American women aren't buying jeans online anymore -- they're switching to this staple instead

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Fall weather is upon us, and whether or not your region is still experiencing a slew of warm, summer weather, the air just feels different.

Of course with this comes the inevitable change in wardrobe, and if you're a woman, this means swapping out summer skirts and dresses to longer bottoms – namely, a classic pair of blue jeans.

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But this year, it looks like the American staple is being replaced by another cool weather go-to: leggings.

E-commerce analysis firm Slice Intelligence found that online leggings orders have grown a whopping 41 percent in the past year while jeans have only seen a measly 3 percent increase in online sales year over year.

Geographically, South Dakota and New Jersey are the most popular states for leggings ordering, while Idaho and Wyoming are the two states with women purchasing the most denim online.

Though online denim generated 48 percent more revenue overall than leggings, it's important to note that women are spending an average of $62 per pair on jeans, while leggings usually cost half of that.

And where exactly online are women going for these fall basics?

For leggings, Amazon is the top retailer this year, while Jeans are most popularly purchased online at Nordstrom.

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Flowers

Although it may be more convenient to purchase flowers online, if you have time, it's best to locate a local florist near the person you want to send flowers to. According to a study by Cheapism.com, you're more likely to pay less and receive a better bouquet for your money when you use a local florist. 

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Furniture 

You may not realize it, but when you purchase furniture online, you also have to pay for delivery and surcharge fees. In order to avoid paying these unwanted costs, it's easier to get it in person. For example, when buying furniture in-store, you're able to negotiate a better price and maybe even convince the salesperson to throw in free delivery. 

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Groceries 

Much like shopping for flowers, it is best to purchase your groceries at an actual grocery store. When you purchase them in person, you have the opportunity ensure you are choosing the best meats, produce, etc. -- something you can't do when ordering online.

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Swimwear 

As beach season rapidly approaches, you probably want to invest in a few new swimsuits. However, before you make that online purchase you'll want to heed this warning. Trae Bodge, senior editor at RetailMeNot, says, " Fit can fluctuate even among suits from the same brand...  and many online retailers don’t allow swimsuit returns if the packaging has been opened or there’s evidence the suit has been worn." 

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Social Media Followers 
We get it, social media is addicting.  While it may be cool to have over 10,000 followers, buying them can be risky. Depending on the social media site you are using, the followers you purchase can be deleted if they are considered spam accounts. 

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Prescriptions 
Unless advised by your doctor, you should avoid buying medicine online at all costs. It can be tempting to get off-brand products, but you may be unknowingly purchasing illegal or counterfeit drugs. 

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Cars
The internet has made it possible to cut out the middleman when dealing with major purchases, but sometimes, that salesperson is needed. If you're buying a car for the first time, it may be best to get it at a dealership. When you get a car online, you're taking away the opportunity to test it out first and negotiate a better deal. 

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Knockoff Accessories 
While getting counterfeit bags and jewelry is cheaper than buying the real thing, you should do so with much caution. Oftentimes, these items are sold on unsecured sites which can lead to either your computer getting a virus or your identity being stolen. 

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Pets
While you can find an array of pets being sold online, it is always safest to purchase one in person. Much like furniture, you may have to deal with excessive delivery fees, and what's more, your pet can get sick or even worse. 

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Fragile Items
If you're truly invested in a fragile or irreplaceable item, it's highly recommended to buy and pick it up in the store. This cuts out any chances of a delivery person dropping and breaking your prized possession. 

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