Monday, April 26, 2010
TheOutnet £1 sale dress
A year ago, I blogged about the launch of Net-a-Porter.com's discounted sister site, TheOutnet.com. Designer clothes at bargain prices? What's not to like? Especially if the website in question is offering thousands of high-end labels for just £1, which is what TheOutnet.com did on Friday 16th April to celebrate its 1st birthday.
Sound too good to be true? It may have been for some as the start time was secret and within minutes of the sale invitation hitting my inbox at 7.23am, the site was too busy to cope.
To make things fair, you were restricted to one item. My friend Avril snapped up a pair of black silk evening shorts by Phi which were originally £720. And I persevered and managed to bag this Giles dress.
It wasn't smooth sailing though. My size sold out while I was trying to buy it, so I was forced to get the next size down in a frantic attempt to purchase something, anything, for £1. It was frenzied and slightly frustrating, but the thrill of putting my £6.95 payment down (including postage) on what had been a £1,365 dress was amazing.
Sadly, the slip is too small to breathe in, while the dress is too big to flatter (on me anyway). To prevent it from looking like a giant nightie, I've cinched it in with a belt. But the colour doesn't help - so-called nude, it's more of a boudoir blush or bridesmaid-dress peach.
The detail around the hem (below) is beautiful though. Wafer-thin, laser-cut pieces of fabric are stitched on to form a leafy, floral border. It's like a work of art. So, until I buy another slip, it's hanging up on my wall.