Happy Monday, friends! Or I should probably say, Happy Halloween! And for some of us, it’s also Happy Reformation Day! (I think that should cover everyone… ha!) Anyway, today I have a fall fashion try-on haul for you! As usual, I have a lot to share, so let’s dive right in.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″, and I usually wear a small in tops, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. I don’t know if it’s a result of my surgery or turning 50, since both happened around the same time, but these days I’m finding myself sizing up more and more. I mention that in case you use my sizes to help you choose what to order. You may want to rely more on my sizing advice than my actual sizes.
Some of these are items I ordered, and the others came in a Trendsend box. I don’t know why I signed up for that, and this try-on haul will illustrate why. It’s really hard to expect someone else to shop for you without intimate knowledge of your personal style, body type, lifestyle, etc.
Sometimes I get lucky and discover hidden gems that I didn’t notice or wouldn’t have ordered on my own, but more often than not, I send almost everything back.
Oh, and that’s the other thing. I always feel obligated to keep at least one thing, even if I don’t really love it, because they went to the work of curating a box for me. That’s no way to keep a highly edited closet of items I truly love and love to wear (which is my goal.)
All that to say, I’ll probably cancel my Trendsend subscription before next month rolls around, but I’ll show you what they sent!
Evereve Fair Isle Pullover
This is an item I ordered myself, and I love how this sweater combines the classic fair isle design with a ballon sleeve and shorter length.
At 22 1/2″ long, it isn’t cropped by any means, but it’s definitely designed with higher rise bottoms in mind.
The fabric is soft and comfortable, but it’s 100% acrylic, so I don’t expect it to hold up the way natural fibers do. I love the brown and beige color palette. It makes me think of Thanksgiving!
VERDICT: Keeping! I actually wore it to church on Sunday with my corduroy flares.
KUT from the Kloth Rosa High Rise Ankle Straight Jean
These jeans came in my Trendsend box. They’re an ankle length straight leg jean in a light to medium vintage-inspired wash, and they make a good budget-friendly alternative to the Mother Dazzler I wear so much.
The biggest difference is the rise; these have an 11 1/4″ rise, but I actually find it quite comfortable. I just probably wouldn’t want to front tuck a top, but with so many shorter sweater options these days, I wouldn’t need to. They’re true to size, or size down if in between.
VERDICT: I wore these around for a couple hours to test out the fabric, and it does stretch some, but not in a bad way. I don’t need them, but if I did, I would keep them.
Evereve Harlow Pullover
I also ordered this sweater because I love a donegal knit, and this is a nice variation on a basic black v-neck sweater. It also comes in oatmeal. It does have a drop shoulder, which isn’t my favorite, but I like the exposed seams, and the ribbed trim around the v-neck is a nice detail as well.
This sweater has a straight, relaxed fit with a split hem, and it’s about an inch longer in the back than it is in the front. The front is 24″ long, so I can leave it untucked and it doesn’t throw off my proportions too much… especially with a heel.
VERDICT: I’m tempted to keep this one. Not that I really need another black v-neck sweater in my life, but the donegal knit is different than anything I have, and I like a washable knit. Most of my sweaters are dry clean only,
Evereve Carlie Tunic
This tunic, on the other hand, is too long for me to wear untucked over jeans. Plus, it’s kind of boxy. That said, I do like the details in the knit — the seam up the back as well as the ribbing on the shoulder.
It’s a nice sweater, and it’s cozy; it’s just not me. It was… wait for it… another item that came my Trendsend box.
VERDICT: This one went back. I have way too many sweaters to keep one that I don’t love.
Good American Fleece Shacket
I laughed out loud when I opened my Trendsend box and found this shacket, since I had just listed the shacket as one of the 7 trends I’m not wearing this fall.
As far as shirt jackets go, I actually kind of like this one. It has a fleecy inside, so it’s super warm, and because it’s a solid color, it doesn’t scream LUMBERJACK! the way some shackets do. The murky putty color does nothing for me, but I do kind of like that olive.
Still, I know myself, and I’ve tried shackets before, even an elevated solid color suede version, and I never reach for them. I think they’re just too schlumpy for my personal style. I prefer more structure, and something that’s either shorter and more cropped, or long and lean.
VERDICT: Going back.
Evereve Soren Snap Cuff Tee
This tee also came in my Trendsend box, and I like the extended cuff with side snap detail along with the raglan sleeves and sweatshirt stitching at the neck.
But it has an exaggerated shirttail hem, and it’s rather short and tight. If I sized up, I think it would be too big in the shoulders and too long in the sleeves, but the only way to know is to try. Overall, it just feels short and tight. If you’re the type to tuck, it would probably work out great, but it’s not for me.
VERDICT: I sent it back. If in doubt, do without… right?
Evereve Frankie Argyle Pullover
I ordered this one because I love the print and the colors, but I’m not crazy about the thick fuzzy fabric. It also fits really snug. I might like it if I sized up, but I think it would still feel too bulky.
VERDICT: This one went back.
Evereve Reagan Pullover Sweater
I absolutely love the colors and the pattern in this cozy sweater, but it has a crewneck and a dropped shoulder, so I knew it was going to be iffy when I ordered it. I first tried it with washed black straight leg jeans and black suede booties, but I think they’re too dressy for this sweater.
So then I switched back to the Kut from the Kloth Rosa, and I tried it with the Dolce Vita Vikram Bootie with the subtle western details. I like how they’re more casual, and the high shaft fits easily under the straight ankle jeans… but I still feel like I look a little top heavy.
Then I wondered if something chunkier would work better, so I tried the Vince Henderson Chelsea Boots from last year’s #NSale. (Mine are black, if that’s not obvious, lol!)
I like the lug sole Chelsea Boot better with the sweater, but I still feel like the sweater makes me look really big on top.
When I’m not sure if my proportions are in balance or not, I stand in this totally unflattering pose and take a front-on picture with my iPhone to try to see an accurate silhouette of the outfit on my body…
VERDICT: I’m on the fence with this one. The white horizontal lines created by the design in the sweater seem to amplify the parts of my body that are already wider than I’d like, but overall the fit is good, and I really like the color combination. The length of the sweater is perfect, that’s for sure.
I’m way over-thinking it for the purposes of this post, but at the end of the day, something seems a little “off” to me, and I have a lot of sweaters… albeit, not many prints. But I decided to send this back and wait for something better to come along.
The words of Stacy and Clinton always come back to haunt me… or, rather, instruct me at times like this, “You can do better.” Nuff said.
Dolce Vita Vikram Bootie
at Evereve (8)
I ordered these boots from Evereve after borrowing Cyndi’s brown suede pair in Nashville. I wanted the brown pair, but they sold out in my size before I could snag them.
I just love how tall the shaft is! My cropped jeans never get hung up on it when I sit down and then stand up again.
Plus, they have a 2″ heel and that Western styling that is so trendy right now. It’s the heel height that really sold me on them, though. It’s hard to find, and seems so much more practical for everyday.
VERDICT: Keeping these, for sure.
Talbots Zip Collar Sweater
This zip collar sweater is right on trend, and I like the 23 1/2″ length and the soft ribbed knit. The fabric is 55% Cotton, 25% Lenzing/Ecovero/Viscose, 15% Nylon, 5% Merino Wool.
Someone pointed out that it doesn’t get great reviews for quality, but I haven’t had mine long enough to tell how it will hold up. It feels like a nice quality sweater, and I’ve always had good experience with Talbots knitwear, so I guess we’ll see!
VERDICT: I kept this one. I like having another washable option, and the collar is different than anything I have.
Talbots Ruffle Blouse
I love the colors on this blouse, but I just can’t get behind the peacock feathers in the print. I knew it had those when I ordered, but I still wanted to try it and see how it fit. Sometimes things like that don’t look so obvious in person, but this one is a little outside my comfort zone.
Here’s how it looks untucked, in case you want to see the actual length. It definitely looks better tucked.
VERDICT: Returning for the reasons stated above, but if the peacock feathers aren’t a deal breaker for you, it’s a pretty blouse!
Talbots Mesh Paneled Jumpsuit
Speaking of deal breakers… this jumpsuit is so flattering, and it’s actually comfortable, but I didn’t realize until I tried it on that it has hearts on the sleeves. Um, just no.
Such a shame because I love it otherwise. I would definitely say this is a size down if in between situation. I ordered the 6 and the 8, and I’m wearing the 6 here. It fits me perfectly.
VERDICT: Returning. I just cannot with the hearts.
A Few More Random Try-Ons
Vince Brannen Leather Block-Heel Booties
These booties are GORGEOUS and so very comfortable. I guess they aren’t a cutting edge style at the moment; the rounded toe has given way to pointed toes and square toes.
But these have a timeless, classic look that appeals to me, and the price is so good (25% off the markdown price with COLD25!) Also, the slim, high shaft slips easily under slim straight ankle leg jeans.
VERDICT: I decided to keep these. I think they’re going to come in very handy this fall and winter, and the price for Vince boots is too good to pass up.
Nashville Graphic Tee
I ordered this Nashville graphic tee from Social Threads on a whim when I saw it on another influencer because I love visiting Nashville, and I love a good graphic tee. Unfortunately, it sold out almost immediately.
Sometimes they restock, so I’ll keep an eye on it, but meanwhile, I found a similar tee in different colors at Altar’d State. In fact, I might order that black one and return this one.
VERDICT: Keeping, I guess. I thought the yellow was kind of fun and different, but it has an oversized fit and I might like the Altar’d State version better.
Gap Factory Ribbed Midi Henley Dress
I have more pictures of this dress for an upcoming post with Gap Factory, but I wanted to call your attention to it here because it’s a really cute dress for casual wear. I love how they incorporated the henley neckline. I would just say, size up if in between. I’m in the small, and I’d be more comfortable in a medium. It also comes in black.
Naadam Cashmere Boatneck
I have this sweater in the burgundy from two seasons ago, and last year I picked it up in the mink.
I wear both colors a ton because it’s a cozy sweater, but it has a little extra something going on with the extra long ribbed cuffs on the sleeves and the knit details across the shoulder in the back.
Also the rolled hem and neckline is a nice detail, and it’s a great length and fit for just leaving untucked. It feels a little more dressy to me than most of my other cashmere sweaters, so I tend to wear it more for church and date nights than casual everyday looks.
I ordered this peacock when I saw it on sale last week because I don’t have anything this color, and I think it would be a nice addition. Unfortunately, the sale has ended, but it’s still a decent price for the quality.
VERDICT: Keeping this one, for sure!
Jenni Kayne Cashmere Turtleneck
Jenni Kayne also had a sale last week, and I used the opportunity to add another cashmere fisherman sweater to my wardrobe. I wear my ivory one so much, and I was waiting for a sale to snag the grey. I also ordered the Quince cashmere fisherman sweater in the ivory and grey to compare, and I will share my thoughts on those in a dedicated cashmere comparison post after I try them on.
But today I just wanted to quickly share this turtleneck that I also ordered from Jenni Kayne. I was mostly just curious about it. It’s a hefty price tag, even on sale, so I knew I would have to love it like my own children in order to justify keeping it. It truly is a sublime knit, dense and soft and so warm, yet with the perfect slouch.
Plus, the subtle variation in the color is just gorgeous, but at the end of the day, I just don’t love it THAT much. I’m not sure I’d love any sweater that much, ha!
VERDICT: Sadly, this is going back. I’m still debating the grey fisherman sweater, though… waiting to try the Quince and compare.
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