Preview an Online Purchase

Another Style School participant pointed out that my demo technique for the class could work perfectly for “trying on” potential online purchases.  Just copy/paste your own face photo into a Powerpoint slide and add the purchase you’re considering.

You can crop, resize and reposition easily, to approximate the color impact you’ll get if you buy the item.  The combination on the left is clearly not balanced while the one on the right seems to flow effortlessly.

Or try on fabric yardage the same way.  If possible, use a photo of the fabric draped on a mannequin or dress form so the scale of the print is adjusted for the approximate scale of your body.  Makes the choice below pretty obvious,right?

More later on ways to preview style decisions.  Stay tuned …



About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Carla on January 2, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Brilliant hints, Nancy! Thank You. Happy Health New Year to You and Yours!

  2. Suzanne Godwin on January 3, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    What a great tip. It is so hard to visualize how an online purchase will look especially since the models are usually small, tall and young.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on January 3, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      Glad it is helpful. I’m noodling on additional ways to get a more accurate “preview”. Stay tuned.

  3. Cassie on January 24, 2021 at 1:16 am

    I’d recommend using Krita – a free art program similar to photoshop. That would let you easily use layers whose visibility you can turn on and off to quickly layer different options, and you can also easily erase areas that are getting in your way – and use color masks on pictures of items you already own to see if an overdye would help tone down those bright whites! Or to see what alternate colors would work better with your level of contrast – if the stripe is too bold on a fabric you’re considering, fiddle with the color until you find a level of contrast that works well, then focus on that when looking for a fabric.

    Great advice! I’ll definitely be using it!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on January 24, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      Sounds like a fun process to experiment with – thanks for the tip.

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