Happy Friday Guys! You know what I’ve noticed more and more? Super bloggers starting their own line of clothing. From the mother of all fashionista influencers, Chiara Ferragni with the Chiara Ferragni Collection to Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies to Christine Andrews of Hello Fashion who owns their own brand and online retail platform to the various mini collaborations with other brands such as Something Navy x Bandier and Chriselle x J.O.A. all the fashionistas are beginning to establish their own brand.
Last year, Arielle Charnas announced her collaboration of her Something Navy brand with Nordstrom’s own Treasure & Bond and caused a purchasing sensation that crashed Nordstrom’s website within minutes of opening sale. Nordstrom decided to repeat their partnership and give Arielle her own label to be sold at the store. Chriselle Lim is another big blogger who had a previous collection that sold well and lead to the creation of her own Chriselle Lim Collection now selling at Nordstrom as well.
I have to be honest. Since Chriselle Lim is 5’9″ tall and very slender in frame. Her collaboration with J.O.A. didn’t fit my body very well so as much as I liked the romantic collection, I wasn’t able to purchase many pieces. For her most recent collection, I noticed there is some tweaking to the fitting of the pieces (perhaps her team have taken the feedback and reviews into account) and many pieces are petite friendly. From her current collection, several pieces stood out for me. One of them is this burgundy Trench Dress with metal ring detail to tie. I love the color and the flow and the fit and most of all, I like that I can turn the trench dress into a trench.
I think the dress is intended for the career girl to sashay into her office ever so chic and effortless. But with a little bit of styling, it can be worn with cami and jeans for a casual weekend look. I polled the two looks on my Instagram and it was a close call but the casual look won by a fair margin. I’m also very into this Ruched Sweater that can be worn normally or as a crop top if you pull the strings all the way up. I think it is a great piece to have if you want to style with something that is high waisted, such as how I styled it here with my very first jumper.
So after all that, which look is your favorite? The trench dress or the trench? One thing I wish the collection can improve upon is the quality of material of the pieces. The Madison Ruched top feels cheap, like something you would find in Forever 21 or H&M and not with the price tag of $69. The Trench Dress was better, but it wrinkles easily on the bottom which is not something I personally prefer. The chunky knit sweater dress looks very cute on, but again, it is much better fitted on a taller girl with broad shoulders that can hold up the dress. Chriselle’s team, if you are reading this, please improve it in the next collections.