Happy Saturday, friends! I’ve got a pretty big try-on haul today, and I didn’t get around to editing most of these pictures or writing this post until this morning, so it’s going up a lot later than I had hoped.
Most of these stores are having sales, so I didn’t want to hold any till next week, so yeah… here we are! Better late than never, I guess. Let’s dive right in!
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with an hourglass shape. Unless I say otherwise, I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe.
White House Black Market Try-Ons
White House Black Market is having a 30% off sale right now, and all of the following WHBM items are included, as far as I know.
WHBM Woven Front Tank
I picked up this top, thinking it would make a nice layering piece under jackets. I like the satiny fabric, it’s nice for date nights. I also appreciate the wide, bra-friendly straps and flattering scoop neck.
It’s a little longer in the back and has a split hem, and it’s 24″ long from shoulder to hem. It looks fine left out, but you can also give it a front-tuck if you like. This tank also comes in petite, and it runs TTS.
THE VERDICT: This one’s a keeper! I can see myself wearing it alone with jeans and jewelry to go out to dinner with Paul this summer, and it will also make a nice layering piece for spring.
WHBM Ruched Cap Sleeve Tee
This top is so cute, with a flattering scoop neck and cap sleeves, and such a gorgeous color. It’s soft and comfortable, but the ruching on the sides definitely gives it a body-con fit.
It comes in several other colors and a zebra print, and it’s 24.5″ long from shoulder to hem.
THE VERDICT: I was down a few pounds the day I tried this top on, and I like how it fits as I stand here in the mirror. But I know myself, and I just don’t think I’d end up wearing it. I sent it back, but now I’m thinking I should have kept it as a layering piece… what would you do?
WHBM Ultimate Sculpt High Rise Bootcut Jeans
This silhouette doesn’t seem particularly fashion-forward to me, but the higher rise does these apart from the bootcuts and flares of the early aughts. I think that helps keep them more relevant, and I also love this crisp white wash.
I’m hoping as longer and more relaxed pants come back in style, these leg-lengthening flares will follow. There is no doubt that they are supremely flattering, and they tend to work well for most (if not all?) body types.
My only complaint is that the fabric is kind of thick and stiff, but they do give some as you move around, and they’re not show-through.
THE VERDICT: Undecided. They’re definitely flattering, but I’m afraid I won’t reach for them. That said, they could be a nice option to have, even if I don’t wear them a ton.
WHBM Mockneck Pullover
Now this is a body-con top that I love, and I’m not sure why I feel more comfortable in it than the ruched top. Maybe it’s the darker color or the higher neckline, but I think this sweater is so sophisticated and chic.
It also has a really pretty textured knit, but you can’t see the details very well in these pictures. This top is 23 1/4″ from shoulder to hem, and it also comes in petite.
THE VERDICT: This one is definitely a keeper!
WHBM Everyday Soft Denim High Rise Flare Jeans
Yep! Another pair of bootcuts… these are realllly soft and flexible denim. SO comfortable. And they have the same fantastic fit as the white pair above, but with smaller rear pockets, which I much prefer.
I also like the lived-in dark wash and the subtle whiskering at the hips and behind the knee, although it’s definitely a throwback to the bootcuts jeans I was wearing 12 years ago. It feels just a little too soon to go back to that, although I admit, I do love these.
THE VERDICT: Undecided. I just don’t know that I’m ready to go back to this look quite yet. My eye is finally adjusting to the straighter, cropped fit, and I’m liking that a lot for spring and summer.
WHBM Reversible Dual Neck Cami
White House Black Market always does these reversible camis, and you’re basically getting two tops in one, which is kind of nice.
I really like this floral print, although you can see the zebra behind it. I think that is intentional, and it doesn’t bother me, but I don’t love how when you reverse it, you can see about an inch of the floral print below the zebra print.
Here, you can see the two side by side. I like this top a lot, I just wish it wasn’t QUITE so long. (It’s 26″ long.) At least, it front tucks okay.
WHBM Limited-Edition Make Herstory Printed Tee
I love the idea behind this tee, and I just like a graphic tee. It’s got a chic French girl thing going on, although I’m not sure French women wear graphic tees? What would I know, I’ve never been!
Unfortunately, it is rather thin, and it also runs small. I think I’d prefer the fit of the medium.
THE VERDICT: Probably returning this one. I may or may not reorder in the medium.
WHBM High-Rise Rolled Hem 5-Inch Shorts
Oh, boy… let’s just say there is a lot of photoshop action going on in these pictures. I’ve been using self tanner, but I don’t think it does much for me in pictures.
While I typically prefer a 3 — 4″ inseam in my denim shorts, I like this 5″ length for dressier shorts. In fact, I might have this exact pair saved from last year. I need to check. They’re looking awfully familiar all of the sudden, lol!
They’re a nice medium-weight fabric and aren’t too see-through. I just wish they were a little narrower in the leg opening, but that’s a personal problem. I have wider hips and thin legs, so this is my challenge with shorts. One of these days, I’m going to have a pair tailored and see if I like the results.
VERDICT: Keeping, as long as I don’t already have a pair!
LOFT has up to 40% off spring styles right now, with a few exclusions…
LOFT Ribbed Polo Sweater Tee
The polo style sweaters are trending this spring, and I like this ribbed version a lot. It’s a nice change of pace from the crewneck sweater tees.
This one is 100% cotton, and it’s quite short at 22 1/2″ long, so I might size up to be on the safe side.
Unfortunately, this sweater is NOT included in the sale, but keep an eye on it. It will be on sale eventually… it’s LOFT, after all.
Repeat after me: “Never pay full price at LOFT.”
THE VERDICT: Returning, and when it goes on sale, I’ll try the medium.
LOFT Ribbed Polo Sweater Tee
This is the same sweater tee in white, but I don’t love it as much in the lighter color. Again, it’s quite short, and it’s also on the thinner side.
THE VERDICT: Probably returning. I think I’d get more wear out of the black.
LOFT Drawstring Hem Denim Jacket
I recommended this jacket as an alternative to the olive bomber I styled a couple weeks ago, so I thought I’d order it and check it out for myself.
Whelp… it’s a bit underwhelming, to say the least!
It’s really short and boxy and wide and doesn’t hang open and show my top the way it appears to on the website model. It’s also a fairly thick, stiff fabric that isn’t very comfortable, and I’m not sure what is up with those gigantic sleeves.
THE VERDICT: Returning, and I’m sorry if you ordered it on my recommendation and don’t like it either. Maybe it worked for some of you???
LOFT Striped Boatneck Tee
This is a classic stripe 3/4-sleeve top that makes a great spring wardrobe staple for many women. The fabric is a nice, medium-weight 100% cotton, and it’s 24″ long.
I want to say every woman needs one of these, but I’m sure some of you will inform me that you don’t wear horizontal stripes, and that’s okay. You don’t have to. But if you’re a stripe-lover, like me, order one of these now while it’s on sale!
THE VERDICT: Keeping! But as a disclaimer, I would front-tuck it with these cropped jeans, or wear longer jeans to provide better vertical balance.
Banana Republic Try-Ons
Banana Republic is doing a Friends & Family Event, and you can save 50% off your purchase, even new arrivals!
Banana Republic Dolman Top
I styled this top earlier in the week with black kick flares, but I have these pictures, so I thought I’d include them since it shows this top with white jeans. Plus, I realize not everyone reads every one of my posts. I often forget that!
VERDICT: Keeping! This is such a nice, versatile top for dressing up or down, and wearing alone or as a base layer.
Banana Republic Cotton-Hemp Long Cardigan Sweater
I can’t remember if I shared this cardigan or not, so I’m sharing it again because I really like it. I think it’s such a great neutral color for spring, and the fabric is breathable without being super thin. I love the contrasting buttons and shorter length, and this is a great time to snag one, while it’s 50% off!
Here it is in the copper clay. It’s not quite as bright as it appears in these pictures, but it’s definitely more of a warm rust. I might like it for fall, but I definitely prefer the Brazilian Sand for spring.
THE VERDICT: Keeping the Brazilian Sand, returning Copper Clay.
Banana Republic Cotton-Hemp V-Neck Sweater
I shared this sweater in my last Try-On Haul in another color, but I returned it and ordered this green… and then the Friends & Family Sale started. Blergh. I considered returning and re-ordering, but that’s a lot of work, so I guess I’ll just enjoy it.
I love the neckline, the body length, and the fit through the body; and I think this sage green is so fresh and pretty for spring.
THE VERDICT: Keeping!
I’ve got a few items from Everlane to share with you. Unfortunately, my favorites are almost sold out.
Everlane The Clog
I’ll cut to the chase. I love these clogs. I had my eye on them for a while, and I never pulled the trigger, and when I finally decided I wanted them, they were selling out. I ordered the 7, on a wing and a prayer. (I usually wear 7.5 or 8 in clogs.)
Imagine my delight when they actually fit! Okay, barely, but I think they’re okay. I just love the woven leather for spring, and a clog makes such a nice transition shoe.
VERDICT: Keeping! And if you can manage to snag your size, I would say size down half, not a whole size, as I did.
Everlane The Mariner Sweater
This sweater is a little heavier than most of the styles I’m ordering right now, but it’s a really nice quality, and it makes a nice transition piece for those of us living in cooler climates. It’s 55% wool, 45% cotton, so be aware of that, if you’re allergic, but it’s very soft and feels nice on.
I like the v-neck with loop and button closure and the textured rib detailing. I just wish it didn’t have the drop shoulder, but otherwise, it’s really pretty for chilly spring days.
It also comes in camel and a red and white stripe, but I think this blue is such a gorgeous color. It’s begging to be paired with white.
Trunk Club Unboxing
I haven’t had a box from Trunk Club in a while, but I had some credits, so I ordered one. It was hit or miss, but here are a few of the highlights.
7 For All Mankind Josefina High Waist Boyfriend Jeans
I’m loving the faded light wash on these slim-fitting boyfriend jeans. They have a 24 1/2″ cuffed inseam (it’s 27″ if you un-cuff them) and a 10″ front rise; and they’re made of a stretchy and soft 82% cotton, 17% rayon, 1% elastane.
Since they’re a slim boyfriend, they aren’t too relaxed in the thighs. I like how they give a nod to the straighter, cropped styles that are trending, but they taper a bit, which I find a little more flattering, personally.
VERDICT: Keeping; I think these will be nice to have this summer.
Franco Sarto Jolee Ankle Strap Flat
I thought these flats were really fun. The square toe and quilted leather are both big trends right now, and they make a nice transition shoe. Madewell has a very similar pair that I’ve had my eye on, so when these came in my Trunk, I decided to keep them.
THE VERDICT: Keeping!
Madewell Crewneck Short Sleeve Bodysuit
I would never have ordered a bodysuit, but since it came, I thought I’d give it a chance. I like the cut of the neck and sleeves, and the fabric is soft. I can definitely appreciate the minimalist vibe and how it pairs with high rise pants, but… ugh!
Even though these pants aren’t tight at the waist, it gives me a muffin-top. Maybe if they were a higher rise, it would work better. As you can see, my natural waist is a lot higher than the waistband on these 10″ rise jeans.
Let’s just say, I would not be wearing this without a layer on top.
VERDICT: This top went back. Even though it could make a good layering piece, I am too old and cranky to futz with snaps… down there.
Vince Tapered Cuff Pull-On Pants
This is me giving tapered trousers the good old college try. I even tried tucking my top in all the way around, just for kicks and giggles.
And you know what? It isn’t terrible… but it would definitely take some getting used to.
These pants are really nice quality, but they are way more than I want to spend, considering my lifestyle just doesn’t warrant dress pants very often. But if you need professional work wear, and they fit your budget, you might want to give them a try!
THE VERDICT: These pants went back.
Amazon Fashion Try-Ons
And finally, a few Amazon Fashion Finds…
Amazon Essentials Brushed Tech Popover Hoodie
If you need budget-friendly activewear, this top is really soft and comfortable, and I like the fit a lot. It’s fairly body-con, but it’s not super tight.
VERIDCT: Keeping! It’s perfect for spring walks and casual days at home.
Amazon Essentials Studio Convertible Hoodie
This one is a little thicker and not as soft and comfortable as the one above, and the hood is kind of heavy. That’s a pet peeve of mine with hoodies. That said, I like the fit through the body and the shorter length.
THE VERDICT: Returning.
Daily Ritual Supersoft Terry Funnel-Neck Tunic
And this is just a big, fat no! My daughter was in the room when I tried this on, and she had a heyday making fun of it.
I appreciate the attempt at covering the lady bits, but it’s just not flattering. I think it would look better if it was the same length all the way around. It’s soft and comfy, though!
THE VERDICT: Buh-bye!
Soluna Swim Sunset Scoop Neck Dress
Now, this is cute! This dress is definitely coming to Florida with me. It can be a swimsuit coverup, or a casual out-to-dinner dress.
It’s soft and comfortable, and it’s not terribly low-cut under the arms, although I think I might like it better if I had the straps taken up a bit. I love the smocked detail at the waist.
VERDICT: Definitely keeping!
Daily Ritual Standard-Fit Girlfriend Jeans
These jeans were a very pleasant surprise! For the price point, you really can’t beat them. For one thing, they’re very comfortable, which is something I can rarely say for cheaper denim. I was afraid they would bag out, but I wore them for a few hours one afternoon this week, and they held up really well.
I also think they have a fairly flattering fit for the straight cropped style.
THE VERDICT: Keeping! It will be nice to have a less expensive pair of jeans to wear around the house and do things where I might not want to wear my premium denim.
And finally, one lone Nordstrom item…
Treasure & Bond Twist Detail T-Shirt
I had this tee last year in a tie dye, and I wore it a ton, so when I saw that they brought it back in some other colors this season, I grabbed one. It’s a great price too, at $20!
It is cut high enough under the arms that it doesn’t gape or show your bra, and the twist detail is such a nice touch. It’s true to size!
And oh my word, that’s a wrap! Every time I get to the end of one of these Try-On posts, I feel like I just birthed a baby.
I know I sped through some of these, so if I forgot any details, or you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer in the comments!
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