Okay, friends! I’ve finally got a new try-on haul ready to share with you. I had wanted to get it up last week, but that clearly didn’t happen. I’ve got some coats, some tops, some shoes, and a lot of denim.
Rather than divide these up into categories, I’m sharing these more or less in the order I tried them on, because one thing tends to lead to another, and it just makes sense as far as the story arc goes. If a try-on haul can have a story arc, that is.
Fall Fashion Try-On Haul: Coats, Tops & Denim
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops and dresses, a 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
J.Crew Villa Coat
I’ve been wanting a new camel-colored coat, so I ordered this one to try. I’m always drawn to it when I see it, and I decided to bite the bullet, so to speak, when it was on sale a few weeks ago.
I really like this length in a wool coat; it’s less fussy than the longer calf-length styles that are trending, but I feel like it still looks chic and sophisticated.
I also like this color a lot, but I don’t know what to do with that gigantic funnel neck. It’s so very awkward. This is how it looks buttoned up… there is no way to button the funnel neck and be able to breathe, so… yeah.
VERDICT: Unfortunately, this coat is going back, although I really wanted to like it. Maybe if I didn’t have a non-existent neck, haha!
Barbour Opal Water Resistant Belted Trench Coat
I love my light beige LOFT trench, but I’ve been thinking I wouldn’t mind having one that’s better quality, and I really like the color and styling on this Barbour.
Plus, it’s water resistant, which mine is not. It’s not usually an issue because if it’s pouring, I will wear a more practical rain coat, but it is nice when your trench is water resistant.
ANYHOO. I saw this on sale, so I ordered it to try, but it’s way too big, and I’m not sure I would like the shape even if I sized down.
VERDICT: I returned this one, and I’m just going to wait until I see another one that strikes me, since this more of a want than a need at the moment.
Satin Wide Leg Pants
Satin is having a moment this fall and winter, and wide leg pants are a nice way to incorporate the trend into a more classic wardrobe.
I really like these. They have a nice drape without being too voluminous, and the Invisiflex Comfort Waist Technology truly does what it claims to do — it adjusts to your body for the perfect fit. The 31″ inseam is perfect on me with a low or medium heel, but the do come in petite, if you need that.
I also wanted to try them with something untucked, so I grabbed this Halogen sweater with the embellished buttons.
This works too, thanks to the 21 1/2″ length, and I like the mix of textures with the ribbed knit and shiny satin pants, plus the sparkly buttons.
These pants have side slash pockets, and they’re actually machine washable. They come in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite sizes; and they run true to size, or size down if in between. I’m wearing the misses size 6.
VERDICT: I held onto these. I think they might come in handy this holiday season. FYI, Talbots is doing a 30% off your entire purchase! They have a lot of really nice pieces for the holidays.
Halogen Embellished Button Sweater
I love a festive sweater for the holiday season that you can dress up or down, and this one is pretty much perfect in every way! The rhinestone embellished buttons make it festive, and the shorter length v-neck cardigan is right on trend.
The v-neck is low but not too revealing, and you can always wear a tank top or cami underneath if you’re more well-endowed. I like it buttoned-up, but you could also wear it unbuttoned over a satin cami for another option.
I also styled this cardigan with black jeans and a pointy toe bootie. This is how I’m more likely to wear it for church or casual holiday events, and I like this look a lot. The sparkly buttons take the denim up a notch, and because it’s a sweater, I’ll be comfortable and warm and still look festive.
VERDICT: Definitely keeping. FYI, this sweater also comes in black.
PAIGE Leenah Trouser in Black Shadow
I’ve ordered a bunch of black jeans lately because they’re my go-to for pairing with sweaters and blouses for date nights and Sunday church services during the fall and winter, and mine are all getting old and tired.
I especially need a pair of wide leg or bootcut black jeans, and I ordered these because I loved my white PAIGE Leenahs from the spring and summer. These are what I might call a slim wide-leg jean, if that’s not a total oxymoron.
They have a fairly high 11″ front rise, and a 32″ inseam with 22 1/4″ leg opening. Usually a 32″ inseam is perfect for me with heels, but I think that measurement is off because these are too long with my highest heels, so I’ll need to get them hemmed.
I also think they might be too big, although I have a hard time believing I can fit into the size 28. PAIGE denim tends to be pretty consistent in their sizing, and I’m a solid 29 in their jeans these days, but I have some wiggle room in these, especially if they stretch out at all with wear.
All that to say, I will wear them around the house and see what I think, and I also have the 28 on the way to compare. But I love the style and the proportions and the quality of the denim, so I’m planning to keep one of them.
VERDICT: Love these, just waiting to get the size 28 to decide which ones to keep, and then I’ll have them shortened a bit.
Shimmer Stripe Smocked Tie Neck Blouse
Okay, so back to tops! This is a floral blouse from LOFT that I grabbed when they were having a sale. Of course, LOFT is always having a sale, and this blouse is currently 50% off with code CHEER.
It’s a pretty print, with a hint of metallic thread throughout for a festive flair, and I like the split neck and smocked shoulders, but the fabric is kind of funky. It just doesn’t drape very well.
I mean, if I stand just so, it looks cute and all, but as I move around and look at it from various angles, I realize I can do better.
Just for kicks and giggles, I also tried it with more casual blue jeans and ballet flats. I like this color combo a lot.
It’s hard to see, but there are some amber tones in the floral print, which tie in with the cognac suede ballet flats. And I think the light wash blue jeans create a nice contrast to both pieces. But I still don’t care for the top, and the jeans, well . . . keep reading!
VERDICT: This is one of those tops I can see myself wearing once and then donating it, so I decided to save myself the angst and send it back now.
FRAME Le Garcon Rolled Raw After Jeans in Deepwater
I’m not sure what is going on with these jeans. They are clearly too big, but I don’t think the silhouette is working for me either.
I got them from the Shopbop sale, but I like the description on the FRAME website:
A FRAME signature jean with a comfortable mid-rise waist that hits higher in the back and a relaxed taper through the leg with a pre-cuffed raw edge hem. Crafted from a sustainable comfort stretch denim that offers a vintage, lived-in feel upon first wear.
I would call these more of a girlfriend jean than a skinny, but whatever. I’m not a fan. Also, I am NOT ready for low rises to come back.
Both the Shopbop and FRAME websites cite a 8.75″ front rise, and I think that’s about right.
VERDICT: I doubt you will be surprised to hear that these went back!
Splendid Bella Cardigan
This cardigan, on the other hand, is kind of cute. I love the quality. Splendid makes such nice quality fabrics, and this is super soft and has a nice drape. (The fabric is 40% viscose, 30% nylon, 25% polyester, 5% cashmere.)
I like the button-up design and the deep v-neck and blouson sleeves, but I’m just not sure about that tie hem. With these low rise jeans, it’s more revealing than I like.
VERDICT: Debating. Keep reading to see this top with higher rise jeans.
PAIGE Sarah Straight Ankle Jeans – Art Piece Distressed
These were another Shopbop sale find, and I was hoping they would be more of a classic straight leg jean for me since all of mine are a very much a slim straight, almost skinny silhouette.
The fabric is 99% Organic Cotton, 1% Elastane, so more of a traditional denim with just enough stretch (1%) to allow ease of movement.
This is how the PAIGE website describes them:
A true straight leg with a high-waisted silhouette that finishes at the ankle. This pair is crafted in PAIGE VINTAGE denim with a portion of organic cotton and comes in a light blue wash with lived-in details.
They have a 10 3/4” front rise, and a 28” inseam with a 15” leg opening, but they have an almost tapered silhouette, which I’m not a fan of. I do like the wash, though. I can see it being quite versatile in my wardrobe.
While I think the 29 is the right size for me, and they’re a nice length with ballet flats, there’s something about them that I don’t love, but I can’t quite pinpoint it.
I decided to try them with my new UGG Classic Ultra Mini Ankle Boots, since I plan to wear these A LOT this winter, and I will be wearing them mostly with straight leg jeans.
I guess this works, although I think I like them better with a slimmer leg jean, like my MOTHER Dazzlers. Maybe I should have tried a small cuff.
I also tried them with a heeled bootie. (These are the Aquatalia booties from the #NSale.) I guess this works, but the jeans still look stumpy to me, and I just don’t like that tapered leg, subtle though it is.
Here they are with sneakers… I’m still kind of meh. There’s still something about the silhouette of these jeans that I don’t love. I think it’s because they’re looser in the thigh, and that never quite works for me.
I just don’t like how they look baggy between the hip and the knee. It makes the shorter length look more awkward, and it just doesn’t flatter me.
I have thin limbs with wider shoulders and hips, so I look better when I highlight my arms and my legs with more close-fitting styles in those areas.
VERDICT: I think these will have to go back.
MOTHER Dazzler in Wish On A Star
I ordered these MOTHER Dazzlers from the Shopbop sale last week because I love the ones I have, but I was thinking I might like to have a darker wash with a finished hem. I don’t know why, but these feel off to me.
For one thing, the rise feels lower, even though the measurements are the same, and this length looks awkward to me, even though I like it in the raw hem version that I own and wear several times a week. It seems like a raw hem doesn’t create such a line of demarcation where they end, so it doesn’t shorten the line of the leg the way these do.
I tried a front tuck with this sweater, but I don’t care for this either. I usually wear it untucked for a more casual, relaxed vibe, but at least this shows you the rise of the jeans.
They also feel tight and not quite the right size, but maybe they’ll give with wear. I dunno, but these days, I really like a 10 1/2″ rise, and I think I would like an extra inch in the length.
VERDICT: Maybe I’m looking for a unicorn, I dunno, but for now I’m going to return all of these and keep wearing the straight leg jeans that I have.
Fair Isle Turtleneck Tunic Sweater
This sweater is a nice soft and squishy knit, and I love the colors and the fair isle design, but I am not a fan of the longer length.
What is happening? Why are we seeing more and more longer sweaters out right now?
They do not work with current denim styles, nor are they particularly flattering on most women. They have a way of cutting us right in half vertically, which is never a good thing.
I tried a front tuck to balance out the proportions, but no thanks. I’m over this look.
VERDICT: Sadly, this sweater is going back.
Ribbed V-Neck Cardigan
This cardigan looks cute online, but I feel frumpy in it. Maybe I should have sized up for a looser fit. Also, the quality is just meh to me.
VERDICT: This one is going back, too.
In last week’s Try-On Haul, I tried the Gap Boyfriend Cardigan, and I had the opposite problem. It was too big, and also kind of light and airy, and I said that I like the idea of it, but I want something warmer and a nicer quality. Well…
Nordstrom Signature V-Neck Cashmere Cardigan
I caved and ordered this splurgy cashmere version. It’s 100% cashmere, so it’s super soft and cozy, and because it’s the Nordstrom Signature brand, it doesn’t cost as much as comparable sweaters.
I always say you get a lot of bang for your buck with this brand because you aren’t paying for a designer label. I would say the quality is more in line with Vince cashmere, but their chunky shaker knit cardigan is $525 while this one is $279.
I like the side slit detail and how it’s not too terribly oversized, but loose enough to be comfortable.
Here’s how it looks over a black tank with black jeans, and I showed it both buttoned and unbuttoned. I added brown booties to break up the black, but I really prefer this sweater with the blue jeans, as shown above. It has that casual, cozy vibe that I like so much.
VERDICT: Keeping this one. While the length might be a little less than ideal, I feel like it works when it’s paired with low contrast colors, and it fills a hole in my wardrobe.
And that’s all I have time for today! I did take some other pictures of items I want to share, but they’ll have to wait for next week.
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