Weekly Shopping Update: 12.20.2013 + Zara Sale Reviews

fall/winter sale has started and it is a doozy. Sizes go down to 0 and
up to 14. If you have been thinking about a Burberry coat or trench,
now’s the time. By second cut popular sizes will be mostly gone.

If you wear the smallest woman’s sizes or have a wee one to shop for, you might consider these girls’ options (goes up to size 14, which is roughly a woman’s size 0/2). 

Hooded Double-Faced Wool Trench Coat

This Animal Print Topcollar Coat with removable collars is still available in all sizes.

Animal Print Topcollar Coat

Also like the Wool Duffle Coat, Hooded Wool Blend Trench Coat, Peplum Jersey Pea Coat, and Pleat Detail Pea Coat.

The Mottram Trench that I own and wear constantly is on sale for $750. I do find the length challenging at times so you should consider this slightly longer option for versatility.

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This dark camel coat is just perfection, no?

Burberry Bonded Wool Cashmere Military Coat

And the Westland Trench (last seen here), slightly dressier because of the sheen, that I own in dark trench is also on sale in five colors.

Burberry Mid-Length Cotton Sateen Trench Coat

A few other options worth checking out include the Wool Cashmere Pea Coat, Wool Duffle Coat, Belted Collar Wool Coat, Felted Wool Peplum Jacket, and Wool Cashmere Blanket Wrap Coat.

And if the Wool Twill Peplum Coat makes its way to second cut, it will be mine! (this Bonded Wool Military Caban is also striking).

Zara’s winter sale started earlier today and discounts on the first cut are, as expected, just so-so. I do want to get some reviews up in case you were contemplating a purchase.

Zara Checked Blazer – the material is reasonable for the price (originally $35.99; now $29.99) but the cutouts on the design make it only selectively flattering. The fit is shrunken so you might consider a size up to wear thicker layers below.

Zara Checked Blazer | size XS
Length: 23.5″ | Sleeve Length: 23″ | Shoulder: 14.5″ | Bust: 16″ | Waist: 14″

This Boy’s Striped Sweater is not on sale ($29.90). The largest size offered is size 13-14, which will fit someone who wears a woman’s small. Material is thin-to-medium weight.

Striped Sweater | Size 13-14
Length: 22.5″ | Sleeve Length: 22.5″ | Shoulder: 16″ | Underarm to Underarm: 19.5″

The Two-Sided Coat is on sale for $79.99; I thought the material and design were worth the price but found the contrasting piping a little too trendy for my purpose. It is sufficiently warm and practical.

Zara Two-Sided Coat |  Size XS
Length: 33″ | Sleeve Length: 23″ | Shoulder: 15.5″ | Bust: 19″

The Two-Ply Trousers (on sale for $39.99) is available in four colors and the cropped length makes it appropriate for even those with shorter legs (like me). The material, 97% cotton and 3% elastane, felt wrinkle-prone to me.

Zara Two-Ply Trousers | Size 2
Waist: 14″ | Hip: 17″ | Length: 35.5″ | Inseam: 26″

I really liked the Duffle Coat with Faux Sheepskin Hood to lounge in. The “faux sheepskin” accents appear only where they can be seen but the coat itself is not wholly lined in shearling.

Zara Duffle Coat with Faux Sheepskin Hood | Size S
Length: 28″ | Sleeve Length: 28″ | Underarm to Underarm: 20″

And I was extremely pleased with my last Juicy Couture order (the entire store is 40% off today; the discount will be applied automatically in the cart). I would recommend the Scalloped Lace Dress, Wool Short Swing Coat, and Coated Skinny Jean.

You can wait for the after-Christmas 50% off sale but inventory tends to be really low at that point. I don’t think a 10% difference is that significant if you are a responsible shopper.

Cashmere Poncho

And take 30% off your full-priced J. Crew purchase (or 40% off sale-priced purchases) with code GIFTNOW. Free shipping is offered on all orders.

My picks: Wrap Pencil Skirt, Mini-Bows Sweatshirt, Wool Shawl-collar Blazer, Collection Wool-silk Cropped Pant, Cambridge Cable Chunky Turtleneck Sweater, and Motorcycle-style Mini in Wool (worn here).

And a few others I am eying from a distance as their prices are still quite prohibitive: Contrast-collar Topcoat, Etta Plaid Jeweled Pump, Colorblock Duffle Coat, Beaded Feather Tee, and Jeweled Crepe Skirt.

Picked up the Claremont Tote and more Cashmere-lined Smartphone Leather Gloves for gifting; guaranteed delivery by Christmas is offered for free on all orders.

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Now’s a good time to pick up the Schoolboy Blazer in fun colors; sizes are still complete.

Schoolboy Blazer in Italian Wool Flannel

And I still have my eye on the Convertible Toggle Coat but petite sizes have sold out online.

Convertible Toggle Coat

Happy shopping!

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