Friday's outfit, paperwork-marathon perfect: light, stretchy, and comfy as a nightie. The only issue is this dress tends to go a bit Isadora Duncan in the wheels of my desk chair, but that's well-offset by being able to sit cross-legged or feet-tucked-up.
|maxi dress: Damoa, Beyond the Rack |
t-shirt: WalM*rt (desperation buy)
obi belt: Elizabeth Kelly London, etsy
bag: Charming Charlie
boots: Fluevog Presence Intuit, last worn here together with same jacket and bag
|necklace: gift from dear friend / colleague / supervisor Lauren ~15 yrs. ago|
Over the past year, I tried out online "event" retailers Beyond the Rack, My Habit, and Haute Look out of curiosity. I bought 1-3 items from each site, including the dress and jacket in this post. Each retailer is distinct, but I lump them together as "a way of shopping." *Note that I wasn't asked to provide opinions, or offered anything in exchange, I am just telling y'all as I don't have anyone to talk to about this stuff!
|pleather jacket: Coffee Shop, My Habit|
Due to inaccurate sizing information, this dress needed alterations to be wearable, which of course affected total price and added a certain pain-in-the-butt errand factor, you know the one. I had the option to return, but not to exchange for size - and since only the odd item on that site appeals to me, I decided to keep and work with it. Aside from the time and extra expense, I was happy with the dress once it fit.
For hotter weather and / or slightly fancier occasions, it is awesome un-layered and with these funky wedges and turquoise scarf, but I would have frozen in the office air conditioning and also always make sure to give my feet a break after wearing shoes such as I did the previous day.
Though I quite like and do wear everything I purchased, I had a couple of other concerns with Beyond the Rack and found that their customer service wasn't great. I had no difficulties at all with either Haute Look or My Habit, but wouldn't say that this way of shopping is a real fit for me, and I don't anticipate doing a whole lot more of it. I might check out an "event" featuring a brand I particularly like, but I delete most of the emails unread. I sometimes enjoy to look at the offerings on My Habit for entertainment purposes - while beautiful, the prices mostly fall well outside what I would consider spending on clothes.
|Back to rolling, looks like my tripod's gone off-level - oops! Sorry for the seasick mood.|
Factors affecting where I'm at include:
- how much time it can take to look through the sheer volume of stuff, the vast majority of which doesn't interest me
- an impression that, for the most part, the "deals" aren't significant, also considering shipping, how duty / taxes are managed, post-purchase alterations, etc.
- the several weeks' shipping time
- having no option to exchange an item for the same one in a different size
- though you certainly wouldn't know it from much of what I'm wearing in this post, I'm becoming a more ethical consumer, with which this model likely wouldn't jive
Do you shop at this kind of online retailer, or have you ever? It may be a North American thing: they send you daily emails with a number of time-limited shopping "events" of a few days' duration which might feature a particular brand, type of clothing, footwear, jewelry, or household item. I'm still curious about who or what type of shopper this really appeals to. What's your guess?