Good Saturday morning! Have I got a doozie of a try-on sesh for you!
But first, I published a second post yesterday afternoon — Holiday Dressing with Ann Taylor. I’m really excited about this one, and I don’t want you to miss it. I’m styling faux leather leggings and a sparkly pencil skirt — both very fun looks that are a little different for me but still in keeping with that “classy with a side of edgy” vibe I like so much. Plus Ann Taylor is running a 40% off sale with an extra 15% off pants and denim! You can read that post HERE.
For today’s post, I’ve been collecting odds and ends of try-on pictures for a few weeks, and then I got a big order from LOFT and Amazon in the mail yesterday, so this try-on haul is the motherload!
December Try On Haul
Let’s jump right in with pants and jeans. I don’t feature as many of these as I should. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good sweater!!! And there are plenty of those in this post, but first. Pants.
I’m still on the hunt to find straight leg jeans that I feel good in, so I decided to quit messing about with brands I’m not crazy about and go ahead and order straight leg jeans in a few of my favorite premium denim brands. I also decided to quit trying the cropped straights. They don’t work for me, and I’m tired of trying to fig a square peg in a round hole… so to speak.
The issue I’m finding with full length straight leg jeans is they’re too long and need to be hemmed. This, my friends, is the main reason I love skinny ankle jeans. They go with ALL the shoes. But I’m determined to persevere.
7 For All Mankind Women’s Kimmie Straight-Leg Jeans ($159) // The wash is okay, and I think I’d like the fit in the right size, but I ordered the size 29 and I think I need the 28. I would also need to hem them — I tucked them under for these pictures.
Lucky Brand Women’s Sairio Booties ($69) // These are a good, classic leather bootie with a 3 1/2″ heel. I ordered mine from Amazon, but you can also find these at Nordstrom. The nice thing about these booties is they can be worn in inclement weather because they’re a firm, glossy leather, and they work well with straight leg jeans as well as ankle skinny jeans.
AG Harper Essential Straight Leg Jeans ($188) // AG never fails me, and once again, I struck gold with these jeans. I like the classic dark wash, and the fit is definitely better than the 7 For All Mankind pair. These are a 29 as well, and they look great in these photos, but they felt slightly roomy so I sent them back and ordered the 28.
AG Prima Cigarette Jeans ($132) // I learned my lesson from the AG Harper, and I ordered these in the 28. They’re a nice fit as well, but the leg is slimmer than the Harper — not quite a straight and not quite a skinny. The nice thing about these is they are the right length — or close to it. This Prima style has a 30″ inseam as well as a 11.5″ leg opening, as opposed to the Harper which has a 32″ inseam and a 13.5″ leg opening. I don’t like this wash as much, though, so I’ve ordered the Harper in a size 28 and I’m going to have them hemmed.
LOFT Velvet Dot Tie Back Shell ($54.40 + 50% off) // How fun is this top for casual holiday parties? It is really versatile and could be dressed up or down. I like it with blue jeans as pictured on the LOFT website, but I also styled it with black jeans and strappy sandals for a dressier look that’s coming to the blog next week.
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LOFT Jeweled Bow Flats ($98 + 50% off) // For those who don’t like to wear heels but still want to look festive, I give you these adorable flats with the sparkly bow. When I first put them on, I thought they were dreadfully uncomfortable, but after wearing them around for a bit, they softened up. I think they run slightly small though. You may want to size up a half size from your usual.
AG Legging Ankle Jeans in Black Stretch Sateen ($178 + 25% off) // There was a conversation in the comments a few weeks ago about this sateen fabric, and I realized I’ve been linking to these black Legging Ankle Jeans in Black Stretch Sateen at Bloomies and my black AG The Legging Ankle Jeans from Nordstrom interchangeably, depending on which is on sale, but the fabric content is different. I decided to order the ones from Bloomies to compare, and the material is definitely less of a denim and more of a sateen legging fabric. They still fit the same, and they look fabulous, but I would say these are dressier. If you’re interested in trying them on at home before buying, you can also find them in Amazon Prime Wardrobe. For reference, I’m wearing my usual 28, and the fit is the same as my other black AG legging ankle jeans.
FINCATI Cashmere Sweater ($69) // This is an Amazon Fashion find, and it is surprisingly good. Super soft, fits well, nice details. I’m a fan. Every size is priced a little bit differently, but most are under $70. For reference, I’m wearing a small.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Lounge Terry Long-Sleeve Tie-Waist Top ($17) // Sticking with Amazon here for a bit, I decided to try out some of the Amazon Essentials line. The prices are outstanding, and honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and feel of the items I ordered. This top is especially flattering — I love the cut. For reference, I’m wearing a small.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Lounge Terry Pant ($17) // I really did not want to take these off after trying them for this post. I could happily wear these all day long. They’re thin but soft and plenty roomy in my usual size small.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Lounge Terry Open-Front Cardigan ($18) // Another really cute, comfy piece from this line. These would make nice gifts if you have someone on your list who loves to get cozy in the evenings after work or on the weekends.
Daily Ritual Women’s Featherweight Cotton Short-Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirt (2 for $20) // These are thin but the fit is really nice. They do run small, however. I would need to size up to a medium.
Daily Ritual Women’s Hooded Sweater ($39) // Daily Ritual is another Amazon brand, and I’m loving this sweater. I ordered the charcoal in a medium and the light heather grey in a small, and they both fit fine. It’s just a matter of personal preference. I really like the length and the shape, the hood, and the split ribbed hem. It’s comfortable and cozy and not at all scratchy. For $39, you can’t beat it.
Daily Ritual Women’s Mock-Neck Tunic Sweater ($34) // Another Daily Ritual piece, this one is also nice and soft with the split ribbed hem, but this one is slightly longer in the back. Both this and the hooded one above come in a nice assortment of neutrals. I’m wearing a small in this sweater, but I think I could use a medium, plus I’m assuming it will shrink some so definitely a medium.
BENANCY Simple V-Neck Pullover ($16) // This is the last piece I have from Amazon, and this one is just okay for me. For $16, it’s cute and has a few fun details, but the quality seems a bit meh in my opinion. Also, I’m wearing a small but would size up to a medium if I were keeping it.
AQUA V-Neck Cashmere Turtleneck ($79) // Another black v-neck sweater, but there is no comparison to the one above when it comes to quality. This cashmere turtleneck from Bloomingdale’s is luxurious and so soft. It’s one of their store brands so the quality isn’t on par with brands like Eileen Fisher, Vince, and Theory, but for cashmere under $100, the Bloomingdale’s AQUA line is my favorite. I particularly like the way they do the exposed seams for a subtle detail. I like to size up in these; I’m wearing a medium.
AQUA Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater ($79) // This is the turtleneck version of the cashmere v-neck above. This one has extended cuffs, which I really like, and it has the exposed seams too.
LOFT Square Neck Sweater ($59 + 50% off) // I ordered this sweater to go with the skirt below, but first I tried it on with the AG Prima Cigarette Jeans from the top of the post. Here you can also see how these jeans work with pumps.
This sweater is made of a nice quality, soft gauge knit with a traditional shape. I see this as more of a layering piece than a stand-alone piece. I’m wearing the small, and I guess it fits, but it’s definitely body-con. I like the square neckline a lot. Oh, and it comes in black as well.
LOFT Lattice Jacquard Pencil Skirt ($59 + 50% off) // This skirt is thin and stretchy and comfortable to wear. I’m in the small, for reference. I wish I’d tried my black knit blazer on over this outfit. It definitely needs a completer piece. I tried it with flats and pumps to show some options.
LOFT Keyhole Blouse ($49 + 50% off) // This is a really pretty blouse, but I struggle to style these long, relaxed styles. Left untucked, it looks sloppy, but it’s a lot of material to tuck in — especially to a skirt as thin and stretchy as this one. The front tuck looks so doofy from the side… does anyone really wear them like this? #thisiswhyIwearsweaters
also wearing: LOFT Lattice Jacquard Pencil Skirt and Stuart Weitzman pumps (old as the hills)
Button Cuff Cowl Neck Sweater Dress ($89 + 50% off) // I had high hopes for this dress, and it’s really cute, but I do wish it were a little longer. I think I like it best with OTK boots for that reason. That said, it’s flattering without clinging, and the material is really pretty. I’m a sucker for a donegal any day, but especially the oatmeal colored ones, and this has flecks of blue and brown. Really pretty. Also, the neckline is the perfect cowl, and the button cuff sleeves are so sharp. I’m wearing a small, for reference, but I could probably wear a medium. It also comes in petite (but not tall) sizes.
LOFT Stitched Sleeve Sweater ($69 + 50% off) // This is a cute sweater, and the sleeve detail is so pretty. It also comes in ivory. It’s not as soft as some of the others, but not in a bad way, and the fit is really nice.
LOFT Fairisle Turtleneck Sweater ($69 + 50% off) // Finally, this fairisle sweater is GORGEOUS! It’s also thick and soft and very comfy and cozy to wear. I also think it would be cute paired with white jeans or off-white cords. Definitely a keeper! I’m wearing a small in all of these sweaters, for reference.
WHEW! That was a lot. I hope it’s helpful. The sales right now are crazy. Like almost as good as Black Friday week crazy. I think these retailers are getting to the point where they can’t not run a sale, because why would anyone shop knowing they can get 40% or 50% off so often? I’m curious to see where it all leads, but for now, you better believe I’ll be taking advantage of it!
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