The Friday Shop

the friday shop

Retail News

Allbirds is venturing beyond sneakers to apparel. (Fashionista)

ThreadUp files to go public. (Retail Dive)

An Instagram call-out against WeWoreWhat has turned into a declaratory judgment suit. (The Fashion Law)

Saks Fifth Avenue is approaching their holiday windows differently this year. (Fashionista)

American department stores are lagging behind on sustainability efforts. (Glossy)

Sale Alert

J. Crew Factory has up to 60% off absolutely everything with 50% off new arrivals. This sale is worth a gander as J. Crew Factory has pretty good quality (I'd say equal to or better than LOFT), great prices, offers sizes up to 3XL with petite options, and the style is perfect for working from home, the office, or the classroom with many casual, festive, and weekend options. Below are some of the items that caught my eye; please note this was written prior to Friday so some prices may have changed:
j crew factory sale

Row 1: Sherpa pullover, 4 colors, less than $40 | Calfhair booties for $119 | Super-soft sweater in 8 colors for less than $40 | Stretch cotton ankle pant in two colors for less than $35
Row 2: Super-soft sweater dress in two colors for $44.50 | Herringbone blazer in three colors and petites for $62.50 | Quilted puffer, two colors for $64 | Open-front cardigan in three colors for less than $55
Row 3: Sparkly party dress, petites available, less than $60 | Machine-washable sweater jacket in 5 colors and petites for less than $60 | Striped tee for $19.50 | Festive stretch poplin plaid shirt for less than $30
Row 4: Raincoat that many of you have said is great, three colors for $39.50 (and petites) | Suede smoking loafers for less than $70 | Darling charm bracelet for $13.50 – would be a great gift for a tween, teen, or animal-loving adult! | Tissue-weight turtleneck available in a bevy of different prints for less than $20 | Merino-blend turtleneck available in four colors for just $39.50

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Metal Marvels has 30% off their “I Am” collection. You can access the collection at this link; use HELLO30 at checkout for the discount. I am a fan of Metal Marvels, a woman-owned small business that offers motivational, snarky, and badass messages on bracelets (I have this one) and other jewelry as well as t-shirts, accessories, desk products, and more. 10% of every order is donated to charity.

Lands' End plaid flannel pajamas for the whole family as seen on Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen, her husband, and daughter

The Garys two years ago in our Lands' End matching pajamas

Lands' End has 40% off your purchase with promo code BAT and free shipping on any order over $99. This deal is through the 28th. Last week I shared I got some items at Lands' End and some were hits and some were misses; this week I got in the Squall Pants for me in Large Petite and they fit perfectly! I also got our family matching plaid pajamas again; we had them two years ago and while they still fit me and my husband and are still worn and look great, our kid has outgrown hers. Can you believe this year I ordered her adult sizing? They grow up so fast! And as I made the link for the family pajamas I realize I left out our dog, Oscar. Looks like I'm making another order this weekend so he can join in on the family matching fun! And do I need a pair of plum-colored cashmere-lined leather gloves?

kissing a large bottle of Ouidad climate control gel

Ouidad has 25% off curl care products at this link with promo code CURLCARE. Plus, with any order of $65 or more you will get a free Curl Shaper Travel Trio.  While I am currently using LUS for my curls (read my LUS Haircare review for fine curly hair), I do like Ouidad very much (read my curly hair routine using Ouidad). 

necessaire body wash review

Nécessaire saw that I love their body care products and in thanks is offering Wardrobe Oxygen readers an exclusive code for 10% off this weekend only. Use WARDROBE10 at checkout and get it off your entire purchase. I haven't tried a product from Nécessaire that I don't love. Their body washes are hydrating and leave skin soft and smell amazing (though they also have a fragrance-free version), their body lotion is so incredibly hydrating without being greasy, they also have a lot of other products like their highly-rated aluminum-free deodorant I may try when I run out of what I have. I keep saying this, but the holidays are right around the corner and with shipping issues we've all seen it's smart to shop early. These are products that will be well-received and Nécessaire has a few bundles that make the price even nicer!

soma sale

Love these leopard Cool Nights pajamas | A bralette that is pretty and supportive | Genius zip-up hooded robe
I have this set and love it | Chic lounging sweater and matching pants | I think I need this hoodie and jogger set in my life
I have this robe in black and adore it | Cozy and cute PJ set | Beautiful and supportive bra up to 42 DDD

Soma is having a major sale this weekend: buy one get one 50% off! This is for your ENTIRE PURCHASE, not just one style of undies or pajamas. This sale is only through the 27th so shop early. Again, remember the holidays are around the corner because Soma offers some great gift ideas. And BTW, I am typing this while wearing this t-shirt which is by far my favorite white tee and has been for at least a year.

What I Bought and What I Thought

I've been so tempted by Allbirds, I love that they're sustainable and comfortable and have minimalistic looks that work with a lot of personal style aesthetics. I thought my feet would be too wide for them but then I read some reviews that they're good for wide feet. I ordered their Wool Loungers, really optimistic. So optimistic I featured them in my work from home capsule wardrobe as a replacement to the ugly slipper shoe thing I have been wearing. Yeah… my feet are too wide as well as too high volume. These fit similar to Nike in that they sort of curve in versus being straight… my feet don't curve. However, if you have normal to slightly wide feet that aren't super high volume, these shoes are soft and comfy and feel amazing. I could get my foot in them, it just wasn't pretty and that curve aspect I know would not be comfortable in the long run. That being said… Karl may be getting a pair for Christmas!

best turtleneck sweater

I was looking for a cozy turtleneck sweater. Something thicker than a merino or cashmere, something more relaxed in fit, something I could wear half-tucked into my faux leather joggers with sneakers, with regular knit joggers and cozy socks, or with a pair of ponte leggings and tall boots. I wanted a bright cheery color that would make me feel happy, and maybe a little festive with the holidays. I ordered these two sweaters: this red one from Banana Republic, and this blue one from J. Crew. Both I ordered in Large Regular. The red one is regularly $89.50 but I got it on a sale for around $65. It is 55% cotton, 23% recycled polyester, and 22% polyester and machine washable.  The blue one is regularly $95 but I also got it on sale for around $65. It is made of polyamide/merino wool/alpaca/elastane and hand wash only but I have a crewneck in this same yarn and I have machine washed on gentle and line dried without issue. At first glance, these sweaters look exactly the same but the smaller details are what makes one way better than the other.  First things first – the turtleneck. As a petite woman with broad shoulder and a full chin, turtleneck length is important to me.  The blue one is just too long; I could fold it in threes and still have a substantial about of turtle going on. The red one is not only a better length, it is slightly looser and a more dense fabric so it sits away from my neck without looking like it's sitting from my neck. That makes it more comfortable while still being warm and cozy. The blue sweater is a spongy soft fabric, and as you can see is thinner and you can more see the outline of my bra, belt loops, etc. And while it is a soft fabric, it's also a bit itchy. And the sleeves are far longer than that of the red sweater.  The red sweater is a more dense and thick fabric, and it feels far more expensive. The red sweater has shoulder seams, the blue sweater has raglan sleeves. For me, the red sweater from Banana Republic is a far superior sweater and a better piece for your money.  

Have you made any great purchases, scored some good sales, or have a warning to fellow shoppers? Do share in the comments!

13 Comments

  1. Rachel Sy
    October 25, 2020 / 12:59 pm

    I love the Kyrgies wool high back slippers that I purchased recently! Not quite the same style as the Allbirds, but sustainable, fair wages made and toasty warm toes! I got mine from Done good, although you can order directly from their website, I think.

  2. Anna D.
    October 24, 2020 / 10:44 am

    I’m sorry to hear that the Allbirds didn’t work for you! I have a pair of the Loungers and I love them. FWIW, for others considering them, I have wide feet, and have no problem with the fit. My width comes primarily from bunions rather than high volume, but I can’t generally wear any loafer style shoes with the flap/tongue (?) across the top, if they’re leather, while the Allbirds are great. I wonder if you’d find their new sneaker style to work better, since it will have laces that can be adjusted?

  3. Jax
    October 23, 2020 / 4:04 pm

    Re: the turtlenecks, just commenting that I love the blue color on you more than the red color (which is fine). Just my opinion. And yes, see what you mean about the differing sizing and fit. I totally hear you, since I’m also petite with broad shoulders, and I have a short neck myself.

  4. Rebecca
    October 23, 2020 / 2:01 pm

    Thanks for reviewing the Banana Republic and J. Crew sweaters. I never shop at Banana Republic—always thought it was a bit too young and boho for me. But I can really see the difference in the quality of these sweaters. Will have to give BR a try!

    • Bette
      October 23, 2020 / 3:15 pm

      I think it was Allie who first turned me on to BR merino — last year, maybe? BR has turned out to be my go-to for sweaters ever since.

      • Jax
        October 23, 2020 / 4:06 pm

        Second that. BR merino wool is great. Just wish they offered better color options.

  5. Linda B
    October 23, 2020 / 12:22 pm

    If I am not wrong, you shared about Metal Marvels in another recent post (sorry, so much on my mind that I can’t remember shit right now.) Anyway, I was totally psyched to order a few bangles for myself, as well as one for a very close friend. They arrived two days ago and we love them. It is awesome to wear something that is simple, attractive–and conveys our feelings about life these days, with strength and sauciness. What a great little company they are! (For the record, the one I got for my BFF and I is “”Silence is Violence”, and the additional one is “Karma is only a bitch if you are.”)

    • October 23, 2020 / 12:30 pm

      I have shared a few times recently, been wearing the bracelet a lot and I am so glad to hear you also love what you have from the brand!

  6. Bette
    October 23, 2020 / 9:43 am

    I hear you about turtlenecks. Most make me feel like I’m choking.

    The Lands End link doesn’t work, but I searched their site and found a pair of tall flannel pajama pant joggers for my husband — he’s always complaining how sleep pants don’t fall well over his slippers — voila!

    BTW, I look forward to your review of Talbots new, oddly named home line. I thought it was super weird timing to launch a new venture during the pandemic, but maybe it’s what people are seeking.

    • October 23, 2020 / 12:27 pm

      Lands’ End link fixed, no idea why they not only got rid of the family pajama page but didn’t build in a redirect! And I too am curious about their line, I need to reach out to my contact and see if I can get any intel!

      • Bette
        October 23, 2020 / 3:14 pm

        Just emailed you a link!

  7. Krista
    October 23, 2020 / 9:04 am

    So I’ve brushed off J. Crew/Factory always because it’s not my jam. But after seeing your link I checked them out, finding great options for my son. He’s currently rocking the “poor college student” role. It was nice to get a couple of shorts and shirts at good prices that should hold up well and fit his Miami vibe. And who knows, maybe I’ll find something for myself.

    • October 23, 2020 / 12:26 pm

      Oh that’s great to hear! J. Crew Factory is perfect for a college student!

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