I’m updating very frequently due to a huge backlog of posts – reviews, travel, cooking(?) – that have accumulated in my Blogger, so please bear with me : ) Last week I watched my first episode of Mad Men (Nick has always been a fan). I was instantly hooked by the demure styling, the impeccable hairstyles. Although the hairstyles are impossible to achieve with my crispy/piecey hair, I did feel inspired to pick up one item from BR’s Mad Men Collection.
I’ve been looking for a simple lace top for layering, for both work and weekend outfits. This shell comes in black or cream, from Petite XXS – L, as well as regular and tall sizes. I ended up really liking this one, but warning – it will not be flattering on every figure. The length is cut short, and the petite version is probably not suitable for someone too much taller than me (5 feet). I rarely find tops that are short enough to be worn with pants, untucked, so I’m embracing this.
The silhouette is fitted on top and flared toward the bottom. As a result, I didn’t think it would work tucked in but I was pleasantly surprised. The part at the waist is still somewhat fitted so it doesn’t poof much when tucked. Armholes are a little big, but acceptable. See this in regular sizing on Elaine and Sydney.
I paid about $37 after 25% off (unfortunately this line is excluded from many BR coupons and discounts). Will it go on further sale later on? Maybe. Probably. I’ve seen cheaper lace shells at H&M; or F21, but this one feels more elegant versus trendy. I got both black and cream to try on, and although the cream has tiny flecks of gold sparkle, it’s still the keeper color for me. I’ve worn it twice to work so far – once under a cardi, both tucked into a pencil skirt, and once with cropped pants and a swing jacket.
As for the rest of the collection, I was un-impressed. Watching the show, there was so much potential for an inspired collection, but many of the items seem low quality for the price (ie. plastic-y leopard trench at $200, itchy leopard cardigan at $80). The styling in BR’s online photos with the hair, pearls, and glam lipstick appeals to me more than the clothes, but still falls short of how the show’s characters are styled.