Penningtons Canada contacted me in October to review a top from their Holiday collection for FFT’s readers. They sent me the grey Sequin Top which retails for $39.99 and is available in sizes x to 5x.
I was surprised as soon as I took it out of the box. It is a medium weight jersey fabric and it is literally full of sequins which are securely stitched in place. The top has a nice handling weight to it. On a quick try on I was impressed with the fit and of course with the sparkle.
Here is a close up of the sequins:
And here is a close up of the back side. As you can see it is well stitched and flat:
One of the great things about sequins being on trend this season is that you are not limited to only wearing it on special occasions which is why I dressed this lovely top down with denim and did errands yesterday (I received compliments from at least three clerks). Honestly, the photos do not do this sequin top justice. It is so cute.
And I am happy to say, well made, I have worn more expensive sequin tops where I have lost lots of sequins within minutes of putting them on. With this Penningtons top I wore it all day and only found one sequin on the floor later that night. One!
On the down side. The wide open neck tended to dip to one side exposing my bra strap so I had to readjust it occasionally. Also there was something picking me in the shoulder seam that I could not seem to find. I am not sure if it was the threading or not. It was not picky anywhere else.
While talking about this top on Twitter I learned a few of my friends were also taking the Sequin Top for a test drive. Here is Rebecca from The Plus Side of Me. Her blog is about her life from a plus-size and fashion-focused perspective:
And here is Adrienne from Big Girls Bigger Dreams — “Who the f**k says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?? A fun and flirty little blog based on the soon-to-be-published book of the same name that is dedicated to showing biggy-sized girls that they really can have it all.”
I was very surprised by this top and am sure to get lots of wear out of it. I am looking forward to seeing more of Pennington’s Holiday Collection — even the items without sequins!
Speaking of surprised. Penningtons recently surprised a bunch of their customers in the change room in Toronto with a Magic Mirror featuring fire fighters. Have a look:
* Get your holiday clothing from Penningtons