|Dolly weave and western wear, courtesy of Sonali Matthews.|
Today is a double review: An entire outfit and dolly weave1! This is probably the fastest I've gone from "item out by AG" to "I am reviewing it." Don't get used to it. A lot of my stuff is old, and I like to take my time reviewing stuff. Moving along. Not only will I be reviewing the Braided Headband, Curly Ponytail Set, and Bright Highlights Set,2 I will be tackling the Western Riding Outfit. There is not much to say about the hair stuff that won't be said in review, so let's talk about the outfit for a bit.
|The Western Riding Outfit, all by itself.|
My Sonali, despite her being a witch,3 is a bit horse crazy. To the point she has her own horse and wears all my horse riding stuff in my collection. I never got the accompanying hat, but eh. I can find a decent cowboy hat that's not made of straw. So anytime I review my western and horse riding stuff, we'll be doing it with her. She'll also be doing the hair reviews, since she's the best moddie for the job today.
Outfit first, dolly weave second.
|Shirt. If there wasn't a horse on it you wouldn't know it was about horses.|
|Sleeve: Double hemmed!|
|Neckline. Also doubled up.|
|Colt and Hearts.|
The hem, as was said above, is plain. I think the double look would have been much cuter down here than up by the collar, but whatcha gonna do. The tee is tagged "American Girl" on the left side with a patch. World has to know your brand, and all.
|Back, and back closure.|
The tee gets an A-. It'll mix into the rest of my clothes, and at the same time works well with this outfit. The minus is, because as I said, the double hem would have looked much better on the bottom than the top in my personal opinion. Even taking into the next part of the outfit, the skirt.
|Double skirt hem, what does it mean?|
|No fly to worry about.|
|Waistband. Sometimes you just wanna pull it on.|
The skirt gets a solid A. There's nothing about the skirt I don't like, and I'm sure it'll work its magic with other t-shirts and such. Plus the double fringe hem makes it hella unique.
|These boots were made for walking.|
That being said, I love these boots. They're a nice rich brown color with a lighter sole and just enough of a heel to be boots.
|Up the back to open and close.|
|Top stitching. Fancy.|
|Open up for the audience, boot.|
|They've got sole.|
The boots get an A+. I love a kickass set of boots that can integrate easy into outfits and ideas I have, and these are super cute and super perfect for western wear. I know they'll fit under jeans and the like. These are so gonna be Applejack's.5
|Bracelet. Why is this a thing in this?|
|Off the wrist.|
Overall Feel: The outfit is adorable--it's cute and feminine without being frilly, and even has a touch of the tomboy to it. The shirt could have been improved by a design tweak; I don't think the double hem would have been nearly as busy at the hem instead of the collar. The colors are comfortable, and the whole thing looks good together. The bracelet is a complete waste, mind, and I'll probably dump it back in my "pointless AG crap I keep for completeness sake" box.
Cost Value: I feel like the outfit was certainly worth the $30 I paid for it. When it retires, don't dare pay more than $15-20 for a set sans boots, and more than retail for a whole set sans bracelet.
Timeliness: Very modern. The skirt is a little more modern than common and might get dated in a few years as might the shirt, but I think they'll carry for a while and some. The boots are something that can go for a while--good cowboy boots were a thing and are a thing and will be a thing for us Southern gals.
Mix and Match Levels: Damn straight! The shirt can go with jeans and flats and be playfully casual. The skirt can pair with other tops and shoes and be nicely female without drawing full focus. And the boots are made to be worn and adored. The bracelet can go suck off.
Final Grade: A. Plus lost because fuck the entire bracelet.
|Got some hair, gonna do some hair.|
We have the Curly Ponytail set, the Braided Headband, and the Bright Highlights. The braid and ponytail (as well as the bun) come in five colors: brown, darker brown. "caramel" brown, red, and blond which theoretically should cover almost every modern doll that isn't a GotY. The highlights come in pink, aqua, and purple. If you have the chance to go to an AG store to get these, do that so that you can hair match. I, knowing my mods pretty well, got the dark brown. I only have two blonds and one redhead, and they are all historicals. Otherwise, know generally what your doll's hair color is and go with that and hope you're not wrong. Not only do the packages come with helpful directions, American Girl has super perky videos that show you how to put that weave in for every style. It's easy as fuck! Style that hair! You're the stylist! Get to work!
Okay, it's a little harder than the videos make it sound. But it's not like actually sewing weave in, so there you go.
|Braided Headband; let's get this on!|
|All by its lonesome.|
|Sonali rocking the headband.|
|Get my good side.|
|Close enough for government work.|
The headband gets an A-. The elastic needs to stretch a little more to be less hard to get on. But it'll work on your girl.
|Time to get your ponytail snatched!|
Anyways, this is the AG version.
|In the net.|
|How to put your weave in.|
|Out of the net.|
|Braid over the top.|
|Comb, lining, and velcro.|
|Girl you know that ain't your hair, you got it from a horse.|
|I can see your real hair in there.|
|Rapunzel, Rapunzel, something like that.|
|Down to the boots.|
|I can see yo' tracks.|
|Ribbon cover up!|
|It's my hair, girl, I paid for it!|
With careful placement, the curls can be draped forward, and Sonali can look like she grew her hair overnight.
A. Not an A+ because of the velcro that could snag and the fact I can tell where doll hair ends and weave begins. But the memories of 90s me are awesome, and it does look really, really good for a, you know, ankle length ponytail.
|Color stripes, for the Hot Topic Tween in your life.|
Bright Highlights Set: Finally, the Bright Highlights Set: three clip in stripes in semi-respectable colors for people who love unnatural colors but might still get in trouble for dying hair purple, because society can suck a fuck that's why.
|Clip that shit in, and make damn sure to cover your tracks.|
|Colors: Gay, Straight, Bisexual.|
|Hide yo' tracks!|
|No, really, hide it.|
|Blue and purple.|
|Straight hair against curly.|
|A spot of color.|
|Pink and dark braid.|
|Speaking of straight hair...|
The streaks get an B+. They work well to add streaks of color to hair, and give a funky feel. I kind of wish they came in other colors--but I can always find extensions at Sally's or Hot Topic. Also they will stand out on any doll that has hair that isn't fairly straight.
Overall, I love the hair sets I got. I think the bun might end up being not as favored to me once I do plonk down the money for it, but the ones I got are adorable and work well. Just, you know, take your doll to get her hair matched for her weave, especially if she's unique. She might not match too well and all.
|Streaks and braids.|
1 White people call them "hair extensions." I am black. So this is dolly weave, with all the snatching thereof.
2 No Chic Bun. The bun is likely going to be for Marisol, and I need to take her to the store to properly hair match.
3 My headcanon: Sonali's mother is Padma Patil from the Harry Potter series, who immigrated to the US after the whole thing at Hogwarts, and Sonali attends magical school. You have your OCs, I have mine.
4 I tell you what.
5 My gang will be doing pony cosplay. Welcome to nerd.