Old Outfits Updated + A Few Random Try-Ons
Today’s post is a bit of a mish-mosh. I have a few try-ons, but not enough to warrant a whole post, so I’m also going to share a few outfits from that old fall outfit roundup that I recreated and updated with pieces currently in my closet.
Let’s start with the try-ons.
Fall Try On Haul: Nordstrom, J.Crew, Anthro & Everlane
By way of reminder, or for anyone who is new, I’m 5’5″ and about 140# with a short-waisted hourglass shape. I usually wear a small in tops, 6 or 8 (28 or 29) in pants and jeans, and an 8 in dresses. I’m also usually a size 8 shoe.
All links and descriptions are below the pictures.
Halogen V-Neck Top (size small) // I shared this top earlier in the season in the rust floral, but I didn’t keep that one because I didn’t think I’d get enough wear out of that color. This black-pink dot, however, I LOVE.
I first styled it with black jeans and pumps, which is how I’d most likely wear it. I like these faded black jeans with the shredded hem (similar) for going out to dinner but I’d wear my straight black jeans with the sewn hem (similar) for church or other conservative venues.
But this top is also perfect for work wear, and I get a lot of requests for that, so I also styled it with ankle skinny pants to show you how that looks.
1901 4-Way Stretch Ankle Skinny Pants (size 8) // These are a great basic ankle pant to have in your closet. I love the fit (and I have a hard time with this style of pant, I think because most are longer.) These have a 26 1/2″ inseam, which is perfect on me. See how they end right above the ankle bone?
They also come in navy, and they’re TTS, or size up if in between. I often wear a size 6 in pants at LOFT, and I needed an 8 in these.
VERDICT: Keeping, in fact, I already had them.
J.Crew Gemstone sweater in supersoft yarn (size medium) // I mentioned yesterday that I found a cozy, festive sweater that I liked… this is it.
This sweater truly lives up to its name — I love all of the J.Crew supersoft yarn sweaters, although I will warn you, if you’re sensitive to wool, this sweater is made of polyamide, merino wool, alpaca, and elastane.
It’s cozy and practical with a hint of sparkle, and I love the traditional shoulder seems and extra long sleeves. It also comes in a pretty warm camel color, if that suits your coloring, and I LOVE the earrings they pair with it. They really help elevate it to a dressier look.
Fit-wise, it runs small, as I’m wearing a medium, and it just fits. Also, it’s only 21″ long, so if you prefer longer sweaters, you may not care for the length on this.
VERDICT: Returning. While I do like this sweater a lot, I’m not a big fan of the crewneck, and it seems pricey for what it is (although I did get it on sale.) I’m going to hold out for something similar that I absolutely love.
J.Crew Pointelle cable sweater (size small) // Now this sweater, I love. I will even forgive them for giving it drop shoulders. It is super soft, but it’s also light and airy, due to the pointelle knit. You don’t need an under layer, in that it isn’t see-through, but you might want one for warmth.
The pointelle cable knit is such a pretty pattern, and I like the straight cut and split sides. I also like how the mock neck, while relaxed, doesn’t fold down in front, if that makes sense. I have another one that never looks quite right, but this one seems to stay in place.
The 22″ length is perfect for me, and it runs TTS. (I’m wearing the small, and it fits as it should — relaxed but not oversized.) It comes in 5 gorgeous colors, and it’s currently 30% off with code SOGOOD.
VERDICT: Keeping! Love it, and I don’t have anything else in this color . . . well, that’s not entirely true.
When I went to put it in my closet, I also noticed this pink Vince Camuto mock neck sweater that I purchased a few weeks ago.
Vince Camuto Mock Neck Sweater (size small) // Since I had yet to take the tags off, I decided to try it on and compare. These sweaters aren’t so similar, that I couldn’t justify keeping both, but I would wear them the same way with pretty much the same pant and shoe combos, so I wanted to compare.
This sweater is also amazingly soft, but it’s a tighter weave, so it’s warmer. It also has a taller mock neck that is a bit stiffer due to its thickness and definitely holds its shape. It also has a nice texture to the knit, but not quite as feminine as the pointelle cable knit.
It’s 21 1/2″ long, so pretty much the same, but I did notice in comparing that it is a boxier fit — in fact, it almost balloons out in the midsection, where I most certainly do not need any added volume.
I did a side-by-side straight-on shot to compare.
They both have drop shoulders, which adds some bulk as well, but I prefer the cut of the J.Crew sweater through the body, and the lower mock neck is also more slenderizing somehow, although I like the high mock neck of the Vince Camuto for coziness and warmth.
VERDICT: I’m not sure if I’ll keep the Vince Camuto or not. For now, I’m keeping the tags on. It is a gorgeous shade of pink, and it’s very cozy and warm, but at that price point, I should love everything about it.
P.S. If you like it, it does come in other colors, and it runs TTS; the small fits me perfectly.
Okay, moving on . . .
Anthropologie Maggie Bell-Sleeved Sweater (size small) // Okay, sorry, I took waaaay too many pictures of this sweater, but I just think it’s so fun!!!
This sweater definitely has some boho vibes with the wide bell sleeves and subtle tie-dye print. I’m wearing the pink, but it comes in 4 other colors, and it’s on sale. (I try to only shop at Anthro when they’re having a sale because their price point is on the higher end.)
Oh, and they’re not all tie-dye. There is a solid ivory and a pretty grey ombre, as well as black and camel speckled knit. I find this sweater very soft and comfortable, but it does have 5% wool content, if that matters to you.
Also, if it looks like they only have XS in stock, they don’t. Just click on the other sizes, and you will see that you can add them to cart.
Okay, one more for the try-on section . . .
J.Crew Funnelneck sherpa jacket (size small) // I got this in with my J.Crew Factory order I shared in last week’s try-ons, and I forgot to try it on! These sherpa jackets are super on trend right now, and it’s a nice fun, casual layering piece to have in your fall wardrobe.
It runs true to size, or size down if in between. I sometimes need a medium in jackets, but as you can see, this one in the small zips up, no problem.
VERDICT: Undecided, only because I don’t love this color. I’d rather have grey.
Old Outfits Updated for 2019
So I posted a new fall outfit roundup earlier this week, and within that post, I made a comment about some of my older outfits looking dated. Well, that spawned a ton of comments wondering what I meant and which outfits I was referring to.
Which brings us to today’s post . . . I thought I’d go back through that old fall outfit roundup and pull out some looks that I can recreate/update for fall/winter 2019-2020.
I didn’t buy anything new for this, so I was somewhat limited by what I have in my closet, but in a way, that makes the challenge even more realistic. It also means I took some liberties and didn’t always recreate the exact outfit, but in I tried to use the same color palette in those cases.
So let’s get started!
#1 // black moto jacket +grey tee + black jeans + leopard flats
This first look was originally posted on November 2, 2015 — so exactly 4 years ago to the day! Granted, it’s very simple, but a monochromatic grey and black look with a pop of leopard was a novelty to me at the time. In fact, if you click over to that post, you will see how this outfit was inspired by another blogger.
Updated For 2019:
The main thing I updated was the jeans — inseams have gotten a little shorter since 2015 (you’ll notice Jeanette’s jeans were longer as well) — and the raw hem gives these a more modern vibe.
I also wore a grey tee that isn’t as voluminous, but that older tee is really fine — I even had it front-tucked! But these days, we’re tucking our tops in a little higher to show the waistband of the pants, which also helps compensate for the shorter pants.
Granted, I’m only talking about an inch here. There is honestly nothing wrong with that older outfit, but I do like my newer version better.
My pointed toe ballet flats also help keep the look modern, and I prefer this genuine leather jacket to the coated denim one above.
The other thing I changed is the necklace — I’m still doing a layered look, but I’ve gone with a shorter pair of pendants, which looks a bit more modern to me.
#2 // grey cardigan + pink tee + white jeans + grey booties
This picture is only two years old, and there is really nothing wrong with it, although I’ve since passed on the big, slouchy mom bag. Styles today are more structured and often smaller.
The other piece that I’m feeling kind of done with is the necklace. I still own it, but I don’t find myself reaching for it anymore.
Updated For 2019:
This is another outfit for which I had pretty much the exact same components — just updated versions. And I did think to grab a bag for this recreated look.
I really like this leather hobo from Treasure & Bond, and it’s a good price point for leather.
The white jeans are actually the exact same pair in both pictures, and while the rise is on the lower side for today’s styles, they will look fine to me.
You will see that I went with the shorter layered necklace again in this look, and my booties are different, although both still look current.
I also prefer this slightly more muted color palette, and the sweater I’m wearing here is better quality and I like the fit better, but the style of the one above is still on trend as well.
#3. stripe tee + olive cargo pants + denim jacket + leopard flats
Here’s another blast from the past. This outfit was originally posted in fall of 2015. This is when pairing stripes and leopard print was fresh and new. (At least that’s when it was new to me.)
Again, aside from the lower rise and longer inseam on the pants, it’s still a relevant outfit. This old denim jacket was also cropped, and I prefer my current Vince Camuto denim jacket, but the washes are very similar.
Updated For 2019:
As I pointed out above, my current denim jacket is longer, more of a traditional fit. And the only olive cargo pants I have in my closet at the moment are these cargo joggers, which are a little more casual than the skinny cargo pants above.
I wouldn’t put ballet flats with these cargo joggers (although I like them fine with the skinny cargo pants in the 2015 outfit) so I took a picture with my snake print sneakers, which are a similar color palette to the leopard flats.
Funny, I’ve worn this exact outfit with a white tee, a grey tee, and a graphic tee, but it never occurred to me to put a stripe tee with it. I do like it!
The lack of necklace in this case was not intentional. I would usually wear a pendant or the layered necklace from the 2 outfits above.
Also, rather than a burgundy crossbody, I’d carry a taupe or cognac tote or satchel.
#4. camel sweater + white jeans + plaid scarf + cognac OTK boots
This is another outfit I was super proud of when I originally posted it in 2016. I mean, first of all, you have the white jeans after Labor Day, but I also loved that teal crossbody with this scarf and camel sweater.
Updated For 2019:
I don’t have a plaid scarf at the moment, and infinity scarves have seen better days, so I recreated this outfit with a more traditional oblong fringed leopard scarf.
OTK boots are still on trend, but most are more of a slimmer fit than the ones I was wearing above. That said, I’m gravitating more to knee-high boots these days, so that’s what I wore with this look.
I’d probably carry a darker brown or lighter taupe/beige bag, but I didn’t think to grab one for this picture.
#5. grey tee + denim jacket + burgundy jeans + black mules
Updated For 2019:
Now this one’s a stretch, I realize, but I don’t have burgundy jeans right now.
I’ve had a lot of questions about colored jeans still being in style, and honestly, I’m not really feeling them this season.
To keep your look current, I’d stick with darker, more muted tones — like a deep olive, or yes, burgundy or plum, as long as they’re really dark. But I much prefer my grey jeans at the moment.
I still have these mules, though, and a denim jacket and grey tee is classic, so I asked myself, What pants would I put with those three pieces right now?
This is what I came up with . . .
I know… seems boring and not at all the same outfit. But I love these off-black jeans with the shredded hems with a grey tee and denim jacket (although I wish they were an inch shorter.)
I also prefer the lighter grey tee and mid-wash denim jacket to the darker shades above, and of course I front-tucked my tee this time. The untucked look above looks so sloppy to me now.
I just wish I’d thought to add my black O-ring belt.
#6 // black moto jacket + grey tee + grey leopard scarf + burgundy jeans + grey rain boots
Again, I don’t currently have burgundy or plum skinny jeans, so I had to be creative with this one. Rather than wearing a different color jean with the other components, I decided to take this color combo and rework it.
Updated For 2019:
The grey leopard scarf remains, but I brought the burgundy up to the top in the form of a puffer vest and wore black jeans.
I wore a grey sweater instead of a grey tee because that’s what I have, and I like the luxe look better, and I still have the grey rain boots (although they live in my daughter’s closet now.)
I like this look best. In fact, I think this outfit is my favorite of all six that I recreated!
So I don’t know if that’s helpful or not. I think most of the items in the older outfits are all still okay, it’s more about how they’re styled and put together.
As far as colored jeans and infinity scarves go, if you’re debating whether to keep or toss, I’d probably only keep only the ones I absolutely love.
I also find it interesting that the bigger, slouchy bags in those pictures look dated. I hadn’t really thought about handbag styles changing, but they have.
Again, I’m not saying to toss every one of your big, slouchy bags. If you love them and still use them, no big deal. But if you’re unsure, or just not feeling it anymore, maybe put it away for the season and see how you feel next year, or if you’re really over it, update to something fresh and new.
Don’t miss my neutral everyday handbag roundup with spend, splurge, and save options.
#7. yellow cardigan + leopard scarf + white tee + bootcut jeans + brown ankle boots
I shard this in my outfit roundup, but I thought it also fit in well here.
Undoubtedly my most pinned outfit of all time, this mustard cardigan with the leopard scarf and bootcut jeans is still relevant — it just needs a few tweaks.
Updated for 2019:
I didn’t have a mustard sweater in my closet, so I put together this flat lay to show how I’d update this look for current styles.
Bootcut jeans will look more current with a higher rise, and as I said above, I’m not feeling the infinity scarves anymore, so I replaced the leopard scarf with a more traditional style.
I also found a really cute mustard yellow cardigan from Topshop that looks a little more modern, although the grampa-style cardigan I’m wearing above is still okay.
And that’s a wrap! I hope it’s helpful.
As usual, the devil’s in the details . . . well, I’m mixing metaphors but you get the gist. These are all minor tweaks, but they can really make a difference.
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