I've been familiar with the Karen Kane brand for years, but mostly through thrifting. I knew that the company made great, durable basics, and that when I came across their wares in my thrift outings, they constituted fabulous finds. But since I'd never bought their products new from department stores or online, I was excited to get the chance to review a few pieces from their 2011 spring and summer lines.* Several of these items are not yet for sale - so you'll have to keep your eyes peeled over the next few months - but I'll link to the ones that are currently available!
Above you see me in a pair of Karen Kane jeggings. I've worn these babies twice already (see the previous outfit here), and I am incredibly impressed. I own a pair of very legging-like jeggings from Hue, a pair of very jean-like jeggings from the Gap, and now these. This Karen Kane version presents the best merge of denim and legging that I've yet experienced and has quickly become my favorite pair. Initially, I was put off by the wide black elastic waistband (which is undeniably odd), but since it will never, ever be seen by anyone but me and gives the jeggings an incredibly comfortable and relatively high rise, I got over my doubts in no time flat. They stretch but don't get distended, launder beautifully, fit very close to the calf, and feel truly fantastic.
I am totally enamored of this slinky, sassy, black Asymmetric Hem Dress.The jersey is heavy and drapes beautifully, and the style is so fabulously versatile. Here, I styled it with a black shrug and studded gladiator heels, but this tank-style dress will look just as gorgeous on its own, once warmer weather permits.
This printed scoopneck dress is so adorable, I can hardly stand it. The graphic print reminds me of a birch tree, and seems simultaneously geometric and organic. The ruched cap sleeves are comfy and cute, the A-line skirt is flirty and flattering, and the scooped neck leaves just enough room for a fun statement necklace. Total love.
Cobalt blue is super trendy this spring, so I was tickled to receive this darling printed tank dress (here in plus sizes, though it will eventually be available in non-plus.) It's a lined dress with a micro-mesh overlay, so it has a wonderfully floaty feel. The above-the-knee hemline is just to my taste, and I adore the simple, elegant, flared-skirt styling.
And finally, this lace-and-tulle confection is just wild, isn't it? I'm not sure I would've picked it out for myself, but now that I've got it in my hot little hands, I'm cooking up more and more fun ways to deploy it. The dress is another tank style, a simple sheath shape, but has a matte black lining, black lace overlay, and rectangles of tulle stitched on for a truly funky texture. Take a peek:
I dressed it down with my jean jacket for this photo shoot, but it'll be fabulous dressed UP, too. Just imagine it with a rhinestone bracelet and hot pink lips. Smokin'.
Now that I've got you worked up into a frenzy over these fabulous offerings, let's talk about the giveaway portion of this post, shall we? You won't BELIEVE the fantastic prize that Karen Kane is offering to Already Pretty readers: A $200 Karen Kane Styling Day.
This means that if the winner lives within 50 miles of a store that carries Karen Kane, the company will arrange a day for the winner to meet with one of their stylists and pick out an outfit for $200 or less! If the winner lives outside of that radius, Karen Kane will send a $200 AmEx gift card and provide a 1-hour over-the-phone style consultation as the winner browses looks online. Amazing! Generous! Awesome!
Here's what you've got to do to enter:
- Be a U.S. resident.
- Follow Karen Kane on Twitter, like Karen Kane on Facebook, or sign up for the Karen Kane e-newsletter (enter your e-mail in the middle of the page). You MUST do one of these three to enter.
- Visit Karen Kane and pick out an outfit that you'd love to have and wear, should you win.
- Leave a comment on this post telling us about your chosen outfit, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.
- Cross your fingers!
Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, April 17, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following week. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!
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