Friday, June 6, 2014

Fanplusfriend Review (The Lady Marine JSK and Bustle Vest)

Hello, my lovelies~!

In preparation for Con Season 2014, I hosted a Fanplusfriend group order in May. My goal was to spend $650 so that we could qualify for free shipping. Thank the stars I have an awesome comm, because after all was said in done, our group total came to about $750! Clearly, we're overachievers.

Fanplusfriend is a strange animal in the Lolita community. For some reason, it's just kinda... there. It's relatively ignored even though the store offers awesome services like custom sizing, and for some items, even custom colors and fabric. The overall feeling I get from others is that Fanplusfriend isn't bad, but it's not good either. I'm not sure how or why it became this way though, since my first experience with them was extremely positive. I have to say that for me, Fanplusfriend ranks higher than Bodyline.

Anyway~! I ordered several items in this GO, because I don't have a lot of headwear when it comes to Lolita. All together I purchased two berets, a JSK, and this awesome veil. I was in love with everything and I think the quality is good for the price. On top of that, I didn't have to get custom sizing! 10 points to F+F.

Fanplusfriend is very good with communication as well. As soon as I placed the order, I received an e-mail notification from their automated system that said the order was placed. After that, I got an e-mail from someone named Lily, who was kind enough to let me know that one of the items I wanted was out of stock and that they needed more information for a custom sized item. I replied with more information and the order was underway! Lily told me that I would receive the tracking number for the package, but I didn't get one. Imagine my surprise when DHL comes a-knocking at my door three weeks later with a huge package in hand!

Package full of awesome!
I immediately ripped the package open because I couldn't believe that $750 worth of Lolita fit in such a small package. I was expecting a huge box, but nope, everything was stuffed in there. And surprisingly, nothing was squished or misshapen. Awesomeness, right?


A glimpse of  the products

Brown Bustle Vest

My items came in plastic packages that were marked with the Fanplusfriend logo. The first item I opened up was my brown bustle vest. Its "official name" is the Classical Gothic Lolita Detached Frill Bustle Jacket Vest. I ordered the product in a Lady 95, which has a bust of 107 cm and an 86 cm waist. I ordered it a half size up from my normal size because I knew that I would be wearing a blouse underneath the vest. I also asked for a custom color, from the chart provided on the product page. The vest was $58.

Product image, from Fanplusfriend (I DO NOT OWN!)

I was so pleased with the construction and fabric of the vest. The buttons are secure and the fabric is sturdy without feeling too heavy. And I love love love the color.


I bought the vest to make a Classic coord with my Magical Painting skirt. I still have to get shoes, but I wanted to try it on just to make sure I got the colors correct. And surprise, surprise! The two go together pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Excuse my random blue shirt, haha!
Honestly, I wish the vest wasn't so pricey. $58 for a vest is not all that affordable for Lolitas with a tight budget, but it's still cheaper than most brand pieces and it has this super cute bustle in the back! So really, I can't complain too much. F+F, your vest just got an 8/8 from this happy Lolita! Nicely done.

Headwear

The two berets I purchased were $8 and $12, respectively. Though I haven't had a chance to try them on, I have seen them worn and I was pleased with the quality as well. I took them out of the package just to touch them, but I lose things easily so I figure they are safer in the package.



Product image: Royal blue, $8 beret

Product Image: Sax, $12 beret
Both berets look very nice and the colors are accurate. They were an excellent price and the embroidery on the sax beret is really pretty.

Berets in real life
The mini veil that I purchased cost about $12 too. It's super pretty, but I have in braids right now, so it wouldn't sit in my head properly. It's so lovely!

Black $12 rose hairdress

Lady Marine Jumperskirt

A while back, I purchased a navy hat with a stripped ribbon from a fellow comm member at a swap and sell. I had every intention of buying the matching dress that went with it and now I can happily say I own that dress! I've had my eye on the Lady Marine JSK for a while, mainly because it's navy. For some reason, I really love blue things in Lolita, so my eye goes straight to that shade whenever it's an available color. I bought the JSK in a Lady 90 and it fit perfectly. I wouldn't recommend the dress for anyone with a bust higher than 105 cm in that size, but F+F does custom sizing so for lolitas with a bust of 106 cm+, go ahead and order a custom size.

Product image: Lady Marine JSK in Navy

The dress came neatly tucked into one of those F+F plastic bags. It also comes with a matching choker, which I will definitely be using for something else.

JSK package
 I ripped the package open and VOILA! This beauty greeted me. The blue is very vivid in this picture, but its actually navy, as opposed to royal blue.

Lady Marine JSK
I tried it quickly with a white bolero, just so I can get a feel of the JSK. First off, it's pretty long! I'm only 5'2" so looking back, I probably should have asked for the dress to be made a bit shorter. But I think the length fits the style (ie Sailor and eventually Pirate Lolita) so s'all good!

JSK paired with a bolero
All and all, I'm very happy to have given F+F my money! I wouldn't hesitate to order from them again, even though some of their items tend to be hit or miss. This entire experience and all of the items I ordered get an 8 out of 8~! I really like Fanplusfriend's Classic pieces so I'll be on the look out for more beautiful things from them.

Have you ever ordered anything from Fanplusfriend, dear readers? I hope that your experience was a positive one, but I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Stay beautiful...stay true, <3

~J