Happy Saturday, friends! I have a spring fashion try-on haul today, with lots of white denim and dresses.
My orders have been a bit hit-or-miss recently. There are some really unfortunate dresses in this roundup, but I decided to share them all since a lot of the “misses” are ones I recommended during the Nordstrom Triple Points event last weekend. I do apologize if I steered you wrong. I had high hopes for all of these, but, well… I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, and size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
Dresses & Jumpers
Since I’ve already teased the dresses, let’s start with those. These pictures are for anyone who has ever said to me, “You look cute in everything!” Um, no. No one does, and certainly not me.
Caslon Crewneck T-Shirt Dress
I honestly don’t know who this dress is supposed to flatter. The only reason it looks halfway decent in the picture above is because I am standing just so. I was actually trying to figure out if there was any way to make it look good.
The pictures below are a more accurate representation of how this dress hangs on me. I do have wide hips, but I’m still not sure who would actually look good in it. That said, it gets good reviews, so someone likes it!
I will say that the fabric is nice quality, thick and soft, and I suppose it has a nice drape… if you can call it that. LOL!
VERDICT: I think it’s pretty obvious, but in case you’re wondering, this one went right back to Nordstrom!
Caslon Knit Shift Dress
This one, I thought I liked until I turned around. The fabric is nice and soft, and not quite as thick as the one above. It’s cut a little bit straighter, and I like the sleeves and the flattering rounded neck. The drop waist with the pockets low set on the hips is a little odd, but not a deal breaker.
But this right here, this is why you always look at the rear view… oy vey. I suppose I could try a size up, but I don’t think it would fit right everywhere else. (By the way, I was wearing the Wacoal Body Base Shorty.)
VERDICT: Returning, obvi.
Caslon Striped Knit Shiftdress
This is basically the same dress as the one above, but the stripes look really wonky where the seam is. I feel like this one looks a little better from the back, for some reason. I don’t know what the difference is exactly, but it still feels tight through the hips and rear.
VERDICT: All three of these dresses get good reviews, so maybe it’s just me and my odd body shape, but these are definitely a no-go for me.
Caslon Vacation V-Neck Midi Dress
Yeah, just no. In this case, the reviews were right. It’s shapeless and stiff and overall not flattering in the least.
Old Navy Sleeveless Vintage Mini T-Shirt Swing Dress
Alrighty, so this one is from Old Navy, and I didn’t have any better luck there. This one fits really oddly pretty much everywhere. The material is also kind of stiff, not nearly as soft and comfy as the Caslon dresses.
Old Navy Short-Sleeve Waist-Defined Slub Knit T-Shirt Dress
Then there’s this one. Lordie Lou, everything about this is wrong — from the oddly long and wide sleeves, to the awkward a-line skirt shape, and then there’s way it pulls across the chest. Plus, the slub fabric is stiff and rough against the skin. Just. Say. No.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…
Sundry The Anywhere Dress
Evereve sent me this, and I knew it was going to be a disaster when I pulled it out of the box, but I figured I’d try it anyway. Well, I was right. Besides the fact that it isn’t my personal style, it looks terrible on my curvy figure.
Also, kudos to my assistant, Kate, for steaming this sucker. That was no small task.
Paige Brielle Drawstring Waist T-Shirt Dress
**cue angels singing** There is a casual dress out there for me this spring! Of course, I like the most expensive one. Ha!
The fabric on this is so nice; it’s a thick, soft, slub knit with a lovely drape. The navy is a nice solid color for pairing with neutral sandals or white sneakers, and I actually like that flutter sleeve. It’s a fun detail.
For whatever reason, I ordered the medium in this, and it’s a little too big. I re-ordered the small, and I think it looks better in person, but in the pictures, I sort of like the way the medium looks, so I’m conflicted. I want it to be comfortable, and I suppose it might shrink.
Here’s the small.
VERDICT: Keeping one of these, not sure which size though.
BB Dakota Owe You One Sleeveless Jumpsuit
I ordered this, hoping to offer an alternative to the more pricey Michael Stars jumpsuit I wore in Florida, but this one is all kinds of wrong.
For starts, it’s waaaaay low-cut in the front; I actually pulled it up and stood really straight and still to get these pictures without being indecent. But then it’s really long in the rise.
And it isn’t very flattering across the rear either. Plus I feel like it needs a drawstring or something to add interest at the waist. I’m not sure if it would work better for someone who is less curvy or not.
I’m planning a more thorough white denim comparison post, but I’ll go ahead and show the white jeans I’ve tried lately.
Good American Good Straight Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans
- 27.5″ inseam; 10 1/2″ front rise; 14 1/2″ leg opening
- 72% cotton, 20% recycled cotton, 6% polyester, 2% elastane
I’ve already talked about these quite a bit, and I’m calling these my go-to white jeans for spring and summer 2022. I wouldn’t mind if they had a finished hem, but the raw hem does make them really easy to cut to length if you don’t like the 27″ inseam. However, it’s the perfect ankle length for me. They look great with heels and flats.
These jeans are not see-through (I don’t know WHAT those two reviewers were talking about) and they have a nice texture to them. Like all Good American jeans, they have a good bit of stretch, but they don’t bag out and they have flat tummy tech and a gap-proof waistband.
VERDICT: Keeping! These jeans are true to size; I ordered the 6 and the 8, but I’m keeping the 6.
Mother The Dazzler Mid-Rise Straight
- 27 1/2″ inseam; 9 3/4″ rise; 13″ leg opening
- 94% cotton, 4% polyester, 2% elastane
These jeans have similar measurements to the Good American pair. They’re the same length, but with a slightly shorter rise and slightly narrower leg opening, and they have a finished hem. The fabric is a little softer, but not not quite as thick as the Good American jeans.
VERDICT: I might actually keep these too, so I have a slim straight style with a finished hem, although I do have the Frame Le High Straight, which has very similar measurements (27″ inseam; 14″ leg opening; 10 1/2″ front rise). For some reason, those seem dressier to me. I need to try them all on and compare.
AG Alexxis Bootcut Jeans
10 3/4″ front rise; 33″ inseam 18 3/4″ leg opening
- 98% cotton, 2% polyurethane
These definitely make a dramatic statement, but I rather like them. I would need to cut about an inch off the bottom, though. The denim is a little thinner than I’d like, but it’s not a deal breaker.
They’re comfortable, and they have a really nice fit through the hips and thighs, and then a dramatic flare from knee to hem.
VERDICT: Undecided. I definitely like these better than the KUT from the Kloth Stella that I shared in a prior try-on haul. Definitely size up, if ordering. The 29 is pretty snug on me.
Mother The Dazzler Mid-Rise Straight in Satisfaction Guaranteed
I’m already a fan of this style, and I ordered these to have a darker wash, but for some reason, I’m not in love with this pair. The pair I have and love has a raw hem, and maybe that’s the difference, I don’t know. But I can’t get excited about these.
They also run really small; the 29 is quite snug.
I also tried them with sandals and a tank, to see how they look with more summer looks.
Free People Moon Dance Tank
I actually like this, although the tank isn’t the best fit for me. It’s really soft and comfortable, but too low in the chest and under the arms.
VERDICT: Undecided on the jeans; returning the tank.
LOFT High Rise Straight Crop Jeans in Light Authentic Indigo Wash
- 12″ rise; 27″ inseam
- 57% Cotton, 42% Lyocell, 1% Elastane
Yeah, nope. These are bad. At least, they don’t work for me. They’re comfortable though! Maybe because they’re so huge, lol.
Madewell Stovepipe Jeans
- 27″ inseam; 13″ leg opening; 11 1/2″ front rise; 15″ back rise (size 29R)
- 52% cotton, 41% Lenzing™ EcoVero™ viscose, 4% polyester, 3% elastane
I’m really rushing through these last few, sorry! I have to head out for an appointment. These are surprisingly good. I often recommend Madewell as a lower priced option to premium denim, but I often find them stiff and uncomfortable, and the styles are sometimes too trendy, but this pair is really good. They’re also very soft and comfortable. I didn’t want to take them off!
VERDICT: Undecided. It’s these or the Mother Dazzler in Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Spring Tops & Sweaters
Evereve Kiki Cardi Set
I like the idea of this set, but it’s short and tight on me. Maybe I would like the medium.
VERDICT: It was gifted, so I can’t return it; I might see if my daughter wants it.
Old Navy Shirred Double-Weave Long-Sleeved Blouse
This peasant style blouse is trending right now, and I really like this one from Old Navy. It’s soft, and it has two layers so it isn’t see-through. It isn’t’ too voluminous either. very cute!
Caslon Split Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt
And this is just a really nice transitional top in a soft knit t-shirt material. I love the split neck design, for something a little different.
It seems to run a big small for Caslon. It fits okay, but barely. I don’t know what will happen when I wash it, so you may want to size up if in between.
Kork-Ease Darby Clog
If you like clogs but need more support, this pair with the back strap is a really good option. They’re also verrrrry comfortable inside. If you aren’t familiar with Kork-Ease, they do a really nice supportive comfort shoe in styles that aren’t terribly frumpy.
Vince Camuto Meadow Floral Peasant Blouse
Another peasant style top, but this one is a little much for me. It would be nice for church or work wear, though. Also, these are the Stella bootcut jeans I mentioned above. I like the length better than the AG Alexxis, but I like the denim on the AG pair better.
VERDICT: Returning; not crazy about the pattern and all that fabric.
Please pardon any typos! I didn’t have a chance to proof, but I wanted to get this up before I’m out and about for the day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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