Here we are again, another Friday, and I’ve got a new try-on haul for you today! I placed a large Banana Republic order when they were having a Friends & Family Event, but there isn’t a sale happening now. I also have some items from a LOFT order, and they are on sale. I believe it’s 40% off sitewide this weekend.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops and dresses, a 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
New Fall Styles from Banana Republic
I ordered a bunch of pants from Banana Republic, but the sizing was all over the place, and quite a few of them weren’t even worth photographing. I ordered the size 8 in all of them, but I definitely should have ordered both 8 and 10 to try. Here’s what I can show you…
BR Siena Slim Italian Wool Ankle Pant
This first pair did fit, but I don’t love the silhouette. It’s supposed to be a mid-rise slim, straight ankle pant. There are four color options, and they come in petite, regular, and tall lengths. (Inseams: Petite/Short 26″, Regular 28″, Tall 31″.) I’m wearing the size 8 Regular.
I styled these pants with loafers and a simple ribbed sweater for something you might wear to work (with a blazer on top, assuming sleeveless tops aren’t appropriate for most workplaces.) If you have a need for something like this, the quality is excellent, and I guess they fit nicely, but it’s just not a look I enjoy wearing.
I used to keep a few pairs of classic wool trousers in my fall/winter wardrobe for wearing to church and other random events that might crop up, but I can’t imagine needing these. They are far more conservative than anything I would need at this point in my life.
VERDICT: Returning, but if you need a pair of work pants, these are worth a try.
BR Nezha Merino Sweater Shell in Malbec Red
I decided to try the same top with an outfit I might wear, because I do like this top quite a bit. These jeans are $50 off at Bloomingdale’s, by the way.
I like the wider ribbed knit, and how it’s cut around the shoulders to cover that flabby bit of skin we ladies tend to get around the bra straps. I call them my chicken cutlets, lol.
This is the size medium, and I certainly wouldn’t want it any smaller, so I would recommend sizing up, if in between.
Here’s how it looks with a jacket on top. Some of you have asked about when it’s okay to wear a shirt that shows beneath the hem of a jacket, and I think with a cropped jacket like this, it can work.
I do like it better tucked, though, and this is how that would look. I would add a belt and a bracelet if I were to wear this out and about. I would probably not wear a necklace, but you certainly can.
A long pendant would add interest and draw attention in and towards the waist, where this outfit looks rather plain in the middle, but that’s a rather dated look. If you like it, do it, but I would use the belt as the added interest and attention to the waist, and forego a necklace.
VERDICT: I did keep this top. It’s a nice one for transition season, and our weather has gotten warm again.
BR Essential Long-Sleeve Polo
I like the idea of this jersey knit button-down, as one of the reasons I tend to steer clear of button-down shirts is the fabric often feels stiff and uncomfortable to me. But it’s really long, so that it doesn’t look good untucked, but it’s bulky to tuck.
These jeans were featured in last week’s Fall Denim Try-On Haul, so you can get more info on them there, if you like, but they run small and are verrrry tight in my waist. There is no way I could wear this outfit without sizing up in the jeans, and then I fear they would look too big in the legs.
VERDICT: Returned the jeans and the shirt.
BR The Straight Corduroy Pant in Potters Clay
These corduroys have a similar silhouette to the jeans. They have a 11″ high rise, with a full-length, straight-leg silhouette. (The inseam measurements are : Short 27″, Regular 29″, Long 32″.) I’m in the 8 Regular, and they are a good length, but I just don’t like the silhouette. I wish they were cut slimmer through the thighs and legs.
I also wish I’d tried them with boots, as shown on the model, but I still don’t think I’d like them for me.
VERDICT: These pants went back.
I also didn’t really mention the shoes. They’re very comfortable, but I feel like the bow is too sweet, and the light-colored print against the darker pants draws the eye to the feet and then just leaves you there. LOL! I don’t like this look at all. It feels very juvenile to me. They’re going back, as well.
BR Vasto Pleated Italian Wool Pant
Okay, another pair of trousers… No. Just, no.
BR Nezha Merino Sweater Polo in Malbec Red
I love this whole look! These jeans were also reviewed in last week’s Fall Denim Try-On Haul, and I kept them. The sweater is a nice ribbed knit, and I love the slightly flared sleeves and the easy length. It looks fine untucked, but I could also front tuck and wear a belt.
The neckline is right on trend at the moment, and I appreciate the set-in sleeves. It’s very flattering the way it fits through the shoulders and upper arms.
BR Hannah Ribbed Crew-Neck Sweater
This is a nice base layer to have in your closet. I like the texture, and it sits close to the body without being overly clingy.
It’s a little long to leave untucked, so I showed it here with a front-tuck. I would add a belt, and wear it under a long wool coat.
New Fall Styles from LOFT
LOFT is doing 40% off site-wide, which is a pretty good deal for them. I have a few items I ordered a couple weeks ago that have been trickling in.
Topstitched Wedge Tee
I’m sorry that this shirt is sold out in the navy, but it’s fully stocked in the red. I love the details on the sleeve. I tried to get some close-up shots to show you.
I also tried it with the Banana Republic The Straight Jean… It’s a cute look, I guess. I still prefer a slimmer leg silhouette on me, though.
Even with the wide leg jeans above, the fit is slim through the hips and thighs. That’s what I need, no matter what the jeans do from knee to hem.
VERDICT: I kept this top; it’s just a nice elevated tee to wear on casual days.
Also, regarding the shoes, they’re excellent quality and very comfortable. I love the sleek, square toe silhouette, but I just didn’t love the contrasting T-button emblem on top. I think I’d prefer a pair where that blends in a little more. (This pair is the Almond Flour.) That green snake color way is really fun, and the Spark Gold and Perfect Black are nice too.
LOFT Stripe Ribbed Boatneck Top
Yoiks, this top is sooooo tight. I could barely pull it on over my body. It’s a cute design, but definitely size up, if ordering!
Ribbed Mock Neck Top in Magical Plum
I had the good sense to order this top in the medium, and I need every bit of it. I wish it wasn’t so long, and I feel like the sleeves are an awkward length. They end right at the boob line, so if you are trying to downplay a larger chest, this top may not be fore you.
If that is not your issue, it might be a nice one to have. It stands alone nicely, or it can be layered under a blazer or other type of jacket.
VERDICT: Returning. I have others in this color that I like better.
Collared V-Neck Sweater
I love this sweater, and the grey has been restocked! It has a nice, easy fit; and it’s a verrry soft and comfortable knit. I love the collared, v-neck design, and it’s the perfect 23″ length to wear untucked.
The fabric is 47% Nylon, 29% Acrylic, 20% Cotton, 4% Spandex; so if you can’t wear wool, this one is perfect for you!
VERDICT: Keeping! If I was the type to buy multiples, I’d probably snap up the Pale Pearl Heather, as well.
Scoop Neck Midi Dress in Charcoal Grey Heather
Ribbed dresses continue to trend for fall, and this is a nice one. It’s very soft and comfortable, and I feel like it’s fairly forgiving, although it does cling pretty tight through the thighs and legs.
While I like it when my jeans fit snugly through the hip and thigh area, I prefer my ribbed knit dresses to hang straight down from the hips. I could maybe size up, but the small fits properly through the shoulders and arms.
It also comes in a pretty shade of ivory called Maple Sugar Heather; and the fabric is 68% Rayon, 32% Polyester, so safe for those who can’t wear wool.
VERDICT: I returned this one; I think I can do better.
Ribbed Collared Midi Dress
And finally, this is the same as the red-orange one with the short sleeves that I styled a few weeks ago. I was waiting anxiously for this dress to go on sale, and then I snagged it.
I ordered the small this time, even though I have the red-orange one in the medium. I’m glad I did because I think it fits okay, and I wouldn’t want the sleeves any longer. This dress has more of an A-line shape through the skirt area, which helps to balance my wider hips and shoulders.
It’s starting to sell out, so if you like it, grab it now! I will probably wear it with knee-high boots rather than ankle boots.
And that’s all I’ve got for today! I haven’t been trying on clothes lately, but I do have some boxes to open, so I’ll definitely have more to show you next week. Have a great weekend!
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