If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook you’ve already seen all of these photos, but just in case you don’t, here’s what I wore, and what I tried on at the Splendid grand opening party here in Austin last night:
Of course I wore Splendid (same style tee, different stripes) to the party 🙂 – also AG stevie sateen jeans & my 3.1 Phillip Lim ryder satchel, with No6 Clogs:
I really love this cashmere cardigan, but not enough to buy it now that I’ve tried it on. If it was much less expensive, I might be more tempted, but the dolman sleeves were a little strange on me. I do LOVE the cut though, higher in the front, lower in the back. Perfect to wear with leggings 🙂
THIS TOP IS SO GOOD. I can’t find it online anywhere in the color I tried on, but trust me, it’s perfect. I like it better than the “famous” shirt that they launched last year (it wrinkles too easily). It’s obviously longer on me than on the model, but I do have a very short waist.
Finally, this dark teal top is what I ended up with (couldn’t pass up 20% off :)). It’s very hard to tell from the picture the true color, but it’s quite dark, and sooo pretty. I might have found a color I can wear! I asked all my friends at the party which top I should get – the blue or army green one above and this is the one that won out. Now, if only it would get cool enough to be able to wear it…
Seriously, if I had more money, I’d have bought a lot more than I did because everything was pretty good. As I’ve mentioned before, I love doing most of my shopping online, but it’s fun to be able to try things on in person also. In the case with Splendid, it’s made me interested in a lot more pieces I wouldn’t normally be interested in just from seeing online. Very dangerous…
You already know it, but I adore that blue top on you! And I couldn’t tell in the Instagram pic, but it’s kind of got ribs, doesn’t it? VERY flattering color on you (I hesitate to call it color for fear that you’ll ditch it! 😉 )
I agree with MV, the blue top pops on you. I also love the Splendid line. Their tees are so soft, but not quite as comfy as my James Perse faves. You should really start an official, JP Fan Club. You’d make a great president:).
Oh man! If you’re trying to reduce your clothing consumption, the new Splendid store is going to make it hard. : )
I have two questions for you.
1. Did you notice how much of the merchandise was not made in the USA? Last week I saw some Splendid shirts at a great price at Nordstrom Rack in Seattle but they were made in China, so I left them behind in disgust.
2. Did you try on any Splendid footwear? I haven’t seen any in real life and I’m wondering about the quality. I do like some of the styles.
Grechen Reiter says
true. but i won’t buy without a discount, so that’ll decrease it a bit!
yes, i did notice that more stuff is not made in the US – my striped shirt is made in mexico for example, but i didn’t know that until after i got it home and wore it. the blue top i bought last night is made in the US and so are the pants I bought a while ago. i’m kind of disappointed in that, but i do still believe that MOST items are made in the US. i’ll just have to pay more attention from now on and only buy the made in the US items.
i have a pair of sandal wedges from the summer and i tried on the wedge sneakers recently, and overall, the quality is okay, but not great. not as great as vince shoes for example. the sandals are really lightweight, and fairly comfortable, but not something i’d want to wear all day. or walk around in for too long..the booties look interesting though. my store has a few pairs, so i might try them on at some point. and i like the look of the smoking flats, but i worry about quality/comfort.
Thanks Grechen! It’s really buyer beware out there. You have to be vigilant and look at labels. So many North American quality brands are moving overseas. I also saw at Nordstrom Rack that several Eileen Fisher items are made overseas. I know you’ve talked about that before.
And I am SO shocked by that, Laurel and Grechen! I thought that a BIG part of Eileen Fisher’s ethos was to keep her clothing made in America, right on the Hudson River in Irvington, NY. Very, very disappointing. I guess we need to let the companies know that we won’t purchase their garments if they move manufacturing overseas!
I realize that some items, like silk blouses and cashmere sweaters, are made overseas because that’s where the raw materials come from. (So I’m willing to cut Everlane some slack, for example, for making their silk blouses in China.) But for a plain old knit garment, why can’t it be made in North America? The EF items I saw from China were just ordinary knits. I just checked the EF website and it says that they are increasing their domestic production, so maybe the items I saw at Nordstrom Rack were older inventory. Mamavalveeta, let’s hope that EF is reversing the trend and bringing production back home. And let’s hope that’s a trend that continues. When at the Rack, I came across a Helmut tunic that was made in Canada, so I was very happy to repatriate it!