Ever since Sophia Amoruso first started the brand in 2012, Nasty Gal has been a poignant memory of my early adulthood. It was like a prelude to the wave of Instagram brands we see a lot of now—where buying into the biggest social media–driven trends is only a matter of opening an app. When I was a college student on a shoestring budget, Nasty Gal was a regular part of my wardrobe, especially when club-hopping was on the agenda. Then, through a series of unfortunate events, the company went bankrupt in 2016 and later became another retail arm of Boohoo's fashion empire.
Since its demise, I admittedly forgot about it. A slew of trendy, affordable fashion brands launched in the meantime, and I started to look elsewhere. But as shopping became a part of my daily routine as a market editor, Nasty Gal became a name that repeatedly blipped across my radar again. In the years since I last shopped the site, it's undergone a transformation. The selection has become more "adult" with more timeless staples, and the brand has revved up its offerings with the addition of timely collaborations. (Celebrity stylist Maeve Reilly's collab was the most recent.) Ultimately, the refocus from teeny-bopper fashions to more elevated trends compelled me to give it another chance and see if it's another brand I should add to my current shopping Rolodex.
To give me (and all of you, of course) an idea, I ordered a bunch of items and took them on a test run. For my honest thoughts and a review of which finds came out on top, keep scrolling.
I'm calling this jacket the crown jewel of this entire haul. Why? The second I put it on, the compliments started rolling in. Even my trend-savvy co-workers thought it was an expensive shearling jacket. The faux leather is so buttery soft, and the construction is so good that it looks way more expensive than it is. I'm so head over heels for this jacket, and I've even contemplated buying a second one as a backup. In short, I can't recommend this enough, especially since it's now less than $90.
I've been obsessed with exposed-seam clothes for a bit, so once I spotted this dress on the site, I clicked on it immediately. Although the material is not the softest, it is surprisingly thick, and I didn't find it necessary to wear a slip at all. So far, I've worn it out to weekend brunch with friends, on a dinner date, and to a few work events with no complaints. Of the haul, this dress ranked high on my list of favorites.
Being a curvy girl, I take a deep breath every time I try a new pair of pants from a brand I'm unfamiliar with. Honestly, I had low expectations before I slipped these on, but wow, I was impressed. The quality rivals some of the best affordable faux-leather pants I've tried, and I definitely appreciated the added stretch. I usually don't go for light-colored leather, but I've been wearing these nonstop.
I really didn't need another leather trench coat, but what can I say? I'm obsessed. I will say that this one is unlike any other I own due to its padded shoulders. The addition of an exaggerated shoulder gives this trench a more designer feel, adding structure to an otherwise unstructured piece. The faux leather on this coat is a little shinier than genuine leather, but in the right shade (I'd recommend brown), it can pass for a more expensive piece.
I'm all for cozy sets right now, and a shrug-dress combo seems like a perfect pairing for looking elevated without an actual waistband. Ultimately, you'd never guess this was only $33 just by how comfy and soft the knit material is. The slit is a little high, so be prepared to show off your best pair of boots or heels.
There's always a time and place where a cool suit is necessary, so I ordered this with the intent of it being my go-to laid-back event outfit. Both the pants and blazer run more oversize than the standard, so keep that in mind if you end up adding this to your closet. I love that I can wear the pieces separately or together for a cool-girl combo.
Simple tailored pants are a huge thing right now, but finding the right pair is not as simple as it seems. While I appreciate the high waist on these, I came away wishing the material was a little more structured like a pair of suit trousers. The placement of the pleats also wasn't my favorite, but I wonder if sizing up could eliminate the problem of the gathered pleats. All in all, these are solid for relaxed days when you want to look a step up from wearing sweatpants.
When I ordered this, I was convinced that this would be the perfect going-out top for chilly nights, and I wasn't disappointed. It's almost crazy that this is only $14 right now. From the construction to the material and pattern vibrancy, this top is a bona fide winner.
I notoriously have a love-hate relationship with rigid denim (it is tricky for curvy bodies), but I cannot sing the praises of these jeans enough. Even on my thick thighs, the vertical color-block pattern didn't look warped or weird as patterns on jeans sometimes can, and the jeans fit so comfortably at the waist. Based on this, I'm already plotting the matching jacket.
A number from stylist Maeve Reilly's recent collaboration, this dress features an exposed back. One of the features I appreciate most about this dress is the juxtaposition between the saucy back cutout and the modest high neckline—it's a little risqué, but in the most understated way possible. If you have curves, you'll love the slinky and stretchy material, as it hugs your body without being too constrictive. This piece also gets points for the vibrant color.