product pic vs reality! Post your pics: the good, the bad, and the ugly

product pic vs reality! Post your pics: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Clothing often doesn’t look the same on me as it does on the product picture, and I suspect a lot of people have this issue. Do you ever go back and look and compare after buying an item online? Post your pics: the good, the bad, and the ugly!

I’ll start:
Here are two jumpsuits I recently bought online, next to their respective product pictures.

[Green jumpsuit, Old Navy](
I’m going to keep this, but I’m a little disappointed that the colouring is off and that I don’t look quite a svelte as the model. Not to mention that the length is completely different on me due to my height.

[Black jumpsuit, Loft (petite)](
As this one is made for petites, it fits much better.

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Comments ( 27 )
  1. Anonymous
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am
  2. floracitas
    April 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I actually like both of those better on you than the model!

  3. meakbot
    April 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    The black jumpsuit is my favourite. You styled t so well!

  4. DConstructed
    April 23, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Both of those fit you really well.

    But if I may make a suggestion you have a great waist and should really play it up. Try flattening out the green belt and double wraping it around your waist.

    Get a wider belt for the second jumpsuit. If you like you can have it taken up at the bottom or the straps lifted slightly.

    And don’t ruin the soft look of the green with that black scarf. Either go for softer colors or skip it like the model did. The V neck is flattering.

  5. ask8645
    April 23, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    My sister used to work in production for Gap Inc & said they had to constantly email the website team to update certain photographs because they weren’t accurate—i.e sometimes samples were photographed while the product was different in the end.

  6. Maaaaahgie
    April 23, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I think this model must be well over 6ft tall… You can see from the lace pattern that the skirt on hers is actually even longer than on the one I tried on. And yet the length on me is crazy bad. I am 5’6″.

    And the holes in the lace pattern on my bust look infinitely worse than the way they sit on her bust.

    [Dress comparison ](

  7. fifthing
    April 23, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I keep mistaking jumpsuits like that for dresses. I got stuck in a pant leg in Target and it took me an embarrassingly long time to understand what the problem was. If I can find the item online I’ll post the pic.

    edit: and this is why I do 90% of my shopping online

  8. Blahblahblahkvp
    April 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    The black jumpsuit looks killer on you! I need to take photos like this next time I order stuff online! I’m almost ready to give up because I almost never get it right

  9. derpturtles
    April 23, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I got [this sweater dress]( ([direct image link]( a while ago because it was cheap and looked comfy – to be fair it doesn’t even look that great on the model, but I thought it could be cute in an intentional-oversize kinda way. Nope, looked like I was wearing a [bedsheet]( Unfortunately ASOS returns from Canada suck so I attempted to salvage it by making it into a [tuckable sweatshirt](, and finally DIY-ed it into a [wrap top](!

  10. keyhazel
    April 23, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    [This Karina Grimaldi dress]( was not what I expected! The dress I got was soooo flimsy and weirdly long (I’m 5’6″!) It felt like a Chinese knockoff of the pictured dress… But it was $350! Luckily, Revolve has a good return policy or I would be screwed

  11. DietCokeYummie
    April 23, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Oh gosh. I’m 4’9″. Pretty much anything looks different on me than in the photo.

    I’ve taken to using Instagram for help. A lot of stores (TopShop, Cupshe, Revolve, etc.) have starting featuring photos of women in a less sterile environment so you get a better idea of what the piece would look like in person.

    I find most stores use tall, thin models with no breasts or curves in their catalog photos. I’m a tiny little thing weight-wise, but I have boobs and I’m short so none of their clothing looks on me like it does on the stock model.

  12. cvltivar
    April 23, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Former model here. Never worked for Old Navy or Loft specifically but did tons of similar catalog stuff over the years. Nordstrom, Macy’s, mall stores, etc.

    All shoots like this will have a stylist whose job is to pick out the outfits and accessories, keep them steamed and lint rolled, and pin them back on the model (if necessary) before s/he shoots. Safety pins, straight pins, clothespins, any pins! It was rare for me to model a catalog outfit without any pins at all. Even male models get pinned.

    Some stylists are better at this than others, and sometimes the models just don’t fit the clothes appropriately so more pinning will be necessary to make the outfit look right. I remember modeling a pair of pants for Nordstrom with a GIANT row of clothespins down my buttcheeks and the back of each thigh, giving the pants a completely different silhouette in the catalog picture vs reality. Not every pinning job is that egregious, obviously – but I’d bet money that pins were in play in both of those product shots OP posted!

    tl;dr pins

    **EDIT** with a catalog fun fact: Maternity models are about 50/50 really pregnant vs using a fake belly. When a model is pregnant, her booker knows it and will inform all the relevant clients in town who might be booking maternity shoots. A pregnant model might even get new and better clients.

  13. Rozeyredglasses
    April 23, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I don’t have any pictures, but I’d say 75% of the time that I order from zulily the clothes are just so unflattering. I’ve also had super cute clothes from them too, so I just consider it a gamble when I order from there. My last top I received was a size medium. (I’m normally a medium, sometimes a small depending on where it’s from. According to the size chart even a size medium was going to be pretty snug. Needless to say I ended up swimming in it! Comically unflattering and I wish I would have taken a pic- but off to goodwill it went.

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    April 23, 2018 at 11:45 pm


  15. LongjumpingTerm
    April 24, 2018 at 12:02 am

    It’s supposed to be [ankle]( length? [Oops.]( This one mildly pisses me off because they’re so long I can’t wear them with flat shoes. I only own one pair of non-flat shoes.

    [“Cropped”]( jumpsuit? [Think again, it’s ankle length.](

    [High rise jeans?]($xlarge$&hei=900&qlt=80&fit=constrain) They’re actually [mid rise.](

  16. misspiggie
    April 24, 2018 at 12:08 am

    [Here’s mine.]( In retrospect I certainly wished I’d tried harder to get the creases out!

  17. robotgwen
    April 24, 2018 at 12:59 am

    I get the biggest mismatch with pants (shirts either look ok or they straight up don’t fit).

    [Cropped pants turn into awkward sort-of ankle pants?](

    [Ok these pants… might look like the model’s if I starch them, maybe?]( – they are a different colour on purpose, haha! But they look like a totally different shape?!?

  18. tomathoe
    April 24, 2018 at 1:47 am

    Here are a few decent Amazon finds: [dress](, [dress](, [dress](, and [skirt](

    And here are a few bad finds: [jacket]( (although I did end up keeping it because I still liked it despite it being not as structured and small as depicted) and [dress] (

    I have way more pictures but i’m too lazy to find them all! I’ve also had quite a bit of bad experiences even though I haven’t posted many. I’d say I find something decent like 70% of the time on Amazon.

  19. sweadle
    April 24, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Love this concept! Thanks for posting.

  20. Alligatorcrocodile
    April 24, 2018 at 2:32 am

    Your stying made black jumpsuit better than original!

  21. alongstrangetrip
    April 24, 2018 at 3:18 am

    I LOVE this idea. I don’t have any yet but I’m going to start creating side by sides like you did.

    Everyone should own a [steamer](! Totally revolutionized my life when I used one four years ago.

  22. lending_ear
    April 24, 2018 at 3:18 am

    Easy fix to make it look like the photos – aside from the color of the green one. Just get the legs hemmed and use a steamer. I think they look great! I love jumpsuits.

  23. Exiled_In_LA
    April 24, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Good news, the eShakti dress I’ve been pining for came back into stock.

    It’s a little less bright and sparkly in reality. (Pardon my stunt shoes!)

    It’s actually not bad. The pockets are pretty rad.

  24. caca_milis_
    April 24, 2018 at 5:48 am

    I’m in the UAE – Namshi is super popular here (think an online version of TK Maxx, they sell old & new stock of existing brands, and have a few random brands).

    Delivery and returns are super quick and easy so I’ve no problem taking a chance – sometimes it’s sizing / shape just doesn’t suit me, I send it back get my money back.

    However, I recently bought [this dress]( (which I can’t believe is still up on the site), I got it in a medium, too small, returned it and got a L and XL – [here’s what the XL looked like on me](

    Note how tight it is on the chest – Again, XL, I’m a 32C, an XL should NOT be that tight on me!

    Also the length, I’m in Dubai, it’s not super conservative, but wearing a dress that flashes my vajajay with every step is definitely NOT acceptable here (or anywhere, I imagine).

    I emailed their customer support, as this is their own brand of clothing, I got a generic ‘we’re sorry’ response, which clearly they didn’t take heed of since the dress is still up on the site.

  25. Lost_Fairy21
    April 24, 2018 at 6:41 am

    In australia, so [here’s] ( my supre romper.
    Bought it for a birthday party and I still like it but I probably wouldn’t have got it knowing it was this low cut/plunging.

  26. raising_hand_emoji
    April 24, 2018 at 11:00 am

    So this is probably my favourite top bought online – for the most part not too bad. It doesn’t really fit me around the chest (gapes a lot) but is a good fit everywhere else. Reading this thread makes me realise that it was probably pinned to perfection on the website picture though!

  27. MsNewKicks
    April 26, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Saw this cute dress on a mannequin while browsing around Target. Got home and it doesn’t quite look the same, sadly.

    [On the website, size S on 5’9-1/2″ model](

    [On the mannequin](

    [XS dress on 5’2″ me](

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