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Core Worlds Couture: Her Universe/ThinkGeek Business Casual Collection Review

Core Worlds Couture: Her Universe/ThinkGeek Business Casual Collection Review

Core Worlds Couture with Jay Krebs

After a long hiatus, its time to get back into the swing of things with a new edition of Core Worlds Couture! Here you will find Star Wars Fashion and product reviews, as well as crafty tutorials and ideas from a “mature point of view!”

Today, I’ll be reviewing two pieces from Ashley Eckstein’s Her Universe Star Wars business-casual collection. The collection was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con in July, 2017, and is found for purchase on the ThinkGeek website. There are several pieces in the collection, which you can check out here, but the focus today will be on two blouses I recently added to my wardrobe: “Star Wars Symbols Collared Tank Tunic,” and “Star Wars Ships Ladies’ Blouse.

As a teacher, I was really excited to see this line become available. I am proud to be Rogue 7 at Star Wars in the Classroom! I currently have several items from Her Universe that I do wear in my classroom, but these definitely have a leveled-up, polished look to them. Because both of these items are similar in fabric and overall construction, I have organized the review to reflect their similarities, while also shedding some light on each one individually. Let’s take a look at their overall descriptions.

First up: “Star Wars Symbols Collared Tank Tunic

Description from website:

  • An alternating pattern of both Rebel Alliance and Imperial logos
  • Sleeveless sheer button up chiffon blouse
  • Part of the ThinkGeek Star Wars Collection by Her Universe

“BRING BALANCE TO THE FORCE

Sometimes we have a hard time choosing. Chocolate or vanilla? Dine in or carry out? Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire?

Here at ThinkGeek, we think you shouldn’t have to choose. That’s why the Star Wars Symbols Collared Tank Tunic comes with an alternating pattern of both Rebel Alliance and Imperial logos. Part of the ThinkGeek Star Wars Collection by Her Universe, it’s available exclusively at ThinkGeek. With long flared sides, metal buttons, and a contrasting collar and placket, it’s like chocolate and vanilla that you both eat at the ice cream shop and get to take home to stick in the freezer. Score.”

Product Specifications (from website):

  • Star Wars Symbols Collared Tank Tunic
  • Officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise
  • A ThinkGeek exclusive from our friends at Her Universe
  • Part of the ThinkGeek Star Wars Collection by Her Universe
  • Sleeveless sheer button up chiffon blouse
  • Features Rebel Alliance and Imperial logo pattern
  • Details: Long flared sides, metal buttons, contrasting collar and placket
  • Materials: 100% polyester chiffon
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low.
  • Imported

 

Next: “Star Wars Ships Ladies’ Blouse”

Description from website:

  • Long-sleeved sheer button up chiffon blouse
  • TIE Fighters, the Millennium Falcon, X-Wings, and the TIE Advanced x1
  • Part of the ThinkGeek Star Wars Collection by Her Universe

“SHIP SHIRT IS YOUR OTP

The design on this shirt is sort of a who’s-who of the original trilogy Star Wars spaceship universe. It has X-Wings, the Millennium Falcon, a standard TIE fighter, and the TIE Advanced x1. You get to wear ALL of them, the good guys and the bad guys.

Feel like you’re walking into a Lucasfilm hangar bay with this Star Wars Ships Ladies’ Blouse. Part of the ThinkGeek Star Wars Collection by Her Universe, it’s available exclusively at ThinkGeek. It’s fancy enough to wear to work or the theater or wherever you’re required to be less scruffy-lookin’. But it’s not too stuffy, made from a lightweight and breezy chiffon.”

Product Specifications (from website):

  • Star Wars Ships Ladies’ Blouse
  • Officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise
  • A ThinkGeek exclusive from our friends at Her Universe
  • Part of the ThinkGeek Star Wars Collection by Her Universe
  • Long-sleeved sheer button up chiffon blouse
  • Ships include TIE Fighters, the Millennium Falcon, X-Wings, and the TIE Advanced x1
  • Materials: 100% polyester chiffon
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low.
  • Imported

Price:

The tunic is listed at $29.99 on the site, whereas the long-sleeved blouse is priced at $39.99, plus S/H.

My notes:

The “ships blouse” is a light blue, with black detail. To me, it looked white and black in the initial promotional photos, so when I saw it on the site, I wasn’t sure if it was white or grey. I was a bit surprised that it is blue, but pleasantly so, as I previously did not have a light blue blousy item in my wardrobe.

 

The ships decals are part of the overall design repeat of the fabric, so they won’t wear of in time, like a stamped or decal-type design. The back has a pleated box detail, centered below the yoke, just like a men’s business shirt. I like that because it gives the wearer a bit more comfort, fullness and overall freedom of movement. The collar is flat and pointed, but not too tight when completely buttoned at the neck. It also looks good with the first button or two undone, to allow for accessorizing with jewelry. I think it looks best tucked into a pair of slacks or a skirt, but I have seen it being worn untucked, paired with the “Star Wars Symbols Ladies’ Blazer,” also part of the collection.

 

The wrist cuff is fairly roomy. The circumference of the size I purchased – medium – is 9”.

The buttons are plastic, and are the 4-hole type, which I always appreciate because those seem to wear better, and you’re not always losing them. You do get two extra buttons with the blouse, just in case!

Quite a versatile top!

The “symbols tunic” is black with white symbols, and a burgandy-ish colored collar, also flat and pointed. The color isn’t quite red, but I wouldn’t define it as “brick red.” It is definitely an orange-based red/burgandy, nonetheless. The tunic also has the symbols integrated as a part of the fabric, as opposed to stamped.

I think this top is very versatile, as you can see from the many ways I wore it in the pictures. Super-business, with a skirt. Un-tucked with leggings, long cardigan and ballet slippers. Tucked into black jeans, paired with leather jacket and boots. Tied in front with bermuda shorts and heeled flip-flops. I’m sure there are even more ways to get creative! One thing I like about wearing the tunic un-tucked is that it is long and slightly lower in the back, and flared so it helps cover the rear-end area!

Sassy…!

The tunic features metal, 4-hole buttons, and also come with two replacement buttons.

Both blouses are sheer, but depending on your skin tone, you might be able to get away with not wearing a camisole underneath. As you can see in the picture, with my skin tone, anyway, you can’t really see too much skin. All of the pictures I’ve posted here are sans-cami. I did wear one under the tunic on the first day of school, just because I am always self-conscious about…well…everything I wear in the classroom, and want to project the highest professionalism possible.

The sheer nature of the fabric and its fine construction weave does make me cautious about the possibility of them snagging, but that’s the nature of the beast when it comes to fabrics like these.

Care:

Both blouses are 100% polyester, which is great for ease of care. I would not put them in the drier, personally, but would hang to dry. As sheer as the fabric is, I would be afraid something might snag the delicate weave, be it something in the drier barrel or another piece of clothing. Being 100% polyester, you will need to be careful of any type of oily stain, as this petroleum-based fiber is “oleophilic,” meaning “likes oil.”

Polyester is traditionally a wrinkle-free – or at least low wrinkling – fiber, so once ironed, the fabric should stay nice and crisp all day, which is another feature I appreciate!

Both blouses are to be washed in cool water, non-chlorine bleach only, cool drier temperature and cool iron. Both labels use the universal care labeling system, so if you are unsure what the symbols mean, you can educate yourself here.

Sizing:

I am wearing a medium. It’s always best to utilize the size charts on the website and make your selection carefully based on your own measurements. What I’ve consistently found is that Her Universe products tend to run a bit small, so keep that in mind

Overall Reactions/Rating:

I appreciate the femininity and professionalism of these two pieces, and I do think they are well-crafted and constructed, as consistent from most products I’ve purchased from Her Universe. I might purchase a couple more pieces from the line, but right now nothing has really “wowed” me like these two pieces. At this point, I would give these two blouses a 4.5/5 Galactic Credits Rating! Time will tell how well the construction and wear life holds up.

Have you purchased any of the products from the line? What has been your experience? I would love to know! Leave your comment below, or you can contact me on social media.

Thanks for reading! I hope you found this review helpful, and keep coming back for more Star Wars Fashion product reviews! You can also check out all of the archived editions on this site as well.

 

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1 Comment

  1. MelindaW
    September 4, 2017 at 14:12 Reply

    Thank you so much, Jay, for your wonderful, detailed description and comments about these two blouses. I, for one, appreciate your directness — immensely! 🙂

    For better or worse, I don’t have to get dressed up for work. (Goodness, I can work in my pjs if I so choose; all I have to do is cross the hallway to get to my computer! ha ha) Thus, I was on the fence about purchasing one of them (I’m partial to the symbols tunic. It looks lovely, and roomy — 2 plusses in my book.). I just might have to go ahead and pick it up for those instances when more than my pjs or a t-shirt (when I want to be “dressy” 😉 ) are in order.

    MTFBWY 🙂

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