I’m super excited to bring you the first review in my Thoughtful Shopping Series. Remember my interview with Eryn Shields, the founder of CAS Clothing? Ever since the interview, I couldn’t stop thinking about the blue tall off-the-shoulder top with a peplum hem from CAS and just had to buy it!
The main reason that my CAS Clothing top fits well with my Thoughtful Shopping Series is that it was handmade in the USA. Here are some more details:
Who makes the items for CAS Clothing? Eryn hand-makes all of the made to order (MTO) pieces and many of the in-stock pieces for CAS Clothing with a great attention to detail. I don’t know about you but the thought of a fellow tall lady hand-crafting a garment just for me makes me feel so happy!
Where is the clothing made? In the USA!
How is the fabric sourced? Here is what Eryn has to say about her fabric sourcing ” I’ve sourced all fabrics from sources in the US. Fabric is my favorite part of sewing and fabric choice can really make or break an item of clothing. I’ve spent months sourcing the fabric for my pieces long before I ever launched the store. It is a very tedious process! I’ve traveled to trade shows and have ordered tons of swatches of fabrics until I found the best fabrics for my pieces.”
I’ve noticed that off-the-shoulder tops seem to be rather on-trend at the moment, but this has been a favorite style of mine for quite awhile (Exhibit A from 2013 and Exhibit B from last year). I love that I can show just enough skin to make things interesting but still leave a lot to the imagination.
I am wearing a size small and the top is definitely snug, but I find the overall fit-and-flare style to be quite flattering. The peplum hem is a fun detail and the fabric has a perfect thickness and heft to it that makes me think this top will last quite awhile. This top can also be dressed up or down quite easily. It looks great under a blazer which would make for an office appropriate look by day and then you can simply ditch the blazer and show some shoulder for after work drinks.
Did you notice that I’m wearing super fun blue heels in some of these photos? I
stole borrowed them from Karen of Tall Wife during our girls’ weekend in Nuremberg. Read more about that on Karen’s website here.
Bottom line: I know who made this item and where/how it was made so I felt very comfortable buying it and would buy again from CAS Clothing.
Are you a fan of off-the-shoulder tops? How about peplum? Have you ever tried to hand make clothing?