Don’t we all come across occasions where we wish to wear a low-mid budget Lehenga but are not sure of where to get one from. We invariably end up compromising by choosing an anarkali or an elegant saree in place of the Lehenga.
While physically searching all the stores in the city can definitely get exhausting after a while, a brilliant option is to hunt for Budget Lehengas online. With online shopping really picking up over the past few years, there are a lot of good online shopping sites giving you a ton of options to choose from right from the comfort of your home.
There are a lot of advantages of choosing a Lehenga online as compared to from an in-store. So for those of you who are a little skeptical of spending so much online, remember that with online shopping, competitive pricing is the biggest factor.
When you go to any store, you may eventually give up on the prices thinking that this is the best rate possible and end up buying something not as worthy of the price. Don’t worry, happens to the best of us. But rest assured, online portal gives you a better deal ANYDAY on low-mid ranged Lehengas
#1 Check the price of the SAME Lehenga on different websites before buying
Very important. This is my personal experience, where I have seen the same ditto Lehenga (same photo) priced at significantly different prices. While this price could be different because of varying sale %, but when this is not the case it’s a little baffling at times. See for yourself.
In many cases such as this one, you will notice the base price itself is different. Here, the brand providing the ditto same lehengas are also different. One is Touch Trends vs. the other is Resham Fabrics. The only way of going about this is either read the customer reviews (if there is) and then buy or trust only from a good website even if the price is high. Why? Read further ->
#2 Check the details about Return Policy
Do not miss out on this AT ALL. You are buying an expensive product (Lehengas no matter how cheap are expensive by online shopping budget standards). It’s important to be sure that the website will be willing to take back their product in case of any issues be it look, length, damage, or even as trivial as color not appealing.
There are a lot of good websites which understand all these sentiments and will take back your product without much khich-khich, but all said, there are the other kinds too.
What’s worse is that you may have spent x amount of money on a website and now they might give you store credit which not everyone of us is comfortable with. Take my instance, I shopped for a grey saree from Fashionandyou and the product I received was beige in color. The whole returning exercise and getting back my money lasted almost 2-3 months !
#3 Be careful about Duplicates
I recently saw a gorgeous Lehenga worth 5k after discount from 6ycollective available on Snapdeal for almost 2k. What increases the confusion is that the snapdeal customer review for that Lehenga is excellent giving good feedback about outfit, material and style. So what do you do then?
I feel trust your judgment in this case. A 6ycollective branded Lehenga is always going to be a 6ycollective piece. There is no replacing that. It’s like comparing a Sabyasacchi to a not-so-Sabyasacchi. The two will never be the same. So don’t expect it.
#4 Do not fall for celebrity look-a-like Lehengas
Oh the best one. “Do you want that Alia Bhatt Lehenga she wore for Manish Malhotra’s fashion show”, asked a Chandni Chowk salesman to me when I was in Delhi last time. While he did show me something which was far faaarrr from the ‘it’ Lehenga, you can’t judge the same online.
In most cases, you will see the same celebrity photo pasted with the price slashed down to almost nothing at just a mere couple of thousand bucks. DO NOT invest in that. There is nothing that is truly FREE in the world.
#5 Buy from a trusted online website ONLY.
This is the golden rule. The only exception to this is if your friends are personally recommending any website after usage. That makes it ok. But I would still ask you to be careful.
Off late, there are a lot of online budding websites coming up every day and while experimenting has its own perks, the risks are equally high. I would suggest keep the experimentation with smaller spending items in the beginning.
Now, you will ask how do I know which website is good or bad … read further ->
#6 Read the reviews for both the website and the garment you are buying
From the time the online madness has started, a good thing about it is that a lot of people are now vocal about their experiences, both good as well as bad. It’s as simple as typing onto google asking for reviews about a particular website or simply browsing through customer reviews on random products just to get a good idea. It really helps to build that confidence before hitting that pay button.
If not anything, search for the website’s company page on Facebook, it’s the next best option. All good Lehenga houses and websites have their page on Facebook. You can go through the number of people following, and get an overall feel of what people are saying about the company and their products.
#7 Read FAQs and shipping details before buying from a new online shopping website
This is just the continuation to being careful and confident about any website. You are spending a big amount, there is no harm in being sure.
FAQs, shipping details & fees, hidden costs etc is usually clearly written on any genuine website. Rather than having to deal with unwanted issues coming up later, be sure of what you are getting into. If you think the website is transparent enough with all its terms and conditions, then it’s worthwhile to invest your time browsing through their site.
#8 Stitched or Unstitched
Often on online shopping sites, you may see a model wearing a completely stitched lehenga, but in fine print it could be given that it’s an unstitched piece. The degree of unstitched also varies. Sometimes the lehenga (skirt) might come completely stitched so it’s ready to wear kinds but there are times when it could be open from the side i.e. you have to do one side stitch.
Also, note that the choli (blouse) almost never comes stitched. So that will be your added cost. Check for the length of the lehenga (skirt) before buying. You don’t want to end up getting something which will be ankle length!
Remember, everything looks good on models posing on pictures. The look may be very different for you when you actually try out the product.
#9 Read about the fabric before buying
Lehenga fabrics range from net to silk, chiffon, velvet, brocade. Basically there are a lot of choices. You need to know the fabric well. Some are stretchy while others are not. I for one love little touches of velvet, but you may not. It’s vital to find out.
Many a times a picture is not so clear about the fabric of the product. It’s very important that you read the product details before shortlisting your favorite Lehenga.
#10 Double check on POPULAR online shopping sites to get a better deal
My favorite one. Often what happens is one website might be having a flash sale while another might not on the same day. If you are planning to buy a Lehenga on that day, it would be profitable for you to pick it up from that website instead of unnecessarily paying more.
In most of the cases, you will find alternative websites giving you the same Lehenga. It’s good to be smart about spending your money properly.
#11 Also, don’t forget to check the SAME website for better deals on the SAME lehenga
I just happened to come across this Lehenga on Flipkart. On the same page, they have the same lehenga shown thrice with three different prices ! 😕 Ideally, if you still wish to go ahead with the piece, then check for customer reviews before selecting the one. Customer reviews would be your best bet in this case to choose your Lehenga wisely.
What do you think of these points? Have you ever had any bad experiences while shopping for Budget Lehengas online?