After thinking myself crazy the other weekend over the whole “missing items” fiasco (I shake my fist at you BR!), I felt the need to take advantage of the Banana Republic 40% off promotion. I hunkered down and searched for things that struck my fancy, coming up with a few items I wouldn’t mind if they just-so-happened to fit.
First up from these shopping adventures…the Silk Blend Streamers Cardigan in size PXXS:
This cardigan, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t bad at all.
What I like: The color! The ribbon details down the front and snap plackets are really pretty and add a little bit of shine to the cardigan. The fabric is lightweight and drapey, so it hangs really nice on my frame and shows off my waist. The length is perfect.
What I don’t like: There’s too much fabric! This is a petite XXS…what’s up BR? See the sagging fabric under my arm? It’s not so bad from the front, but take a look at all the fabric in the back:
See that puddle of fabric at the small of my back? I like my cardigans more fitted than that.
Verdict: Probably return. I like a lot of things about this cardigan, but that puddle of extra fabric in the back makes me look droopy from behind. If you’re a size or two bigger than me, I’d say go for it! I’d keep it if the sizing ran smaller.
More items after the jump…
What I like: Again with the beautiful color! But that’s about it.
What I don’t like: The ruffle detail is flatter than in the stock photo (where it looks a little more wild and fun), and spans across the distance of almost my entire torso, which is too large for my small frame. The length is too long (I prefer tops to stop at the hip, not thigh). Also, the fabric is a bit stiff, which means it doesn’t drape on my waist…instead, it drops straight down and hides it. This top could also benefit from a side zipper, as you can see from underneath my arm that it’s too large, however, I had a hard time pulling this top over my shoulders. Because the fabric doesn’t have any stretch, it needs extra room to allow a person to pull it on, but that makes it too big.
There are almost 4 inches of extra fabric around my waist (thanks to my handy-dandy tape measure):
Verdict: Return. Quite frankly, in real life, aside from the color this top is a bit ugly. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Next up, the Linen Sorbet Dress in size P00:
The stock photo showed a beautiful coral color...but this dress is PINK! I was not expecting this bright of a color!
What I like: The fabric is nice and crunchy like linen should be, and it has a boned corset top. A sturdy back zip cinches you in. There is also a little stretchy elastic at the back, which in theory, should help the dress fit snuggly up top.
What I don’t like: This dress had the weirdest fit on me! The hips are flared out too much for my frame, which makes me look very pear shaped. Despite the elastic backing, the top was still too roomy on me, so the top kept moving and spinning around. But the weirdest thing was, the boned corset top was made for someone with a longer torso than myself, because the bottom of the boning rested right on my hip bone. Every time I took a step in this dress, the movement of my hips pushed up on the corset top, so it moved up and down. I’ve never experienced anything like that before!
Not to mention, it’s still a bit too big:
Verdict: Return. This thing is a big ol’ mess on me. This would probably look better on a curvier girl, who could fill out the hips and bust better than I can. Also, if you have a short torso, avoid this, the boning is not made for us short-torso’d gals.
I have one more box coming from BR this week…maybe there will be something good in that one (**fingers crossed**).