In retrospect, it would probably have been a better idea to call this post ‘Shopbop On Trial’ or something, seeing as I’ve got my back to the wall, all mugshot-like again.
That wouldn’t have been very nice of me, given that they’re kind enough to sponsor my blog, though, so today, rather than simply telling you about Shopbop’s mega Black Friday sale event, I’m going to show you some of the things you could buy from it, (Or, you know, possibly not, depending on stock levels: what can I say, folks – it’s a jungle out there, it really is…) in the form of some quick reviews. These are all recent purchases from the site (and, full disclosure, they were partially funded by Shopbop credit): here’s what I thought of them…
This dress is from the range Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere does with Shopbop, and as you can see, it can be worn either on or off the shoulder. I’m a huge fan of knit dresses at this time of year: as I said in this post, they’re just so easy to wear, and I love the fact that you can dress them up with heels, or give them a more casual feel with boots and tights. (Having said that, I should probably add that, with the exception of the belt in the first photo, I haven’t attempted to style any of these items at all: the photos are here purely for review purposes, not as styling ‘inspiration’ – as I’m sure you can guess from the fact that the only ‘inspiration’ you could possibly get from them would be along the lines of, “Put on a dress. Now add shoes. Voila!”)
This has a slightly more slouchy/oversized feel than I was expecting from the Shopbop photo, so I added a belt to give it a bit more shape. It’s also a much thicker fabric than I was expecting, though, which is awesome, because there’s no such thing as “too warm” for me right now! With that said, I guess my one issue with it is the elbow-length sleeves: I love the look of them, but I’m a little worried about how my poor forearms will cope with the cold!
Still on the subject of jersey dresses, I’ve been on the lookout for a little black number for a while now, and this one seemed to fit the bill. On the plus side, I really like the Ottoman fabric, which makes it look a bit more expensive than regular jersey, and doesn’t seem like it’ll crease easily. On the minus side, I’d say this runs just a little bit on the large side: it’s slightly longer than I’d usually go for, and there’s a bit of excess fabric around the stomach – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you, what with Christmas coming up! If you’re between sizes, though, you might want to consider sizing down in this one, if you prefer more of a bodycon look.
I had these jeans on my Shopbop wish list for absolutely ages before finally taking the plunge this month. I loved the wash, and thought the length would be perfect on me (so-called ‘ankle’ jeans are basically all I can wear, thanks to my short legs!), but I was put off by the frayed hems: I know they’re trendy right now, but, well, I’m NOT trendy, and every time I look at jeans these days I find myself thinking, “WHY CAN’T THEY JUST HAVE NORMAL HEMS? WHY? It wasn’t like this in MY day! Young ‘uns nowadays don’t know what they’re missing! And they have no respect for their elders, either!” Then I have to go lie down for a while to recover.
Anyway, my need for a pair of dark-wash jeans finally overcame my reluctance to enter the world of frayed-hem jeans, and I hit the trigger on these. As it turned out, I was really glad I did it: I mean, yeah, sure, I’d still much prefer regular hems (Seriously, though: WHY?), but I DO love the colour, and the length is one I rarely find without a long and exhausting search, so I trimmed the frayed bits off the bottom, feeling a bit like I was giving my jeans a haircut, and now I’m just pretending they don’t exist. It’s pretty easy, though, because these are such a lovely, stretchy denim that they’re a joy to wear: they’re my second pair of jeans by Blank Denim, and I’ve been impressed with both of them, so even if the frayed hems aren’t your thing, the brand is still worth checking out.
MINKPINK Sunder Sweater
I’ve never been able to resist a bardot sweater (Well, to be fair, I’ve never really TRIED to resist them…), and I think this is possibly the snuggliest one I’ve ever owned. I don’t have a whole lot more to say about it, other than that I didn’t bother taking it off once I finished taking these photos, and might NEVER take it off (Well, other than to wash it, obviously…) for the foreseeable. I guess that says it all, really.
The Shopbop sale starts today, and you’ll find all of the relevant info below: happy shopping!