Honestly, I don’t shop at Kohl’s so I was hesitant about doing this post. It’s not that I don’t like it. I just don’t have an opinion because I actually forget about it. (I used to get Soffe shorts there—miss you Soffe shorts—in high school and college but that is about the extent of my Kohl’s shopping.)
Anyway, Elie Tahari recently released a collection for Kohl’s. It’s hard to get a good feel for the products based on the photos on Kohl’s website and I was wary because designer collaborations for lower-end retailers have left a bad taste in mouth over the past few years. I think Target’s collaborations used to be higher quality—or at least the items were priced at a level that made sense given the quality. With all that in mind, I decided to visit Kohl’s to try on what I could from the Elie Tahari collection to give you an idea of whether it’s worth your time.
The first thing I tried on was this Ribbed Funnel Neck Sweater ($48 from $64, also available in cream and gray). I really loved this. The fabric was substantial and soft and the style is on-trend for fall. I wore this with the Scuba Mesh Leggings ($37.50 from $50). These were the only pants left in my size so I’m wearing them in all the photos. I really wanted to try these sweatpants ($37) too but oh well! The Scuba Mesh Leggings are available in longs on the website—you can see here that the regular length is a tad short for me, though I like when pants hit me right at or above the ankle. I think it’s flattering with flats. These were very comfortable. They are thick and opaque with a flattering midrise.
I was most curious about the faux suede Motorcycle Jacket ($75 from $100). It’s also available in cream. If Kohl’s is charging $100 for a faux suede jacket, it better be good. It’s pretty good. The faux suede is nice enough to fool someone. It wasn’t a great fit on me (the sleeves were too short) and I wish they’d had the cream one in-store. I would have loved to see that one on.
The Ombre Convertible Cardigan ($66 from $88) is interesting. I loved the fabric. Even though it’s acrylic, it felt like wool or a wool-blend. If you’re allergic to wool, this is a great sweater option for you. The detachable scarf is fun.
This is the Textured Cardigan Sweater ($66 from $88). This entire outfit would be perfect for a casual workplace (I’m also wearing the Draped Mixed Media Top, $36, below). Again, I found the quality of this sweater to be very good.
The Draped Mixed Media Top ($36 from $48) was my favorite piece. It’s available in black, blue/black, cream/white and gray/black. The soft jersey sleeves are cut very long which is always a happy surprise for me. The back has a slight drape to it. One annoyance: the chiffon/charmeuse combination is ripe for wrinkling (as you can see). Still, this would be great for a business casual wardrobe (ponte pants + jacket + pumps) or for the weekend (black ripped jeans + sneakers).
This Chenille Sheath Dress ($58 from $78) is pretty but the print is a bit too fussy for my taste. With the right accessories, though, this could be really chic. I think it would look good with a sleek ponytail, black tights, wedge boots and a trench for winter. I was a fan of the longer hemline. It didn’t quite reach my knees, but still—sweater dresses are usually mini dresses on me.
To sum it up: I really liked it. I was surprised by the fabric quality and the versatility of the clothes. I didn’t buy anything, but I’m considering it—especially the draped mixed media top and the funnel neck sweater (I love turtlenecks). I think Kohl’s clothing really needs to be tried on—I would never have considered some of these items if I went by their website product photos. The photos appear blurry unless you enlarge them and they don’t show some of the crucial angles of the clothing (one sweater has a pleated back but the only photo is head on). Anyway, I’m going to be more mindful about thinking about Kohl’s as an affordable clothing source. If you need inexpensive business casual separates, you should definitely give it a look.
To see the full collection, click here. Get an additional 15% off your purchase today with code SEPTYES15. I wore size S in each item shown.
This post was sponsored by ShopStyle in collaboration with Kohl’s, but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. I did not receive any clothing, gift cards, etc., in exchange for this post.