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Style Shopper: Grana 2.0 Review: Aqua Pima Cotton Tank, Sleeveless Tuxedo Silk Blazer Vest, A-Line Round Neck Linen Trapeze Dress, Silk Trapeze Dress

STYLE SHOPPER

You can read all of my clothing reviews here under Style Shopper and my previous Grana reviews are all here and mostly of silk and cashmere.

MY BODY TYPE & SHOPPING PREFERENCES

I am normally a US 4 on bottoms (designer US 4, Banana Republic 2).

I’m an inverted triangle and normally wear an Small or 2 (smallest sizes in all mainstream brands except for designer brands where I usually take a US 4.

I am also 5’6″ and fairly slim overall. Small busted (A cup).

I will say for my shoulders I ALWAYS take a US 6 in designer brands, or a US 4 in Banana Republic for instance, because my shoulders are large and my body is slim.

I am super picky and hate itchy items, too-tight things and anything that doesn’t look or feel expensive and wonderful.

$9 is $90 is $900.

The price makes no difference to me.

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My previous Grana reviews are all here and mostly of silk and cashmere.

I am going to apologize in advance that the pictures I took for some reason are ALL OVEREXPOSED.


I have no idea how that happened but you can see the cut and the style / look of each piece and … I’m a young mother with an almost 4-year old, so this is the best that it’s going to get.

PIMA COTTON TANK TOP

Your favourite Peruvian pima cotton meets Austrian modal to create our softest fabric yet. With a slouchy fit and relaxed drape, this tank is your new summer go-to.

  • Made from 50% Peruvian pima cotton 50% Austrian Modal.
  • Machine wash cold with like colours, gentle cycle only.
  • Tumble dry low
  • Warm iron as needed

DRESSING ROOM FIT & REVIEW

Size taken

Extra-Small

I took Smalls in my first set of Grana purchases and I realized that only if the shoulders are covered (e.g. with sleeves), do I need to “size up” to a Small due to my inverted triangle (larger shoulder) shape.

Otherwise, I’m a US 4 everywhere, and the XS fits well. If I wanted a tighter fit, I should even try an XXS.

The front is loose, slouchy and comfortable.

I wouldn’t actually be able to bend forward and not have to hold my tank up and close off my cleavage (unless my tank top has been yanked up and pulled down to cover up everything.


It is a little loose on the side, but that’s the whole idea.

WHY I BOUGHT IT

I like the colour (teal), I wear a lot of tank tops underneath blazers, or just in general, and I really wanted to give their pima cotton a short to see how it felts.

QUALITY 5/5

The pima cotton is soft, comfortable, and well worth the price Grana is asking. Seriously. It is HIGH quality cotton.

SIZING 5/5

I took the XS. I’m a true XS in Grana, which runs more like mainstream brands (e.g. J. Crew, Banana Republic, etc).

COLOUR 5/5

True to colour. The aqua is what I see online.

CUT / FIT 4/5

Personally, I like a tight tank top with a higher neckline because I don’t want to have to worry about showing off my bra when I am bending over to pick up something, and instead, will squat and hold my hand against my chest to keep my tank closed.

ONLY for that reason, I choose 4/5, but if you want a loose slouchy, tank, by all means this is it.


SILK BLACK STRIPED TANK TOP

A tried and tested favourite, the Silk Tank is the perfect piece for layering underneath blazers and jackets, or as a simple statement on its own. A luxury update on a beloved staple.

  • Crafted from 100% pure 16mm silk crepe de chine
  • Sand-washed to produce a subtle lustre and matte finish
  • Easy wearing and classic silhouette

  • Made from 100% Chinese Silk
  • 16mm Silk Crepe de Chine
  • Dry Clean Only

DRESSING ROOM FIT & REVIEW

Size taken

Extra-Small

Same as the XS sizing for the Aqua tank top above — it fits well, it isn’t tight, and I like the looser cut and fit on a silk tank rather than a cotton one.

WHY I BOUGHT IT

I need an interesting pattern that isn’t too much of a pattern. Stripes fit the bill. I usually always buy blue and white striped items, and so I went for black and white (it was the only combo available), and I do like the simplicity of it.

I did notice it was a bit sheer on the model, and you can see I am wearing high-rise jeans which sort of show through it, but a nude bra does just fine without being see-through.

QUALITY 5/5

Soft, gorgeous, velvety silk. Always the best quality of silk. It is not QUITE as thick as the silk of the Equipment brand (see my previous Grana review where I compared the two), but for the price you can’t get better.

FIT / CUT 5/5

For a silk tank, I like the looser fit in front that isn’t too tight, and the cut is gorgeous.

SIZING 5/5

I took the XS and it fits perfectly. Not too tight or hard to pull on over my head (silk is not as stretchy as cotton).

COLOUR 5/5

True to colour — black and white stripe. That’s it.

 

You can see if I pull in the side, how much looser it is versus being skintight.

SLEEVELESS SILK TUXEDO BLAZER VEST

For the lady that takes her blazer without sleeves, we present, the sleeveless blazer. It’s better than a vest and it’s cooler (literally) than a jacket. Add a little silk to your outerwear routine, trust us, you won’t regret it.

  • Outer shell and lining crafted from 100% pure Georgette Satin silk
  • Adjustable self fabric belt for a more refined silhouette
  • Relaxed shawl collar and rounded hemline for a soft silhouette

  • Made from 100% Chinese silk
  • 22mm Silk Georgette Satin shell, 18mm Silk Georgette Satin lining
  • Dry clean only

DRESSING ROOM FIT & REVIEW

Size taken

Small in Navy

So the size I took was small because I wasn’t sure if I could fit into the XS in something like a “blazer” but I could have gone down to an XS.

WHY I BOUGHT IT

Blazer?

Silk?

Tie up?

Sleeveless?

SIGN ME UP!

I love this kind of thing. I think it looks fantastic as a style.

QUALITY 5/5

The silk is thick and gorgeous, much thicker than their silk tanks – it is like two or four layers of silk as one.

FIT / CUT 5/5

Perfect fit and cut when I wrap it around and then tie it. I might even belt it to make sure it stays closed, but I just love the elegant chic of a sleeveless blazer in this style.

SIZING 5/5

I could have gone with an XS as well, but the small is fine.

COLOUR 5/5

Exactly as pictured. Navy blue = Navy blue.

Now for the actual photos:

You can see that as a vest, it looks interesting…

When I tie it up it looks like this as a “vest”:

I would probably wear it more like this most of the time with an interesting lace cami underneath.

And I love.. POCKETS!

 

LINEN A-LINE TRAPEZE DRESS

There’s no way around it, you’ll be feeling your breezy best in a linen dress that is the essence of summer-y good times.

Light and soft, let linen be your happy place when temperatures begin to rise.

  • Crafted from 100% Irish linen
  • Keyhole fastening and pockets on both sides
  • Wear true to size for a regular fit
  • Made from 100% Irish Linen
  • Garment washed for softness
  • Machine wash cold with like colours, gentle cycle
  • Tumble dry low and warm iron as needed

DRESSING ROOM FIT & REVIEW

Size taken

Extra-Small

WHY I BOUGHT IT

I am really into loose dresses this year for some reason. I feel like it would let me eat, and breathe and move and play at the park without worrying about anything.

QUALITY 5/5

It is lined, the linen is thick, soft and really gorgeous. No complaints here.


FIT / CUT 2/5

Terrible for me. I mean if you like a racerback style in front (which only makes my shoulder looks massive), and the trapeze in the end is not a good style for me, I like a fitted more tailored cut unless it has an interesting cut like in the silk high-low hem dress that has a deep, low back.

I think Trapeze in general is not great as a shape for me.

The dress shape is too loosey-goosey.. I don’t love this A-Line Trapeze shape for MY body, but if you like trapeze + A-Line, then go for it.

SIZING 5/5

The Extra-Small is perfect for me, and it is really massively oversized, so I could have gone XXXXXXS and it would have fit fine anyway.

COLOUR 5/5

As pictured.

Because of the cut for my body and the strange racer back front, it is going back. I returned it.

SILK ROUND NECK DIPPED HEM DRESS

Breeze in, breeze out.

Life in the pure silk Dipped Hem Dress is all about keeping things free and easy.

Go on, slip into something a little more comfortable.

  • Crafted from 100% pure 16mm silk crepe de chine
  • Deep cuff and hem finish
  • Deep keyhole back detail

  • Made from 100% Chinese Silk
  • 16mm Silk Crepe de Chine
  • Dry Clean Only

 

DRESSING ROOM FIT AND REVIEW

Size taken

Extra-Small

WHY I BOUGHT IT

It looks so interesting and the back is a nice deep low neckline and my bra strap shows at the back so I need to figure it out if I want to wear a bra with this.

I really really love the deep cut of the back.

QUALITY 5/5

The silk is perfect. Absolutely perfect. As usual.

FIT / CUT 5/5

Again, the deep cut of the back line is gorgeous. I love it.

SIZING 5/5

The Extra-Small is great, it is a loose, wonderful cut but not too oversized because the cut in the back looks fantastic  when you move (it is pleated, and flowy when I walk).

COLOUR 5/5

Perfectly pictured as online.

This is it from the front — loose and drapey.

LOVE THE BACK!

Yes you can see the bra.

When I walk, it opens up and is flowy like a butterfly.

It is looser and you can see that if I grip it tight, that is how much extra fabric I have:

THE BACK!

My previous Grana reviews are all here and mostly of silk and cashmere.

(Psst! Use my referral at Grana for 10% off your order)


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2 Comments

  1. Xin

    I’ve tried on the dipped hem dress, but sadly it didn’t work for me. I really wanted it to, as the back detail is very cool! (The way the dress is designed, the shape of it gets a little distorted if one is very busty/curvy on top.)

    Reply
    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Oh yes I can see that. I’m not busty so it looks very breezy for summer

      Reply

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