Happy Friday, friends! At the risk of overdoing it with the mirror selfie posts this week, I have a good old-fashioned try-on haul for you today! This is just a random mash-up from some of my recent online orders — jeans, tops, dresses… a little bit of everything! Let’s dive right in.
Fall Fashion Try-On Haul
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. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
Spiritual Gangster Love Vintage Muscle Tank
I had high hopes for this sleeveless graphic tee. I love the colors for fall, but the fit is really strange. It’s too long under the arms, so it shows your bra, and I definitely don’t want to wear a layer underneath it, so it’s going back.
Here’s how it looks untucked, for anyone who wants to see the length.
VERDICT: Returning. Awkward fit, no bueno.
Evereve Gretta Dress
I wanted to love this dress. I think the print is so pretty, and the fit is actually not bad, considering I rarely wear ruffles or midi lengths. It even looks decent from the back.
But it’s way too low cut in the front. Aside from wearing a layer, that would detract from the neckline, there is really no solution to this issue. I even tried buttoning it, but that didn’t help.
VERDICT: Going back.
525 Stripe Cotton Pullover
I love a cotton sweater for spring and fall, and this stripe version with the polo neck collar is right on trend. It’s kind of light and airy, so it can be worn as soon as the weather starts to cool off. I typically don’t love a drop shoulder, but for some reason, this one doesn’t bother me too much.
I feel like the stripes give it a sporty vibe, so I styled it with ripped jeans and my Veja Esplars with the black accents. I love this look, and I can’t wait until the weather cooperates so I can wear it.
Milo Rib Henley
I love the idea of layering henley tees under jackets this fall, and I thought the fit of this one was cute. I like length too. I’m just afraid it’s just a little too tight for my comfort level, unless it is only ever worn as an under layer.
Here’s how it looks under a utility jacket… I kind a like it, although the buttons on buttons looks a little busy. Is that just me?
VERDICT: Deciding. I need to make sure I’ll get a decent cost per wear out of it.
Lucy Plaid Jacket
I love this jacket for fall football games and other outdoorsy events. It’s pretty thick but not terribly bulky, and it looks great over this black henley. I just hate that drop shoulder. Those seams have a way of making my already wide shoulders look even bigger and bulkier.
VERDICT: Deciding… I want to love it, and it’s supposed to look a little chunky so maybe those shoulders aren’t a deal breaker?
LOFT Floral Everyday Tee
This top is really cute for fall, although I would prefer shorter sleeves and a little more of an open neckline. And the pattern does remind me a bit of a curtain. I didn’t see the birds until another reader mentioned it, and now I can’t unsee it. 🤣
But I like the colors, it plays into that Lava Falls that is trending, but with cool undertones, which look best on me.
VERDICT: Keeping, I’ve already worn it twice. Also, LOFT is doing 50% OFF $200+, 30% OFF $100, OR 20% OFF $50! CODE: STYLE
LOFT Floral Neck Tie Blouse
I’m also really loving this top. For some reason, I’m always drawn to peasant blouses, which is weird because they don’t really fit my vibe, but I wear them anyway. I actually wore this one in a photo shoot yesterday. You can see it in the Instagram section at the bottom of the blog.
VERDICT: Keeping! Also, LOFT is doing 50% OFF $200+, 30% OFF $100, OR 20% OFF $50! CODE: STYLE
Madewell Mayfair Sweater Cardigan (30% off)
I’m loving the shorter v-neck cardigans worn as a pullover but so many are too low-cut, and I feel like a tank top ruins the aesthetic. This one is so cute, I love the fine gauge cable knit pattern and the pretty blush color, and it isn’t too low-cut to wear without a tank.
It is, however, on the shorter side. These jeans have a 10 1/2″ rise, which isn’t low rise, by any means, but I still feel like this sweater looks better with a higher rise.
Fortunately, I have some that fit the bill. The Citizens Isola Cropped Bootcut has a 11.25″ rise, which makes all the difference.
Such pretty texture in this sweater… love it! The fabric is 40% acrylic, 30% alpaca, 30% polyamide; and Nordstrom says you can wash and dry it, but I will wash on delicate and lay it flat to dry.
VERDICT: Keeping! Just waiting for a chance to wear it. This sweater is currently on sale, plus 30% off for Madewell Stars & Icons.
Gap Factory Forever Cozy Waffle Knit Sweater ($29)
Here’s another option for a cropped v-neck cardigan. It’s 75% Acrylic, 22% Polyester, 3% Spandex; so there’s no wool content for those who can’t tolerate it.
The Madewell sweater feels nicer and has a better drape, but this one is very cute and affordable. I might like the fit better if I size up.
It also comes in army green, ice blue, and black. Here’s the army green, although I don’t care for how I styled it here. I was experimenting with straight leg jeans and sneakers.
This whole look is okay, it’s balanced, and the colors work, but the overall vibe is just a little too safe and almost frumpy… I didn’t play around with the sweater any more that day because I was focused on denim and shoe pairings.
VERDICT: I might keep the green; I feel like the ochre brown washes me out.
Gap Factory Ribbed Collared Sweater ($24)
I love the polo neck sweater trend; it’s a nice variation on a traditional pullover, and it has a refined look about it. This one is really nice. It’s 100% cotton, and it has a really nice fit. I just wish it wasn’t quite so low-cut.
I’m wearing the black, and it also comes in surplus green and bleached sand. The black and sand are marked down to just $23.99! The olive is $34.99, and I kind of wish I had ordered that color. I like the black, though.
VERDICT: Keeping! This is such a cute option and very affordable. Highly recommend.
AGOLDE Lana Vintage Straight Jeans
I introduced these jeans in the post on How to Wear Loafers and Flats with Straight Leg Jeans. I ordered them to have more of a classic straight fit to play around with, and because I like how they look on Helena over at Brooklyn Blonde. She is taller than I am, though, and hers barely break on top of the foot when wearing flats.
Whenever I’m trying to decide if I like a silhouette, I stand perfectly straight and try to hold my camera at a straight ankle… like this. Not very attractive, but it’s the best way to see your actual silhouette in an outfit.
The wider jeans do balance out my shoulders, but the overall fit just looks frumpy-dump to me, and I really do not like what they do in the crotch area, but I feel like these rigid jeans do that on almost everyone.
I think they could be shorter, and honestly, maybe I need to size down? I felt like I had absolutely no wiggle room in the waistband, but they’re 100% cotton, so they should stretch. These are the 29, but I have the 28 so I’m going to try those today just to see if I can even button them.
I thought maybe fashion sneakers and an elevated sweatshirt might be a better combination, but I’m meh on this look as well. (Ignore the jewelry — I had it on from earlier in the day; I would not wear a layered necklace with this.)
I mean, this may be how the “kids” are wearing them, but I’m not sure it’s my vibe. Also, the rear pockets on these jeans are HUGE.
I also gave them a try with the rag & bone Retro Sneakers, since they have a different vibe. You know, this isn’t terrible… I don’t love this sweater with them, but the jeans and sneaker combo isn’t bad.
Then, I thought, what about heels? I went back to the sweater vest and added these block heel, pointed toe mules… I like this silhouette better, but the jeans sit an an awkward length and get hung up on the back of the heel.
I’m starting to think I should just hack an inch off the bottom, but I hate to lose the hem. It has a lot of detail, so I would prefer to have them properly hemmed and save the hem.
So then I tried them with the Sam Edelman Agnes Western Boots and a boyfriend cardigan. These boots have a 3 1/2″ heel, and there’s nothing for the jeans to get caught on. (Mules and clogs are really not working well for me with the longer length jeans.)
You guys, I think this actually works. I don’t even mind those giant pockets when I look at the full-on rear view. And yes, I know I need a tank or cami under that cardigan. I was just being lazy.
VERDICT: I can’t say I love these YET, but I might like them as an alternative to bootcut jeans and flares. I might keep these just to wear with boots. I’m also going to try the 28 and see if there is any way they might fit. Stay tuned!
Madewell The Perfect Vintage Flare Jean in Delavan Wash
A few weeks ago, I tried these in the 29 and they were too big. I told you I was going to order the 28 and report back, and here we are!
The 28 is definitely the right size, and I kind of like the denim wash and the overall look of the rigid denim, but I don’t love the exaggerated flare… at least, not with the loafers. (They have a 22″ leg opening.)
I wondered how they would look with the rag & bone sneakers, but they’re too long… and I just don’t like bootcut jeans with sneakers. I never did, even with all we wore was bootcut jeans. It still looks frumpy to me.
So then I tried them with clogs, and I definitely like this better. I think it goes without saying that they would work well with ankle boots.
VERDICT: These jeans are definitely a viable option, especially if you like the look of the 100% cotton rigid denim. I feel like these achieve a good balance of being on trend without looking juvenile.
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photos: Alison Cornell