Happy Friday, friends! It’s a rainy one here, but that makes it a good day to stay at home, I guess.
I’m organizing this post differently this week. I’m going to link each item FIRST, and then talk through my thoughts on each piece.
I tried a few of these items multiple ways, and I want to talk you through my thought process. I think it will be easier if I link the item first and then share my thoughts and styling options. Let me know which way you prefer!
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with a slight hourglass shape. I typically wear a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a small or 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe.
Trunk Club Unboxing
If you’re unfamiliar, Trunk Club is a styling service owned and sourced by Nordstrom. You can tell your stylist what brands and styles you like, what particular items you’re looking for with each Trunk, and you can set your price point.
My stylist likes to tempt me with higher end brands, especially when they’re on sale, because she knows I will sometimes splurge if I think I’ll get a good cost per wear. However, you can ask for whatever price point fits your budget.
This time, she filled my Trunk with a bunch of transition pieces that are on sale.
FRAME Puff Sleeve Top
This stretch-knit top has puffed, elbow-length sleeves, and a jewel neck. It comes in white, navy, and black; and it’s 40% off right now. The material is 90% viscose, 10% spandex; and it’s 24″ long. I recommend sizing up; I’m wearing the small, but I could use a medium.
Puff sleeves are trending right now, and while they’re not the best for busty gals like me, they’re cute and fun for a change.
This Frame top is really nice quality, and I love the fabric, but I don’t love the tight crewneck, and it’s a little snug. I think it’s supposed to fit snug, but I felt like it highlighted my lumps and bumps, which were exaggerated by these jeans that are also a little too small.
It would be more on-trend if I tucked it in, but that’s generally a bad look for me because I’m so short-waisted.
I will say, though, this style top is very cute with these crop straight jeans because the extra volume in the puff sleeves offsets the width of the straight leg jeans, and the body-con fit of the top flatters my waist… or it would if the pants weren’t so tight.
VERDICT: Returning; I think I can do better, and the price is a bit high for what it is, even on sale.
These white straight crop jeans have a 26 1/2″ inseam with a 11 1/4″ front rise and a 14 1/2″ leg opening; and the fabric is 98% cotton, 2% elastane.
I’ve been wanting a pair of white crop straight jeans, so I was excited to find these in my Trunk. Unfortunately, they are verrrry snug in the waist — too snug, I think.
That’s unfortunate because I like how they fit in the legs, and I’m afraid sizing up would make them too wide and long for me.
Otherwise, I love these jeans. The white denim is nice and thick and not see-through, and as I said, I like the length on me and the fit through the legs.
The rear view isn’t half-bad either. The pockets are spaced a little wider apart that I prefer, but that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker if they fit perfectly everywhere else.
Just to compare, this is how the Madewell skinnies that I love so much fit from the rear — the pockets are straighter and just a little more centered…
I feel like this outfit is so close to being really cute and on trend for spring 2020… but unfortunately, the fit is just a little off in both pieces.
VERDICT: Returning; too small.
These sandals have a 2″ heel with a slightly cushioned footbed and a leather upper and lining. I love the yellow croc embossed pattern, but they also come in snake print and solid cognac and black.
These sandals are right on trend with the two-strap styling on a block heel, and I really like the yellow croc-embossed leather for an alternative to the neutral shoes I normally wear.
I think they’re super cute with the navy top and white jeans.
They’re true to size, in that the size 8 fits my foot, and they do stay on when I walk. My feet are flat and thin, so a lot of slides don’t work for me, but these are okay.
VERDICT: Undecided… I like them, and they’re a decent price, but I’m not sure I’d wear them much.
Joie Chaylse Blouse
This peasant blouse is made of a sheer floral burnout fabric, and dry cleaning is recommended. It’s 24″ long, and it runs TTS; I’m wearing the small.
This top is fun, and it’s nice quality, but it’s not my style at all. Between the peasant style and the burnout floral fabric, it has an upscale boho vibe that would be gorgeous on someone… just not me.
I’m also not a fan of how sheer it is; I would definitely have to wear a cami underneath.
I paired it with the white Tomcat jeans because I felt like the boho style needed a more modern crop straight jean, and that’s how my Trunk Club stylist intended me to wear them, but I like these jeans better with a more fitted top.
Overall, this just isn’t really my style, and the shoes don’t help. A neutral wedge with more of a heel would complement the style of the top much better.
VERDICT: Returning; not my style.
These sandals have a 1 1/4″ heel with a 1″ jute platform and a leather upper, and they’re currently 50% off at Nordstrom.
They come in several colors (this is the blue nubuck), and they run a little big. I’m wearing the 8, and I need the 7.5.
These are the stylish comfort sandals you’ve been looking for… if you’ve been looking for comfort sandals. The footbed feels ah-mazing — so cushy and soft, and the straps are soft and stretchy.
They do run a little big; my feet were swimming in them.
It’s hard to say if a 7.5 would fit me or not; they may still be too roomy on my flat feet, but these are a great option for ladies needing sandals for wider feet and higher arches.
VERDICT: Returning; too big, and I don’t really need them right now.
FRAME Le Mid Rise V-Neck Tee
This elevated tee is made from supersoft Peruvian pima cotton, and it’s 25″ long with a deep-cut V-neck.
I wanted to love this tee, and I’m still on the fence, but the neckline is just a little too low for my comfort level.
Not only do I have a larger chest, but I think I have a short chest, if that makes any sense. In other words, my cleavage starts really high, so necklines that look great on other ladies don’t always work for me.
That said, I love the fabric and quality of this tee; the details set it apart and elevate it above a typical white t-shirt.
I love the way the sleeves are cut, and it’s the perfect length with a nice relaxed fit and a great drape. It also looks great with these jeans… of course, it would look great with any jeans. It’s a white tee!
VERDICT: Undecided; probably keeping. I will just have to make sure I don’t bend over in front of anyone, ha!
These high-waisted stretch-denim jeans have 3D whiskers and trendy chewed hems with minor distressing and hand sanding through the thighs.
They have a 27″ inseam with an 11″ front rise and a 14″ leg opening; and the material is 93% cotton, 5% polyester, 2% spandex. You can find them at Nordstrom, Verishop, and Shopbop; and they’re TTS. The 28 fits me perfectly.
When we talked about how to tell high quality jeans, I mentioned that the more expensive jeans are sanded and whiskered by hand, and those details along with fit and fabric are what drives the price up. Plus, they’re made in the USA.
These jeans are a perfect example of that, although I really don’t care for the look of the whiskering. Even though I know it was done by hand, it looks too uniform to me, which is generally a sign of a lesser quality product.
Otherwise, they have an amazing fit and feel; they are soooo soft. I just love how they feel on, and I like the chewed hems and the straight cut.
I could probably overlook the whiskering, except I think they’re about an inch too long for me. And I wouldn’t want to cut the hems because that’s a work of art, people.
I know some of you are going to say the hems look ridiculous, and that’s fine, I get it. But I think they’re trendy and fun, and they work for my ultra casual lifestyle. I can see wearing these all summer long… if only they weren’t quite so long.
I even like how they look from the rear. The pocket placement is perfect, and they hang perfectly straight without being too loose in the thighs, or too flared at the hem.
And you know, they don’t even look too long from the back, so maybe it’s these shoes. I decided to try some others…
These Vince snake print platform wedge slides are super luxe and comfortable, and I like how they add some height; but I think they cover too much of the foot, since the jeans are already a little too long.
Next, I tried the Everlane crossover slides because I felt like they had a similar vibe as the jeans — uber casual but a little luxe.
While they cover a lot of my foot, the cream color is so close to my skin tone, they sort of just extend the line of the leg.
I think they work, but I can’t say I love them. What about something more delicate?
These Vince Hazen slingback sandals with the cork sole have a bit of a retro vibe that sort of works, and they allow more of my foot to show, which works better with the length of the jeans.
I don’t know why I didn’t take more pictures of these. I think at the time, I didn’t really like them with the jeans. (Although I love the sandals!)
There’s always the old stand-by… my Tory Burch Miller sandals. I mean, don’t they go with everything?
Eh, no. Not feeling it at all. The medallion is definitely not working with the length of the jeans.
What about Birks? I shared these in last week’s try-on haul, and while I’m still undecided, I haven’t been able to bring myself to return them.
These may be my best bet. They have a lower vamp, so they show more of my foot, but they also have a casual boho vibe that works well with the retro, distressed jeans.
And they’re more of a chunky sandal, which helps offset the straight leg. (These are the Brandy Nubuck.)
I’m still trying to decide which color of these sandals I like best. (These are the Old Rose Nubuck.)
If I keep the jeans, I’ll definitely keep one of the Birks.
VERDICT: Undecided; I’d like to play around with them a bit more. They were 40% off when they were sent to me, so Trunk Club will honor that price, and they’re different than anything I have, so I’m tempted to keep them..
Sometimes I hem and haw like this over an item, and once I decide to keep it, I love them and wear them a ton. Other times, they hang in my closet unworn. I wish there was a way to really KNOW, you know??? LOL!!!
Okay, let’s move on. I have a completer piece to add to this outfit.
This lightweight jacket features military-inspired details such as epaulets, back flap, and cargo chest pockets; and it has a drawstring hem with toggles.
The material is 60% tencel, 40% linen; and it runs a bit big. I’m in the small, and it’s plenty roomy.
This jacket is really fun. I love the bomber style — utility jackets never really excited me, but this shorter style is really easy to wear.
It’s soft and has a nice drape, and the subtle cheetah print adds a nice element of interest to this neutral look.
Here’s a rear view — so cute, right?
Unfortunately, this jacket is no longer available in the White Mini Cheetah print at Nordstrom, but I found it at Revolve for full price.
I’m loving this look, and it’s making me even more tempted to keep the jeans and tee, but these sandals just aren’t cutting it.
Once again, I started trying on all the shoes…
I actually don’t mind the Vince Sarria snake print wedges so much with the jacket on top. I like how the cream stripe on the wedge plays into the cream in the jacket, although I was planning to return these sandals since I have sneakers in the same snake print.
These Madewell Boardwalk sandals are just okay.
The Birk Madrid isn’t awful, but seems too casual for this jacket, somehow. I feel like I need a heel, so I actually want to play around with this more.
VERDICT: I’m keeping the jacket, because I can still get it for the Nordstrom sale price through Trunk Club. I wouldn’t pay $198 for it, but I think it’s well worth the $56.
When my stylist told me she was sending these, I knew I was in trouble. They are absolutely gorgeous.
I don’t know how a plain black plastic frame can be so gorgeous, but it is. Even my 17-year-old daughter mentioned it.
They’re just so elegant and classy, and I love how they fit my face.
VERDICT: Keeping! They’re full price at Nordstrom, but when my stylist sent them, they were 30% off, so she can honor that price. Still a splurge, but as often as I wear sunglasses, the cost per wear will definitely work itself out in time.
Okay, that’s it for my Trunk!
I placed a Madewell order a couple weeks ago during one of their sales, and my order finally came in.
This lightweight cardigan has a relaxed fit with a 26 1/2″ length, and the fabric is 71% cotton, 29% polyester.
I really like the length on this cardigan — its shorter than the longline cardigans that have been trending for the past few years, but it’s not cropped either.
The relaxed styling makes it really easy to throw on over a tank or tee with your favorite jeans, and I can see it with shorts too when it gets warmer.
I also like the rolled ribbed trim on the pockets and down the front. Very cute with great details, plus it’s soft and comfortable.
This cardigan has a boxy fit with a cropped 20″ length; and the fabric is 87% cotton, 13% polyamide.
It also comes in cream and gold and black, but all sizes are very limited.
I really like the texture of this sweater as well as the button front and the ribbed cuffs and hem. I’m just not sure I’m digging the cropped length.
I tried it buttoned-up as well, because sometimes that’s fun, but I definitely like it unbuttoned best.
I styled it first over a white tank with white jeans, but I think it would look better with two different colors so you can see where the tank ends — it’s longer than the sweater, of course.
Here it is over a striped tank… this looks better, but I’d like to try it with blue jeans for more contrast between the tank and the pants.
I like how the tank shows under the back of the sweater; it helps to visually elongate the upper body, and it also adds interest.
VERDICT: Keeping! With this cold spring, I’ll probably get quite a bit of wear out of it, and it may be cute with shorts in the summer too. For the price, it’s hard to pass up!
I thought these could be a fun addition to my sandal wardrobe this spring. The double strap design is on trend, and this Desert Camel color is super versatile.
They fit my flat, narrow feet pretty well, but I still found myself walking out of them. I’m sure they will fit most medium sized feet perfectly.
These were marked WAY down when I ordered them, but they’re back to full price now. If you want them, I’d wait for a sale unless you absolutely love them and can’t wait.
This drapey v-neck tank top is made from a recycled cotton-blend jersey, and it comes in a ton of colors. It’s currently marked down to $19.50 + 50% off that. It’s TTS; I’m wearing the small.
This is pretty much the perfect tank. In fact, I’m getting ready to order it in a few other colors. It looks great worn alone, but it will also layer nicely under jackets and cardigans.
The material is soft and thick, and it has the perfect relaxed shape — not baggy, but not tight either.
The straps are nice and wide, so they cover the bra straps, and the armholes are cut perfectly — no gaping or bra showing.
I also love the 24 1/4″ length because I can leave it untucked or front tuck it.
Also, I think I just decided to keep these sandals! I love how they work with these jeans. (They were 30% off when I ordered them, by the way. I’ll keep an eye on them for future sales.)
Thinking ahead to summer, look at how nicely this tank pairs with shorts.
My only complaint with the tank is how close this Faded Rosebud color is to my skin tone. I’d prefer more contrast, so I ordered the Etruscan Clay. I wanted the black too, but it’s sold out in my size.
VERDICT: I think I’ll keep it even though the color is a little blah on me. I can layer it under a denim jacket or white or navy cardigan to make it work, and it’s such a pretty shade of pink.
This is the same top as the one above, but in a navy stripe. The background of this is very cream, not white, and I love it, but I just looked it up, and it’s almost sold out. Boo.
Treasure & Bond Try-Ons
Okay, home stretch! The last two items are Treasure & Bond from Nordstrom.
Treasure & Bond is one of the Nordstrom Made brands, and every Treasure & Bond purchase supports organizations that empower youth, which is pretty cool.
This button-up blouse has a flattering split neckline and a slightly curved high/low hem with short sleeves. It’s 100% viscose, and it’s machine washable, but you should hang it to dry. It runs big; I think I could use the XS.
Well, now I’m getting cranky. Evidently this is sold out too. I love the print, and the fit is really cute, although I’d like to try the XS. They have a few sizes left in the solid black, if you like that.
I tried it on first with the Mother Tomcat white jeans…
It looks a little better font-tucked, I think.
I also tried it on with my favorite Madewell skinnies, and I like it better because of the way the skinny jean offsets the more voluminous top.
I also like it better with the Vince Hazen sandals — both because they’re more delicate and flattering on the foot, and I also like how the black sandals bookend the look.
Finally, an item that is still fully stocked! It’s also 55% off, and it runs TTS; I’m wearing the small.
This soft stretch-jersey dress is cut with a simple silhouette and ruching on one side, and it’s 42 1/2″ long. The material is 76% polyester, 19% rayon, 5% spandex; and it also comes in black.
This is such a cute, casual summer dress. I love the longer length and the ruching on the side; I just wish it had a wider neckline.
It fits kind of snugly through the chest, but it’s fine through the waist and hips, so I think it’s TTS; I’m just busty.
It also looks cute with the Eileen Fisher espadrilles.
And with a white denim jacket on top.
Oooooh, and my white denim jacket is 30% off! I like this one a lot; it has great structure, and it’s thin and stretchy and comfortable. I recommend sizing up, though. I have this jacket in the medium.
And just for fun… tied around the waist.
VERDICT: Keeping!!! If I wore dresses more, I’d get it in black too.
Okay, that was a doozie, y’all. And I thought I didn’t have much for you today. If you’re still with me, thanks for reading along, and sorry this post went out so late today. It always takes me an age to write these Try-On Hauls, and I didn’t get started until this morning.
If I forgot to mention anything, feel free to ask in the comments!
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