Early Spring 2021 Try-On Haul

Happy Friday, fashion friends! I’ve got another try-on haul for you today. I’ve been vetting a lot of pieces for my spring fashion series next month, so I went through and chose a few to share with you today.

Try-On Haul: Everlane, Banana Republic, Evereve, Shopbop, Old Navy & More

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.

Everlane The Alpaca Sweater Tee

sweater tee // jeans // sneakers

I’ve always liked a short-sleeve sweater in spring and summer. It’s easy and chic and classic. There are a lot of good ones out this year, and I was already a fan of this Everlane alpaca sweater tee. You may remember that I have this in black from last fall. When I saw this gorgeous spring green, I knew it needed a home in my closet.

I really like the length on this sweater. It’s easy to wear front tucked or untucked. It has some subtle details in the knit but is overall pretty simple. It fits close to the body without being clingy.

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The fit is true to size, and I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m keeping this one. I paired it with my AG Maris for a quick try-on, but this green looks especially pretty with white.

Everlane The Oversized Alpaca Cardigan

cardigan // sweater // jeans // mules

I ordered this because it matches the alpaca sweater tee (above) and I thought they might make a nice pairing.

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Maybe someone younger could pull this off, but on me, I feel like it looks a bit matronly. I should have tried this cardigan with a t-shirt or cami underneath, but I didn’t think about it at the time.

I do like the fit, it’s kind of an oversized fit, but not voluminous. It hangs straight, and it’s very cozy. It’s not as soft as some, but that doesn’t bother me.

Unfortunately this green color is selling out, but there are a few other good colors available. I’m still debating whether to keep this one or not.

Good American Good Legs Ankle Skinny Jeans

jeans // sweater // mules

I’m in need of new white skinny jeans, and I love my black Good American Good Legs so much, I decided to try a white pair.

These have a 10.75″ rise with a 27″ inseam and a 10″ leg opening, and they’re made in the USA. The fabric content is 91.5% cotton/6% polyester/2.5% elastane. They are verrrry stretchy with a legging-like fit, and surprisingly not see-through.


I feel like they look about as good as white skinny jeans get. I’m just a little unsure about the skin-tight style. I know I’ve worn this style for years, but I’m only getting older, and with more relaxed silhouettes trending, I’m not sure I want to keep wearing such tight white jeans.

That said, I don’t know what else I would wear for classic, dressier looks. I do have one pair of Levi’s 724 in white that I like okay, but they have a lot of distressing. I guess I could look for a slim, straight pair… but these do work really well for me.

All that to say, I think I’m going to keep these. It’s hard to find a pair of white jeans that are not see-through. They’re also eligible for the Bloomies Power Points deal, going on right now.

Everlane The Track Half-Zip

sweatshirt c/o // jeans // sneakers

This casual half zip pullover is pretty much the perfect elevated sweatshirt. I love the color, the design, and the relaxed fit.

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It’s is made of 100% organic cotton, so it’s a sustainable choice as well. I paired it with jeans and sneakers for an easy off-duty look.

And here’s another option, with a wider leg jean. These are the AGOLDE Riley, more on these below.

Definitely keeping this one! It will definitely be on repeat this spring, and it should look good with shorts on cool summer nights as well.

Everlane The Air Scoop-Neck Tee

tee // jeans

I had this tee last year in a pretty shade of rust, and I liked it but it got stained and I had to retire it early. This year, it’s back in white and black, and I ordered the black.

The neckline is flattering, and the fabric feels like nice quality. It’s thin, but not in a cheapie way. It’s just a really good basic with a shorter length and relaxed fit. I like that it works both tucked and untucked, depending on the look you’re going for.

This tee runs true to size, and I have the small. Definitely keeping this black, and considering ordering the white.

Everlane The Tread Runner

sneakers c/o

I love these retro running sneakers, and they’re super lightweight, plus cushy and comfortable inside with decent arch support. You may remember I tried the old school Madewell trainers last week, and I decided to send them back because they were just too clunky. I liked the color palette, though, and these have a similar vibe but they’re not as clunky.

Sometimes my white sneakers seem to stark against the rest of my outfit, so I love these more subtle shades of grey and beige.

Banana Republic Sweater Hoodie

sweater // jeans // sneakers

This is another nice elevated pullover. It brings the sweater hoodie trend into springtime with a lightweight, fine-gauge knit. The fabric is viscose/polyeste/nylon.

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I really like the fit on this, it’s very flattering. It skims the body without clinging, and the kangaroo pocket on the front doesn’t add any visual bulk.

It’s 24″ long, which is my favorite length for sweaters because I can wear it untucked and it doesn’t throw off my proportions.

I also really like this shade of beige, but it also comes in black and that pretty sage green that is everywhere this season. This sweater runs true to size, and the small fits me perfectly. It’s a keeper!

Banana Republic Sweater Hoodie

sweater // jeans // sneakers

Another sweater hoodie, and this one is more of a cozy winter knit. It’s really soft and pretty, and this cream color is nice for transition season.

The fabric is 58% cotton/42% polyester, so it’s a great choice for those of you who can’t tolerate wool.


It’s a little boxier than the one above, but not in a bad way. The shorter length keeps it modern, but it’s not short enough to be hard to style. (It’s 23″ long.)

I love how it looks with these AGOLDE Toni straight ankle jeans, but I’d probably like it better with blue jeans for a lower contrast. All that said, I decided to return this because I just don’t need it.

Banana Republic Relaxed Crew-Neck Sweater

sweater // jeans // sneakers (20% off)

This sweater caught my eye for the ribbed details and the pretty sage green color. It’s a really nice, soft knit (viscose/poly) and an easy, relaxed fit.

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It’s a little longer in the back than in the front, but I don’t mind it in this case. (Pardon the wrinkles!) If it weren’t for that drop shoulder, it would be perfect.

This sweater is a little heavier than your typical spring/summer sweater, so it’s especially nice for those of us who live in colder climates. It also comes in grey, cream, and brown, and it runs true to size.

Banana Republic Cotton-Hemp V-Neck Sweater

sweater // white jeans // blue jeans // booties // mules

I absolutely love the neckline of this sweater, and the overall fit. It’s very flattering, but I’m not sure why I ordered this color. I swear, it’s prettier in person, but it still looks kind of “muddy” on me.

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I paired it with the white jeans, trying to go for a more spring-like look, but I also wanted to try it with blue  jeans. I like it both ways (but not crazy about the black mules — a lighter neutral would look better.)

I still think one of the other colors it comes in would flatter me more, so I’m going to return and re-order in that green or the grey. I’m just worried I’m getting too much of that green in my closet! Oh, well, I guess it’s a nice change from all the neutrals.

Rails Wool & Cashmere Blend Hoodie

sweater // jeans // Frye sneakers (20% off; 25% off for Bloomies cardholders)

So, I might have gone a little overboard ordering sweater hoodies… this one is by Rails, and it is GORGEOUS. It is thick and soft and plush, and it has some nice details in the knit around shoulder.

It definitely has more of a boxy, relaxed fit, but it’s that perfect 24″ length. The fabric is 44% wool, 19% cashmere, 34% polyamide, 3% elastane.

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Unfortunately, this sweater is not on sale, and the price is a bit steep, but the quality is definitely there. I had to force myself to part with it. I love it, but I think I’m good for winter sweaters this year, unless I come across a really spectacular sale.

Sanctuary Let’s Hang Cardi

sweater // Levi’s jeans // AGOLDE jeans // sneakers

I’m drawn to this sweater every time I see it on the Evereve website, and I really wanted to love it, but it fell kind of flat in person.

For one thing, it’s too low-cut to wear without a tank underneath, and I like it a lot better as a pure v-neck. And it’s just a little too wide, making it overall too boxy.

I wanted to like it with these light wash Levi’s, but they’re wide and so is the sweater, so I basically look like a human rectangle.

I decided to try it with the AGOLDE Toni slim straight ankle jeans instead, and it’s marginally better, but I still don’t love it.

What I do like is the taupe and cream tie dye pattern with the contrasting buttons. It’s also a really nice, soft knit, and it runs true to size.

Sanctuary Montauk Sweater

sweater // jeans // mules

This was another Evereve find. I think this is so cute for transition season, but it has a really oversized, boxy fit. I’m not sure how the model made it look so good. I noticed she did push up the sleeves, but I think there’s a lot of material behind her we can’t see.

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I actually like it a lot, looking at these pictures. It’s slouchy and modern and cute, and looks great with these jeans. But I sent it back yesterday, so oh, well!

Citizens of Humanity Charlotte Crop High Rise Straight Jeans

jeans /// tee // half-zip // sneakers

Okay, still trying to like this crop straight jean trend. I saw these on another blogger and thought I’d give them a try.

They’re actually pretty comfortable, and not as rigid as some of the others I’ve tried, which is surprising because they’re 100% cotton. Maybe they’re too big, but I would be surprised if I could take a 27 in Citizens. I’ve always had to size up in this brand in the past.

Anyway! I didn’t see how bad they look in the inseam area until I looked back at these pictures. That’s, um… unfortunate. They aren’t terrible from the back and sides, but I think the front view is a deal breaker.

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So yeah, I sent these back. They run true to size; I’m wearing the 28.

AGOLDE Riley High Rise Straight Crop Jeans

jeans // tee // half-zip // sneakers // loafers

And somehow, another pair of AGOLDE Rileys came in. I didn’t mean to order two different pairs, but sometimes that happens! I went ahead and gave them a whirl.

I like this wash a lot better than the last pair (featured in this post), but I’m not crazy about the chewed hem. I guess it’s okay.

They definitely fit snug in the waist, as the last ones did, but they aren’t dreadfully uncomfortable. I couldn’t tell if they’d loosen up easily or not. I guess this old-fashioned rigid denim is supposed to?

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I decided to try them with loafers, to see how that would translate, and they’re not bad.

I feel like of all the wider-leg styles I’ve tried (the rag & bone Maya, the Levi’s Wedgies and 724, and the Citizens), these are the least offensive of the lot, but I’m still not ready to embrace this silhouette.

Old Navy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Ankle Gray Button-Fly Jeans

jeans // tee // loafers // sneakers

I had some requests for more affordable jeans, so I went over to Old Navy to see what I could find. These look adorable on the model, but they didn’t translate quite so well in person… at least not on me.


I dunno… I can’t exactly put my finger on it. Maybe it’s a length issue more than anything? For this price, I wouldn’t mind chopping off an inch or so and leaving a raw hem.

They’re also very stiff, and I’m not a fan of that button fly. I know it’s part of the retro vibe, but it’s adds bulk and visual weight in an area most of us don’t need it.

I’d say these are worth a try if they’re in your price range, and you don’t mind cutting off some of the length.

Old Navy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Mineral-Dye Jeans

jeans // shirt // loafers // sneakers

Again, these looked adorable on the model, but on me, they’re just giving me mom jean vibes, and not in the cool way.

They’re also verrrrry tight. I could hardly fasten them. I’m not sure what is up with that, usually Old Navy runs big for me. These are a size 6, for reference.

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I thought maybe it was the sneakers throwing them off, so here they are with the loafer mules, just for comparison sake. They look like classic pants to me, which is fine if that’s what you need.

Just be aware that they run small, and you may want to size up. (Or maybe they would stretch out? Because they do look pretty good on.)

Old Navy Luxe Scoop-Neck Tunic Tee

tee // jeans // sandals

Well, that’s a lot of shirt, isn’t it? I don’t know how I missed the “tunic” part of the description, but I had no idea this was going to be so huge!

It looks okay front-tucked because the material is thin and has a nice drape.

But then there’s the back and sides…

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So yeah, I guess if you wanted something to wear with leggings, and maybe a long cardigan on top, this could be cute? Not sure really what it’s supposed to go with, otherwise.

Universal Thread High-Rise Distressed Straight Cropped Jeans

tee // jeans // sandals // Frye sneakers (20% off; 25% off for Bloomies cardholders)

And these jeans are from Target. I was trying to find something that looks sort of like the rag & bone Maya or AGOLDE Riley. And honestly, they aren’t bad. They’re very soft and stretchy and comfortable, and they have a versatile medium blue wash.

The rear pockets are well-placed, but they’re really small — too small for my wide load, but they may work well for some ladies.

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Seriously, for the price point, these are really good. They fit true to size (I’m in the 6) but I don’t’ know if they will stretch out or not. I have a feeling they might, so you may want to size down.

Tory Burch Miller Cloud Sandals

at Tory Burch // at Nordstrom // at Neimans

Sorry for the close-up foot shots. These Miller Cloud sandals finally came in, and I am actually a fan. I didn’t think I’d like them, but I really do.

They definitely look like Tory Burch and Birkenstock had a baby, but if you’re a fan of comfort sandals, these are a nice way to get an elevated look and still have the comfort and support you need.

I find them true to size; I’m wearing my usual size 8. They’re a little roomy on my flat feet, but not so that I can’t keep them on when I walk. I think they should fit well for a lot of women.

And that’s all I’ve got for today! I’m headed out to shoot spring outfits this morning. It’s 30 degrees, but there is no wind as of right now, so I’ll consider that a win.

Have a fantabulous Friday!

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55 Responses

  1. just fyi, not sure if it’s my computer, but i can only type in caps now when i make a comment ? anywho, i love the everlane pieces you styled, i am totally getting that sweatshirt and the sneakers. and to reiterate, i love love love those mother jeans on you. i like that more fitted on top, flare at the bottom look, totally suits you. have a great weekend.

  2. Jolynne,
    Great try on sessions with lots of good finds.
    I miss seeing what others reply as many times it answers a question I have. Am I missing something on this new design, or was it intentional to hide others responses / comments? It’s your site and if it was intentional, well, that’s your call. Many times someone had had asked the same question I had.


  3. Nice haul! I love actually that green Everlane cardigan and don’t think it’s matronly at all. In fact, I think it’s more age appropriate than the shorter cardigans I’ve seen recently. To me, the short ones seem like they should be left to the younger gals. But, that’s just my 52 year old opinion. 😉

  4. I just can’t handle the visual of the new Jean styles. They add so much visual weight! You’ve been keeping a lot of tops, are you getting rid of things too? Still looking for perfect which sneakers for singing on the platform for 2 1/2 hours.

    1. I don’t keep many spring/summer tops from year to year because they are no longer stocked so I can’t link them. I keep more winter sweaters b/c they tend to be more classic styles that come back year after year, or I can find something similar to link. I need to look at what I have from last spring/summer and see if I can still use any of it. Also, I keep tags on things and I won’t end up keeping everything. I won’t really know what I’m keeping for good until our weather warms up.

  5. I love your posts, Jo-Lynne! Thank you so much! I know fashion trends come and go…and it’s all fun but I’m pretty sure I’ll be behind trend lol, mostly wearing my skinny jeans. I feel like the straight jeans, especially if they are high waisted look too frumpy or like mom jeans on me !! But…I’m 60! Are boot cut jeans out of style now ? Thanks again…I love your blog!!! So much fun!

    1. I think skinny jeans will stick around, there will just be other options too. At least for a while.

      And I feel the same about some of these jeans. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get used to them or not. I am kind of waiting to see if they take off in my area, they haven’t yet. Bootcut jeans haven’t really been trendy for a while, unless you’re wearing the cropped length, which is hard to pull off for some body types. Ahhh, fashion… she is a fickle woman. 🙂

  6. Love your comment about the sandals! None of the jeans to me hit the mark. For spring I like 3/4 length sleeves. Do you have any coming up?

  7. Today i noticed the ads were more intrusive than before. Not sure if I’m just noticing or what. I actually just clicked off an ad that covered the entire comment box! Twice now! These ads are much bigger; TAKING up about ½ my phone screen. Four times in the short time it took to write this comment. Constantly having to get rid of ads that cover the page makes it hard to enjoy the blog content.

    1. Ugh, that is so annoying. I wasn’t sure why they seem to much more obtrusive, so I emailed my ad network, and he said it may be the expandable footer ad that is the issue. He changed it back to the regular size, so it shouldn’t be any taller than it used to be. I hope that helps! I don’t want ads covering my comment section. I appreciate the feedback.

  8. I’m willing to give the straight let jean style a try but my eye really hasn’t adjusted yet. They add a lot of visual weight to the legs. I like them a lot better with loafers or a very light weight sneaker. The retro running sneakers are just too bulky, IMHO.

  9. Fun try-on haul! I love the first BR hoodie. It’s such a nice refined look. So did you decide to keep the TB Miller Cloud sandals? I am curious about them. I’ve been wanting a pair of Birks since last summer but they are all so clunky to my eye. The TB version is a lot more slimline but I can’t decide if that makes them an odd combo of dressy and casual that I won’t end up wearing.

  10. I had to laugh at the composite picture for the post—um, neutral much? 🙂
    We like what we like, what more can we say?
    I wanted some of the jeans at ON and Target to work for me, but I couldn’t find a pair I thought would. But I don’t like distressed, so it’s me being out of style.
    Thanks for showing us everything!

  11. I think my favorite items this time are the white Jean’s, the 1st banana republic sweater hoodie, the banana republic v neck sweater, and the universal threads jeans. I need to try the universal threads jeans.
    Also, an ad popped up over the comment box 4 times while I was typing this….

  12. The Old Navy Luxe tees and tunics are my go-to for leggings…the scoop hem is the perfect foil for my thicker thighs, helping me achieve a lean-looking profile, while providing adequate coverage behind. They wash well and hold up over time, and the price is affordable. But as you found out, they aren’t the right top to wear for front-tucking with jeans.

  13. Thank you for Trying The more affordable jEan options. I agree. Old navy WEREN’T thE best ☺️ The universal ones were pretty goOd. I appreciate You listening to the COMMENTs. Great job as usual!

  14. Hi. My comments lookEd crazy! 🤪 I didnt do that on purpose with the all caps etc. when i type its all caps. Might be a glitch on my end? ☺️

    1. No. It’s yet another weird glitch with my new blog design, and I have it on the list of things for them to correct. Are you on an iPad by chance? I think they fixed it on all other devices.

  15. Had to laugh again at your TB sandal reference … I saw yesterday someone on FB referred to the new Miller style as “Burchinstocks” !!! 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  16. I’m loving the sage green and tHe short sleeve sweaters trending this spring.
    I prefer a white sneaker to tHe retro ones. They seem old fashioned to me, nOt a new trend.

  17. Love the everlane sneakers 😍
    Stark, plain sneakers are too old school nurses’ shoes to me. Many of the straight leg jeans add visual bulk… and you are so slim and tiny! God help the rest of us. Sticking with what works for me…. let the trends come & go. Thank you though for the try on post! Its re-assuring to know im not the only one who struggles with buying clothes.

  18. I just can’t get behind the new Jean styles. They make people look bigger and looks like mom jeans to me. Why are we going back to mom jeans? The post with you wearing more the straight, skinnier jeans look the best. I’m ready for March and the new Spring series coming. Those are always fun.

  19. The sage green color of those sweaters is lovely! Its just so springy & fresh! I wanted to mention that I just got in a pair of Cariuma canvas sneakers in the pink/blush color. Seems like you’d mentioned them at some point? I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts. I like them so far, but they feel a bit heavier than some other light-weight sneakers I have. They remind me of a pair of Sperry’s I had several years ago & wore out until I actually had to toss them at the end of a vacation. So, I feel like I just need to get used to the feel of these & will probably keep them. I continue to like the look of the blog & look forward to the comment section going back to normal. Today, though, I’m not typing in all caps, so that’s good! (I’m on an iPad).

  20. I think a big problem witH the straight leg jeans are your shoes. I wear mine with Wedge sanDals in the sPring/summer and rIght now with ankle boots anD i happen to think they look pretty cute. FoR those of us with a bit bigger legs (i’m the same siZe as you but bigger thighs and smaller up top) i think Maybe they woRk
    Better? Some tennis shoes look ok but i don’t know…maybe play around With the shoes.

    1. Good advice. Yes, I do like them best with sandals and wedges. I need to get some spring and summer sandals in my closet or go down to storage and see what I saved from last year. I also agree that they seem to look better on women with thicker legs in general.

  21. “Human rectangle” I laughed out loud! And I’m just not at all liking the cropped straight jeans. They read 100% frump to me. I love my skinnies!!

  22. I have discovered Chico’s So Slimming Girlfriend jeans. They are more loose in the leg but not big at all. The leg opening is perfect and so is the length. I have a pair in white..not skinny but slim. I think you might have called them cigarette style? Anyway, they have great sales and these jeans come in lots of color options. Some are in petite also. I have three pair! 🤦‍♀️

  23. I’m having SO MUCH TROUBLE finding a pair of straight-legged jeans that look good on me. They all seem to add an extra five or ten pounds to my lower half, and believe me, I don’t need that right now! I appreciate your willingness to continue trying out new pairs (including a variety of brands, price points, and styles) for us.

  24. Hi, I live in Florida and follow your posts! I ended up ordering a great tie dye racerback dress from Evereve. I have never heard of this website and glad you posted about it. I have had zero luck at my usual locations and usually a fellow LOFT shopper, but this store sells nothing I would buy today (sad to write this). I do not find styles flattering or quality of clothing to be great. I may be “ahead of seasons” with your posts, but always looking for new places to shop. Thank you.

  25. I’ve waited a week to comment hoping things would settle down with your new site. I’m not one for change where websites are concerned so it could just be me 😊. However, I’m having the exact same issue with the intrusion of ads on my IPad as others using their phones are having. I’ll be honest, all the really neat features you have added are drowned out from ads. It’s too much work. Yours is my favorite blog website but it’s no longer easy to read and browse. I don’t mean to be critical as you work so hard, but I figure you want to know.

  26. Hmm…was trying to reply to a specific poster, but couldn’t get a reply box to come up for that. Anyway, I agree with the poster who commented that

  27. It’s a lot of work to comment. I’m on a laptop. Obviously I hit something before that submitted before I was ready, but I can’t even “reply” to that.

    I agree with the poster who said the slimmer, straighter styles look the most flattering. I liked the Mari (which I have), and the Mother (which I LOVE), the best, other than your regular skinny jeans. And I also agree that the rest just look like mom jeans and are not very flattering. I’m short, so I’m not even attempting those, because I’m pretty sure my legs would look like stumps, but I do think the Mari are flattering on me (my husband agrees). Wish I could order the Mother, but I’d have to cut them off or have them hemmed, losing the chewed hem.

    I also love that first BR sweater hoodie…beautiful!

  28. The over all look o f the blog is definitely a great upgrade and I know you are working out the bugs. I am viewing through IPad. I found too many adds in the beginning, after every picture, then there were hardly any. The thing that bugged me the most was there is an advertising band, non removable, at the bottom. It is distracting from viewing your pictures. It cuts down my screen.
    I like the lay out of the blog including the softer color, very modern and clean. Viewing pics side by side is a definite plus!.

  29. With some of the glitches you’ve been experiencing with the new website, just wanted to let you know I’m on a Samsung tablet and don’t seem to be having any trouble so far. Just took me a second to find the comments, but otherwise everything seems to be normal. We’ll see how my comment posts. Thanks for all your hard work.

  30. The thIng that i like anout the old navy jeAns is the length. They look full lenght. I also thInK your maris look good because Of the lenth as well. I think that stRaight jeans need to be full lenght or cropped enough that they look ntentional. My favorite straight cropped That you showed today aRe the target jeans becAuse they seem a little shorter and therefore intentional. Too many cropped jeans dont look cropped. They just look like they were meant to be full lenGth But are too short.

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