Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Saved the Best For Last -- Holiday Gift Ideas -- American Apparel (Review and Giveaway)

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When it comes to shopping for clothes, I love being able to go to one store and be able to shop for everyone in the family.  One of my favorite stops in the mall for this is American Apparel.  If you are not familiar with American Apparel, they are a "vertically-integrated, sweatshop free and 100% made in USA fashion company". What sets them apart from other fashion companies is that they offer an amazing selection of uni-sex clothing that both men and women can wear.  Do you love borrowing your man's sweatshirts or sweaters because they are so comfortable to lounge in?  I can't tell you how many times my husband has wanted to wear a sweater that I had worn a few days earlier and haven't gotten around to washing, only to say, "I can't borrow any of your girly clothes, so why borrow my favorites?"  I don't think he ever thought I would tell him I have a sweater that is uni-sex, that we can both wear.  But, last month I shocked him.  When he said his phrase, I countered by showing him the American Apparel Unisex Stripe Seed Stitch Pullover sweater I was sent for review for my holiday guide.  I told him it was stylish enough for both men and women to wear, and provided the comfy feel I look for when borrowing his sweaters/sweatshirts.  

At first, he was skeptical, but said it looked like a man's sweater to him.  He tried it on, and loved how it felt. Even though it looked heavy, it was lightweight and could be worn with or without a shirt underneath.  And, it really did keep him warm when he was out on the deck playing with the girls over the weekend.  When he came in, I asked him to take the uni-sex sweater off, as I wanted to show him, that it looks great on women, too.  Once I put it on, he agreed that when I wore it, it also looked like a women's sweater.  He couldn't get over how the same sweater could be worn by both men and women.  Now, I don't see him turning into the roommate or younger sister who sneaks into your closet to borrow clothes. :-)  But, I think when he is in need of a sweater, he can turn to my growing collection of American Apparel uni-sex sweaters, and grab one to wear.  Not only will he be kept warm with the sweater, but he will be styling with the bright and bold colors that many have come to expect from American Apparel.  

Even though I have been shopping at American Apparel for years, it wasn't until we welcomed our daughters, that I truly appreciated their one-stop shopping with clothes for the entire family. In addition to the uni-sex Unisex Stripe Seed Stitch Pullover and a Unisex Salt and Pepper Zip Hoodie, shown below (which I can't stop wearing and is the one thing I told my husband was off limits. :-) ), here are two sweaters I was sent for the girls to enjoy -- both are uni-sex.

Unisex Salt and Pepper Zip Hoodie

Buy now for only $48.00.

Kids Knit Stripe Sweater Crew Neck

 Buy now for only $38.00.

Kids California Fleece Raglan

 Buy now for only $18.00.


Now the above photos show boys wearing the tops.  Here are my daughters modeling the same pieces from American Apparel, along with my husband is the uni-sex Unisex Stripe Seed Stitch Pullover:

When I was shopping the other day with my girlfriends, I introduced them to American Apparel and showed them the handful of uni-sex sweaters I had since purchased since receiving samples to review from this fashion company.  They couldn't get over the style selection and how they could buy clothes for children and adults in one place.  And, a couple of them had boys and girls close in age, and loved that they could buy a sweater now, and by next season, hand the clothing down to the next youngest of the opposite sex to wear and enjoy.  Definitely a great way to save, while not sacrificing on style.  And, most of the clothing from American Apparel is versatile and will pair well with almost anything.  You can choose to dress casual or add to the outfit to turn it into a classy look.  

So, if you are looking for last minute gift ideas for members of your family, or for yourself, why not head to your local American Apparel store, or shop online at http://store.americanapparel.net/.  Just make sure you give yourself enough time to browse in-store or online. And, if you do make it to the stores, do try on the popular uni-sex Unisex Stripe Seed Stitch Pullover.  You will be amazed at how comfortable it feels, and how great it looks on you.  If I hadn't received a sample for review, I don't think I would have picked up one of these sweaters. But, I am so glad I did, and have since bought more to add to my winter sweater collection.

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Click here to browse the American Apparel online store, as well as find a local store near you --- http://store.americanapparel.net/.  

Note: To receive in time for Christmas you can order and ship express up until 12/22 (Order before 12:00 pm PT) from the online store.  

Or, order $120 or more and receive overnight shipping FREE.  Just use promo code: FREEXPRESS to receive by Fedex Air Overnight.


And, now for the amazing giveaway I kept until the end.  One lucky reader will win FIVE (5) items of their choice from American Apparel.  Note the following restrictions: No vintage items, no jewelry, no watches, no shoes, no bags over $60.00, no multi brand items(sharpies etc.) What a great giveaway, huh?  Well, if you want a chance to win, you have to complete the entries on the Rafflectopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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