Winter Wardrobe Roundup Part III

Starting with my favorite sweater of all time:

A Kiss of Cashmere

Reversible Top

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
Fit Rating:  True To Size
True To Size
 A Kiss of Cashmere Reversible Top

A kiss of cashmere adds a luxurious touch to this reversible top. Wear as a boatneck with the twist in back, or over a tank with the twist in front. From our collection of luxe feather-soft sweaters, dreamy to wear day to night.

 

I love the rich new colors for this year (I’ve already got the Black Orchid and Pale Plum, and they’re stunning). Whether you’re dressing up or chilling out, the Reversible Top has plenty of elegant drape in a lightweight sweater that you’ll find yourself going back to again and again. These versatile sweaters are perfect for late summer nights, air conditioned buildings, and everywhere in the fall and layered in the winter.

I currently own black, charcoal, heather grey, snow heather, ivory, pale plum, and black orchid. I get tons of compliments on these every time I wear them.

Dream Angels Open-front Cardi

Overall Rating

3 out of 5

Fit Rating:  Slightly Small

Slightly Small

Dream Angels Open-front Cardi

38” from shoulder; hits above the knee Long-sleeve Drop shoulder with an open front Imported polyester/acrylic/nylon/mohair SEQUINS EVERYWHERE!

I was excited about this cardigan. It looks beautiful in the picture, all dramatically drapey and elegant. The reality was a serious let down. First, nowhere in the description does it mention the sequins that dot this cardigan from top to bottom. Some people love sequins and bling, but I find it generally looks trashy. That’s a personal taste thing, but one they should mention in the description.
Second, it looks cheap. This is a big distinction because the materials it’s made of aren’t cheap. It’s just something about the finish on the yarn that makes it look like something you’d buy at WalMart. It’s a bit glossy, and not at all as soft (color-wise) as it looks in the picture.

The length was fine for me, it comes down to my knees (I’m 5’5″), but–perhaps because I’m a DDD–the sides of the cardigan (which I got in a large because I wanted a giant cozy sweater) come nowhere near touching. If they’d added two inches in the width, it would have made a world of difference. It has no shape, and looks boxy, but without the extra fabric to at least relieve the boxiness with drape. It makes my shoulders look HUGE, and that’s not a problem I usually have.

The sweater is soft (it’s itchy out of the package, but with some wear, that will go away). It’s a little on the delicate side, but I expected that, given the materials it’s made of. Despite the instructions of cold wash, tumble dry, I would hand wash this baby and lay flat to dry.

If you don’t mind sequins, prefer long, shapeless cardigans that don’t close (or you have a very tiny frame and bust), and don’t mind the finish on the yarn, you will likely love this sweater.

VS Winter Wardrobe Roundup Part II

So, let’s start off with the great!
Print Legging
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
Fit Rating:  True To Size
True To Size
Prinnt Legging by Victoria's Secret

A fresh look for our wear-with-anything legging, balancing a super-sleek fit with soft comfort

I got these in the smudge print, and I absolutely love them. They’re super comfy and very stylish. Every time I wear them, I get compliments.

They’re thick enough to ward off the chill without being bulky or too warm. They conform to my legs perfectly. With just the right amount of stretch, they bounce back but aren’t too constricting. These are definitely leggings I could wear all year long.

These make the perfect addition to any wardrobe!

Easy Mixers Tunic
Overall Rating
5 out of 5

Fit Rating:  True To Size

True To Size
 Easy Mixers Tunic by Victoria's Secret

This sleek tunic is totally effortless, cut with a simple crewneck and raglan sleeves. A lounge-and-live essential from our Easy Mixers collection of breezy basics made to mix and match.

 This tunic is a lot of fun, and its versatility is still surprising me over a week after I received it. It’s pretty straightforward, so let’s hit the highlights:
  • soft
  • comfy
  • perfectly slouchy, but not dumpy
  • looks great with leggings
  • goes great under sweaters
  • dozens of ways to layer it
  • Since it’s not too thick, I can wear it for most of the year where I live
Sizing: I recommend getting your usual size if you like the way the tunic looks on the model. As the description says, this tunic is relaxed fit, and it effortlessly pulls off slouchy chic. The banded hem keeps it from looking too boxy.
Versatility: the tunic goes great over tank tops, T-shirts, and looks great under T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, casual vests, and many things I’m sure I haven’t even thought of yet.
My only gripe: By the time I found this top, only one color was left in my size. I hope they restock and add more color choices. Get one before they’re gone!Now onto the slightly disappointing:
A Kiss of Cashmere

Zip Hoodie

 A Kiss of Cashmere Zip Hoodie by Victoria's Secret

VS says, “With a kiss of cashmere and the comfort of a hoodie, you simply can’t go wrong. From our collection of feather-soft sweaters, dreamy to wear day to night.”

I’ve always loved the Kiss of Cashmere collection, and have purchased about 20 different sweaters from the collection over the years. The way it looks on the model, it looks like it’s long enough for leggings, and I even sized up for that reason. I wasn’t really worried because I have a short torso. It was still too short. It comes down about halfway down the hip, so it doesn’t cover the butt.
It’s soft. The sleeves are snug, but I like that. What I didn’t like was the width. If they’d cut a little out of the width and put a little more length on it, it would be a great sweater, probably one of my favorites. But as it is, it just didn’t flatter my figure (34G bust, small hips).
If you have a smaller bust and curvier hips, this could be really flattering and fun. It looked gorgeous on my daughter with some jeans. She’s got wider shoulders, nice hips, and she even has a large bust (though she’s just a DD). This sweater just wasn’t what I was expecting.
And, finally, the totally-not-what-I-was-expecting:
Super Soft Terry

Ribbed Legging

Overall Rating
2 out of 5
Fit Rating:  Slightly Large
Slightly Large
 Super Soft Terry Ribbed Legging (Sleepwear)

VS Says, “A lounge favorite turns luxe with comfy ribbing and a supersoft, lightweight feel. ” I say, “A lounge favorite that’s too baggy to be comfortable and the ribbing makes it impossible to tell if the thin fabric is even soft or not.”

I really wanted to love these. I can deal with thin fabric as long as it’s soft. Too many people mistakenly believe that thinner fabrics are all poor quality, and that’s simply not the case. I love modal, and viscose can be nice when done right. These are made of a polyester/viscose/spandex blend, which I’ve found is quite nice in other garments. These leggings, however, are a disaster.

  • They fit my waist just fine, perfectly, in fact, but…
  • They’re baggy in the knees and the butt, very unflattering.
  • They’re too thin for winter PJs
  • They’re see-through, so don’t imagine yourself running errands in these.
  • The fabric might be soft, but since the fabric is so thin, the ribbing makes it impossible to tell.
  • The fabric stretches, but doesn’t bounce back easily, so they’ll get really baggy really fast.
  • I did like the color (Winterberry).

If you don’t mind baggy leggings and live in a warm climate, these might work for you.

VS Winter Wardrobe Roundup Part I

So here are some quick reviews of some of the VS items I’ve gotten this fall/winter:

Body by Victoria Perfect Shape Bra

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
Fit Rating:  True To Size
True To Size
 Body by Victoria Perfect Shape Bra by Victoria's Secret

Supersoft, with the sexy lift of a push-up and the coverage you want. A new, unbelievably soft fabric meets lighter, allover Memory Fit padding for extra support. Double-lined sides give the sleekest shape, with a smoothing u-shaped back for maximum coverage and comfort.

I had seen so many rave reviews of the Perfect Shape bra for so long that I really wanted to try it, but they didn’t offer it in DDD sizes until recently. The first week they were available, I bought my first Perfect Shape bra. I was prepared for disappointment. There are a lot of styles that are made for smaller breasts that just don’t translate well to larger sizes, and since it had taken them awhile to get these in DDD sizes, I thought that might be the case. But the idea of a full coverage bra with the lift of a push-up was so tantalizing that I couldn’t help but hope that it would live up to the hype.

It absolutely did, and exceeded all my expectations. Since it’s full coverage, overspill isn’t a constant battle like it is with demi push-ups. It lifts and shapes, with amazing support, and is playfully feminine without giving up any functionality.

The padding is substantial (what you’d expect in a push-up), and that might be a turn-off for some who might be concerned about adding to an already large bustline, but I’ve found that the structure of the bra holding everything firmly in place actually acts like a bit of a minimizer (without the discomfort), and so I end up with the exact bust measurement that I have with a lightly lined bra. It’s really quite extraordinary.

As far as comfort goes, this bra is a dream. I find it to be one of the most comfortable bras I own, which is why I went ahead and purchased a second—this time in black orchid (pictured above), which is such a rich color, just beautiful. I absolutely recommend this bra to larger busted women looking for a bra that shapes, lifts, and doesn’t compromise  on comfort and functionality.

Oversized Hooded Fleece Tunic

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
Fit Rating:  True To Size
True To Size
Oversized Hooded Fleece Tunic by Victoria's Secret

Have it all—the length of a tunic and the comfort of a hoodie—in soft fleece.

This hoodie has it all, and is exactly what an oversized pullover hoodie should be: soft, slouchy chic without looking dumpy, soft fleece to snuggle into, a beautifully draped hood, and rich color (I got the black orchid) that is stylish, especially with a pair of leggings, to wear out and about or cuddled up with your favorite book.
I actually got a size up from my usual, since I like to layer clothing on colder days instead of wearing a few bulky layers and a coat, and it’s perfect. This hoodie is absolutely true to size, meaning that if you order your normal size, you will get a slightly oversized garment. If you want more slouch (like the model pictured), I’d recommend going a size up. If you don’t like any slouch, you should probably look at one of the regular hoodies VS has.

 Waffle Boatneck Sweater

Overall Rating
5 out of 5
Fit Rating:  True To Size
True To Size
Waffle Boatneck Sweater by Victoria's Secret

Textured but still so soft, this cotton sweater is inspired by a classic thermal. A shirttail hem echoes its sleek boatneck for a look that’s simply polished.

I wasn’t at all certain that I would like this sweater, but after reading the reviews, I decided to give it a try. The very first thing I noticed was the beautiful, rich color. The second thing was the softness. It definitely has a luxurious feel.

It fit perfectly, and is true to size for this style of sweater. As the description states, it has a relaxed fit, and the curved hem allows the sweater to drape in a way that doesn’t look at all boxy. I do wear a DDD to G cup bra, so that might aid the drape factor. If you are larger busted, I really don’t think boxiness will be an issue for you, especially if you order the right size for you.

I don’t like cropped sweaters or those that hit just right at the waistband and ride up whenever you bend over, so there aren’t a lot of options for VS sweaters this year. This sweater is definitely long enough that I feel completely comfortable; it grazes my hip bones at the sides and curves down to cover the zipper on jeans in front and the back pockets in back. It isn’t long enough to wear with leggings, but I didn’t expect it to be. It’s long enough to keep the chilly drafts out, and short enough to look great with a variety of jeans, pants, looks super cute with sweatpants (I usually wear the Boyfriend Pant or Bootcut Fleece Pant) for chilly days when you’re just lounging around, and it would look cute with a flirty skirt and tights for those who like that kind of thing.

The softness of the sweater means that I don’t have to worry about wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt beneath, which is good since I often feel too hot in the winter when businesses have the heater cranked up too high, so I like wearing short-sleeved T-shirts under my sweaters. (Side note: the Daily Tunic/Off-the-Shoulder Tunic tees are perfect for wearing under boatneck sweaters). It also helps reduce the number of times my sweaters need to be laundered, so they last longer. My daughter likes to wear it with a button-front shirt beneath, and it looks wonderful.

In a nutshell, this is a wonderfully soft, warm, surprisingly versatile sweater with a good weight to it, and it’s not overpriced. Grab one for yourself before they’re gone!

That’s all for now! I’ll be back soon with more reviews of the good, the bad, and the strange purchases I made for this fall/winter.

Hilarious Photoshop Fail

The Franato Women’s Firm Tummy Waist Control Shaping Tank Top Vest wins the award for most absurd product image on Amazon for the day. Not just for the hilarity of an uber-thin model wearing a body shaper that’s doing the opposite of sculpting her into a more feminine form, but also for the grotesque display of thigh gap that proves that either a) someone went crazy with Photoshop or b) Franato uses non-human models.

Franato Fail

Franato’s major fail on body shaping vest product photo.

Review: The Long & Lean Cardi

Ah, the Long & Lean Cardi by VS. I have this cardi in 5 different colors, and I check every few months to see what new colors they have. It’s a perfect lightweight sweater for early fall, spring, and summer when you’re going into air conditioned buildings, and it’s thin enough that it doesn’t get too hot when you’re out in the sun.

This cardi goes great with office attire, dresses (both for Sunday morning and Friday night), perfect with jeans and shorts, or just a lazy day at home with sweatpants and a tank top underneath. I’ve never had such a versatile piece of clothing.

I get compliments on them all the time, even from men. The ivory color definitely gets the most compliments, but they’re all well worth the price.

 

THE LONG & LEAN CARDI

Chic, sleek and perfect for layering, this wear-everywhere cardigan has a drapey silhouette and year-round versatility.

What the Truth in Advertising Act Means for Consumers

Jezebel reports that Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democratic Rep. Lois Capps have co-sponsored the Truth in Advertising Act of 2014, H.R. 4341. Representative Capps compares Photoshopped fashion and beauty ads to the now illegal Joe Camel cigarette ads of the past, saying, “Just as with cigarette ads in the past, fashion ads portray a twisted, ideal image for young women. And they’re vulnerable. As sales go up, body image and confidence drops.”

For a quick run-down of what this means (and what they think it means but doesn’t), check out this TYTU segment:

This act is solely concerned with the altering of bodies and faces in advertisements, with an emphasis on publications/websites directed at teenagers. So what does this boil down to?

  • Things such as changing the colors of clothing to get a good representation of what a garment will look like in a different color are not covered anywhere in this bill, though I’ve seen several reporters talk about it. They should probably read the bill itself. It’s one page long. C’mon, people. Try some journalism.
  • It also has nothing to do with front magazine cover images and other published (both digitally and print) images that are not part of an advertisement.

As you all know, I do shop online at Victoria’s Secret for most of my clothing, and whomever they have hired recently is doing a very poor job. Worse than usual, which is saying something. Sometimes the models don’t even look human (belly button in the wrong place, weird shading, too many arms, etc.). And it’s just not necessary. Anyone who has watched the VS Fashion show can clearly see that these women need no Photoshopping. I think it’s insulting to them, and insulting to VS’s customers.

To check out some hilarious VS Photoshopping fails, check out this list of atrocities at Huff Post or, you know, just visit victoriassecret.com. This one’s my current favorite:

Lily Aldridge's belly button migrates north for the summer.

Crochet cover-up top and high-waisted jeans. That’s an odd place for Lily’s belly button to be.