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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Reviews: Twirling Peony Blouse, Punnett Blooms Shirt, Sea's Epitome Shirt, Tuberose Tank
Note: not a single new sale item but there are some pretty new arrivals!
Because I ridiculously adore all things strapless, I was quite taken with Floreat's Twirling Peony Blouse ($88) in the March catalogue. I love the soft pinstripes, the crisp poplin material and the detailing around the bust.
The top appeared in Soho last week so I pounced. I have a styling idea for this top already...so long as I could make it work. I knew to size up considerably to accommodate my 34D chest. So I sized up two sizes to a 10. This seemed to do the trick thanks in part to a bit of stretch in the shirt. It fit comfortably though it's just barely long enough.
I am not sure why the bloom accent stands off from the shirt so stiffly. Looks funny, doesn't it? A shot of steam should settle it right down though. I couldn't wait to bring this one home -- look for it in Sunday's OOTD composite post. And for a different body type, see it on Dea here.
one.september has a similar look in their Punnett Blooms Shirt ($78). Same badge of blooms. Same navy stripes (done to a more intricately styled degree). Of course I could not resist! Normally I am a small in one.september's tops but even the medium I have on was pretty tight. The online reviews confirm that this top runs small. I have a feeling it will stretch as the day goes on to get more comfortable. The closeness emphasized my curves more which I like but I am not loving how the top half looks. The shoulder ruching is adding broadness.
I see this as a good option under a blazer or spring cardi. Wishlisted.
I see sailing in my future courtesy of Porridge's Sea's Epitome Shirt ($58). I see the nautical theme for sure in the blue but I have a harder time buying it in the red. No matter. I grabbed my normal size medium. It fit alright but was shorter than I like in the back. This shirt is pretty clingy and it failed the raised arms test by exposing tummy. Meh. The pattern is very cute but I'm going to pass. Back to the rack.
Last top of this reviews set is Bailey44's Tuberose Tank ($98). Wow -- a tank top with thick straps! Will wonders never cease? Consider me thoroughly pleased. This top is super comfortable in jersey and I love the flower blooms that make up the bodice. My normal size medium was a perfect relaxed fit. The price is still a bit eyebrow raising. At $58 it would have been mine, at $78 I still probably would have caved but at $98 this one's wishlisted for sale. You can see this top (and some other lovely items) in Kim's review roundup from last night.