Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Madewell Email: Not just jeans (+ free shipping)

"Thanks!" to many of you, including Ketan & Irina, who shared the following email from Madewell today.

The email features the Heritage Premium Worksuit in Bighorn Wash (Item 39802; $200.00), which is lovingly described as:
Our latest and greatest invention: workwear gone irresistibly cool in small-batch, high-quality denim—simply roll, add sandals and try not to let all the compliments go to your head. Cotton. Slouchy fit. Long sleeves. Button placket. Belt loops. Chest patch pocket, slash pockets, back patch pockets. Import. Machine wash.
O.M.G. This is just the worst... the worst. Premium? Worksuit? Bighorn? $200? Ugh. And to say it's their greatest invention? No Madewell, you have done better (much, much better than this). I especially found the "try not to let all the compliments go to your head" line peculiar. I doubt that scenario would happen.

I have to say that I have been giving a lot of props to Madewell lately for its recent collection. But this is a huge step back. I mean, the denim jumpsuit looks dirty. Check out the item page, it shows what looks like dirt and paint splatters on the pant legs. Questionable item of the week? You betcha!

What are your thoughts on the Worksuit? Am I being too harsh in describing this one of kind piece? Have you tried this on or own it? If so, please share! :)

Mini Update: So J.Crew sent another email with Jenna Lyon's pick from Madewell, the Share with... Le Minor® Dip-Dyed Tee (Item 48155; $95.00). This sailor striped tee is apparently "custom-dip-dyed just for us by hip Montauk boutique Share With".

Meh. The tee looks like it got accidentally bleached. This reminds me when I accidentally washed a red scarf with my Vintage Bateau Tee from J.Crew. To reverse the effect of bleeding on the tee, I tried boiling water + bleach and ended up with a similar effect. I decided the tee was no longer good enough to wear outside and demoted it to a house-lounge tee. Had I only known I was creating the next fashion trend— at a fraction of the price! ;)

31 comments:

  1. Hahahahaha... wow. Bighorn wash really got me going. Definitely beyond questionable!

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  2. It's pretty gross...where would that be appropriate???

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  3. One-pieces are just not my thing, unless they're a dress. No jumpsuits, no rompers!

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  4. I actually saw a "hipster" wear one of those things the other day. I just smiled and kept walking. EVERYONE on the street was looking too. I suppose if you're trying to be all edgy and hip, then by all means. For $200 I'd rather save up for one of the pretty purses JC is showing for Fall 2011 ;)

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  5. per cambiare il olio vergine del Maserati?

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  6. Is it an April fool's joke a couple of days late? It has to a be a joke!

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  7. Similar to the JC jumpsuit I styled here. :))

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  8. LOL! What springs to mind is Stop trying to make jumpsuits happen!

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  9. Yeah... when I saw that email this morning, I KNEW it was going to get questionable item of the week status. :) I just can't see wearing one of these outside an auto repair shop. I've come around to a lot of styles I initially thought were questionable, but I don't think I'll come around to this one.

    I just love the "don't let all the compliments go to your head" bit. One of the best product descriptions ever! :)

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  10. Does it come with your name on a patch that is sewn just below your left shoulder?

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  11. The dirt and paint spatters are kind of a pathetic attempt to make the wearer look like they do some type of physical labor. Kind of sad. In poorer countries people want their new clothes to look NEW- plenty of time later to look lived in. What's it to for that poor girl's butt?

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  12. Alexis you must haev updated the post after the initial comments. OMG, you had my laughing about your own "dip dye" experience! I actually thought the top is pretty cute, but now that I've read your post, I can't "unsee" it!

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  13. Closet Crisis: I did update the post with the tee after initially posting about the overalls. :) I couldn't resist adding the tee. It really did remind me of my home project/ accident. I should probably promote it back to full wearable status now. ;)

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  14. I actually like the green tee. I'm not going to rush out and buy it but I'd wear it!

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  15. $95 for a dip-dyed tee? Oh sure, I'll take two! :P

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  16. I couldn't resist, so I went to the Madewell website to look. Birkenstocks are back in fashion. Now I find out... I packed them all up about 2 weeks ago and gave them all away. :|

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  17. Please tell me that the coveralls are a joke and they came from a Madewell parody site.

    First person to spot someone out on the street in those coveralls should win a prize. :)

    ROFL WFF, does that mean "for changing the oil of the Maserati"???

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  18. Oh geez. Birkenstocks are the summer equivalent of Uggs. Comfortable but totally devoid of any fashion value. Sorry Birkenstock lovers, not intending to insult you, I too wear some comfort clothes, I just expect more of Madewell.

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  19. I actually like the dip dye stripe tee! I have so many stripes at least it would be a bit of a twist for me. I tried to "do this at home" once and it went badly, very badly!

    I wouldn't wear the jumpsuit but I did have one when I was in college so maybe younger gals are lining up for them...

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  20. What I hate most about the coveralls is the fading. I am so over faded denim! Check out J Crew's Fall 2011 men's collection, all dark denim, no rips, no fading.

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  21. @tamara - for changing the virgin (read: expensive) oil of the Maserati

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  22. eek! why do they keep making jumpsuits?

    Alexis- i totally agree w/ you! that shirt totally looks like it got bleached by accident!

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  23. Alexis, this Madewell email promo is so ugly I couldn't bring myself to forward it to you!

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  24. interesting... jump suits were all over the Paris department stores 2 years ago. (I'm talking upper-middle-class department stores where people actually shop, not the runways.) I was wondering how long it would take for the trend to reach across the pond. Still not liking it, though!

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  25. I like the tee but don't see myself wearing the jumpsuit anytime soon.

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  26. I'm sure you've all seen J Crew's faded coveralls, I saw it for the first time this morning because it popped into the final sale section. (No surprise there.) IMO, just as horrid, not because it looks dirty but because the acid wash finish looks so 80's. I hated the 80's when they were occurring and I have no desire to revisit them. Now early 70's, definitely yes, take me back.

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  27. Interesting, I never thought anyone could pull off the J Crew coveralls, and then I saw this picture. This is the way to do it, glam it up.

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  28. I like the green tee, but $95 is WAY too much. Maybe on sale with an additional percentage off...

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