First, J. Crew Factory:
Floral Embroidered Sundress, 0, $36, (here)
See also on Gigi
The sister dress to this one here, I was enamored with the embroidery and the price tag (on clearance rack for $60 with an additional 40% off). The 0 fit well in the waist and throughout the skirt but was tight in the chest / ribs. I also preferred the cap sleeves of the sister dress to this one.
Verdict: No, didn't fit well
Girls' Printed Poet Blouse in Neon Persimmon, 14, $33, (here)
I tried this on after seeing the pretty print on Cee, but was surprised that this girls' blouse was both too big and too small on me. The frame was pretty narrow making it difficult to extend my arms, but the body was incredibly full and fluffy making me look like a balloon.
Verdict: No. Kids clothing is always a hit or miss, this one was definitely a miss for me.
Cora Dress in Festival Green, 2, $36, (here)
For the price / shape / color, I was sad that they didn't have my usual size 0. Hoping that it would run small, I tried on the 2. The fit wasn't horrible, but the extra roominess and floppy chest made me look more rectangular than usual. This dress is probably TTS.
Verdict: No for a 2, but would def buy a 0 for the $36 price tag
Back in the late 90s, I remember there was a big scandal with Tommy Hilfiger being racist - particularly against African and Asian Americans - so I had always avoided his merchandise. Upon googling it a few weeks ago, I found it was all an urban myth (details here). Feeling like I was free to re-examine the brand, I stopped in the store and was rather drawn to the nautical theme / Americana colors.
Striped Tee, XS, $27
I really liked the single red stripe and roll-tab sleeves. The fact that it was soft and fit well was icing on the cake.
Striped Sleeveless Blouse, XS, $24.99
Loved the stripes as per usual, but wondered if it might be TOO red / white / blue. Body had too much volume for my taste.
Verdict: No, not for me
Next, we headed to Banana Republic Factory store:
Wrap Dress, 2P, $32 (clearance)
I loved the color scheme of this and wish it had been more flattering. The dress was a pullover style and did not have any zippers / closures. Though this is convenient for dressing, this often means the fit only works on certain body types. It did not work for me. I felt like the blouse-y fit / lack of definition was a poor choice for my shape.
Verdict: No, not flattering
Striped Dress, 0P, $60
Like with the one above, I love the blue / green color scheme, but eek! This was definitely too small for me and it struggled to contain my Mommy hips. The chest, because it is virtually nonexistent after nursing 2 children, fit fine. A good option for smaller ladies! (If you're wondering, that small hand belongs to my toddler who was directing me on what to try on next :)
Verdict: No, but I have some fabric to recreate something similar ;)
DIY Handkerchief Peplum Dress (original post here)
2 eBay Necklaces
Hope everyone had a great weekend!