I really like these sneakers because they're a simple, fairly classic style and the color isn't too weird. They're just white with a pinkish-red stitching and sole.
They come in the cutest little box that even has a photo on the end of the sneaker, just like big shoe boxes!
$10 is a bit much for them, but if you've got free shipping or have a ways to go until you get to the next shipping bracket, I don't think it's too much to add these in. It's nice to have a pair of sneakers that can go with several outfits instead of just one!
Now with photos!
I noticed when I was taking these pictures that the sneakers are nearly identical to all the other sneakers AG makes, except instead of tying, they have the little bits of elastic. But the pattern on the soles is the same, the way the uppers are stitched together is the same, &c.
I included a grey sneaker next to the berry stitched ones in the last photo so you can see what I mean.
This is a really fun outfit and can be matched well with other times that were recently released.
I was surprised by the fabric of the jacket. I'd been thinking it was denim or canvas, but it's actually a sweatshirt knit. The length seems to be mostly to accommodate the tie detail in the t-shirt, since it ends right above that. Also surprising is that there's a Coconut embroidered on the back in pale blue! The pockets on either side of the front of the jacket are real pockets, which is awesome.
I didn't know until I got this, but the shoulders of the t-shirt are smocked. Very cute! It fits quite nicely, too.
The cropped pants are kind of long and I couldn't get them to scrunch up with the strings for that purpose because the canvas material is so heavy. Also, they didn't fit quite right in the bum, like they were too tight for Marelise, or something. The pockets at the knees of each leg are real pockets, but the flaps don't work. There's a little label on the back left of the cropped pants, which I thought was cute, because it's the same lavender of the shirt. (kinda like how the label on the jacket is blue.)
The sandals are quite cute! The soles are the same as the espadrilles with the Sweetheart Skirt set, but the uppers are a strip of elastic covered with fraying blue and lavender material. There's also a bit of elastic to go around the doll's heel. They fit well and are really cute! They remind me a lot of the sandals from Licorice's Best Friend outfit, except more casual.
I agree that the hair bands suck. They're really thin, really small elastics in pale blue and exactly like the kind you can get in the hair aisle at Walgreens. You do get a bunch of them, though, in case some are lost or something.
The book is 57 Things to Be Happy About and it's pretty cute. Some of the things are "watching the sun rise," "opening birthday presents," "having R-E-S-P-E-C-T," and "being me." Most, but not all, have an illustration and most of those include Coconut and/or Licorice. It's a cute book, one of the cuter ones, but not as nice as the short story books.
Overall, I give this set an A- for versatility, style, and color!
As soon as I saw this on the site, I just knew I had to have it. But, whoa, it's not my Beatrice-doll's style at all! Thank goodness I had plans for a new doll who could wear it...
There is definitely a 'preppy' feel to this set, because, c'mon, golf and tennis? plaid skirt and polo? psh-yeah right. However, the pieces combine beautifully with so many other items, especially those released this spring and last autumn. Because the skirt is reversible, you get added functionality. White skirt always = awesome matching powers.
The blue in the polo shirt is the exact shade of the blue in the Coconut Fun Outfit cropped pants. They go really well together, and you can do either the golf shoes or the sandals from that outfit. Likewise, the purple t-shirt from the Coconut Fun Outfit goes really well with the white side of the skirt.
I also really like the striped shirt from the 2-in-1 summer outfit with the white side of the skirt. It's a little more summery than the pants that came with that outfit.
The polo can also be worn with the camo shorts from the skateboard outfit, though the camo is a deeper, greyer blue.
Polo Shirt: A This is the same knit fabric that big-people shirts are made from, which makes it just a little bit thin. I don't recommend putting a coloured camisole or anything underneath, because it'll be really visible.
The fit is a little close, but not overly so. You'd probably have trouble with a fat PM doll, but the shirt does stretch, so it might not be too bad. It's kind of weird around the shoulders, I'm not sure why, but that might just be due to the trim. It's not a bad weird, just a mild oddness to the fit!
The collar is stitched down in the back, so if you put the sweater on top, only the front part of the collar will lie on top of the pink. It's not a huge deal unless you're really particular about the back of your doll.
The velcro goes all the way from the top to the bottom, which is fantastic! It's the no-snag kind and rather thin, so there isn't a lot of added bulk.
I personally love the blue around the arms and collar and the little star on the left chest. It's a nice fashion detail.
V-neck Sweater: B I like this a lot, but it's not my favorite part of the set. It has a cableknit pattern which is a little bulky in some places and loose in others, which meant I did a lot of tweaking and pulling it get it to look right.
The velcro in the back is the no-snag kind and goes from the top to the bottom, just like the polo shirt has. The neck in the back is just a little lower than that of the polo, so it ends up lying on TOP of the polo's collar. Since it V's in the front, you can still fold the collar over the sweater.
The bottom of the sweater is kind of baggy over the contrasting band, but again, I think that's how it's supposed to be? Mostly I feel the fabric is too thin and too big to really make this style look fantastic, but when you put the whole thing together, it isn't a bad look. This sweater could probably fit a fat PM doll easily, because of the stretch it has.
Reversible Wrap Skirt: A- One side is white, the other is a blue/white/pink plaid. It velcros at the waistband of the overlap, so there is absolutely no problems with wearing it one way or the other, unlike the "reversible" blue and red vest from the third (fourth?) JLY meet outfit. There IS an AG tag in the skirt, but it's sewn under the velcro on one of the ends, so you never see it once the skirt is on.
The velcro and overlap make the front of the skirt a little bulky to wear under some shirts, but if you tug it down a little, it helps. With this outfit, it's meant to be worn on TOP of the shirt (according to the AG picture), but you could do it either way. Neither the shirt nor the skirt is so tight that it can't be put on top.
I found that it's oodles easier to get the skirt to fit if you don't put underwear on the doll. That adds just enough extra bulk and layering to be a pain.
I am a little confused about how it's intended to look on the doll. The AG picture has the flap over to the doll's right, but when it arrived here, it had been folded so the flap would be on the left, and that's how the side creases want it to look. I can't see that there'd be much of a difference no matter how I did it, but the shape of the skirt is slightly A-line, so maybe there is? I don't know, but it was a little confusing and is primarily what knocked the grade from an A to an A-.
Sun Visor: B The visor is completely cloth with elastic in the back to help it stay on. It's really easy to put on, but I find that the visor tends to fall low and block my doll's eyes. Also, I had trouble getting it on and keeping the doll's hair neat at the same time. Bah.
Overall, it's a good, solid piece that could be used with a lot of other current outfits. It has the light blue detailing to match the polo shirt and the cropped pants from the Coconut Fun Outfit, but that's mostly in the stripes around the edges. I think there's a light blue star on one side of the band, but if so, it's not really obvious!
Shoes: B These are pretty much exactly what you see in AG's picture. They're really cute, but there's nothing outstanding about them. One BIG point is that the copy says "Shoes do double-duty: leave the fringe out for golf, or tuck it in for tennis," but the laces tie on top of the fringe (they actually go through holes that were punched into it) and switching it to the other version is going to be a pain in the neck. I dunno about anyone else, but I hate retying the tiny laces in AG shoes. These'll never have the fringe tucked in, because it's too much trouble.
Sports Equipment: B I did NOT get this set for the sports equipment, I tell you what. If you want it, or your kid does, it's not bad stuff, but it's not the reason I'd recommend this set.
The golf ball is just a pink whiffle ball. The tennis ball is plastic. The golf club is pretty cute, with "* American Girl" printed on the head of the putter. And the tennis racket is cute, too. There's no way for your doll to hold any of these unless you have rubber bands or putty, which stinks.
Hair Bands: C They did include a bunch of little hair bands for your doll. They're a light blue and very thin and very small. They're a lot like those clear bands you can get at Wal-Greens or someplace for hair (or helping a doll hold stuff ) but these are smaller and skinnier and blue. You do get several, thankfully, rather than the five or six that they used to include. I guess if you lose or break some, you still have others.
Book: C The book is Good Sport and is a list of good sportsmanship, like "smile at your opponents" and "there is always a winner AND a loser" and matching pictures. There's two things per page plus a picture of either a girl doing a sport or equipment for a sport. Some of the pictures are really weird, like the gymnastics girl is wearing a pair of white Keds with socks. But whatever, it's just a little book. Not the best of the mini books included with an outfit, I gotta say.
(PS: Polo + plaid skirt + Mia's high top sneakers = awesome.)
I wasn't sure I wanted this because I hate the way AG sweatpants fit the dolls and I thought the pink sneakers and the pink on the shirt would be overwhelming. I purchased it for $20 with the February monthly special, though, and I'm quite glad I did.
I LOVE how the set looks with jeans rather than the sweatpants. It's very casual and comfortable and real, and with less of the blue, the colors of the shirt aren't so overwhelming. Also, the grey sneakers look fantastic with this.
It's not as easy to see in photos, but the zipper is kind of bulky and makes the jacket fit oddly when open. Here it is with the pink sneakers. You can see how NOT overwhelming the pink is, nor how matchy-matchy, and it looks nice.
The back of the jacket is a bit odd compared to the rest. The collar is stitched down in the front, but it persists in standing up in the back. The area near the band at the bottom is all puffy and funny, but it's not a big deal. I like how faded the logo is: it's almost unnoticeable. As you can see, the ponytail things are the same color pink as the sneakers. They're kind of small, but easy enough to use. There are two in the packet.
It was kind of difficult to zip the jacket up because it fits small. In fact, it's really tight across the middle! But once zipped, it looks okay. Nice for chilly days, I guess, or if her hotdog dripped on her shirt.
The sneakers are really nice. I didn't need to untie them or anything to get them on, but you might need to do so if you use socks (which aren't included, but I don't think socks are worn with this kind of shoe?). There's a little tab at the back of the heel which is helpful for getting them on. I think the laces are a bit long and unnecessary, honestly.
The pants are the same on either side, except the back is a bit roomier for the bum. The legs are flared a bit at the knee, which is okay, but I'd like if they were wide leg all the way down and more structured. The stripes are the same as on the jacket.
The book features two winning short stories from AG mag about pets.
Overall, I feel this is a good B+. The pants are awful, so they knock off a few points, as does the ill-fitting jacket. The niceness of the overall look with jeans bumps it back up, though. Getting it on sale is worth it.
I purchased this set because I thought it was kind of cute and I was afraid I'd regret not getting it if it sold out over Christmas. Also, I'd seen a photo of the shirt being used with jeans, and it looked nice.
Unfortunately for me, I was highly disappointed with it when it got to me. The shirt is very thin and seemed nearly see-through on my #28. The color is very drab and faded, whereas I thought it was more of a robin's egg or sky blue rather than greyish. The stick-on rhinestone snowflake seemed cheap and grungy. It is kind of cute, but just not what I was hoping it'd be.
Likewise, the gauchos are soft and comfortable, but I can't imagine using them as anything but sleepwear, and the color is a lot more drab than I'd hoped. I don't like the way they fit at the leg joints, but I feel that way about all the AG gauchos/sweatpants.
The slippers are quite cute, but the soles are very puffy and I really had to shove to get my doll's foot in so that I could get the elastic around her heel. The puffiness made it difficult to get her to balance, though they'd make a great pair of real person slippers, and they are pretty cute.
The hat and the mug are my favorite parts of this set, but the hat is rather seasonal and again, the color is very drab.
The book is cute. It's another set of mysteries from the AG magazine. I actually found myself having to think hard to figure them out but I really liked that there were three - one for Christmas, one for Hanukkah, and one for New Year (I think). I'm sure that a kid in the more appropriate age range would love it. (In fact, I have plans to send this set to someone who would probably appreciate ALL of it more than I do!)
I love this top because of its classic design and versatility. The overall outfit is really cool, though it's frustrating that the trousers have the blue cord lacing on the legs, limiting the mix potential. And the sunglasses, as I may have indicated earlier in the thread, rock. I use them ALL the time!
I don't have the white espadrilles, but I do have the red Club ones and I have the pink ones from the newer Sweetheart skirt set. I assume these are more like the red ones than the pink ones, in which case, the oversizeness that whits_end mentions is a plus! It made the red espadrilles much easier to get on - the pink ones were so difficult, I wished I had a shoehorn to use.
I actually prefer the red espadrilles to the white ones this outfit came with, because I think the white is too much white next to the pants, and the red is a great addition of color, as with the belt and hairbow (though I can't really use the bow with #28's short hair).
I do have one complaint about the top: it always rolls up at the hem! I seem to have to be always fixing it so that Beatrice's midriff isn't showing, especially since this shirt wasn't designed to be a midriff-baring style. I've tried steaming and ironing it to no avail. I guess it's just something I have to live with.
Here's a photo of the shirt with the blue skirt from Kit's treehouse outfit and the red pennyloafers from Molly's roller skating outfit. I like how this is a little bit dressier without being too dressy:
And not as good a picture, since you can't see the red espadrilles, here's the shirt with Lindsey's meet skirt. I like this as a less beachy but still classic style. I'll have to remember to take another photo for a better view:
If you're looking for a dark denim jacket without any logos, try finding a secondhand Coconut's Best Friend outfit. It comes with a plain, dark denim jacket, khaki cargo crops, and a blue t-shirt with Coconut in the middle. If you're lucky, you'll also get denim slide sandals with floral embroidery, a pink scrunchy, and a bracelet-style watch.
I have a question about this for those who have it: do any of the new pink tank tops match the skirt? For example, the one from the skateboard set or the gardening set. Or even the polo from the tennis/golf 2-in-1?
Thank you for the review and all of the great pics.
Please clarify one thing - in your original description you describe the blue edge trim as being metal but then later you say plastic. What material is the trim made of? Did you have to snap the trim on yourself with those little buttons? If you snapped it on yourself, what does the main unit look like without the blue trim?
Thanks for the info!
The official AG description lists the trim as metal. Sophia says that it is plastic. Most likely, it is a lightweight metal painted with enough coats to feel plastic.
The pants to this outfit are a perfect match to the new JLY Meet shirt! I've got Beatrice wearing it now, because I was changing from the Kicking Back into the ILYS shirt with sparkle tunic jeans, and I stopped halfway through because it looks so nice!
So I have to say, this outfit is GREAT for mixing and matching with other pieces! I went through lists of outfits to check, and it really is.
This is the white v-neck long-sleeved t-shirt with pink detailing and the "American Girl" logo across the neck in pink.
I think it's pretty awesome and I prefer it to the blue sweatshirt, even though it's pink and my Beatrice doesn't care for pink much. It just doesn't seem overly girly, despite the color, really.
I like that it's a v-neck with long sleeves, and I love the stripes on the arms, and the pink around the neck. That the pink is a deep berry pink is also very cool!
It's nicely stretchy in the sleeves (I was afraid the stripes would make it tight and difficult to put on the doll), and the fabric feels real nice. It does velcro up the back, by the way, with the no-snag type.
For $8, it's a nice addition to your doll's wardrobe. It's a good piece for mixing-and-matching, as it goes well with trousers of all colors and should look nice under overalls or with khaki skirts. That and I feel it isn't overly girlish.
A- grade, because it's a solid shirt with lots to recommend it, but it isn't overly outstanding.
ETA: The shirt is kind of tight around the waist, so it might not fit well on top of jeans and such, but it's still pretty nice. Also, the logo is actually stitched in instead of printed.
I happen to love how it looks with Kit's overalls.
You get a divine long-sleeved t-shirt, a skort, a pair of boots, underpants, and a hair thingy.
For all the pastel, it's pretty nice, and I see a lot of girls wearing this sort of thing around the mall where I work. I love the detail on the shirt. It's a really fun pattern!
The skort is okay - nothing to write home about, but it makes the outfit supercute, so I'm not against it. I'm just waiting to find things to pair with it, rather than just the matching shirt!
The boots, though, are a bit ick. They feel like suede on the outside and they have velcro up the back to help get them on and off. It's still not easy to do, though, and I can imagine them developing lots of wrinkles and folds from trying to shove them onto a doll's feet. Also, with the silver ribbon around the top and their pale blue color, I can't think of much that they'd be divine with.
I've got Bea wearing the shirt with the cropped pants from the Kicking Back outfit and it looks MUCH better. It reminds me more of a play shirt that way, than when paired with the skort. Also, it's made of a good t-shirt material, like you get with nice shirts at Limited Too or somewhere, and it doesn't remind me much of my pyjama shirts at all - except for the ones I wear with jeans when I don't feel like getting dressed to go to the grocery store in the winter time.
It looks as though the recent "Strappy Flats" might match. They're periwinkle blue with flower embroidery - possibly the same colors as in this outfit. I know it's fairly similar to Nicki's meet outfit.
This set is actually growing on me quite a bit. Does anyone have wide-angled photos of the back of the jacket, so I can see it as a whole? The close-ups aren't really helping me envision it.
I found that the cardigan and t-shirt looked really nice and more age-appropriate with a pair of jeans or khaki cargos. But maybe that's just what I wore at that age.
I agree that the sequin detail is a bit extraneous and too much. When I had the Starflower Outfit, I paired the cardigan with the lilac blouse and it looked very nice, but still a bit business-casual for an eleven year old! (That's how old Beatrice is.)
I don't care for the boots at all, but the outfit looks very nice with Kit's school shoes.
I like this set way more in person than I did from just seeing the pictures. Thanks Sproutsmom and Traveling Nora for giving me the chance to paw at them with my dirty mitts!
Some comments, before I slap up the crazy detailed pictures: Hoodie - I wish that the stripes went all the way around, but I love that the pocket is an actual little pocket! The blue lining is a really nice touch, but the hood itself seems a bit abbreviated and doesn't fit that well. I feel like I'm the only person who actually wears the hoods!
T-shirt - It seems a little short and the flower too big, but I love the length of the sleeves and how the velcro goes almost all the way down the back.
Shoes - These rock! I like the white and blue color scheme and the soles are pretty cool looking. The little elastic zig-zag is also pretty cool. I'm not so fond of how squishy they are, though.
Jeans - No elastic makes doll butts hang out, which is a pain, but the bead-work is so pretty! Overall, these aren't my style, but they do look really nice.
These are probably my favorite of all the modern pyjamas! They look like they were modeled after Molly's striped pjs, only made from an orchid-colored eyelet cotton.
The shirt is boxy and loose. The sleeves almost cover Beatrice's thumb and the hem comes past her bottom. It has a really divine lapel detail, and a pocket over the left breast! Plus? It fastens with four real buttons. They're awfully tiny, though, and kind of hard to work at first, but once I got the hang of them, they were fine.
The pants are loose-fitting, the same fabric, and have an elastic waist. I pulled them up as far as they would go, and they still dragged past the doll's feet, and the legs are nice and wide. There's no trouble getting the doll to sit in these guys.
These are totally the best PJs ever! I'm giving them a nice A- score, because the buttons might be too difficult for some fingers.
I took as detailed photos as I could imagine you might want, to see how the PJs fit and so that you could replicate them, if you like. They seem to be extremely similar to Molly's striped jammies, if not exactly the same. I love them so much!
Now, they are cotton, so they're going to wrinkle some, and as you can see, you may need to press the collar lapels so that they lie flat. Also, if you're picky I guess you may feel more comfortable with a camisole under the shirt, if your doll is wearing it to a slumber party or something. As you can see, it fits very loosely!
Oh, wow, I meant to post a picture of Beatrice wearing the dress as a top with jeans AGES ago, and I forgot about it until I saw the thread up at the top with the "new" icon. So sorry it has taken me so long - those of you wondering how it looked have probably despaired ever seeing a photo of it.
Sorry about the angle on it, but it's the only photo I have on my photobucket account where you can see the whole thing (well, there's another, but she's sitting and you can't see the length of the dress).
I just wanted to note that the ribbons are supposed to tie around the ankles - they shouldn't crisscross all the way up the leg, because that impedes movement and can injure the dancer! So you might like to be grateful that the ribbons slide down if your daughter is playing with the outfit, so she doesn't try to wear ballet slippers the wrong way and then hurt herself!
Trust me, when you tie your ribbons up your calf and then try to dance, they cut into your skin and ouch. Also, vicky94 is right - the ribbons are set too far forward in the slipper to be accurate, and aren't really functional like that.
This is the outfit that has the double-shirt, blue cargos, and hiking boots.
It is, in one word, awesome. Okay, maybe it's a bit too pastel or pink, but it has a lot of really neat parts. Here's the breakdown!
Though it looks like two pieces, the shirt is actually a single article of clothing. The sleeves and hood part are sewn to the blue t-shirt, so it's easy-peasy to deal with. Except... there are no buttons or velcro or snaps or anything. To put it on, you have to put it over the doll's head, then stick her arms into the sleeves. That might cause stretching of the neck hole eventually, but it seems big enough that you shouldn't really have to worry about that. You will want to wait to do her hair until after the shirt is on, though!
The t-shirt part is a light aqua. There is a distinct green tone in it that keeps me from calling it light blue, but it's very lovely. The compass graphic is printed on in urple, light blue, pink, and yellow. The central yellow section has the American Girl logo in purple.
The hoodie part is striped pink, light blue, light aqua, and purple. The sleeves are a nicely long length, coming past the doll's wrists, but not over her thumbs or anything. The collar has a faux-wrap look in the front, and the hood in the back, of course. The hood fits neatly over the doll's head, but probably looks best when the hair is styled close to the head or is left loose. It might look best with shorter haired dolls, too - I'm not really sure. I like it up on both Beatrice and Traveling Nora, but then I wear my own hoods up when it's raining or there's a nasty wind, to keep my neck and ears covered.
I've heard that some people are concerned about the way the sleeves look when you move the arms around. They do look a bit odd if you just move the arms, but it's easy to fix the problem but just twisting the sleeves a smidge. I personally don't think it's a real problem at all.
These are a really nice steel blue cropped pant with cargo details. The fabric is polyester of some kind, I suspect, so it feels soft and a teeny bit shiny, almost but not quite like parachute pants of old. The cuffs are just above ankle length and the waistband is at the typical AG height these days.
There are five belt loops which are really useable and five pockets. The two at the hips are fake, but the two on the sides are real, if rather tiny, and there is another tiny pocket on the right leg, below the larger one.
The left leg has a light blue AG star under the side pocket, and a small strip of orchid satin in the side seam is used for the logo.
The fly is velcro-only, despite the two faux snaps. It is the no-snag version of velcro, though. It's kinda hard to do up, as is common with most modern AG trousers, and the little bit of elastic at the back doesn't do much of anything. It's completely stretched out on the doll. These cargos will not be able to fit a fat PM doll.
There are drawstrings on each leg, a little bit above the cuffs. They're horizontal, so if you want, you can cinch them up and push them up to her knees. The drawstrings really do work, but be careful because the string part is elastic.
Probably my favorite part of the outfit! These are hiking boot style. The soles are brown and grey rubber. The uppers are primarily light pink fake leather with tan around the toes and tongue (which is also pink). There are small dark pink sections at the sides of each shoe, angling back from the laces. I see it a lot in sneakers, but I dunno what it's called. The laces themselves are tan and lace through three sets of metal eyelets.
This is a a doubled-over strip of pink cotton. Each end is attached to an elastic circle. There are two tails, one for each side, and you can tie them or let them hang. I found the headband to be somewhat tight and not very easy to put on. But, once it was on, it was pretty cute and veered the outfit into a very pink direction. Without the headband, it isn't so very pink.
Grades: Overall: A-
Shirt: A- because of the potential for stretching or the graphic coming off
Cargos: C+ because of the too-small fit and low rise (but I love them anyway!)
Shoes: A+ because they're awesome and fit easily, even if they didn't come with socks!
Headband: B because it's pretty, but not the easiest thing in the world to deal with
These glasses were around BEFORE the AGT/JLY dolls, and they're supposed to be identical to Molly's glasses, but tortoiseshell instead of silver (there was also a gold pair available).
I've found that none of the glasses fit the Josefina mold very well, but since you only have the original mold, it's like just because the glasses are crummy. Try fussing with how the arms fit above the ears and if they can be wedged into the wig any.
This suitcase/backpack set is great for traveling dolls. The suitcase has a sturdy plastic frame so that it keeps its shape, even while being made of a soft vinyl-look fabric. There is a plastic support tray under the bottom with wheels and two legs attached. Of course, since there's wheels, there's a pull-out handle on the top. The backpack zips onto the front of the suitcase and has a special place in front for your doll's doll, just like the girl version.
There's so many little details that make this true-to-regular size, like the little handles and patterns and things. There's even a tiny id card attached with a ball chain to the top handle, where you can put your doll's information in case the suitcase gets lost.
I love how roomy this suitcase is. I managed to get a set of pyjamas, two pairs of shoes, two pairs of pants, and two shirts into the main compartment (one of the shirts is rather bulky, too!). I put a jacket into the backpack, and there was room for a few more things. For the record, I used it to carry 8 AA batteries along with said jacket.
The color is cool: it's a lavenderish purple, but at just the right angle or light reflection, it has a shiny blue tint. All the zippers, straps, &c are black.
The backpack fits okay on the doll, but I think it rides a bit high. There isn't a lot of room to adjust the straps, and the bag is a bit tall anyway. Though your minidoll will fit quite well in the front, her head might bang against the regular doll's head. Also, the plastic buckles were a bit difficult to undo - I had to press quite firmly and then they popped open.
This is really great for traveling, though. It's small enough to fit inside a larger suitcase or between someone's feet in the car and you'll be able to keep extra clothes for the doll in one place. It's a bit easier than a tote, backpack, or plastic bag, yeah? Plus the detachable backpack is good for tossing into your purse/tote when out and about with the doll, so that you don't lose extra hair things or sunglasses, or whatever accessories you have for your photos.
My grade: A- It's not an A+ because the backpack fits a bit oddly on the doll. Don't get me wrong, it fits fine, just not quite as well as I would hope, being the nitpicky person I can be.
Thanks to Sproutsmom and her traveling Nora for giving me the chance to see and photograph this guy!
-everything that went in
-this pair of crops is just a smidge too long to lie flat
I purchased these glasses with the intent of painting them red, and they are very cute! However, I've found that it's difficult to put them on Beatrice and not have them sit funny.
My 'research' has shown that it's best to put the glasses on before doing any hairstyles where the hair right by the ears is pulled up or back, so that you can settle the arms of the glasses the way they need to be, then pull the hair around them.
I don't know how much these originally cost, but they include 2 hairbands with little crochet flowers on them, a crochet hat, a felt purse, and three bracelets.
I gotta say: they are too cute! The bracelets are purple, pink, and green, in nice jewel-tones, so they go well with lots of outfits. The hat is a berry-pink, rather magenta-ish, as is the bag. There is a small flower applique on the bag, plus a bead fringe at the bottom! It fits cross-wise easily, but is a little long to just go over one shoulder.
The hairbands were rather stiff to use, but I imagine they get stretchy with a bit of work.
Overall, I love this set SO MUCH more than the current JLY meet accessories. The hairbands are cuter, the purse is easier to wear, and I love the hat and bracelets! Of course, since this wasn't a meet accessories set, there isn't any fake money or anything, but I still think it's better - and it matches both school outfits from 2001 - the flower power denim and the denim jumper.
I found that I don't really need to tie/untie them, once I get them tied the first time around. I just have to make sure to tug on the tongue of the shoe so that it doesn't get shoved down to the toes when I slip 'em on.
Though, it reminds me, I really wish they made a shoehorn for the dolls. I remember playing with my Pa's shoehorns when I was a kid, I always thought they were hilarious, but they're really useful!
As with each AGT/JLY meet outfit accessories, the I Like Your Style accessories come with some standard items. I'm going to list them all anyway, along with the other pieces.
$5 in single bills Pink and Purple Library Card Blue Cloth Shoulder Bag (drawsting closure) 2 Purple Hair Elastics w/ Pink Plastic Bobbles Coconut/AG KeyChain for Bag
It's about $20, iirc.
The hair elastics are almost identical to the ones that come with the ILYS outfit (or the ones on the doll - my #28 had two in her hair), but in a pinkish shade with the pink plastic square bobbles. They're pretty cute, though! I love the color against the brown of Beatrice's hair.
The keychain is really tiny, doll sized, and the bag is a lot smaller than I expected. I thought it would be a larger, tote-styled bag rather than a shoulder bag. It barely fits the money and library card, but it rather sweet. It's a nice, sturdy cotton weave in periwinkle with a lavender drawstring.
Honestly, I don't think this is worth $20. If they included the cute slip on shoes that match the outfit, I would be all for it. Or if they included a hat or tights or something. As it is, I'm willing to pay $10 for the set, especially since the bag is much smaller than I had thought, and I can get similar hair elastics at Target or Wal-Mart.
Overall grade: C.
I've finally got a photo of the accessories! Now you can see them without the optimal lighting and arrangement by the AG folks:
I'm still not keen on these at all. So many other playthings have so much more play value, and the little elastics you can find at Wal-Mart or CVS or wherever easily.
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