I’ve always been a loungewear advocate. 9am lecture? Loungewear. Lunch with your friends? Loungewear. Too-many-glasses-of-wine-the-night-before-to-piece-an-outfit-together? Loungewear. So, when the UK went into the wild time that shall henceforth be referred to as LD (provides a little air of mystery, no?) I was in my fashion element. I now had the time to find new brands and companies that were a little different to the big boys (your classic PLT/Missguided/ASOS). Stumbling through the Insta-web (does that classify as a pun?) I discovered Girl Knows All. My friend Sophie had recommended GKA to me previously and knowing we have very similar taste in style, I thought I’d check out their latest collection which happened to be a collab with Insta-fluencer (again, another pun?) Miss Joslin. Fast forward a couple of weeks (yes, WEEKS. A pre-warning for slow delivery was given at checkout) and I finally had my goodies.
Now, on a good day, I might just refer to myself as an LE: a Loungewear Expert. I’d like to think I’m pretty well-versed in what makes a little two-piece sweatshirt/jogger combo lovelier than your average Joe. Tearing into my parcel like a dog who had been deprived of toys finally being presented with their first squeaky bone, I was very impressed with what I saw. Visually, the items looked how I had envisioned they would (which is always a good start). I had decided to order a variety of items so I could test whether I liked the brand as a whole, or just individual pieces. My order consisted of a hoodie, jogger shorts, a sweatshirt, cycling shorts and an oversized tee. Colour-wise, the collection was heavily based around a beige/mauve/grey palette which, if you know me, was an absolute winner.
I must admit within usual circumstances, I am a relatively irrational shopper. I’m a “yep. That looks like it’ll fit, I don’t need to try it on,” kinda gal. However, thanks to being furloughed from both of my jobs (laughing through the tears), I had all the time in the world to do some research. I read that the clothing came up slightly smaller than one might expect, especially if an oversized fit is desired – which I mean, come on, who is buying fitted loungewear?! So, I actually ended up choosing to order all of my items in a size large (excl. cycling shorts which I ordered in a medium). For context, I am 5ft 2 and usually wear a UK 8 or 10/12 if an oversized fit is the goal. On the GKA website, a size large is the equivalent of a UK 14/16. Having tried on all of the items, I am very happy that I sized up. The only piece that was unwearable were the jogger shorts which sadly, I had to return.
WOULD I SHOP AGAIN?
I would deffo place another order at Girl Knows All (in fact, I may already have done hehehe). The only negative is the thought of waiting so long for the goodies to arrive, although you know what you’re signing up for when you order. Personally, I think the clothes outweigh the wait. My favourite pieces are pictured. The PALM SPRINGS hoodie has seen more days on my bod than in the wardrobe. It’s such an easy throw-on piece for an everyday chill and also looks very cute with some black cycling shorts. The winner, though, has to be the MONTEGO BAY set (sweatshirt and cycling shorts). Wearing this little ensemble, I feel so put-together. It’s one of those “I really haven’t made much effort but I look as if I have” kind-a outfits which are top-tier for me. The set cost £45.00 in total. Whilst this does sit on the slightly pricier end of loungewear (I’m looking at you, Urban Outfitters) I think this is the kind of ball-park independent brands are usually situated within.
So, posing the all-important question: would I shop again?
Hell to the yes.
I hope someone, somewhere found this review useful. I love discovering new brands but am always nervous to place the first order in case the items arrive and they’re not quite what I was expecting. I’d love to make a little series out of trying brands I’ve discovered on Instagram so do let me know if that is something you would be interested in reading!
For now, I will (hopefully) leave you with some outfit-envy that finds you clicking the link below to get shopping. If this is the case, I accept full responsibility for being a bad influence.
If you want to shop Girl Knows All then follow this link: GKA X Miss Joslin
Until next time lovely people,
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