Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our Generation Retro Outfit Review

Journey Girl Dana Goes Retro

The Our Generation line, like the Journey Girls, is a modern line of clothes.  Our Generation does have a line of historical outfits that they call their “Retro” line.  Most of the clothes in this retro line are reminiscent of the 50’s.  The outfit that I am reviewing today is a “Retro Deluxe” outfit named "Two-riffic Twin Set"

The outfit is made up of 5 pieces; a purple checked skirt, a white t-shirt with a purple collar and a purple band at the waist, a white sweater that buttons at the neckline, a purple checked bow for your dolls hair, and a pair of black cloth shoes with bows that tie around the ankles.

Dana in the Our Generation "Two-riffic Twin Set"

Journey Girls are thinner than American Girl dolls or Our Generation dolls.  Some of the outfits, including this one, are big on the Journey Girls.  In most cases the size is not that much different and the girls are fine.  In this case, the skirt is just too big.  I even tried to overlap the dress and Velcro it to itself, rather than the other piece of Velcro and the dress was still big.  It does stay on, but as you can see from the photos, you can tell the skirt is big.  The skirt itself is very cute.  It is made out of a satin material.  It is nice and thick with two layers of material.  It bellows out rather than just hanging down.

You can see that the skirt is very loose, even with over lap.
The t-shirt is not just a normal t-shirt; it has the purple collar and purple waist.  It’s made out of a thicker cotton material with the purple parts made out of a felt like material. The purple waist is actually tighter around Dana’s waist than the skirt is.  On Dana the shirt looks like it is riding up and the skirt is falling down.  I love that the t-shirt is thicker than normal and has the purple accents.

Dana doesn't really need her sweater on since her t-shirt is so cute!

Out of everything in this set the sweater feels the cheapest.  It is made out of a similar material to the t-shirt, but is all white.  The material feels right for the t-shirt, but feels thin for a sweater.  I do like the way that the sweater makes the outfit look.  It looks more complete with Dana wearing it.  I also like that the sweater can be used with just about any other outfit.  It is a great piece for the wardrobe closet.

Our Generations Deluxe Retro outfit
The two things I’m not so sure about are the shoes and the bow.  Let’s start with the bow.  The size is just right.  It looks great off to the side of Dana’s hair.  I don’t like the “leather” material it is made of, or the color (the purple is just a bit too off for me).  I am also not a huge fan of the bobby pin on it to hold it in place.  The bobby pin does not seem to hold it very well, so it flops around some.  Like almost all of the other Our Generation shoes, these are fabric.  I like booty type of shoes, especially with the pretty lace ties up front, but can’t we get some real shoes, please?  Even the plastic shoes the Journey Girls come with are better than these.  I’ve complained about the Our Generation shoes before…so I will not do it again.  Suffice it to say, they are not my favorite part of the outfit.

All ratings are out of 10

Value 7 – You don't get a lot for the extra cost of this outfit.  Yes, there are 5 pieces to the outfit, but many of the regular outfits have just as many pieces and include a purse.  It's nice to have the sweater, but not really necessary.  If you can get this outfit on sale, buy it…at full price, I would skip it.

Fitment 7 – Although this is a very cute outfit, it doesn't work well for the Journey Girls (fits great on American Girls though). The skirt is way too big.  You can make it work by using the t-shirt, but it's goofy looking.  The shoes are tight.  The bow doesn't stay very well in Dana's hair.  That all being said, the outfit is made for the Our Generation dolls and American Girl dolls, so I can't really expect that it will fit perfectly on Dana.

Versatility 8 – The t-shirt and sweater can be used with other outfits really easily.  Even though I'm not a fan of the shoes, they are very useful with other outfits.  The skirt can be mixed with other tops also, it's just king to be loose.

Cuteness 8 – I like this outfit as a retro outfit.  It is not the cutest outfit I have, but I do like it.  It is a good retro style outfit.

Overall 7 – Not the best outfit, mostly due to fitment, but still good.  If you have other brand dolls as well as Journey Girls, this is a great outfit.  The girls can share it, it will just be a little big on the Journey Girls.  I like the colors and the style of the outfit overall.  Great back to the 50's dress!

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