Left: Striped Top,
Left: Orange 3/4-Sleeve Blouse, $64; Right: Colorblock Tank,
The Skinny: There are a bunch of new items for the Simply Vera collection at our nearby Kohl's, including dresses, tanks, blouses, sweaters, skirts and lightweight coats. All the items can be mixed 'n' matched and dressed up or down with ease.
After recounting our search for the perfect sweater dress in an earlier post, some readers suggested we photograph ourselves wearing the items—so what you see above is our compromise! And it's a good thing, too, cuz almost all the latest Simply Vera styles were flouncy and full, so it helps to see them on. We love how everything draped, but we'd probably cinch the waist with a thin belt for an evening out.
Good Stuff: All the straps on the sleeveless tops expertly covered our bra straps. Genius. Also loved the little details, like the tulle covered gemstone designs around the necklines, or the interesting colorblocking patterns with fabrics in various hues and textures (satin, stretch velvet, jersey). Love it.
The Downside: Nearly every item we tried on was made of 100% polyester. You'd never guess by the touch alone, but really, what gives? Clearly, not all poly is created equal but we're still confused by all the synthetics...
Prices were a tad steep (ranged from $54 for a dressy tank top to $138 for a black brocade car coat), however, everything was 20% off at our Kohl's store (as well as online), and of course, you get additional discounts if you use your Kohl's charge.
The Verdict: You've got to try this stuff on, especially if you're looking for something different for the holidays. It really comes to life when you put it on. Just don't pay full price and you won't be disappointed!
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