BB Dakota Groton Tweed Skirt & 20% off Chanel Sale

I’ve gotten many questions regarding a skirt on my sidebar, so I apologize for this past-due review. Unfortunately, size 0 is sold out on most sites, but it could pop back in stock or even show up on a sample site (got mine from Gilt). My photog was out of commission today, so here are my first ever-attempts at self-photography. It’s darn hard!

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Top: Ann Taylor Factory Petal Shell in Winter White, sz XXSP
Skirt: BB Dakota “Groton” Tweed Skirt sz 0 (buy here)
Cardigan: Martin & Osa sz XS (similar here in XXS on sale)
Belt: AT Perfect Patent Belt sz S (buy here) (hole-puncher info here)

Style: The style of this skirt is meant to be high-waisted and short, with a slight tulip poof. This really isn’t a skirt for professional wear due to the length – more fun and flirty. Nevertheless, I’ve worn it to work a few times already over opaque tights, which makes it look less inappropriate. I wish I could find a skirt like this with a classic pencil silhouette.

Fit: I got the size 0, and the waist fits me perfectly with no alterations. There is an inch of room on both sides of the hips, but due to the style I think it’s passable. Length hits me at mid-thigh. Aubrey from ProudyPetite is slightly bigger than me, and reviewed this skirt here.

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Measurements: size 0 is 12″ across the waist, 17″ across the widest part of the hips, and 16.5″ long.

Quality / Value: The tweed material (or is this technically called boucle?) is nice and thick, but I’m bummed that this skirt is unlined. I’m not sure how the decision was made to not line an itchy skirt that retails for $90! I got it for $40 on Gilt plus shipping, and was too lazy to return it. The lowest price I’ve seen was $26.99 on Modcloth.

Verdict: Like the material, but don’t like the silhouette or length. I already wore it a few times so I’m keeping. I’m not sure if I’d buy from BB Dakota anymore because the style and cut are truly that of a junior’s clothing line – good for casual wear but not for work.

My perfect pumps arrived last week along with my Ann Taylor Factory petal shells. Twitter friends saw a preview, but here they are again. The petals are washed out in my lackluster self-pics, but in-person they are very pretty as expected. The shoes are also a nice, neutral rich brown – looks identical to their Cognac pair from 2009. Size 5 fits me perfectly.

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Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps in Saddle Brown, sz 5 (buy here)

I also wanted to share a promo that I came across on the Purse Forum. Bloomingdales usually offers a small discount off your entire purchase, on the first day you open their store credit card. Usually this discount is 10%, sometimes it’s 15%, and twice a year – it is 20% off. It’s rumored that from March 10th-13th, 2011 the 20% off will be happening. This is a rare, rare opportunity to get a discount on brand new Chanel.

The discount is taken off the back-end, which means it shows up on your credit card statement. At the register, however, you will be charged the full price. Your entire purchase has to be made on a Bloomingdales credit card to get the discount. Intrigued, I called around to do some research, and this is what I found out:

– 2011 retail prices: Rectangular Wallet on Chain – $1295 to $1575, Petite Shopping Tote – $1600, Small Classic Flap – $3200, Medium Classic Flap – $3400, Jumbo Classic Flap – $3700. Nauseating, yes I know.
– There are only three Bloomingdales that carry Chanel: South Coast Plaza in CA (714-824-4721), New York City (212-705-2856), and Chestnut Hill in MA (617-630-6723). They usually only have classics in black or beige, so no fun colors.
– They can ship to any state in the US. Some SA’s told me it’s a $25 fee, and some told me it’s free.
– Tax will be charged based on the shipping address. I was told tax will be charged regardless of whether or not there is a Bloomingdales store in your state, which doesn’t seem right to me.
– Usually they give new cardholders a $500 credit limit. Your SA can help you request a limit increase the day you open your account.
– On March 10-11th, cardholders get triple rewards (9% of your spending back in gift cards).

I personally prefer to save $ and buy pre-owned, but the prices of pre-owned classics these days are sometimes almost comparable to a new one with this discount. I know a few bloggers have been bitten by the Chanel bug, so hopefully this info is helpful for those considering a new investment piece.

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I recently came across your blog and love love love your style and all the tips. Just one quick question, does the bloomie discount apply to LV bags? Theree is a LV boutique in SF bloomie but I was told we can not get any discounts from bloomie, not even bloomie employee discount, since the LV boutique is independent from bloomie. So sad.

    Posted 1.3.12 Reply
  2. skirtsplus wrote:

    Now I know fit skirt type A. there for use inform my office.

    Posted 11.5.11 Reply
  3. cuteskirts wrote:

    Hey match regarding skirt. So cute.

    Posted 11.5.11 Reply
  4. undani wrote:

    you so cute for tweed skirt.

    Posted 8.15.11 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I have the same skirt in 0 and love the style, but it's seriously one of the most uncomfortable skirts I've ever worn. I'm adding a lining to it myself.

    Posted 7.30.11 Reply
  6. One CHic Pea -In this year's factory version of the shells, the armholes are significantly smaller! it seems that they fixed the gaping armhole issue. i've been wearing mine all solo, with nothing covering or layering over the armholes.

    Posted 3.18.11 Reply
  7. I admire your fashion sense and simple pairing. The chiffon shell softens up the look. How are the armholes of the XXSP in comparison to your petal shell from here: http://www.extrapetite.com/2010/03/quick-review-ann-taylor-petal-shell-and.html

    Is it an item that you would be comfortable wearing solo, or would you still prefer to cover up the armholes with a layer?

    Posted 3.17.11 Reply
  8. PetiteXXS wrote:

    I LOVE this skirt on you! If it were lined (and still available) I'd be all over it. I like how you shortened your cameo necklace too btw… is that a different chain or did you just double up the long one?

    Posted 3.14.11 Reply
  9. Samantha wrote:

    Love your blog! Cute outfit and pictures!

    -Samantha

    http://thisfashionista.blogspot.com

    Posted 3.10.11 Reply
  10. Thank you ladies for your sweet comments!

    @couturecoco Whenever I feel a little too monotone, a splash of yellow cures it all : )

    @Vicky LOL with March Madness about to begin, I think Nick is welcoming a break from blog photography.

    @Rainy Days and Lattes I also like buying "pre-loved" lol. It's a testament to the item's quality if it can last several owners : )

    @Irene Eek! Good luck! I'm super excited for you. I'm sure they have a few of those left across the three Bloomies. Just make sure you've seen it in person and tried it on to make absolute sure it's what you want : )

    @grace Aww Grace : ) <3 SKirts are fun, though! Even if you don't wear them to work, one or two cute ones for nights and weekends are a must.

    @serenadeveryday Not J.Crew in Moss, but they do have a lot that looked similr in their "bronzed ochre" color! And I hope you get a tripod for more outfit pics : ) Tripods & remotes are the best!

    @origamidumpling Nice! I also have worn a slip, but it's too long and starts peeking out. Slips also add bulk. Dislike!

    @Karen Hi Karen – they are oldies from Aldo…several years old!

    @SewPetiteGal You're right…I think I would hate being super cautious not to damage something that's brand spanking new. Pre-loved is usually the way to go : )

    @Anonymous Do not despair…there are a few members in the Alterations Needed forum who are also very curvy yet petite. Have you checked out the forum yet?

    @kimmie I usually look on ebay and sites like Malleries. If you're a member of the purse forum, they have lists of recommended sellers and they also help authenticate items for free, if you leave a post including the listing. For sellers I always look at their feedback and selling history.

    @Banhannas Yes, being petite definitely helps with shorter skirts! And I hope your flower shell finally arrives!

    @Anonymous Oh, that's odd! I think I read somewhere a dab of lotion helps stop squeaking, but I would google that before trying it myself. I'm glad they fit well though!

    Posted 3.8.11 Reply

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