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August 19, 2010

Plumcake’s Picks: Sales and More Sales!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Miss Plumcake @ 2:39 pm

Salutations my little lampreys of love!

Going back to school? Know someone who is going back to school? Just need a little bit of retail therapy to help you deal with the knowledge that your morning commute is about to get fifty times worse? Well never fear, because I am HERE for your NEEDS.

At Saks we’ve got this fab silk satin blouse from Tahari which just happens to be 70% off. I like this in a big way and do we even need to talk about how useful this will be for dressy-ish dinners in the fall and winter where you want to wear separates but still look polished?

I love that although it ties at the bottom, it’s not really blouson. Plus silk satin. If you’ve only ever worn poly satin, this will rock your world. Plus it reminds me of something a louche Evelyn Waugh character would wear the morning after she did something glamorously reprehensible.

Over at Kiyonna there are some lovely dresses as always, including a few old favorites on final sale:

I particularly like the Julianna cowl neck dress (on sale for $68) because it photographs so beautifully. Whenever I style a big girl for a photo shoot, especially if she’s racky, I encourage her to wear something in an intense solid with a gently draped neck. The cowl neck frames the face beautifully and allows for a respectable amount of cleavage if you so wish, without it becoming a festival of oversharing.

Anna Scholz sunray patterned dress is actually little lowercase A’s for Anna, so I guess it’s technically a logo. Which means yes, I am in LOVE with a dress that is covered in logo. BUT you must click and zoom to get a detail of the print.  It is gorgeous and whimsical.  Silk, made in the UK, it’s a perfectly sweet sundress, but make it work for fall with a cocoa-colored knit sweater underneath.

Also on big fat sale is the Lita Combo dress from Amanda Uprichard that’s a throwback to Marc Jacobs’ influential work in the early 90’s (which is a gentle way of saying: If you wore it then, you’re too old for it now.) This would be a nice low-key party or date dress for the young woman who is not overly bustular, as it is a VERY low cut dress and could go trashy on the big bazoomed beauties among us.

Finally, two quickies that I love. These
silly little garter/fishnet onesies from Torrid are AMAZING
. I wear my undies OVER them (because I’m the only one going to see it) and not only are they way more comfortable and easy to fit than the traditional fishnets if you don’t have a perfectly proportioned thigh, you can go to them bathroom without having to shimmy them off!

I’ve worn these on six hour flights and have been comfortable.

Speaking of traveling, this Printed Shift Dress is a great one for traveling. No wrinkles, hides the occasional drip (not that we would) and adorable. On sale at Jessica London where you can take $30 off a purchase of $100 or more using code JLE5506


  1. So if one was in, say. college, in the 90s, that Uprichard dress is not a good idea? But it’s so *cute!*

    Says the lady who has discovered just how frumpy she looks in trousers…

    Comment by gina — August 20, 2010 @ 10:07 am

  2. I’d say that is a dress for women well under 30. I am 31 and I am too old for that dress (cute though it may be)

    Comment by Plumcake — August 20, 2010 @ 10:15 am

  3. Is it okay to wear the dress if I’m 38 but *look* 30? (You can tell I’m really reaching for justification now, but that dress is so cute!)

    Comment by Chicklet — August 20, 2010 @ 10:20 am

  4. @Chicklet: No. No it’s not. And I say that as someone who would make money if you bought that dress. I just can’t let you do it.

    Comment by Plumcake — August 20, 2010 @ 10:55 am

  5. I’m liking that pretty Kiyonna dress, perhaps in black. But — though I am fairly busty and have a waist, I also a very short upper body, so the overall effect is basically spherical.

    I actually long to wear suits (sigh). Alas, given my proportions that is pretty much hopeless without having something custom made. But that’s a very nice dress on a tall model — would it still be nice on a short beach ball?

    Comment by Mifty — August 20, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  6. I’m sorry, that satin blouse with the huge painted flowers looks like something my mother would say is too old for her, and she’s 78.

    Comment by Margo A — August 20, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

  7. You’re actually supposed to wear your undies over your garters, especially if someone else is going to see them, because otherwise you have to undo your garters to take your undies off, and while removing stockings can be very sexy, garters can be awkward to deal with, especially the all-in-one kind.

    Comment by Elizabeth — August 20, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  8. Are the all in ones hard to get on? I picture myself getting tied up in them with a foot through the wrong hole. I am clumsy. I have only ever worn separate garter/stocking combos.

    Comment by Catherine — August 21, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

  9. I would imagine that the procedure for putting on those all in ones would be basically the same as putting on pantyhose. Do each leg, then pull up the garter portion. Then make whatever adjustments each leg requires.

    Also, I’d like to second the comment about wearing panties over garters. This is the way and the light, whether or not another person is going to see them. The whole ‘not having to mess with the stockings to use the facilities’ angle is one of my major reasons for ditching pantyhose in favor of stockings/garters years ago and never looking back.

    Comment by Courtney — August 22, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

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