Monday, December 5, 2011

Review: ASOS Double-Breasted Belted Coat (in reg & petite)

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Heels: Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Pump sz 5   Jeans: J Brand Legging Jeans sz 24 (similar)

A while back, I ordered this coat from ASOS to try on. For those unfamiliar with this brand, ASOS is a British online retailer that offers trendy clothing in regular, petite, and plus sizes. Shipping and return shipping are convenient and free, but make sure to keep all the tags and packaging, and try on garments cautiously. They've been known to reject returns due to makeup or fragrance stains. 

Style: I was attracted to the classic trench style of this coat. I love the curved pipe seaming down the front and back, the sharply-constructed collar, the waist tie belt (which is flattering on women of all sizes, as it helps create or define your waistline), and of course, the well-placed pockets. I also adore the flattering back view with a 9" vent and "rain guard" flap with button-tab detail.  

Colors: Petite sizing comes in basic black or "mink" (however this same color is labeled "dusty pink" on a different page), and regular sizing offers both colors plus a gorgeous red (update: per a commenter, the red was not as rich in person, and may bleed onto other garments). I ordered "mink." In person, it's a dusty, ivory-pink...more pink than in the stock photo, which looks like cream.
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Warmth factor: This is a lightweight coat that I wouldn't wear in conditions below 40 degrees (F), unless there's a thick sweater underneath. The warmth level is comparable to J.Crew double cloth coats without Thinsulate. On my (possibly inaccurate) scale, this coat weighs about 3 pounds...


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Fit / Sizing: ASOS sizing, to me, runs smaller than American brands and fits similar to juniors sizing. A size US Petite 1 coat on me (5 feet, ~93lbs, 32-24-32) fits like a US 2 / EUR 32 from H&M, and feels smaller than a 00 Petite in American brands like Ann Taylor and BR. In the photo above, I'm wearing just a thin tee, and there is room left for one chunky sweater. I would not recommend the US Petite 1 for anyone with a chest size over 34B. Sleeves are the perfect length on me (not too short unlike my J.Crew petite coats), and I imagine they should be made proportionately longer as sizing goes up.

Personal peeves: If I kept this coat, I would have to get the belt loops moved up 1-2 inches. Petite sizing is typically designed for women below 5'4" - I'm on the short end of that spectrum, so even garments in petite sizing may need some adjustments. I also don't love how the shoulder epaulets are loopy, like bunny ears, versus flat and crisp like on my Burberry trench. I'm sure they could be ironed down, though.

Measurements: When fully buttoned, a US Petite 1 measures 14.5" across the shoulders, 16" from armpit to armpit, 14.5"across the waist, 19" across the bottom opening, 22.5" long sleeves (measured from the top of the shoulders), and 32" total length (measured from the back center, starting below the collar), and the belt is 62" long. Compare these measurements to the 2010 J.Crew Lady Day coat measurements, keeping in mind that the Lady Day's material is thicker.

Fit when un-belted:
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Quality: ASOS garments tend to lean more towards fast-fashion than classic, quality pieces. That being said, my two unlined, polyester pencil dresses from March have lasted through many wears without notable issues. The outer of this coat feels like a felted wool, and is comprised of 55% wool, 33% polyester, and 12% viscose. The lining is a tacky satiny material, made of 100% polyester. The buttons are a basic, plastic black, and there are extras sewn on inside. At $136, this is a fairly-priced coat, but it'd be a better value during one of ASOS' many sales (sign up for emails to get coupon code alerts).

This coat immediately reminded me of the $50 H&M camel double-breasted coat from this post. In comparison, this coat fits a little slimmer on me, has petite-friendly sleeves (coat sleeves cost $25-$35 to shorten), and a material that feels slightly better and less crinkle-prone (crinkles are a sure sign of a cheap wool-blend). On the downside, this coat is over 2x the price of the H&M, does not come in a classic camel color, and doesn't have a belt buckle or cute sleeve buckle details.
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Verdict: I returned this because I have plenty of coats, and I was not in love with this one. If you are looking for a fairly affordable, classic-cut coat for mild winters, then this one may be worth checking out.

Other ASOS coats available in petite sizing (click to shop): 
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Readers - Did anyone else pick up this coat? Please share your thoughts!

58 comments:

  1. I LOVEEE it on you, and I love the colour <3 I want it now :P

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  2. Stumbled upon your blog on Pinterest and okay, I can't get over how in love I am with your style! You have the CUTEST outfits and I'm obsessed with the work attire. I started in the corporate world just about 2 years ago and I'm still learning the whole outfit thing. I want to have cute, fashionable outfits without looking too casual or not professional, while also not being stuffy. It's a crazy line to walk :) But I can't wait to look through all of your stuff and see what you post next. Glad to be your newest follower :)

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  3. You are so so so gorgeous. Lovely outfit as well of course, but I just can't get over how pretty you are :)

    Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

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  4. I have heard so many good things about ASOS. This coat looks really lovely. Never knew mink was a color. Fabulous purchase.

    http://www.thegirlieblog.com

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  5. Aww you returned it?
    I thought you look really cute in it. And I love the color of it

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  6. So cute. Love the color!

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  7. Great post! I haven't boughten anything from ASOS due to my lack of knowledge regarding their sizing so this post is perfect!!

    <3<3<3

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  8. gahh!! your shirt!! i love it! where is it from??

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  9. Jean!! Thanks for the review! I had just ordered this coat in black also but didn't fall in love with it and just dropped it off in the outgoing mail. I too felt that the belt could have been higher and thought that the torso area should have been slimmer. Like, if I lifted the coat up from my shoulders 1-2", it was perfect. For the $75 I got it for, I didn't want to spend as much on tailoring costs. I just placed an order for some J. Crew coats -- fingers crossed. & I definitely like your Burberry coats better than this ASOS one. :)

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  10. LOL @ the "bunny ear" epaulets!!! Love your detailed reviews - the pink coat looks gorgeous on you, but everything pales in comparison to your Burberry coats.

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  11. Good grief are you particular..and do not get me wrong, I really appreciate the scrutiny, but at times I feel bad for the pieces. Like this coat for instance, I thought it would pass the test, and it looked good on you but then even after crossing seas and oceans..negative! poor thing
    ;(

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  12. Aww it's a shame that it didn't work out. The color is so elegant and feminine, and it goes so nicely with your makeup (what are you wearing?).

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  13. Hi Jean,

    Couldn't find a link to message you... so I guess I'll write here.

    I have been looking for a cropped leather jacket, but have not been successful. Any recommendations? I am aiming for a chic look, something that can be worn with both jeans and maybe a dress.

    I am about 5' 4", 100 lbs, so I am on the border-line of petite and regular sizing.

    Thanks.

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  14. Ooo, I love the color and the look from the back (although it looks a smidge big)!!

    Buttt....I'm totally swooning over Fit and Flare though. I like the shoulder/sleeves a little more. It's a touch of feminine and the collar is goooorgeous.

    I finally noticed why my comments aren't popping up on your comment section. I forget to the word verification every time. =/

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  15. Hi @Sensy~Style! We might have to agree to disagree, but I completely appreciate Jean's brutal honesty. It just shows that she is not a believer in fast fashion, where she buys anything but rather she takes into consideration pieces that are true classics which will last for many years. After all, I think money is hard earned and it should go to pieces that we really love and not pieces that will hang in the closet unworn.

    By the way, congrats on starting your blog! It takes a lot of bravery to put yourself out there for people to freely criticize. I appreciate bloggers very much, and Jean is one of those bloggers who I truly admire for her sensibility, intelligence, and grace.

    Happy holidays to you!

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  16. I bought and returned the red version of this coat (my long arms mean I need regular sized jackets) because the color in person was nowhere near as rich as it appears on the site. In person, I found it to be a very cheap-looking orangey red.

    Also, it came with tags warning that the color might bleed onto other garments. Ugh - I couldn't imagine getting red dye on my other clothes (or worse, my wrists and hands!).

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  17. Beautiful coat! asos definitely carries some great coats.
    <3
    pia

    everlightly.blogspot.com

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  18. Hi Jean! I liked the back of the coat but it still did look a little big on you. I appreciate your attention to detail and it's something I realize I should start doing too with my shopping! I will continue following your blog too. =)

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  19. I know this is a review for the coat, but can you add the detail about the black pumps you are wearing? ;) nice!

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  20. I'm actually not feeling the coat at all (though you look lovely as always!); I'd have returned it too. The color is just a little too pale and reminds me too much of high school/ college kid juicy sweatshirts, combined with a less-than-streamlined fit and details that seem to overwhelm you a bit (BIG epaulets, floppy lapels). It's cute, but I think your decision was a good one. :)

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  21. i'm not sure whether british asos has different sizing to american? i recently ordered a coat v similar to that red one, in the smallest size, & it definitely ran too large (unfortunately!) - i'm 5 foot 3 but it really would have suited someone at least 5,5..

    Katie x

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  22. @Wendy's Lookbook

    Thank you for noticing!! :) honestly, I am humbled,it was a huge feat for me to start blogging, and I'll admit I still haven't caught the ropes yet. hopefully one day I'll be as good as you and Jean. you girls are great at what you do!

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  23. I am personally LOVING this wool trench from ASOS (http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-PETITE-Brushed-Fur-Lapel-Trench-Coat/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=1829360&cid=4177&Rf900=1494&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Green) - I can't wait for a good sale so I can snag it. Fingers crossed it's still available in my size! On a more relevant note, I think the mink coat looks amazing on you, but I can also see why you weren't totally in love with it.

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  24. I'd like to hear your pick from jcrew coat selection this year. Is thinsulate warm enough for Boston winter?

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  25. I've been wanting to try ASOS but a friend had ordered a bunch of dresses from them and warned me that she had to pay a lot for customs (to Canada), so I haven't ordered anything!

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  26. I think this coat fits you quite well but I agree, 55% wool and the rest blended for a sale price of $136...you can certainly do better!

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  27. jean-- i agree with your decision! i think you have so many fabulous coats in your closet. this one if just okay in comparison.

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  28. it's so difficult to find JUST the right coat. I have the opposite problems you have (at over 6 feet tall and very slender). My arms are too long for sleeves and my midriff always wants to show until I buy shirts that are 2 sizes to big. Anyway, always love reading your blog!

    -Nico

    www.SatinAndSalt.com

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  29. Jean, can you please do a coat post that shows those you have? Unlike a lot of bloggers, I know you're on the East Coast, where it actually gets COLD. I have the hardest time finding warm coats for Chicago winters on my very petite frame (well, I'm almost 5'4", but the rest of my measurements are in line with yours, and what fits you in the waist/chest usually fits me or is a little big even). Any pointers would be amazing!

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  30. I agree with your decision to return, while I thought the coat fit you well, I personally didn't think it was worth the $ you paid. Perhpas if it were on sale, but even then, better to have items that you truely love! (At least that's what I'm trying to tell myself these days ;))

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  31. Hi Jean! I was wondering if you could please do a post on what type of outerwear (e.g., wool, puffer, shearling, etc.) you find to be the warmest. I find that as I get older, I get less and less tolerant of cold, yet I also hate layering up. As a denizen of Boston, you've undoubtedly encountered your fair share of miserably cold weather, so likely you have some tried and true outerwear that you fall back on in these instances. :) Thanks!

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  32. The mink/dusty mauve color is beautiful on you! I actually prefer this shade over the camel one that H&M had. For me coats are a wardrobe staple and I think people should invest in high quality ones. My pet peeve is cheap, wrinkly ones. Good choice on sending this one back!

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  33. I also agree with your decision to return the coat. It looks thick but if it's not warm, I'd return it too!

    Also, I wanted to thank you for introducing the ASOS brand (I've read all your posts that had to do with ASOS). I find it affordable and trendy especially for petites. The measurements are true to size compared to many American brands. I cannot stand the vanity sizing here in the states. After discovering ASOS and purchasing my first dress (which was a keeper!), I now buy most of my dresses from here. The free shipping and return (and tax free too!!) is a plus. Anyway, I'll stop yapping LOL. Please continue to do your reviews, whether it's a good or bad review, I appreciate all the details you put into it! :)

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  34. Hi Jean! I've been reading your blog for a few months now and I love it!

    Have you ever heard of the website Plastic Jungle? I recently heard about it from a friend, and I thought it might be helpful for you. People can sell their gift cards for cash through the website, and then you can buy those gift cards at a discount (for instance, there's a $44.33 Ann Taylor gift card on there that's selling for 37.68 - which is a 15% discount!). I saw on the website that they have gift cards to other stores like Banana Republic, Bloomingdales, and H&M-- and since you seem to like shopping at those stores (and you also like to save money!), I thought I'd pass along the info to you in case you wanted to save a few dollars that way. :)

    Doris
    missdorispop(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Jean, you look lovely! What I usually don't like about belted wool coats is I can't seem to tie the thick belt. however you tied it beautifully! would you mind sharing how you tied the belt or is it the same way you tie your regular trench coat belts?

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  36. Oh no! I was so optimistic and excited when I first saw the photos from this post, but I was sad to see the final verdict. I just bought a coat from modcloth that I think is gorgeous, but I know deep down it has to go back (it'd be perfect on someone about 5'5+ and I'm 5'2). Your blog really inspires me to be honest with myself about what fits and what doesn't, and most importantly that I do no have to settle! I feel like there's a real lack of cute, good quality petite coats out there this season for some reason.

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  37. The other thing I noticed about this coat is the puckering along the princess seam on (your) left side at the bust. Maybe it is more pronounced in the photos than in person, but it's a sure sign of sloppy stitching (crooked seam). Dang -- too bad, the coat is cute otherwise!

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  38. color of this coat is so gracious... beautiful

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  39. This looks so girly and sophisticated! It really suits you well! <3

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  40. The coat is very cute!! I like your blog very much because I'm very petite too!!

    The Life After

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  41. Hi Jean. The coat looks great on you, esp the color. =)

    Question: Your Chanel turnlock gold earrings, are they clip ons?

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  43. Hi, Jean! I have a really random comment: Your photos are too big! I love your photos and Nick's talent, but the photos are so huge that only half of it fits on my screen at a time. (This is true even for my huge screen at, um, work.)

    Otherwise, I love the design of your blog! So sleek and stylish.

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  44. ASOS sent out an email about their coats being up to 40% off for the next 48 hours. The double-breasted belted coat is now $101.81 for anyone who is interested. Happy shopping!

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  45. hi jean!

    i just discovered your site and am glad i have another blog i can follow :) love your style! come visit my blog when you get the chance!

    http://herimajination.blogspot.com

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  46. Hi Jean,
    I absolutely love your blog and your brutal honestly when it comes to reviews! But, I wanted to say hi. I think I saw you while you were entering the train station (I won't say what stop for privacy sake). I was coming out as you were walking in. There were so many people around us so I wasn't able to say hi (and I was scared/nervous to randomly stop you during your commute).
    Maybe next time I see you, I'll have the guts to say hi. =)

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  47. Hi there. The color and structure of this coat is exceptional. ASOS has such cute clothing.

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  48. ASOS had a flash coat sale a while ago, and I too was attracted by the coat's classic silhouette while browsing. However, I picked up the Pleated Coat instead, as it was on sale and I adored the flared skirted bottom. For anyone who's interested, I will post a review of that coat soon. Lovely blog post as usual, Jean!

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  49. @Unknown Interesting ... I've always found that ASOS petite items are still made for someone several inches taller than me, which may explain it working well if you lifted it up 1-2 inches. Hope one of the JCrew ones work out for you!

    @Isabella It's from Ann Taylor : )

    @Y-An Are you looking for real or faux leather? For faux, H&M has several styles and Topshop has them too, which run fairly slim. For real leather, if you have a large budget, I love Mackage XXS leather jackets. Also, a fellow blogger at The Little Dust Princess has done several reviews on leather jackets for petite women. She's around 5'2" and very slim.

    @Gracie sorry about the pesky comment verification! A fellow blogger just told me on Twitter that the fit and flare was a little too flared...

    @Anonymous Thanks for the heads-up! I added a little warning in my post for other shoppers.

    @Katie I thought their sizing ran smaller than American, but there could be inconsistencies within their brand, or amongst the styles. Sorry to hear it didn't work out!

    @stellaincognita Hi Stella - How does J.Crew size 00 regular with Thinsulate fit you? It's still not super warm, but I always layer sweaters or a blazer underneath, which helps with both the roominess and gives added warmth.

    @V I think puffy down coats and heavy, fully wool coats (lined) are the warmest. My warmest coat is a very heavy wool toggle coat, but if you'd like something lighter yet still warm, I suggest trying Northface down coats?

    @LyLy I'm glad ASOS has been working out for you! I'm a big fan of H&M for dresses that fit, but if you don't have one of those near you, ASOS is probably the next best bet aside from cheapy F21.

    @Doris Johnson Hi Doris - thanks for sharing this tip! I've seen a few sites that sell discounted gift cards and think it's great for those who'd like to save. I haven't taken the plunge for a few reasons. I'm a devoted credit card user b/c I love seeing all of my transactions in one place, and being able to see at the end of the month how much was spent. Also, I feel that if I bought a gift card, it would make me more apt to keep something I don't need, just because I had the gift card : )

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  50. @Meg Meg, I agree about the dearth of cute petite coats, and good for you for sending something back that didn't fit right. Here's to next year being better!

    @Wendy Hi Wendy, they are stud earrings. They are from 2010 and I've seen them pop up on eBay if you search "Chanel turnlock earrings." They retailed for about $250 and I've seen eBay sellers jack up the price...so be cautious!

    @Rosie Lol! I write my blog posts on a 24" imac screen so I guess I have never noticed this issue. Thank you for the feedback. I might not change the photo size, but I will keep this issue in mind and try to include some smaller ones : )

    @Anonymous Thanks for letting us know! I feel like they keep marking up and down the price on this coat. When I bought it, it wasn't far from the $101 but then they marked it back up to $130! Sneaky!

    @Julianne Julianne - please, please do! I love meeting fellow women with similar interests (especially fellow Bostonians, so we can grumble about this weather we're having now), and I promise I won't bite : ) I'm around that area all the time, and hope to run into you again.

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  51. Very feminine and adorable!!

    teaandbubbly.blogspot.com

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  52. thank you so much for your review on this coat. I was eyeing this coat for awhile, look so damn good and classic chic online, and yeah, it did appear more cream online. so if the color comes out liek the one u posted, is difinitely not my color and yea, material does look cheap. I guess now you put my mind to rest, no more wondering. thanks a bunch.

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  53. thanks for getting back to me Jean. you are awesome!

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  54. oh man jean i currently have this exact coat sitting in my asos cart right now. i hesitated because asos quality can be kind of hit or miss and because i suspected the color in the photo wasn't 100% accurate.

    anyway, it's on sale now for $101.81 :)

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  55. I love this coat on you! I am looking to buy this coat and stumbled across your site. Shame you had to return it. I am taller (5'7) so hoping everything fits better in the regular sized range. Thanks for the review :)

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  56. Hi Jean. Thanks a lot for your review. You just saved me! I almost buy the the red version of the coat. The temptation to buy it was so strong, as it goes on sale for AU$ 63.75 now! However, no matter how cheap it is, I don't want to look 'cheap' too >.<

    Also, nice blog!

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