Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I haven’t had a chance to take photos of my last AT order, but wanted to share this keeper while sizes are still in stock. I liked all the colors this faux wrap top comes in, and went with the one that I own the least amount of. The material is on the thin side but is fitted, stretchy and comfortable. It works well tucked into pencil skirts or shorter, flared skirts for a more youthful look (my mind is already on holiday pairings!). The not-too-long length is also appropriate for wearing with pants.
I received this gallery tote (also in black) from AT a month ago and wanted to test it out thoroughly before posting. It is simple in design, but I’ve received a surprisingly number of compliments and inquiries about it from friends and strangers alike.
The tote is larger in size than what I’d typically purchase for my own frame, but has held up nicely hauling several pounds of stuff over the course of a few weeks. The pliable synthetic material (most people who complimented this bag were surprised to find out it wasn’t real leather) is thin and lightweight, which is a top requirement of mine for daily totes. The material has a suede-like feel on the inside and is unlined.
Since I used it to carry heavy items like a laptop, I used a base shaper that I already had for another bag. Without a shaper (which you can DIY with sturdy cardboard), heavy items caused the base to sag in at concentrated spots. Another downside is that there is no top zipper (just a magnetic clasp), but there is a small zippered pocket inside where I store my valuables. The side zippers in the four corners come down to reveal a print that I personally don’t care for, so I keep them zipped up. I’m pretty happy with this bag as an everyday tote, and would especially suggest it for anyone who likes the size and lightness of nylon Longchamp totes, but feel their structure-less look is too casual for a work bag.
I only found the black color left online, but have seen this navy one in-stores on sale for much less. My experience with this tote has caused me to take a closer look at AT’s faux leather handbag options. This convertible crossbody-to-clutch bag appears both sleek and functional, with a fair price after the 40% off. Putting the bright blue one on my list to check out in-person the next time I visit a store!
For reference, measurements of wrap top (very stretchy) in XXSP: 14.5" across armpits, 12" across waist, 21" length, 22" long sleeves. 95% polyester, 5% spandex.
Measurements of tote: 13" long (looks a little wider due to the sides), 8.5" tall, 5.5" deep, 9" strap drop length.
In sale news, I wanted to mention Shopbop's 25% off friends and family sale with code INTHEFAMILY25 (a few brand exclusions apply). It includes favorites like Clare Vivier bags, Michael Kors watches (here's a petite proportioned one in 3 metal colors), Tory Burch, Clover Canyon, plus there's a decent selection of size 5 or under footwear. I recently placed an order and was pleased with their customer service even though my item was not a keeper. There's free 3-day shipping and returns on all orders, plus they do price adjustments and price matching to other retailers per their policy. For most US states (not sure which exactly), there's also no sales tax on items which adds to the savings.
I had been looking for a darker trench with leather trim, and Elle kindly emailed me about this Rachel Zoe London trench, noting that her outerwear usually runs at least one size small. Sure enough, a size 0 fit me like a glove (I do have a sweater on), similar to H&M sz 2, and even the waist placement and length were very good. The only alteration I needed was sleeve length. I don't mind spending more on my outerwear and thought the price point was not bad given the fit, and especially for genuine leather components. This jacket was not a keeper as it had a little too much "edgy" hardware for my personal style (also note it was mostly unlined), but I'm certainly keeping my eyes open for other outerwear by Rachel Zoe in the future.
And lastly, Saks is also having their F&F sale offering the same 25% off (through 10/20), with Burberry being one of the eligible brands. The well-fitting Billington coat I tried on in this post is still left in sizes 2 and up.