Good morning! Today I’ve got my usual Saturday Try-On Haul for you, with styles from Talbots, Amazon, LOFT, Everlane & Nordstrom.
You better sit down for this one. I have so much to share that I had to save some for next week.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with a slight 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 Try-On Haul
Let’s start with a few items from LOFT. I’ve missed sharing LOFT with you, but their inventory has been really strange lately. I’m assuming it’s due to their bankruptcy restructuring situation, but they didn’t get their fall inventory in until just recently, and then it took two weeks for my last LOFT order to get here.
Also, for the first time in the history of forever, they are not running a sale right now. I would never, ever recommend paying full price at LOFT. If you like any of these pieces, I would hold off on these until they’re at least 40% off.
Long open-front cardigans are still very on-trend right now, and I love a ribbed knit cardigan because I feel like it’s more slimming. A ribbed knit fits closer to the body and tends to be more fitted, especially in the arms, which can help off-set the extra bulk in the body of the sweater.
In my post, How To Wear Cardigans Without Looking Frumpy, that is one of my tips. (See #4.)
This sweater is soft and stretchy, and it has external pockets and side slits. It comes in a gorgeous color block pattern with fun fall colors.
It’s 55% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 19% Acrylic, 4% Spandex, so perfect for those of you who can’t do wool. Highly recommend this one!
Before we move on, I’d like to address the comment I made yesterday about struggling cardigans. I showed a picture of an outfit and said I felt like it ages me. (The outfit, not necessarily the cardigan.)
And I said: “Cardigans are hard, you guys. Seriously, I am less and less enamored with them as the years go by.”
I did NOT say that all cardigans are frumpy or aging. I’ve seen my comment paraphrased a few times, and I’m afraid it may have been misunderstood.
In fact, I have an entire post dedicated to how wearing cardigans without looking frumpy, which I mentioned above.
Cardigans CAN be frumpy, but they don’t have to be. You just have to choose them wisely and style them to work for your body.
The scarf + cardigan combo is especially hard to pull off for those of us with larger chests b/c there is just so much material in the upper half of the body. It’s far more flattering to wear a cardigan with an open-neck top, the way I styled it here.
But I do wear cardigans, and I like them for certain purposes. I just feel more chic and shapely in structured jackets, so I wear them more often.
Okay, moving on!
Lou & Grey Seamed Poncho Sweater, size XS/S
Someone asked me yesterday about ponchos and capes, and here we are!
This is a modified poncho, as it has full arms, and it’s sewn all the way up the sides, so you can wear it without any under layers. I might want a tank top underneath, though, because otherwise it can be very drafty. I love this gorgeous deep olive hue, but it also comes in a warm shade of camel.
The seaming up the front and back is a nice detail, and I like the side slits and how it hangs a little longer in the back.
Because of the high side slits and the way the front just barely covers the, ahem, essentials, I would not wear this with leggings. It’s perfect with skinny jeans, though. (And if you’re shorter, perhaps it would be fine with leggings.)
This is not what I would consider a flattering top, but it’s not really meant to be. It’s meant to be oversized and cozy, and sometimes that’s nice for a change.
It’s 54% Acrylic, 44% Nylon, 2% Spandex, so no wool. I will say, though, the high acrylic content is not my favorite. It feels a little cheap for the price, but again, I would only recommend purchasing it on sale. (When I bought it, it was 50% off.)
This poncho runs true to size, or you might want to size down if in between; I’m wearing the XS/S.
VERDICT: Returning. I know myself, and I just don’t think I’ll reach for it. I’m not thrilled with the quality, plus I have the one below from the #NSale.
I’m sharing this because I put it on after trying on the Lou & Grey poncho, wanting to compare the fit and quality for myself. This is super spendy, but the quality is in a whole different league from the Lou & Grey poncho, and I did get it during the #NSale at 40% off.
I’ve been conflicted about this one. The tags are still on, and I’m trying to decide if I want to keep it or return.
I like the clean lines, and the color is stunning. It has some nice details that are hard to see in these pictures — the ribbed trim at the arms, and the boat neck is more flattering than the high round neck.
It’s different from most of the sweaters in my closet, which is a plus, but I want to be sure I’ll get my cost per wear out of it.
I don’t usually like longer lengths but I think this one actually works. I just need to make sure to wear it with higher rise jeans, so the super high side slits aren’t an issue.
VERDICT: still deciding.
I ordered these boots because I don’t have any black suede knee-high boots, and I’ve been wanting to find some with a slimmer shaft for wearing with dresses this winter.
These are waterproof, which is a HUGE plus because our winter weather can be quite messy here in Philly.
I really like the almond shaped toe and the 3″ covered block heel. They’re very walkable, but have enough height to be dressy.
The zipper makes them easy to get off and on, and they’re suuuuper comfortable inside. It feels like they’re lined with suede or something. I don’t need socks unless I want them for warmth.
They are a little snug in the toe box, though. I’m trying to decide if I need to size up to the 8.5. I almost always wear a size 8 in Blondo boots, and they do fit.
I may just need to break them in… I guess I should wear them around the house on carpet for a while and see how they feel.
VERDICT: keeping… just deciding on size.
Since I declared 2020/2021 the Year of the Coat, I ordered several puffer coats to try. These are perfect for casual outfits, which let’s face it, is what I wear 95% of the time.
I just wish I’d taken the time to style a proper fall outfit with these coats, rather than trying them on with my tie-dye tee and suede dress boots… I always regret it when I get in a hurry to get the try-ons done and don’t take the time to style the items. Oh, well.
Right off the bat, I love this jacket. It’s thin and lightweight, and the contrasting trim is a nice detail. It’s water-repellent, so you can wear it on rainy days and stay nice and dry.
It has a stand color that you can wear up or down.
It zips easily, and it also has snaps if you want that option. The zig-zag quilted pattern is a nice detail as well.
Here it is unzipped, with the collar down. You can see that the sleeves are too long for me, and overall, this coat is just too big in the medium.
I did a back-shot of all these coats. It’s always important to know what you look like from the back, but I feel like that angle can really make or break a coat.
Even though the hem falls at the widest point of my hips, the curved hem is flattering. (It has a 24″ front length and 26″ back length.)
You can definitely see that this coat is too big from this angle, though.
VERDICT: returning; too big. I may re-order in the small… or I may keep the white, below.
This is the same jacket in the white, in a size small. I couldn’t decide which color I liked better, so I ordered both.
I think you can see that it’s much more flattering in the right size. Even in the white, which tends to make you look bigger, the arms fit perfectly now.
They’re slimmer too, and in the right size, you can see how the back has some structure through the waist.
Here’s a better view of the hem — I love that!
I think the white is so fun with the black lining and yellow trim. It looks more sporty than the black, somehow. The thing is, I don’t feel like I could throw it on with any old thing. I would feel the need to style it, whereas the black seems like it would go with almost anything.
But I already have a short black quilted coat that I wear a ton in the fall and winter, so I feel like the white would be a better choice for my wardrobe. Decisions…
Here it is unzipped… but it looks dreadful over this tie dye tee.
I will have to do some more try-ons and style it with items in my closet the way I would want to wear it and see if I think I should keep it or not.
One more last angle for you… if you need a coat like this, I HIGHLY recommend this one. I think it’s so cute and flattering, and it’s warm and lightweight and practical too. For $139, it’s a no-brainer!
VERDICT: Keeping? Maybe… or I will get the black in a size small.
This jacket is made almost entirely from 100% recycled polyester. It’s lightweight and packable, and priced just right at $98.
It comes in a bunch of pretty colors, but I was drawn to the black.
I like the collarless design for a change, and it’s very comfortable on, but it’s pretty boxy.
I like it better unsnapped, but that’s not always practical, and the lack of zipper is frustrating. Futzing with the snaps every time I want to close it would be a real pain.
Again, if I was wearing a turtleneck and casual boots, this would look a lot more chic. It definitely has a modern, cool-girl vibe. It’s very Everlane.
You can see how the back isn’t nearly as flattering as The North Face jacket above, but I do like where it hits just below the widest part of my hips.
VERDICT: returning, mainly because of the zipper issue, and also because I like The North Face one better.
Bernardo Packable EcoPlume Coat, size S
This coat is lightweight and packable, and it’s on sale for $98. It’s slightly dressier than the coats above, and it would service a different purpose in my wardrobe. I like how fitted it is — very flattering.
Bernardo makes a decent quality coat. My go-to leather jacket is a Bernardo, and it has held up beautifully, going on three or four years now.
I do feel like the hardware on this one looks and feels a little cheap, though. It’s hard to see here, but it’s a rose gold, which is kind of fun and trendy, but it’s not really my thing.
Here’s the back view — again, very flattering. And it’s slightly longer, but I don’t think it would be long enough to keep your rear end warm if you’re sitting on a cold metal bleacher.
(Can you tell that I was just at a high school football game last night? LOL!) It’s definitely something to consider.
It has pockets, and you can wear the collar down like this, or standing up like shown above. The opal grey is a really nice color, and a welcome change from my go-to black. It also comes in a light pink.
This is definitely a more feminine look overall, and would be a nice crossover between casual and dressy outfits.
VERDICT: Returning. I just can’t get excited about it.
I was really drawn to the color of this one, and the super puffy style is trendy and fun. It’s a juniors item, so I went with a medium, but I think it might be too big.
It’s hard to know without trying the small because I know it’s supposed to have an oversized look about it.
It’s shorter all the way around, 25 1/2″ long. I only have two pictures for some reason, I guess that’s a sure sign I wasn’t thrilled with it.
You can definitely see and feel the difference in quality, but it’s $120, so comparable in price to the others I found. I don’t think it’s worth that. It it were $79, I might exchange it for the small.
RETURNING: cute, but overpriced for the quality
I styled this coat for the blog earlier this week, but I wanted to show it with jeans. So cute, right???
This time, I did take the time to put a sweater under it, and I would definitely wear it with jeans and these boots.
I love this look! If it were just a bit cooler here today, I’d wear this to dinner tonight. (We’re taking R out for Italian for her birthday.)
Talbots Flyaway Cardigan, size S
Now, this is a cardigan I can get excited about. This one is very slimming — from the on-shoulder seams and slim arms, to the overall cut of body of the sweater. It’s made without any extra material to add volume or visual weight, and it hangs straight and close to the body.
The pockets are located in the exact right spot (sometimes cheaper cardigans have oddly placed pockets) and the ribbed trim is a nice detail.
This sweater is very soft and comfortable too. It’s made of 44% Acrylic, 35% Nylon, 7% Wool, 7% Alpaca, 7% Spandex. So yes, there’s a bit of wool in there.
It runs small, as I often size down in cardigans, and this one just fits in the size small. I would go with your true size if ordering. It comes in 3 other colors as well.
FYI, this tee is on sale and then an extra 50% off. Mine is slightly different, but it’s the same vibe.
Also, Talbots is doing 50% off 3+ products, 40% off 2+ products, and 30% off 1 product right now.
AGL Studded Pointy Toe Moc, size 8.5
These flats were part of the #NSale, and at the time, I was too overwhelmed by sweaters and boots and denim to give them much thought. But now that I’m dressing for fall, I realized that I do have a place for them in my wardrobe, and they’re on sale again, so I ordered them to try them out.
I first typed “need” and then changed it to “place” — haha! I think it’s important to know the difference. Do I need these? No, but they definitely fill a hole in my wardrobe, and I believe I will get a low cost per wear out of them, even though they’re spendy.
Loafers with rock and roll details like these subtle studs are very much on trend this fall, and that falls right into my personal style aesthetic. I love the juxtaposition of the luxe leather, classic loafer, and edgy studded detail on these flats.
AGL makes a high quality Italian shoe that will last many years, and since this trend is just coming on the scene, it means I have a good three or four years to wear them before I risk them going out of vogue — always something to consider when making a wardrobe investment.
Everlane The Alpaca Sweater Tee, size S
I might have squealed a bit when I put this sweater tee on. I LOVE IT. It’s so simple, and yet, it makes such a statement.
I love the length, the fit, the sleeves could be just a bit more snug, but it’s not a deal breaker. The material is 58% Alpaca, 34% Nylon, 8% Wool.
I threw a taupe moto on top, to see how it layers, and it’s perfect. Such a chic outfit — I cannot wait to wear it!
It comes in 4 other colors, but I really like this heathered black.
I also threw it on with my off-black jeans and the AGL loafers to see how it would work with a monochromatic look.
It also looks great with a snake print.
I also ordered the ivory in medium, worried that this sweater might run small, but it does not. The small fits me perfectly.
The ivory is nice too, but it doesn’t excite me like the heathered black.
VERDICT: Keeping the black!
AG Farrah Skinny Ankle Jeans, size 28
I had these last year in the size 29, and I had to pass them on when I lost weight. They’re currently 25% off, but I believe they were marked down even further when I ordered them a few weeks ago.
I really like this medium blue wash. I often feel like I need something in between my darker and lighter washes, so I decided to grab these while on sale.
AG just does denim right, ya know? The whiskering and fading on these is perfection, and their rear pocket placement is always my favorite.
I’m going to have to whip through these last few, as I’m running out of time. My friend Lindsey at The Motherchic has a cozy line out with Gibson Look. You can use MOTHERCHIC20 to get 20% off these pieces.
I ordered this burnout tee b/c I have one of her old ones from a previous collection, and I love it. So soft, with such a nice drape.
I ordered XS b/c that is what I have in my other one, but this one must run smaller b/c I don’t love the fit. I would recommend getting your true size. Sorry if I steered anyone wrong before!
The Motherchic Let’s Stay Home Lettuce Edge Hoodie (size S) and Sleep In Lettuce Edge Drawstring Shorts (size S)
These are super cute, and super soft inside. I love the pink tie dye, and the lettuce edge details are feminine and fun.
It’s even cute from the back… which is hard to say for loungewear.
‘These run true to size, I would not be able to size down in either. (Wearing a small.)
Again, these are super soft and cozy, and I like the fit. They aren’t oversized at all.
They have a smooth waist, and no tie, which I like b/c you don’t have any extra bulk when you wear a top untucked.
On Cloud Running Shoe, size 8
I wanted to love these, and they are SUPER lightweight, and the colors are great for wearing with darker outfits. I feel like all my sneakers are white, and I wanted something with more grey/black.
But. They dug into the back of my heel.
I don’t know what’s up with that, but I sent them back.
I just wanted to show you this dress in the rich russet real quick, while they are running their sale. I did my best to get these photos to show the dress in the actual color, but I could not get them to come out right. So go by the color on the website.
I tried a few different shoe options…
VERDICT: Keeping the dress. Can’t decide which shoes I prefer.
Eileen Fisher V-Neck Shift Dress, size XS
I’m sorry if I steered anyone wrong on this, but it is not the same as the Nordstrom one, and I don’t care for it as much.
The material doesn’t feel as nice, and it’s longer and a little more shapeless.
AND someone forgot to remove the security tag. D’oh!
This top is thinner than it looks (but not too thin) and lightweight and VERY soft. I love the banded waist, v-neck, hoodie, all of it. Very cute and flattering for a casual piece.
Plus, this color is perfect for fall. It also comes in ivory and black, and I have no idea why they’re listed separately.
And here it is in the ivory.
I’m always trying to find more affordable denim to share with you, and I thought these looked really good on the Amazon website.
The wash doesn’t look quite as good in person (and it’s darker than I expected) but I don’t hate it. For the price, they’re actually pretty good.
They have that Wit & Wisdom Absolution technology with the hidden elastic waistband and mesh panels to mold and hold, and the rear pockets are a nice size and shape. They’re smaller than some, which is what I prefer on me personally. (The pockets, not the jeans.)
The jeans actually run big. The 6 was roomy, and I can tell they will stretch out some. Definitely size down a full size if ordering these.
LOFT V-Neck Sweater Tee, size S
This sweater is marked WAY down — like under $20. It’s very lightweight, definitely more of a spring sweater — or it would be nice for those in warmer climates this fall.
It also comes in a pumpkin color and a light pink.
I really like it. It’s flattering, has nice details, and seems like it will hold its shape.
It’s 22 1/2″ inches long, so it looks best with higher rise jeans, and the material is 76% Cotton, 24% Nylon. It runs TTS; I have the small.
And that’s a wrap. I’m sure I missed some things, I was really rushing to finish this up here at the end. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer in the comments.
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