I really like it when things I've been eyeing unexpectedly go on sale. My goal to buy 10 items this year has definitely been scuppered, but there is always next year...
Unfortunately, one of my sale buys was kind of a bust.
I had been admiring this A.P.C. Madras sweater on ASOS, but was not prepared to fork out GBP175 for it. Then I chanced upon it on Urbanoutfitters reduced to US$99 from US$250, and it seemed like a sign - after all, I never shop on UO and it was pure chance that I encountered it.
I knew it was trouble when I unwrapped the package and my hand touched an alarmingly warm, soft, dense pile of fabric. The sweater was described as 97% cotton terry (3% elastane) so I had optimistically assumed it would be like one of my light cotton terry sweaters - quite wearable in the tropics.
Nope, this was dense, weighty stuff, rather a little too warm for the climate. I loved the way it looked when I tried it on, but a tiny part of me wilted, knowing it was a little too heavy.
I'm debating whether to return it, or simply give it a try for a while, since the math after all the shipping fees just doesn't work out. Not to mention the hideous carbon footprint of flying a sweater back to the US - bad enough shipping it here already.
Perhaps I can just sell it off later if I decide I'm not getting much wear. Or if any one of you is a France 40/UK 12/US 8 and needs a sweater, I have a lovely one (size large) for sale...
Happily, my other sale buys are a bit more of a success. The A.P.C. shirt is fantastic - the fabric is a crisp cotton gauze, not too thin, not too thick, the print playful in a subdued way, and the finishing is good. I think A.P.C. workmanship is sometimes underwhelming for what you pay but in this instance I was 100% satisfied. I can't wait to wear it.
I bought the Tory Burch flats from the Outnet on Monday. My sister has a pair of those and I found them very comfortable, except for the elasticised heel, which took a while to get used to. At GBP70, they are a very good buy - full-price would have been another story, for what it is.
(I have to say, of the three, the Outnet shipping is the best - superfast, clothes securely packed - although all three soundly beat ASOS.)