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4 Rules for Buying Budget-Friendly Outfits from Amazon
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4 Rules for Buying Budget-Friendly Outfits from Amazon


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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2019)




So I’m going to be 100% honest. Before I ever actually started buying clothes from Amazon I was giving it the serious side eye.

I’ve seen waaaaay too many Buzzfeed posts with people looking sad in their struggle Amazon prom dresses. But for vacation this year I decided to take a chance thanks to my friend who also got some cool stuff on Amazon.

Now I’m addicted to finding deals on the website when on a budget. And it’s not even just the deals that are great, there are unique pieces on Amazon that you may not be able to find in a local store.

I used the rules I’m sharing with you below to find cool outfits like this one I wore to take photos for my site. So let’s get a move on shall we?

Here are my rules for buying outfits from Amazon.


Rule #1: Know Your Body Shape

This rule goes for online shopping in general.

You need to be pretty in tune with your body shape because you don’t get to try stuff on. I have a general idea of what will and won’t look good on me.

I’m pear shaped and bottom heavy with a small middle so I usually avoid tailored pants and jeans altogether unless they’re stretchy. It’s just too hard to determine my size without trying those types of clothes on.

Here’s a cool post on determining your body type and the styles that look best on you to help when shopping online for deals.


Rule #2: Stick to 3.5 Stars or More

I don’t buy anything that has less than 3.5 stars. When scrolling through Amazon, 3.5 stars looks like 4 stars but the 4th one is cut in half. (This may be obvious, but you know, just in case you’re curious.)

Never buying below this review level makes me feel more confident about the purchase. It also helps me whittle out choices that look good in theory but not in person.

You can adjust your search criteria to include at least 3.5 stars and a price cap which makes life easy.


Rule #3: Don’t Buy Anything Without a Photo

This is my biggest rule. 

I don’t buy anything (even if it looks amazing) unless there’s a real life customer photo.

This is the best way to determine quality of inexpensive outfits. You can zoom in very close and see actual fabric.

Sometimes the fabric in the product photo looks completely different in photoshoot lighting than on an average person. I was going to buy this awesome bathing suit that looked metallic in the product photo.

But in a regular everyday customer photo the bathing suit looked completely flat.

Of course, that was a non-purchase.

I don’t pay attention to the product photo the seller posts at all.

Some Amazon sellers simply remake runway or celeb looks and use the same celeb or model photo to show off the imitation product.

(And we’re supposed to believe Kylie Jenner is modeling for Amazon sellers? Sure, Jan.)


Don’t be fooled. The second benefit of seeing real people in the outfit is looking at fit.

This is what I absolutely love about Amazon compared to even other online boutiques. You can see clothes on real bodies of customers which is not something you can do at other online stores.

Seriously, picture reviews are the bomb!


Rule #4: Sign Up for an Amazon Prime Trial

If you haven’t already used the free 30-day Amazon Prime trial, give it a whirl.

Amazon Prime gives you access to free shipping and possibly even two day shipping.

If you’re shopping for a big trip, back to school, or the holidays, using your Amazon Prime trial can save you big money.

In the future, you may even be able to try on and return clothes for free if you have an Amazon Prime membership.

Now, that’s convenience!


Give it a Try

I was very cautious to try Amazon the first time but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. If you’re careful when shopping, you can find unique pieces with great quality at a good price.


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