Today I’m doing something a little different. I’m going to review a top I ordered and received from B&lu.
Specifically, this top: http://www.bandlu.com/product.asp?item=carl
The top was on sale, so I can’t sent it back. And believe me, if I could send it back, I would.
Where the description says that it is “slightly sheer” it is misleading. The only way I can wear this top will be to put something underneath it, unless I am planning on going to jail for indecent exposure. Luckily, I already own one or three black shells.
The second problem with this top is the description calls it an empire waist. Empire waists are supposed to fall right under the breasts, and is a style that looks very good on me. Unfortunately, this style is far from an empire waist. The elastic band falls about one inch above my waist.
Now, I understand that I am a short woman, standing only 5’2″ tall, but this garment reminds me of trying to find clothing when I was a fat teenager in the early 80’s. When I found something that was fun, it was always 12″ too long for me. Even the petite sizes were 6″ too long.
Finally, there’s something funky about the sleeves. They bind under the arms in a way they shouldn’t. When I tried it on after getting it, I realized I’m going to have to take apart the seam on the underneath of the sleeve to get the range of motion I need without the garment binding my arm. When I told my mother-in-law that, she said, “You shouldn’t have to remake a brand new top! Send it back!”
And that’s where I stand on this. If it wasn’t on sale, it would be going back to B&lu. Fortunately, it was only $15, so I didn’t waste too much on this. If I’d bought it for the full price of $42, I’d be demanding my money back.
This was my first time buying from B&lu. I think it will be my last.