Top: Old Navy
Shoes: Sam Edelman
People always complain about Old Navy's quality, but it hasn't really bothered me too much. I know I've been disappointed when my jeans stretch out in the knees and get saggy, or my t-shirts get misshapen, but the quality is what you pay for, and I've usually been pretty happy about being able to buy cute clothes for dirt cheap. Up until last week.
I bought two shirts in June, this one and the green sleeveless one, and I was pretty happy about them until I came home and realized that the coral shirt's stitching had come undone right at the button placket so there was this gaping hole if I pulled the shirt in a certain way. I temporarily fixed it with some double sided tape, but it was right at chest level, so while it looked decent from far away, I'm sure anyone standing a few feet away would be able to see the missing stitching if they were to look carefully.
Then the other day, I pulled out the green shirt to steam out the wrinkles after being laundered, and I noticed a quarter-sized hole in the collar! I hadn't noticed it when I wore it last or before washing it, but it was definitely from the fabric being sewn too closely to the stitching and being pulled out when it went through the wash. The edges of the fabric were all frayed and would have been pretty difficult to sew back.
I was super disappointed because I really liked the shirts, and fixing them would have been difficult (I guess the coral shirt would have been easy, but just matching the thread and stitching perfectly is hard), so I brought them both back to the store. I paid $22 for both shirts but had used a $15 credit cards reward, so getting $7 back for two cute but defective shirts was kind of a bummer. I mean, that's how much my lunch normally costs!
When I do get my $15 back in my next statement, I'm going to have to resist the urge to go back to Old Navy. SIGH.