The Woes of Online Shopping

Sunday, September 19, 2010
I recently bought this skirt online because I loved the origami detailing. I got it in my usual size but woe to me, it doesn't hug my body - it hangs from it. The skirt slip peeks out every time I bend to sit down. The fabric feels cheap. So this means I should return it, yes?
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Ideally, I would want it up higher on my waist instead of my hips like so. Looking at both pictures, you can barely tell the difference but what you wouldn't know is how it feels on you.
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Wearing secondhand F21 blouse ($6), JCPenney skirt (free with gift card), and thrifted Nine West heels ($3).
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While we were taking these pictures on the fire escape, Chase and I heard this obnoxious sound and came to find out it was coming from this HUGE crow across the street. I don't know about you but if that thing came near me, I would pee myself.
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101 comments :

  1. I would probably return it. The shirt is adorable, but if you don't like the fit it isn't worth keeping.

    I like the stripes with the printed blouse!

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  2. LOVE it! can you exchange it for a smaller size? or have it altered? It's too fabulous to just send back

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  3. I love the skirt! Is there any way you could get it altered? It seems like it wouldn't be too expensive of a fix.

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  4. I love this skirt! I think if it doesn't fit you the way you like, you should return or exchange it. I really wish it fit you the way you wanted it to. It really does look great on you!

    Just Better Together

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  5. I think you look gorgeous in this outfit. You can't tell the skirt doesn't fit or that the fabric is cheap, but if it bothers you, you're not going to wear it - so it should probably be returned.

    I was taking a walk once and one started attacking me, it followed me until I ran across the street. Did you know that they know how to make tools?
    I am terrified of crows.

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  6. I definitely ordered this skirt when I was ordering suit pieces for interviews! It didn't work on me at all, though, sadly. Especially because I ordered a tall size (which I would typically need) and it was waaaaaay too long. I think it looks great on you---would def try a smaller size if you can!

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  7. I love this blouse and skirt!! It's perfect

    Kisses

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  8. I agree with Rebecca. I just wrote a post talking about how I no longer think it's worth keeping clothes that don't quite fit, no matter how much you like them. It will always annoy you when you wear it, and you'll find yourself tugging at it to get it to sit the way you want it to. Or, you just won't wear it.

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  9. oooh, I love the skirt, but I definitely agree that it would be better if it sat a little higher on the waist. Maybe an alteration would do the trick?

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  10. You look great in it on the pics. But anytime you don't feel 100% confidence in a garment I think you should return it.

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  11. You look great in it, but anytime you don't feel 100% in a garment I think you should return it.

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  12. That skirt is gorgeous -- sucks that it doesn't fit as well as you'd like. Sometimes when my skirt lining sticks out, I just staple it up (like a hem). But that's just me. :)

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  13. Yes, you are right. It can look great, but NOT feel right. I would return it if I were you. Everytime you wear it you will just be thinking about how you wish it were higher, which might even prevent you from wearing it. I never buy anything unless I am in love with every single thing about it!

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  14. I would try to exchange it if you can get a smaller size...it's a fabulous skirt, but if you don't like the way it fits you won't wear it.

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  15. I do like the skirt on you. Have you washed it yet? It might shrink a bit and probably fits better after dried. I love the bow details on the skirt. Great find!

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  16. The skirt looks cute on you...but if you don't like it....if you took the tags off, I highly doubt they'll take it back but you could try. Its cute!
    Natasha
    natashaatkerson.blogspot.com
    "Ecouraging young ladies to dress in modest, Godly, feminine fashion."

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  17. I think it looks great, but if you're on the fence about it, I say send it back. That's why I usually shy away from online shopping, because I find that if it's not exactly what I wanted, I never send it back. I guess I just don't want to deal with the hassle of shipping, so it usually ends up as wasted money.

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  18. I think you look great in it. I love the detailing. I don't know...is it worth having it taken in a little?

    It looks great as is.

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  19. Ugh I know what you mean! That happened to me with a Forever 21 skirt and my mom threw away the online receipt so I can't even exchange it...I tried today...SO mad
    It does look really cute though...
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  20. It's a shame the skirt doesn't fit the way you'd like :/

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  21. The skirt looks really cute though! I love the print and the oragami-yet still flowy-ness of it.

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  22. It looks nice but if you don't love it then return it.

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  23. I wouldn't return it! I love how it fits u!

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  24. It's a cute skirt. But I know what you mean. It's always more satisfying trying stuff on at the stores.

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  25. If you're comfy in it then keep it! however i do think it would suit you much more in a smaller size.esp if you were to wear it in winter :)

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  26. if you're having doubts i say return it and find something better! i think i would if you were in your position even if i thought the skirt was cute.

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  27. bummer- did you read all the reviews? i am all about reading as many reviews as i can if they're available.
    if you're not satisfied you should totally send it back and get the size you want!

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  28. It's a pretty skirt, but if it doesn't feel right you should return it.

    Walking to the subway station the other day I saw a huge crow sitting on top of a light post, making it's cawing, screeching sound. Luckily it flew away before I walked past. Yuck!

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  29. That's sad. Could you exchange it for a smaller size? It's beautiful!

    Lindsey Soup

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  30. either way i love this skirt. it is quite beautiful!

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  31. The outfit looks so lovely- I am sorry you aren't happy with it! At times I have been disappointed in online purchases but more often than not I have luck. Too bad- it keeps me looking for more!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

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  32. I love that skirt, but I agree, I would want it up higher on my waist.

    modest-apple.blogspot.com

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  33. go get the bb gun!!

    (just kidding)

    that's one of the things i hate about online shopping but the prices are amazing! try to get it altered/sell it? returns are such a hassle sometimes.

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  34. That is a great skirt. I used to shop at JC Penney all the time for work clothes, especially pencil skirts.

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  35. I actually like this skirt on you, Elaine! Love the origami inspired structure. If u're not happy with the fit, then maybe return it?:) Plus, that's more money on ur gift card for other purchases hehe

    TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

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  36. omg the skirt is adorable! but i guess if it doesnt fit right, it wasnt meant to be.

    thats the thing about online shopping, as convenient as it is, it can never replace actual shopping

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  37. Awaw i am sorry you dont like it.. it looks very cute, but i understand how you feel.. You have to love the clothes you are in!!!

    www.MissSalomSays.blogspot.com

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  38. Hmm...I would get it altered. It might cost a few dollars but it does look great!!

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  39. Love the detail of the skirt. So cute. I hate when an item of clothing is so adorable but just doesn't feel right when you put it on. It still looks great though!

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  40. I love the detailing on the skirt. I would at least try the next size down on to compare the feel.

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  41. It's a great skirt. I want one.
    But you're right, if you are going to constantly tug at it and it annoys you then either return it for a different size or get it altered. Either way, you will be much happier! And use it more.

    www.modelmumma.blogspot.com

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  42. I love and HATE online shopping. I love it because it's so easy to do. I find something I like, click, and pay. Then, a couple weeks later, I UPS delivers my goodies right to my door! But I have had the worst luck buying clothing online. Nothing ever fits the way it should. Then you have to go through the whole hassle of returning and all that. Blah!!! But, I do love your skirt! Hope you find a way to make it work!

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  43. I think the skirt looks adorable, but if it bothers you to the point where you wont want to wear it, or have to constantly fuss with it when you do, it should go back.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  44. My main problem with online shopping is how annoying it is to return things - buy a box, pay for shipping, drive to the store, etc. I end up with a plethora of items I don't even really like. I would always recommend returning it if it's not perfect - you'll always find something better!

    www.stylocrat.blogspot.com

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  45. I think the skirt is absolutely gorgeous on you! but if it's cheap fabric and doesn't fit how you want it to, and you aren't totally in love with it, there's no point in keeping it. what a shame :(

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  46. personally i love the skirt on you! i think it hugs you in just the right spots...and it's cute!

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  47. i'm not the world's biggest fan of crows...
    erm, if you can alter the skirt with ease then keep it, if not then send it back! there's no point keeping it if you won't wear it

    http://itscohen.blogspot.com/

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  48. The skirt is so pretty! It's a really shame it's not quite right. I think you'll end up wearing it less if it's not how you'd like it

    L X
    Half Dressed

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  49. THat skirt is adorable! Would the issues we rectified if you got it in a different size, you could exchange it. If not I would probably return it and mourn it just a little...

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  50. Wow, I can see why you fell in love with that skirt, it's amazing. Could you exchange it for a smaller size or get it altered? It would be such a shame to send it back. I love it with the spots.

    And that crow is huge. Reminds me of The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. Sorry, probably shouldn't have said that - you won't sleep at night now.

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  51. I love the outfit Elaine, especially the skirt...I like how it flatters your shape...can you alter it?

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

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  52. I know EXACTLY what you mean when you say that it doesn't sit at your hips. It doesn't change the way it looks very much but the way the skirt feels on is very different.

    Returning items is definitely the annoyance of online shopping but that's the trade off for the luxury of shopping from home. Luckily most stores are making it easier and easier to return things.

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  53. The skirt actually looks really pretty. Such a shame that it doesn't suit you well.. You still look amazing, though :)

    The November Girl
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  54. The skirt looks quite good on you in the pictures! But if you are not 100% satisfied you should return it! :)

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  55. Although I like it on you it isn´t the same as how you feel wearing it. If you don´t like the fit, might as well return it. The the reason why I don´t like shopping on-line. I can´t feel the cloth and I always have doubts about product sizing.

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  56. it looks adorable on you. but do exchange it if u don't feel good about it. after all, shopping is about purchasing things we are happy in. :)

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  57. Online shopping--its so hard! That is a darling skirt--maybe you could do some tailoring.....

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  58. I tried that skirt on, and usually the Worthington stuff (especially pencil skirts) fita me perfectly and consistently. I sooo wanted this skirt to work, but it just didn't. You'd probably be fidgeting with it all day, so I say send it back! :)

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  59. I how it looks, but I know when it doesn't feel right you won't be looking forward to wearing it, so I would probably return it.

    The blouse however is perfectly lovely!

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  60. from the photos the skirt doesn't look cheap at all and i think it looks fantastic on you. i love the origami detailing as well.

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  62. The skirt is beautiful! I second a lot of other comments - can it be altered? If not, then probably send it back.

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  63. Personally, I feel this lovely outfit really suits you(so flattering:). If I looked as fabulous as you do here I would feel very fortunate and blessed.

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  64. I agree with others, if it bothers you enough to not wear it, return it. But maybe you can alter it! ; )

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  65. Just found your blog! You have a really great style. Love it!

    Would you be interested in following each others site???

    :D But I think I will follow you anyway because I like your blog and style!

    xoxo

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  66. I'll tell you this, it looks much better on you than on the JCPenny model! I agree, send it back. If a few quick stitches won't perfectly fix the problem, then put the $$ toward something better.

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  67. i think you should keep it, unless it really, really bothers you. with the slip - you could probably hem that so it doesn't slip as much. if the overall fit is just wrong, you should return it. but if the slip is the biggest concern, i would keep it! it looks fantastic : /

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  68. That skirt is lovely...however, over half the style is in the fit and if the fit isn't there...it needs to go back. Just ask yourself, if you were trying it on in a dressing room in a store, would you walk it up to the checkout or leave it behind? xo Cat

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  69. I vote for tailoring. It's just too cute for it not to work.

    Love that you paired it with a print blouse too. Very daring combo that TOTALLY works.

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  70. I love the folded detailing on that skirt! It's a great choice for the cut. Can you return or even exchange it? Sometimes I'll suffer cheap fabric for a great cut. I dunno, I think you look great even with the skirt just a tad big. :)


    www.styleusvancouver.com

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  71. Sorry it doesn't fit. But it still looks great. You look like a catalog model in that beautiful outfit.

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  72. I like the skirt detail. You're hot stuff regardless of where it falls on your hips.

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  73. Adorable skirt. It looks good to me, but what do I know?

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  74. Oh Elaine it looks fabulous but if it does not feel right you will not wear it that often and it wont be worth it.

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  75. Maybe it'll shrink if you wash it...

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  76. That skirt definitely has adorableness potential, but as others have said, if you're uncomfortable in it it's probably not worth it. Half of any outfit is how you wear it, and if you're going to have to fidget with it or worry about it, it's going to detract from your awesomeness instead of adding to it. There's always other cute things to choose from!

    Also that is almost definitely the largest crow I have ever seen.

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  77. That is a super nice skirt. Too bad about the fit! I think returning it would probably be the best course of action. Then you can get something you really like! But you do look lovely here.

    And yes, huge crows are scary. Once my husband attacked by crows! So there is real reason to be wary!

    heart: miss furnellie

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  78. The skirt is adorable. Maybe exchange it for another size? It is really cute.

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  79. The skirt actually looks really great on you but my stance is if you dont absolutely love it dont keep it

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  80. I love that skirt! I think it looks great on you. I'm a new follower of your blog - you take really beautiful outfit photos, I'm looking forward to seeing all your future outfits :)

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  81. I second Mina on the skirt, but whatever you most feel comfortable in would be worth your money in the end. :)

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  82. I think that skirt is amazing and would keep it unless you can get a smaller size!

    http://www.afashionfixation.blogspot.com

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  83. It's a gorgeous skirt, but if it doesn't fit right... that's why I'm scared to shop for clothing online.

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  84. You still look darling, and I love your shirt.

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  85. It's a lovely skirt though.

    This is why I am scared to buy online!

    Anthea,
    Embracing Style

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  86. I like this outfit; too bad it turned out to be so uncomfortable. It looks really cute though! At least the skirt was free, right? ... sometimes we just have to suffer in the name of fashion. ;)

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  87. Oh, it's a beautiful skirt. Maybe get it tailored? If not, return it and use the money to get a better quality piece. :)

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  88. Its gorgeous! You really can't tell that its creating a problem. But if it bothers you it will never get worn..there are so many choices out there you might as well have something you LOVE

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  89. if it becomes something you won't wear, maybe you can find something similar? i do think the skirt looks fabulous on you, and i love the blouse also. very athropologie-ish :)

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  90. i think the skirt looks great on you!! but i know what you mean about online shopping :/ i rarely shop online for clothes because of similar reasons, but shoes and accessories are ok -i guess.

    and yes i live in LA, well san fernando valley. so if you want to shop or eat or just hang :) hehehe!!

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  91. Love her top. silky feminine. :)

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  92. That skirt is awesome! I think it looks great - but if it bugs you, you'll never wear it and later you'll regret not taking it back. I love all your great finds at JC Penney!

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  93. totally know how you feel about bad online buys! i had so many of them argh! i think, dump it if it doesn't make you feel good!

    Love,
    http://artyaffair.blogspot.com
    (mini giveaway here!)

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  94. It looks fabulous; the length is perfect on you! But if you're not comfortable in it you'll never wear it anyway so may as well send it on back. :) I swear that happens to me with at least 50% of on-line purchases. Lame.

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  95. Gooorgeous skirt, you look SO elegant! =)

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  96. Its a lovely skirt! maybe you can fix it with someone who knows how to sew! that's what I do with things that don't fit me the way I want! and is cheaper!

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