Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Colorful

I'm not usually one to wear head-to-toe colors (I tend to favor mixing colors with neutrals), but the print on this shirt just matched so well with my pink pants and mint flats that I couldn't help it.

Okay, so just a confession, over the past few months I've featured a handful of things from those Asian street wear online stores such as Choies, Chicnova and Oasap, and most of the time, the quality is crap and the sizing is all wonky. Most of the items I've worn just once for the blog (the companies require a post), and then it gets donated or thrown to the back of my closet, though there are a few things I've worn a few times (like the teal blazer I wore in my previous post). I'm just too much of a sucker for OMG FREE STUFF that it's hard for me to turn down their offers of free clothes, and I know that's terrible. Sorry, readers, for featuring stuff I don't fully endorse, but I imagine none of you are rushing out to buy any of the stuff I wear anyway, especially stuff from these stores.

Last month I had a few credits that I was itching to use up, so I was browsing Choie's selection and I was just desperate for something wearable. If you've ever browsed their sites, their stuff is just a whole lot of WTF WHY WOULD YOU MAKE A SHIRT LIKE THAT kind of clothes, so I had narrowed my choices down to a few decent shirts but none of them were anything that I loved. I even asked my husband pick the least ugly shirt out of the lot, but he said they were all pretty terrible. I ended up picking this shirt, thinking that I'd just have to wear it for one post and be done with it, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I actually liked it. It's not something I normally would've picked out at the store, but I am loving the colorful pattern and the high-low chiffon hem. I even like the slight puff sleeves. The quality is okay, but I am looking forward to wearing this top this summer over shorts, if it holds up 'til then.

I guess there's not really a point to my story, other than, sometimes I like crappy clothes more than I should and you never know until you try it on, but... we'll just stop here. Hope you guys had a good weekend!

Shirt: c/o Choies / Pants: J Brand via ThredUP / Flats: Calvin Klein

Note: It sounds like I'm dissing the website in the post (and I am) and you probably think it's not wise of me to burn bridges because they'll probably not want to work with me anymore, but I don't need any more sub par (but free) stuff in my closet, so it's okay.

30 comments:

  1. Haha, I had a look at their website out of curiosity and I really agree with you, so much of their stuff is just weird, the top looks much better in your photos here. I've seen a lot of bloggers feature them and think it's refreshing to see an honest review.

    Claire
    http://polkadotsandrainbowdrops.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. It's a cute top, but you probably made the right call. I totally get the allure of free stuff (especially because your budget is way more strict than mine!) but there are so any other options for inexpensive but still quality clothes. I've heard good things about ThredUp, and I'm sad we don't get it here in Canada. Those pants are killer!

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  3. I love that you are so honest about your c/o experience. Too often, I look at bloggers with a crap ton of c/o stuff and it's hard to swallow the "OMG! Great Quality! Nothing Like It! Buy it! Buy it!" My blog is really small, but I had a terrible experience with c/o shoes and I was really upset with myself for "selling out." Especially because I buy cheap clothes all the time, but put the bulk of my money on shoes and bags. It was so not me and I was even embarrassed to admit to my husband that I took a pair of cheap shoes just because they were free. Good for you for admitting that you just wanted free clothes. Who doesn't?

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  4. I recently bought a shirt from Oasap after seeing it on a blogger and loving it. I really don't ever do that and I'm not sure what made me take the risk. But it didn't pay off. The quality was really bad and the sizing was SO off. And even though it's free shipping, it's not free return shipping and it would have cost me just as much to ship it back to China as the item cost. So I'm just going to try to see if my sister will want it. I've pretty much learned my lesson. It's nice to see your honesty!

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  5. Yes, the zippers broke off and he had to use pliers and scissors to cut me out of them. It was humiliating. Those went in the trash. But, yes, I understand that maybe other people don't have the same experience as me, I just wish it was more honest and not so "sponsor-pleasing." That's why it was really refreshing to read your perspective. :)

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  6. I will never judge you for taking free clothes. :) And I like that you honestly reviewed them because I was wondering about the quality since I see so many bloggers wearing stuff from there.

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  7. I agree, those Asian type online stores are full of crappy things. It's so "night market" stuff. I'd rather go to Asian and browse a night market, actually. I'm glad you kinda like this shirt. The colors are nice and it's not too matchy matchy with the pants and shoes b/c they're both unsaturated colors. I'm glad you're being honest about the company. I remember when InPink jewelry was all over the blogosphere and I won some stuff of it. Their jewelry was cheap looking and I couldn't believe bloggers were saying how awesome it was. The allure of free stuff is nice (I've succumbed to it!), but at least be honest about it or try it on and then tell the company you can't write a positive review.

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  8. This was such a fun post to read! I was laughing to myself and people were looking at me (Im stationed at a clinic for my rotation this semester.). Glad to hear your honest opinion about the clothes. The shirt you picked out IS nice and I hope you get a season's worth out if this top.

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  9. That top is really cute, and it looks lovely with those gorgeous pants. I'm not usually a head-to-toe color person either, but you make it work!

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  10. HappinessatmidlifeApril 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I always hesitate about these online Asian companies. I looked at their site and would say it feels very F21 which is just a bit too trendy. I love that you gave it an honest review. I recently read another blogger that bought a skirt from here and had to take to get the hem altered to even out. I guess you get what you pay for. And nothing wrong with getting excited over something free! I would too.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  11. Good gosh I love your honesty (and bought that gray/white stripe blazer because of you today). So there! ;)

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  12. ugh, asian clothes are the worst. i think the top is cute. i actually love the sheer thing as i look at it more.

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  13. This top is cute!


    As far as the Asian companies go I've only gotten stuff from SheInside and like a couple of things from Chicnova. While obviously most of the stuff on those sites is worse than the worst parts of Forever 21 fashion, I've actually liked a good share of the stuff I've received from SheInside, which is why I stick with them but don't work with the other companies. Like, the ponte blazer that I now have in 3 colors (white, coral, black)--I actually really like it! Same with the black moto jacket, toggle coat, and the couple of striped tops I've gotten with the neon trim. If I end up selling anything it's usually because the sizing was off for me and there's no point in returning it since it was free. And sometimes I turn around and order the same thing in a different size in the next batch haha.


    I will say that the purses are CRAP though, for sure. I stopped ordering those because the 3 that I got were appallingly crap-tastic. (And I shop at Forever 21 and Target and Old Navy, so I don't have high standards here!)

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  14. I LOVE your honesty. Seriously. These kinds of posts are missing in the blogosphere. I've been contacted by some companies lately, but they all seem so shady that I haven't bothered to go through with them. I used to be jealous that other bloggers got free stuff, but I'm delighted to know that they're crap.

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  15. My husband calls the site "that one website with all the ugly clothes" - some things are just so weird! But I guess that's fashion, maybe I just don't "get it" yet because I'm not hip enough. haha :)

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  16. I still love Target clothes (you guys have that in Canada now, right? Or is it slightly different?) and it's way better quality for the same price, plus there are always discounts and coupons so I can get clothes for dirt cheap. And that sucks that ThredUP doesn't ship to Canada, so much of my wardrobe is from there! I guess that just means more clothes for me :)

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  17. I have no idea how those sites offset their free shipping costs because international shipping is expensive!! I guess they just sell really cheap clothes with a really high mark-up. If your sister doesn't want it, maybe you can re-purpose it into something else? I got this dress awhile back that was SO ugly (it looked decent on the model) and I'm just planning to hack off the top and turn it into a skirt, though I haven't gotten around to it yet.

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  18. The quality leaves a lot to be desired. Each item I've received has had random loose strings and just poor sewing jobs. But the things I've ordered have all been in the $15-$30 range, and so I don't have any experience with their pricier items. I'm guessing they would be better made? I mean, they should be, right?

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  19. Funny that you mention InPink! Did you get that $40 code that all the bloggers were doing "giveaways" for, with like 20 winners? I got a ring that was pretty cute and just the other day I was cleaning out my jewelry and found it. I had worn it probably two times, but it was all discolored and brassy from just sitting in my bathroom. I guess I didn't expect it to stay pristine, but I was disappointed.

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  20. Yeah, the allure of cheap (or free) things is always so so hard to resist! And you're lucky your items have held up well! A few of mine are still good but I can tell that they probably won't hold up too much longer because of the poor seam construction. And I love forever 21 jewelry, especially for the trendy pieces. By the time they tarnish and turn brown, I'll probably already be sick of them anyway :) But it sucks about your c/o necklace!

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  21. Thanks, Justine! I didn't care for it much when I picked it out but now I can't wait to wear it again :)

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  22. They had to alter the hem just to even it out? That's horrible! One of the dresses I've received was SO ugly that I couldn't even wear it for the blog (so I stopped working with that company) and I think I will alter it into a skirt before I can even wear it.

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  23. Exciting! I can always stand behind Target stuff, but probably not stuff from sketchy Asian shops. I'm so excited to see how you style your blazer! it's one of my faves :)

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  24. Yeah I thought the sheer thing was really awkward at first, but now I really like it, even if it feels a little too "junior section" to me.

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  25. Yes! I'm glad your Sheinside blazers are working out so well for you- I think maybe because you got the more "expensive" versions (weren't they like around $50?) versus the $15-$30 things that I've picked. I would hope that the more expensive things would be better quality! And you've managed to pick really cute stuff, which is funny because finding cute things is so difficult on those sites! So many weird items to wade though :)

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  26. I'm totally jealous of the bloggers who get Target and Boden and Nordstrom Rack stuff for free, but for shady Asian online shops? No. :)

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  27. Oh whoa... I liked your honesty a lot in this post! I've had really mixed experiences with the overseas shops. Believe it or not, I used to buy a lot of stuff from these stores even before I blogged because I liked the styles and fit of clothes from Asia, but the spectrum of quality was ALL OVER THE MAP! It was insane. I think I've gotten lucky in the last few collabs where the pieces fit great (I usually size up) and the quality is that of something I would purchase on my own.


    This top looks really nice on you! I could picture you wearing it with one of the solid pencil skirts :)

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  28. Aww, I like how colorful you are in this outfit, Kimmie! Those pants are a great shade of pink, and you're right, they look perfect with your top. One thing that I really like about you, Kimmie, is how straightforward you are! I think too many bloggers (or just people in general) sugarcoat things and aren't very honest...and your bluntness/honesty/whatever is super refreshing. Thanks for telling us like it is!!! :)

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