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August 24, 2011

Review of the Kardashian Kollection at Sears

The last two times I stepped foot into Sears were to buy a water filter for the refrigerator and to buy a replacement treadmill for the one whose belt and motor I destroyed over the course of five years. This time I had a more exciting reason for my visit.  Out of pure curiosity, I walked through the apparel department to browse the Kardashian Kollection clothing and accessories. I have mixed feelings regarding celebrity clothing lines, but I admire the Kardashian family for their marketing prowess and their ability to put together outfits that flatter their different body types. Being petite and curvy, I can relate to both Kim and Kourtney.  Unfortunately, I didn't spot any of the shoes when I was shopping, but I tried on three looks - one inspired by each sister. My overall impressions are as follows:

1. Cost - Prices are higher than I'd normally pay for such things as a sequin jacket, one-button blazer, or polyester jumpsuit.  (Regular Sears customers may experience sticker shock with many of the pieces priced at $99.) On the other hand, the pre-sale offered a 30% discount.

2. Construction - Fabrics and silhouettes are what you'd expect: sexy, body con, and mostly synthetic with lots of stretch.  Everything I browsed seem to be well made - no puckered seams, loose threads, or tricky fastenings (ahem, ahem, Target).

3. Variety - If you're looking for a glamorous party dress or fun accessories, you're in luck. If you're looking for something for the office in wool or silk, you're out of luck. There is a mix of styles in the collection that would work well for the office, lunch dates, or nights out.  One thing missing from the collection is denim, however, there are plenty of: blazers, rompers, trousers, tight skirts, body con dresses, casual tees, rings, sunglasses, cuffs, handbags, and leggings.  They covered all the bases here, although they're not exactly pushing any boundaries with fashion trends.

4. Hues - The color palette is mostly black and gray with a few blue, dark green, and pink pieces. Sequins, lace, and animal prints figure prominently in the collection.

5. Sizing - Of the four pieces I tried on, I found them to run fairly true to size. I tried on size smalls in everything, and the fit on each piece was snug and tailored with a bit of stretch.  The black jumpsuit was incredibly comfortable, and I probably would've bought it at a lower price point.

While I left the store without buying, I noted that the black blazer with the lace inset in the back (not pictured), the black jumpsuit I tried on, and the tiger print flap handbag (pictured behind the snake print bags in the 6th photo from the top) were my top three picks for this collection.

*Spring 2015 update - you can also shop the Kardashian Kollection at Asos and shop the shoes at Lipsy.

Kardashian Kollection Sears striped dress

Kardashian Kollection Sears sunglasses

Kardashian Kollection Sears black sequin jacket

Kardashian Kollection Sears animal print blazer

Kardashian Kollection Sears lingerie

Kardashian Kollection Sears animal print handbags

My Kim-inspired look, which was made of thick polyester fabric and had a solid white back with black trim. The print reminds me of recent pieces by McQueen and Mary Katranzou.
Kardashian Kollection Sears tattoo print dress

My Khloé-inspired look, which had a very low neckline, drawstring at the waist, and two front pockets.
Kardashian Kollection Sears black jumpsuit romper

My Kourtney-inspired look, with a full skirt and tucked-in tunic.
Kardashian Kollection Sears leopard tunic top, lace skirt

Shop the Kardashian Kollection at Asos or the shoes at Lipsy.

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