Tuesday, April 29, 2014

You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?

Hello Everyone! It's time for another edition of *You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before*?

This is an ongoing series of posts in which I share less expensive 'look-a-like' alternatives to pricier clothing items from J.Crew, Madewell, and high-end designers/retailers, allowing you to get their look for less...let's get started, shall we? :)

*Ponte Peplum Hem Top in 'calia stripe white' or Sleeveless Peplum Top in 'navy stripe'

*Similarly is the Ruffle Mixed-Media Tank

*In a different silhouette but very similar print is the Lightweight Printed Shirt in 'blue bandana'

Similarly is the Plaid Button-Front Shirt

Kate Spade capri espadrille francis tote bag in 'painterly lemons'

*Similarly is the Kennedy canvas tote in 'lemon'

A big THANK YOU goes to AnneG for sharing the next 'Familiar Find' with us:

***If you have a 'Familiar Find' you would like to share, please feel free to email it to me: allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com.

That's it for this week's edition...I hope you've enjoyed it!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: Madewell Outbound Jacket in Camo

The Madewell Outbound Jacket in Camo, item a1299, retail $98 - now on sale for $74.99, offered in sizes XSmall-XLarge.

The description on the Madewell website reads:

"This military-inspired field jacket features authentic details—like epaulets and pockets that button—and a softly worn-in camo print. It's just the layering piece for ever-changing weather (and makes everything underneath it look cooler too).

True to size.
Machine wash.

I've had my eye on this cute little jacket for quite awhile now, so when I found out that it had been marked down in stores with an additional percent off, I emailed my VPS and asked him to send me one to try out. I already own and love the All-Weather Outbound Jacket, which you can see on me in this post, as well as on my Instagram page, so I was confident that I would like the style and fit of this one just as much.

Assuming that I would mainly be wearing the jacket over a non-bulky sweater or tee once the warmer weather arrives, I decided to order the XSmall, since the online reviews stated that the jacket runs large, and I will likely wear it unbuttoned for the most part. For reference, I normally wear a size 0 or 2 in jackets at J.Crew, but I have found that jackets at Madewell can run smaller than those at J.Crew, especially in the shoulder and bust area, so I tend to go up a size in them. My All-Weather Outbound Jacket is actually a size medium, and allows me to layer a hoodie or thick sweater underneath, although I think that I possibly could have gotten a size small, and layered underneath it, as well. This being said, I think a size small in the camo version would be a good fit to allow for layering, and something I am considering since it is still too cold right now to wear this one without a heavier layer underneath.

Here's a pic of the jacket IRL:

The colors are a bit more muted than they appear online, and give the jacket a lovely 'worn in' appearance.

The jacket has epaulets on the shoulders and two functioning pockets on the chest.

The collar of the jacket stands up nicely when buttoned up all the way, creating a funnel neck appearance.

Two more functioning pockets at the hipline which are accessible from the side, as well as at the top under the pocket flap...such a great feature!

The jacket is unlined, but still finished off very nicely.

There is a drawstring at the waist, allowing it to be cinched for a more feminine silhouette.

On me with a basic tee underneath...

Buttoned up.

Also cute with a bit of pattern mixing...I'm wearing the Scoopneck blouse in wildcat from J.Crew underneath it here.

Overall I really like this jacket. The fabric is soft and comfortable to wear, the fit is flattering, the quality is very good, and the camo pattern can easily be worn with many different colors and prints, making it a sort of neutral, just as leopard print has become. I know that wearing camo is not for everyone, but I happen to like it. It is also a constant reminder of how thankful I am for our service men and women, for their loyalty, bravery, and sacrifices. Thank you...our lives would not be the same without you!

**You can also see the jacket on Rose (of 1 More Shopping Blog) here.

What are your thoughts on the Madewell Outbound Jacket in Camo? Have you seen it IRL? Do you own it, or are you considering purchasing it? Do you own any other jackets from Madewell that you love and recommend? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)