Fall Fashion Try On Haul: Evereve, Talbots & More

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.

Evereve Try-Ons

I have a bunch of Evereve try-ons for you this week, and they ‘re doing a Surprise Sale for Halloween! Prices are as marked.

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

sweater (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // booties (8)

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

at Evereve or Zappos or Nordstrom (6) // sweater (S) // booties (8)

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

sweater (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // booties (8)

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

tunic (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // booties (8)

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

shacket (1/2) // tee (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // boots (8)

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

tee (S) // jeans (6; also at Zappos) // boots (8)

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

sweater (S) // jeans (28; sold out; similar) // mules (7.5)

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

sweater (S) // jeans (28) // boots (8)

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 is having a Fall Sale with 40% off select styles. I don’t usually shop at Talbots, but I like their sweaters and sweater dresses this time of year, so I ordered a few to try.

Talbots Zip Collar Sweater

sweater (S) // jeans (29) // clogs (8)

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

blouse (S) // jeans (28; similar) // pumps (8)

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

jumpsuit (6) // pumps (8)

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

at Saks OFF 5TH or Nordstrom Rack (8)

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

similar tee // Fidelity Cher jeans (28; similar) // boots (8)

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

dress (S) // sneakers (8)

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

sweater (S) // jeans (28) // shoes (8) // rings

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

sweater (S) // jeans (28) // shoes (8) // rings

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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29 Responses

  1. Cute sweaters. I am also very curious about the Quince sweaters. I have been tempted to purchase one but not sure about quality, fit and wear.

  2. too bad you could not deal with the hearts on the jumpsuit because it was a great look on you. If you hadn’t said it was a jumpsuit, I would have presumed pants and a top. Solves the problem of a top coming loose, but adds the problem of bathroom breaks being more difficult! Seems like an even swap.

  3. I’m with you, Jo-Lynne, hearts on that beautiful jumpsuit….what were they thinking ?
    Great sweaters! I can’t justify any more sweaters. So far we’ve had a couple of days cool enough for a sweater.

  4. I love the donegal and the fair isle sweaters! And the sweater dress. The cashmere turtleneck…ouch at the price! I agree that the hearts in the jumpsuit are a deal-breaker. Way too cutesy. I do love the Evereve Reagan sweater on you!

  5. You often mention drycleaning your sweaters and other items – I have a rule, that I don’t dryclean…its not a service that is easily available where I live and its SO EXPENSIVE. I can only wear a sweater once and it needs washed….anyhow – all this to mention – have you ever tried DRYEL…the home dry cleaning kit?
    Ive used it for years and haven’t taken anything (not even my husbands expensive suits) to a drycleaner in probably over 15 years.

    1. I’ve used Dryel for at least 15 years too. All the work tops, and sweaters that are dry clean only come out wonderfully. I got a starter set for my daughter when she started working!

  6. In your Instagram try on you had a tan/olive sweater with houndstooth around the neck. Did you end up keeping or returning that sweater? Do you recall what size you were? Since Evereve has a sale today, I’m debating some things.

  7. I recently bought a long cardigan/duster from Quince That I LOVE, it’s so soft and the color is beautiful, all that said I haven’t worn it enough to know how it will hold up. I’m excited to read your comparison post and see what you think.

  8. I’m with you on the hearts… definite dealbreaker. I don’t care how great a piece looks, no hearts! That goes for jewelry, too.

  9. I think Evereve has a lot cuter pieces than what they sent you! Going to give Trendsend a try at some point. 😉

  10. It’s so hard to not add a piece of clothing to our closet that we don’t love, but instead just like it for one reason or another. It just doesn’t get cold enough down here to warrant me owning a lot of sweaters. As much as I like the western boots from Evereve, I can’t wear a 2” heel. That’s why I jumped on a pair by Roper,t hat I found online at Walmart, that has a lower heel. I can’t wait to wear them!

  11. Love the Naadam cashmere sweater on you, that color is gorgeous with your complexion. Also love the Dolce vita boots, also wanted the Vikram brown suede ones from Evereve after seeing your Nashville post but sold out and cannot find that style anywhere else. .How do you like those compared to the Dolce Vita Volli you’re also wearing in this post for the most comfort. They are both so cute! Thanks!

  12. I love the look and idea of the Naadam boat neck sweater. It looks great on you. My neckline of choice is a boat neck, which works great for those of us with a short neck. On the Naadam website this sweater looks to be off the shoulder. Does it tend to slip off your shoulder when you are wearing it?

  13. Cute sweaters. I especially like that first one. From about October until spring, sweaters are just about all I wear.

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