My friend, Faryn and I went shopping for “school” clothes. That’s the only way I can justify spending money on new clothes–it has to go towards something, like school, work, etc. It makes the buyer’s remorse go away easier. In actuality, I did not spend that much money, so no remorse here whatsoever–well, maybe a little bit.
I first heard about Brandy Melville (also known as Brandy & Melville) from Faryn’s blog. She did a great job describing the place, but I’ll try to do my best. If you are a fan of Rumi’s (aka FashionToast) taste in clothing, this is your store. Right off the bat, the store is very spacious and minimal. Just think Urban Outfitters, but with less stuff and replace the hipsters with hobo hipsters. What is hobo hipsters? Usually, they are skinny (can’t be hipster if you don’t fit into a size 0–this counts for the men too) and wearing oversize “drapey” clothes with hipster-like glasses. Usually hobo hipsters can be found at the beach. Besides Rumi, the next person I can think of that wears this type of clothing is Mary Kate Olsen.
Two things that fascinated me at Brandy Melville are the “one size fit all or most” sizing and euro price tags. Faryn (as well as Rumi and Mary Kate) and I have a HUGE weight difference. Faryn is a size small top and as far as pants, I wouldn’t doubt she is a size 0, but maybe a 2 at the most. I’m a size large and wear size 12/13 pants. See the huge gap? I wasn’t deterred by it. Just looking around the store, there was a lot of stuff that could fit me. I didn’t even try the pants, which I know would never fit me, even if I tried.
As far as the whole Euro price tag, basically one Euro equals one Dollar. Just remember that.
I bought the Camicia Sarah top, which is a drapey v-neck blouse, which looks shear, but not really. I found out that each item is named after a girl, which is cute, but common in the fashion world. I love how the sleeves bundled up to give it a very relax look.
It’s not tight at all and the fabric (cotton) feels, “oh so” soft. It’s so soft that I want to sleep in it. I usually stay away from white, but I figure why not.
I bought this simple cropped top called Antracite (this had a girl’s name, but I can’t find it). The only reason why I bought this shirt is what’s on the back of it.
How dope is that? I have a DIY shirt cutting post coming up next. So, stay tuned for that.
I bought accessories as well, but that post will be coming up soon.
In the end, it was a great shopping experience. Some people have complained about their customer service, but I have pretty low expectations when it comes to retail customer service. As long as they say hi, I’m good. All in all, a fun time!
What’s your fashion flavor? Hobo? Hipster? Preppy? Goth?
FTC: Everything was purchased by me with my own money. I am not getting paid to do this blog post, I have no affiliation with this company. These are all my honest opinions.