A woman has received backlash online after admitting that she buys dresses and returns them after wearing them just once.

The Australian mum-of-two from New South Wales, named only as Chelsea, admitted to using the money-saving hack around 15 times over the past nine years.

Chelsea, 25, confessed to purchasing dresses costing up to $300 (£166) and then sending them back for a refund after just one wear.

Speaking to Mamamia, she said she’s done it with dresses ranging in cost from $150 to $300 (£85-£166) plus – and first did it was she was 16.

She said that although she’s felt "guilty” about using the tactic, she ultimately justifies it as a "win-win" – especially as she never tries it with online retailers where shipping fees are involved.

"I kind of felt bad about it, but it was still in really good nick and I kind of justified it in my head as, as long as there’s no damage to it, why not?

"The way I see it, they’re not losing money. As long as that item is in really good nick then they can sell it.

"It’s kind of a win-win situation for everyone, so I don’t really feel as guilty. I still feel a tiny bit guilty, but not as much as I did."

She’s continued the habit since then, taking back purchases she’s worn for weddings, hens nights and other formal occasions, she added.

They key is making sure the dress is completely clean when she returns it, and she won’t take it back if it’s dirty – she’ll keep it.

She admitted that she hides the tags in the outfit and takes the paper parts off if they’re too obvious, later claiming it came off when she tried the garment on.

So far she claims she’s been able to get a refund for every dress she’s attempted to return.

We all feel the pain of having to buy expensive items when you’ve got several formal dos to attend in one year – and Chelsea is by no means the only one guilty of this sneaky tactic.

The Independent reported earlier this week that retail giants such as Harrods and Asos are trying to crackdown on serial returners, as per research from Brightpearl.

Nevertheless, Chelsea’s shopping habit was slammed by people on social media.

One wrote: "What an awful thing she’s doing. She should feel bad. She’s basically stealing!"

Another said: "Dress it up how you like, it’s being dishonest".

"Wearing and returning clothing after one wear is just disgusting!" a third horrified social media user wrote.

A fourth agreed: "How revolting for the person who eventually buys that dress that you’ve already had your sweaty body in it."

"I regularly wear dresses to more than one event. Suggesting that there’s insurmountable pressure to buy new clothes for every event is a bit silly, and is just an excuse to justify bad behaviour!," another added.

Others highlighted that you can rent dresses for around that price, which could be a better option if you have no intention of keeping the item.

Do you think Chelsea is doing something wrong? Let us know in the comments.

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