You bat for Team Store if you prefer to shop in brick-and-mortar stores for your wardrobe and style needs. You bat for Team Online if you prefer to shop online. We last ran this poll in 2010, and Team Store won the race. But shopping has changed enormously over the last ten years, so I’m very interested to see what happens this time round. 

The variety, practicality, privacy and convenience of online shopping cannot be beat. There are extended size curves and colours. There are no sales staff if you prefer to bypass them. You can avoid traffic, crowds, bad weather, and public dressing rooms. It’s an ideal way to shop if you’re physically not up to browsing city stores. And it’s fun to see boxes arrive on your doorstep.

Shopping in brick-and-mortar stores on the other hand can be more of an exhilarating and social experience. You can touch, feel, assess quality, and fit items on right away thereby making a decision about them. You avoid the guessing game of size and quality when you see an item in person before purchasing it. There are no shipping costs, and you avoid the tedious repetition of opening and resealing boxes.

I LOVE to shop in brick-and-mortar stores because I enjoy the atmosphere and activity. I adore shopping with clients and fab shopping buddies because it’s fun, rewarding, active, and frequently the way I make my bread and butter. I adore to shop when I travel so that I can bring back interesting treasures and sentimental souvenirs.

That said, I’ve grown to appreciate online shopping because half the time it’s the only way I can find the right size, fit, colour and vibe. Retailers seldom carry the full spectrum of sizes, widths, lengths, colour options and silhouettes that I need in city stores. But I do have the option of getting exactly what I need and want online. It’s amazing! I’m grateful for the large assortment, availability, and that shipping in the US is very easy and often free.

I can’t pick a side so I’m sitting this one out on the bench with garlic and honey baked chicken, wild rice, steamed broccoli, and Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Over to you. Do you bat for Team Store or Team Online. Tell us why. No batting for both teams, but feel to join me on the bench.