June 7, 2007

Bitten By Sarah Jessica Parker: My Review.

I woke up bright and early this morning to get over to the Steve & Barry here in town to check out the newly released Bitten line by Sarah Jessica Parker for myself.

First, what I liked about the line. The price. There's something just so right about $7.98, $9.98, $14.98, and $19.98. I couldn't be mad about that. I also liked her striped tees, and her message tees. Cute. The peep toe canvas wedges were also nice and summery and they came in a variety of colors. And lastly, I tried on a pair of her brown trouser shorts. The fit was so spot on (and cute!) that I HAD to have them. I also think that the visuals that they have of her wearing the gear in the store are very good. But don't make the mistake of thinking that you are gonna look like she looks in a lot of it.

Which brings me to what I didn't much like about the line. Some of the pieces are cut small, similar to a true designer cut. Her jeans especially. I'm normally a size 6 sometimes an 8, but I had to go up to a size 12 in her ankle zip cropped jeans. But by the time I tried the size 12 on, the waist didn't fit me at all, so the jeans were a bust for me. I didn't try on any of the dresses or pants so I can't tell you about the fit of those with certainty, you'll just have to try those out for yourself. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, I'll give her line a good 6.5. It's not a bad first attempt. She loses points for cutting her jeans ridiculously small (I really wanted a pair..), and she gains points for doing a cute, although basic, low-priced line that's just in time for summer. That makes it easier to stock up on a lot of simple summer pieces for just a little money.

Click to check out a few looks from Bitten here.

41 comments:

  1. Hi its Dave, and I'm here for my weekly read of Hip Candy!

    SJP teaming up with Steve and Barry's is something I couldn't have imagined, thank you so much for the updates.

    I love S&B jeans for urban mountain biking, and I have many pairs.

    You're right, $9.98 is so right!

    ‘I live life one stitch at a time’
    www.thedesignstudent.com

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  2. If you're normally a 6 or 8 and you had to go up to a 12 for goodness sake - then that means that I don't exist in the land of SJP's 'Bitten'.

    Based on your review, I give it a big fat 0!

    Ah, celebrity fashion lines. You've got to love 'em.

    NOT!

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  3. I went to the Steve and Barry's after work in Manhattan and it was absolute pandemonium! It was completely packed and clothes were all over the place. I actually was only interested in the ankle side zip jeans and id been looking for a pair but could only find the $200 pairs and was excited when I saw she had a $14.98 version but when I read your blog i was scared about the sizing. I had to get a size 10 in them. I wear a 6. I got a pair of skinny jeans which were an 8 and the boyfriend jeans in a 6. The clothes do run small so try on. But I absolutely loved the line. I got 10 things for $133!

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  4. Wow kiabear. Pandemonium in Manhattan huh? It wasn't anything near that here, but again, I'm in Louisiana, lol! I too wanted those ankle zip jeans, but by the time I got up the the size 12's, my waist was swimming in them. But I did get 7 things for $63!

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  5. Like the style. Haven't been to S & B but will stop by this weekend and give you my verdict.

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  6. Went to S&B yesterday here in NC... what a big let down!!!! I wear a size 12 ... I am 5'7 about 160 lbs and I couldn't even fit into a size 16!!! The tees were cute but some of them (in the same size) were cut WAY differently. I bought a black shirt w/ white polka dots... brought it home .. tried it on... as I buttoned each button the buttons feel OFF!! Then I bought a cute little brown leather-ish bag.. had to bring it back b/c it had a REALLY bad odor... no one in my office could figure out what the smell was in my office.. it was the PURSE still in the S&B bag! It smells like gasoline. (I noticed the smell in the store but thought it was something in the store) Needless to say I love SJP but this line was a big let down for me. I would rather shop on clearance at the GAP then buy any of her clothing.

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  7. Just wondering- does anyone know what the sizes of her line go up to? Thanksss.

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  8. The largest size I remember seeing was a size 16 I think, but again, don't go by the number size, you really need to go in and try on her things as some of it does run a little small.

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  9. The sizes go into the 20's. I think it was 22.

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  10. I finally checked out the store today. I was not at all impressed with the way the store looked but I did buy my first pair of skinny jeans. They look good on me.

    I'm surprised some of you have to go up so many sizes, I wear a four and bought a six.

    Oh and the smell in two different areas of the store was pretty bad. I don’t think I’ll go back unless I want another pair of jeans.

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  11. I guess I'm going to have to get my butt over to Steve & Barry for a pair of jeans.

    9.98 is too tempting.

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  12. I shopped the new line and for the prices? it is cheaper than old navy and i wasn't disappointed. if you are expecting to see cloting that reflects 'sexinthecity' styling, well then
    you will be disappointed. for the cost and the styling...i say is is going to fill in a niche that will make her quite wealthy and hopefully she will stay involved so it doesn't turn into total crap.

    and girls...for what it is, don't you think the clothing works well for your downtime? you can save monies on those jeans and tshirts to put towards your one time expensive searches and not suffer in the trend area...
    i will be shopping there again!

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  13. I'll admit it -- I got sucked in by the buzz and had to check it out. Found the one Steve & Barry's location near me and went the nite Bitten launched. Overall, I'm pleased with what I found. Everything's cute and better quality than I anticipated. However, sizing is pretty inconsistent. My advice is to try everything on! Some things are cut small and snug, others looser and more generous. Bags and accessories are super-cute and an easy, cheap way to make the basics more fashion-y. If you have a S & B near you, check it out. I guarantee you won't leave empty-handed.

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  14. I finally made it out to a Steve & Barry's here in Houston this weekend and I was so sad to find that they did not have all the clothes I saw on the Oprah show or O Magazine. I was looking for a dress or a suit. They only had 3 of the dresses I was interested in (not the strapless cocktail number) but the largest size they went up to was 16 and I'm a plus size girl. I asked about the larger sizes and the shop girls didn't know if they ever even received them or if they were all sold. I guess I was so disappointed because I built it up in my head before I went there.

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  15. I went to S&B's in Greenville, SC to check out the Bitten line, and I gotta say~~ I love it! I got her little black grosgrain ribbon dress and it is FAB! I will be wearing it to a wedding in NYC later this month. I have tried it on for a few people and they wanted to know how expensive it was! (I didn't tell them it was only 19.98!)

    I also got her crop ankle-zip jean, which I thought fit like a dream. I found them to be fairly true to size. I wear a 4 and bought a 4.

    I hope that her line does really well, b/c I really am exicted about purchasing more in the future. It's nice to be able to purchase some "cheap" basics to go along with our very expensive obsessions right?

    Cuz, I certainly ain't desertin' the Dolce or the Prada!!

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  16. I really like her line. Love that she goes up to a XXL and size 22. I bought the stretch low cut jeans. I bought my usual size. The same jeans fit my friend perfectly too, they were only $14.98. Look and feel great.
    I usually wear an XL, but I got one shirt in a L and one in an XXL. So you just have to try it on. I will go back again. My friend bought the strapless black dress and it's adorable on her. Can't wait to see the suits in the fall line! I believe that comes out in early August.

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  17. I am really disappointed. I thought that SJP would actually have a decent line of clothing. I bought one of her cute t shirts to try out. It was a purple V Neck in a size medium. The V neck was so deep that I have to wear a cami underneath. The construction of the shirt is poor. I am barely through one day wearing it and the stiching is unraveling from one sleeve. The color is also bleeding from where my body spray and deodotrant touched it. Come on SJP you can do better.

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  18. I am about 50% satified, I love the linen suit in white and also some of the tees, but after washing a few of them they are all misshapen and twisted. I also found the jeans to be SMALL. I am 10 and the 12's were cutting into me, at least I had a good laugh in the mirror!!

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  19. Hi all! I also went to meet SJP and shop at the NYC launch. After the initial frenzy to get in, I found everyone surprisingly calm and helpful. The customers weren't pushy and it was actually better than I expected. I found tons of stuff and have been back about 8 times since then. I usually wear a 6 (after losing 55+ pounds, yay!), but in the pants I got an 8. No problem. The shirts are great, soooo soft. I have 7 of them. The jewelry is incredible. Every piece is $5.98!!! I lost count of what I bought, LOL. I suggest everyone go and experience it for yourself. I love it. I have always been an SJP fan, S&TC just added to it. She is lovely in person, actually helping people find clothes in their sizes, and she's brilliant for helping the rest of us have something fabulous for very little money. What can I say?? I've been "Bitten!"

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  20. I had the opportunity to visit a Steve and Barry's while on vacation in Orlando recently. There isn't one near while I live, but I'm a HUGE SJP fan, so I eagerly made the stop while on my trip. I wasn't at all disappointed with Bitten. I sometimes wear a 16 and sometimes an 18, and I'm very petite, so finding clothes that fit is a challenge. The shirts do tend to run a little small, but I managed to find several that fit me perfectly. I bought the blue Brooklyn Bridge tee, the pink tee with flowers on the side, and the red empire waist top. I also walked away with a khaki messenger bag, blue heart earrings, gold hoop earrings, a blue and gold horseshoe necklace, and white round-toe flats, all for around $70! I wasn't able to find any pants that worked, but the store wasn't well stocked in my size and I probably would have to pay more to hem them than I paid for the pants, so I won't blame SJP or Steve and Barry's for that. Overall, what an awesome, adorable clothing line that truly fits every body. I will absolutely be back. I just wish there was a store closer to me...

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  21. I love SJP, saw her on Oprah and have been so excited about her clothing line. I wish I had saved the time + money and hit the sale rack at Macy's! The sizes were all over the place - I wear a 4 and by the time I tried on an 8 in her ankle zip jeans (that wouldn't move past my thighs) I was thoroughly depressed. The quality is horrible - seams literaly CUT with zig zag scissors, the tunic I purchased didn't make it through one wash and hang dry. I definitely will wait for sales at Nordstrom - lesson learned.

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  22. So I as well saw Bitten on Oprah, couldn't wait until I could go to Steve and barrys for my first time. Im in canada so I took a day trip across the boarder to go check this out. Turned out to be VERY VERY disappointed! First there was no real selection, or anything fun and exciting. I got a T-Shirt that shrunk after the first wash, also the neck, and sleeves are not double stitched so they stretch and roll after you wear it once. CRAP. Fashion is a luxury, this line is something that someone buys to replace in a month.

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  23. I think that what all of the nay-sayers are for getting is..... the most expensive thing is under 20.00!!!!!!!!!! Hello, what do you expect for a pair of jeans that are 20.00? Seriously. Let's be real here, it is presented as a good quality product but falls a little short. They present 99cent Suave shampoo as a good quality product, but is anyone shocked when you cant comb your hair? Also, we forget that celebrities cant do everything. Pretend just once that someone handed you responsibility for a whole line of clothing, over 1000 items to be exact. Would you know what to do? Wouldnt you just trust that the company, who has a pretty good rep, would lead you in a good direction? For someone who just knows that she loves fashion and wants others to feel that same, I would say her first line ever is pretty damn good. And this is SJP's personal style, if you look at pics of her just chillin with her kids in Manhattan, this is the kind of stuff she would wear, she isnt Carrie from sex and the city, thats just a character she used to play.

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  24. yeah her clothes are CHEAP. but they seem like they were made by 5 year olds in a 3rd world country. TERRIBLE! CLOTHS! I'll never go there again. after MUCH searching for just a FEW items that had the seams properly sewn, without strings hanging all over the place, well I gave up after a time. Cuter clothes on the website than in the store. AND to boot!! the workers asked us (after trying on their crappy clothes) to "please put the clothes back where you found them." umm yeah ok, thats YOUR job. We left them all in a corner and walked out. H&M isn't the best...but after Bitten H&M (which is cheap) looks high end in comparison

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  25. Randhurst Mall in Illinois (Mt Prospect): The first time visiting the store; I found great accessories and two great shirts... The one with the faux knot in front and the one with stitching on the top half with a small v neck opening! The second time going into the store; there was a horrible smell that consumed the store... Smelled like skunk! But I still purchased items: a pair of sunglasses and a semi casual purple dress shirt because I thought that the smell was going to go away! NOPE, the sunglasses are still soaking in the sink because the smell won't go away... I was just wondering if anyone else was having a problem with this!!

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  26. These clothes are cheap in price and cheap in quality!!!!

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  27. At first I was very excited to have this affordable fasion line. However, I have found that the clothes are often mis-sized, as in the wrong label is in the wrong garment. I bought a brown shirt dress and loved it at first, but after washing and wearing once the darn bottom button keeps popping open. It fit fine in the store!! Here I thought SJP would be the bastion of fashion for regular gals. I hope the quality of the clothes can be improved, we deserve at least that.

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  28. I ran across steve & barry's the other day, which is fairly new to baton rouge. i was so excited to find simple clothing at reasonable prices. i got really irritated because i ran into a problem i've never had before: everything was too damn BIG. (or so i thought.) I was in a hurry, so i didn't have time to try on. I wear a size 14/16, so to play it safe, i bought a 16. i got them home and couldn't fit them over my thighs. i had my cousin, who is a size 10, try them on, and they were tight on her. i watched her talking on the screen about how she wants no one to be left out of her line, that it's for people of all sizes. if it ran by junior sizes, they shouldn't put it in women's numbers. whatever. lesson learned and pants returned.

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  29. Very disappointed: bad fit, cheap quality. I just checked it out and was surprised with the low prices (and why Steve & Barry's?) but figured SJParker wouldn't put her name on a cheap (note I'm not saying inexpensive) line. The line looks and feel cheap. And what distorted fit model did they use? I'm a 4 and tried, per salesperson advice, a dress in a 2; it fit like an 8 on the hips and a 2 on top. The feel of the sweaters made my teeth cringe. The black dress looked like it was already fading. The shoes are horrid. You can get better quality for about the same price at Forever21, where the clothes actually fit.

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  30. I ran into her line by accident actually and was so excited when i saw it (not to mention the store was having a huge sale, nothing over 8.98). so i went in her section anticipating much more than was delivered. When i first saw the clothes from a far they looked cute and promising but once i got up close and took a good look at them, i could already tell i was going to be disapointed. Nothing looked fitted at all, everything looked baggy, the material looked thin and cheap, some of the sweaters were already starting ravel at the seams. As for the jeans that everyone seems so excited about...im a 10, fit into a 12...i guess you could say "fit", the jeans made me look like i had no butt at all they were too short, tight at my hips and loose everywhere else. I can apreciate that she wanted to make a stylish line that people could definitely afford, but i would much rather spend a little bit more money on something thats much better quality. Sorry JP, nice try.

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  31. Sarah Jessica Parker did a great thing teaming with Steve & Barry's. The Bitten clothing line is great and the prices are even better.

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  32. I think it will be interesting to see where things go from here for the SJP Bitten line. From interviews I've seen, they are refining the line as they go. As a designer, I know that they will take feedback into account. This is a herculean task that many designers have tried. But I give S&B and SJP a lot of credit for trying to provide affordable fashin in a fashion industry gone crazy. There is a moral framework to this business that is not often seen in this country and I hope people will give them a chance to make improvements. This sets a challenge to other designers and companies to think about the needs of the many. That alone is praise worthy.

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  33. EXCITED TO VISIT LINE: YES
    AFFORDABLE: YES, AT $8.98 WHO COULD GO WRONG
    SIZING: DO NOT GO THERE WITHOUT YOUR EGO IN CHECK, IF YOU ARE A SIZE 10 EXPECT TO FIT INTO A SIZE 14..A LITTLE EGO DEFLATION, TO SAY THE LEAST
    VALUE: WE WILL SEE, MY WASHER AND DRYER WILL POST RESULTS LATER
    OVERALL: I WOULD GO BACK, I DO THI NK THAT THAT CLOTHING LINE NEEDS TO BE EVULATED ON THE SIZING..THE LAST THING A WOMAN NEEDS TO DO IS GO THERE ALREADY FIGHTING ANY WEIGHT ISSUES AND LEAVE WITH CLOTHES BIGGER THAN WHAT SHE IS ACTUALLY WEARING AT CHECKOUT!!!

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  34. I have been to steve & barry's 3 or 4 times to specifically look at the Bitten line. After this weekend, I think I have decided it's not worth going back again! All I have found worth buying from the line is the cheap jewelry. I think the clothes are more boring than Old Navy!

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  35. the cute dress designed on project runway looked so cute on tv---in person it was cheap junk. the whole line is very poor quality. i can't even imagine how it would hold up in the wash when it looks so cheap on the rack. she can do better. i would think she would be embarrassed.

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  36. Trina Lewis, York PAWed Apr 30, 01:51:00 PM 2008

    My daughter (age 25) and I (age 44) went to Steve & Barry's in NYC on Sunday 4/27/08 to see "Bitten" clothing line. I had seen Sarah Jessica Parker on Oprah and was excited to see her line for myself and possibly purchase some items. I was very disappointed in the line. The clothing were made with cheap material. The sizes were not "true". My daughter who is a size 8 had to go up 2 sizes to get something that fit her. For me, who is a size 16, the "Bitten" size 16 could not even go over my behind. There was not a good selection to choose from.
    I wish I had not seen the line on the Oprah show -- not a good experience.

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  37. Bitten clothing by Sarah Jessica Parker runs SMALL! I went up two sizes in a pair of "low rise slim stretch chino"s. I was really depressed when I left because I thought I had put on a tremendous amount of weight in zero time. I needed the pants for a court date the next morning so for the price of $8.99 it was affordable for me to get to court and look clean neat and somewhat put together.
    I also bought I striped button up collared shirt. The shirt had nice cuff details and cute buttons, but the shape was so bulky I felt HUGE! These clothes are basically wear once and throw away, who knows what will happen if they go in a washer? It is much better to go to Express, get a good cut and pay a little more and get style that lasts and look better. You get what you pay for. Too bad, I was hoping for more. I give this place a 2 out of 10.

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  38. a year later, the sizes have changed, i am a size 14, and i do fit in the cute boyfriend jeans.

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  39. Just tried S&Bs today, and was sadly disappointed. I don't know if the store here (San Diego) just didn't have the entire line, or what, but all we saw was the same exact pant design in a variey of colors and fabrics...and a horrible design at that. I cannot imagine who would look good in this cut, but then, I see it everywhere now, and I STILL don't know who wears them and looks normal. For the record, I am anyhwere from a size 4 to a size 10, depending on where I shop, so I am not a mutant by any means. I did buy a really cute zip up sweat jacket, but imagine my dismay when I got home and found it it needs to be dry cleaned! You gotta be kidding. The fabrics she uses were the only positive I could find...oh well, I suppose it was too good to be true.

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  40. Wow, i just bought a pair of these jeans on ebay and according to the measurements they definitely should be true to size. Its October 2008, by the way, so I guess they heard all of you that posted in the beginning!

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