On Instagram, I follow many influencers that are advertising really cute clothes and beauty products. They make this stuff look SO high quality. They pair super inexpensive Pretty Little Thing outfits with a Louis Vuitton or Gucci bag and some Alexander McQueen shoes. Let me just tell you right now not to be fooled! The outfits from these companies that are sponsoring these people are SO SO SO cheap! Not just talking price here, but the quality is so poor it looks like it came from the Family Dollar or Dollar General. I did get a pair of leggings from a Family Dollar store once when I was in a rut and they were way better quality than this stuff! Plus, why the heck would you be sporting a $2000 bag and a $10 bikini? Seems a little off, no?
I know people who are totally against buying cheap clothes that are probably made by children being overworked in another country like Vietnam or Indonesia. I’m not afraid to admit that I fall into the ignorant American category sometimes and want to save money so I’ve browsed these sites before not really taking into consideration how and where these items are produced. I care mostly about what my body will look like in their bikinis. So selfish and apathetic I know! Some companies that outsource fashion designs to poor countries actually have material and quality that is decent. Such as Express and Victoria’s Secret. Not the greatest quality, but will last a little while, be true to size, and you won’t feel like you threw money in the trash can.
I gave some of these companies a few shots (PrettyLittleThing, FashionNova, OhPolly, PinkBlush), ordering different types of things to see if just some of it was junk. Nope, every single time, every single item was the poorest quality and also the measurements were incorrect on everything. Making me feel like I need to be skinnier to actually fit into my correct size! For a lady who just had a couple kids this is the last thing I need when purchasing outfits to feel good about my image again!
I can’t help but be so annoyed that these perfectly tanned, skinny women who showcase a number of high end designer items, are trying to sell these poor quality rags! I will never sell my fashion soul and take this route, I don’t care how much they would pay me.
Next time you see an amazing outfit on an influencer on Instagram that looks so perfect and too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. Let’s not forget that photo editing apps are changing the true appearance of these clothes, as well as their whole image! This is why women feel so insecure about themselves because people widen their hips and bust to make them look bigger with a dang app! Also their faces are touched up to appear more perfect than a barbie. So fake!! I am grateful that I have the common sense to not do this. I couldn’t think of anything more disgraceful.
My argument with my husband that brick and mortar will always be king with clothing wins out here big time. I am pretty much done ordering clothes online. At least swim suits. Maybe ASOS or Nelly or Zara but that would be it, and even then I’m sure I’d have to do some returns. Save yourself time and money and don’t believe these influencers trying to sell clothes that you will have to pay a fee to return! I’ve already made the mistake for ya!