From Nov. 5, 2007

The big trouble with buying is often buyer’s regret. And even when a store has a good return policy, you’re walking into a minefield of temptation when you bring back that shiny metallic tunic T-shirt that makes you feel like a fashion victim.

Yes, I bought just such an item at one of my favourite shops in the city, Lyla on Laurier Ave. W. The shop on two storeys has lingerie, swimwear, stockings, shoes, bags, jewellery and fashion from labels spanning the well-known and mid-priced (Michael Kors, Robert Rodriguez, Laundry) to designer heights (Moschino, Jean Paul Gaultier, D&G). Lingerie and swimsuits from Eres are particular temptations.

The item in question was a Splendid T for $75. but I could not get out of the house in it. Splendid may be good enough for Jessica Simpson, Carmen Elektra, Paris Hilton, Hillary Duff, Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba, according to one Web site, but not for me. (I do love the basic styles, however.)


(Splendid’s metallic tunic dress. It didn’t work for me. Courtesy Splendid.)

Well, I returned the item, but had to buy something else. Credit notes simply burn a hole in my wallet and drive me crazy. So I chose an excellent bra from a line called Marie-Jo that fits me perfectly.

Unfortunately, it cost almost twice as much as the T-shirt. Oh, the perils of constant shopping.

(Splendid’s metallic tunic dress.

It didn’t work for me. Courtesy Splendid.)