Tuesday, September 14, 2010

If You Put Me to the Test (Jackets & Tops: Nordstrom Fitting Room Reviews)

Winter, spring, summer, fall,
Goodness knows I love you all.
But if you put me to the test,
I'd have to say, I love fall best.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Hope your week is going well.  Sorry for our silence the last couple days.  A flurry of weekend activities left us exhausted, and my poor Kate has a yucky cold, but we have a lot of fun content lined up for you in the next couple of days to make up for our lapse.  

So, I started my weekend by meeting with the inimitable Kelly McPheters at Nordstrom to do a quick perusal of some fall arrivals.  When I was trying to think up a good title for this post, I ended up composing that silly little verse instead.  And it's true!  I love all the seasons, but when I'm forced to choose, I do love fall best.  When I lived in upstate New York, there was absolutely nothing quite as breathtaking as the trees dressing up in their fiery reds and golds, to see out the year (though generally, peak season for autumn leaves is at the later end of September, early October).  And I don't have to explain to you how fabulous and lovely fall clothing is.  ^_^  Here are a few selections from Nordy's:

First up is Leifsdottir's Dotted Jacquard Cardigan Sweater.  Navy blue? White polka dots? Pretty ruffle detail along the placket? Sweet rosette at the waist? Covered buttons? Peplum-like flounce in the back? Yes, please!  I'm wearing the XS, which I found comfortable and true to size. The sleeves are a little long, but I don't mind it, and it'll probably be fine for taller women.  I loved this sweater almost immediately, and my only complaints are: 1) it's dry clean only, 2) no pockets, and 3) it's Leifsdottir-sized price.  Still, totally a candidate for a triple points purchase (which is coming up in a couple weeks, Nordstromcard holders!).

Here's the Free People Coco Tweed Jacket, which I confess to having completely overlooked in various catalogs and websites, until I saw Chloe wearing it.  As you know from Kathryn's homage post, there's just something about Chloe, and well, after seeing it on her, I had to check it out.  I love it!  First of all, I love tweed.  I mean, really, what's not to love about tweed?  And this tweed - the colors!  The pinks, the salmons, the browns, the purples!  All mixed together!  Also, the zippers - I love how they edge up this otherwise very feminine and ladylike silhouette of this jacket.  This one is my other pick for a triple points purchase, later this month. Edit: I'm wearing a size 0 in these photos and was able to zip the jacket up comfortably, so I think it runs big.  Though it looks boxy when unzipped, it's got a very fitted cut and shape when zipped closed.

This is a Ted Baker vest ($150, UPC# 5051670511254), which I'm unable to find online anywhere.  I'm wearing the size 1 (see info regarding Ted Baker sizing here) and found it to fit comfortably, so, I'd say that according to the size chart on the TB website, this item runs small, as my "normal" size should be a 0.  I really loved this vest, and it if wasn't for the fact that I wasn't factoring spending so much on a vest, I think I might have added it to my triple points pile.  It created a really flattering silhouette, nipping in my waist, and though I didn't take a photo, it was really cute unbuttoned as well.  I also thought the silk panel on the back was such a fun, unexpected detail.  As it is, it's wishlisted for sale.

This is the Tres Jolie Coat by Free People, also currently unavailable on the Nordstrom website.  I'm wearing this sweater coat in a size 0, and would say it runs big, as even the 0 was big on me.  I found myself drawn to this sweater because its colors reminded me of the Pattern Maker's Coat's colors, though with more emphasis on the blues and grays than the pinks.  This chunky-knit sweater was very comfy, warm, and would probably go with a lot.  And if I could size down in it, it might have bumped the Coco Jacket on my wishlist.  But it wasn't perfect, and for $198, it should be perfect, right?  Right. Pass.

Detail shot of the cute mixed-up buttons - very boho-meets-handmade-by-Grandma.

This is the Theory "Sal - Woodstock" cropped sweater ($255).  I'm wearing the "petite" size (Theory's version of XS) and found it TTS.  This little cropped turtleneck was really cute and serviceable for a cropped sweater - nice charcoal color, turtleneck, fun zipper detail in the back, and comfy boxy shape.  It'd be great thrown over any number of tops on any given day in the fall and during a southern California winter.  But ouch, that sticker price!  However, if you're into Theory and you don't mind those prices, I'd recommend.  This sweater is a great alternative to the more commonplace turtleneck sweater that shows up during the cooler months of the year.

So, this is not the usual Anthro-centric post for an Anthropologie Sale Day...I'm trying to resist and avoid (sigh...the Sugar and Cream Dress and the Remaining Lilies Sweater!) What about you?  Did any of you scoop some sale finds?


  1. I've already caved on the Sugar and Cream Dress (obv.) and I can feel my resolve cracking on the Remaining Lilies Cardigan - it's just. so. beautiful! I'm really afraid it'll sell out in the States before I can buy it!I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping against hope that its going to go on sale in London.
    I love that tweed jacket on you, particularly over the Free Flow Tank!

  2. I'm a huge fan of theory and I love that last sweater on you! You're right though, the price is too steep...but it's so cute!

    Did you get a haircut recently or are you wearing your bangs different? I love your cute bangs!

  3. Im loving the Leifsdottir's Dotted Jacquard Cardigan Sweater on you - so cute! the tweed jacket also looks amazing and classy - i love it! you reckon you could set up a petition to open up and ANthro AND Nordy here?! pretty please?

  4. That first dotted cardi is just too cute for words on you! I know I should applaud your resolve, but...sigh...I really did love you in the Sugar and Cream Dress. I picked up a belt and earrings - not too much damage done ;)

  5. I abstained from the Anthro sale today because there's no longer free shipping.

  6. I caved on the Remaining Lillies Cardigan as well as the Quiet Achievement Tee in Gold and the Mighty Adornment Tee in Moss. I'm bummed that the free shipping is over. I like everything you showcased from Norstrom,especially the Leifsdottir cardi.

  7. Hi Carol! I just started reading your blog. I love your Nordstrom's make-up and clothing reviews! I loved how the Ted Baker vest looked on your so much that I had to run out and get it. The pattern on the back reminds me of a stained glass window--so pretty. Thank you!