online shopping is equal parts searching and shopper CSI. when i was looking at this milly dress online, i was unsure about the size to get, because i never tried on milly pieces. searching the internet lead to saks, showing that the model was wearing a 4. it reassured me that i wasn't off with the sizing guide (if i arrived at a smaller size, i'd know it was wrong). customer reviews are also really helpful and i wish more retailers did that. if i can't find an identical item, i look for similar cuts and see what size the model is wearing.
i know this is not a mystery to those who are regular online shoppers, but it is important to know your measurements. with the prevalence of vanity sizing, my philosophy with time is not to care too much about the number anymore, so long as it fits.
dress: milly delaney printed dress in galaxy print, here; belt: tommy hilfiger, old; necklace: t+j designs, old, similar here; shoes: christian louboutin clichy, old; bracelet: j. crew pave, via ebay, similar here, here, here