October Try-Ons + Q&A

Hey everyone! Who else is getting this Nor’easter today? It’s been an incredibly rainy year here in Pennsylvania, so you’d think I’d be used to it by now, but we were having such a nice reprieve with gorgeous fall weather for the past week or so, and I’m pretty bummed to be looking at rain again. Hopefully it will pass quickly and we’ll have some pretty fall leaves left to enjoy.

I haven’t shared try-on pictures in a while, so I thought I’d show you some of the things that have come in the mail this week.

I ordered a bunch of stuff from LOFT last week during their Friends & Family Sale, and I also have some things from J.Crew Factory and Nordstrom to share with you. Plus I put out a Q&A on Instagram, and I’ll be sharing those answers at the end of this post.

SALE ALERT >> LOFT has most of the store marked 30-50% off this weekend, and best of all, FREE SHIPPING! This promo ends tomorrow (Sunday night) at midnight. Use code HOORAY. 

All descriptions and links are under the pictures.

LOFT Slouchy Joggers // How do we feel about joggers? I don’t hate these, but I’m just not sure where I would actually wear them. They are comfortable, though, and they run true to size. I’m wearing a small.

Verdict: undecided. What do y’all think?

Elbow Sleeve Tee // I was intrigued by this tee because it has a scoop neck, which is hard to find, as well as a straight hemline and no boob pocket. YAY! It’s on the thinner side, though, and I’m not sure I love the elbow length sleeves. I’m wearing a small, and I think I need a medium, especially considering that it will probably shrink. Overall, it’s a nice basic tee for anyone looking for a scoopneck style.

Verdict: returning, but I may try it again in a medium.

Ribbed Pocket Cardigan // I ordered this a while back, but I haven’t featured it yet, and I thought it worked well with the joggers because it has a slightly casual vibe.

Verdict: keep.

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J.Crew Mercantile Heather V-Neck Pullover Sweater // This is a really cute v-neck pullover that I would typically wear with skinny jeans and booties, but I decided to throw it on with the joggers and mules to see if I could envision myself wearing a leveled up jogger outfit. I’m really not a fan, but I can see that it’s cute… I’m just feeling a little old for it. I also think front-tucking sweaters generally looks stupid, but it’s the only way to make it work with these pants.

Verdict: returning. I don’t think it’s the best color on me, and I have soooo many sweaters. ☺️ It’s a great price, though, and the neckline is really flattering. I recommend it!

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LOFT Hooded Sweater // This is one of those super soft, stretchy knits that is so comfy and cozy. I love the hooded detail for a sporty vibe, and the split hem and relaxed fit makes it a great weekend sweater for jeans and sneakers or booties. It’s TTS; I’m in the small.

Verdict: keep!

BP. Lance Booties // I just picked up these booties in the black to have a more affordable option to feature in my outfit posts. They have a similar styling to my Rag & Bone booties. (I got those on sale last year, but still a splurge.)

These are under $100, and they’re leather and very comfortable. I love the arced topline — I think that feature is so flattering, and it just adds a little something extra to an otherwise plain bootie. The cognac color is really good too… in fact, I’m tempted to grab those as well since I don’t have any booties in that color and it’s such a great neutral.

Verdict: keep!

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Caslon Side Slit Convertible Cowl Neck Tunic // I had this last year in plum, and when I saw the red, I snapped it up, thinking it would make a cute holiday sweater. It can be worn as a cowl neck or off-the-shoulder top. I like the neckline, but I wish it were shorter. I’m not a huge fan of the tunic style, but I would like to try it with black leggings and black OTK boots for a more streamlined lower half. It’s true to size, or size down if in between.

Verdict: returning. I’m not crazy about the length on me personally, but it’s a cute and versatile top if you like tunics.

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LOFT Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater // This top is similar to the one above, but it’s shorter, which I like, and it’s a true cowl neck. It’s a nice, soft fine-gauge cotton knit that’s comfortable and easy to wear, and it comes in a variety of rich fall colors. I say it’s true to size, and I’m in the small, but if you want more of a tunic fit, you could size up.

Verdict: undecided; I have a green cowl neck top already, but it’s a boxier style. I may exchange this for another color.

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LOFT Leggings in Brushed Sateen // In my attempts to style something other than jeans, I ordered these leggings. They’re really pants with a legging fit, and the brushed sateen is a nice fabric. I did notice the calves were kind of tight, so if you have thicker calves, these may not be for you, but otherwise, they’re stretchy and soft and comfortable. They run TTS, or size down if in between; I’m in the 6.

Verdict: keeping!

Halogen Cashmere Turtleneck // Halogen carries this turtleneck every year, and this year’s is a more relaxed fit. It’s kind of nice for a change, and it’s very cozy and soft and comfortable. I feel like I say this about every sweater I feature… clearly cozy and soft and comfortable is my jam. It runs a little big; I’m wearing the small, and it’s plenty roomy.

Verdict: keeping!

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LOFT Skinny Utility Pants // These are more pants than leggings, and the fabric has a higher cotton content than the ones above. They both say they have a 28 1/2″ inseam inseam, but these seem shorter. I think it’s because the leg opening is slightly wider, which bothered me at first, but I think they read a little more straight than skinny, which is the way trends are going. They’re TTS; I’m wearing a 6.

Verdict: keeping for now, but not removing the tags just yet. 😊

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LOFT Leopard Puffer Vest // I went into the LOFT store the other day to pickup an online order, and I spotted this leopard vest on the table when I walked in. I snapped it up so quickly, you would have thought it was a piece of chocolate cake.

This is SUCH a fun way to wear leopard, and this vest is really lightweight and flattering.

Unfortunately it is NOT included in the sale. I have a feeling it may sell out anyway, and I always tell you guys never to pay full price at LOFT, but I made an exception in this case. If you’re determined to wait, be sure to click that Get Sale Alert button in the shopping widget below, and then you better be checking your Promotions folder every morning because once it does go on sale, it will fly off the shelves.

If you don’t want to risk it, go ahead and order it and keep the tags on, and hope to get a price adjustment when it goes down. (That’s what I’m doing.)

Verdict: Duh. KEEPING!

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J.Crew Mercantile Rollneck Pullover Sweater // Another cute sweater that comes in several really pretty colors. I’m not sure what my obsession is with green as of late, but I ordered this Frosty Olive. I also love the Cerise and the Ivory, and the Hthr Camel is a nice light shade that’s kind of different. It runs TTS; I’m in a small.

Verdict: returning; it’s cute but I have others I like better.

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Finally, I have had requests for more affordable rain boots, and I thought these Chelsea rain boots were so cute when I saw them on the J.Crew Factory website, so I ordered a pair. Then someone said they looked just like their Sam Edelman ones, so I decided to order those to compare.

Verdict: Identical.

Besides the gold Sam Edelman emblem on the back, I can’t tell a difference in the least. I actually think the seams on the SE ones are more pronounced, and the J.Crew Factory ones seem better quality, but I can’t know if that is a difference across the board, or just with these two particular items I received.

Both are very comfortable and flattering, and the Chelsea boot style is on trend, so if you’re looking for a pair of affordable short rain boots, I highly recommend either one of these. I’d go with the J.Crew pair for budget reasons.

Q&A

I realize this post is pretty long already, but I did promise to get to the questions from Instagram, so here we go!

Q // I’m ISO a great neutral color everyday handbag.

A // I’m working on a roundup post for next week. Stay tuned!!!

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Q // What to wear under cardigans that doesn’t look frumpy? Is there a shell you recommend? I am a teacher, so I’m asking as it pertains to work.

A // I actually have this one in black and ivory, and I really like it. It’s a step above a t-shirt, but it’s not so dressy that you can’t wear it for casual activities. I also like that it has thicker straps so it’s not a cami. I’m wearing it in the picture above.

Q // Do you have different inseams on your jeans for different shoes? Do you hem jeans?

A // My favorite inseam length for skinnies is 28″ and fortunately most ankle length jeans come in that length. I love ankle length jeans because you can wear them with any shoe. I have hemmed jeans for shoes, though — mostly bootcut styles.

Q // How do we balance being trendy with being age appropriate?

A // Hm, I think that’s a very individual thing. Some women can get away with trends that other women probably should skip, due to their personal style aesthetic as well as the culture of the area in which they live. I think that plays a part in this question as well, and it’s a factor that is often overlooked in style blogs. If you live in a more urban area, you can probably get away with some of the funkier trends in a way a woman in a rural community could not, but ultimately it’s more about your personal style than your area. I’m sure I wear things that people around here think are a little over the top, but I’m comfortable in them because I like a bit of an edgy vibe. So yeah, it’s really a subjective thing.

A good rule of thumb, though, is to only incorporate one trendy piece into your outfit. You don’t want to wear all the trends in one look, and that’s true for any age, really, but definitely more so as we get older. I don’t think we ever reach an age at which we should no longer wear trends, but I think we should do so more sparingly as we get older. I hope that helps!

Q // Would you ever try clothing from Talbots? I love their classic style.

A // I haven’t had a lot of luck with them in recent years, but I know some of you like them, so I’ve tried. The problem is, every time I go to order from them, I realize they charge shipping and return shipping, so I always stop short of actually placing an order. It’s just not worth it to pay shipping both ways.

I could go to the store, but our Talbots is located in a place  that’s not very convenient to me, and I would probably have to go back for returns, so… that’s why I never feature them.

I do try to feature the in roundups because I know some of you like them, and I can try to get over there and do some dressing room try-ons. I do recall that they have amazing lighting in their dressing rooms, so that’s a plus! Ha!

How to Purge Your Closet and Love Your Wardrobe Again

Q // How do I organize and wear what I already have? Also, what to keep and what to toss?

A // You might like my post, How To Purge Your Closet and Love Your Wardrobe Again. I highly recommend going through this process twice a year — spring and fall.

Q // For a formal wedding, should my toenail polish be the same color as my fingernails?

A // I don’t think it matters if they match, but I do like mine to coordinate and work well together. If in doubt, go ahead and match them. It can’t hurt!

Q // What shoes do you wear once the weather is actually cold that aren’t boots or booties?

A // I guess I wear ballet flats/loafers occasionally, or pumps for dress-up, but when it’s really cold, I’m all about the boots. I can’t think of any other options.

Q // Is a midi length skirt or dress ok now with knee boots, or is that passé?

A // I think you can totally wear it that way — I would!

Q // If you could only wear one coat all winter, which one would you choose?

A // That’s a tough one because there isn’t one coat I would wear everywhere. I love my quilted jacket (shown above), but some occasions call for a dressier coat, and that one wouldn’t be appropriate. That said, I live a pretty casual lifestyle so I find myself wearing it about 95% of the time, so I’ll go with that!

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