Fall Try On Haul Part 1: Jackets, Tops & Sweaters

Hi, friends! I hope everyone here in the States is staying safe and dry. It looks like another hurricane/tropical storm is trying to make its way across the country. Today’s try-on haul is a doozie, so grab another cup of coffee or a glass of wine…depending on the time of day!

In fact, I have so much to share with you, I decided to separate this post into two parts. Today we’ll tackle jackets, tops, and sweaters; and tomorrow I’ve got a bunch of jeans and shoes for you.

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ with an hourglass shape. Unless I say otherwise, I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe.

Fall Tops & Sweaters

This season, tops are trending a little shorter than in years past, but there are still plenty of classic styles to be found. My biggest challenge is figuring out how to pair today’s tops with the higher rise jeans that are trending this fall.

Everlane The Cashmere Polo

sweater c/o (S)  // jeans (6) // mules (8)

Everlane sent me three sweaters this month to try, and this is my favorite. I’ve loved the idea of the polo neck sweater since I saw it gaining momentum last spring, but I never found one I really liked until now.

This one is 100% cashmere, and it has a somewhat relaxed fit, but it isn’t at all oversized. The length is slightly shorter than average, but it’s not cropped. It works well both front-tucked and untucked.

This sweater fits perfectly in my usual size small, but it is rather low-cut so I might need to employ some fashion tape or a tiny safety pin to keep it modest when moving around, but that isn’t a deal breaker. I think this shade of pink is so pretty, and it pairs perfectly with black and grey denim. It also comes in black, ivory, and olive.

Everlane The Cashmere Collared Sweater

sweater c/o  (S) // jeans (6)// loafers (8)

This is another cashmere sweater from Everlane. This one has a fun collar detail without the modesty issues of the one above. It has a similar fit through the body, but it isn’t quite as relaxed, and it might be a tad shorter.

I really like the raglan sleeves with the ribbed detail, and this Pecan color is pretty for fall. It also comes in red, ivory, blue, and black.

Everlane The Super-Soft Zip Polo

sweater c/o (S)  // jeans (6) // loafers (8)

And this is the last top from Everlane. I wanted to like this one, but I don’t think it’s for me. It’s more of a knit top than a sweater, which is fine. And I like the retro point collar and zip neckline in theory, but I wish the zipper weren’t quite so long. That plus the snug fit of the top calls way more attention to the girls than I prefer.

I tried tucking it into high-waisted jeans, which is the trend du jour, but it doesn’t do much for my very high waist and wide hips. Even though these jeans have a 10 1/2″ rise, they still don’t come quite up to my natural waist. That means that tucking a shirt emphasizes the heaviest part of my midsection. I’ll leave this look to the younger set or those with more balanced proportions.

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

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

When it comes to cashmere, you can’t find a better value than Quince. Their knits aren’t as plush and soft as some, but they have a good variety of classic colors and they aren’t stingy with their sleeve length.

This is their $50 cashmere crew in the oatmeal, size small; and they also have a v-neck version. Both are highly versatile as you can wear them alone or as layering pieces in a wide variety of outfits for work or weekend.

Talbots Open Neck Pullover – Abstract Cheetah

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

This is a simple, classic sweater in a fun animal print. It’s very soft and comfortable and good quality, as you would expect from Talbots. This sweater fits snug to the body, but isn’t clingy.

It’s a cotton/rayon blend, and it’s 24 1/2″ long, so a more classic length than the Everlane cashmere sweaters above. You can tuck it in all the way around if that works for your body type, or you can front tuck it or leave it out. I like it both ways, it will just depend on what I’m wearing with it.

J.Crew Factory Mockneck sweatshirt in cloudspun fleece

top (S) // jeans (28)// clogs (8)

I also placed a J.Crew Factory order recently. This fleece mockneck is super soft and very comfortable. It’s a great one for those of us who spend a lot of time at home. It’s a classic length with nice, long sleeves and a relaxed cowl/turtleneck. I also appreciate the traditional shoulder seams.

The Adobe stripe caught my eye, but I ended up ordering the plain ivory because I can see myself wearing this all winter long. It also comes in a coral stripe as well as solid utility green, navy, and black.

I like how the straight ankle jeans and clogs keep the simple look current, and I did a front tuck to give the outfit a better vertical proportion.

Gap Ribbed Henley T-Shirt

top (S) // jeans (28) // flats (7.5)

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. After a quick closet assessment, I realized that’s because I have a lot of dressier date night tops but not so many that are appropriate for casual days at home (which is 90% of my life these days.)

The casual tops that I do have are mostly basic grey, white, and black… which is fine, but I need some more variety, so I grabbed two of these henley tees — this copper brown and the cucumber green.

These are perfect for throwing on with jeans and sneakers or mules this fall. They’re soft and stretchy without being overly form-fitting, and the button placket adds interest. My only complaint is the rounded hemline, but it looks okay with a front tuck.

Allison Joy Annie Chiffon Trim Cami (M)

cami // jeans (29) // loafers (8)

I showed you all this cami in my last Try-On Haul, and the small was too small, so I ordered the medium. It definitely fits better through the chest, but it’s a lot of material in the rest of the body. I do love that the under layer is more of a t-shirt material, so it’s very comfortable and not at all see-through. I’m going to leave the tags on and hold onto it for a couple of weeks and see if I reach for it.

ATM Schoolboy Crewneck Tee

at Nordstrom (M) // at Bloomies (M) // jeans (28) // shoes

This is the crewneck version of the v-neck ATM tee that I wear so much. They rarely go on sale, so I decided to bite the bullet and order it when I had some Bloomingdales rewards to spend.

These tees are spendy, but they are such nice quality, and they hold up well to wearing and washing. I love the slub texture, and it’s a really nice length for wearing alone or layering. Definitely size up, if ordering. I take a medium in all the ATM schoolboy tees.

Fall Jackets

I have two jackets to share with you. Both are field jackets, which are perfect for fall transition weather.

J.Crew Resin-Coated Twill Field Jacket

jacket (S) // top (S) // jeans (28) // shoes (7.5)

This jacket is on the thinner side, but it’s rather stiff due to the resin coating. It has sort of a waxed cotton look about it. This color is called Mossy Brown, but I feel like it reads more green than brown. I like the gold hardware, and it has a flattering fit, but it runs a tad small. There is no stretch to speak of, so you may want to size up if you’re going to wear it over sweaters.

I’m going to stick with the small, but I won’t wear it over a bulky sweater or anything. It isn’t the type of jacket you would wear as part of your outfit, it’s one that I’ll throw on over a t-shirt or long sleeve top on a windy day.

Talbots Cotton Twill Field Jacket

jacket (S) // sweater (S) // jeans (28) // shoes (7.5)

This jacket is a little softer than the resin coated one above, but I don’t care for the shape. I’ve tried other Talbots coats, and they’re all made this way — they bell out over the hips. I do not understand. It’s not flattering at all.

I kind of like the longer length, and I definitely like the color, but the shape is all wrong. It’s definitely going back. If you want to give it a try, I would suggest sizing down if in between.

And that’s a wrap for today! I’ll be back tomorrow with jeans and shoes. All the jeans in this post will be included in tomorrow’s try-on haul, so I’ll have more details then, but they’re all true to size.

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22 Responses

  1. I just assessed my fall wardrobe and realized I’m missing casual tops, too. I may give the Gap henley a try, though I am trying to avoid rounded hemlines. I prefer straight and love a banded done well. I’ve also been looking for some “dress” pants (for when jeans are not appropriate) with a more contemporary leg style and have found that this high-waisted girl will not be tucking her tops into her pants. lol.

  2. I’m wearing a similar white top like your zippered top. I’m an apples so the material doesn’t do me any favors but it looks amazing on you!!! Keep it! It’s my fave of the day for you!

    1. Thank you. I guess it’s all about comfort level. I know I won’t reach for it b/c I don’t feel comfortable in it. If it was a different length that I could leave untucked, maaaaaaybe. But there is still something awkward about that zipper.

  3. I was hoping to find something new and different out there this fall. I like classy with a bit of trend mixed in. Maybe the trend will be in

  4. I really like the first sweater from Everlane! It’s a great color on you and looks like it will be easy to dress up or down. Good luck getting all of the returns ready to send away! You know it will feel good to have your office cleaned up!

  5. My favorite is the GAP mock neck sweatshirt in the Cloudspun color. I think I’d wear it a lot too, but I like that length with my skinny jeans. I’m finding it hard to find the right length tops to go with my newer jeans too, unless I front tuck. This sweatshirt I’d want to leave out. I too have a whole closet full of clothes, feeling like I have nothing to wear and I found out I’ve been buying more going out clothes, compared to lounge type or stay home clothes and since I am home 90% of the time too, I’m wearing the same ol’ older comfy clothes. I either need to get going more or order more comfy clothes. LOL I think also its the transition from skinnies and longer tops to the newer jean widths and shorter tops and different booties out now. Wasn’t life easier with SKINNIES. LOL Great post and I’m glad you are doing jeans and shoes tomorrow, as I’ve had questions on the jeans in this post and LOVE shoes. 🙂

    1. Skinnies do seem easier now, but they weren’t when they were “new”. 🤪 I’m getting used to the newer silhouette, but learning I still prefer jeans that are fitted in the thighs.

  6. PS Love how you styled the GAP sweatshirt with the clogs. Loving clogs. I had already bought cognac block heel mules, so haven’t bought any clogs yet. I remember my first pair of brown suede ones in 4th grade. I was so proud to clomp around in them at school. Funny the things you don’t forget. I’ve loved shoes ever since. 🙂

  7. I found this lightweight Tee Hoodie at GAP yesterday, perfect for fall. Many pretty colors. I bought Pink Raspberry and Bistro Green – they were “Half Price” at my GAP I got Small (I’m a size 6). Great for everyday, and comfortable because they’re cotton.


  8. I have such trouble finding reasonably priced jeans for my body type. I am so high-waisted. I need to try on all my jeans and make some decisions of which ones to keep. I just am having problems dressing for my body type. Nothing seems to look good (to me – my worst critic). I carry post-menopausal weight in my middle area so that adds to my problem. I definitely don’t need going out clothes now that I am retired, but I have to figure out the weather here in NC to know what I need in the “winter”.
    I do like the mock neck sweatshirt here. I may order that.
    Hope Paul is doing well!

  9. Quick question about the ATM Schoolboy Tees. Are they very sheer? You usually mention that type of thing, but I wouldn’t want to find that out after ordering. I’m always looking for a good quality Tee, so I’m thinking of trying one out.

    1. It’s thicker than typical slub fabric, but it’s still somewhat sheer. I still wear mine without a cami, but I don’t mind a little show through as long as I’m wearing a skin-colored bra.

  10. I love the lug sole loafers from Evereve that you’re wearing in some of the pictures. I hope you’ll talk about them tomorrow and let us know if they are comfortable or not. That’ exactly the look I think I’d enjoy for trying the lug soles out, but I need shoes that won’t rub blisters on the backs of my heels and that offer a bit of comfort/support for walking a lot inside my schools. Love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!

  11. I just got the JCrew jacket to try as well. Unfortunately even in petite the sleeves were too long but I couldn’t size down as across the shoulders it just fit. So the hunt for a good field jacket continues!

  12. Love the JCrew Factory turtleneck! I’m looking at these photos and also wondering what color you used on your bedroom walls? They’re understated but so pretty!

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