On eBay lately

I’ve recently become a bit frustrated with retail store offerings and have turned to eBay to see what deals are out there. So far I’ve found a few great items, and I have a few (or more than a few?) more on the way! One of my favorite items thus far is a basic Celine cardigan (similar to these). Its my second black cardigan, but I wear my other one so often that I justified getting another one! The sweater is probably at least a few years old, but its in great shape. Its silly that a ## year old sweater is holding up better than my two month old J. Crew sweaters (these were the worst, literally had to fabric shave them so often that the once-opaque material became thin and sheer). Why is it so hard to find quality knits now-a-days (at a reasonable price)? I’ve found that so many knits are either 1) itchy, 2) “sheer,” 3) have crap stitching, or 4) pill like crazy.  Its so frustrating.

cutout sleeves
Speaking of knits, this Michael Michael Kors sweater is another recent eBay find. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been on the hunt for some easy-to-wear knits for a while now. While appreciate the simplicity of the majestic long sleeve and turtleneck tees that I recently acquired, I also love when a top has something interesting to add- like cutout shoulders. These shoulder cutouts add a beautiful drape to this top (they can even make a plain tee look gorgeous!). And, most importantly, this fun detail doesn’t require me to wear a strapless or low back bra. I mean, I’m lucky if I feel up to putting a regular bra on instead of my much worn sports bras. If a top required a special bra it’d never make it out of the closet.

monotone black
Continuing with the cutout theme, I’ve become quite intrigued with cutout backs. Nothing crazy now (seriously, I know you know my style isn’t very adventurous), just a little peek of skin on the back. I haven’t found anything that’s just right yet. I’m looking for something similar to this A.L.C. top, but with a heavier drape and closer fit. Maybe such a thing just doesn’t exist.

wool skinny pants
Oh yes! Before I forget. A note about these pants. In the midst of all of my pants frustration, I splurged on this pair by Dsquared2. They need a trip to the tailor to make some small adjustments (slimming the leg and taking them up an inch), but wow, let me just report how awesome they are compared to the usual wool pants I’ve tried. My favorite thing… they’re not itchy! I didn’t know wool pants could be non-itchy? I guess so. And, even better, they come with a partial lining on the front thigh for ease of walking- no rubbing or pulling. I love them.

I’d be totally willing to splurge on another great pair of designer work pants, but the problem is, I can’t find another (at least in the <$300 range). Its tricky. While “designer” can equal high quality, it doesn’t always. And I almost want to say that many of the “middle-end” designers have displayed deteriorating quality. I mean pricey brands like Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Tory Burch, Vince, etc. Fabrics are getting cheaper. Cuts are getting less flattering. And fabulous details like the ones I mentioned above are being left out. On that note, back to eBay I go…