There’s no denying that shopping online has made all of our lives easier; it allows us to avoid long queues, big crowds and taking precious time out of our day. This is particularly true of the Christmas season, when many of us who don’t want to face the pandemonium of the shops, opt instead to do our Christmas shopping online.
We can see a brand’s or label’s entire collection all in one place, making the shopping process ten times more efficient. But this doesn’t mean that shopping, online or in-store, is without its downfalls. Sizing is something that often prevents many of us having the ideal shopping experience we all dream of, leading to disappointment and the aggravation of returns and refunds. We’ve all been there when we’ve ordered something online, but when it arrives, it looks nothing like that picture on the website or doesn’t follow the accompanying size chart.
The news recently has been a testament to this, with many people revealing the shocking truth behind their shopping habits. Harriet Gordon, a 28-year-old from London, told BBC news that she spends around £400 a month on clothes online, but ends up returning about £200 worth of the items, “mainly because the clothes don’t fit in the way she expected” but also “the colour or fabric disappoint, bearing little relation to the online image.” Similarly, Alex Demetri also reckons she returns about half of what she buys, spending around £500 to £700 on clothes each month, a recurring pattern which has led to people being categorised in the media as ‘serial returners’. This reckless spending, perhaps in part due to lack of information, has caused some brands to charge for returns in order to stop this behaviour which is endemically harmful to retail businesses.
It goes without saying that this ends up being a waste of time and money for all involved, from the customer who is disappointed, to the retailer who has to spend this time and money processing orders which need not have been returned in the first place if the correct, accurate information had been provided from the start. That’s why at David Charles we are dedicated to product integrity – we provide trustworthy and realistic images of our clothing, in addition to full product descriptions. This includes notes on styling, in-depth fabric information and composition, and advice on cleaning and care.
With all of this information in mind, we’ve created the perfect size guide for when it comes to shopping for girls so that you no longer have to suffer the troubles of ordering online – by following this guide you can find everything you need to get it right, just in time to get that all-important Christmas shopping out of the way in the full knowledge that the young women in your lives will be receiving a perfect gift with a perfect fit.
First, and most importantly, you will need to know the measurements you’re working with before you can determine what size you need. For girls aged 2 to 16, we’re using our DC size guide as a guideline (see below). This size chart is always available online and is not to be missed when ordering, as it provides most of the information you’ll require.
There are four measurements you will need:
- A) height – without shoes, stand straight with feet together, measure from the top of the head to the ground
- B) chest – measure under the arms at the fullest part of the chest
- C) waist – measure around the natural waistline
- D) hip – measure at the fullest part around the hip
As you take each measurement, write them down so that you end up with the four measurements from which you can find your size. For example, if you have a height of 50 inches, a chest of 26 inches, a waist of 23.5 inches, and a hip measurement of 28 inches, you will fall into the ‘age 8’ category, and so on and so forth. Of course, sometimes, it isn’t as straightforward as following these exact measurements since everyone has a unique body shape and therefore also unique measurements, especially children who grow at uneven and different rates. If you’re lucky enough to fall into these categories with near enough exact measurements, then look no further. However, chances are most of us will vary slightly.
For example, if you have all the measurements of a 14-year-old (see chart), except you’re taller than the average 64 inches, you may need to go up a size, depending on the length and fit of the specific item – so always check the product description and notes at the bottom of the page. You might also have an 11-year-old who is particularly small, so check all their measurements and then compare to the size chart. If their measurements comply more accurately, for example, with those of a typical 9-year-old, then that’s the size you’d need. If you’re still unsure at the end of the day and the measurements you’re working with fall between sizes, pick the two sizes you may be between to save making two separate orders if the first isn’t right.
In general, some styles are easier than others when it comes to choosing gifts and catering toward a range of body shapes. For example, it’s easier to get away with picking dresses or gowns that are sleeveless or have straighter cuts, since there is less form-fitting material that has to comply with exact measurements. These two examples below demonstrate this; with more room to work with, it allows for discrepancies in sizing.
Sometimes things don’t work out though and if, for some reason, you ever find that you’re unhappy with your David Charles purchase or you have received more items than you’d like to keep, returning your order is simple. You can return any item within 14 days for a refund, or, if it doesn’t fit you can exchange it for a different size or colour. You can find more information and our full Delivery & Returns terms here: https://davidcharleschildrenswear.com/delivery-returns/
The festive period is busy though, so ensure you get your David Charles products in time for Christmas by placing your orders before these dates so as not to be disappointed:
UK – 20th Dec
USA – 19th Dec
Europe – 19th Dec
Rest of the World – 17th Dec
Order now to take advantage of free worldwide express delivery, so even if it’s not the right fit this time, you won’t lose out on shipping costs.
Article by: Robyn Schaffer
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