Hi friends! Happy Friday! I’ve got another new try-on haul for you this week. I’ve rounded up a bunch of fall styles from Madewell, Evereve, Quince, Nordstrom, and more!
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ with an hourglass shape. I usually take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, and size 8 shoe. If you have any questions about a particular item, feel free to ask in the comments.
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I placed a Madewell order during their Friends & Family Sale last week. Of course, everything is back to full price now, but I did find a few gems.
Madewell (Re)sourced Cashmere Ex-Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater
This sweater is made of recycled cashmere and merino wool, and I love the pocket detail, rib trim, and contrasting buttons. The fit is boxy, but not in an unflattering way, and the 24″ length creates a good balance with shorter jeans… at least, on me. Of course, every woman’s body and proportions are different.
What I don’t really care for is the drop shoulder and the awkward sleeve length. I think they’re supposed to be full-length sleeves, but they definitely aren’t on me, so I pushed them up to make them look more intentional. And the high v-neck is a little strange, so I unbuttoned one button to see if that helped.
For the price, I would need to really love this sweater, so I’m sending it back. That said, it’s nice quality, and I love a camel sweater for fall. It also comes in grey.
Madewell Stovepipe Jeans in Banberry Wash: Raw-Hem Edition
As for the jeans I’m wearing here, I ordered these hoping they would be a good “similar for less” option to my Frame washed black straight ankle jeans with the raw hem. The wash is different, but I like it for a good dark grey, and the fit is really nice.
These are a Stovepipe style, which is a slim straight. They have a 10 1/2″ rise and a 26 1/2″ inseam with a 12 1/2″ leg opening, and the fabric is 92% cotton/6% poly/2% elastane so they have a good bit of stretch. The rear pocket placement is really good, too.
They look great with these loafer mules, but I also wanted to see how they would pair with booties when it gets cold.
I tried the jeans over top of these Blondo booties, but they’re not quite wide enough to stay down.
The other option is to cuff, and you could wear a dark grey or black sock underneath for warmth and to keep a more cohesive look.
A sock bootie with a more slender shaft might work underneath the pants. I wish I’d tried a few more options, but I still have the jeans, so I can do that this week sometime.
Madewell The Perfect Vintage Straight Crop Jean in Lunar Wash
I also ordered these washed black straight crop jeans to try. I’ve heard good things about these, but I personally prefer a slimmer fit through the leg.
These have an 11 1/4″ rise, which feels very high to me, but it works as long as I don’t have to tuck my top. They also have a 27″ inseam with a 15″ leg opening, and the fabric is 99% cotton/1% spandex so it has more of a vintage, rigid denim look and feel.
Here’s how they look with the Blondo boots.
As you can see, a wider leg jean fits easily over these boots, but it does get hung up on the tab on the back when I move around.
Blondo Dagger Waterproof Boot
at Nordstrom (size up)
These boots have a lug sole with a 2 1/4″ platform heel and a 5 1/2″ shaft. They’re waterproof, and they come in several other colors.
I like the contrasting trim around the sole, and they’re very soft and comfortable to wear. I sized up half, per the recommendation on the Nordstrom website, and the 8 1/2 is the perfect fit.
Madewell (Re)sourced Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
This sweater is really cute, if you don’t mind the boxy fit. I really like the details, and it’s soft and cozy, but I think it would be more flattering on someone who is smaller on top. I don’t like how the front hangs on me. It’s made of recycled cashmere and virgin wool, and it comes in a wide range of sizes.
Madewell Shrunken Ribbed Cardigan Sweater
This sweater is giving me all the Lorelai Gilmore vibes! It’s much more flattering than the one above, but I wish it was an inch longer. The 21 1/2″ length is pretty short on me, even with these high rise jeans.
I sized up to the medium, anticipating the snug, short fit; and I need every bit of it. I would even be willing to try a large, but I think that would make the neckline too low.
I’m tempted to keep it, mainly because it’s so hard to find v-neck cardigans that aren’t too low-cut on me, and I really do like the design. It also comes in ivory and mauve.
Madewell Davie Polo Sweater
Here’s another cropped sweater that has potential, but I wish it weren’t so wide. It raises up in the front the way the cream one does.
It’s a great color, and I love the polo neckline, but yeah… just not crazy about the way it hangs on me. It’s going to have to go back. Those jeans though…
Madewell Slim Demi-Boot Jeans in Hayford Wash
These jeans are my favorites of the three. They have a 10 3/4″ rise and a 27″ inseam with a 14 1/2″ kick out leg opening, and the fabric is 94% cotton/5% poly/1% elastane.
They’re more of a cropped flare, similar to the Mother Insiders, in a really good washed black, and they feel really good on.
I tried them first with these Aquatalia stretch booties. Pardon the price tag; they were an #NSale purchase, so I got them at 40% off.
These are a water resistant suede, and they’re supremely comfortable. Plus, the shaft is really slim and stretchy, so I’m hoping they fit under my straighter jeans. They definitely work with these kick flares.
Next I tried the demi-boot jeans with those Blondo boots. They work well together too, but it’s definitely a more casual look.
And here is the same jeans with the loafer mules, just to show how versatile they are.
These jeans are a really good find. I highly recommend them if you like this style. And that’s it for the Madewell try-ons!
Quince is a company with a mission to provide high quality essentials at radically low prices. I reviewed their $50 cashmere crew in last week’s try-on haul. If you missed it, you may want to check it out.
Quince Mongolian Cashmere Fisherman Crewneck Sweater
This is their fisherman crewneck sweater, and it’s super soft and cozy. Still not as soft as some of the more expensive cashmere I’ve tried, but a good value for the price point.
The sleeves are a good length, but overall it fits rather snug. I think I would size up, if I were to keep it. It also comes in grey and ivory; this is the oatmeal.
Quince Washable Stretch Silk Tank
I had high hopes for this washable silk tank. I was hoping it would make a good layering piece under jackets and cardigans this fall, and I appreciate the wide, bra-friendly straps and modest neckline. I also like how it’s lined, and it does feel really nice.
Unfortunately, it runs reeeeeally small. This seems to be s trend with Quince. In the future, I will order two sizes and return what doesn’t work. They make returns free and easy, so there’s no reason not to.
Quince Cashmere Tee
And this is their version of a cashmere sweater tee. Again, it is a nice, classic design and seems to be decent quality, but it runs very small. It’s also rather see-through in this cream color. I will size up to the medium and opt for a darker color if I re-order.
FYI, these jeans are 25% off at Bloomies.
Quince Mongolian Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater
Now, this, I like! And it is plenty big in my usual size small. Again, a case for ordering two sizes… You just never know. This sweater is soft and cozy, and I like the oversized fit. It has a really nice drape, and has a way of being flattering even though it doesn’t offer any structure.
I really like the contrasting buttons too. I styled this grey cardigan over a white tee from Banana Republic, with my AG Mari straight ankle jeans in a mid-indigo wash. My exact pair is from last year, but this pair is a similar wash and it’s 25% off at Bloomies. These jeans run true to size, or you could possibly size up if in between. I have my usual size 28.
I also really like the cognac boots with this outfit, and I added a leather handbag in a similar hue. I’m definitely keeping this sweater, and I can’t wait to wear this entire outfit once our weather cools down!
R Minkoff Mab Leather Hobo Bag
I was so excited to show this bag to you, but POOF! As soon as it arrived, it was suddenly sold out at Saks, and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else in this caramel color.
It has all the edgy/luxe/boho chic charm of a good R Minkoff hobo style handbag. I had a black one that I carried for several years that was similar that I absolutely loved. I’m a longtime fan of her bags, but recently, I haven’t had as much luck as I once did. Then this arrived, and I die.
The leather is soft and supple, and it has that delicious leather smell. Then it has antique brass hardware and two strap options — the longer one is adjustable. I also love how many interior pockets it has — two gusset slide pockets and two interior back slip pockets, along with the usual back zip pocket.
It also has one vertical zip pocket on the front, but I can’t see using that one. I will just slide my phone into one of the interior pockets. It has a snap closure on top, so it’s easy to get in and out of.
But alas, it seems to be gone in caramel. I can only hope that they got a limited shipment, and they will be getting more in. I’ve seen that happen with other styles during this time of supply chain issues, so I will cross my fingers.
Meanwhile, Saks has it in black leather, and it qualifies for their current spend more, save more promo, which brings it down to $298. And it does come in other colors, including some really pretty suede options, on the R Minkoff website.
I’ve placed like three separate Evereve orders this week. I keep seeing things I want to try!
Allison Joy Adrianna Mini Dress
This dress really isn’t my style, and I have nowhere to wear it, but I was curious to try it so I ordered it anyway. I love the print and the fabric, but as I expected, the stye doesn’t do much for me, and it doesn’t really match my personal style either.
I’m too high-waisted for these elastic banded waists. If it were to sit on my actual waist, it would be right under my bra, and then it wouldn’t hang right.
I also realize the quilted slides aren’t the right shoe. I also tried these mules, but they don’t work either.
I love how the dress is pictured on the model on the Evereve website, with OTK black suede boots. I would probably wear more classic knee-high style. I just ordered these, intending to try them with this dress, and they came with only one boot in the box. Ooops!
Allison Joy Carli Surplice Top
I had really high hopes for this top. I need a few things like this — shorter to pair with my higher rise jeans, but still a classic look. Something I could wear to church or out to dinner with Paul. And I do love the fabric and the print and the overall cut of the top, but the way the snap is placed, it’s too low-cut for me.
Not only am I high-waisted, I also have a really high cleavage, lol. It really is a thing! Pendant necklaces are often too long for me, and necklines often appear lower on me than on the average woman. I played around with fashion tape, and tried to see what it would look like if I had the snap up, but I think it will mess up the lines of the top. I’m afraid it needs to go back.
All that said, if you like it, and you don’t have a large chest, try it! It’s really cute, and I don’t think every woman will have these issues. I would wear it exactly how I styled it here, with black jeans and slides, or maybe pumps or dressier booties when it gets colder.
Design History Amelia Cable Cardigan
I love the color of this cardigan and the pattern in the knit. It’s so pretty for fall! They chose to go with matching buttons, which I guess gives it a cohesive look, but I think a contrasting tortoiseshell would be really pretty on this.
I tried styling it a few ways — with a black tank, washed black crop straight jeans, and taupe mules. The taupe doesn’t look quite right to me with all the dark colors in the outfit, so I swapped out the black knit tank for this ivory woven tank.
That works, but I think I like it best this way… with the black knit tank and the black loafer mules.
At any rate, I have decided that I do not care for this v-neck cardigan style on me. It falls off the sides of my chest in an awkward way, so I’m sending it back. But again, it’s an issue with my body type, not a general issue with this sweater. It’s gorgeous, and I highly recommend trying it if you like this style.
Chaser Stripe Side Slit Hoodie
Now, this is more my speed. As soon as I pulled on this cozy hoodie, I knew it was a keeper.
Lately, I’ve been realizing how incredibly casual my current lifestyle is. I’m not sure when it happened, but there is rarely a reason to wear anything dressier than jeans with a sweatshirt and sneakers, so I may as well buy some stylish ones!
This hoodie is made of recycled polyester, rayon, and spandex, and it’s incredibly soft. It’s on the thinner side, with a subtle ribbed texture, and I love the black and white stripes.
I don’t usually care for this length of top on me, but with the side slits and the way it drapes, I think it works for a casual/comfy vibe. Definitely a keeper!
Rails Simon Henley Sweatshirt
Speaking of stylish sweatshirts, I love this one. It isn’t as soft and cozy as the one above, but I love the styling, and once I had it on, it was very comfortable. This is the quintessential cool-mom-on-the-sidelines sweatshirt for wearing to your kids’ (or grandkids’) sporting events.
It has such good details, and you can wear it with the collar up or down — see the picture on the website for a slightly different look.
I was about to rip the tags off and wear it for the rest of the day, when I noticed the price tag. Yoiks! I’m not sure what I was thinking when I ordered it. I usually don’t like to spend over $100 on this type of garment, but then as I thought about it, I would spend this much on a nice sweater, and I will probably wear this more.
I’m always yammering on about cost per wear, and this is a great example. Plus, most of my sweaters need to be dry cleaned, and this can be tossed in the washer, which further decreases the cost per wear. So with all that considered… I’m still deciding. I might wait and see if I can grab it on sale at some point.
A Few More Random Try-Ons
Okay, let’s wrap this up! I’ve got a few more random purchases to share with you.
Dolce Vita Zina Sneaker
I thought these might be a good “similar for less” option for the P448 sneakers I often feature. They’re really cushiony and comfortable inside, with good arch support and a slight wedge. I love the different colors, and the all-over design.
The leather is really soft and nice, too. For the price, these are a great wallet-friendly alternative to the pricier P448 and GGDB sneakers that are trending right now. I’m wearing my usual size 8, and they just fit. I would recommend trying a half size up, especially if you’re thinking of wearing socks with them.
Levi’s Womens 725 High-Rise Bootcut (29)
If you need a classic bootcut that won’t break the bank, these jeans are for you. They are verrrry comfortable, soft and stretchy. The fabric is 78% cotton, 21% polyester, 1% elastane.
They have a 10″ front rise, which I consider more of a mid-rise, but high enough to look modern, and a 32″ inseam with a 16″ flared leg opening.
I really like this length with these 3″ heels. When we wore bootcut jeans in the 90s and early aughts, rises were low, and inseams were long. We wore them almost touching the ground, as you may recall.
This time around, we are seeing higher rises and shorter inseams. I know some of you will say these look like high waters to you, and of course you should wear what you like, but if you want a more modern look, try letting a little bit of shoe show.
The nice thing about the shorter length is, you can wear different heel heights with the same jeans, rather than hemming each pair to work with specific heel heights. To that point, here’s how these jeans look with loafers.
These jeans come in several washes, and they’re currently on sale for $49 at Zappos. Also, a sizing note: Levi’s is one of the few brands that hasn’t succumbed to vanity sizing, so I usually wear a size 29.
Naadam Cashmere Cropped V-Neck Sweater
I hate to end on a sour note, but what on EARTH were they thinking with this sweater???
Usually I love Naadam, but they missed the mark on this one. It’s a shame because I love everything about it, except the length.
It has such a flattering v-neck, and I love the rib trim on the cuffs and sleeves. It’s soft and cozy and a gorgeous shade of seafoam green, but the cropped length and swingy silhouette is just not a trend I can get behind.
Now I finally understand the tall girls who don’t like cropped jeans because they remind them of “high waters” and the angst of wearing jeans that were too short. I’m the girl with the b00bs who hates when my shirts ride up in the front… and now they’re making them to fit this way on purpose? No thanks.
All that to say, this sweater is going back! But if you like the cropped styles and are smaller on top, you might like this one. It’s really a beautiful knit.
And that, as they say, is a wrap! Another try-on haul in the books. I need to head out shortly to an appointment, and as so often is the case with these longer posts, I’m wrapping this one up without a minute to spare, so please pardon any typos or awkward sentences. I like to take some time to proofread my posts, but not today.
I’ll be back tomorrow with my Holiday Gift Guide for the Guys, so stay tuned for that!
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