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Sundance revisited; more skirt reviews
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)

I made a pilgrimage...well, I went out to the b & m Sundance store in Corte Madera the other day. I don't know why I find it soothing to go there, exactly; I never end up buying much of what I'd gone there to see (thank G-d, poor wallet). But I always find something of interest, and never feel the trip was a waste.

I take it back about these:

sundance toasty tweed sweater

They're actually pretty decent-looking sweaters--I think I was confused, earlier on, as to what was what. Not something I need, but nice punchy colors. The red one above looked lovely, and the black one even better (in real life it's more a mixture of black and grey).

Checked out some skirts:

sundance pasa doble skirt

This was honestly pretty bad. I was expecting a sheer burnout layer with stylin' paisleys, but the sheer effect was hard to see, much less the paisleys, and the overall appearance was too casual for the price.

sundance jardin skirt

This was quite pretty, but too long to do much with. I suppose if you're in the market for a long skirt...but how often do you really need a long skirt?

My argument for even considering Sundance prices, is to try calculating your "cost per wear." The stock advice of a wardrobe are to buy a wool pencil skirt, diamond earrings, a button-down shirt, yadda yadda... I'm not knocking it, but what about women who don't work in a suit office? What are they really supposed to wear?

sundance golden flower skirt

This was kind of a bust, too. For one thing, the Sundance site claims this to be machine washable (one reason I looked it over in the first place), but the tag inside the skirt says Dry Clean. You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?

Besides that, it's a nice-enough looking skirt, but doesn't strike one as warranting the cost. It's just not versatile enough.

sundance lotus flower skirt

I have to love how the gores terminate in little gathered gores. The structure is quite unusual. But again with the uber length. What are you going to do with it? If it were even a bit shorter, it could be an interesting addition to your casual Friday/weekend stash, what with the black and silver.

Edited to add: They do have a Petite version of this, at 32 inches instead of 35. hermmmmm...

Thanks for reading!

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