i was originally going to do everything in one blog post, but i realized with the amount of stuff i had to review, it would just be too much of a photobomb. plus my shipments arrived a few days apart, and i won't be able to take pictures of the second set until this weekend (assuming it doesn't rain, i really, really hope it doesn't rain).
i was really impressed this this collection. i felt like everything was cut well and all very flattering to my figure and height. i'm technically considered petite (5'2.5"), but still a couple of inches taller than jean from extrapetite, so these items fit me a lot better (i also think i'm a bit meater than she is :( ).
gawd, if i didn't love jason wu before, i think i'd marry him now. for a mid-level line, i don't think you could ask for much better. in terms of the cuts that is. some of the cloths were a bit on the thin side, and i did notice some fraying here and there. compared to the quality of the missoni for target items, i did feel like this fell short. however, compared to missoni the overall line was more wearable and still had that wow-factor without the crazy zig zag lines everywhere.
also, i wish the line had gone down as far as a size 0 in the numbers. some of the 2's, while they fit well, probably would've fit better if i'd been able to get them in a 0.
if you want to see my measures to compare to how things might fit you, please check out my profile. can refer to how the clothing looks on the model here.
in this post, i'll be reviewing:
pleated skirt in navy floral
sleeveless top with sheer panel in navy floral
sleeveless pleated shift dress in blush stripes
sleeveless chiffon dress in navy floral
dot-print shirt dress in cream
short sleeve printed cycle dress with pearls in cream
flared dress in black
trench in black
poplin dress in navy
white cat printed scarf
phew. thats a lot huh? lol. better get started!
pleated skirt in navy floral$29.99, size 2
i cannot make up my mind about the skirt. i mean, on the one hand, i love it. its so feminine and the print is adorable. but on the other hand, its also an accordion skirt, and those kind of skirts are not the most flattering on me. i tend to lose my waist and add to my hips in them, and this doesn't seem to be an exception. if i throw a cardigan or a blazer on top, then it looks fantastic. kind of cuts the versatility of the skirt in half for me. i'm pretty sure i'm going to keep it though. i'm really too much of a sucker for a good floral print.
it also helps that when i wore this out, i caught three girls checking out the skirt as i walked by a window. its such a pretty swishy skirt.
sleeveless top with sheer panel in navy floral$26.99, size XS
LOVE this. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this. hell, bf loves this and he hates floral prints (why he's still dating me, i have no idea). its seriously the most perfect top. left on its own, its just a little bit boxy and i think if you pair it with a boxy mini skirt and you'll have a two dimensional shift dress!
you can also belt it off (return of the yellow belt from the chiffon dress) and turn it into a peplum top. seriously. perfection~!
look #09: sleeveless top with sheer panel and pleated skirt in navy floral
very few people are going to be able to pull this look off and i'm not one of them. while this seems to photograph well, in real life, i felt like i was drowning in the ensemble. it was just too big of an all over floral print for my frame. i guess we all can't be tall and skinny like models, huh?
sleeveless pleated shift dress in blush stripes$39.99, size XS
my second (maybe third) favorite dress out of his line. the pleats and the stripes really make it stand out. if someone didn't know about the jason wu line, they will probably ask you where you got it. the tie falls right at my waist, so i don't have to worry about moving that around, however, personally, i've never been a big fan of ties, and will probably sub it out with a skinny black belt. i don't think it really matters either way. the overall look of the dress is still amazing. this is definitely a keeper! its a little bit on the see through side, but not enough that you'll need a slip or anything.
*edit* this dress is all sorts of scandelous (which honestly makes me like it more lol). it does not button all the way to the the hem - didn't notice this before until i wore it today. the last button ends a good 5-6inches from the hem, so when you walk its kind of like having a front slit. also, you'll need to be carefully when you sit down, as the bottom opens up rather high. think mini skirt high. something to keep in mind if you're more of the conservative type, you'll probably need to wear this with tights.
sleeveless chiffon dress in navy floral$39.99, size XS
from what i've heard, this dress was dubbed the "ugly one". lol, i don't necessarily agree, however, its really not for me. i think because of the neckline, its probably suited for someone older and more conservative tastes who still wants to look elegant (like the first lady!). without the belt, the dress seriously falls into that muu muu style and should never, ever be worn like that! please! but there is just enough loose fabric there, and nipping in just the right places that when belted, you have a very slimming dress.
p.s. the belts that came with this collection are worth their weight in gold. they're the perfect length to mix 'n' match with almost everything in the line.
dot-print shirt dress in cream$39.99, size XS
dianna agron wore this!! >.< it means its cool right? no, just kidding. its actually pretty cool on its own (not that it doesn't look great on her, of course). when i was shopping in-store, i almost didn't pick this one up. i didn't even care to order it online (or.. thats what i thought, surprise to me, i did. which means this whole blacking out when i shop thing may have some truth to it). it didn't really impress me at first glance, but i figured, i'd waited in line, i might as well try it on and see. yeah, damn glad i did. love it. amazing, can i marry it? really cute, sporty fit. love the pattern, oh and the lattice detailing across the back and front shoulders? omg. sealed. the. deal. throw a belt on it (nude from the flared dress in black) and hello, we're in business. buy it (if you can find it). p.s. its not see-through in the least, which is always the number one worry with a white dress no? i think the crepe-y material (gosh i'm so technical) is thick enough to cover up whatever goodies you might be wearing underneath.
flared dress in black$44.99, size 2
i hate this. >.< there's no other word to describe this, other than i hate it. the collar, the shoulders, its all wrong for me. but keep in mind i have man shoulders and the sleeves here just accentuate it. i've seen it on some other girls, and it looks adorable. material wise, its not bad. and i like the natural cinch in the waist without needing a belt (other than to break up the pattern). personally, i could've done without the pearls. especially since its going to make it an even bigger pain to wash. i don't know, i feel like it kind of cheapened the look of the dress? and it limits you to just that pearl necklace (sewn on). you can't mix 'n' match it with other accessories, and for $45 bucks, i don't feel like its worth it. i'm not even sure why i purchased this dress to begin with other than the fact that it was 10 PM on saturday night, and i was freaking out about not getting a single jason wu item because i was stuck at a dinner party. so really, i was not in my right of mind.
flared dress in black$59.99, size 2
this is the dress i wish i could've worn to my high school prom. and its that train of thought that makes me think, maybe i shouldn't keep it. but its just so. darn. pretty. g'dammit (yes, its that pretty, i needed to swear). i'm having a hard time giving it up, in fact i'm pretty sure i'm not going to give it up. except that the white version is coming in the mail soon, and i may love it more than i do the black.
oh what to do, what to do. the quality on this is superb. its a very thick material, actually feels kind of warm. the tulle with the scalloped sequined (yes i said scalloped-omg) trim is just... sigh. i feel like a pretty, pretty princess. jason wu really did an amazing job with this dress, and out of the entire collection is probably the only piece worth more than what you paid for. the 2 did seem to run a bit. i couldn't cinch it in too much, either, because the fabric would wrinkle and crease, and that defeats the clean look of this dress. if it had come in a size 0, it would have fit perfectly.
oh. and did i mention this dress has pockets? well hidden, fantastic pockets.
trench in black$54.99, size XS
i'm keeping this. in black and blue. :X shh. don't tell bf. if you own it already, did you notice the buttons just say "JASON WU" on them? and if you don't own it, omg the buttons say "JASON WU" on them!!!! oh the little details. like the lace trim, inside and outside? no loose threads here. the soft, yet water resistant feel of the trench? how it manages to fit my man shoulders comfortably? it does seem to run a bit big, and if you're a smaller person, there's a high chance of getting lost in it. but thats what the belt is for! cinch! and you're done. instant skinny waist line. worth every damn penny.
look #03: trench and flared dress in black
if you're short like me, please make sure to wear the trench open, and with heels. or else you look a bit like a mushroom. it may just be a bit too much volume for my small frame, but i still like the idea of it. that pesky height is always getting in my way.
poplin dress in navy$39.99, Size 2
i already showed you this dress last week, but i wanted to show it without a belt on. this is my favorite dress (so far) out of the collection. i love poplin. i love the crisp clean look it adds to a garment. this dress fits almost exactly like the flared one did. which also means its bit loose in the waist, but its not enough to bother me. and! it also has hidden pockets. win! (on the downside, however, it does appear that the material is a bit of a lint magnet).
white cat printed scarf$19.99
THE CAT SCARF THAT NO ONE CAN STOP TALKING ABOUT. so believe it or not, i had no interest in this scarf at first. well, no. thats a lie. i liked it, and i would've bought it. but on my list of priorities, it wasn't the highest. the fact that i found it days after the line launched was a combination of sheer lucky, flirting, and my amazing shopping skills. and i'm really glad i did. its a great little scarf. i do wish it was silk like the missoni ones were, but for $19.99, i suppose i can live. with a bit of working, you can wear this scarf in a couple different ways - with the cat print showing, or completely disappeared. which is nice when you don't always feel like rocking a cat around your neck. i do love the pop of red that comes out at seemingly random moments. it was definitely worth the buy (and trouble).
aiite! thats it for this post. the second review will have the short sleeve tee with tie in cream, pleated skirt in black, long sleeve sheer blouse in white w/ black ribbon tie, blouse with tie in blush dots, long-sleeve sheer blouse in blush dots, flared dress in white, and the trench in navy. i also might review the floral classic flap handbag and scarf, so stay tuned!
PHOTO BOMBED. (don't ask what's in that bag, you don't want to know.)