The Recessionista Reviews Derek Lam for Kohl’s

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An assortment of looks from the Derek Lam for Kohl’s  collection

In case you haven’t heard, designer Derek Lam is on his way to Kohl’s with a special 58 piece collection inspired by Rio De Janeiro. Kohl’s sent me a few items from the collection for a review and a test drive. I received two printed shirt dresses and a top to look at. This collection is rich in button down shirt dresses, tropical prints, maxi dresses and sleeveless tank tops. Having seen the collection look book, I have very mixed emotions about this collection. Some of the prints are way too busy for my tastes.  Some of the pieces are not to my personal taste.  However, there are a few winners in the collection worth checking out.

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Derek Lam for Kohl’s button-down shirt dress in Atlantic/Nightshade photo shared by The Budget Babe.

Of the three items I received from preview, my favorite is the shirt dress pictured above with the blue placket front and the multi-print. I like the print and the blue at the cuffs and the bodice.  Just beware, if you are busty like me, having the cutout pockets on the front of the dress over the solid blue in multi-print is not flattering.  The dress is best belted, and it does run large. Kohl’s lists the retail price of the dress as $70.00, but I am sure it will go on sale for a price lower than than, just as the Narcisco Rodriguez dress did.

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button-down shirt dress

The second item I received for review was a pale brown print shirt dress that I really didn’t care for.  The print is a bit too busy for me and the colors are not deep enough to be striking. The Kohl’s look book lists the color as  “woodgrain papaya, woodgrain parrot.”   Those are some new colors!   When was the last time you saw woodgrain on the color wheel?  To me, these colors are rather drab. If this were a solid tangerine color or a deep blue I would find it much more appealing.  This dress is also priced at $70.00, and for that price I would pass on it.  It is polyester with no give in the fabric.  You need to be tall and slim hipped to make this look work.

The final piece I received is a pretty polyester top in Khahi that has a nice silky feel, a bit of stretch in it and an insert at the bodice so that you won’t show any cleavage when you wear it.  The top has sleeves with a placket and button closure to make them appear to puff up and look full. This is a good look, providing there is enough room for your arms so you don’t feel confined. This top retails for $48.00

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My favorites from the Kohls Derek Lam collection. From left  the blue boatneck dress, the sweetheart dress and the printed maxi dress.

Overall, all this is a rather odd collection. I’ve seen the entire look book. There are some really great looking dresses in it that but there are also some shapeless garments with busy prints that I don’t find appealing.   My top picks from the collection are pictured above. I like the blue boatneck dress, the sweetheart dress and the blue printed maxi dress.  Check out my Pinterest board to see more looks from the Derek Lam for Kolh’s collection.  You can also see more of the collection’s looks in the preview video for the Derek Lam for Kohl’s collection.

Now it’s time for you to tell me what you think of the Derek Lam collection.  Leave a comment here giving me your feedback and get an entry to win a Kohl’s gift card for $100.00 to go shop at Kohls.   Get additional entries by following my social communities.

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141 Comments

  1. CoriFebruary 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I also really loved the sweetheart dress, except the one in black and green. I really don’t have the extra money to spend on a semi-formal dress, but I found myself trying to think of ways to make it more daytime casual and therefore justifiable, haha!

  2. CheleFebruary 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Some of the Derek Lam dresses have caught my eye: blue printed maxi, sweetheart dress and black v-neck sleeveless. I’ll be checking all of them out when the collection is released at Kohl’s.

  3. ShanaFebruary 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love the blue maxi dress and the black/printed tank top.

  4. Jessie C.February 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    The blue boatneck dress from Derek Lam collection is definitely on my list. I also like the printed maxi dress.

  5. Mary HappymommyFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    The printed maxi dress from the Derek Lam collection would be cute!

  6. KariFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    I love the polyester top you mentioned. I need some cute new spring-ish tops.

  7. ElenaFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    the sweetheart dress is on my list

  8. Jennifer MarieFebruary 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    black boots are on my list!

  9. DeirdreMarch 1, 2013 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Cognac colored boots and a drapy cardigan. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. TimMarch 1, 2013 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    I need some new Croft and barrow button-up shirts for work.

  11. Amy OrvinMarch 1, 2013 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    the printed maxi dress is on my list

  12. Amanda SakovitzMarch 1, 2013 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    The Sweetheart dress is on my list

  13. Ellie WMarch 1, 2013 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    I LOVE the Derek Lam for DesigNation bra jumpsuit!!

  14. M.March 1, 2013 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    I like the Atlantic/Nightshade shirtdress, the drawstring skirts and the bomber jackets in the Derek Lam collection.

  15. Thomas MurphyMarch 1, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    shoes are on my list

  16. KiaraMarch 1, 2013 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    The Sweetheart dress.

  17. rich morrisMarch 1, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind her getting the Derek Lam for DesigNation one-piece cutout swimsuit

  18. Becky RichiedMarch 1, 2013 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Definitely the sweetheart one :) prettiful…

  19. Adrienne gordonMarch 1, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I could use meandals for spring

  20. Margaret SmithMarch 1, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    The sweetheart dress is adorable and perfect for my daughter. I’d also like a nice blouse & jacket.

  21. debbieMarch 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I would like a new pair of shoes.

  22. Wild OrchidMarch 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I really want a nice maxi dress for the summer!

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  23. Michelle CabreraMarch 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I love the prints and vibrant blue color!

    cabrera.ms@gmail.com

  24. EmilyMarch 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    The maxi dress is on my list.

  25. MariaMarch 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    The shirt dress is too boxy. I prefer the colorblock dresses.

  26. Kurt HoffmannMarch 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Papa needs some new shoes

  27. TamarMarch 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I like the v-neck maxi dress. would be great with a sweater.

  28. courtney bMarch 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    baby easter outfits!

  29. KIM HMarch 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I adore the sweetheart dress

  30. kim lazorMarch 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Easter clothing for my family is on my list! Love Kohl’s!

  31. Cynthia CMarch 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to have a new pair of wedge sandals.

  32. Nicole L.March 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I like the derek lam designation bib button down shirt.

  33. Tabathia BMarch 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    I like the Woodgrain Papaya dress

  34. KatherineMarch 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Derek Lam for DesigNationTM
    v-neck gathered dress inblack

  35. Dorothy DeakyneMarch 2, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    The Sweetheart dress

  36. Nataly CarbonellMarch 2, 2013 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    The Multi-print dress

  37. Suzanne KMarch 2, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    new jeans and bras since I’ve lost weight!

  38. ChristineMarch 2, 2013 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    the Derek Lam for DesigNation one-piece cutout swimsuit

  39. KathleenMarch 2, 2013 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    The printed maxi dress from the Derek Lam collection

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  40. Stephanie V.March 2, 2013 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    printed maxi dress from Derek Lam collection – LOVE it!!

  41. PetuniaMarch 2, 2013 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    i think my fav is the maxi dress.

    thanks for the giveaway

  42. ellen beckMarch 2, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    I like the Designation button down shirt dress- very cute!

  43. Rebecca GrahamMarch 2, 2013 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Shoes and a purse are on my list.

  44. Mara ZamoraMarch 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I’d love an LC dress .

  45. Sue EllisonMarch 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I love the polyester top and I could use a new pair of shoes.

  46. ThrouthehazeMarch 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    he blue boatneck dress

  47. Sarah HirschMarch 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    which holiday?? but I’d love some new jeans

    • Mary HallMarch 3, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink

      Opps, I left the holiday word in there from a previous giveaway! Thanks for letting me know. I just edited it.

  48. Barbara MontagMarch 2, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Casual boots for me – thank you.

  49. Dana RodriguezMarch 3, 2013 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    New shorts!

  50. Jeana O'donnell-MurpMarch 3, 2013 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    I like the printed maxi dress. I also like Lauren Conrad’a lin.

  51. kfloveinmeMarch 3, 2013 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    The DesigNation fitted boatneck dress and new sneakers

  52. VivMarch 3, 2013 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    I like the pencil skirt outfit shown in the lookbook

  53. cali julzMarch 3, 2013 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Anything adidas!! Oh and I also need updated jewelry :)

  54. Stefanie Gladden (AnMarch 3, 2013 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    I’d love a pair of candies shoes!!

  55. AmberMarch 3, 2013 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    Those Derek lam dresses are lovely! Would love to get one for my birthday in 2 weeks!

  56. CindyMarch 3, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    DesigNation shirred shoulder tunic.

  57. Stephanie LarisonMarch 3, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Derek Lam for DesigNation bra jumpsuit

  58. Tammy SMarch 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I love the printed maxi dress. A must for summer.

  59. Kathryn CMarch 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    I like the shirred shoulder tunic.

  60. Janna JohnsonMarch 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    sweetheart dress
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  61. Kirsten C.March 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I really like a lot of the looks, but I, too, am concerned with whether these pieces are made for the long & lean body type. I am normally not much of a print person either, but the colors and scale of the prints seem doable for me. From your Pinterest page, I love the black bra jumpsuit, the button-down bib woven shirt, and the cutout swimsuit. I’ll be curious to see what the pieces actually look like in person though!

  62. UriMarch 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I am a sucker for prints so the Derek Lam collab is right up my alley! I am particularly loving … well all the dresses :)

  63. meredithMarch 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I really like the sweetheart dress – but id have to try it on

  64. TrinaMarch 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    I love the blue maxi. Definitely agree that the blue looks are the best looks.

  65. Michelle HudakMarch 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    I like the Woodgrain Papaya dress

  66. Mary CasperMarch 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I love the color block dress

  67. KatherineMarch 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    The maxi dress looks sweet!

  68. Tracy RobertsonMarch 3, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I could use some new jeans and some casual shoes! I honestly never pay attention to the designers, but I love shopping at Kohl’s. I look at it all, regardless of the labels and always find something I love.

  69. Stacey BMarch 4, 2013 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    I like the Lauren Conrad line

  70. Anne the SpyGirlMarch 4, 2013 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    The fitted boatneck dress in green/black looks kind of OK… if it’s gross polyester than forget it.
    I agree with you — this is an odd and mostly unattractive collection. If it looks weird and/or frumpy ON A MODEL, than it’ll be really bad on us mortals.
    If I won, I’d probably spend my money on something else.

  71. Jason VaughnMarch 4, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    I pick up there food network stuff.

  72. Jil lHMarch 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I love the Derek Lam Blue Boatneck Dress.

  73. ClaudiaMarch 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I like Derek Maxi Dress .

  74. Amanda L.March 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I like the sweetheart dress.

  75. Denise LMarch 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    The button down shirtdress you show is definitely on my wishlist!

  76. Mary CalabreseMarch 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I need some new towels.

  77. Tina Renee BarkerMarch 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I love the Derek Lam for DesigNation fitted boatneck dress !

  78. Andrea DarstMarch 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I really love the Rock N Republic line at Kohl’s, but I’m excited about the Derek Lam line!

  79. Monique RizzoMarch 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE the Derek Lam collection.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  80. LynnMarch 5, 2013 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I always wanted something from Derek Lam… But not sure If would fit anything besides the tops… I’m petite

  81. MaryRMarch 5, 2013 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    The maxi dress is on my list.

  82. JillMarch 5, 2013 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    I agree with you on the Derek Lam Collection. There are a few designs that look like fabric tents.

    However, the blue printed maxi dress caught my eye as well :)

  83. PattiMarch 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I like many of Kohl’s designer collaborations. So I just like to shop and buy what I am attracted to! lebl9077@bellsouth.net

  84. McKimMarch 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I need new sheets for our bed.

  85. Cindy JulienMarch 6, 2013 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the maxi dress!!

  86. mickeyfanMarch 6, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I like the maxi, but most would look cuter on my daughter than on me!

  87. Diana CMarch 6, 2013 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    I really like the sweetheart dress. It is so cute.

    Thanks for the chance.

    Diana C

  88. CourtnieMarch 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I like the blue boatneck dress.

  89. AubreyMarch 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I like the sweetheart dress

  90. Susan ChesterMarch 7, 2013 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    I would love anything from the Derek Lam collection from Kohl’s. The Boatneck dress is my fave!

  91. Starr BrunerMarch 7, 2013 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Those fab aqua jeans would be so versatile in my wardrobe!

  92. Iris StoneMarch 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I like the color blocking and choice of colors.

    Hope to win so I can buy!

  93. Theresa JMarch 7, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    My list is kinda all over the place. I like some Derek Lam pieces as well as Lauren Conrad and some the Candies piesce

  94. Kristi CMarch 8, 2013 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I like the printed maxi dress.

  95. Debra HamiltonMarch 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    My list starts with Lauren Conrad and goes to Jennifer Lopez and then Chaps and many more!

  96. Kyl NeuschMarch 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Croft and barrow shirt

  97. Katie RochMarch 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I like the Derek Lam fitted boatneck dress on your pinterest board

  98. JamieMarch 9, 2013 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    I have the sweetheart dress on my list.

  99. amy rouseMarch 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    oh, I love me that maxi dress. Puttin’ it on my list right now!

  100. Kelly DMarch 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I like the Derek Lam for DesigNation shirred shoulder tunic

  101. BoMarch 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I love the sweetheart dress! It’d be perfect for date night.

  102. Barbara MontagMarch 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink
  103. patricia skinnerMarch 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I have a new grandchild on the way and Kohl’s has the cutest Layette sets from Carters and All First Moments.

  104. dani marieMarch 13, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    anything from the lauren conrad LC collection.

  105. jen gerschMarch 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    the blue maxi dress

  106. Candy DouglasMarch 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Love, love, love the blue slacks and black printed tank!

  107. KatieMarch 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I love the LC collection and also get a ton of jewelry from Kohls

  108. John HutchensMarch 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Derek Lam

  109. James BeckMarch 14, 2013 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    Derek Lam

  110. Christine WMarch 14, 2013 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Yes! My favorite is the Maxi Dress

  111. Raylene KrugerMarch 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous love the colors!

  112. ClaireMarch 15, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I love the tunic most of all!

  113. Theresa DMarch 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I really like the Derek Lam v-neck maxi dress

  114. Kimberly WMarch 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I love the Derek Lam for DesigNation v-neck maxi dress

  115. Daniel MMarch 15, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    just need some pants and shirts for spring

  116. RobinMarch 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I would love to get the sweetheart dress

  117. Rebecca PetersMarch 16, 2013 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    I like his collection but I really like candies brand at khols

  118. Jennifer ReedMarch 16, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    I like a few of the pieces from the Derek Lam collection at Kohl’s like the top you mentioned but in the blue strip pattern.

  119. Deb CMarch 16, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    I would get the Printed Maxi Dress.

  120. BreanneMarch 16, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I do like that printed maxi dress

  121. Valerie MabreyMarch 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I like the sweetheart dress too
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  122. Michelle WMarch 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I love the Derek Lam for DesigNation shirred shoulder tunic

  123. Pauline MMarch 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    I really like the Dana Buchman line of spring clothes!

  124. Zipper McGeeMarch 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    The maxi dress speaks to me!! Love the whole collection.

  125. Gloria SMarch 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I would get some Fiesta dinnerware

  126. Valeen NMarch 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I love the maxi dress,but I also need a new cute purse!

  127. SonyaMarch 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I love their Sonoma line!

  128. susan smoaksMarch 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    i like anything and everything lauren conrad

  129. Amity JMarch 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    IM NOT MUCH OF A LABEL CHASER BUT HIS JEANS ARE SOMETHING I WOULD BUY FOR MY DAUGHTER

  130. Kimberly HilbertMarch 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I love shopping at Kohl’s. I’m not crazy about this collection, though. Some of it looks like what my grandmother would wear.

    I like very classic styles. Vera Wang is one designer that I like that I’ve gotten at Kohls.

  131. shawnaMarch 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    I would get some jeans.

  132. Brittney HouseMarch 16, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    the sweetheart dress

  133. JoAnn F.March 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I need new shoes for the spring!
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  134. Terry CrossMarch 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I love the Derek Lam printed maxi dress!

  135. Susan SmithMarch 16, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I like the Derek Lam for DesigNation v-neck maxi dress

  136. Lorena KeechMarch 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know, because we never shop Kohl’s.

  137. Diane WMarch 17, 2013 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    I like the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil inspired collection of Derek Lam

  138. Erica C.March 17, 2013 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I’m looking for fun home decor.

  139. Sarah LMarch 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I like the Derek Lam for DesigNation v-neck maxi dress $88.
    You write that this ends tonight, but the Rafflecopter says it’s over.
    Happy St. Patty’s day!

  140. Sarah LMarch 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Optimist that I am, I’ll still enter:
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    Thanks for the contest.