Happy Friday, friends! I have a new try-on haul for you today. I’m waiting on quite a few packages to come in, so this one’s a little shorter than usual, but I wanted to get it out to you today because Nordstrom is doing Bonus Points for Nordy Club members.
I also have a post on Everyday Jewelry Worth Investing In that you may want to re-read. Most of these pieces never go on sale, so I like to at least earn Bonus Points on those purchases. I’ve linked a bunch of those items below, as I wear them so often.
Okay, let’s get started! I work from home and live a very casual lifestyle, so I wear a lot of denim. I’ve been feeling like I need some new tops to add variety to my life, so I ordered a few to try.
Fall Tops & Sweaters I’ve Ordered Recently
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. If you have any questions, let me know, and I’ll do my best to help you out!
Caslon Cozy Knit Top
This cozy knit top is aptly named; it’s very soft and comfortable, and I love the color, but the length and shape makes it tricky to style. It has a relaxed fit with a straight hemline with side slits, and it’s 24 1/2″ long.
A front tuck accentuates my waistline and helps to balance out the proportions of the ankle-length jeans, but because of the side slits, it still hangs rather straight across the front. Maybe I can adjust it to get a bit of a curve, which I find more flattering.
I do, however, like the color with the medium wash denim, and I appreciate the set-in sleeves. There’s just a tiny gather at the shoulder, but not enough to offend my Plain Jane sensibilities, and I like the 3/4-length sleeves with a banded cuff for transition season.
STYLE TIP: Conventional wisdom states that 3/4-length sleeves are universally flattering because they end between the elbow and wrist, thus highlighting the smallest part of your arm, and drawing the eye up to the waist rather than down to the hips.
For more on sleeve lengths, and a fun discussion in the comments, visit Angie at YouLookFab.
This top comes in 4 other colors, but as for this pretty shade of burgundy, I wanted to try it with a darker bottom, so I changed into the PAIGE Claudine ankle flares in Black Lotus, and swapped my tan suede flats for black leather ankle boots.
SALE ALERT: These exact jeans are 25% off at Bloomies.
I like this look a lot, although I was picturing this top with more casual looks. I guess it can go either way, which is always nice.
VERDICT: Probably gonna keep this one. It’s easy and comfy, and the color is really pretty. Plus, it’s a good price. It should look good with light wash jeans and sneakers, too.
Caslon Waffle Organic Cotton Blend Henley Top
SALE ALERT: These sneakers are 25% off at J.Crew. They run true to size for a sneaker. I’m in the 8 1/2 (it is listed as 8h on their website.)
I love a waffle knit henley top for casual fall outfits, and this one did not disappoint. It’s also a Caslon top, so the price is great, and the quality is good too. It’s a stretchy ribbed knit fabric, so I sized up to a medium.
It’s a little long untucked, so I did a front tuck with these slim straight ankle jeans, and I feel like this looks much better. When it’s untucked, it seems to cut me in half, vertically, but the front tuck makes me look more balanced.
I tried to situate it so it’s not sitting straight across my hips, but it creates a subtle curve, which I find to be more flattering.
These jeans have a 32″ inseam, so I swapped out the sneakers for clogs. They still have a casual vibe, but the 3 1/2″ heel with a 1″ platform gives me the extra height I need so they don’t drag on the floor.
I played with the untucked look and a full tuck. Since the jeans have a 11 3/4” rise, they almost come up high enough to meet my natural waist, so I thought I might like the tucked-in look, but I think it just makes me look boxy. I feel like you can actually see my waist more in the untucked version.
I tried adding a belt… first a wide brown belt to coordinate with the shoes, but this just seems to draw a line across the widest part of my abdomen, which is not the look I’m going for.
STYLE TIP: To quote Jen of Everyday Style School, “never put a horizontal line across the widest part of anything, unless you want it to look bigger”.
Next, I tried a narrower black belt, thinking it would blend in better, and it does, but I don’t think it’s a good look. A skinny belt tends to look more dressy, and this is supposed to be a casual outfit.
I think I like this top best untucked with the longer jeans or front-tucked (no belt) with the shorter ones. What say you?
VERDICT: I’m keeping the top, but I think I like it best with the more casual ankle jeans and sneakers. Definitely size up, if in between. It fits pretty close to the body.
Bia Sleek Henley
I’ve shown you this top before, but after trying on the black waffle henley with these jeans and clogs, I wanted to see how this top would look with them.
It doesn’t have quite as much of a body-con fit, and the fabric is slightly more elevated, so it drapes a little better around the waist area, creating more curves than straight lines. I also like the color combination better.
I tried the brown belt again, and I do like the extra detail and the waist definition it provides.
VERDICT: The top was already a keeper, but I’m still debating about these jeans. I like them, but I don’t love that I need to wear heels with them. I keep trying them with different looks to see if they have the versatility to earn a spot in my fall/winter wardrobe.
Treasure & Bond Oversize V-Neck Sweater
Now, this cozy, comfy, relaxed sweater is right up my alley! I usually don’t love a drop shoulder, but the interesting crossover v-neckline and slouchy, high/low silhouette has a really nice casual vibe.
I threw it on with medium wash bootcut jeans and black booties, and I like it. It’s simple, but it works. As an aside, these jeans are so flattering. I love a classic bootcut style, and these have an impeccable fit… at least, for me. I realize every woman is different, but this style is a favorite of many.
My exact pair is not on sale (although it does qualify for Nordstrom Bonus Points) but Saks has a slightly lighter wash that’s 25% off.
Here are a few more angles. I can see throwing this on for so many casual days this fall.
The fabric is 52% acrylic, 20% polyester, 16% cotton, 10% viscose, 2% spandex, so no wool for those who can’t tolerate it. It also comes in beige, green, and light grey. (This one is charcoal.)
I also tried it with black loafers, to see how it looks dressed up a bit more, and it works, but I really like this look better with the sneakers.
VERDICT: Keeping! This one almost makes me want sweater weather… but I can wait a few more weeks, thankyouverymuch.
Madewell Alna V-Neck Sweater
This sweater is from the #NSale, but it’s still fully stocked, and I love the color. It’s also really soft and easy to throw on with any style of jeans. The 20 1/2′ length is really nice with the higher rises that are trending.
I pulled it on with these beige cords from last year. I think this color combo is really nice for fall and winter, but these jeans are pretty long on me. They have a 33″ inseam, so even with these 2 3/4″ heel booties, they’re dragging on the ground.
I swapped out the western style booties for these lug sole booties, thinking they were quite a bit taller, but it didn’t help much. Evidently these are just a 3″ heel, so only a 1/2″ difference.
VERDICT: I am keeping both the sweater and the corduroys, but I think I will get the cords hemmed so they don’t drag on the floor with 3″ heels.
That’s all I’ve got for now, but I do have another post coming to you later today with my top picks from the Saks Friends & Family Sale, so stay tuned for that!
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