Sunday, January 31, 2010

Express Luxury Stretch 1 Button Jacket & Graphic Tee

Express Luxury Stretch 1 Button Jacket


I wrote about the Express Luxury Stretch 1 Button Jacket in Crosshatch a couple weeks ago.   I got it online but had to return it to the store, even though I got it for such a great deal at $30!  It was a size 00 and just a bit too small - they didn't have anymore in size 0 so I couldn't exchange.  So today I couldn't hold out any longer for the same jacket to go on sale again, because I need to wear it on Tuesday for a very important meeting for work.  I had to cave and get the black one at regular price of $98.  I hate getting things at regular price at Express because everything goes on sale so much there.  But I guess $98 is not horrible for a jacket. 

Anyway, the jacket was cute, but to my surprise, size 0 was a little bit small too.  This is unexpected.  I normally wear a 0 or XS at Express, lately have been wearing XXS since it seemed they vanity sized their line again.  But I ended up getting a size 2 in this jacket.  I liked how the size 0 fit around my shoulders and chest, but I didn't like how the fabric around the button was stretching when it was buttoned.  Size 2 was a little bit big around the shoulders and chest but didn't have any creases around the waist/button part so I went with that.  I don't want jackets too fitted for work.  It still looked very cute. 

I have the Editor Wide Waistband pants from Express in many different colors.  They are all I wear to work.  I'm very happy that Express started making matching jackets for a few pairs of pants that I already have.  They are exactly the same colors and fabric, so I only need to get the jackets to make a complete "suit".  Very nice.  All for $150.  I got the black one today because it's more versatile.  But I might just go back and get the charcoal one or maybe a grey one or something.  

I get Express discount cards in the mail about once a month or so.  They always send me cards that are "spend $100 and get $30 off", or "spend $150 and get $50 off", or "spend $200 and get $75 off", etc. etc.  So today I went in with a card that was spend $150 and get $50 off, or spend $100 and get $30 off.  Of course my jacket was $98, so it was just $2 short of $100, which means I wouldn't get $30 off.  It was definitely a better deal if I got something else for $10 or so, that way I would get 2 things for cheaper than just the jacket alone.  So I looked around the store, but of course nothing caught my eye that was around $10.  I liked some of their Graphic Tees though.  So I figured I would try to get $150 worth of stuff and only pay $100.

Express Graphic Tees

I really liked the look of the Burnout Graphic Tee - Butterfly print.   It's $29.99, so it brought me to within only $20 to achieve my $150 total.  The above picture from the Express site does not do the shirt justice.  It is way prettier in person.  First of all, this picture makes it look white, but it's really ivory.  And second, the model's big old necklace really distracts from the pretty print of the shirt.  Some of the print is studded and some shiny.  So you see different textures in person that you do not see in the picture.  Also, since it is burnout, you can wear different colored camis underneath and the color will show through.  I love burn out shirts!  So I decided to get this shirt, but the graphic tees were buy one and get one 50% off, so I had to get another.  Express always does this!  Everything there is ALWAYS buy one get one 50% off.  Makes me spend more money!

I can't find a picture of it on the Express website, so I had to take one of my other one.

I don't know what it's called, but the print is pretty cool.  I got size XS in both the Graphic Tees.  So I guess these run true to size!  

After getting this shirt, I was at a total of about $145.  I just got some argyle dress socks for my boyfriend.  He likes those socks, they are cute and funky and come in a whole myriad of colors!  So I bought my jacket, 2 shirts and 2 pairs of socks for $116 after taxes.  Not bad at all!  If I didn't have the discount card, I would have spent about $108 to just get the jacket.  I guess in a way I got 2 shirts and 2 pairs of socks for $8 total.  Hehe... that makes me feel good!  

On top of that, I got something called "Express Cash".  I guess it's like two $25 coupons that must be attached to the receipt.  So starting tomorrow until end of February, I can go into Express with my Express Cash and get $50 worth of stuff for free!  How awesome!  Hmmm so all things considered, I got all those things today for pretty much $70!  Me likie!  I might have to go back next week and get some more Editor Wide Waistband pants or bra camis.  I can never have enough of those!

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