Some fashion bloggers have a built in radar for finding trending fashions at a lower price. I’m not one of them. Hahaha! No, I’m the gal who walks into a store and immediately walks toward the most expensive item in the shop. That’s the kind of radar I have! But today I’m so pleased to share with you 2 big trending styles that I’ve found at a much better price. And just to make sure they are all that and the cat’s pajamas, I tried them for myself.
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Not only did I find these two trending styles at much lower prices, but I also found them at a retailer that I love supporting. Quince’s website says it is, “committed to making exceptionally high-quality essentials at a price within reach. Because everyone deserves to fill their life with the finer things.” Not only do they offer truly elevated basics at reasonable price points, but Quince is also committed to choosing organic materials (when possible), using environmentally conscientious packaging and working with ethical business practices.
And no, today’s blog post is not sponsored by Quince; I’m just that impressed. I’m most pleased that Quince offers fair pricing and is completely transparent about the composition of the price. Bottomline, their mark-up is lower because they cut out all the middlemen, such as sourcing agents, warehousing, wholesaling, distribution and storefront retail. Instead, they ship directly from the manufacturer to you. (That’s why you do need to be a little patient when ordering from Quince. Depending on where your order is manufactured, it may take a few days longer than other retailers’ shipping speeds.)
The Trending Slip Skirt
Have you noticed everyone raving about and wearing slip skirts for the past few years? I have! And I have to admit, I’ve wanted one. But I wasn’t willing to take the leap for something I probably couldn’t wear at least weekly at the prices I was seeing.
High end brands like Vince made the bias cut slip skirt popular a few years ago. And I have to say, this is an incredibly versatile, flattering and beautiful skirt. But the Vince slip skirt is 100% acetate, and while it is well made, there is nothing unique about it that warrants that price. And I love me some Vince!
I did try on the Vince slip skirt in cinnamon (originally $325, now $227.50) a couple of months ago, and I’ll concede that it may be slightly thicker than the Quince 100% washable silk bias cut skirt. But as a seamstress myself, I can assure you that the stitching and other details on the Quince skirt are every bit as polished as those on the Vince slip skirt.
You may also have seen slip skirts, however, at more reasonably priced brands such as J.Crew. Again, I love J.Crew. And I almost purchased a Gwyneth slip skirt at J.Crew last fall. But I kept feeling like I was in between sizes with the Gwyneth, and it didn’t lay very nicely on my hips. The Gwyneth slip skirt at J.Crew is 100% polyester and comes in a variety of colors that change with each season. It’s a little longer than the Quince skirt, and the price is regularly $89.50-$138, depending on the the variation.
Oops! Did I fail to mention that the Quince 100% washable silk slip skirt is just $59.90???
And my 100% cashmere sweater, also from Quince, is just $50. Is the quality quite the same as, say, Jenni Kayne? No. I do indeed prefer my Jenni Kayne sweaters for truly superb quality. But that’s only because the Jenni Kayne sweaters are designed a little differently, a little fuller. But the Quince sweater is an extremely nice pullover for that amazing price. And what blows my mind is that the price was achieved fairly and equitably. Quince uses only 100% Grade-A Mongolian cashmere that they guarantee was sourced from sustainable origins in order to secure top-quality and ethical practices.
I’m wearing the Quince slip skirt and cashmere sweater both in burgundy, but, as you can see, the shades are not the same. I knew that when I ordered. I like the variation on reds myself. But you can put together similar looks with the wide variety of colors these pieces come in. And, while I styled my slip skirt for a more formal occasion, it’s very popular to wear a slip skirt with a t-shirt, denim jacket and sandals or sneakers. So it’s truly a versatile wardrobe basic. I’ll try to style mine differently for you later in the spring.
The Trending Tiered Maxi Dress
My hot fudge tiered maxi dress from Quince is another hot, hot, trend. Have you seen the Somerset maxi dress from Anthropologie? That trending tiered maxi dress is indeed so gorgeous and flattering on every body type. I’m sure that’s why I’ve seen so many influencers show them as wedding guest dresses, Easter frocks, party dresses and even mother-of-the-bride options.
According to the Anthropologie website, the Somerset maxi dress is their “best-selling, best-reviewed dress ever.” They go on to say that this silhouette has the magic of the “sisterhood of the traveling pants.” Remember the movie? The jeans fit all four friends beautifully even though they were very different sizes and shapes. And this Somerset maxi dress has that same versatility. But not only does it look amazing on everyone; it also works beautifully for every event, from work to church to picnics to parties, this flattering, feminine silhouette seems perfectly suited.
And look, you absolutely cannot go wrong buying the beautiful Anthropologie Somerset maxi dress. Every season they introduce them in new colors, patterns and fabrics. You can see the current collection HERE.
But the Somerset maxi dress retails for $168 (still pretty reasonable) and my Quince tiered maxi dress is just $129.90. The biggest difference? The Quince tiered maxi dress is 90% mulberry silk and 10% spandex for a little stretch. Yeah, that’s a pretty significant difference. And the Quince tiered maxi dress comes in some beautiful colors like my hot fudge, celestial blue and wine tasting, as well as navy and black.
Oh, the Anthropologie Somerset dress does have functional side slit pockets. But guess what! So does the Quince tiered silk maxi dress. And did I mention that the dress is washable?
I kept the chill off with a cashmere wrap from my closet. Quince has a similar wrap for just under $100.
What if you’re not really in the market for a silk slip skirt or a silk maxi dress? No worries. I just really wanted to share with you that Quince is a great option for finding so many of the big trending styles but at more reasonable prices.
As someone who has an eagle eye for the most expensive things in the store (hahaha!), I’m frequently asked to share options at lower prices. But dear reader, I just cannot recommend garments, shoes or accessories that I don’t feel are good values. And I always prefer to recommend brands that are at least making an effort to be responsible, ethical and transparent with their pricing. And that, sweet friend, is why I recommend you check out Quince any time you want to shop my looks…or anyone else’s…for less.
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Blessed for My Day
Want to know the secret to a long, happy life? Ha! Well, it’s not quite that simple, of course. But I did discover in my Bible reading yesterday that God promises some pretty amazing things to those who seek His wisdom and set their hearts on walking in obedience to Him. The wise writer of Proverbs assured his son that godly living would result in length of days and years of life and peace being added unto him. Let’s break that down.
What’s the difference between “length of days” and “years of life?” The writer is saying that not only does wise living extend the length of your life (as I think most of us could attest), but it also makes your days fuller. You’re able to accomplish and enjoy more in those days because they’re well spent. And then the writer assures his son that peace will be added to him if he choses to comply with his godly teaching. Have you found that to be true? I sure have. When I’m walking step by step with God, I know real peace, even when the days are hard and the future is uncertain.
My son, do not forget my teaching,
But have your heart comply with my commandments;
For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you. ~ Proverbs 3:1-2