Thursday, June 12, 2008

Juniors' Dept?

I know I have definitely advocated not shopping in the Juniors' Dept. I think my exact words may have been, "you can't shop in the Juniors' dept. forever." And while I still hold to that conviction, I think that there are some exceptions. Today while I was doing some returns in Dillard's...I know, I have a crush on Dillard's lately apparently...anyway, I was perusing the Jrs. section because some cute stuff caught my eye. And some not so cute stuff, of course. I think when it comes to shopping in the Juniors' section there are a couple rules.

  1. You shouldn't actually look like a junior. i.e. no really crappy fabrics or things that are only meant for the "junior-sized" body--like most of the stuff in Wet Seal, for example. This shirt with the big red "NO" on it is my example of "What Not to Wear." The fabrication is this really cheap polyester blend. Iiiick. Go for more natural fabrics like linen, modal, or cotton blends, instead of synthetics like this, which is full of clingy lycra.
  2. They have some awful patterns in that section that are really unflattering and not cute. Steer clear of those. If you are loving the pattern of our example blouse, well, I'm sorry for offending you. It's just so juvenile, essentially; it's not sophisticated enough for someone with a 9-5.
  3. I think after a certain age, you probably need to put away/run away from cartoon t-shirts, t-shirts that say "Little Miss Fill-in-the-Blank", and/or t-shirts that are way too tight. If you need to go for a patterned t-shirt, and I do often, go with a vintage band t-shirt or some sort of abstract, artsy pattern.
The great thing about the Juniors' section though, is that a lot of times they really do reproduce things that are in style for adults, but a lot cheaper. Here are a couple of examples from my Dillard's excursion. Top: a cute gathered-hem dress from a brand called Love Notes for $68. You could easily wear this over tights, skinny jeans or alone with a cute little espradrille or flat, jeweled sandal. Middle: an adorable sundress from Nick and Mo. I would put a colored, strappy sandal with this--yellow, green, or red would really brighten up the sorta muted color of the dress. If it is a little revealing, just stick a tank under it. This one is on sale for $52.50. Bottom: another outfit from Nick and Mo. This is what I'm talking about when I say that the Juniors' section sometimes tends to duplicate more sophisticated shapes. Check out these wide-leg pants and little sweater. This actually looks like it belongs over in Young Women's, not right alongside the neon-pink hotpants. The pants are a steal at $62; the little sweater, which has the cutest mismatched vintage-inspired buttons, is $48.


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Christine said...

OMG, I love that white dress in the middle. And can I just say I was nervous at first when I saw that retro shirt at the top, I thought THAT was your good juniors example. Oh, the horror!

Anonymous said...

seriously, the top shirt automatically makes my arm pits start sweating profusely and i can feel the waist of the shirt riding up my back exposing butt crack from too-tight stone washed denim.

another problem with the juniors department is that it makes me feel morbidly obese! i mean, seriously, we gotta embrace whatever curves god gave us and that is not gonna happen in the juniors for the most part.

Dillards is the ONLY place i can ever find good juniors clothes. all the other ones make me have nightmares about Rave. ARGH! oh... the Rave days. i love the little yellow shirt the most :)