I know I said I was swearing off try-on hauls for a while, but I always have new styles coming in, and the pictures were piling up, so here we are! I actually have more items in my room waiting to be photographed, but this is all I had time for this week.
Today I’ve got a cashmere sweater comparison, as well as some random pieces from Evereve, LOFT, Old Navy, Nordstrom and Saks! It’s quite the mish-mosh.
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.
I’ve had some questions about cashmere sweaters, and that’s always a hot topic this time of year, so I decided to order several at different price points to compare.
Quince Mongolian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater $50
Their knits aren’t as plush and soft as some, but they have a classic fit and a good variety of colors. There isn’t a lot of extra room through the body or in the length, so if you want a more relaxed fit, I recommend sizing up.
Naadam The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater
Naadam is committed to sustainability and fair trade, and they make some of the softest, plushest cashmere I’ve tried. Their prices vary, but they make this $75 essential cashmere sweater in a crewneck version that is an amazing value for the quality.
This sweater is much more plush and soft than the Quince, and it also has a little more wiggle room in the body and sleeves, but it’s still a classic cut. I also like this shade of oatmeal better than the Quince. It also comes in tons of colors. For $75, it’s an excellent value.
Vince Easy Fit Crewneck Wool Cashmere Sweater
If you’ve hung around for long, you know what a huge fan I am of Vince, a brand known for understated luxury. The price point is higher than Quince and Naadam, but their products are super luxe and well-made, and they’re generous with fabric and materials.
This sweater is actually a wool/cashmere blend, but it’s the most similar to the ones above that Vince currently makes. This sweater is my favorite of the three, in terms of fit and feel. It is cut a little more generously throughout, while maintaining a classic fit, and it definitely has a better “slouch” factor than the other two — especially when front-tucked.
Even though it isn’t quite as thick as the Naadam, it is every bit as soft, and it just feels more luxe somehow. Once I had it on, I did not want to take it off. Here’s how it looks layered under a moto jacket…
The price tag is steep, but I did score this sweater on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. These usually go on sale again at some point in the fall/winter season, so I’ll keep my eye on it and let you know as soon as I see it get marked down. It’s true to size, but some like to size up for a more relaxed fit.
Vince Weekend V-Neck Cashmere Sweater
Since we’re talking about Vince, I wanted to mention his Weekend V-Neck because it’s on sale right now. This picture is from last year, so I don’t have all the different angles I showed above, but it’s cut very generously throughout and has a great “slouch factor” — yes, that’s a thing!
This sweater is 100% cashmere with a flattering a v-neck. I find myself reaching for this a ton during the all and winter. It’s so soft, and the extra length in the sleeves and body length makes it feel super luxe and cozy.
This one is true to size, with no need to size up. It already has that perfect slouchy, luxe fit.
Nordstrom Cashmere Sweater
I also wanted to compare the Nordstrom cashmere crew, but my order was canceled, so once again, I’m using a picture from last year.
My experience is that these are soft, but not as thick or densely woven as the Naadam $75 cashmere sweaters, and they pill pretty easily. All cashmere pills eventually, so if you have several, a sweater stone is a good investment.
They are very generous with the sleeve length, though, so that’s a big plus in my book. The Naadam is a better value, in my opinion, but when these go on sale, they’re worthy of your consideration, especially if you like the color choices.
In summary, you can’t find a better value for cashmere basics than Quince, but I personally prefer to pay a bit more for softer, plusher knits. The best bang for your buck is definitely the Naadam $75 sweater, but Vince is worth the splurge when you can find it on sale.
Evereve sent me a few new outfits to share with you this month, and I’m loving all the layering options! If you want to see these in action, I did a live try-on haul on my Instagram Story earlier in the week. They’re all saved to my highlight reel under Try Ons.
Allison Joy Liza Leopard Cardigan
This sweater is thick and cozy, and I love the contrasting ribbed trim and oversized matte black buttons. Plus, leopard print is always fun for fall. It’s not super soft, but it isn’t scratchy either. The fabric is 73% Polyester, 25% Acrylic, 2% Spandex, so it’s a great option for those of you who can’t wear wool.
You can wear it unbuttoned or buttoned-up, but if you want to wear it buttoned-up, you may want to size up. I feel like it’s a little too snug to wear this way.
I’m also really loving these shoes. I have them in the white pebbled leather, but this black croc embossed pair is so sleek. My only complaint is the hardware is gold, not mixed metal, like the white pair. They’re true to size, or size down if in between.
Michael Stars Maya V Neck Tank
This is a nice little layering tank. The fabric is thick and substantial, but soft and stretchy. It’s true to size, or you can size up if you want a little more length, but that might make it too low-cut under the arms.
Good American Good Legs Stovepipe
These jeans are thick and soft and stretchy, with the Good American gap-proof waistband. They have a 10.5″ front rise and 27.5″ inseam; and the fabric is 67% Cotton, 30% Polyester, 2% Viscose, 1% Spandex. They’re fitted through the hips and thighs, and then cut straight from knee to hem — thus the “stovepipe” style.
The medium indigo wash is highly versatile, but I think I’d prefer a single busted-out knee rather than the two “matching” knees. I also feel like the length is a little awkward. I’m tempted to cut off about an inch and see how I like them that way.
Cloth And Stone Camo Dye Tee
This tee is so cute. I love that tie dye print, and the fabric is a nice sturdy rayon blend — not a typical t-shirt fabric. It’s cut longer in the back than the front, so it would work well with leggings. It’s true to size; the small is perfect for me.
KUT from the Kloth High Rise Connie Ankle Skinny
These jeans are a really good value for the under-$100 price point, and I love this faded black wash. They’re comfortable and soft and stretchy; and the fabric is 58% Rayon, 25% Cotton, 15% Modal, 2% Spandex.
KUT from the Kloth Coated Kara
I’m really bummed that this jacket is sold out already. It’s coated denim, and I love the matte black buttons. The cropped style pairs well with higher rise jeans.
It looks stiff, but it’s not. It’s very stretchy and comfortable, and I feel like it’s true to size, but you should size up if you want to wear something heavier than a t-shirt underneath. Crossing my fingers it gets restocked…
Evereve Hattie Henley Tee
This is a nice, lightweight transition top that also comes in white. It’s shorter than average with a relaxed fit, so it’s not for everyone, but I like it. The henley style is very on trend this season, and it’s a nice change from v-necks and crewnecks.
This tee is true to size; in fact, you might even want to size down if in between.
Evereve Malone Distressed Faux Leather Vest
I love, love, LOVE this faux leather vest. It’s not a shiny faux leather, it has more of a matte finish to it. It’s thick and warm and soft, and it has nice structure through the waist so you don’t look like the Michelin Man even though it’s quite puffy.
The hood is removable, and this vest runs true to size. With the rate at which cute jackets are selling out these days, I recommend grabbing this now if it’s something you really want. It’s pricey, but I can see wearing it a lot this fall and winter. It will look great over sweaters and turtlenecks when the weather gets colder.
Old Navy Try-Ons
Alrighty! I ordered a few things from Old Navy, in an attempt to have some lower priced items to share with you. Spoiler alert: It did not go well…
Old Navy High-Waisted Curvy O.G. Straight Ankle Jeans
I’ve seen several influencers raving about these jeans, so I ordered them to try for you. Oh my word, what on EARTH. I don’t know which is worse — the acid wash or the terribly frumpy silhouette. As if my hips weren’t already wide enough… Why, why, why? I think it goes without saying, these went right back.
Old Navy Loose Cozy-Knit V-Neck Sweatshirt
And then there’s this top…
This top is super soft and cozy, and I like the neckline and the super long sleeves, but unfortunately, it is crazy short. The banded waist is really tight as well.
To give it a fair chance, I also tried it with the Good American Good Legs Stovepipe. It’s better, but still too short to move around in.
I also ordered it in the “raisin” but I wish I’d ordered a medium to compare. I suspect the medium would be way too long in the arms, and too big on top as well, but sizing up is probably worth a try because it really is so cozy, and the price point is great.
I really like this color, especially with the jeans. But it’s just too short and tight in the waist for my comfort level. If you’re petite, you might like it.
Okay, now for a few random Nordstrom items.
Caslon Funnel Neck Cotton Blend Sweater
This sweater is super soft and cozy. Once I had it on, I declared this Try-On Haul done and wore it for the rest of the afternoon. My only complaint is the neck is kind of floppy, but it’s not a deal breaker.
It fits true to size, or size down if in between. It’s meant to be roomy, and I’m happy with the size small.
1 STATE Ribbed Balloon Sleeve Cotton Blend Sweater
So this is a really cute going-out top. Or you know, wear anywhere top. For some reason, it just seems like a going-out top to me. Usually I don’t like voluminous sleeves because they add visual weight to the hip area, but in this case, the way it’s cut, you can still see my waist. It seems to work. Here it is with a front tuck.
I sized up to the medium, per the website recommendation, and I guess that was the right move. It’s kind of big, but it works. Maybe it would be a little too snug in the waist if it was a size small.
Yes, those are the Frame Le High straight leg raw hem jeans I’ve been wearing so much lately, and my favorite Mother Insiders. Both are true to size, or you may want to size down if in between. The white pair pictured above is also the Frame Le High Straight, and the white Mother Insiders are included as well.
The black pair shown above is the Mother Insider except with a sewn hem. And yes, those are the Paige Mayslie cargo joggers! Also, not pictured, the AG Farrah is on sale in a versatile wash, as is the AG Mari. I rounded up all of the above and more of my top recommendations on this page.
Meanwhile, here are some new Saks try-ons from this week.
AG Jodi Crop Slim Flare Jeans
I recommended these jeans as a possible alternative to my beloved Mother Insiders… especially for anyone wanting a mid-rise option. I ordered them a while ago, because I wanted to show you how they compare, and they finally came in… and of course, now they’re almost sold out.
They run small, so beware of that, if ordering. I would need to size up. And if you do happen to score your size, they’re on sale at almost half off!
Frame Le High Straight Leg Jeans Washed Moss Rips
I saw these in a random ad and loved the color, plus I recognized this Frame Le High Straight — the same style as the off-black jeans I’m wearing so much lately.
Unfortunately, these do not fit anything like the black pair. The material is very stiff, which is fine, but they’re a size too small. I could barely button them. I also don’t like how the chewed hem is all bunchy in the front. They still hang straight from the sides and back, but the front-on view is weird to me.
Frame Easy True Organic Linen T-Shirt
I guess I saw this linen tee when I was looking at the pants, and I’ve wanted a layering tee in a light beige to wear when white is too stark. I love the notched hem and raw edges, and the organic linen is gorgeous, but the fit is kind of weird.
The small is almost too small, but the medium isn’t much wider, but it’s a lot longer. I’m afraid that this will be too tight in the chest after one washing, even if I wash on delicate and lay flat to dry. It’s too expensive to risk that, so I sent them both back.
And here’s a close-up of that bracelet. It’s a new one from Victoria Emerson — perfect color palette for fall!
Also, pardon my janky thumbnail. Both of them did this within a few days of my last manicure, which was exactly two weeks go. I cannot wait to go in today and get fresh polish!
Okay, let’s wrap this up with some LOFT finds! I feel like LOFT is finally making a comeback, after having a lot of fit and quality control issues over the past year or so, and I am here for it! Also, right now they’re running a spend more, save more sale with up to 50% off!
LOFT Striped Boatneck Tee
This is a really nice layering top. The material is on the thicker side, but it has a bit of a slub texture. The 3/4-length sleeves might be awkward under sweaters and jackets, but they’re great with vests!
I actually tried this tee with the faux leather Everlane vest (above) but I guess I forgot to take a picture. I also ordered the yellow version of this tee, and I failed to get a picture of that as well, but I really like it. You can see both on my my Instagram Story — they’re saved to my highlight reel under Try Ons.
LOFT Pumpkin Spice Sweater
Finally, a whimsical fall sweater for pairing with jeans on the weekend, or maybe even pants for work. Since it is kind of cutesy, I like it best dressed down with distressed jeans.
This sweater is really comfortable and soft, and it fits well. The sleeves are nice and long, and overall, it’s decent quality for the price point. The fabric is 55% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 19% Acrylic, 4% Spandex, so perfect for those who can’t wear wool.
And that’s a wrap for today! As I mentioned, I have a bunch more in my office, waiting to be tried on and vetted. I doubt I can get my act together to do a Part 2 tomorrow, but I’ll definitely have another Try-On Haul next week.
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