Review: Pinot in grey

What: Pinot embellished dress by Byron Lars for Anthropologie

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Polyester everywhere! This is usually a big no in my book, but the dress is simply gorgeous.ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_1

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: The look is simple, a fitted dress with modest sleeves. But with Byron Lars, the secret is all in the details and oh my did they deliver on this one! Just take a look at my pictures below and judge for yourself. Looking forward to wearing this to a party!
    ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_10 ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_11
  2. Comfort: Comfortable but very fitted. It reached right at my knees so I would say it falls right below knees on regular frames, as shown per the Anthropologie picture below.

    Pinot embellished dress by Anthropologie
    Pinot embellished dress by Anthropologie
  3. Quality: Great quality. Detailing work is outstanding!
    ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_2 ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_3 ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_4 ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_5
  4. Sizing: True to size but you may want to size up for looser fit.  However, I have sized up for another dress (that I shall review next) and I’d recommend you stick with your regular size.

Why Not (Cons): The steep price tag, oh my! However, with the 30% promotion going on you may save $300 on the full price.ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_6 ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_7 ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_8 ebelandi_anthropologie_pinot_embellished_dress_9

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper, if you can afford it! What do you say?

Review: Lace pants

What: Lace pants by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Cotton upper, polyester lining

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Classic straight line, close to the cigarette pants offered few years back.  The ankle length with the laces = feminine touch. I think tucking the shirt in gives the best look with these pants. And there are pockets!!
    ebelandi_jcrew_lace_pants_4
  2. Comfort: Comfortable but beware as you sit down that your derriere is still covered up.
    ebelandi_jcrew_lace_pants_5
  3. Quality: Great quality lace, similar to the pintucked skirt reviewed previously. I am not fond of elastic on pants but it works here. I love the neutral color, would pair well with pretty much any top.
    ebelandi_jcrew_lace_pants_3
  4. Sizing: True to size but I’d recommend to size up if you like more room in the hip area. However, when you do so, there is extra room in the leg as you see for me…not sure I like the extra leg room because the look is now different from the J.Crew model.ebelandi_jcrew_lace_pants_1

Why Not (Cons): The back elastic but it is manageable.ebelandi_jcrew_lace_pants_2

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper! What do you say?

Review: Pencil and Houndstooth

What: No.2 pencil skirt in houndstooth by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Wool upper, polyester lining

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Classic pencil skirt, hits right at knees.
    ebelandi_jcrew_no2_pencil_houndstooth_5
  2. Comfort: Very comfortable.
    ebelandi_jcrew_no2_pencil_houndstooth_6
  3. Quality: Great quality. Love the inside details, the corduroy at the waist and the fun lining. Well done! Color is darker than the previously offered No.2 skirt in tweed.
    ebelandi_jcrew_no2_pencil_houndstooth_3 ebelandi_jcrew_no2_pencil_houndstooth_4
  4. Sizing: True to size.ebelandi_jcrew_no2_pencil_houndstooth_7

Why Not (Cons): Nothing much. Beware the houndstooth is darker in color than pictured.ebelandi_jcrew_no2_pencil_houndstooth_2

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper! What do you say?

Review: Elsie and tweeds

What: Elsie tweed pumps by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Wool upper, leather lining, man-made sole

ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_1

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Old Hollywood glamour, really vibrant pink in real life, lots of pairing opportunities. Well done J.Crew!
    ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_5
  2. Comfort: Comfortable if you’re used to pointed toes. Manageable heel height.
    ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_6
  3. Quality: Well made! Apart from artificial sole, nothing to complain about.
    ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_3
  4. Sizing: True to size.ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_4

Why Not (Cons): Not much.ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_2

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…and on sale!

Review: Glossy ankles

What: Glossy leather ankle strap pumps by J.Crewebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_1

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Leather upper and lining, man-made soleebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_2

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Clean ankle straps with rounded toes. Very classic!ebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_5
  2. Comfort: Very comfortable.
  3. Quality: Good quality leather upper and lining.ebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_4
  4. Sizing: True to size, with a little room but not enough to size up in my opinion.
    ebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_6
  5. Sissi’s pairings: Knee-length dresses, midi skirts or ankle pants/jeans.

Why Not (Cons): Not much, artificial sole works well here at the sale price.

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper. What do you say?