Buy it: Old Navy's fleece babydoll hoodie
I'm a firm believer in sticking to what you know. Yes, taking risks has its place, but when it comes to fashion, I think it's more interesting when designers find new ways to interpret their stylistic signatures (i.e. Chanel), rather than radically changing their aesthetic every several seasons (like Prada). And while I might make fun of West Coast designers for their jeans-and-tee simplicity, well, really no one does it better. Take, for example, Mike & Chris, a relatively new line of hoodies, hoodies, and more hoodies. While they create these marvelous pieces in myriad silhouettes and a variety of fabrics, I think their most famous style is the Bailey, a babydoll hoodie jacket in fleece. Such mastery of the form comes at a price, however, and the Bailey's is $308, which would not be too inconceivable if the coat were made out of, say, wool, instead of a cotton/poly blend.

Which is why you should buy this $30 hoodie coat from Old Navy. True, it doesn't have the detail or the fit present in Mike & Chris' version, but it's supersoft and conveys the same general idea. For layering fanatics, it's a dream; I'm going to bust mine out as soon as the temperature drops into the 60s. In case the website is sold out--which it appeared to be in danger of doing as I was writing this--head over to the Soho Old Navy; that's where I got mine (in gray). And, hey, if anyone knows fleece, it's Old Navy. Now, if only they'd knock off Mike & Chris's leather hoodie...

8 comments

shanat said...

Old Navy already knocked off the Mike and Chris leather hoodie last season! The final price on clearance was $35. It came in dark brown and black. Maybe they'll come out with another version this season.

Anonymous said...

shanat is right- the M & C hoodie was knocked off last year (and I got mine for $35 too!)-- btw, free people just put out a hoodie much similar to the bailey- it has volume and a better cut than old navy's although it is a bit spendier. . . .

Cheryl said...

Oh, man! I can't believe I missed it! Let's hope they revive the style again this year...

Anonymous said...

Old Navy, Old Navy, how you do surprise me. I-love-that-hoodie!

Lucy @ GlamChic Glam.com

Summer said...

I picked up the hoodie in black in Seattle about two weeks ago. They sold out in a DAY. Insane.

And yes, the M&C knockoff hoodie from last year was pretty decent, but not widely in stores. Fit was a little weird...

shopdiary said...

i have the bailey versions from old navy, and (in lighter cotton). i can't get enough of them!

also has its own version with two rows of buttons and a peter pan collar.

shopdiary said...

i have the bailey versions from old navy, free people and forever 21 (in lighter cotton). i can't get enough of them!

juicy couture also has its own version with two rows of buttons and a petter pan collar.

(edited to remove those darn links)

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