The Recessionista Reviews Matthew Willliamson for Macy’s

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Pictured: Separates from the MW for Macy’s line on the rack at my local store.

Although I stopped in the nearest Macy’s to check out British designer Matthew Williamson’s collection for Macy’s the day it launched, I haven’t had a chance until now to share my findings with my readers. This is a lovely, tasteful collection full of brilliant impressionistic style prints for spring/summer wear. The prints are more muted than Williamson’s previous collection for H&M. Don’t expect screaming bright yellows or parrot prints in this Macy’s Impulse line.

Pictured; My personal fav, the MW Iris print dress–reminds me of a Monet.

One of my favorite pieces from the collection is the above Iris print dress priced at $99.00.   This dress has a V-neck, fitted waist and full skirt that will compliment many figure types. My other top picks are the printed maxi dress tiered with halter top (sold out on line) and the lavender Grecian style one shoulder dress for  $119.00.   The color palette for this collection is really striking, the blues are deep royal colors, check out the blue smocked tiered dress  and the printed rain coat to see what I mean.  The collection has more casual styles too, cropped pants and peasant blouses that are very comfortable.

Pictured: This MW  Maxi Dress is already sold out online.

 My only caution about this collection is the sizing.  You really need to go to a store and try it on to ensure fit.   Some items are what I call, “contemporary sizing.” This means they run a bit small. Other pieces are loose and flowy.  The largest size the collection goes to is US Size 12. However, some pieces run a little larger than others.  Most of the cocktail dresses are also a bit on the short side, so be on the look out for that.  However, if the fit works for you, then I think this collection does provide fashion value.  And most Macy’s shoppers I saw agreed with that.  I heard two statements consistently from in store shoppers: “Wow–this stuff is cute” and “This is not that expensive.” I also heard most shoppers say they didn’t know Matthew Williamson, or if they did , it was only via H&M.

Although Macy’s says this limited time collection won’t be eligible for sales or discount promos, they said that about the previous Kinder collection, and all of that is now on sale. So if you are patient, I think you can score some of this for less in 30-45 days.  You just have to decide if what you want, in the size you want it,  will still be there!  If you’ve seen the collection at your local Macy’s , leave a comment and share your thoughts.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.