New Year's Eve in July
I spent a lot of time around New Year's Eve looking for a sequin skirt. Who knew we could buy one now for next to nothing, probably to save for the Big Event but possibly to wear for a fun night out?
Styling suggestion for now...
Sammy's got it
It can be intimidating & exciting to roam through 10,000 affordable pieces of clothing looking for one that suits you.
But it's exactly up my alley too. I've always wondered about the large clothing manufacturers overseas that sell clothing in bulk at amazing prices. Should I be wary of them? Are they trustworthy?
So I was excited when Sammy Dress, an international online clothing company headquartered in Hong Kong, contacted me & asked me to do a product review. I was offered the opportunity to pick any item under $10--almost everything on the site was under $10, so I had hundreds of choices. After narrowing down my selections, I came across this long cotton skirt & decided it was the one for me.
The skirt arrived about a week & a half later with a kind note. It's a little close-fitting, so I'm glad it has a drawstring waist that allows me to adjust it to size.
It's made of a super soft cotton blend, so comfy it fits into my category of what to wear when you're dead tired.
I like that it's trumpet style (not a tube skirt), so I can easily walk in it. It also has a slit on one side, so I can walk in full stride!
It's ideal for throwing on when I get home from work, but it's also elegant enough to wear to work...
I asked a friend of mine from Taiwan if she knew Sammy Dress. The type of company was familiar to her, & she praised Sammy Dress for its variety & price. I looked at a few other Asian clothing sites she sent, & I think Sammy Dress is much easier to search. I love that you can scroll down on any page & see several images of each item from different angles & on a model. They offer a search box too if you're looking for a specific style or piece.
I researched other reviews of Sammy Dress online, & most everyone seems happy with their service, style, & quality. I've learned from watching a couple video reviews that the "one size" they sell if you don't buy in bulk is around an American Medium. I like reading the reviews under each item on the website since they're truly from around the world--from Puerto Rico to Ukraine. They all mention the fast delivery.
I've noticed even in my short time knowing Sammy that things sell out, which doesn't surprise me.
Many of the items on the Sammy Dress site don't suit me (they are too young), but many things seem just right.
Here are a few of the items I've considered ordering:
Sammy Dress clothing makes me want to try some of the trendier styles. And--you know me--I'm also eyeing their men's clothing (for me :-):
They also carry a limited but very cute (& affordable) children's line.
You can follow Sammy Dress on Facebook, on Pinterest, & on Twitter.
Many thanks to Sammy Dress for introducing me to their line & for the lovely skirt!
Have you shopped from Sammy Dress or a similar site? Please share your experience.
One skirt for a trip to Africa
Dear Fashion Feline:
We're terribly excited! We're going to Africa over Spring Break! The packing list is very short & particular. We are required to travel very light for the safari, & we'll have to wash our clothes in the sink at times during this trip. I need a knee-length skirt that packs light, washes easily, & doesn't wrinkle--will you help me? --Samantha
How amazing to go to Africa! Here are 4 travel skirts that are both stylish & versatile.
Wish I could come along to see all those big kitties there :-).
1. The Eddie Bauer Aster TRAVEX Skirt
Eddie Bauer carries a line of travel gear called Travex. Below is the ad for it from their catalog & the link to the skirt if you click on the photo. It comes in 3 colors & can be converted into a dress. I think the length might be nice if you won't be able to shower & shave your legs as much as you might like on this trip.
2. The Athleta Strata Skirt
I own this skirt in two colors, & I'm crazy for this patterned version. It can be worn year round, it doesn't wrinkle, it's the right length, & the price is right if you buy one of the solid colors.
3. The Patagonia Vitaliti Skirt
I own this skirt too, in blue. It's a lightweight, high-tech material that washes without wrinkling. It has a flattering shape.
4. The Horny Toad Chaka Skirt
I love this color below ("night shade"). It seems to me not so dark & drab as black, multi-seasonal, & versatile.
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A little flounce in your skirt
A little flip in your hem, a ruffle in your step--something playful, flirty, & flattering about flounce skirts.
Do you own a flounce-hemmed skirt? Where did you find it?
From Ann Taylor
From Banana Republic
From Brooks Brothers
From The Limited
Dress 'em down or dress 'em up.
Try 'em with a bird tee... with a lace top... or with a crisp shirt or sweater.
Black & white: my work "uniform"
It's no news that black & white makes it easy to get dressed in the morning. Even when the pieces aren't so new, black & white together almost always looks crisp & conveys the impression "I got this."
Black skirt, white blouse
Black pants, white shirt, black pullover
What's your work "uniform"?
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Our daily lace
Lately we see lace attached to everyday items. Do-it-yourselfers: it seems we should be able to recreate this look easily enough.Anthropologie Rione Skirt, $118
I looked all over Etsy to see if someone might have handmade a similar look to this. No luck.
Banana Republic Lace-Front Pullover, $79.50 minus 40% with the code BRweekend
My favorite of several lace-fronted sweatshirt-type pullovers out there.
J. Crew Factory Lace-front Tee, $31.50
This top is really a pretty good deal. Comes in 4 colors.
Free shipping today.
Do you sew? Could you recreate this look yourself?
Are you searching for something?:
The basic black skirt
One morning recently I woke up saying, "I need a black skirt!"
I'm not necessarily a follower of the 10 Item Wardrobe, but I do believe in buying all-season pieces, especially for work.
If I had to limit myself to 10 pieces, I'd definitely include a black pair of pants and a black skirt since they look hip and go with everything. I'd pick the type of black skirt that suits you best, whether it be mini or knee-length, pencil or A-line.
Two from H&M (now available for online shopping!)
Two from Forever21
One from Boden
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Blue & orange (and maybe a touch of white). I wouldn't have thought I'd like this combo except for the Broncos! But I've been looking at this kids' rug from Target and thinking "hmmm--looks fresh, makes me feel happy." And then reading my favorite kids' book The Trouble with Mister by Debra Keller the other day, I noticed this adorable orange and blue outfit in an illustration by Shannon McNeill. That's it--I'd seek out a navy skirt, throw some orange on it, and see if it might work.
Love this $14.99 skirt from Joe Fresh!
Paired with orange or coral:
I put together an outfit like Heather's--I like how you can wear just black or white to play up the skirt. Heather's scarf is so pretty; I'll work on adding a scarf, trying different black tops, and adding other accessories.
Thanks so much for giving me another outfit option for work, Heather! Heavens knows it's hard to get dressed in the morning!
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Here's Athleta's version of it, available in regular or tall in 3 colors.
I was at the zoo on a cold night around New Year's and noticed a woman wearing an ankle-length version of my skirt. She looked GREAT. You would think that a puffy skirt would look bulky, but actually she looked athletic and shapely.
Skhoop of Scandinavia has a strong appreciation for puffy for those in cold climates. They carry insulated skirts in all sizes and lengths, but they are fairly expensive.
What a great apres-ski item! Are you starting to crave one yet?
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