This Is The Same Dress?! Why Shopping Online Is So Difficult

A couple weeks ago, JCPenney presented its spring and summer clothes at a fashion show, and after seeing a ruffled pink dress with an expensive Lanvin feel, I thought, “I must have that!” But when I looked at the Allen B. by Allen Schwartz dress on JCPenney’s website (on sale for $49.99), I couldn’t believe it was the same dress. If you’ve never thought stylists were important, here’s an example of how much influence they have. Paired with glossy hair, bright lips, simple jewelry, and silver heels at the fashion show, the dress looked like something Natalie Portman might wear. What a difference a pair of cropped leggings and a different cuff bracelet make in the website photo. There, the dress looks young and trendy, but the classy flavor is gone. (Good styling also explains why we want every single thing in the J.Crew catalog.)

Would I buy this dress based on the product image on Not a chance. But I have high hopes that the look in the photo simply doesn’t mesh with my aesthetic — but I guess I’ll have to trek to an actual JCPenney store to check out the dress in person.