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Monday, December 14, 2015

Idol Collective Fashion Review: Sweaters + Tights

Hi guys! It's been a while since my last fashion post, but now that I'm finished with most of my schoolwork for the semester (and pushing off studying for final exams for as long as I can :'] ), I bring to you a review that I'm very excited about. I got three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead, along with an exclusive discount code!

Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!


The store that I'm reviewing today is Idol Collective, an online fashion boutique based in Seattle, Washington. Idol Collective sells a variety of apparel and accessories inspired by Taiwanese, Japanese, and Korean fashion, with high-quality, hand-selected products both from Asia and from the U.S. They offer flat rate ground shipping in the U.S. for $6.95, or free domestic shipping for orders $75+.

I talked directly to the founder, Sonya, who was so friendly and kind and responded to all my emails super quickly. Within four days of contacting her, the products shipped out, I received the tracking number, and the package arrived at my front door!

That being said, I've been so busy lately with exams, schoolwork, blogging, etc.; I actually got the package over a month ago, but haven't had time to write a proper review until now. I could've rushed through a review and quickly posted something, but I'm actually so excited about this package that I feel like it really deserves a detailed review.

Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!

Packaging-wise, all the items were packaged nicely and wrapped in cute polka dot tissue paper, secured with an Idol Collective sticker (the gift tissue was arranged much more neatly when I got it; I was too excited to try on the items and forgot to take a picture of the original packaging LOL :') ). The items also each came in their own plastic bag, with all original tags as well as Idol Collective tags. 

With a lot of the relatively small online shops that I've shopped at or gotten stuff from, the products are usually shipped straight from Asian wholesalers, and the stores themselves sometimes never even see the actual product, much less bother to put their own tags on the items. Idol Collective definitely surprised me in this way; their items are all hand-picked to ensure that everything looks and feels as it should, and their use of logo stickers and personal tags really improves the packaging and branding aspect of their products!

Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!

Everything arrived in perfect condition. I got two sweaters and a pair of tights, which I'll go into further detail about now!

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The first item that I was sent was the Lovely in Lace sweater, sold for $39.99 in sizes S/M or M/L.

Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!

This long sleeve, oversized sweater is more of a cream color in person, rather than ivory as described. It's a pretty lightweight sweater, with a unique open-knit design and delicate lace trim at the hem. There are a few tiny imperfections with the lace him (just one or two loose threads and some places where the mesh isn't cut too well) but they're barely noticeable.

I got the sweater in size small/medium, and it fits perfectly. It has an oversized fit, and it's a bit shorter in the front and longer in the back. The material is very soft and comfortable, and it provides a decent amount of warmth even though it's so light and comfy!

A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.

I decided to pair this lace-trim sweater with khaki-colored shorts, fake tattoo-print tights, a layered necklace/body chain from Forever 21, and taupe gradient-heel platform booties (reviewed here) for a bohemian-inspired look. This sweater has a super versatile style, though, so you could make it as dressy or as casual as you'd like! You could wear it with leggings or skinny jeans and add your favorite pair of boots for autumn and winter, or layer a skirt and tights underneath during the spring and summer months.

Honestly, this sweater turned out to be ten times as amazing as I'd anticipated! Although the color is a bit different from that on the site, I love the warm, sweet vibe that this sweater gives, with the combination of the soft, comfortable knit and the delicate, feminine lace trim. I also love that it's quite light and thin, but without being sheer. It's honestly one of the most comfortable sweaters that I've ever worn, and it has such a unique yet easy-to-wear style too!

A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.
A cute, boho-chic ulzzang outfit with Idol Collective's Lovely in Lace cream sweater, a Forever 21 bohemian layered body chain/necklace, fake tattoo print tights, khaki Aeropostale shorts, and taupe lucite heel platform booties.

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In addition to the Lovely in Lace sweater, I also got another sweater, the Cozy Up sweater. This sweater, also sold for $39.99, is offered in sizes S-L.

Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!

This chunky-knit, oversized sweater comes in an olive green color with a round neckline, loose fit, long sleeves, and quilted dark brown leather elbow patches. It's also a simple style, but the elbow patches give it that unusual touch.

Material-wise, this Cozy Up sweater is thicker than the lace-trim sweater, and it certainly fits its name. It's very warm and a bit heavy, but the material is very soft, not scratchy or uncomfortable at all.

A grunge, punk-inspired outfit featuring the Cozy Up sweater from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and mesh lace-up faux leather wet look leggings.
A grunge, punk-inspired outfit featuring the Cozy Up sweater from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and mesh lace-up faux leather wet look leggings.
A grunge, punk-inspired outfit featuring the Cozy Up sweater from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and mesh lace-up faux leather wet look leggings.

I got this sweater in size S, and it has a loose, boxy fit; but if you're looking for a more oversized effect, I'd suggest sizing up. This sweater is also very versatile and goes great with all sorts of leggings and pants, or even when layered with skirts.

I paired this sweater with lace-up faux leather leggings (reviewed here) and spiked platform booties (reviewed here) to add a touch of punk-rock flair to this outfit. Personally, I don't think this sweater fits me as well as the first one, and I probably should've got it in size M instead. Nonetheless, it's definitely a fall and winter staple, with its warm yet soft material and comfortable fit.

A grunge, punk-inspired outfit featuring the Cozy Up sweater from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and mesh lace-up faux leather wet look leggings.
A grunge, punk-inspired outfit featuring the Cozy Up sweater from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and mesh lace-up faux leather wet look leggings.
A grunge, punk-inspired outfit featuring the Cozy Up sweater from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and mesh lace-up faux leather wet look leggings.
A grunge, punk-inspired outfit featuring the Cozy Up sweater from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and mesh lace-up faux leather wet look leggings.

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The last item that I got from Idol Collective was their Everything's Rosy tights, sold for $11.99.

Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!
Today I'm reviewing three items from Idol Collective, an online Asian-inspired fashion retailer, including their cream-colored lace-trim Lovely in Lace sweater, their oversized olive green Cozy Up sweater, and their floral-trim Everything's Rosy tights. Review ahead!

Idol Collective has an adorable tights selection, all for $11.99 and under! I picked this pair to review because I've never seen the style before. These two-tone, faux knee-high socks tights are sheer black at the top, with a thicker over-the-knee sock design at the bottom, finished off with a light gray scalloped rose-print design.

These tights are one-size-fits-most, and they're super stretchy. They're also the perfect thickness, sheer at the top but not super thin or delicate like other, lower quality tights.

A cute fall/winter oufit featuring the Everything's Rosy faux knee sock tights from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and a fake two-piece black cardigan and green embellished tiered ruffle-hem dress.
A cute fall/winter oufit featuring the Everything's Rosy faux knee sock tights from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and a fake two-piece black cardigan and green embellished tiered ruffle-hem dress.
A cute fall/winter oufit featuring the Everything's Rosy faux knee sock tights from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and a fake two-piece black cardigan and green embellished tiered ruffle-hem dress.

Here, I'm wearing these tights with a fake two-piece long sleeve black cardigan and green tunic-style layered dress as well as black spiked platform booties (reviewed here) for a cute fall outfit. These tights have a very interesting style and neutral colors, so while they go great with nearly any skirt, dress, or shorts, they're also certain to be an attention-grabber!

I'm quite satisfied with these tights, and I'm they've already become a fashion staple of mine. $11.99 is a pretty good price for the quality, and these tights are much higher quality than many cheaper tights. Whether you want to wear them to add some warmth to an autumn outfit or simply to add some eye-catching style, these tights are a wonderful choice!

A cute fall/winter oufit featuring the Everything's Rosy faux knee sock tights from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and a fake two-piece black cardigan and green embellished tiered ruffle-hem dress.
A cute fall/winter oufit featuring the Everything's Rosy faux knee sock tights from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and a fake two-piece black cardigan and green embellished tiered ruffle-hem dress.
A cute fall/winter oufit featuring the Everything's Rosy faux knee sock tights from Idol Collective, Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spike platform booties dupes, and a fake two-piece black cardigan and green embellished tiered ruffle-hem dress.

Overall

I had an amazing experience with Idol Collective, and I'd certainly recommend them to anyone who's interested in high-quality Asian-style fashion! Their items are very true to descriptions, and shipping is super fast. The packaging was lovely as well; I really appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into the brand, and it left a good impression from start to finish. Though the prices are a bit higher than what I usually see with many web-based stores, the quality of the items justified the price, and I'm more than satisfied with everything that I got. My favorite item would be the Lovely in Lace sweater, because it's so incredibly comfortable and stylish at the same time! To find these styles and more, check out Idol Collective!

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