As I have said before, Fall is my favorite fashion season. Its time for cashmere sweaters, boots and pumpkin spice lattès, which I realize are not technically a fashion piece, but really a great accessory to any Fall day. The one problem I have with the changing of the seasons (besides the weather beginning to get chilly- I hate the cold) is that you don’t get to see the other half of your wardrobe for an entire half year.
Well, this is where you’re wrong, my friend.
Wearing winter clothes in the summer is just plain wrong, especially if you live in a place where summers are sweltering. I push it about as far to the limit as possible, wearing sweaters and my ever-present faux fur vests on a cold day in the office or when the weather dips below 70 (I get cold VERY easily), but even I have to store those cozy clothes for at least two months a year.
Lucky for us, Fall is all about layyyyyerrringggg, virtually doubling your closet. Two of my favorite colors to take from Summer to Fall are red and pink. Pairing a red dress with black tights really makes the color pop, while pairing a pale pink with black tights and a blazer makes for the perfect outfit for a sunny, Fall, pumpkin picking kind of day.
As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Badgers!), I am very familiar with the store Bop, or, as anyone who is un-Madison-saavy would call it, shopbop.com. For those who don’t know, shopbop.com started as a boutique in Madison, Wisconsin owned by the parents of a friend who lived down the hall from me freshman year. During my stay in Madison, though, amazon.com bought Bop and it has (in my opinion) gotten a little out of control. As a frequent Bopper in my college days, I have been on the mailing list for years and still get it daily. I’ll admit, it is one that I usually skip over and delete automatically. Due to the fact that I am on SO many mailing lists for my daily blog reads, sample sale sites and stores I order from (no matter how often I try to remove myself from store mailing lists, I seem to wind up on more and more), I have a choice few that I automatically delete daily. Today, shopbop.com’s subject line caught my eye right before I hit the delete button but it has been in the back of my mind until I just remembered what it said- Bop is now carrying Club Monaco???
Now, I am no brand snob, that is for sure and I believe in shopping where you find the things you want to wear (Gap is one of my FAVORITE places to shop for my basics and I was even in there on my lunch hour today, but unfortunately, so was every other Manhattanite and the line wrapped through the entire store). I like shopping at Club Monaco and often find really cute work clothes and dresses there. That being said, Bop and Club Monaco DO NOT MIX.
I’ll be honest, even as I write this, I can’t figure out why this match-up bothers me so much. The two for me, though, do not blend and I predict this marketing plan will not sell many products. With that, I’ll conclude my rant and leave you only with an image to back up my prediction- take a look at the screen shot of the product page- the site does not make any of the clothing seem slightly appealing. Nothing POPS. You are all welcome to leave your opinions for me- but until someone changes my mind, shopbop.com and Club Monaco will together seem to me like cupcakes and bacon- I know it is done… but why?