Spring 2014: Sale Update

Today I thought I would share with you all some of my recent larger sale purchases – both the duds and winners!

I’ve been busy the last few months and haven’t had a lot of time to physically go to stores and browse, so all of my items were actually mailed from some of my favorite sales associates. Nothing beats the instant gratification of sale shopping in store…but coming home without having to park or browse and fight through racks to a nice stack of packages definitely comes a close second.

You might notice that a lot of my sale purchases were Chanel, and all were clothing. For some reason I wasn’t really looking for shoes this season (except for throwaway cheapies that I could thrash in the sand), and I’ve been feeling like I have enough bags…for now. I sat out the last few seasons of Chanel but the past spring and cruise collections really caught my attention. Actually so did Paris/Dallas pre-fall because of my love of Westerns, but that’s another story.

All right, here we go – my spring 2014 sale returns and keeps.

Chanel trench detail

Sale Item #1: Black Chanel trench (see below for it on), 50% off. I was really excited to receive this trench and thought it would be a great light topper for spring and fall. I loved the buttons and the Lesage tweed trimming. However, there were several problems with this trench. First, it was quite large on me, even in a size 34 (the smallest Chanel makes). The lapels were huge for my shape and frame.

Second, it made a very distinct rustling sound whenever I sounded like I was smuggling garbage bags under my coat. Seinfeld fans may remember the episode when George buys the suit that “swooshes” for his interview with McKinsey…I felt exactly the same way. I only had to try it on once to put it back in its box.

Status: Return


Burberry trench detail

Sale Item #2: Burberry trench (seen above), 40% off. This was actually a very pretty trench, and there weren’t really any issues with it. It fit very nicely and would have required only minor alterations. In the end, this went back in the box because the color was almost identical to a Valentino trench I have. Also, while I liked the convenience of the snap buttons, I still thought that the classic Burberry with horn buttons was prettier.

Status: Return

Black jacket detail

Sale Item #3: Chanel double breasted black tweed jacket, 50% off. I loved this classic jacket and was really crossing my fingers that it would make it to sale season. It did, but then was sold out from under me to what I’m sure was a more “VIP” customer in both sizes I was looking for. Luckily a great Chanel sales associate was able to find this for me later on. The sleeves will need alterations, but otherwise I loved the fit and found this jacket very comfortable.

Status: Keep 

Chanel black tweed jacket

Cardigan detail

Sale Item #4: Chanel cashmere cardigan, 50% off. I was very unsure about this cardigan – especially since it had bright colors and a funkier pattern. I’m usually a solids only + neutrals kind of girl.  My sales associate convinced me to try it out however, saying that it was very “Tokyo” and would be great as a more casual piece. When I tried it on, I ended up really liking it – I love the contrasting grosgrain trim, and the way it fits like like a little cashmere baseball jacket.

Status: Keep 

Chanel 1

Sale Item #5: Chanel cream ribbon trim jacket, 50% off. This was another jacket that I was unsure about, but that ended up taking at the urging of another great sales associate/Chanel expert who said it was her favorite of the season. I am a pretty practical and also messy person, so the idea of a cream colored Chanel jacket was very scary to me. I tried it on though, and ended up liking it. Even more surprisingly, Mr. Feather really liked it and insisted that I try to keep it. I think it’ll go great with denim, but will need some alterations on the sleeves before it’s perfect.

And I’ll just have to remember not to eat my favorite beef noodle soup when wearing this out!

Status: Keep…for now. Still debating the practicality of an expensive cream colored jacket. 

So there we have it – most of my major spring 2014 spring sale picks! What did you end up grabbing during the sales in the last few months? Did you keep all of them?

PS: if you want to buy some Chanel and need a good sales associate, feel free to email me:

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  • E
    July 14, 2014 at 8:41 am

    OMG great purchases! You look very good in the burberry coat as well as the dark grey Chanel jacket. I would like to find out how you find these great items on sale. Maybe that can be the topic of your next post? hehehehe

    • Katherine
      July 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Thanks so much! LOL maybe I will do a post although there are far more skilled sales ninjas than me 🙂

      • Anonymous
        July 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

        Yes please!!!!

  • Jennipher
    July 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Wow, you scored some great items! I really love the baseball-style cashmere sweater. What a fun piece! The Chanel trench is really cute too – too bad it didn’t work out in terms of sizing.

    • Katherine
      July 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I loved that trench too. It just made SUCH a loud sound! I hope I can find a good one in the future.

  • Stella
    July 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Yes, I, too would love a post on finding gems on sale. I don’t believe scouring through the web is the best approach. Thanks much

  • Ying
    July 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I liked your black and cream jacket! Great deals. They both look great on you! I’m sure that the cardigan feels great. Never goes wrong with the cashmere.
    I have the same problem and never fit into those long sleeves. Where do you take them for alteration? At the Chanel boutique? Do you think it will still look nice on you if it’s altered?

    • Katherine
      July 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      I haven’t taken them anywhere yet but my friend recommended a tailor. I think they will look better altered 🙂

  • Hera
    July 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Oh so you DID find it! I am so happy for you I know how much you LOVE that black jacket! YAYAYAYAY~~
    I returned the cream jacket because my measurement is just a little too off for that particular piece, but I also fall in love with the Pink version of the black one that you adore, and I altered it too for the fit. I love love love so many things as I love Chanel Resort collection, but only stick to a navy/white dress and that pink blazer. Congrats to you!!!

    • Katherine
      July 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you so much for your help! You are such a sweetheart 🙂 Can’t wait to see you in that pink blazer!

  • grace
    July 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Love the cashmere pink cardigan on you. very youthful but elegant 🙂

  • Michelle
    July 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Love all your Chanel RTW buys especially the pink sweater! I see it every time I am upstairs at the Shoe Dept.

    • Katherine
      July 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks my friend!

  • cate
    July 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I love the black tweed Chanel jacket! So classy. Thanks for sharing about what worked and what didn’t!

  • irene
    July 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    All clothes on you are beautiful especially the Chanel cardigan, jacket and burberry trench. Yes, same as other ladies, need your advise on how you get great discount for Chanel sales jacket especially it there is a sales cos most of the time, size 34 will go fast.


    • Katherine
      July 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you Irene!

  • Jackie
    September 4, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Love the black Chanel jacket.