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c_j_r
IL, USA
My Style: Classic, Edgy
Reviews: 40
Average Rating: 4.5
REVIEWS & RATINGS
40 reviews 1 2 3 4
Posted October 23, 2012
Cool professional wear
I was upset with myself for waiting too long to order this, as the size 2 was sold out in both colors. I ordered a 0 in the redwood and a 4 in the grey and the 0 fits great, not to mention that I like the redwood in person more than I did the cement. I am somewhat busty for my size and 2s in many contemporary lines typically fit better. The smaller size helped this look more tailored. I let the packing wrinkles steam a little near the shower. The arms are a little fitted, yet I would say are proportioned as expected.I like being dressed up without looking fussy and, with a black pencil skirt and oxblood t-strap pumps, this fits the bill perfectly...
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Great wash and feel!
These are a perfect summer jean. Very soft, and the worn look is not over-the-top. The 25 fit better than the 26 (I wear both, depending on brand and/or cut) Not sure if it was the cut, if these run a little large or if my weight has changed. A very nice slim cut. I returned these only because I foresee myself sticking to dark washes - I am kind of a creature of habit when it comes to jeans. I thought Shopbop styled it well in the pic.
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Posted July 12, 2012
Pretty
I bought this to replace one of my favorite black tops which I somehow lost. Given I wanted to replace a staple, I did not think it would stand up to frequent wear. The silk has a nice hand, yet is somewhat delicate and it Is difficult to to get on and off, which I can imagine would invite snags and pulls over time. Also somewhat sheer for work (a skin-toned bra looked better than black). I returned it, yet liked the blouse enough I may re-order it if an event comes up where I know I'll get some use. Very nice cut and flattering shape. This with the white skirt it is featured with is one of my favorite Shopbop looks right now.
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Posted July 12, 2012
Cool contrasts
This has a lot of things going on, yet it manages to stay simple and elegant. The dress that came to me had more of the pattern showing on the peplum, which I liked. Greens and aqua blue, which may make me want to think of green or aqua suede pumps when I wear this to my agency's annual charity event in September. The leather quality is nice. Definitely a standout without being too showy.
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Wow.
I continue to DIG everything I have bought from ALC (as well as Shopbop period) this season. Great color and hide quality for this top! In ALC, I have ordered a size XS in all tops or dresses sized that way and they are fine. However, this top was so engineered, I was not sure what numerical size I'd take. The 2 was great in the waist for me, yet was a little short length-wise and would be unforgiving if I happened to retain water or gain 5 pounds (given my cursed 32dd bra size). The more conservative 4 was longer and less form-fitting in the boobular region, yet was looser in the waist than I'd like. The 4 was my compromise - most will find this true-to-size. It's still "librarian sexy" and I cannot wait to wear it!
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Perfect
I had a benefit dinner with my nonprofit in Chicago last weekend and it was supposed to be rainy and in the 40s. I ordered this in grey really quickly in case it would be easier to wear than my tried-and-true black lace sleeveless Theory sheath (ca. 2003!). Rain or shine, I cut the tags out right away after trying it on, as this is a KEEPER. Given I am also kind of "at work" at these events, I cannot do cleavage or too short and this is sneakily sexy, with the perfect show of collarbone and shoulder blades in back. The back zipper keeps it modern and just a touch subversive. I usually take a 2 up top and a 0 in skirts/pants, yet the 2 was fitted enough without having to go to the tailor. The lining is jersey, which helps individualize the fit. (It also comes in Ivory and I think it would make a cool-as-hell wedding dress for funky types).
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Posted March 23, 2012
Work-okay and sexy
The lizard embossment is more convincing from a few feet away versus up-close, yet I am glad they are leather because they should endure 8-5 wear better than a fancier skin. Nice skin-ish tone, yet not too pink or tan. Everything perfect in my mind about a summer pump: tasteful peep toe, classic heel shape and t-strappiness to keep things a bit interesting. My first shoe in this line and I am impressed with the quality.
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Posted March 23, 2012
Great architecture
Great color, lovely fabric, wonderful sleeve details. I only sent this back because it was a little amoebic on me. I prefer a defined waist. I would not be surprised if I change my mind and re-order it in a couple of months if SB still has an XS. High-quality design and detailing for the price.
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Posted March 23, 2012
Cool blouse
I have seen a bunch of iterations of contrast placket/collar/cuff blouses and this one really stands out as unique. I do not have the luxury nowadays to purchase many 'going out' tops, so this is perfect for work with a pencil skirt, as well as is great if I decide to wear with a linen mini or leather leggings for evening. The silk weight is not too sheer to require a camisole or be worn under a cardy or blazer. Great print and green accent for anyone desiring more color, yet who is resistant to uber-bright offerings this spring.
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Posted March 20, 2012
A stunner!
Although I don't want to show up at the same party with you and I both wearing this dress, I promise you, you need it! (Sorry shopbop, I ordered this from another retailer and it arrived today). I don't think I paid much attention to ALC prior to this season. All the fashion mags and websites are telling us to wear bold floral prints which I think are a little barfy... then ALC has these kinda warped, muted, blurry prints (see also the green&white with black collar blouse from ALC) and I am thinking I can dig a little on this floral thing. I'll complain about my chest like I do in other reviews, but the 2 did well and also fit my hips/waist. The slight pleat in back is a nice twist to a typical sheath shape.
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