Monday, April 21, 2014

Ann Taylor petite spring reviews

A few sales of note: from now through 4/22, take 50% off women's & men's apparel at J.Crew Factory (prices as marked) and 25% off full-priced items at J.Crew regular. Thank you to several ladies who let me know J.Crew Factory now carries petites sizing! My pick is this classic-looking cotton trench for $99.

Ending Tuesday 4/22, Neiman Marcus has extra 25% off sale items (prices as marked) plus a $50 off $200 regular price coupon with APRIL50. These two are stackable on a number of items, at least in the home department where I was browsing. Saks is having their 25% off F&F sale from now until Monday 4/28. Unfortunately most designers brands are excluded, but Ferragamo, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch appear to be included. My favorite classic suiting brand, Theory, is also having 25% off sitewide. All of these stores now offer free everyday shipping, with NM & Theory also offering free return shipping.

Ann Taylor is having their best sale I've seen from them this season - 50% off site wide plus free shipping at any price with WOW50 *sale ended.* My quick picks are the Kenzie pumps (looks like an office staple) and the Horizon skirt, and the mitered stripe full skirt (see factory versions on me below). Also see this post for a few reviews from this season (note: bags are unfortunately excluded from sale). I've been in need of a basic white skirt for work and ordered this stretch twill one to try.
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AT factory petite skirt (retail $90 - huh? more than the regular store? plus 40% off I think), gingham top

I passed by an AT outlet this weekend and was lured in by the pretty colors and prints. There was extra 60% off sale items there, plus ad hoc extra discounts on top of other pieces. I was in a rush so I took note of the retail prices, but am not 100% sure about the additional discounts for the items below. I do have to say some prices at the regular store are surprisingly better, even before the current promo mentioned above!

First up, I tried on this floral skirt to show it as an alternative to the WHBM one I love, which is now sold out. The knit quality felt good and I believe it was fully lined with an invisible zip. Please note in the photo above I have about 2" pinched back with a hair clip to show where it should sit. This blouse came in several versatile patterns and colors, but the fit was just too boxy all around (excess material balooning in the back).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fan print skirt + cropped cardigan

full skirt cropped cardigan
Gap tie-neck top (similar in black), Kate Spade skirt (altered), LV Speedy 25 bag
Sole Society Olyvia heels (5 colors), Target cropped cardigan (old)

I wore this to work on Monday, which already feels like a distant memory with snow back on the ground. Spring in Boston...why such a tease? Anyhow, this is another outfit that combines old favorites plus one of my go-to color pairings. I kept the rest of my look neutral, finishing with pumps that provide plenty of leg-lengthening action despite having a low, manageable heel.
full skirt cropped cardigan2
I first learned about Sole Society through Cee's many posts remixing their shoes and handbag. I remember being surprised at genuine leather for the price points, but Cee keeps a very edited closet so I trust her opinions on quality. I was happy to see that the brand offers shoes down to a sz 5, plus has cute jewelry and scarves to boot. Short legs be damned, I'm a sucker for ankle-strap heels and was drawn right in to this pointy-toe style.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

shop bop sale 041414 F&F sales are kicking off left and right - first up, take 25% off many designer items at Shopbop with INTHEFAMILY14 until 4/17. They always offer free 3-day shipping + return shipping for U.S. shoppers (international rates may vary). Please note the site is notoriously slow during this sale, and may take a bit of refreshing. Shopbop picks:

1) J Brand midrise cropped skinnies: I wear denim from all ends of the price spectrum, but my J Brands are a favorite. Both pairs I own make even a flatter rear end look fantastic, and have maintained good hold and resiliency. I haven't tried this specific pair, but wanted to share as the 25" inseam (intended to be cropped jeans) might work for shorter ladies with no hemming needed. See J Brand jeans (hemmed) on me.

I've also heard wonderful things about Rag & Bone denim quality, and ordered these well-reviewed high-rise skinnies to compare (love the consistent wash). As commenter S. pointed out below, their higher cotton content could lend to a thicker, sturdier denim.

2) I've eyed these Blank spray-on jeans since seeing them so often on Kelly - ordered a pair to try as well, since my ON white jeggings are now misshapen and in dire need of a replacement. I noticed there is another Blank option in the same style but with 98% cotton and 30% cheaper, however limited sizes are available.

3) I've been enjoying the Rider bag (update: brown now sold out, but Nordstrom might price match if you live chat with customer service) and all its convertible features. See my past reviews here and here, but please note mine is saffiano leather versus regular. I can see this neutral brown color looking better with age and a little wear.

Another sale of note is at Lord & Taylor -  take 25% off almost everything with code FRIENDS, and 10% off beauty. There's several pretty spring picks in their petites department, but sizing for their brands carried usually start at 2P/XSP only. Here are some of those pieces that caught my eye and are on double discount with the F&F promo. The dotted 100% cotton sweater has a removable collar - versatile for using under other tops/dresses for a chic layered look without the bulk. The bold floral print cardigan would look adorable tucked into a black or white full A-line skirt.

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Lastly, take an extra 25% off the entire store at all Theory outlet locations from 4/15 - 4/21. A good opportunity to pick up quality suiting separates, as they're usually already marked down at least 30% at the outlet. The biggest selection I believe is at Woodbury Commons, NY, and they can ship orders for $15 if you know the style names, colors and sizes you want.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The DVF wrap dress

DVF ikat dress1
DVF New Julian silk dress c/o, Yoox Nana heels (old), clutch from the Philippines

With the spectacular weather we've been having, I wasted no time in breaking out this vibrant little number. I'm partnering with DVF for a few posts this season, to share some of her pieces that work beautifully on various body types. As a sale note, their friends & family event ends today 4/13 - take 25% off most items site-wide using code SPRING25. For a piece that can be worn for years to come, my pick is the iconic silk jersey wrap dress in a fresh blue (choices include a petite-friendly 19" skirt and a 23" skirt), or in their signature chain print.
DVF ikat dress3
While doing research on the wrap dress, I stumbled upon a tidbit of history that was interesting, especially to someone who has attempted sewing for quite a while now. When DVF first introduced it in 1973, shoppers could either buy the dresses in stores or recreate them at home. She sold her dress patterns through Vogue's Very Easy line (ironic, as sewing with knits sounds anything but easy to me) starting at $1, and her printed knits went by the yard via Cohama fabrics. The patterns showed possibilities in various lengths, with/without collars, and even reversible! Take a look at one of these vintage patterns below.
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