My elegant friend Marcie sells these clothes as a sideline. She is a walking Doncaster catalogue and always looks impeccable and beautiful. I've been purchasing an investment item here and there, but last night I went nuts as this was the last privately held sample sale. From now on, all the samples will be sold in Doncaster's flagship store in Rutherfordton, S.C. Aaargh! If I want to purchase Doncaster clothing in the future, I will need to go with a troupe of girlfriends to recoup the cost of travel and sacrifice a weekend for the journey. Marcie suggested that I consider purchasing the outfits at retail price in the future. Ha. Ha ha ha ha. Tee hee hee. That was the funniest joke I heard in years.
Had I bought last night's outfits at retail, I would have shelled out close to 5% of my salary. Well, dahlings, I'm a single girl who has a two story house to heat, and something tells me it's going to be a cold, cold winter. So there ain't no way I can afford those prices.
This was a special situation, however. In reaction to the sale, which was to be the last offered by my friend, I stashed up on some Doncaster classics: a skirt trimmed with silk piping, tweed pants, boiled wool jacket, sweater set, two silk shells, and a stunning outrageous leather belt studded with rhinestones. I wore this jacket today (with longer pants and a vee-neck shell.) It's not haute couture, but it flattered my figure. And for a luncheon with co-workers it was spot on.
I mix and match these pieces with other items in my closet. I prefer a less conservative look than Doncaster, so I add some dash and spice with accessories, colorful shells, and diva shoes.
To peek at the Doncaster line for the fall and winter season, click here.