Thursday, 26 August 2010
Well, this is actually an old story, since I received that parcel above way before my summer vacation. But, being the procrastinator I'm known to be, I had to marinate it in my drafts before actual posting. Let's get onto to the exciting story of my first order from the Outnet.
I have to point out here that (as Stella has very successfully described before, alas in Greek only) shopping at the Outnet, the official outlet of NET-A-PORTER, is no task for the faint of heart. Being constantly reminded that you have to hurry up because items inside your shopping cart are not truly yours until you pay, and that a faster and savvier e-shopper could snatch them right out of your sight while you're casually browsing the shoe section, does not a calm shopper make.
So when the newsletter came in June 15th, I was fast, ruthless and effective.
That See by Chloé silk dress on top was cute, affordable and in my size. Sold, as was the Ossie Clark fashion illustration print t-shirt. It would be a pity to be left behind.
The DHL shipping was super-fast and cost €10,70. Which is not cheap, considering it's shipping within the EU, but it is €1,30 cheaper than the €12 flat-rate DHL shipping ASOS offers for orders to Greece.
I was very pleased to notice that all the materials used for packing and shipping were recyclable or reusable.
No ugly styrofoam packaging peanuts to be seen here people, only some plain white wrapping paper that can be easily recycled and a nice reusable shopping bag, complete with sturdy handles and a zipper, that is now my laundry bag when traveling.
Now, enough with details and onto the actual clothes!
See by Chloé printed silk-crepe dress and Ossie Clark sketch-print cotton tee, fresh out of the box.
The tee was a no-brainer actually. A t-shirt printed all over with amazing fashion illustrations in full detail?
No way I was leaving this baby behind.
And then, there is the real protagonist of this post.
A happy, almost childishly naive print in vibrant colours, super soft silk fabric, cute ruffled sleeves and at 70% off. What's not to love?
And I may have to take it in just a bit on the torso to achieve that flawless fit, but overall it was just the perfect size for me. And to tell you the truth, that was based mainly on guessing and hoping, so I'm glad it turned out well.
Overall, I am very pleased by my first Outnet experience, but I'm not ready to turn it into a regular habit just yet. I mean, 70% off designer goods is nice, but most of them are still way more expensive than what I'm willing to pay for the majority of my wardrobe's contents. But if you find that little special something that you really love in a discounted price and the newsletter comes in and it's suddenly an extra 40% off, there's little you can do to prevent the inevitable.
Have you ever shopped at the Outnet?
Are you planning to? Tell me all about it!