Confession: I placed a huge Uniqlo order at the beginning of the month. It was so large that they had to ship it in two huge boxes. I was extremely unmotivated to open them until this weekend.
Lots on sale at Uniqlo lately. Here are my sale picks which all happen to be $19.90 and are polka dot or stripe strong. Three of the four pieces below are from the Ines de la Fressange collection that I previously wrote about. Really really love this collection!
Images from Uniqlo
- The striped top is cut to accommodate non-ruler figures. I love it. I highly recommend it and the dress version. Note: this is a thicker cotton so will not be suitable for a typical hot summer day.
- Lightweight parka comes in various colors.
- This hoodie is from a collection with Yayoi Kusama and was from the guys’ side. If you really like it, Moma has it in stock.
- Usually silk blouses are too high maintenance for me. This IDLF one is cut well and can be machine washed!
As for the non-pictured John Robshaw collection. I am not a fan of the tees, but the linen dresses are cut well.
I love Old Navy‘s spring collection. It reminds me that bare legs and warmer weather isn’t too far away, and it is super affordable*. They tend to use breathable fabrics like cotton and rayon for warm weather styles, unlike some other lower cost brands that go heavy on polyester (*cough* F21). The quality isn’t amazing but it’s good enough — I have yet to see anything fall apart under multi-season use. Many items come in petite and tall sizing and are lined, which makes it work appropriate. My favorites so far are the dresses in the first row and the chambray shirt and sweater in the third row.
*There was a 40% off promotion last week for cardholders. The current promotion is 35% off for Old Navy and Gap with code DAYLIGHT through Monday, March 9, 11:59 ET. I’m a big Gap Inc. fan — the Gap credit card is totally worth it.
Ponte-knit tank dress (also in black), Eyelet dress in white, Maxi cami dress, Striped linen-blend dress (also in red)
Eyelet shirtdress (also in navy), Belted shirtdress (also in dot print), Ponte knit sheath dress, Eyelet dress in blue (also in white)
Sleeveless eyelet shirt, Mesh-knit sweater, Chambray boyfriend shirt (oversized, inky blue), Gauze eyelet top
Ankle strap sandals in black, white, neon yellow (not pictured)
Image source: Old Navy
Gap Striped Twill Zip Jacket ($88) vs. Zara Striped Jacket ($129)
Slight differences in the shoulder, zipper trim, and one’s black and the other is navy. Both are cotton and lined.
The COS in Paris’ Marais district on 4 Rue des Rosiers is quite large. There are 3 levels and they carry men’s, women’s, and children. I always sneak a peek at the children’s wear… especially if they have accessories worth stealing.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sonia striped cashmere sweater ($295) vs. COS pleated collar t-shirt (€25)
(Image source: net-a-porter and COS)
If you’re a member of the free American Express membership rewards program, you can redeem points instantly for Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic gift cards through their iPhone app for use in-store or online. I don’t see any discounts right now, but Gap regularly has 15-30% off codes on their website. Most codes are broadcast that way. If you have a giftcard for Gap/ON/BR, it works on any of the 3 brands as well as Piperlime or Athleta.
Gap is a total stripe or dot lover’s paradise right now. I think it’s a bit too much; not every item creates the same level of excitement.
Images from Gap.
(Left to right, top to bottom)
(Left to right, top to bottom)
I regularly visit Forever21 online. They restock daily during the week and the good stuff can sell out within a day. The perks of shopping online is pretty immaculate merchandise, no lines or piles to dig through, reviews, FULL refund for mailed back returns, and sometimes free magazine subscriptions. I consider the return postage to be a cost of shopping (and cheaper for those on the West Coast). Of all the online retailers, F21 does a great job on their descriptions, but I’m usually between two sizes and order both to be safe. The disadvantage of getting store credit is, it gets messy if you return items you purchased with the store credit.
(1) Striped Pearlescent Button Cardigan ($19.80). This reminds me of Chanel and easily spruces up a neutral outfit. Just don’t add old lady accessories, unless that’s the look you’re going for.
(2) Essential Striped Rib Knit Top ($19.80). A doppelgänger of the J. Crew Boatneck Popover top from early 2012 (left picture).
(3) Classic Striped 3/4 Sleeve Top ($14.80). I like 100% cotton tops more than blends. Lightweight.
(4) Leopard Faux Fur Jacket ($62.80). My favorite pick! As previously mentioned here, this jacket is back for the Fall 2012 season. If you’re skinny and typically wear an XS, you’re sized out. Alexa Chung is pictured in an older Topshop style that is long gone. I’ve been looking for a leopard jacket for a while and it’s hard to find one that is not too oversized.
(5) Sequined Scalloped Dress ($32.80). This dress is quickly selling out. It is perfect for holiday parties and has a nice 20’s flapper feel with the scalloped edges.
Images from Forever 21 and J.Crew. Alexa Chung image from Google Images.
My last StyleMint post included the red Broadway tee which since sold out, but now available in dress form (at double the price of the tee — 2 credits). I liked that tee because it is 100% pima cotton (see visual here). I forgot to opt out of a month for StyleMint, so I clicked around to see what I could spend my credit on.
This Berlin T is available in two colors: mushroom/ivory (as pictured below) in 50% cotton/50% micro modal or navy/heather grey in 50% poly, 38% cotton, and 12% rayon. Heather grey is a very casual color and can’t be dressed up for work. My wardrobe also lacks something like mushroom/ivory, so I opted for that. I wanted a drapey fit, so I sized up. (By the way, their Facebook wall is useful for asking questions!) The tee is opaque enough that it’s not see through, but wear nude underneath.
I love stripes. These jackets are so cheerful and hard to resist. I like the J.Crew Gondola, the Tommy, and Loft the most.
(Image source: Net-a-porter, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Macy’s, Talbots, Loft, and Forever 21)