Greetings, friends. I hope Friday is treating you well. I went to the mall this morning to return a few things, so I decided to do a try-on sesh to share with you.
I had big goals. BIG goals, y’all. I wanted to hit a bunch of stores and show a bunch of variety… but I didn’t make it out of Nordstrom.
You would think trying on clothes and taking pictures should be a pretty cushy job, but it wears me out. Seriously, I just don’t have the stamina for more than one store. I always park outside of Nordstrom so that’s where I started, and that’s as far as I got. I apologize because I know some people get tired of Nordstrom, but they really do make a pleasant shopping experience. I left to go into the rest of the mall, and I suddenly felt overwhelmed and tired so I turned around and went home. Ha!
It’s probably a good thing because if I’d kept shopping, I wouldn’t have had time to put this post together this afternoon. We’re headed out in a bit to shoot a holiday outfit and grab an early dinner, and then I hope to come home and put my feet up and watch the latest Fixer Upper. Does that not sound like the perfect Friday night?
Any-who. Let’s get started! I figured I should start by showing you what I actually wore to the mall. This sweater is really soft and stretchy, and it comes in a ton of colors. I like that it’s short but not cropped, and it fits close to the body without being clingy. This is the burgundy heather, and for size reference, I’m wearing a small. You’ve seen everything else a gazillion times before. I try not to wear a heavy coat to the mall so my leather jacket works perfectly.
I was having major static electricity so pardon my hair! I didn’t realize this cozy pointelle-knit sweater had the open back when I pulled it off the rack. It’s really soft and cozy, but you would definitely want a tank top underneath — both because of the open back and because it’s sort of see-through. It also comes in ivory and grey, and I’m wearing a small.
This off-the-shoulder sweater is cute in theory, but not so much in reality. I am wearing the medium, and it’s still super skin-tight and shows every lump and bump. I love the colors and the stripe pattern, but it stayed at the mall.
I really wanted to love this Free People lace-up tee. I love the lace-up detail and the raw seams, but it’s not terribly flattering. Even so, I was *this close* to bringing it home, but then I decided to hold off. I think I’d wear it twice and then decide it makes me look dumpy and toss it in my donate pile. These flowy styles look better on women who are smaller on top. One of you should snap it up! Or buy it for your young adult daughter. It’s really a younger look.
Good grief, the static! Is there a solution for that? It drives me nuts this time of year.
Pardon the blurry picture, but I wanted to show you how cute the back is.
Can you believe these sleeves are back!?! It reminds me of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. They’re not for me, but if you’re trying to balance out a bigger bottom half, you might find this style flattering. This sweater is a nice quality and super soft. I think I was wearing a small, but I forgot to take a picture of this one so I’m not sure. (I usually take pix of all the tags so I can find them and remember my size.)
I couldn’t resist trying this Topshop oversize turtleneck. It’s soft and cozy, and I like the drapey turtleneck and ribbed sleeves, but it’s sort of see-through and not particularly figure-flattering. Still, for an oversized cozy look, I like it. I would definitely wear a nude cami underneath. I’m wearing the US6.
How cute is this floral blouson top??? I love the blouson sleeves for a change from the bell sleeves. These are much more practical. I think this would be cute with black velvet jeans for the holidays, or regular black jeans for anytime. I’d also love to try it with light pink jeans or cords. I don’t see this color online, but I really like the ivy birch floral — it would be amazing with burgundy jeans.
This Sundry Cheers sweatshirt is more grey than green — they call it vintage black on the website. Not sure why it photographed so green here; the picture on the website is more accurate. It’s a ridiculous price for a sweatshirt, but it is super soft and cozy, it has a flattering fit, and it is just fun. I think it would be perfect for a casual NYE party. I’m wearing the 3 here.
It’s doing something funky on that shoulder in the back from the hanger. It actually fits great. I know they have to hang stuff in the stores, but it really isn’t good for the garments. So annoying.
I’m kind of over the off-the-shoulder sweater trend. I have two, and I definitely don’t have the occasions to wear more than that, but I tried on this Chelsea28 off-the-shoulder sweater to show you because I think it would be fun with white jeans or ivory velvet jeans for holiday parties. I’m wearing the small, for reference, and it also comes in a white version. This is the ivory vanilla champagne.
Okay, here is me stepping out of my comfort zone to try something new. I love the *idea* of a sequin skirt and a sweater, but this combo definitely wasn’t working for me.
This Halogen sequin pencil skirt is more of a midi-length, and I don’t love that on me. Obviously it needs heels, but still, I’m not sure what I’d wear on top. For size reference, this is the medium and it fits okay or maybe a little big. I couldn’t wear the small right now, though, which is pretty typical of me with the Halogen brand. I’m always in between their small and medium in skirts and dresses, so I’d say it runs true to size.
The side tie wool and cashmere sweater is cute, though. Here’s how it looks with jeans.
I also really like this lace-up bell sleeve sweater. It’s 40% off right now, and I’m wearing the small. It’s longer than the tops I normally wear, but it has some shape through the waist and I feel like it’s flattering. I would probably only wear it with heels to help balance out my proportions. It also comes in grey, light pink, and a pretty peacock blue.
This mock neck cable knit sweater is really cozy and warm, and it’s cute for more of a chunky look. I like the length and the straight hem, although the sleeves are almost too long. If you have long arms, you will love this.
Finally, this funnel neck cashmere sweater is gorgeous!!! I don’t think I’m a fan of the stripes on me personally, but it also comes in solid colors. I showed it with my black leather jacket to show you how well it layers under a structured jacket. For size reference, this is the small.
Phew! I did it! And I still have time to primp a little bit before I head out for the evening!
Weekend Sale Roundup
If you’re shopping this weekend, hopefully this little roundup of weekend sales will be helpful!
Bloomingdales // Take 25% off a large selection. Look for the promo code “FRIENDS” as you shop.
Anthropologie // 30% off all clothing and winter accessories.
Macy’s // Extra 30% off select styles with code FRIEND.
J.Crew // 30% off full price styles and 40% off on orders over $200. Use code HOLIDAYFUN.
Nordstrom // Tons of NEW MARKDOWNS including this Leith bell sleeve sweater I’ve featured several times and this popular Barefoot Dreams essential cardigan. Updating my Nordstrom Favorites page is also on my agenda for today, as well as my SHOP page. These can all be accessed at anytime thru the link in my menu bar.
Madewell // 20% off on orders of $100+ and 30% off on orders of $200+. Exclusions apply. Use code OHWHATFUN. I love this funnel neck sweater (I have burgundy hthr – wearing in the top picture in this post) and this mockneck sweater (I have hthr cactus.) I also wear this v-neck sweater a ton (I have the antique cream.)
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