Greetings and happy Friday! This Try-On Haul is going to be a two-parter.
I went to the mall yesterday and tried on a bunch of things, but there was no way I was going to get all of those pictures uploaded and edited, find the links, and write out my thoughts on each piece in time to get them into this post today.
So, I did a poll on Instagram Stories to see if people would prefer me to hold the post until tomorrow and put all this week’s try-ons in one place, OR post what I have ready today and post the rest tomorrow. The majority wanted me to split it up into two posts, so that’s what I did!
Today’s post is all the pieces I ordered and tried on here at home, and tomorrow’s post will be everything I tried on at the mall yesterday.
Before we get started, a word about sizing. I’ve lost a solid 5 pounds over the past month, thanks to intermittent fasting, and it’s finally starting to show in my clothes. (I’ve also lost an inch or so from my hips, waist, and bust.)
All that to say, it’s going to make my sizing recommendations a bit different from what they’ve been in the past year or so. I know a lot of you rely on my sizes to help determine your sizes, so I’ll try to give as much detail as I can when it seems necessary, so I don’t steer you wrong.
Trunk Club Unboxing and Try-On Haul
Let’s start with my latest Trunk Club delivery!
For those who aren’t familiar with Trunk Club, it’s a clothing subscription service by Nordstrom. You can either set a delivery schedule (like once a month) or you can just let your stylist know when you’re ready for your next box. She chooses things she thinks you will like based on your profile, and conversations you have. You can be as specific or as general as you like.
You try on everything in the comfort of your own home, and you only pay for what you keep!
I really like how you keep the same stylist and she gets to know you, but you have to give it time. I just got assigned a new stylist after having the same one for several years, so we’re still getting to know each other, and she’s learning what works for me and what doesn’t.
She’s is really trying to tempt me with luxury goods this month, so I’m warning you, the prices on a lot of these is really up there. And unfortunately none are on sale at the moment, so I have to make some hard choices. I’m not sure what I’m keeping yet, so I will be curious to get your input.
Vince Breton Stripe Turtleneck Cashmere Sweater (size M) // The first thing I noticed about this sweater was the soft, plush cashmere.
Earlier this week, I published a post about What Makes A Garment Good Quality (or Not) and this sweater is the textbook definition of good quality cashmere. It’s thicker and denser than any of the under-$100 cashmere sweaters I’ve tried, and all you have to do is touch it to tell the difference.
I also love the cut and the fit of this sweater — the sleeves are nice and long, the traditional shoulder seams are perfectly placed, and the 22 1/2″ length is right in my sweet spot. Plus, the stripes are fun for a change, since all of my luxe sweaters are solids.
Besides the price, the only thing holding me back from keeping this sweater is that I feel like I’ll only want to wear it with white jeans. I know it would look fine with blue jeans or black jeans or pants, but for some reason, I really only like it with white — and not stark white, like these jeans, but it would be perfect with the Everlane high rise skinnies in Bone.
So yeah… I’m just not sure I’ll get the cost per wear out of this. And also, I need another grey sweater like I need a hole in the head.
For size reference, my stylist called this one exactly right. She sent the medium, even though I always wear a small in Vince, and I definitely need the medium in this. For some reason, it runs small.
Joe’s The Charlie High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans (size 28) // So these jeans… The 26″ inseam is the perfect length for pairing with booties, which is a plus.
They’re also very stretchy and extremely comfortable, but they’re a bit see through — it’s not that they’re thin so much as tight and stretchy — too much like white leggings. Maybe I need to try the 29, but I’m afraid with this much stretch, they might slide down.
Linea Paolo Anna Wedge Sneaker (size 8) // Now, these were a pleasant surprise. I’ve seen these shoes around, but I never really gravitated to the styling.
They are soooo comfortable, though! If you like a casual, comfy shoe, and want a little bit of added height, these are a a great choice!
Club Monaco Button Neck Cashmere Sweater (size S) // Club Monaco is another high-end brand that typically does a really nice quality sweater, and this one is a lovely knit — nice and soft and dense, and I really like the button neck style — you can also unbutton a few and let it split open over your shoulder.
The 24″ length is still within my sweet spot range, but I don’t love the length of the sleeves or the drop shoulders. I feel like it makes me look top-heavy.
Incidentally, I’ve had people tell me they think I’m a carrot body type or inverted triangle, but my shoulders are 38″ and my hips are 40″, so I’m not even close to being that body type. Depending on my weight, my hip measurement has been as much as 41″ at times, although the shoulder measurement never really changes, and my chest ranges from 38″ – 40″ depending on my weight and the time of the month. (My waist is usually 30″ – 31″, for anyone wondering, and that is why I’m an hourglass body type.)
All that to say, I’m pretty well-balanced. If anything, my hips are wider than my chest and shoulders, so if I look like an inverted triangle, I’m definitely doing something wrong with the clothes I’m wearing.
Alex Mill Ribolata Wool Blend Turtleneck (size S) // So this sweater is not cashmere — it’s a 50/50 wool/cotton blend, so all natural fibers. The wool content doesn’t bother me, but I don’t typically wear sweaters this body-con. The ribbed knit generally draws more attention to my chest than I prefer, although this one seems okay, but it’s kind of plain.
That said, I have plenty of bulky sweaters, and not much navy. I like the split hem and split cuff detail, and it’s very comfortable to wear. I’m debating keeping this one… I need to try it on with some other outfits and see if I would get a good cost per wear out of it. At least the price tag is more palatable than most of the other sweaters that came in my Trunk.
Rag & Bone Ramone Western Booties (size 8.5) // These also came from Trunk Club, and they are GORGEOUS. But, I do think I need a size 8. The website says to size up, so my stylist sent me the 8.5, but they’re pretty big on my feet.
Sizing issues aside, the quality on these is outstanding, and I really like the taupe color, as well as the 2 3/4″ angled heel. Also, the overlapping topline with a buckle strap is such a fun detail.
The only thing holding me back is the price. Rag & Bone booties rarely go on sale, but I did manage to score my Margot booties on sale because I was patient and held out, so I know the smart thing to do is hold off on these and stalk them until the end of season and hope for the best.
Rag & Bone Shredded-Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans in Flint (size 28) // I reviewed these jeans in last week’s Haul, but they weren’t on sale at the time. I did get mine on sale, though, and they’re on sale again today!
I really like these, and I decided to keep them because a lot of my jeans are getting too big, and these fit like a second skin. I also really like the lighter wash and the shredded hem.
If you’re considering placing an order, I would say they’re TTS; I think the 29 would have fit me better a couple months ago.
Vince Ribbed Mock Neck Wool & Cashmere Sweater (size S) // I absolutely ADORE this sweater… I loooooove the details in the knit, and I love the way it skims the body without clinging, plus the white is so fresh and pretty. I have a lot of taupe and ivory, but no white sweaters.
Unfortunately, it is soooo itchy!!! It’s 72% wool and 28% cashmere, but wool doesn’t usually bother me. I was so bummed because this is by far my favorite sweater she sent in this trunk, but then I read the reviews on the Nordstrom website, and that really gave me pause. Plus, of course, the price.
I never pay full price for Vince sweaters because you can always find some on sale. So, as much as it pains me, because I would love to add this sweater to my winter wardrobe, it will have to go back.
Vince Boiled Cashmere Funnel Neck Pullover (size S) // Okay, last Vince sweater! So this is another conundrum. This is such a pretty cool taupe color, and I absolutely love how thick and soft and cozy it is.
This is even thicker than the stripe one above, due to the fulling process, whereby knit fabrics are agitated with hot water to shrink the fabric, resulting in a dense felted fabric that resists fraying and further shrinkage. That’s what “boiled cashmere” means.
Remember those “boiled wool jackets” we all wore back in the 80s with the gold buttons??? Same process, but this time with cashmere.
The result is the most luxurious, thick, soft, cozy sweater. The warmth in this thing is unbelievable. I could feel it, just pulling it on and off.
And while I don’t typically love the longer styles with the relaxed fit, this one front-tucks beautifully.
Oh, it is tempting…. but the price.
PAIGE Transcend Hoxton High Waist Coated Skinny Jeans (size 28) // These coated skinnies were also in my Trunk, and they kind of crack me up. They have almost a space-age vibe. Calling Captain Kirk…
They run small, the 28 barely buttoned on me. In my experience, even when I wore 28 in AG and Joe’s other brands, I always needed a 29 in Paige. These are also longer than I like, so yeah, I’ll have no qualms sending these back.
That said, if you’re tall, you may like them. The quality seems really good — they’re much thicker than my other coated denim jeans, but also soft and comfortable. (Some I’ve had in the past were very stiff.)
R Minkoff Katherine Sweater (size S) // This sweater is just okay for me. The crewneck is awfully high, and it’s chunky and not very soft. (The fabric is 55% acrylic, 38% nylon, 7% wool.) The colors are pretty, though.
Try-On Haul: Jackets
I ordered these two jackets on a whim — I always wear a denim jacket or a leather moto when I need a completer piece for an outfit, and sometimes I feel like I need something different.
Thread & Supply Amsterdam Fleece Lined Trucker Jacket (size M) // This first one is a play on a denim jacket, but it’s lined with fleece so it’s warmer and can be worn on milder winter days, and I like the off-white color for a change.
Clearly this jacket is too big. But beyond that, I like it, but it feels cheap to me — both on the inside and the outside. It’s soft enough, but the material just feels kind of flimsy — it’s probably the density that we talked about in my post on how to discern a quality garment. For the price, I was expecting a little more substance.
Chelsea28 Plaid Corset Menswear Blazer (size S) // This was another disappointment, and again, it just felt cheap to me. The material has a soft cottony feel to it, which shouldn’t be a bad thing, but I guess I expect a blazer to feel more sturdy.
It’s fully lined, but the lining didn’t line up very well — you may be able to see at the bottom, the fabric of the jacket doesn’t lay flat, indicating that the lining on the inside is too short. And despite the 2% spandex, I didn’t feel any stretch, and it’s not very comfortable to move around in.
It’s also probably a size too small for me. I definitely wouldn’t be able to button it — not that I ever would, but it’s probably good to be able to. So I recommend sizing up, if in between.
I do like the plaid color and pattern, so there’s that!
Try-On Haul: Denim
In addition to the jeans I got in my Trunk Club delivery, I also ordered a few pairs from Anthropologie to try when they were having a sale a few weeks ago. Several came last week, so they’re in last week’s Try-On Haul, and the rest of my order arrived this week.
DL1961 Farrow High-Rise Button-Fly Skinny Jeans (size 29) // These are a nice weight, not see-through, and they have decent pocket placement — a little big, but ok.
They’re actually quite stiff, but they may loosen up. I think white jeans have to be a little stiff, or they show through too much of what you don’t want to show through.
I like this length and the leg opening, especially for wearing with booties. They have a 10″ rise, 26″ inseam, and 11″ leg opening, so they’re technically a skinny but read more as a slim straight.
So yeah, these might be keepers! I do have the Everlane pair, but they’re more of an off-white (they’re actually called Stone), and these are very crisp and white, plus the raw hem keeps them more casual.
My only complaint is the exposed button-fly. I’m not crazy about that. I may look for similar white DL1961 jeans with a traditional button and zip.
also wearing: Everlane The Soft Cotton V-Neck // This sweater FINALLY arrived! I’ve been stalking it since last summer. I feel like the grey color is a little different than last spring’s — it has seems to have some subtle green undertones, but the cut is the same, and I am so happy to have it back!
Citizens Of Humanity Citizens of Humanity Emannuelle Mid-Rise Slim Bootcut Jeans (size 28 Petite) // So I don’t think I meant to order these in petite, but ironically, they’re perfect for pairing with flats!
Citizens makes a really good quality denim, and these did not disappoint. They’re nice and thick and soft, and they have just enough stretch to be comfortable. The fit is good in 28, so you may want to size down if in between, but it’s hard to say — I may have needed a 29 at my higher weight.
Citizens Of Humanity Citizens of Humanity Rocket High-Rise Cropped Skinny Jeans in Carbon (size 28) // Now, these are a little snug in the 28, and I would need a 29, but they have a nice grey wash, and I love the distressed detail around the ankle. This is an example of superb quality and workmanship.
I ordered these because I wear my grey jeans soooo much, and I thought I might like to have a cropped pair. I think I need to hold onto them and try them with a few different things — I like how they work with these Chelsea boots. I’ve been struggling to pair these boots with the other jeans in my closet.
Try-On Haul: Sweaters & Shoes
I shared sweaters and shoes in the Trunk Club section above, but I also ordered a few on my own, which I’ll share here. I’ll have even more sweaters, and a few that give a nod to spring, in tomorrow’s try-on haul.
BP. Tie Dye Sweater (size S) // I ordered this when I was putting together my Spring Fashion Forecast last weekend. I really like the colors and the pattern — it’s a great little transition piece as we start to think towards spring.
That said, it runs small, and it’s kind of short and snug in the waist — definitely designed for wearing with high rise jeans. (It’s 22″ length, which is about as short as I can go.) I think I would like it if I exchanged for a medium.
It’s 100% cotton, but not very dense or soft — so probably not the best quality cotton, but still 100% cotton, which is a plus.
I’d say it’s priced to go on sale — the quality is more of a $30 or $35 sweater, not a $49 sweater, so I’m going to return the small and watch it and maybe snag the medium if it goes on sale.
Chelsea28 Cowl Neck Sweater in Pink Shock Combo (size S) // I have this in the ivory, which I’ve worn a ton since I got it in July, but since I’ve shown it so much in this post, I guess I should just mention this pink one.
I finally ordered it because I love this color for this time of year, and I don’t have much pink in my closet. I hate paying full price, when I got my ivory one for $49 at the #NSale, but it has not gone on sale since, so I gave up and just ordered the pink for full price.
I love the 23″ length, the super long sleeves with extended cuffs, and the relaxed cowl neck. It’s very soft and stretchy — not super high quality, but about right for the price point (better when on sale… but what can you do??) For anyone checking fabric content, this one is 55% cotton, 26% polyester, 11% nylon, 5% wool, 3% spandex.
It is very boxy, so not as flattering as some, but it’s fun for a change.
Linea Paolo Presta Pointy Toe Flats (size 8) // And finally, a pair of cheery pink flats! I have so many neutrals in my closet, that when I saw these, I ordered them on the spot.
I really like the notched vamp and the pointed toe, and they have a little bit of padding in the footbed.
Size-wise, I’d say they run a little small and narrow. I kept the 8, but I’m wondering if an 8.5 would be more comfortable. I actually ordered both sizes, but only the 8 came so far, and I wanted to wear them in my photo shoot yesterday, so I did, and now I have to keep them.
I think they’re going to break in and be okay, but if you’re ordering, you may want to order two sizes and return the ones that don’t fit. Also, I recommend these for women with more narrow feet, which I have, so they work great for me, but I noticed the one reviewer commented on how narrow they are, and I would agree with that.
Okay! That’s all I’ve got for now.
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing try-ons from Nordstrom, Gap, and LOFT. I have mostly sweaters (more spring than winter) and jeans (various price points) as well as a good t-shirt find and a couple of cute blouses. Stay tuned…
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