Thanks to improved technology and manufacturing, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to spot fake designer items. But guess what? There are ways to pick out the imitations – and we’re about to share some of them with you. So, strap yourselves in folks. From Burberry scarves to Louis Vuitton handbags, here are the hidden details to look out for with your favorite brands.
40. Guess watches
Looking to pick up a genuine Guess watch? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. The real items have wristbands that consist of leather, metal or silicone, according to Bright Side. If it’s fake, you might notice scuffs, splits or an unpleasant scent. On top of that, keep your eye on the back as well. A proper Guess apparently has “Japan Mov’t” carved into it.
39. Hermès handbags
At first glance, it might seem impossible to spot the variations between a real and fake Hermès handbag. But there is a way! The website Racked notes that you should look at the imprint near the upper section. If it’s just below the seams and blends into the material, then the product is genuine. Knock offs will be closer to the center with clearer text.
38. Victoria’s Secret bathing suits
Turns out that spotting a fake Victoria’s Secret bathing suit is easier than you might think! Bright Side claims that the real products are double weaved, which means they’ve got two layers of material. Plus, the tags will be a dead giveaway, too. Authentic bikinis always have white, pink, clear or black labels, and the sizes will range from extra small to extra large. Counterfeits apparently just cover small to large.
37. Ray-Ban glasses
Ray-Ban glasses are pretty cool, right? But what separates the real thing and a fake? Well, quite a bit actually! To begin with, look at the cover it comes in. According to Bright Side, the front button should have the brand’s name engraved into it. And there’ll be an imprint to its left. As for the shades, keep your eyes on the right side. Genuine Ray-Bans reportedly all include an “RB” inscription on the glass.
36. Versace T-shirts
Versace is one of the most recognizable brands on the planet. So how do you pick out counterfeit products like T-shirts? As per the Voice of People Today YouTube account, you must first take a peek at the label. If it’s stitched in at the top and includes a stylish emblem, it’s real. Fake items have poorer tags in comparison. Plus, the seams will be of abject quality as well.
35. Supreme sweatshirts
Supreme sweatshirts are nice and stylish, so there’s some obvious things to look out for with the fake items. You see, Bright Side notes that genuine products will include the company’s emblem on the front – with an unbroken white thread dotting the outside of the red box. They’ll also boast flattened laces around the neck that have knotted ends. Apparently, knock offs will deviate from those designs!
34. Diesel jeans
We don’t know about you, but we love slipping into a comfortable pair of jeans. And Diesel products are particularly cool in that respect. Mind you, you’ve got to be wary of the fakes. One of the easiest things to look out for is the quality of the pocket logo at the front, according to Voice of People Today. If the product is perfectly stitched with no creases, then it’s genuine. On top of that, the inner tags should be full of detail. Counterfeits reportedly boast very flimsy labels.
33. Adidas shirts
If you’re worried that you’ve picked up a fake Adidas shirt, the best way to confirm it is by looking at the upper section. Voice of People Today notes that real products have quality labels stitched into the neck and an added stripe lining the area, too. For their part, knock offs include some awful tags in comparison, as well as poor hemming around the stripe.
32. Burberry scarves
How do you pick out a real Burberry scarf from a fake? Well, it’s simple really! According to Bright Side, you should look at the lines dotted across the material. If they’re solid, then you’re holding a genuine product. And be sure to check the tassels as well. The counterfeits are likely to untangle with the slightest bit of contact.
31. Converse sneakers
Are you a fan of Converse trainers? If so, then it might be an idea to take note of this. It can be surprisingly easy to pick up a pair of fakes over the real McCoy. To avoid that, Bright Side claims, just take a peek inside the sneakers’ tongues. Puffed up labels are a sign of genuine products – containing serial codes and manufacturing details. It’s that simple!
30. Reebok shoulder bags
Sport brands like Reebok sell a host of different products today – including shoulder bags. Now at first glance, spotting the variations between real and fake items in this instance isn’t that simple. The counterfeit bags look just as good as their authentic counterparts. But the zippers are the big giveaway, according to Voice of People Today. The latter has the company name imprinted into the metal, while the former doesn’t. Problem solved!
29. Christian Louboutin shoes
Struggling to tell if that pair of Christian Louboutin shoes are fake? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Just answer this question: do the pumps boast the same cloth material from the toes to the heel? If so, Bright Side claims that they’re real. Plus, the bottom of each shoe should be no other color than a shiny red – with the company logo imprinted into them.
28. Under Armour sneakers
Under Armour is one of the trendiest sport brands out there, so it should come as no surprise that there are imitations on the market. How do you spot them, though? Well, let’s take a look at a pair of sneakers. According to Voice of People Today, the logo should be an immediate giveaway – it’ll appear slightly misshapen. The glue marks around the sole are another issue, too.
27. Louis Vuitton handbags
This is a tough one. Telling the difference between real and fake Louis Vuitton handbags isn’t easy. Then again, that’s not to say it’s impossible. As per Racked, one big indicator can be found in the sewing that connects the handles to the bag. The threads will be poorly stitched and crooked on counterfeit items. You won’t be able to unsee it now!
26. Puma sneakers
Puma make some stylish sneakers, wouldn’t you say? But how can customers spot the real thing over knock offs? To start with, Voice of People Today recommends looking at the heel. If the company’s logo is imprinted with a slim material, then it could be a fake. That’s because it’s broader on authentic trainers. The latter’s base is also springier – making it more comfortable to wear.
25. Lacoste polo shirts
If you’re looking to buy a polo shirt, then you can’t go wrong with Lacoste. They’re simple and stylish in equal measure! To make sure that you’re getting the real deal, though, Bright Side recommends searching for these two details in particular. The iconic crocodile emblem needs to be brightly colored, with its tail aligning above its body. And check out the buttons – authentic polos only use those with two openings.
24. Gant shirts
Want to pick up a Gant shirt? Good choice! So, how do you swerve the counterfeits? It’s not as difficult as you might think, actually. According to Voice of People Today, the company logo on the fake shirts is usually of poor quality – causing creases to emerge in the fabric. Alongside that, look at the inner stitching. Apparently, it’ll be night and day compared to the real thing.
23. Crocs footwear
Ah, Crocs – who doesn’t own a pair of these comfy shoes? They’re incredibly popular. That said, there are plenty of fakes on sale today as well. One clever way to check if you’ve got the real thing is by flipping them upside down. Authentic Crocs always have “boulder, colorado” imprinted on the bottom. Meanwhile, the imitations don’t.
22. Fendi bags
If you’re shopping for a new Fendi handbag, take a peek inside the product before you get your wallet out. According to Michael’s, The Consignment Shop for Women, genuine bags will contain a shiny sticker boasting the company logo. It’ll also have a code embedded into it. How cool! Plus, the interior tags all have numbers printed across their rear.
21. Ralph Lauren sweaters
It’s fair to say that Ralph Lauren is one of the hottest clothing brands in the world. So yes, that means you’ve got to be on your guard for fakes. To give you a hand, Voice of People Today recommends that you look out for these two differences. The first relates to the logo. Authentic products will be perfectly stitched – unlike knock offs. And then there’s the back label. Imitations aren’t only bare, but their hemming leaves a lot to be desired too!
20. Armani jeans
Armani jeans are pretty stylish, wouldn’t you agree? But is there a way to tell the real products from the fakes? You bet. Just take a peek at the metal buttons, Voice of People Today says. If it’s authentic, the company name will be engraved into it, as well as the back. Frauds can boast spelling errors and a blank underside. Seems simple enough!
19. Pandora bracelets
Pandora bracelets can cost a pretty penny on the high street, so you want to make sure that you’re getting the real thing. According to Bright Side, genuine products have clasps that boast the company name. You’ll find a crown hanging over the letter “o,” too. Also, each charm will include the logo around the edge as well.
18. Wrangler jeans
When it comes to jeans, Wranglers are a very popular choice on the market today. How can you avoid the fakes, though? Well, Voice of People Today says you should just have a gander at the back label. The stitching and lettering should be perfect – imitations struggle to get that right. Plus, the latter’s “care instruction” tags also lack quality. You’ll notice it straightaway!
17. Chanel Boy Bags
Let’s be honest here – no one wants to be tricked into buying fake designer gear. And that’s especially true with brands like Chanel. You’re expecting the real deal, right? Well, Racked claims that there’s an easy way to check if items such as the Boy Bag are authentic. You see the interior tag with the company name? It should line up with the hemming at the top. Apparently, anything crooked is bad news.
16. Nike Air Max sneakers
While Nike has a host of sneaker designs on the market right now, the Air Max is one of its most popular products. But if you want to make sure that a pair is real, zone in on the “air chamber” near the sole. It should barely budge when you apply pressure to it, according to Bright Side. Fakes will, though, as they’re completely empty. Plus, genuine trainers will have tongue labels without stitching.
15. Tommy Hilfiger jeans
Tommy Hilfiger jeans are a worthwhile investment – providing that you avoid the counterfeit pairs of course! To do that, take a closer look at the top button. The real products should boast the official brand logo at the front and back, Voice of People Today claims. As for the labels, they’re usually threaded or stuck to the material. Fakes, meanwhile, don’t have the same level of quality.
14. Michael Kors handbags
If you’re looking to grab a new handbag at the store, then you can’t go wrong with a Michael Kors. They’re great. Anyway, the quality of the bag should tell you if it’s real or not, as the leather won’t contort or become misshapen. Bright Side notes that it should be really tough – unlike the fakes. That’s apparently the big giveaway!
13. Lee jeans
Lee might not boast the fanciest brand name, but its jeans can’t be beaten. How do you spot fake products on the rack, then? Well, the buttons and labels should help you there. The authentic jeans will have the logo engraved on the top button, while the back label must be stitched all the way round the material, according to Voice of People Today. The quality of the leather waist tag will be telling as well.
12. Prada shoes
Alongside the handbags, Prada’s also known for making shoes, too. And you won’t be surprised to hear that they’re of excellent quality. Though Voice of People notes that the same can’t really be said of the fakes, which makes spotting them a lot easier. Just look at the stripe along the sole. It’s all over the place! On top of that, the silver insole is nothing like the real deal.
11. North Face jacket
Looking to pick up a North Face jacket? Well, you might want to listen to this. At first glance, it’ll be tough to distinguish a real product from a fake. To get there, you need to peek inside the coat and study its main zipper. Authentic items always contain a size label, while the metal fastener boasts the brand’s logo. The imitations have neither, Voice of People Today claims.
10. Rolex watch
Be honest with us – when you think of fancy watches, Rolexes pop up straight away, right? It’s the go-to answer. Mind you, it’s also a brand that often gets imitated. To ensure that you buy the real thing, have a look at the face. There should be a tiny crown close to number six. Then, put your ear to the watch. According to Brightside, you should hear no ticking!
9. Hugo Boss polo shirt
It’s safe to say that you can’t miss with a Hugo Boss polo shirt. They’re incredibly stylish. And the fakes are severely lacking in that department. Just look at the logo in this picture! Unlike the genuine shirts, the stitching’s all over the shop – producing some weirdly shaped letters. The difference in quality is crazy.
8. Calvin Klein underwear
Yep, there’s fake Calvin Klein underwear on the market as well. Who’d have thought?! Anyway, your best bet to spot them lies in the lettering and stitching, according to Voice of People Today. The imitations often boast text that doesn’t match up to the real items, while the hemming is pretty poor close to the back labels. You can’t miss it.
7. New Balance sneakers
Bright Side claims that it’s quite easy to pick out a real pair of New Balance sneakers from the fakes. How so? Well, the authentic trainers are plastered with official logos – from the tongue to sole. As for the “N” at the edge, it should be stitched into the material like a patch. If it’s not, then you’re likely holding a counterfeit pair.
6. Skechers sneakers
Unless you’re really looking for a difference, you can easily mistake a fake pair of Skechers for the real McCoy. We wouldn’t blame you in the slightest! Yet there are small details that give the game away. As per Voice of People Today, the hemming of the tongue’s logo isn’t always the best. And at the bottom of the shoe, the brand’s name should be spelled out.
5. Fila sneakers
Fila might not be as popular as some of the other sport brands out there, but its products are still pretty cool. We’re a particular fan of the disrupter sneakers. Are the fakes easy to spot, though? Sure – providing that you know what to look for. Voice of People Today claims that the imitations have poor needlework around the sides and a less-than-impressive logo printed on the sole.
4. Levi’s jeans
As the king of jeanswear, Levi’s products have countless copies draped throughout shops across the world. If you’re trying to avoid these fakes, keep an eye out for a few small details. According to Bright Side, the real pairs must boast slanting lines down each denim leg. The stitching on the rear pockets should also be shaped like the beak of an eagle.
3. Yves Saint Laurent polo shirts
You’re all familiar with Yves Saint Laurent products, right? The brand has one of the most recognizable logos on the planet. And guess what? It’s the perfect tool to differentiate a real item from a fake – especially when it comes to polo shirts. You see, authentic YSL gear is perfectly stitched, while the frauds have very small mistakes. It makes the logo look a little off.
2. Dior sneakers
To be honest, only the eagle-eyed among you would spot this one. Some fake Dior trainers are almost identical to the real thing – barring the odd difference. According to Voice of People Today, the first of those can be traced to the lettering at the front – it’s crooked on the knock off. And at the bottom, the text and star are similarly wonky. You won’t get that with the genuine products.
1. Timberland boots
If you’re looking to buy a pair of boots, then you can’t go wrong with some Timberlands. But how can you avoid fakes? Well, it turns that that there’s a few ways. First Things First says that you should take a peek at the emblem near the heel. If it’s real, the imprint will be vertically positioned. After that, examine the shoelace holes. Do they resemble hexagons? If so, then those boots are genuine!