Sunday, September 28, 2008

A (Queen) B Sting

If anyone caught the last Gossip Girl, Queen B gave a fashion diss during a priceless scene in which she and her mini-Bs evaluated potential "victims" and "projects.

"Are those last season's Tory Burch flats?" said Queen B.

"Um...I got them on sale?" As you can imagine, the poor little girl scampered away.

I wonder if Tory Burch's PR folks will try to get reparations for their loss? I can't imagine many Gossip Girl fans running off to buy themselves a little "T" stamped Reva flat now.

Inspired by Queen B and her victim, I decided to peruse Tory Burch's sale selection and see what she had to offer. I figured that for us mere mortals that are not scrutinized by Blair Waldorf day in and day out, a little piece of Tory won't hurt. Turns out there's a 3-Day Fall Sale, filled with all sorts of goodies to fulfill the bargainista in anyone.

For those of you in a perpetually warm climate, or those that don't feel bad buying summer stuff on sale to wear for next summer, these sandals are perfect. The tiny little Tory logo adds a bit of luxe, but it isn't way over the top. Plus, the sandal style is pretty universal, and won't go out of style really soon (like, say, gladiators). Grab it for $157.50...the metallic comes in silver and gold, and the croc print comes in black, brown, and tan.

These pumps are pretty cute...the heel isn't too crazy, and they're a nice way to echo the Reva Flat style while getting a bit of height. Plus, they can be casual or fancy, and they're only $187.50.

I'm actually not a fan of this bag at all, I just wanted to point it out because it's apparently a large part of the Tory Burch line. I'm all for suede and crests, but doesn't this bag look strange to you? I don't know, maybe I'm just used to Tory Burch pulling out all sorts of things with T logos on them, as opposed to this new "Buddy" logo. I don't know...somehow to me it looks like Slytherin crossed with Juicy Couture. And for $371.25 (on sale!) I could find many more bags that suit my taste.

Then we have a whole slew of questionably printed Tory totes. I'm really not a fan of these, though I once was, so I don't blame anyone who is. Personally, I just think they look sort of cheap, especially with the straps styled the way they are. But if you're on the hunt for one of the gazillions of printed Tory tote Burch bags, you're in've got a lot to choose from.

There are also slightly more tame solid versions, which have an edge of mod to them but again, are kind of on the cheap-looking side (especially that $300+ one!).

There's also this leather version, which is slightly better. I'm not really interested in the hole-punch style of the logo, but it's a step up from the canvas.

Personally, if I wanted a bag to have a bit of Tory Burch on it (aka a logo plastered on it) I'd go for this suede tote instead. Yeah, it's expensive. But it's so durable! It's a great casual bag that would go with pretty much everything. Plus, the suede hides the logo just enough that it doesn't look too overdone, but it's still visible.

Another way to incorporate Tory's accessories is to get a clutch or a wallet. The plain logo stamped on the front adds more of a statement, as opposed to being integrated with some sort of strange print. I actually really like these, and would pick them up if they weren't so expensive.

Finally, for the super-bargainers like me that would like to get a piece of Tory without her taking a huge chunk out of our bank accounts, there are these cute little pouches. I actually like the logo here, because it adds a bit of dimension and looks like it's a design element along with the studs. I'm actually seriously considering this...though I wish it was more of a wristlet-style purse than a coin purse.


yummy411 said...

cute wallets!

miss fred said...

Aren't they? I feel like the "T" logo is a lot more welcome on something like a wallet -- it adds some edge.