I got an email recently from the lovely folks at the LA fashion house called Covered Perfectly. They asked if I would try out a couple of their pieces and write a review. Since a number of my colleagues swore by their brand, I thought this could be fun.
The company was founded in 2013 by Pauline Durban, a British ex-pat. Durban had searched for simple, chic pieces for her wardrobe that would help her look pulled together but not overexposed. After hunting around unsuccessfully, she decided to take matters into her own hands. (She figured there had to be a lot of women out there with the same need.) So, as a single woman and at the age of 56 she invested her entire life savings and launched the brand.
Her fabric of choice is a 94% micro modal – a type of rayon made from the beech tree – with 6% spandex added for a little give and durability. It has a yummy feel and those of us with an extra pound here and there appreciate that little bit of spandex. It’s also one of the few wash-and-wear textiles that holds up well over time.
I tried out the coral v-neck three-quarter sleeve top worn with their leopard print vest (can’t get enough leopard print.) Although I generally avoid synthetics – it’s 100% polyester – I find the vest to be an attractive and versatile addition. And since it’s not worn directly over my skin it doesn’t bother me at all. I think it would look great belted too. These vests come in four animal print patterns and one plain olive green. I’m wearing this combination to a dinner Thursday night: easy-peasy pulled together look.
What else they offer
In addition to v-necks, the tops also come in scooped, square, and surplice necklines. And their styles include fit-and-flare, a cascading ruffled v-neck with flutter sleeves, and on-trend “peekaboo” (cut outs on the sleeves or shoulders) styles. Very cute. They also have a tummy-covering cross-over top and some newer all cotton scoop necks. Except for their sleeveless tanks, (a nice layering piece) most are three-quarter or long-sleeved, true to the “covered perfectly” promise. The color options span all four color harmonies with an emphasis on Striking, Lively Bright, and Earthy Rich.
The rest of their collection includes a couple of great classic LBDs in a nice dense ponte fabric and a few attractive pencil skirts. And then there’s what they call a “leisure suit.” (I think that’s Durban’s sense of humor at work.) It’s actually a comfy combination of a tunic and capris in the micromodal fabric that could work equally well for running off the grocery store, heading out for a pedicure or lounging around the house.
I did the math and figured out that you could build a very attractive capsule wardrobe here for under 500 bucks (several of these are on a ridiculous sale right now): Five tops, one cascading vest, a pencil skirt, an LBD and a leisure suit.
I think Pauline Durban has a winner here and I can’t wait to see what she adds to the collection over time.
A special for SRY
And, our bonus!!! They have offered Shopping for the Real You readers a 20% discount on any two items when you use the discount code SRY20 at Covered Perfectly. Or you can take advantage of the “Buy 2 get your 3rd FREE” special. The special applies to any combination of items store-wide. When you add 3 items to your cart the discount will be applied automatically. (Only one of the discounts will work.) Happy shopping! And if you buy something, I’d love to see a photo of how you’ve worn and styled it. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org