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.