Stiletto jean brought in a shipping bill of $80.00, but when you look at buying denim in Australia, and you divide the cost, they still end up being cheaper that if I had to buy them at an Australian retailer.
The best way to combat this is to go online shopping with a friend or two, that way you can split the costs of shipping between you and not have such a heart attack when your credit card bill comes in.
I always like to justify my purchase by looking at the item and asking ‘could I buy this in Australia?’ If the answer is yes, drop the basic tees and singlets and go for more impact purchases, such as a good pair of jeans or a super cute cardigan.
2. 0-5? HELP ME!
As I’m writing this post, my FB messages pop up with a message of total fear. Someone has messaged meafter seeing my post on Torrid’s new denim, The Stiletto, and they’re freaking out. How do the sizes compare? What’s this 0-5 size method?
Take a deep breath and grab your measuring tape.
Torrid is one of the few plus-size brands that offer a really great range of sizes. Anyone from a size US12 to a size US28 can look sexy and fabulous. So trust the size chart. The first time I bought from Torrid, my dresses were too big and the tops a bit snug. The assumption that you go down a size in US brands isn’t necicarily right, so make sure you use the chart.
As a reference, I found that I was the same size in jeans with Torrid as I was with Australian brands such as City Chic, Autograph and Virtu. I have the Torrid Stiletto jean in a size 20 and they fit very well. In tops, I normally go for a size 3 and they fit nice and comfortably.
3. I’m scared to buy denim online….
And really, you should be. Each and every brand has a different cut and size and fabric and it can be scary. But if you live in fear, your legs will still be caught wearing the same boring old chainstore denim for years to come. Branch out and try something new! Torrid have some fantastic colours, cuts and prints and they are always getting new stock. While the cost of shipping may deter you, I always think that if they don;t fit, or they don’t look right, eBay is always a great place to sell your Torrid purchases (there is a very high Aussie market for Torrid, so get uploading!)
4. I’m a bit unsure..
Torrid have a really great Customer Service division and I can assure you, they have really helped me ALOT. Once, I emailed them asking for measurements on a dress. They responded within 24 hours with measurements in INCHES and CM for me. They were kind when I asked for the length of the bust and responded promptly. They emailed me within 72 hours after I received a faulty item and reimbursed me part of the shipping cost.
Unlike other brands, Torrid seem really adamant on having a great customer experience, and you should be able to shop with confidence because of that.
5. Okay. What should I buy?
You should be the one making those decisions! I love to check out the Torrid homepage and New items, and I also check out each Torrid email that pops into my inbox. But, if you’re really unsure or want some advice, here are my 5 top picks from Torrid this September 2012.
1. Torrid Denim – Grey Cloud Ankle Zip Stiletto Skinny Jeans $64.50
2. Twist Tees – Sugar Skull Glitter Cold-Shoulder Tee $34.50
3. Retro Chic By Torrid – Red Gun Embroidered Cardigan $38.50
4. Tricia Fuchsia Suede Heels (Wide Width) $39.50
5. Black Lace Metallic Pocket Dress $68.50
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