Weekly Shopping UpdateMarch 28, 2013
Some people have trouble getting excited about spring merchandise when the weather is grim outside, but not me (three weeks ago was a different story). As fun as it was to shop for sweaters, coats, jackets, and wool bottoms, I would be happy to never look at another wool coat again (until next fall, anyway).
Banana Republic was running an in-store, extra 40% off sale earlier this week which should still be current. Online, take 40% off your total purchase with code BRSHOP40 (ends 3/28). I tried on a few things while I was there and thought I'd share pictures with those of you who are similar to me in size. I reluctantly picked up the Banana Republic Belted Graphic Pencil Skirt that I found on the clearance rack and will consider the purchase more carefully over the weekend.
Here are my thoughts on the items that I tried on; I'll keep them short since I didn't have time to carefully examine them. The print on the Hampton Fit Bold Print Crop (on sale for $89.50 in-store before additional discounts) was interesting and the material did not feel particularly wrinkle-prone (I also think this pattern disguises wrinkles well). Since my size was not available, I tried the pants in a size up from what I normally wear so it was slightly big, as expected. I think it runs true to size. I can see this being appropriate for both work and play and will work well with bright colors.
|Hampton Fit Bold Print Crop | 0P | Ranger Red|
The Pastel Tweed Pencil Skirt (on sale for $69.99 in stores) is cute in concept but I thought the colors looked flat in person. The skirt runs big so size down. The details are typical - banded waist, invisible zipper, vented back hem, lined - and the material did not appeal to me so I left it behind.
|Pastel Tweed Pencil Skirt | 00P | Pale Yellow|
|Sleek Suit Belted Dress | 0P | Navy|
|Orange Belted Trench | XSP|
I ended up returning the Essential Polka Dot Sheath Dress and Nautical Striped Shift Dress from the last shopping update. I liked both dresses but am betting that similar styles with better quality will come along later this season. I submitted another order the other day for the Essential Denim Jacket (I eventually want to order the Faded Denim Jacket to compare) and Striped Maxi Dress and will post pictures when I get them.
And how fun are these costume jewelry? I avoid buying Forever 21 jewelry online because it's final sale but couldn't help myself.
|Anchor Charm Necklace | Beaded Cat Ears Headband | Cutout Bow Charm Necklace|
I remain a scallop fan through and through but can't help but think "I can probably take an old sheath dress and make my own" with this J. Crew offering. The dress is better made than I had anticipated but I just can't imagine shelling out $168 for it.
|Scalloped Dress | 00|
|The Downtown Field Jacket | XXS | Mossy Brown|
|Lace-Stripe Dress | 00 | Ivory|
The Windsor Tweed Skirt reminds me of the Tweed Exposed Zip Skirt that I got last year so for those of you who wanted to get it but missed your chance, this is an excellent alternative.
Lastly, select spring items are 20% off today at ASOS. I really like the Skater Skirt in Wide Stripe but the length gives me pause (as I age I am starting to gravitate toward longer skirts, like these spring-y floral skirts)
|Pencil Skirt in Floral Print | Pencil Skirt In Floral Print | Pencil Skirt in Retro Daisy Print | Pencil Skirt in Mirror Floral Print | Midi Skirt In Summer Jacquard|