I am so excited to (finally) share with you my purchases from this year’s #NSale. There are only TWO DAYS left to shop the sale, so be sure to check out these items and place your orders STAT!
While general #NSale roundups are great, I wanted to go more in depth and actually provide you guys with reviews of the items I got; sizing tips, notes about the fabric and my thoughts on the item. As a lawyer I couldn’t help but structure this by way of me giving you my verdict on each item #lawyerproblems. Without any further ado, here goes:
Outfit One: Theory Dress
YOU. GUYS. This dress is ah-mazing. It 1000% lives up to the hype. This is my first Theory purchase; though I have been eyeing their suits since the day I stepped foot into law school. I’ve been hesitant to pull the trigger because of the price tags, but with the dress coming in at under $200, I had to do it.
Quality: This dress is incredibly well made – the stitching and tailoring are perfect – well worth the investment.
Size: This fits true-to-size (I am wearing a size 6)
Verdict: 10/10. This is EASILY my favorite score from the sale. KEEPING.
Outfit 2: CeCe Tweed Suit Skirt & CeCe Tweed Suit Jacket
Finding suits that are professional but feminine can be very challenging. That’s why, when I saw this suit in the sale, I was positively giddy. Overall, I like this.
Quality: The quality is not as great as I would have expected. The lining seems cheap and (for some incredibly odd reason) its is also BRIGHT blue. You can see a hint of it if you look at my sleeve in the last photo. That said, for the price, the suit is still pretty good. I LOVE the slight a-line cut of the skirt – such a refreshing change from the classic pencil skirt (and one that is far more flattering on my body type). I also like that the hem of the skirt is slightly shorter than I am used to finding (but still work appropriate).
Size: This fits just a touch on the large size- I would size down if you are in-between sizes, otherwise stick with your usual size. (I am wearing a size 4).
Verdict: 7.5/10. Despite the mediocre quality, the unique design and flattering fit of this suit make it worth it. KEEPING.
Outfit 3: BP Open Front Cardigan // Zella Leggings // Tory Burch Riding Boots
I just have to say this outfit is making me crave fall something fierce. PUMPKIN SPICE ALL THE THINGS. Okay, now that that is out of my system, let me review each item here in turn.
Quality: Meh. Not much to report. It is neither noticeably good or bad. It is the toast of the clothing world.
Size: Definitely fits large. Size down at least one size (I am wearing a size small, and would have actually preferred an XS)
Verdict: 4/10. This sweater had SO much hype in the fashion blogging world, and to be honest I don’t see why. I found the fit to actually be very unflattering – as opposed to a standard loose fit I found it a bit ‘bubbled’ in the hip area which made my hips (a problem area) appear even larger. RETURNING.
Quality: In stark contrast to the above, these leggings are SO worth the hype. I love the material – just enough stretch to be comfortable but still suck you in nicely. They also sit high on the waist (that perfect sweet spot right underneath your belly button) and are thus perfect in my mind. That said, I do still swear by the Victoria’s Secret VSX leggings as the best leggings of all time but these are now my definite second favorite.
Size: Fits a bit large. Size down if you are between sizes (or if you want a really tight fit). I am wearing size small.
Verdict: 8/10. KEEPING.
Quality: Perfection. I love that these are a smooth leather as opposed to last years ‘cobbled’ TB boots. The gold emblem is the perfect size and adds just a touch of sparkle. I will be living in these this fall; no question.
Size: Fits true to size or a bit small. I am wearing a 9.5 and I range between a 9 and a 9.5. I also have large calves and these have the perfect amount of ‘just a touch’ of space for me, so that is great (please note this are the standard not wide calf version). What that means though, is that if you have small calves this may end up being too ‘clunky’ on you.
Verdict: 9/10. KEEPING.
Outfit 4: Halogen Belted Pink Top // Zella Leggings // Vince Camuto Lace-Up Heels
Let me just say upfront that I am not a fan of this outfit! I had very high hopes for this top, thinking it would be flattering but comfortable- perfect for fall. But, I don’t like it in person sadly!
Quality: So-So. The color of the fabric is beautiful and the material is not too thick and not too thin (yay for not being see through). I don’t like the flimsy quality of the tie around the waist though (*though this issue can be addressed as you can see below)
Size: True to size. I am wearing a size small.
Verdict: At first: 2/10 …. but on second thought, 6/10…
Essentially, I realized that while i do not like the way the tie waist sits as shown on the website, I actually REALLY like the look of this top if you tie the belt around back- as you would if you were tying a trench coat to sit open. This creates a more flattering line and it takes care of the issues I found with the tie being flimsy. So, in the end I decided I liked this top. KEEPING. Here are two more pics to show what I mean about tying it differently.
See review above.
Quality: Excellent. Lace up shoes can be iffy on quality (always check to see how secure the grommets for the laces are – they can rip on cheap shoes) and these are very well made. The suede and deep burgundy color are beautiful. I did really like these, BUT let me tell you, they take four billion years to put on. You need to carefully pull at all the lace loops to make them go on properly (and have the laces cross evenly across your foot). If you are willing to deal with doing this then these shoes are definitely a great purchase, I just am way too impatient for that.
Size: True to size. I am wearing a size 9.
Verdict: 7/10. RETURNING.
THAT’S IT FOLKS! I would love, love, love to hear your thoughts on this post, on my outfits (did I keep the right items?!) and any reviews you may have of these items! Let me know in the comments below. And lastly, to recap, here are the direct links to shop all of the above mentioned items:
CeCe Tweed Suit Skirt
CeCe Tweed Suit Jacket
BP Open Front Cardigan
Tory Burch Riding Boots
Halogen Belted Pink Top
Vince Camuto Lace-Up Heels
Also, for anyone wondering the other items you see me wearing in the photos are:
My Heels: Cole Haan
My Bracelet: Olive & Piper
My Phone Case: Kate Spade
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You're right, that dress is perfection ! I think you did a wonderful job…I'm going to check out those riding boots asap.
Thank you so much Deena! Ahh the boots are so exciting! I cannot wait to style them. I hope you managed to snag a pair in your size!
I didn't even see that tweed dress while shopping the sale! What a find! So glad you got the riding boots too. They are perfection.
Thanks girl! And isnt that just the craziest part of the sale – I swear that some things are just 'hidden' and you dont see them when shopping – like you and that GORGEOUS pink bow dress! Im so sad I missed it!
At least we'll both be styling our TB boots all fall! 😀
LOVE!! love the tweed jacket… and oh my the shoes in the last outfit are soo cute!
Thanks so much girl!!!
Love that first dress and your last look!
Thanks Erica! <3
I almost got those lace up shoes. Glad I didn't now!
Right?! I am so sad because they do seem so great in theory. Ah well – money saved to spend on cuter shoes 😛