I’ll never tire of this bun clutch. Buns are the best, even in owl form. This spring Kate Spade was bought by Coach for 2.4 billion dollars. This makes me nervous–I’m so-so on coach. In general I find them to be a bit boring as a brand, saturating the market with generic, logo-printed handbags. I’m… View Article

Colorblock Fit-and-Flare from Eliza J

Season: Summer

DRESS – Eliza J
HEELS – Banana Republic (old, similar)
CLUTCH – Kate Spade
CHARM BRACELET – Kate Spade
RING – Gorjana
EARRINGS – Charming Charlie (similar)
LIP – Burt’s Bees (Hawaiian Smolder)

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I’ll never tire of this bun clutch. Buns are the best, even in owl form.

This spring Kate Spade was bought by Coach for 2.4 billion dollars. This makes me nervous–I’m so-so on coach. In general I find them to be a bit boring as a brand, saturating the market with generic, logo-printed handbags. I’m really hoping they don’t change the Kate Spade brand too much.

And speaking of Kate Spade, this charm bracelet remains one of my favorite accessories. My bracelet has the handbag charm, high heel charm, wine glass charm, pave charm, and initial charm. I’ve got my eye on the pearl charm and the bunny charm as potential additions.

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Anyway, the dress. As I put together my capusle wardrobe this spring I knew I needed a pink or navy fit and flare dress like this to be a staple piece. It’s the kind of dress you can wear with flats and a cardigan or blazer to work, then dress up with heels and a cute clutch for cocktails and/or dinner, as I’ve done here. I looked everywhere to find a dress like this, but after finding sub-par options at Banana Repubic and Loft, I decided to poke around Nordstrom. I immediately fell in love with Eliza J and purchased two of her dresses–I featured the other one here. With the price tag at nearly $150, it’s decidedly more than I usually spend on a dress, but I was confident that I was making a good investment.

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Several months later, I’m not quite so sure that it was a good investment after all. After several months of washes and wears, I’ve noticed that the hem line at the bottom of this dress has started to come apart, and I’ll probably have to take it in and have it fixed soon. That’s definitely not something I expect for a dress that costs close to $150. Truthfully, what I’m finding across the board is that spending more money doesn’t not necessarily equal higher quality. Perhaps if I was buying truly expensive garments, like $500+ dresses, I’d see the quality go up. For now, I’m thinking consignment shopping and buying things at moderately priced retailers is the way to go–that way if things start to fall apart after a few months it’s not such a big deal.

What are your thoughts on this subject? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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  1. I’ve found the same thing to be true. Price doesn’t equal quality. Anushka Rees has a great series on her blog about how to determine the quality of a garment based on linings, hems, etc. and I found that really helpful. Quality is also not universal across brands, it’s an item by item basis at most stores. It’s definitely frustrating!

    Teresa on July 18, 2017   /   Reply