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Triumph or Tacky?

25 May

Alright, so I’m going to try to get back on a schedule with my Triumph or Tacky? posts again! Today I’m going to write about last week’s challenge skirt and then later this week I’ll continue playing catch up with my other challenge outfits.

So I am happy to report that last week’s running skirt challenge was a resounding success! Everyone who voted thought that I did great and the family and friends that I showed the skirt to also really liked it!

 

I wore it out on a 5K run on Monday and I have to say that even though the run itself was a bit uncomfortable (it’s been awhile) the running skirt was extremely comfortable! I was very surprised!

I have found in the past that a lot of Old Navy clothing is cheaply made so I didn’t have high hopes for their athletic wear. I was also a little worried about the size of the skirt since their clothing runs quite large (again, back to my vanity sizing rant). I had nothing to worry about though, it fits perfectly!

The shorts under the skirt barely rode up during my run (much less than my more expensive Adidas running skirt), the skirt itself didn’t ride up at all, and even with some strong winds the skirt didn’t flip-up. On top of that, the fact that it has a drawstring waist meant that I could tighten it as much as I needed. I have to say, I am actually very impressed and it makes me want to check out their other athletic wear.

All in all I consider this challenge to be triumph! Thumbs up for Old Navy running skirts!

Week 13 Results

21 May

Time for this week’s results post! I had actually resolved myself to the fact that I wouldn’t be able to successfully complete this week’s challenge of finding a new running skirt. Earlier in the week I did a whirlwind tour of sporting goods stores (two Sports Experts, SportCheck, Lululemon), department stores (two Sears, two the Bay, Zellers), and other clothing stores (Old Navy, Smart Set, American Apparel) and although I came across many cute running skirts nothing I found was within my budget. In fact nothing was under $50!

At that point I was getting pretty worried, especially when my husband smugly pointed out that looking for a running skirt on sale at the beginning of running season probably wasn’t the smartest idea…

Last night I figured that I would try one more sporting goods store at an outlet mall (Sportmart) but again, I had no luck (in fact they didn’t have any running skirts at all). In one last-ditch attempt my husband and I went into another Old Navy store at the outlet mall (since Old Navy tends to be a good fallback for this experiment) and amazingly there it was hanging from a rack, one lone running skirt, size XS:

Old Navy

 

It was actually my husband who spotted it and it was strange because there wasn’t a single other running skirt in the whole store. Now the price on the tag said $19.99 but everything around it was 30% off so I figured that I would see if it was on sale:

When I got to the cash I found out that it was actually on clearance for $8.99! With taxes the total came to $10.16 which leaves me with a total of $9.84 for the SpendThrift Savings Bank!

I have to say that I am really happy with this purchase. Not only was the skirt a total steal but it’s also really comfortable and the fact that it has a drawstring waist is a total plus (since I’m sure that you’re aware of my issues with Old Navy’s sizing system).

Here it is on me in the usual cheesy posed shot:

Top La Senza (they used to sell workout wear), skirt Old Navy, shoes Nike

And in a goofy “action shot” where for some reason my shadow looks a little off, and kind of creepy…

So what do you think?

Week 13 Challenge

15 May

For this week’s challenge I have decided to do something a little different. I have decided to focus on athletic wear!

You see, for the past few weeks I have been so busy and so tired that I haven’t been able to muster up any motivation to go to the gym or go for a run and I am feeling pretty icky. I’ve been running for a few years now but lately I’ve been slacking off big time. This is slightly problematic since I want to run a half marathon this fall and unless I start to get my butt back in gear that won’t be happening.  I think that I need something to help jumpstart me back into a training routine. I can think of no better way to do this than with a cute new running outfit!

More specifically I want to find a new running skirt. I’ve always been a fan of running skirts since they combine both functionality and feminine style. I’ve been wearing the same one, a fun grey and pink skirt by Adidas,  for years:

Hamming it up before my first 10K a few years back

Although I still love this skirt it is definitely starting to show some signs of age. So my goal this week is to find a new one within my $20 budget.

After doing some online research I have found a couple of skirts that I like. Lululemon always has some nice ones:

Lululemon $54

 And Adidas always has some fun options in their Stella McCartney line:

Stella McCartney for Adidas $89.99

The skirt above is actually a tennis skirt but I think that it could still work for running if it has built-in shorts (I’m not positive that it does though).

 
I’m not sure what I’ll find in stores but hopefully I can find a cute and comfortable budget-friendly option!
 
Wish me luck!
 
 

Triumph or Tacky?

15 Feb

Welcome to the first addition of my post-challenge week results segment that I have decided to dub “Triumph or Tacky?”! I know, the name is horrible but it beats my original less inspired idea of calling it the “Tuesday Testimonial”. This is a post that I will write every Tuesday to go over the results of the previous week’s challenge and let you know what the reactions were to my outfit from people who have seen it in person (I’m going to try to make a habit out of wearing the challenge outfits on Tuesdays).

So how did I do in the Week 1 Marc Jacobs cardigan challenge? Given that it was my very first challenge for this experiment I think that I did pretty darn well and the online votes seem to agree with me so I think this week was a triumph! So far a total of 11 people have voted (first of all I’m amazed that you’re actually reading this!) and 9 out of the 11 people thought that I did great (to the two people who voted “Good effort but not quite close enough” I appreciate your honesty and thank you for keeping my budget in mind and not choosing the last option).

Now what about the outfit in person? Well as Murphy’s Law would have it I picked the coldest freakin day of the week to wear a skirt since it felt like -28C this morning with the wind chill! Since I have wholeheartedly committed myself to this challenge I couldn’t cop out and wear something else so I paired my outfit with an incredibly stylish pair of good old Canadian wool tights…. actually they’re wool long johns that are probably circa 1986 but fashion sometimes needs to be tweaked to accommodate the elements so consider them my tribute to practical Canadian attire. I may have lost points for styling, seriously though, it was cold!

Super stylish Canadian tights!

My day consisted of working at school and a trip to the passport office. To be honest, there weren’t many people at school today but the people that I did see thought that I did a good job (and ironically are also part of the 9 people who voted that I did great online, they wouldn’t lie to me right?). While standing in line at the passport office I considered polling random people but something tells me that the middle-aged commissionaire with the beer belly, pants so short they bordered on being capris, and mismatched socks wouldn’t be all that interested in my challenge…

As a complete aside, the passport office also just happens to be located in the same building as Holt Renfrew. Since I was in the area I just had to stop in to peruse for a few minutes, only because their merchandise could inspired future challenges of course ;o) Now I love Holt Renfrew but every time I go in I also feel slightly uncomfortable. It usually starts when I walk in and a tall, slender, stylishly dressed older sales associate gives me “the look”.  You know, the “I’m not looking at you to greet you and welcome you to the store” look, it’s the “are you even worth my time to say hello to since you don’t look like you can afford this store” look. It could also be construed as the “I’m not going to offer to help you but I’m going to follow you around the store to make sure you don’t steal anything” look. Well of course today I got “the look” but at least I felt slightly more secure since I was holding a Coach bag. As uncomfortable as I was I still looked around and I saw a gorgeous Burberry trench:

Burberry, $775 at Holt Renfrew

Unfortunately, they didn’t have my size (can you detect my sarcasm?) so I moved on and did a quick search for the Marc Jacobs cardigan and Theory skirt (this is about the time I started to hear my VISA card start laughing maniacally). I had no luck locating either garment (and the laughing from my VISA was getting louder) so I put the Coach bag back on the shelf where I found it and promptly left the store (just kidding, it actually was my own Coach bag). It was nice to look at beautiful clothes and shoes though!

Well, I think that I have done enough rambling in this post. Here’s hoping that this week’s challenge is also successful!

Week 1 results

12 Feb

I knew that this experiment was going to be a challenge. Everyone I spoke to about it told me either: a) I’m crazy, b) $20 is just too little money to recreate a look, or c) that I must have a lot of time on my hands. Well in response to those comments, yes I probably am a little crazy, $20 is a VERY tight budget to stick to, and well, as for time, with the exception of doing some volunteering I was at home this week having a little staycation so I had the luxury of some extra shopping time. We’ll see how next week pans out when I’m back doing school-work full time (if you’re looking for me I will either be: a) at school, b) strapped to my computer at home, c) swimming in the bottom of a bargain bin, or d) at the gym doing cardio to build up my endurance for shopping marathons).

Without a doubt this challenge was very difficult. I visited more stores than I can count and every type of store imaginable. I have to admit to lying in bed a few nights wondering if I bit off more than I could chew. I think that I may have been a little overambitious with my first fashion choice. The thing is, at first glance an article of clothing can look very simple but when you actually break it down based on its details it ends of being more complex. The Marc Jacobs cardigan is a good example of this. At first it looks like a simple cardigan but then you notice all of its elements. So when I was shopping I had to consider that it is a button-front cardigan, that it has a ribbed neckline, cuffs, and hem, that it has three-quarter length sleeves, that it is stripped, and that the colour tones are beige, pink, and grey. I tried as best I could to match as many of these elements as possible but of course I couldn’t find an exact replica (although if you have $54.99 there is a similar one at Banana Republic, unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it).

So onto the big question: how did I do? Well, I tried my best and I did end up finding something! I’m not sure how much it lives up to the essence of the Marc Jacobs cardigan (not perfect but as close a match as I could find within my budget) but I guess that’s for you to decide!

So here it is!

It is made up of a luxurious blend of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic. Ladies and gentlemen, “a rich blend of silk and cashmere” this is not, but it is still a cute basic cardigan that I can add into my wardrobe rotation (I’ll let you know how it holds up quality-wise once I wear it).

So what was the grand total for this garment? Well, it was on sale in the clearance section of Old Navy for $21.99 and everything in the clearance section was an additional 50% off so with taxes it came to a grand budget-friendly total of…$12.42! That left me with $7.58.

Since I had some money left over I decided to see what was out there that resembled the Theory skirt. Well I think that I really lucked out! It doesn’t have the abstract patterning of the Theory skirt but it was a serious deal:

The skirt came to a grand, unbelievable total of $1.05 and I got it in the children’s section of Winners. I couldn’t believe it! Even the girl at the cash said that it was one of the best deals she has ever seen at the store! So when I subtract everything from my $20 I’m left with $6.53 for future ventures (I’ll post about what I’m going to do with left over money sometime next week).

Although my finds aren’t exact replicas of the Marc Jacobs and Theory designs I think that I did pretty well on my first challenge! Here’s the outfit I created with a bit of styling (please keep in mind I am not a very photogenic person, I’ll be writing a post on this topic at some point):

Cardigan Old Navy, skirt Winners, boots (since it’s cold outside!) my own from Aldo

 

So what do you think?

I will also wear this to school and conduct my own very scientific poll of my co-workers and let you know the overall verdict next week (I’ll probably end up calling it something cheesy like the “Tuesday testimonial”).