Happy Friday, friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling to stay afloat these days. ‘Tis the season, I guess!
I’ve got a lot of things to show you, but I’ll have to hold some for next week… or at least, until tomorrow.
Maybe I can do a Part II, if this afternoon doesn’t get too crazy. But for now, I’ve got a bunch of denim, as well as a few jackets and blazers to share with you! Oh, and a couple pairs of shoes, too.
And Bloomingdale’s is doing 25% off a large selection of items with a Bloomingdale’s card and 20% off without. My favorite Rails stripe cardigan is included, as well as a bunch of denim like the AG Mari and PAIGE Laurel High Rise Flares, along with the jeans in this post.
Okay, let’s get started!
Fall Fashion Try-On Haul: Denim, Jackets & Blazers
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.
In last week’s try-on haul, I said I was ordering a bunch of black jeans 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.
This week, I tried more black jeans in different lengths and silhouettes, as well as a new pair of blue jeans. I’m looking for a pair of wide leg or bootcut black jeans, and I’m also trying to find a good replacement for my old Fidelty Cher slim straight ankle jeans that I love, but I can no longer link. I also think I’d like an extra inch in the length.
So, let me show you what I found!
MOTHER The Dazzler Mid Rise Ankle Straight Leg Jeans in Deep End
This is another pair of washed black straight ankle jeans, and I tried the same style last week in a blue denim wash. They have a 27″ inseam, 14″ leg opening, 10″ front rise; and the fabric is a soft and stretchy 71% cotton, 23% modal, 4% polyester, 2% elastane.
Here’s what Nordstrom has to say about them:
Made from stretch-kissed denim in a beautiful inky wash, these ankle-length straight-leg jeans are sure to be a favorite for everyday casual looks.
They feel really good on; I love the soft and stretchy fabric, which is hard to find in a black wash.
I like the fit through the legs, and I don’t mind the mid-rise, but the length just looks off to me now. It’s funny, I loved the 27″ inseam in slim straight jeans and skinnies for years, but now they look odd to me… especially with ballet flats.
They look marginally better with sneakers, since there’s a higher vamp and there’s not as much skin showing, but I’d still prefer another inch or two in the inseam
VERDICT: Going back! And the search continues . . .
PAIGE Gemma High Rise Slim Jeans in Black Lotus
This PAIGE Gemma is two inches longer than the MOTHER Dazzler, and they have a slightly narrower leg opening and a much higher rise.
The measurements are 29″ inseam, 12″ leg opening, 11 1/2″ front rise; and they’re made of a stretchy 93% cotton, 5% polyester, 2% spandex.
The fabric feels slightly thicker and stiffer than the MOTHER pair, but they’re still comfortable and stretchy.
Here’s how they are described in the Nordstrom website:
Made from vintage-inspired stretch denim, these high-rise jeans flaunt full-length legs that are slightly wider around the ankles than typical skinnies.
When I hear that “skinnies are coming back”, this is what I’m picturing. Not the skin-tight legging ankle jeans of yore, but more of an elevated, traditional cut with more rigid denim.
And because no trend exists in a vacuum, this longer length works really well with ballet flats and other shoes with a low vamp that are trending again.
Although, they do get hung up on the back tab on this particular pair. It could be that I need to shorten them just a smidge. I’m only 5’5″ and I think they’re intended to be slightly shorter, right at or slightly below the ankle bone. I like how they fit the model on the Nordstrom website, for example.
I don’t care for them at all with my P448 John sneakers, which are rather chunky, but they might work with the lower profile J.Crew Field Sneakers. I wish I’d tried that. I also didn’t try them with boots of any kind.
VERDICT: I’m still deciding on these, but they are on sale right now at Bloomingdale’s, so if you like them, I’d go ahead and grab them!
PAIGE Laurel Canyon Welt High Rise Flare Jeans in Slater
Okay, these jeans are kind of fun! Unfortunately, they are suuuuper long, and I’ll need to shorten them if I keep them.
The measurements are 35″ inseam, 20″ leg opening, 11 1/4″ front rise; and they’re made of a soft and stretchy 91% cotton, 5% elastomultiester, 4% elastane.
Here’s the description from Nordstrom:
Vintage inspired yet very of the moment, these floor-grazing flare jeans are made from super stretchy denim and elevated with trouser-style welt pockets.
I tried to turn the hems under so I could see how they will look on me if I have them shortened…
These have a very slim, bootcut silhouette, which I think is really flattering, and I like the seams down the front and trouser-style welt pockets.
VERDICT: These are definitely a contender. I still want to figure out if I’m keeping the PAIGE Leenah that I featured last week (I haven’t received the other size yet), but it could be that I want both in my closet. Just like with the Leenah, I’ll need to decide between the 28 and 29 in this pair.
AGOLDE Riley High Rise Slim Jeans in Cove
I used to love my AGOLDE Toni straight ankle jeans in the Dime wash, but they got too small, so I passed them on.
The Riley is a similar leg style and denim wash, but with a higher rise. The measurements are 11.25″ rise, 28″ inseam, 14″ leg opening.
The fabrication (99% cotton/1% elastane) is also a little more of a traditional, rigid denim, with just enough stretch to appeal to our modern sensibilities. I’m not a fan of 100% cotton jeans; I don’t like how they feel, and I don’t want to work to break them in… especially when I’m paying upwards of three figures for them!
I really like how these jeans pair with ballet flats – the way they come down over the ankle, but they aren’t exactly a full-length style either.
28″ might be my perfect inseam length, which makes me think I’d like the PAIGE Gemma better if I shorten them by an inch.
I took this picture so you can really see the rise. It’s pretty high, and these are the size 28, so they’re snug on me. (I’m not sure why I ordered the 28 and not the 29.)
I guess I need to wear them around the house for a couple hours and see if they loosen up enough to keep them. I feel like the size 29 might not look as good through the leg, but this is always my conundrum these days. If my jeans are comfortable in the waist, they’re too loose in the leg, and vica versa.
I also really like these jeans with my J.Crew field sneakers. The light wash is low contrast against the white sneaker, and I like the low profile style with these jeans.
With a 28″ inseam, the hem of the jeans just rests on top of the shoe without really buckling, but without showing any ankle either.
I’m not as crazy about them with the P448 John, but I guess they work. I think it’s less about the combination and more about the fact that I’m leaning into the lower profile sneakers right now.
I also tried them with my Sorel Hi-Line Chelsea Boots from last year, which happily, are still available!
This totally works, so I know I can also wear these jeans with other winter boots, as long as they have a narrower shaft that slides under the pant leg.
VERDICT: I like these a lot, but I need to wear them around for a while and see if they loosen up. If not, I’ll order the 29 to compare.
As much as I like the more rigid denim and the finished hem on the AGOLDE Riley, I still find myself going back to my MOTHER Dazzlers with the raw hem when I want a casual pair of blue jeans.
They just seem to work so well with all of my sneakers, and even with casual booties when I want them to. I feel like I could use both options in my closet.
Even though these read more as a skinny than a straight, I feel like they still look relevant, at least here in my neck of the woods.
Okay, moving on to jackets!
Lucky Brand Plaid Crop Jacket
You saw this jacket in yesterday’s post with Nordstrom, so you already know I love it! It sort of has the shacket vibe, but in a cropped version. The grey ribbed tee I wore in yesterday’s post is cute with it, but I also like it a lot with this ivory sweater, for a little more of an elevated look.
I tried it both tucked and untucked, and you can see the comparison here.
Neither is “wrong” but I definitely like how it looks when it’s front-tucked under the jacket. I feel like the overall proportions look better, and it seems to give a little more definition to my waist. I don’t mind it without a belt, but I think I’ll like it with a belt too.
Here’s the same outfit with my P448 sneakers. These jeans are a little short for this time of year, so I’ll probably wear my MOTHER Dazzlers instead, when I want to wear sneakers with this outfit. They’re just an inch longer, which makes all the difference.
VERDICT: Definitely keeping the jacket!
Sorel Joan Now Waterproof Chelsea Boot
I also threw on these boots with this outfit, to test them out. I wish I’d tried them with more jeans because these obviously are too short. They get caught on the tab in the back of the boots, and that drives me nuts.
As far as the boots are concerned, there’s something about the cap toe that bugs me, so I’m not sure I’ll be keeping them, but they fit great and are warm and weather-proof.
VERDICT: Deciding… I need to play around with them some more.
P448 Monza Sneaker
While we’re talking about shoes, I’ll slip these in here. These are a new style of P448 and I didn’t even bother to tie them for these pictures because I was in a rush, but I really like them.
They resemble the J.Crew Field Sneakers, but I feel like they quality is better, and I really like the details. Of course, the price tag reflects all of that!
Here’s a side-by-side comparison. The J.Crew pair is a warmer shade of white overall (although that’s hard to see in this picture) with silver details; whereas the P448 Monza is a cleaner, cooler shade of white with gold accents.
I really like how the P448 looks with my favorite MOTHER Dazzlers, but I didn’t have time to try other combinations.
VERDICT: Deciding… I want to try them with some other outfits before I make a decision. They’re pricey, so I want to be sure I’ll get a decent cost per wear out of them.
Back to jackets…
Evereve Bank St. Plaid Blazer
If you’ve been hanging around here for any length of time, you know I rarely wear blazers (and by rarely, I mean never.) But they’re such a big fashion trend right now, I decided I should practice what I preach, and I ordered a few to try.
Trying new things is the best way to make sure you don’t get stuck in a style rut, and I wanted to try a few more modern silhouettes to see if I might have a change of heart. Aaaaaand, NOPE! I still hate them.
I feel so constricted, even when they have stretch, and they look so big and bulky through the shoulders and arms. Ugh!!!
I styled it over a black tank and my favorite jeans, to try to give it the best possible chance of success, but I am still not a fan.
This one, at least, is rather thin and has a good bit of stretch, but the print and overall styling feels so masculine to me.
VERDICT: I couldn’t return this fast enough.
Evereve Bowden Blazer
And this one is even worse. The fabric is thicker and stiffer and bulkier, and the fit is really off. I know someone is going to say I could size down, but I wouldn’t be able to move my arms if I was in the XS.
Here’s how it looks buttoned… just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, haha!
I like this color combo a lot, but the jacket is still a big fat no for me, dawg.
VERDICT: Adios. Sayonara. Buh-bye.
By way of disclaimer, I think blazers can be super cute and stylish on other women, and I’m not saying these aren’t great options. They just don’t work for me.
Treasure & Bond Oversize Plaid Recycled Polyester & Wool Blend Jacket
Okay, let’s end on a high note, shall we!?! I shared this jacket in yesterday’s post, but here’s another styling option. I love it over this rust-colored long sleeve tee.
I probably should have added a belt, but I was hurrying, and it looks okay without. I just prefer a belt when the waistline of the jeans show.
The aviator styling on this wool/poly jacket is such a fun combination, in my opinion. This is my version of a blazer. The plaid print is subtle, but it adds interest, although this jacket does come in solid olive and black, if you prefer.
VERDICT: Keeping! I might wear it today, in fact, if I can ever get myself off this computer and on with my day. I actually have an appointment to get to, so this is where I’m going to stop this post.
I have a lot of sweaters I still want to show you, and another jacket that came in while I was working on this, so I’ll try to get Part II up before the end of the weekend. Have a fabulous Friday!
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