[personal profile] throughkseyes
 I stopped by Sears recently and was surprised to find some cute stuff on the clearance racks, under the brand UK Style by French Connection. I'm not sure why French Connection decided to collaborate with Sears, of all places... but there you go. Didn't find anything that fit perfectly enough for me to love it, but definitely cute stuff at good prices.

I was there to return a Lands' End Canvas online order, and I did end up buying a white Lands' End (non-Canvas) boat-neck tee in XS. It fits a bit big, but not too much as-is and I expect the 100% cotton will shrink. It's nice and thick 1x1 rib, not see-through like so many white tees are. And I love boatnecks. Also tried on the coral, but the trendy color plus conservative cut just ended up frumpy. There was a very nautical striped colorway as well, that I deemed TOO nautical but could probably work well for the younger set. $18 with extra 40% off, so it came to $11 for Lands' End's amazing quality and unconditional return policy.

I really wish that my Sears carried the Canvas line, so I could browse it in-person! The 1x1 ribbed LE tops have never caught my eye online, but trying it on, I was sold. Since Sears is not part of my usual shopping rounds, I don't want to make online orders with the expectation of returning most of it.

Another interesting tidbit: I was returning LEC and LE swimwear, but still NWT and hygiene liner attached. Nonetheless, it was automatically tagged with a giant yellow clearance tag and marked as "used," probably to go to an LE outlet. This must make returns a painful extra cost for the retailer! It does, however, make me respect Lands' End that much more.
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Seeing personal style through K's eyes.

I'll be chronicling my quest for personal style on a frugally-raised college student's budget. Fitting room reviews, style inspirations, musings/rants about dressing a petite, size-2 apple figure--just whatever is on my mind. I adore the Anthro aesthetic, but rarely pull it off in real life. Same goes for heels and make-up...

SIZING REFERENCE:

Height: 5'2"
Measurements: 31-28-33
Bust: 32A (or 32AA without padding)
Shoes: 5 women's/3 kids, also 5.5 if open-back
True size: 2 with consideration for my waist
Shape: "crabapple"
Ethnicity: Asian = straight black hair (now waist-length for the second time!), boring brown eyes and nonexistent lashes, medium yellow-toned skin

SPECIFIC BRANDS:
Anthropologie: 2/S dresses (0/XS fits tight), 2/XS tops, 4-6 skirts
J.Crew: XS/0 tops and dresses, 4 skirts
Banana Republic: 2 tops, 4P Sloan bottoms (sometimes 2/2P in other cuts)
H&M: 4/XS tops, 4/S dresses, 6 (sometimes 8) skirts
Forever 21: S tops and dresses, 26 jeans

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