One of the first articles I did for TME years ago in February 2021 (it feels like years ago at least) was a review and try-on of CeCe tops at Nordstrom. I’d never heard of the brand before, but the frilly collars and fun colors had me intrigued.
So, when I found myself gravitating towards clothing brand WAYF, I figured it was time for installment deux of “Meredith orders a bunch of stuff from a new-to-her label, leading to worrisome glances from her family.”
Affordable Luxury? I Tried 4 Pieces From WAYF To Find Out
WAYF (Where Are You From) is an affordable luxury brand started by Meredith Fisher (excellent name if I do say so myself). Her designs have caught the eyes of Rachel Zoe, The Olsen Twins and Meredith Plunkett — you know, A-List style icons (I kid, I kid).
So. While WAYF’s half-zip sweaters were the gateway drug, I quickly found myself adding other items to my Nordstrom cart…from a hot pink blouse to a very unexpected velvet dress. Was the quality still there? Was affordable luxury an oxymoron? Will I stop asking rhetorical questions? Maybe.
But first, let’s get to the try-on…
I have to start with the absolute show stopper: this velvet dress for under $120. Perfect for an Angelia Jolie award show leg flaunting moment (iykyk). I actually bought this a week before my brother’s fake wedding (it’s a long story) and wore it to the courthouse. It will definitely be pulled out for future “real” weddings, fancy date nights, etc., The style is classic and the velvet luxe. Truly it looks more expensive than it is.
Fit Notes: The dress is TTS (I’m wearing a large).
I couldn’t resist this half-zip sweater. Comfy, cozy and more than half the price of an Everlane one I tried. I ordered it in a medium (wine) and a large (camel). While both fit, the large was more comfortable, particularly in the shoulders. It pairs great with my slouchy boyfriend jeans (diff. wash) and Vince suede boots.
Fit Notes: The sweater is TTS (I’m wearing a large. For a more fitted size, size down). The boots are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
The color of this lilac cable turtleneck sweater is everything. Nice and heavy for those cold winter days I was promised in Colorado. The only downside is the size of the sleeves. I love an aggressive sleeve as much as the next queen, but these just spell trouble with a toddler and doorknobs in general. So close, but just a tad too much for me.
Fit Notes: The sweater is TTS (I’m wearing a large). The boots are TTS (I’m wearing an 8). The jeans run big (I’m wearing an 8).
Reminder to self: Wear brighter colors. This blouse is a knockout. If I were an extra in And Just Like That, this would totally be my outfit. The only thing I would do to alter it is add a stitch to close the front an inch or two to avoid any public displays of indecency. And get a regular, V-cut bra to wear underneath. This would be a fun going out top or an office top, but only if you work for Miranda Priestly, and if you do, my apologies.
Fit Notes: The blouse fits TTS (I’m wearing a large).
Shop More Pieces From WAYF
Is affordable luxury achievable? When it comes to WAYF, I’d say so. A few stumbles here and there, but overall these are pieces that feel much more expensive than they look.