|Marisol would like to inform you that it's still winter.|
Though one of them this year is to post more on my AG blog. Especially reviews, snark, Magazine Monthly, and Crafting Creatively. And we're starting with--more fancy holiday outfit reviews! Never a bad time for fancy outfit reviews. Today we're doing one of the first modern holiday sets I ever had--the Winter Magic Outfit. The outfit--one of the paired fancy sets--came with a white fur detachable collar, black velvet top with beaded decor, white tulle skirt, black ankle strap shoes, and textured tights. It was paired with Winter Magic Accessories--and you know me pretty well, I don't always have the accessories. This set came out a year before I got Addy and retired before I had any moddies so I only learned about it after it was gone; it actually didn't fancy out the box, and you just got a standard American Girl Today box.2 Originally, all my moddies were going to have crafted dresses, but now I reserve that if possible for created historicals.3 However, once I got Marisol and was assured that she was a dancer, I decided to get this set for her and got it in a private purchase for a touch under the original cost. eBay costs are pretty sensible at about $10-15 over face.
I still haven't taken Marisol's hair down from her fancy hairstyle I got months ago at the AG store. It's too cute.
|Fur fuzzy bits on collars.|
|A fuzzy white doughnut of neckwear.|
|Closure. And Tag.|
Now the reason I got this out of the way early is because I don't like it. Well, not as it stands with the outfit alone. It seems very out of place and tacked on to the rest of the components. AG pimps the holiday wear as a complete set that costs upwards of $70 sometimes, but not everyone is going to get the accessories--not just on the secondary market, but initially. Images of the accessories show that it would look good with the set, but I'm not ever really getting the accessories--somewhere in this house I have a white muff (and if I don't, I can make one) and the earmuffs are not my tastes. I might like it better if I didn't have to have a separate set to complete it. I actually have something that it would match well with that you'll see in my Winter Holiday Fiddly Bits Review, but with the outfit itself it merits a C-. Onward.
|Interlude: sans collar.|
|Top. Nicely set.|
For the record, I separate tees, tops, and blouses into unique categories. A tee is a casual shirt generally of shirt knit, often with logos or images screened or ironed on. A "top" can be made of fancy or casual fabric, but is a little more dressy than the tee and almost always has no decor; if it does, it's embroidered or attached on instead of just screen or overlay and more abstract in design. Blouses always button down the front. And that was your "Neth's Arbitrary Distinctions" for today.
The top stops right at the waist. No long tuck-ins here.
|Front designs. Ooo, Shiny.|
|Close up. With lasers.|
|That is how you ballet the shit out of a casual skirt.|
|And the back of all this.|
|Tights. But with aesthetics.|
|A pattern! Who likes variety?|
|Shoes, cause your feet are neat.|
|Back of the shoe. Technically.|
|First Holiday Dress times.|
Overall Feel: I adore this outfit--the velvet top and swishy skirt compliment each other magnificently. And the cream and black look is very lovely without being pink. I love muted holiday colors. The shoes could use improvement, but only a little, and the tights are magnificent and add visual variety. It works best without the collar for me, but works okay with it if you like that.
Cost Value: The original cost was pretty good, and comparable to the $30+ that AG holiday wear goes for nowadays. I paid a little less buying it in a private purchase. It's wholly possible to get a set for around $30 dollars or so on the secondary market. And you want all the components. Yes, even the collar. Just because options.
Timeliness/Datedness: Not too much! The skirt might be a little mid-2000s, in that apparently the trend for a ballet skirt nowadays is to look like someone threw a mas of tulle into a vat of neon Rit Dye or tying fistfuls of ribbons onto a waistband and thinking you did something with it right. But wouldn't date it because of that. The rest seems fairly loose in time. It's a modern look, but a modern look that works.
Mix and Match Levels: A titchy bit. The top could go over white jeans (or dark blue, I wouldn't go too light) and the skirt might go well with other fancy tops. But when mix and matching this set, take into account it's fancy wear. The shoes might even go with other holiday wear that has black shoes, such as the Starry Night Outfit.
Final Grade: A-. A cute, feminine look without being an explosion of pink.
1 That will be the next post today or tomorrow. I'm making up for taking time off by yelling. Seriously, the Seattle Store rearranged everything to give Wonderbread an entire wall. Bitch, I hate you.
2 The second name for the Moddie Line.
3 Naomi still has hers--she'll be showing it off later on after some AG made stuff.
4 The shit I see on eBay and Etsy, man.
5 Don't get me started on the ribbon tied to waistband ones. How utterly tacky and cheap looking.
6 You'd better not have a problem with my pony puns.