Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got another try-on haul this week. I don’t have a ton of things to show you, but I ordered some late winter/early spring items from LOFT and a new style of Mother Denim.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ with an hourglass shape, and I usually take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, and size 8 shoe.
LOFT is doing 50% off tops, sweaters & coats this weekend, plus they have 30-40% off most of the rest of their new arrivals. I placed an order last week, and this is what I got!
Lou & Grey Crushed Velour Sweatshirt and Sweatpants
Unfortunately, I’m not such a fan. The styling is fine, but they look kind of cheap to me, and they don’t feel as soft and comfortable on the inside as the Signaturesoft line.
VERDICT: Returning. Not a fan of these, but maybe they’d be cuter in a different color.
Here’s a picture I took wearing the Lou & Grey Signaturesoft sweatshirt and sweatpants last fall. I always bring them when I travel for throwing on in the mornings when I want to run downstairs to get coffee, and I often wear them for car trips. (I prefer to dress up more for the plane.) Pardon the dirty mirror. I really need to bring Windex wipes when I travel.
LOFT Tweed Sweater Jacket
How cute is this sweater jacket!?! I love this. Very Jackie O. I love that it’s more of a sweater than a jacket, so it’s very comfortable and has a lot of stretch, but it still looks structured and elegant.
This could obviously be worn for work wear with pants, but I thought it might look a little stuffy with my black pants, so I paired it with jeans and black booties for a little more juxtaposition. I love the combination of both classy and tough elements, but it still looks sophisticated. I just need some jewelry to complete the look.
VERDICT: Keeping. I can’t wait to play around with this. It’s a nice transition piece that I can carry into spring.
LOFT Striped Draped Sleeve Top
I thought this top could be a nice transition piece for spring. In fact, I had such high hopes for this one, I ordered it in the solid navy and green print as well. It doesn’t look terrible in these pictures, but it really misses the mark.
The idea of it is cute, but the fabric is awful. It’s stretchy and scratchy and uncomfortable, and I don’t like how it fits so snug in the waist area. It fits me nothing like it fits the model in the website pictures. If I sized up to a medium, the arms would be way too voluminous.
The only thing I can figure is, it’s meant for a full tuck, which is how the young’uns are wearing their tops with high rise jeans, but this momma of three who is approaching 50 years on this earth cannot pull that off. Not with this middle aged middle and these bosoms.
VERDICT: Returning. I mean, it has potential. I really like the thin stripes and the ballet neck and drapey blouson sleeves, but the fabric is quite unfortunate, it’s a little to long, and the fit around the midsection is off for me.
LOFT Floral Draped Sleeve Top
This is the same top as the one above, but in a springy kelly green floral print. I really wanted to like this, but the fabric looks even worse in this print. It looks and feels really cheap, so this one is going back too.
LOFT Ruffle Tie Neck Blouse
Okay, so this one also has potential. It’s cute from the front, but I don’t know what they were thinking with the ruffles on the back. I guess if you have narrow shoulders and wider hips and legs, it could help balance that out.
But I have broad shoulders and broad hips, so it just makes me look wider on top and disguises my waist, which is super high — almost where those ruffles end. It also has ruffles running down the front, right over the chest. So yeah, not for me. The sleeves and neckline are pretty, though.
VERDICT: Returning, not for me. But if you have the right body type, it could work. Unfortunately, it’s low inventory at the moment, but maybe they’ll restock.
LOFT Super Soft Girlfriend Jeans in Pure Light Indigo Wash
I’ve had requests for more budget-friendly jeans, and I hear you. Here’s the thing. I will always prioritize premium denim in my budget; I have for many years, long before I could afford to have as many as I have now. I’d much rather have 3 pairs of quality jeans than 10 pairs of jeans that don’t fit or feel as good to me.
That said, I understand that not everyone shares my priorities or my budget, so I’ll continue to include lower cost options in my try-ons. I’ll also try to integrate them more into my dedicated outfit posts.
I feel like LOFT jeans have gotten a lot better in recent years. Their washes look better than they used to, and they seem to fit better than a lot of denim in this price range. These are a girlfriend style, which basically means, straighter and more relaxed than your typical skinny jeans, but not as baggy as a boyfriend jean.
I like this light indigo wash, and 10 1/2″ rise is comfortable to me. They have a 27″ inseam, which is what I consider ankle length on me. These seem to be the most versatile length for wearing with mules, booties, and sneakers. Just remember, every woman’s body is different, so while the 27″ inseam may be my sweet spot, it may not be yours. These are about 4″ off the ground when I’m in bare feet. I read somewhere recently that 4″ off the ground is a good length for most women.
They’re also fairly comfortable. The fabric is 96% cotton and 1% spandex and 3% “other fibers” — whatever that means, but they have a decent amount of stretch without feeling like they’re going to totally bag out.
I always look at the rear view when I am deciding on jeans, and this pair fits really well. The pocket size and placement is good, and they fit pretty straight through the legs. I typcially prefer a slightly slimmer silhouette, but these aren’t bad at all.
VERDICT: If you’re looking for more affordable denim, this pair is a solid choice for a straight ankle style.
LOFT Smocked Button V-Neck Dress
I thought this could make a nice transition dress for spring, but I should have known I wouldn’t like it on me. I don’t do well with banded waist styles, and it’s a little froo-froo for my personal style, however! I think it’s a cute dress. I’m sure it’s right for someone.
My biggest struggle was how to style it — with what shoes. It’s way too cold for bare legs and sandals, even though I think it looks good with those. But it does have sleeves, so I also tried it with my pumps. This works too. I think black hose would be too heavy with it, but maybe a very sheer nude would work.
VERDICT: Returning; it’s not for me, but I bet it will be cute on someone.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the denim price spectrum… Okay, so these really aren’t on the other end. While $200 is definitely up there, there are brands that go much higher.
This is about as high as I’m personally willing to go, and I always recommend buying premium denim on sale. All of the department stores run sales at some point, so I usually wait for those opportunities.
But for the sake of the blog, I went ahead and ordered these because this natural denim wash is going to be really hot for spring. I was eager to try them and see how they work.
Mother The Hustler High Waist Ankle Flare Jeans (28)
First, let’s talk fit, and then we’ll talk about how to style this natural wash. Fit-wise, these jeans have an 11″ front rise and a 28″ inseam with a 17 1/2″ flared leg opening. The fabric is 98% cotton, 2% elastane; and they’re made in the USA. (That’s another benefit of buying premium denim, a lot of it is made here in the USA. I’ve also had requests for more of that.)
Basically, this is an ankle-length flare, and I’m enjoying this silhouette right now. My grey Mother Hustler and black Paige Claudine have a similar fit. This leg style and length seems to work well with heels, and I wear them most often with mules or booties.
This was my best attempt at a rear view shot that uses the forward-facing camera on my iPhone. The rear-facing camera is always blurry. I like the pocket size and placement, and the way they’re fitted through the thighs and flare out from the knee.
Here they are with flats, and I just don’t think they look as flattering. At least, not with these loafer mules, because they get caught on the front of the shoe. I feel like the jeans need to be an inch shorter for these shoes, and probably not quite as wide of a flare.
Okay, so let’s talk about how to style this natural denim wash. First I paired them with the navy LOFT Draped Sleeve Top. While I like navy with the natural wash, I don’t love this top with them.
I’m also not sure what shoes to wear — as I said, I don’t think this style of mule works well, but do we like the colors together?
It seems to work with the block heel slide sandals in the sand… maybe? I dunno. Here’s that picture from the top again. I definitely don’t like this top with them. It looks very boxy.
In my next attempt, I went a shade darker with the shoe and tried my Vince Camuto Welland Booties in the Tortilla Suede. I love these boots, and they’re still pretty well stocked and on sale. Size up half, if ordering.
I bookended the look with a camel sweater on top. This sweater is a slightly cooler tone than the boots, but I think they work okay together. This look is very simple, but I kind of like it. It definitely needs some jewelry to add interest.
The jeans work well with these boots, both in color and style. I know some of you will say it looks like I’m wearing high waters, but this looks fresh and modern to me.
The one thing about these jeans that I’m not sure about is those front patch pockets. At my age, that is not an area of my body I want to draw attention to. In fact, that has never been an area of my body I’ve wanted to draw attention to, but these days, that’s where I seem to be packing on most of my extra weight.
Otherwise, I feel like this is overall a flattering and well-balanced outfit. It definitely needs jewelry, though, and maybe a belt.
I also tried the jeans and boots with this oatmeal colored v-neck sweater (sorry, it’s old so I can’t link it) with a taupe moto on top. I would definitely like this better with taupe booties. It makes me wish I’d kept the Vince Camuto Welland Booties in the Tuscan Taupe. I had them at one point, but I returned them.
The neutral looks are nice, but I want to be able to wear these jeans with more than camel and taupe, so next I tried my new Marrakech Lange Jacket in the soft charcoal grey.
This is where I started to get confused about what color base layer to wear with these jeans. The white seems to stark against the creamy denim, doesn’t it?
I went back to my closet and grabbed my Michael Stars Maya Tank in the Stucco. It’s almost sold out, but Banana Republic Factory has a similar one for less that’s fully stocked. I also swapped out the grey knit jacket for a denim jacket, and I tried the look with cognac-colored boots.
The denim jacket looks great with the natural, and I like the cognac, but this off-white tank seems too close to the jeans but not close enough at the same time.
I tried tucking the tank in, and I don’t think that really helps, but maybe if I added a belt to break up the two neutral tones… I wish I’d thought of that! Maybe I’ll try it today and add it to this post later.
I was also curious to try sneakers with these pants, so I threw on my P448s. This exact pair was at Nordstrom Rack for about 5 minutes, but they seem to be sold out now. Boo.
I think I like this, though. At least, I think the jeans work with sneakers. Maybe not this exact pair. They’re not as stark white as my other P448s so that’s why I grabbed these, but they still have some grey accents. Maybe I’m overthinking it… ha! I’m always overthinking everything, that’s not news. But I definitely want to play around with this a bit more.
VERDICT: I’m keeping these jeans for now, with tags on. I got mine at Nordstrom, so I have some time to decide. I do think this natural color is going to be a big trend for spring, and I like it, so I want to figure out some more color combinations with it.
And that’s all I’ve got for today! I do have some more orders on their way, so I’ll share those next week.
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