Hi, my friends! Today’s outfit literarily fall on my lap on a beautiful fall day, hehe. Get it? Fall. Okay, bad jokes done, let’s get to it! You might have heard of these designer collaborations with mass retail that kept herds of fashionista like yours truly spinning on our heels, but are they really worth the all hype and agony?
My first designer collab purchase was Jason Wu for Target. I (and husband) still remember the day I got super early and waited outside of our local Target since 6:30 A.M. “Never”, he later recounted, “saw my wife get up so early for anything!” The ads for the collection was super cute, I had this long list. By the time I got home, I had two garments in my bag, a dress and a top. A week later, the top went back. Similar things happened with Kate Moss for Topshop, and now with Altuzarra for Target only this time around, I ordered only three pieces that I deemed good additions to my wardrobe. None of the three will go back.
Today, I am wearing one of the three — a trench coat from Altuzarra for Traget collection. To be very honest, I am surprised by how well made it is. The bottom part of the trench is where the design is: slightly skirted, with an arched edge in the back which makes the skirt appears to be fuller in the back which the front is relatively straight, genius! The only catch is the wax-coated sleeves, I wish they could be real leather but for this price, I better be real. 😀
The top lesson I learned from these purchases is — only buy what you need. It is like shopping a sale, all are tempting, especially the prices, but it can still be a waste of money if you won’t remember to wear them. The second lesson is — be mindful of quality. Even with top designs, most of these collab are of mass retail quality, surprise, haha! That translates to less desirable fabric and craftsmanship. Read the material description before you buy, cotton probably will hold up the shape and most comfortable to wear.
Thank you so much for reading! Until my next post!
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