Archive for Great Buys

Better in person… Lane Bryant’s Corduroy Blazer

I’m not a big fan of Lane Bryant’s; I’ve got some things of theirs that I like, but more often I’ve been unimpressed with the quality, cut and style of their clothing. However I regularly (once per season) check in and try on some items to see if I like them.

Yesterday I visited a new store and wandered around.  I saw some things that were blah, some that looked like they might be cute but in fabrics I wasn’t wild about, and others that I tried on.  One of the items I tried on turned out to be FAR cuter than the picture on the website suggested and came home with me.

Now, having seen the way I dress, you know I don’t wear a lot of blazers/jackets.  Most of the time I find them confining and uncomfortable.  This one isn’t.

What it has is some terrific detailing – but what the official picture (left) fails to show is the terrific tailoring at the waist.  While it doesn’t looks boxy in the picture, by buttoning it up they lose some of the curve that makes a garment like this look terrific.

The fabric is a very VERY fine wale corduroy that I almost didn’t recognize as corduroy in the first place.  There is a lot of detailing at the waist that shows up better in the blue picture than the black.  Those details accentuate curves and make this a terrific looking jacket.

I tried to get a good shot (right) but my husband isn’t exactly the greatest photographer.  (I cut my head off in the picture due to a particularly bad hair day.)  However the fact that the shot is in our master bathroom should tell you that I brought the jacket home and will be wearing it if and when the temperature drops below triple digits here in Arizona.

The shopping-fu is strong in this one

I love a good deal more than anything I can possibly think of.  I mean, it makes me giddy.  When I get a good deal I will sometimes buy pieces that are experiments.  I did that a couple of weeks ago with Coldwater Creek but only half of the items fit well enough to keep.  I had to take $42.21 worth of stuff back.

Now, I’m still cranky with Coldwater Creek for no longer carrying 3x in their stores; I started shopping there in the first place because I could go in and try things on, and that isn’t possible any longer.  But I took a look through the clearance section anyway and tried a couple of things on.  And found the most amazing arizona garment…

This is their easy twill anorak jacket in a color they call deepest olive.  I probably wouldn’t have looked at it twice online, but when I tried it on I discovered it was far cuter than the picture success. (Popping the colar helps…a lot.)  It has some great detailing, including a bit of elastic at the waist to give it some shape and pockets that won’t gap awkwardly no matter whether the jacket is worn open or closed.

Of course, since they didn’t have the 3X I tried the 2X.  I was disappointed to find it didn’t quite fit; I could zip up the jacket but it was skin tight around the hips when I did.  Not a good look.  And being that tight meant that it gapped funny around the hips when it wasn’t zipped.  For that reason I went to the counter and checked if they had it in a 3X online.  They did.  At full price.  The one on clearance was marked down 34% plus another 30% off of that.

I talked to the girl at the counter about it and she informed that they could call in the order and get that price on it.  The end result was 139.95 marked down ti 89.95 with another 30% off of THAT and a 10 dollar coupon from my previous order.  End result: $58.25 with free shipping.

Obviously it would be  better if anyone could go online and get the great price I just got, but it does suggest that the occasional look around isn’t a bad idea.

And keep in mind that when you are dealing with a store that has physical locations like J.Jill or Coldwater Creek, you can usually return items there with no cost for shipping and if you order items you can get them shipped for free.  That can save a few dollars at least.



OOTD September 12, 2012: More goodies from Kohls

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a surprisingly good experience at Kohls this past weekend.  This tank and cardi were part of the haul!

Both pieces are from their Apt. 9 line, although for whatever reason this gorgeous tank isn’t on their website.  What I love most about it is the variety of colors in it; shades of purple (like the cardi) along with some pops of orange and black.  I liked it so much I bought it in another color combination rooted in greens and yellows.

The necklace is from Forever 21, about the only type of thing I ever buy there.  All this was worn with the same old basic black trousers (I was in a rush) and a pair of Naot Fusion sandals that I find remarkably comfortable. Naot Footwear - Fusion (Metallic Road Leather/Black Gloss Leather/Silver Threads Leather) - Footwear

(I have to admit that I worry about how long the platform trend will stay in.  Personally, I LOVE it – some extra height without tottering around in heels.  But this is probably the closest thing to an out-there pair of platforms I have because I fear having them go out of style on me.)

Labor Day Sales

I am of two minds when it comes to Labor Day sales.  On the one hand, I’m NEVER one to pass up a good sale; things I like at 20% off I LOVE at 50% off.  But the fact is that summer (and spring) are my WORST seasons.  If you look at my outfits, I wear a lot of black, olive, rust/red, purple, etc.  In other words, dark and RICH color palates.  Fall, Holiday and Early Winter.

So instead of the standard list of Labor Day sales, I’m going to focus on vendors that are putting EVERYTHING on sale, so that those of us who really need to be shopping the new season’s stuff can get on it!

6pm: The new fall lineup on sale starting 9/3

Swimsuits for All: 30% off plus free shipping with code LDSHIP

Footsmart: 15% OFF + FREE SHIPPING SITEWIDE* when your product total is $75 or more (Clearance included)

Fashion to Figure: Buy one get one 50% off, the entire site with code FTFBOGO

Karen Kane:15% Off ALL Regular Priced Items with code AFFREG15 through 9/30!

Styles for Less: Labor Day Sale: 20% off entire site

Jessica London: 30% off with code JLE3462

Roamans: 30% off with code RDLABOR30

Lane Bryant: Buy one get one free with code BOGOFREELB

Notice that several of my favorite sites are NOT on here: J.Jill, Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Talbots, and Soft Surroundings all have minimal sale items or clearance items only.  Same appears to be the case for most of the department stores (Nordstrom’s, Dillards, Bloomingdales).

If you are interested in other possible sales (or looking for clearance pricing), check out the The Curvy Fashionista – Her list is pretty complete!

Saks end-of-season Sale, up to 60% off

Saks is having an end-of-season sale with prices up to 60% off.  Many items are perfectly suitable for wearing now.  Combine this with free shipping code AUGSFA and these great items start to look cost effective!  I have my eyes on:

Melissa Masse Printed Dress, $206.50

Tahari Printed Tunic, $68.60

Eileen Fisher Long Linen Cardigan, $159.60

Michael Kors Cap Sleeve Dress, $91.00