Guess Who #1

So for the first Guess Who, I wanted it to exemplify what I’m trying to do here.

Guess Who is a column that strives to prove that style, quality, and shape do not need to be expensive. They also need not be from a boutique, Neiman’s, Saks… etc. But you also don’t have to suffer the “Fast Fashion Fallapart” of stores like H&M and Forever21. Here, I show you several pieces of a[n extremely reasonably priced] collection, and leave it up to you to guess who it is! (I tell you at the end of the post, under a cut.)

One can get a little forlorn, passing through the infinite number of blog posts on their RSS reader, spread after spread of amazing fashion – all entirely out of their budget. Alexander McQueen’s scarves, Chanel’s booties!, the many handbags of Yves Saint Laurent… Talk about being constantly slapped in the face with someone else’s wallet, right?

After this post, I hope that you begin to judge apparel-peddling establishments one garment at a time, though the store’s rep’ might be a little… less-than-fashion.



A beautiful, wool motorcycle jacket. It’s got all the details I love, the fabric I need/want, and the structure I crave. And, yes, it’s machine washable.


Super-skinny, super-dark jeans – perfect for boots and a warm jacket in the fall. So skinny, they’re almost legging-like.


Your perfect LBD (little black dress). It’s a soft corset dress, so it’ll give you some serious shape – but the material is as soft as cotton. (Psst… it has pockets, too!)


How gorgeous is this sweater jacket? It’s got a little bit of trend going on (military-style buttons), but the rest is pure cozy. Worried about warmth? Don’t – the designer put a full zipper behind those buttons. Did I mention it’s got angora & wool?


It’s not really fall until you pull out your arsenal of 100% cashmere sweaters. The most simple basic sweater can be worked into numerous styles, and who doesn’t love the feel of cashmere on a brisk day? (Remember my first cashmere?)

Do you know who this retailer is? Click below to find out!


American Eagle Outfitters.


AE Wool Bomber Jacket: $79.95 (was $99.50)
Super Skinny Jean: $39.95 (was $49.50)
Soft Corset Dress: $29.95 (was $39.50)
AE Sweater Jacket: $69.50
AE Scoop Cashmere Sweater: $79.50

So? Are you shocked? I kind of was… Once I saw that motorcycle jacket, I was kind of in awe, and began compulsively sifting through their inventory. There are a wealth of basics at American Eagle, not to mention these basics-with-a-twist, above!

Were you surprised? What do you think of AE?

  • That cashmere sweater looks soooooo cozy. AE’s one of those stores I never really bother to go inside. I always figured they were just a less obnoxious Abercrombie. Good to see they stopped slapping their logo on everything; I ‘ll have to check them out the next time I’m at the mall.
    .-= Jin6655321´s last blog ..Vodka Shrimp & Spinach =-.

  • Very pleasantly shocked. I very much like the concept of the Guess Who column. It forces you to look at the objects for what they are, not with the pre-conceived notion that you may get from knowing the label. Keep it up!
    .-= Clara´s last blog ..A Life in Post-its =-.

  • I genuinely thought it was Gap, and I’ll be honest… it’s even better that it’s AE. :)
    .-= Jaime´s last blog ..Sample Sale Alert: Genetic Denim, Siwy AND Rich & Skinny on Gilt Fuse =-.

  • Kim

    I thought it was Gap, too! But that little black dress caught me off guard. I used to wear AE in high school and maybe it’s worth another look…
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Wish List 3: Everyday Basics =-.

  • Gorgeous pieces– need those skinny jeans. Be careful on sizing with AE though. Last time I checked they catered to high school (read: ‘junior’) twiggy size two’s! For reference: I typically wear a 2/4 and I’ve had to buy 7/9 junior sizes there.

  • Damn you, Elle.

    There’s an AE across the street from my office.
    .-= Jennifer Nicole´s last blog ..What About Wednesday: Twilight =-.

  • Jin: I always pass them, too! I always thought there were just another generic, surf-like brand. I definitely got shown, hah!

    Jaime & Kim: WOW, GAP was a good guess!! I didn’t even think of that.

    Kait: Oooh, good call, thank you! I’ve never shopped there, so it’s good to know that they’re juniors-y!

    Jennifer: Hahaha, you know I aim to please!

  • I actually said “Wow, holy shit” out loud when I got to the end of the post. Believe it or not. That gray sweater looks lovely & if that military-esque sweater comes in black, it might have to be mine.

    My sister used to shop at AE, but I thought that most of their stuff had the obnoxious logos and was just like…super thin low cut henleys. This is so much better.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Drumroll, please! Annoucing… =-.

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  • Aleah

    Y’know, I just got a job at the downtown Seattle location and was worried about sizing too. I’m bordering on plus, usually in a firm size 16. During our “trial fit” at orientation I tried on a pair of the favorite boyfriend jean in size 14 and miraculously… muffin aside…. they actually fit me! So far my very wide-hipped size 14/16/18 self can fit into any of their XLs.

    (which makes me extremely happy, given the discount)