book a personal shopper session usually free eg in debenhams drink tea let said assistants run around and bring you many outfits
i have had a couple in the last few years for my wedding/casual clothes/work stuff i wasn't under a lot of pressure to buy...though i did on each occasion...mine bought a good range in and didn't steer me towards more expensive stuff particularly ...well worth it imo
I like the idea of online. Comfort of your own armchair and all that.
But don't you just send masses back? My normal shopping technique is to wander round the entire first floor of House of Frazer and pick up 20 items, then take them all to the changing room. I know there are things which look average on the hanger but look fab on and I've had some of my best stuff that way. But there's also a lot of stuff which really doesn't hang right, or fit right, or just doesn't flatter. And you can't tell till you try it on.
You are not alone! I often set out happy thinking of lovely things I can have after saving up and arranging for DP to look after DD and I end up practically in tears as nothing is right, I just don't "get" clothes, I don't like my pregnant bumpy body and my feet are size 8 and no shop seems to stock them. Debenhams is too expensive to me. Clothes swapping is the way forward and not being proud about being a scruff it seems. Very depressing!