When it comes to clothing I’m usually not afraid to buy online. Sight unseen doesn’t really matter. If I dislike something I can just return it.

Bags are a different story though. I love many of Anthropologie’s bags but I am hesitant to buy them online. Take the Lime Valley Bag in the shot above. From the product shot I would have guessed it was a shoulder satchel. But the photo with the model makes it clear this is more like a large tote than a small grab and go. Anthropologie calls it a shoulder bag to which I cock an eyebrow and say, “Oh, really?”

It was much the same with the Meteors & Might bag. The price isn’t a good clue — I would have guessed this bag to be purse size but it could easily double as a small overnight bag. It works the opposite way too. The Daydream Braid Bag looks pretty big but is really just a large purse. Maybe big enough for my mini-netbook but not large enough for my real laptop.

Some kind of common object to compare against would be nice. I suggest adding one shot on the mannequin like they do for their cold weather gear. It would lead to many more impulse website buys. Hint, hint Anthro.

3 Comments

  1. December 9, 2008 / 4:08 am

    I agree! I hate it when websites don't model actually model the bag. It happened with me and the Foley & Corinna Jet Setter Jr. bag- I ordered it from Revolve Clothing (and neglected to pay close attention to the measurements, shame on me). I figured hey- it has "Jr." in the name, so it's small! Hahahaha, wrong wrong wrong. The thing is like a big tote on me. I still like it and I kept it, but it was a complete shock when I pulled it from the box. Argh.

  2. Sunako
    December 9, 2008 / 4:35 am

    LOL! This happened to me more than once with Anthropologie. The most recent time was over the summer when Chan Luu's bag with the rosettes came on sale. I thought it'd be a decent medium-sized handbag where I could put a long-sleeved t-shirt and a paperback and my sunglasses, but it turned out to be ginormous. I could have put half my wardrobe in there and taken it with me to the beach!http://cgi.ebay.com/Anthropologie-Potpourri-Bag-by-Chan-Luu_W0QQitemZ130274181537QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20081207?IMSfp=TL081207158002r23235(if you're curious which bag I mean.)

  3. December 9, 2008 / 3:06 pm

    I have the same issue with jewelry. Showing earrings and necklaces on a mannequin or a model would help (which they do sometimes for the catalogue or special section on the site). And I know they give measurements (you'll find me holding a tape measure or ruler up to myself often), but I'm very visual and seeing it would get you a better idea.

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