Saturday, January 19, 2013

Last Resort Wear

Okay - this post is actually about Tory Burch's new 2013 resort wear line, but given that it is still -20 outside, I am stuck inside and learning how to relax, it feels more like I should be reviewing Last Resort wear for this bunch:


The Departed - Men Definitely Looking for Last Resort Wear
 But never mind.  Even though I will not get further south than Manhattan this March, I can dream of places where the warm winds blow, the drinks flow freely, and every day is a sunny, happy day...


I have seen JC's resort wear and it did not leave me oohing and aahing.  But Tory Burch's resort wear!  My goodness - someone pass me a margarita, I feel faint!  Pool Boy!

I do not own anything by Tory Burch.  But given my self-imposed shopping exile, I may be tempted to save up and watch for some sales and have one or two of these lovelies in my wardrobe for summer:

The Amber skirt

Tory Burch Amber Skirt

Look how they have it styled - trendy, but not like Gayle has thrown everything on the poor model kind of trendy!  When I saw this picture I thought "wow, if I saw her on the street, I would think she looked very chic."

Stripes Two Ways | Tory Burch Resort

The dress below is boho, but for those of us who don't do boho so well, there is enough structure to make it do-able:

Tory's Must Haves - As new looks arrive, see what's on Tory's list of favorites, from cardigans, tops, bags and shoes to the jewelry that she's wearing now.

Look at this - perfection!

The Monochromatic Mix | Tory Burch Resort


And these shoes!

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And there is a sandal version of them, as well as heels...

Shop Tory Burch Shoes, Loafers, Boots, Flats, Pumps and Mid Heels


Now this is definitely a more upscale line, but if you can find these on a good sale, I think they would be lovely.  These seem trendy, but not trendy, if you know what I mean?  What I do not know about is the quality, so would love it if folks who have or who wear Tory Burch would chime in.  It also appears that they do not do JC vanity sizing, as clothes went from 0 to size 12 and from xs to xl (though the xxs may exist and i don't see it...) so would be curious about the advice re: sizing.  I was very impressed that there is a review capacity as well. 

In the interim, it is snowing out again, am heading out to the grocery store soon and I am dressed more like this than the lovely clothes I have shown above, sigh..


Happy Saturday and Stay Safe Out There!









 





27 comments:

  1. I know, those shoes are divine aren't they, I saw them at Bloomingdale the other day (there is also a small wedge in ivory).
    You can get Tory Burch for very good prices on sale, especially the resort collection that goes on sale way before the summer. In fact it might as well be on sale when you are here in March (I recommend a visit to the flagship on Madison, which is also very close to one of the two Collection stores). As far as sizes go, as of late it fits pretty TTS (it used to fit very small), sometimes I size up in knits. I never tried the pants, so I don't know. As far as quality goes I think it is very similar to JCrew Collection, except that the seams don't split and you don't get holes.

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    1. Ema - okay - you are killing me: "As far as quality goes I think it is very similar to JCrew Collection, except that the seams don't split and you don't get holes." That is too funny!

      The wedges sound perfect and are probably even more comfortable than a flat! Okay - another store for the visit list!!! By the time Tory Burch moves into spring summer, we will have moved into late winter!

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  2. "The Departed" is one of my all time favorite movies, so well written, great dialogue. OK, on to clothing. I've been eyeing the Carleton dress, and like it, but not sure if it would be useful in my life. The quality is definitely a step up from J.Crew and yet, still overpriced for what it is. I used to have a few cardigan sweaters from Tory Burch, and I loved the way they fit (had the buttons changed) but they were very itchy.

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    1. Hi Kathy - it is a great movie, isn't it? you hit one nail straight on the head for me "not sure it would be useful in my life" - I have been guilty of buying clothes for events that will NEVER happen in my life, unless it turns out that George Clooney is reading this blog! i have to be so careful! Those sandals - they would fit in my life...

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    2. If there's one thing I've learned about shopping, it's that!

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  3. WMM, guffawing into my coffee over departed and Maxine. Over the past 18 months I am a total convert to Tory Burch over JC shoes, especially for flats and summer wedges.
    I'd agree the clothing is an upgrade from JC but a bit hit-or-miss in the finishing sometimes (loose threads, hemming.) Sizing to me is TTS. Via Shopbop is usually a same price or 2x per year sale option that ships free to Canada vs. her own site which is a bit KS on the delivery end.
    More interested in her now seems to be doing fewer items with prominent or blingy logos. A few years ago everyone had her Reva flats with the metal plate - looking down on the subway was like a uniform.

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    1. GF - I avoided those flats on purpose, although I ended up purchasing a Hugo Boss knock-off of Tury Burch in a divine shade of teal in an amazing leather for $100 (which was worth the price as opposed to the original $500 price!)

      I have never tried anything by TB on before. I was just struck by how playful these were without being garish..I will see if I can try some on in March as per Ema's suggestion.

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  4. I also think the TB resort is a big winner. I have a silk jersey dress (navy with a heart pattern) that I have worn so often, it is a lovely dress and the silk jersey fabric she uses is amazing. I can wash it on delicate and hang it to dry, it is one of my best frocks.
    On my list for the year is a spring/summer dress and I have in my mind another silk jersey from TB, I plan to buy it before June, I do hope I can catch some sort of sale.
    Now, I have also had a bad experience with Tory Burch and it involved skirt suits. I ordered two from the sale and had them delivered to my in-laws house in Florida, I think this was two years ago now. They were a hot mess of loose threads and seams ripped right open! I returned via the UPS store which was easy-peasy however and had all my money back within days.
    Have a lovely day! I'm going to be washing the wood floors inch by inch on hands and knees, oh the glamour!
    xox

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    1. Dani - I washed my kitchen floor like that yesterday - the agony of it all is that Barry will be in there cooking all day today, so it will be like it never happened? WHat do you use on your floors?

      Boo on the messy TB clothes - I guess this fits in with poor workmanship in foreign countries that do not pay their workers a decent wage? Now am curious where her clothes are made and have to look it up.

      Grace Coddington is scathing about this issue in her book and the lack of craftsmanship of today's new designers, who care not a whit as to what the inside of a garment looks like or quality control. She is glowing about Marc Jacobs in this regard. It is such a good book. I am just Grace crazy now!

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    2. Drudges have company, I also have to do my floors by hand today. They are grittily grim. WMM you've made me keen on Grace, hoping I can find a copy for at least a few pages in my local Chapters.

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  5. I like the Kelsey Dress ($995) and Luna Dress ($2495) and now I know why I don't even look at Tory Burch, it is way out of my price league, even on sale. I own a pair of TB sunglasses that I bought at TJ Maxx so that'll have to do for me and Tory Burch! Very pretty things, though. I like her style a lot.

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    1. the $1000 dresses make me laugh out loud! i really looked at the $300 hoping they will go to $180 dresses!

      i bet her sunglasses are fun!

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  6. I find TB quality to be quite disappointing for the price, to be honest. I have one shirtdress that I love, but I never buy the shoes because of the blingy logos all over. TTS on sizing, I think, I usually go up one from my J. Crew size.

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    1. thanks Caitlin! I will be interested to see in real life - it sounds like it can be a bit of a mixed bag, which is frustrating when you talk about those kind of prices!

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  7. Hi WMM! I for one love Tory Burch and actually blogged about her Resort 2013 line here in June of last year. I shared a few of my favorite looks in that post, and also blogged about one of the dresses I'm interested in just this past Monday, called the Nadine dress.

    As far as quality, for the most part it is really good, but still overpriced as others have mentioned. It is possible to get really good deals though, so you just need to watch for the sales, which I usually blog about, and will be sure to let you know when they pop up. One of my favorite TB dresses is the heart print one seen in this polyvore set, that I wear quite frequently, and receive numerous compliments on every time I do. My CPW on that dress is very low right now, and worth every penny that I paid for it to begin with.

    I find TB sizing to be comparable to J.Crew, so go with your J.Crew size if you decide to order. Also, I have a TB store nearby, so if you ever want me to check on something for you I can. Many times I go in just to see the clothes in person so I know how the quality and fit are on the items I'm interested in before they go to sale. :)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)

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    1. I must have been asleep at the switch last week to miss that! I am going back to take a look! Thanks for the advice on sizing! It is awfully fun to look at resort wear this time of you, but you lucky duck, you can wear it now! Have a wonderful day!

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    2. Well, I wrote the wrong name of the dress. It's called the Nadia dress. She did make a Nadine riding boot though.

      Are you able to order from Nordstrom? If so, are the shipping and returns free like they are in the U.S.? They carry quite a bit of TB, so that would also be a way to try out some of her line.

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    3. Btw, the Carousel blouse from Anthro you blogged about is quite lovely. I have a coupon code for free shipping on $100+ that expires today, so if it works for orders outside of the U.S. you are more than welcome to have it. You would need to throw in something else to reach the minimum, but they do have some cute sale items that are inexpensive and could make nice gifts for your daughter, yourself, etc.

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    4. Hi FFM! I am holding fast till March (I am trying - I may break!) trip to NYC, but that is good to know about Nordstrom! They ship to Canada, but it costs both ways! Thanks for the Anthro code offer!

      All of my money went to paying off Christmas this month and my laundry room reno. If he (the big HE) finishes the painting today, there may be a big reveal later this week! Cross your fingers!

      Guess what? snowing AGAIN!!

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  8. Loved The Departed and Leo in it!

    Not a big fan of the TB logo plastered all over at all, sorry. I also think it's pricey for the quality as well. They do vanity sizing also and fits the same as JC.

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    1. Rose - is the TB on the clothes too? I have never seen any of her clothes up close. I am not a fan of logo on clothing - always disliked the polo emblem for that reason!

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    2. WMM, no she does not generally do logo clothes, other than occasional monogram style on a jumper or something.

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    3. It's mostly on shoes and bags. Some bags have a huge embossed logo. On clothes, I've seen it on some sweaters and tees.

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  9. Hi WMM,
    I have several TB items that I love. I agree with the other commenters that current TB clothing sizing is similar to JC. Quality has been all over the map. I just returned a TB coat. The colors and pattern were wonderful, construction was ok, but the wool was rough and thin - similar to what you might expect at Zara. I've also had a cotton tunic top disintegrate. On the other hand, my wool sheath dress is 3 years old and is still in perfect condition.

    TB shoes wear reasonably well and are TTC. However,IMO, TB heels stretch out more than average so I size down. I am a 6 1/2 or 7 in JC and a 36.5 in Prada/Tods and I will purchase a 6 in TB heels.

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    1. Thanks Muffy - that is so helpful!

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  10. I have several pairs of TB shoes and feel they fit pretty true to size. The reva flats do tend to stretch out a bit (like any thin leather shoes) so If you tend to be on the smaller end of a size go down a size. I love her sandals. I have a few knit tops and sweaters which I find fit similar to Jcrew sizes. The logos are fine with me. If that makes me a label ho so be it:) I don't think many in my town even know who she is.

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