Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cheap stuff

Top: Old Navy
Skirt: J.Crew
Necklace: Mom's
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.

35 comments:

  1. *!http://goo.gl/UsTOr

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  2. I've never had problems with ON before either, but all the maternity that I've ordered from there is AWFUL. Weird proportions, see-through fabric, etc. I probably won't be shopping there in the future too.

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  3. Aww that's always unfortunate with your ON tops! I would be totally bummed too. My first part-time high school job was at ON! haha.. so most of my clothes were from there and I occasionally got a dud here and there.. then I worked at Banana and experienced the same! So really it can be the same quality no matter cheap or expensive. :/

    xo - Sheila

    http://sheislovely1.blogspot.com

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  4. Aww that's terrible. I've always been a huge fan of ON too. 

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  5. Ahhh, bummer.  Those shirts did feel thin, if I remember correctly.  Old Navy can be so hit-or-miss!  I definitely try to stay away from their thinner material items because I have a low level of confidence in them.  But there are a couple of Old Navy dresses I've had for years that I was wearing VERY frequently at one point that are still going strong!

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  6. Yeah, I had a few maternity items from them that looked so old and worn after only 2 or 3 wears, but then I really did like the maternity jeggings, only because they were the low-rise under-the-belly kind. Oh well.

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  7. I think they've cut corners in recent years and the quality of stuff is going downhill, but it seems that a lot of companies have that problem these days. I think it's just really a hit or miss, because some things have held up great like my shorts and skirts. I guess I've learned that I should just inspect the clothes for bad workmanship prior to buying :)

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  8. Yeah, maybe I just got bad luck in the two items (one I found on the return rack, so maybe someone else had noticed it first and returned it) because I haven't had many problems with their stuff in the past. Just need to carefully inspect all clothes before buying now!

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  9. Yeah, I have a ton of things from ON that have held up just fine over the years! I just got some bad eggs :(

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  10. Dang, that really sucks! I haven't had any bad luck with them lately so I'm really sad to hear that you haven't had good luck. I remember looking at those shirts but they fit me all wrong. Sounds like I dodged a bullet. Like Audrey, I also don't really buy thinner fabrics there since I've had bad luck with thinner fabrics from some of the more inexpensive stores. 

    Besides the poor quality of the shirts, I really love your outfit. The coral is so pretty on you :)

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  11. Cute top and those shoes are sooo perfect with this look! Lovely pearls as well :)

    xoLizzieplaceclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  12. I really love ON, but it definitely can be hit or miss! I always double and triple check before I buy something!

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  13. You look great! I can't tell you just gave birth, let alone already have two kids. Can you start posting the sizes of the things you buy/wear? It looks like everything is an XS and makes me feel like it's unattainable. =(

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  14. That is such a bummer! I hate their sporadic bouts of workmanship.  I have some items that I can wear for years without fail and then something that disintegrates in the wash.  It's not just ON, Gap and BR have also been so spotty lately.

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  15. I've definitely had this same issue with Old Navy clothing. It's really unfortunate, because they have some adorable stuff, but it's just not worth buying if it's going to fall apart. Even if I only have $3 to spend on a shirt, I'd rather go to Goodwill and buy something that will last (thrifted J.Crew pieces FTW) than take a gamble at Old Navy. That being said, I still find myself unable to resist some of their cute pieces from time to time though ;) 

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  16. Total bummer. I've been noticing these small little things here and there as well. It's not just Old Navy. I've also noticed it at H&M. *Sigh.... this just means that we have to be more careful for these irresistible finds.

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  17. Aww, sorry to hear about this!  Have you tried calling CS or returning it?  I've always been impressed with how accommodating their CS is.  For what it's worth, that coral color is lovely.

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  18. I adore your shoes. A lot. 

    When it comes to Old Navy, I'm a little bit love/hate. I love that they have cheaper prices (especially their clearance racks) but it's hard to find something that has amazing quality. I prefer to shop the clearance at GAP (their sister store) since the quality is so much better. Sometimes it's better to invest, although I'll never end my lover affair with clearance racks. :)

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  19. My hubby always scoffs when I bring home Old Navy because he knows the quality stinks. I know it too but fortunately, I have items that have lasted. And even thrifted items that are pretty great quality! If you didn't see it, I just bought a $6 fully lined ON blazer from Salvation Army. Guess you just have to pick and choose your ON pieces. http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/detail/281173004341203907_12943059

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  20. Yeah! I think some of their older stuff was more durable. I have some things from years ago that have held up well. Things that are made of thinner materials seem to fall apart faster!

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  21. Thanks, Jen! And I totally agree. I just can't pass up the clearance racks when there are $2 shirts to be found. :)

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  22. Yeah, I brought them back and was able to get my money back with no problems :)

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  23. Yeah, I know. Every store is cutting corners with the quality of materials and workmanship. Need to carefully inspect deals that are too good to be true!

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  24. I know! I love browsing at Goodwill but it's always so time consuming. So much easier to just hop into a chain store and find exactly what I'm looking for, in the right color and size, or just order it online. Old Navy has some really cute stuff, and still has some really great pieces here and there, and $5 clothes is just too hard to say no to :)

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  25. Yeah, I agree. I've heard the price of cotton has been skyrocketing so stores are scrambling to keep prices down by cutting corners. I don't blame them because they've got to make a profit, but at the same time it sucks when I accidentally buy something that falls apart so soon. Good thing they're nice about bringing back defective items!

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  26. Yeah. Old Navy has some hits and some misses, but I'm glad you've had good luck! :)

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  27. Something I definitely need to start doing :)

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  28. Thanks! I usually wear size small, or sometimes XS for retailers that have generous sizing. I know a lot of bloggers post their sizes on their blogs, but I would feel really weird doing that.

    My blog isn't really focused on reviewing how clothes clothes fit for a particular body type (for instance, petite blogs) or reviewing clothes from certain retailers (for instance, Anthro blogs) so listing the sizes from my random clothes that I bought three years ago wouldn't really help much, but if you need to know the size of a particular item, I'd be happy to share.

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  29. Yikes!! I love Old Navy's flip flops (especially when they go on sale for $2/pair) and their wifebeaters (also when on sale for $2 at the end of summer) and the quality of those two have been pretty good. I have never really thought of Old Navy as being cheap, unless you're talking about the sale/clearance section. Some of their regular prices are just ridiculous! $30 for some thin cardigan? No thank you!

    Sorry to hear about your shirts... that stinks!

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  30. It's terrible you had that happened. I like the knits at ON but not things made of rayon there.

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  31. Wow, how do you look that amazing after 2 kids? Legssss <333

    The color scheme of the outfit is adorable, and I was sold after I saw the shoes! And the pearls make everything look super put together and classy!

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  32. very cute, love love the heels!!!! Come visit my blog, if you like we can follow :)

    xo Emma

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  33. Thanks, Thoa! I was totally thinking about you the other day randomly and thought you weren't blogging anymore. I guess I somehow accidentally deleted your blog from my reader awhile back when I was cleaning it out, and hadn't realized that you were still here all along! Well, you're back in my reader, so now I have to go catch up on what I missed. Good to see you're doing well! :)

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  34. cute shoes! xo

    http://calluswhatever.wordpress.com/

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