July 28, 2010

Saks 70% Off Rack Fitting Room Reviews

Nanette Lepore's oddly named Parrotfish dress (buy it here, here, or here) was mistakenly on the 70% off rack, and of course it ended up being the hit of the fitting room. I am wearing a size 8 and I would say this dress runs on the smaller side of true to size. A series of hook and eyes and a bonus keyhole  make the heavily decorated bodice structured and formidable. The shape/silhouette was very similar to the Paris Cafe Sheath (blogged here) and I've noticed Nanette Lepore often does the same basic dress with detail changes across collections so sizing would translate easily from that to this, in my opinion. I passed because it was still too pricey but the quality and intricate details were outstanding.
Nanette Lepore's Summer Love dress in lavender (buy it in pink here or black here) was much trickier in terms of fit. The body-conscious shape meant for me that the hips would be too snug if the bust fit. I tried on a too-small 8 (pictured above) that could have possibly been saved with shapewear but I refuse to buy pieces that need shapewear because that requirement is enough to leave something languishing on a hanger rather than being worn many times over. It had thick shoulderpads that gave the poof sleeves structure. It was fully lined and included pockets.
This simple silk jersey dress from Tibi had a print that wow'd me and was on super sale. I am wearing a medium so I would say this runs a little large, especially in the waist. I needed a belt to correct for the lack of structure, causing the dress to hang off my widest parts without fitting or emphasizing my narrowest.
This leaf-print bubble hem skirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs was very inexpensive (buy it for cheap here). The size 10 was true to MBMJ sizing and a little big on me. But to compensate for the short length, I sized up. I passed even though the price was low because of the short length.
Lastly, this drapey cardigan from Alice + Olivia was soft and comfortable in a size medium. But it felt like a robe and looked pretty messy on me. I passed even at 70% off.

I'll be back tomorrow with a roundup of the few foundation pieces I did buy on megasale and my first wedding dress fitting OOTD. Thanks for reading! 


Sarah said...

Oh no! I love that last cardigan!!! Can you tell me how much it was? I may be interested :)

gee said...

i looove that cardigan. but i love all cardigans 99% of the time. that marc jacobs skirt is very temtping and for on 60ish bucks even better...it would be amazing for the fall!!! xoxo

SunnyDay said...

The Tibi dress is outstanding on you!!! I love the print and the shape.

Ann Underfunded Humanity said...

I love the cardigan too! Also agree with DesertFlower re: Tibi dress.

Anjali said...

Umm pleeeease go back and get that Tibi dress. From here, it looks Wow-worthy (in the best way) on you :) And on super sale? In my opinion a done deal!

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

Sarah, you should go snatch it up! They had a few on the sale racks. I can't recall the exact price but it was discounted significantly.

Gee, The leaf print is really cute but the length and the bubble hem were deal breakers for me.

Desert Flower, thank you!! The print was really cool in person too. Vibrant!

Ann, thank you so much!

Goldenmeans, you are too sweet. I am passing in part because I wasn't thrilled about the fabric. I think it would be hot in summer and too static clingy with tights in winter.

erin said...

love the tibi dress on you!

hey did they still have the alice & olivia striped strapless dress? i've eyed it the last few times i was there but was still too cheap to buy!

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

Hi Erin, I don't know that I saw it. I tend to see right through strapless stuff though. Do you have a photo or a link to jog my memory?


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