The question I get the most is "Where did you get that?" I'm going to be honest - a lot of it is Zara or Top Shop or .
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Have you heard of Droopy Butt Syndrome? Oh, I had it for YEARS.
I'd buy a cute pair of jeans and by the second wearing they'd be all stretched out, hanging off my hips with my butt looking saggier than me after 9pm on a school night.
Then a friend turned me onto Madewell jeans. And can we say, PERKY CENTRAL?
These babies DO NOT stretch out. I don't know what it is, but I can wear them for days and they hold their shape.
They are more expensive than a lot of jeans, but a couple of things.
-One, they have a program where you can bring your (saggy butt) jeans in for recycling and get $20 off.
-Two, I bought two pairs last year and they're the only ones I ever wear so I figure I'm saving the world (jeans use up a ton of water in manufacturing) and money. #fashionhero
-Three, SAGGY BUTTS.
If you're expecting an unbiased review of Ban.do, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place. I LOVE BAN.DO and if you've been around me for 13 seconds in real life, you will know it.
Ban.do is a accessory and clothing company that sells happy, optimistic clothing and has been blacklisted on my browser because I'm saving for a house, not another pair of gorgeous pink shoes, okay, BAN.DO?!?!
Everything they sell is fun, and joyful, and full of personality. It's the kind of stuff you wear around and everyone inevitably asks, "Where did you get that??" (At this point, I should just get business cards made up with their web address.)
The other thing I like though is it's all easy to wear. Nothing is too pretentious or overdone - it's cool mom stuff that will make you feel like you're owning it like you did before you had kids.
I have to be really careful around Other Stories because they are one of the few brands where I NEVER send anything back. So annoying, but true!
Their stuff tends to fit really well and be nicely made, and I'll want to send it back, but I can't because it always looks good. Seriously. It's like there's just a little bit more care put into it, which means zippers lay properly and don't bulge, sweaters hit where they're supposed to, and everything looks more expensive than it is.
Their clothing also tends to be easy to wear items that have just enough of a kick to make them special. My favorite sweater is from here - it's soft and cozy with enough detail to make it look like I'm trying when I'm so not.
It's my favorite kind of site - special pieces that are afforable and make you look great. What more can a mama ask for?
There are a lot of reasons I'm into Shop Buru.
FIrst, they are all about moms. Their clothes have stretchy waists, options for breastfeeding, and are designed so you can run around while still looking good.
Secondly, they show you how to wear each piece several different ways, This is gold! The best wardrobe is a versatile wardrobe and this puts you firmly on the path.
Third, I love to support moms who are working their tails off and killing it and this gal is doing both.
Now, their clothes are on the higher end of the spectrum here, but watch for end of season sales, which tend to be really, really good.
If you don't know ASOS, it's a huge online site that
carries tons of boutique brands, regular brands, and their own label. Basically, they have everything, which is totally awesome and potentially overwhelming.
You know how on most sites you want to stay pretty broad when searching so you don't miss anything? On ASOS, you get specific. (A search for "sequin pants" right now returned 1,024 results, which is pretty much my favorite thing all week and shows you how huge their site is.)
I get that can feel overwhelming, but it also make it so easy because they truly have everything (and usually the coolest version of it).
I use it a lot if I see something I love elsewhere that is either too expensive or sold out, they'll often have something similar. Or if I want something specific like a new suit or a dress for vacation - they'll have so many options I can't go wrong.
As well, they have 2-day shipping and super-easy returns so you can order a bunch and send back what doesn't work, no problem.
I like to think of myself as part-owner of Dressed in LaLa because I have bought so many things from there this past year I should have a parking pass.
Their (real) owner Lex is excellent at her job. All of their clothes are easy-to-wear, yet make you look put-together (I wear the above leopard set multiple times a week and always feel like I'm killin' it).
They're also not throwaway, which was my initial concern. I'm trying realllllly hard to buy less, but buy better and longer-lasting, and quite a lot of the internet fashion is, frankly, cheap. You wear it a time or two and then it gets out-of-shape or fades, but that hasn't been the case at all with Dressed in Lala. They're stuff holds up and hasn't faded or looked worn at all.
I'd say my only issue with them is she releases new, cute items ALL THE TIME. It truly takes Hurculean effort not to put things in my cart because, of course, I want a hot pink suit with an elasticated waist! What do you think I am? AN ANIMAL?!?!?
I feel like everyone knows about Zara, but then occasionally I'll meet someone who doesn't and BLOW THEIR MIND and, omg, what if that is you right now?!?!??!
Half my wardrobe is from Zara because they are just SO GOOD. Somehow they manage to be on trend while grown up and timeless (I still wear a dress I bought in 1995 in Spain!).
And their stuff doesn't tend to be cheapie, throw-away-after-a-season like other fast fashion (see said Spanish dress). It's well-made and structured so you can get really good use out of it for a long time.
Every year we go to the UK to visit family and every year I sneak off to pay homage to the London Topshop.
For me, the in house Topshop brand is hit or miss. It's very trendy and can be a bit pricey for clothing you can often get elsewhere, although I found the most epic pair of gold lamé pants at one years ago, so what do I know.
In store, though, they curate collections from very small designers that are so special and interesting. They're often designers with such small operations you'd be hard-pressed to find them online, but they'll have a showstopper of a piece or two in store.
I have found some absolute gems from that I otherwise wouldn't have known about.
The other thing they do really well is shoes. OMG, their shoes! I literally can't go on their site because I WILL buy a pair of yellow, pointy-toed fabulousness that I ABSOLUTELY NEED THIS MINUTE.
I will not go on Topshop. I will not go on Topshop. It seems to be working...
There might be a day in your life when you think, "You know, I really need some heels that look like Alice in Wonderland wore them" and for that day, there is Irregular Choice.
This is not a shoe store for the minimalist. It is for a gal who wants to wear a party on her feet and is ready to show up big and bold.
All of their designs are absolutely, delightfully, over-the-top and that is their magic. They're fun, slightly ridiculous and always a crowd pleaser.
If you head over to Akira, there's a good chance you're going to think I'm out of my mind. The majority of their clothes look like something the Kardashians would wear out in Vegas with thigh-high leather boots. Not to mention, their models all look like they probably have their own reality shows they're that good-looking.
Not your typical mom site, I get that.
But, in between the bodycon dresses and skintight bodysuits, there are some absolute gems. Sequin power suits, feathered skirts, puff sleeves out the wazoo... Pieces that are so much fun, you'll want to turn school drop-off into your own runway.
Seriously. If you need a special, show-stopper piece that nobody else will have, Akira is your baby.