Amazon is known for its wide range of offerings, fast shipping, and cheap prices, but recently we've been hearing a lot about Amazon Fashion. We have ordered everything off Amazon - from toilet paper to a food scale, but never clothing, so we decided to give it a shot.
We are a team of three at DC Refined and we come in all different shapes and sizes. We thought it would be interesting to all order the same thing and see how the fit differs on each of us. Also, we wanted to review the quality of the items depending on the price we paid for them. The items ordered were a dress for $18.99, a blouse for $13.99, and a jumpsuit for $29.89.
Below you will find a review of all the items from each team member, and definitely check out the photo gallery to see how they fit our very different body types.
I'll admit I dismissed this dress the second I saw it online. If you're busty like me, anything with a remotely tent-like shape is generally considered off-limits unless you want to add 20 pounds to your frame. That said, I was pleasantly surprised that the dress was more teal than it appeared online and the jersey had a nice bit of cling to it so it wasn't totally shapeless, especially when layered with a jacket. Still the cleaning instructions online specify that the dress must be hand washed in cold water, leading me to suspect it's not as durable as my current go-to throw-it-on dress, a waist-defining frock from H&M that's lasted for several years and retails for about the same price.
According to this shirt's seller on Amazon, an XL is a US size 8 and the measurement across the chest is 10 inches below my most recent bust measurement. You cannot imagine my surprise when the shirt not only fit my chest, it was also long enough to accommodate my 5'7" frame. The cut itself wasn't especially flattering on me, but that's not uncommon with tunic tops. What really dissuaded me from purchasing it was the weirdly plastic material and chemical smell that didn't leave the shirt even after taking it after its packaging for several hours.
This jumpsuit was a lot more red in person, so I looked like a chubby little Santa Claus from the get-go, but the horrors didn't end there. I get that I have thick thighs, but I'm not wearing any shoes in my photo because I couldn't bend over enough to zip up my boots and the crotch hit a solid five inches below where it should be. The worst part, however, was the fact that the snap intended to make the jumpsuit more modestly cut completely popped off while I was just trying it on. It's a hard pass on this one.
I don't typically purchase flowy dresses like this one because I am only 5'0" tall and they make me look even shorter than I already am. But this dress wasn't that bad for $18.99! I ordered a small and it fit really well. The dress hit right above the knee and had the perfect amount of flow and hugged in the right places. I am photographed in flats, but I think this dress would pair nicely with a cute pair of heeled boots for the fall and winter. Quality wise: I think you get what you pay for. This dress will probably only offer you a handful of washes before it starts to rip.
There were so many things wrong with this blouse. The polyester material made it extremely uncomfortable and clingy. I ordered a small and size wise it fit well, but I couldn't get over the feel of the fabric. To me it felt like wearing a shirt made out of a summer pool toy. Would I pay $13.99 for this blouse again? Absolutely not. I would say if you are ordering this top, I would stick to your original size or go a size down.
In my opinion, I have pretty normal size thighs for my height and weight. I workout often so I do have some muscle there, but I never go above a size small in jumpsuits. This jumpsuit fit perfectly length wise and around my bust and waist, but the thighs were another story. Lets just say, if I bent down I probably would've ripped the suit. For the $29.89 I paid for the jumpsuit, I thought the quality would be much better. The chest button was on the verge of falling off and the fabric was very thin. Would I recommend ordering this jumpsuit? No. (Unless you have toothpicks for legs).
This dress was the only part of this experiment that I thought would maybe fit me well, as long as the top portion was form-fitting enough to counterbalance the flowiness of the bottom, which can sometimes just make me look shapeless and frumpy. And I was very happy to find that the top fit perfectly, and the dress wound up accentuating the right curves -- I liked it enough that I ended up keeping it, and got several compliments on it! I admit that I am worried about the rayon material shrinking or bleeding dye on the first wash, and it's already on the shorter side for a casual work dress, but for less than $20, I don't have much to lose.
I wear a lot of blouses like this one, and I felt like the fit was flattering, but I couldn't get over the pattern on this. Something about it just reminded me of a men's work shirt, and not in the good androgynous kind of way that is super trendy right now. Plus, the shirt was incredibly wrinkly as soon as it came out of the package, and I don't like anything that needs to be ironed after each wearing. I thought the blouse looked much better on my coworkers than it did on me, but I don't think any of us could get over the odd material. The label said it was polyester and cotton, but nothing about it was soft or comfortable in any way. Let's just say I was very happy to package this bad boy up and send it right back to where it came from!
Ok, I was dreading this one to be honest. Jumpsuits are NOT meant for my bodytype. I'm a pretty firm believer that most of them only work on very tall, thin women, and I am neither of those things. And this was definitely not the jumpsuit to change my mind. I felt like I was either wearing nursing scrubs or a navy polyester prison jumpsuit! The plunging, V-neck was loose in all the wrong places, and barely stayed up on my smaller-chested frame. The cinched waist hit right at my "trouble areas" and the butt was so saggy! Overall, just not flattering. At all.