We all know that retail stores, catalogs, fashion magazines, and the like pin the crap out of clothes. Why? To get that ever elusive look that the item fits and drapes perfectly on the model, mannequin, whatever.
J.Crew is no stranger to pinning. Just step into any brick & mortar (B&M) store and find a mannequin. If you look at the backside, there will be at least a few pins holding back the waist of a jacket or two.
A big "thanks!" to Jen who spotted one odd place to find J.Crew pinning clothes! She noticed in one of the images of the Donegal Shawl Cardigan (Item 19247; $148.00) that J.Crew used a big old safety-pin to pin the cuff.
That's right, J.Crew actually pinned the end of the cardigan's sleeve! I don't know about you, but I am constantly worried about sweaters making my wrists look fat. It's one of my biggest issues with clothes. ;) (I heard of cankles, but what is the fat wrist version... wankles?) But seriously pinning the cuff is going a bit too far, I mean really now.
As far as pinning goes... I get the reasons why it's done. In some cases, I think it's fine to do (like for those high end fashion pictures where no one is meant to really buy the clothes). However, I hate it when it comes to retailers using those doctored clothes in their catalogs and e-commerce sites. I find that it's difficult to truly ascertain the items true drape and fit from the manipulated image. I remember purchasing an item from J.Crew several years ago thinking it was a fitted jacket from the image online. When I saw it in person it was actually a boxy shape (or should I write, shapeless). I kept thinking, "this is like false advertising ...jerks!"
I guess this is why I like having a 360 degree view of items– to better determine an item's shape and fit. For awhile, the Gap had videos of models walking and twirling around to showcase the fit of their pants. I loved it! It was so great to see how it "really" looked on a person. (I put "really" in quotes since models, as oppose to every day people, were used. But I will take it!.) :)
What are your thoughts on pinning? Is this something consumers should expect, no matter what the situation? Are there certain situations when pinning is not acceptable? :)