The internet is the perfect place to find inspiration for fun outfits for your upcoming holiday. While browsing Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve probably come across just the right dress for that fancy dinner party or the ideal bathing suit for great beach photos.

How do you turn that photo into a piece of clothing in your closet?

If you are not sure whether a photo can help you buy the desired item of clothing, you have come to the right place. Keep reading to learn how to find a dress or swimsuit from a photo you found online or made yourself.

How to find the exact dress or bathing suit from a photo

Sometimes you see a garment of your dreams in a picture and you don’t settle for less than buying an exact match. There are several apps and tools that can search the internet for you and help you find the exact dress or bathing suit you saw.

These apps use AI-powered recognition technology to identify colors, patterns, styles, and other signature clothing features. If they can’t find an exact match, they’ll show you similar products in different price ranges.

google lenses

Google Lens is perhaps the most powerful photo recognition tool as it can easily search the entire internet. This tool is probably your best chance to find the exact match for your dream dress or swimsuit.

Depending on your phone, you can access this tool through a standalone app in the Play Store or the Google Photos app in the App Store.

Android users who come across a must-have dress or bathing suit in real life can do a search on the spot.

  1. Launch the Google Lens app.
  2. Tap the camera icon above the “Search with your camera” option.
  3. Point your camera at the desired item of clothing and center it in the available grid.
  4. Press the shutter button at the bottom of your screen to search the web.
  5. Once the results appear, tap the “Search” button next to the matched one to view more details online.

If your inspiration comes while scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram, you can find the desired dress or swimsuit by following these steps.

  1. Launch the Google Lens app.
  2. Scroll down until you find the photo with the item of clothing.
  3. Tap the photo to open it.
  4. Drag the grid to center it on the item to make the results more accurate.

You will notice the results update at the bottom of your page as you move the sliders. Hopefully your photo shows the item clearly enough for the tool to find it online. If you don’t isolate the dress or swimsuit accordingly, Google Lens will detect each product in the photo individually.

This detection goes beyond wearables. The tool tries to detect as many objects as possible, including food, plants and other inanimate objects.

When it comes to iPhone users, most of them don’t need to download any additional apps to use the Google Lens tool. This tool is integrated into the Google Photos app. To try it out, just do the following.

  1. Launch the Google Photos app.
  2. Find the photo with the dress or swimsuit you want to find.
  3. Tap the camera icon at the bottom.

After the Google algorithm has done its job, matching results are displayed.


Lykdat is a platform all about finding clothes from photos. It has one of the most accurate algorithms and should give an exact result. For now, Lykdat only has a web client, which you can access through your mobile or PC browser.

As for searching, it couldn’t be easier.

  1. On the Lykdat landing page, scroll down to the “Shop for items you like” section.
  2. Click the camera icon in a rectangle.
  3. Find the photo with your swimsuit or dress.
  4. Press “Open”.
  5. Drag the handles to crop your photo accordingly.
  6. Press the check mark button at the bottom of the image.
  7. Scroll through the results to find the matching item.

What’s great about Lykdat is that you can narrow down your search using filters. If the website shows only similar products, try to help the algorithm by selecting the following filters on the right.

  • Sex
  • Place
  • Colour
  • Seller or brand


If you’d rather use an app dedicated to finding clothes online, consider installing CamFind. This visual search engine platform is available for both Android and iPhone users.

The search process is intuitive and straightforward. Once you launch the app, it will open on a camera. From there you can choose to do any of the following.

  • Take an instant photo of the dress or bathing suit by tapping the purple circle
  • Find a photo with the item(s) on your phone by pressing the Gallery icon on the left

CamFind is slightly slower than Google Lens and Lykdat, but makes up for it in thoroughly researched results. Once the item in the photo is identified, the app displays relevant information.

  • The name of the article
  • Product description
  • A store link
  • Place
  • A related YouTube link
  • A related news article

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t let you crop the photo before the algorithm kicks in, so be sure to do this before.

Pinterest lens

Since Pinterest is the hub for fashion inspiration, chances are your dream dress or swimsuit came from a photo on this social media site. You’ll be happy to know that in addition to inspiration, the site also offers a built-in visual search called Pinterest Lens.

For now, Pinterest Lens is only available for Android and iPhone mobile apps. This tool is perfect for finding more obscure items that other AI lenses tend to avoid. Here’s how to find a dress or swimsuit from a photo using Pinterest Lens.

  1. Tap the magnify icon at the bottom of your Pinterest screen.
  2. On the search page, press the camera icon in the top right corner.
  3. Take a picture of the desired item or find it in your gallery.
  4. Browse the displayed results to find the perfect match.

Pinterest has also partnered with a shopping platform called ShopStyle, which allows it to provide instant shopping links for matching products.

Find a similar dress or swimsuit in a photo

If you’ve spotted your dream dress or swimsuit on a celebrity or influencer, chances are it comes with a hefty price tag. In this case, you can use Amazon StyleSnap to find similar products that won’t break the bank.

How to use Amazon StyleSnap

As the world’s largest retailer, it’s more than likely that Amazon will have a similar style to the dress or swimsuit you’ve fallen in love with. Both Amazon’s app and web client offer a clothing-focused visual search engine known as StyleSnap.

On your PC, you can search Amazon’s database in four easy steps.

  1. Go to Amazon StyleSnap.
  2. Click the “Upload a photo” button.
  3. Find your photo and tap “Open”.
  4. Browse the recommended similar styles to find the one that works for you.

The app poses no more of a challenge than the web client.

  1. Download the Amazon Shopping app for Android or iPhone.
  2. Tap the camera icon in the top right corner.
  3. Tap the “StyleSnap” icon in the bottom left corner.
  4. Upload the photo with the desired dress or bathing suit.
  5. Scroll through the results to find one that is closest to what you have in mind.

Please note that this tool is only available in certain regions for now. So if there is no StyleSnap option at the bottom left, you can only use the camera to scan the item directly.

Make the Internet your shopping mall

Thanks to constant advancements in technology, what used to seem like an impossible mission can now be done with a few clicks. Finding that gorgeous dress or bathing suit from a photo is no different. Thanks to the many AI-powered visual tools available, you have a shopping mall with endless clothing options in the palm of your hand.

Have you ever managed to find a piece of clothing from a photo? What tool did you use? Let us know in the comments below.


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