Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got another try-on haul for you today. This one is a smattering of dresses, tops, and jeans; and I found another cute pair of sandals! As if I don’t have enough sandals in my closet… #lifeisshortbuytheshoes
For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and in the 136-139 pounds range lately. I still take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 or 8 in dresses, and size 8 shoe.
Good American Strong Shoulder Tank
Strong shoulder tops and muscle tees are trending this spring, and yes, shoulder pads are back!!! I ordered this because I’ve seen several other bloggers feature it, and I was curious.
I didn’t expect to like this silhouette for me because I already have “strong shoulders” along with a rather short neck, and I don’t need to make them look any wider or more bulky.
This top in particular is a little too dramatic for my tastes — it looks a little too much like a Star Trek uniform. But I tried some more subtle takes on this trend below, and you’ll see that they can work if they aren’t quite so dramatic.
Here it is with a front tuck, but it looks even more awkward to me than when it is left out.
I dunno, in a way, it balances out my hips and these flare jeans… I think I’d like it without the shoulder pads.
VERDICT: This one went back, but as I said, I found some similar styles without the shoulder pads that I did keep. Keep reading! (Oh, and it is TTS; I’m in the small.)
Gibsonlook x The Motherchic Ruched Tank Dress
This dress just launched yesterday. It’s a Gibson collab with my friend Lindsey at The Motherchic. You can use code MOTHERCHIC15 to get 15% off.
I found the quality to be very good. It’s soft and comfortable, and the skirt part is lined. It’s definitely body-con, and I feel like it runs a tad small. That is not the norm for Gibson products, so bear that in mind. If you tend to run in between sizes, you may want to size up.
VERDICT: Keeping! I can’t wait to throw a jean jacket on top and wear it out to lunch.
CeCe Puff Sleeve Square Neck Blouse
I thought this blouse could be cute for church or lunch out with friends. The square neck and puffed sleeve is a big trend right now, and I kind of like it. It’s feminine without baring too much skin.
It comes in quite a few colors, and it runs true to size; I’m wearing the small.
VERDICT: I’m holding onto this for now, with tags on. I have a lot of black tops, so I want to make sure I’ll wear it before taking the tags off.
WHBM Pointelle Tank
This top caught my eye at White House Black Market when they were having a sale a few weeks ago, and it finally arrived yesterday. It’s just a fun little going-out top, or it would layer easily under a fitted jacket.
VERDICT: Keeping; it’s a tad on the low-cut side, so I’ll save it for date nights with Paul. 🙂 Although, I did notice that it comes in petite, so maybe I should try that before ripping the tags off.
WHBM Mid-Rise Pret-A-Pedi Crop Pants
Okay, I’m super excited about these pants. They will fill a hole in my wardrobe that has been bothering me. I had a pair of black crop utility skinny pants two summers ago that I wore a ton, but they were too big last year so I passed them on.
I found these at White House Black Market and snapped them up, and they are exactly what I wanted. A little more elevated than black denim, and the lightweight cotton/rayon/spandex blend is perfect for spring/summer.
These pants come in regular, tall, and short sizes, and you can also choose a curvy, classic, or petite fit. I’m wearing the classic fit in the size 6 with the regular inseam length.
VERDICT: Definitely keeping!
Evereve Spring Try-Ons
Evereve offered to let me pick out a few outfits from their spring lineup in exchange for sharing, and I’m thrilled because I love their styles.
If you aren’t familiar, Evereve is what I would describe as more of a boutique shopping experience, but they are also online. Their style is very in line with mine, and they curate some really nice pieces, so I was thrilled when they reached out.
Look #1: Tie Dye Muscle Tank with white KUT from the Kloth skinnies and Dolce Vita sandal
As I said, I did find some muscle tanks without the shoulder pads, and I definitely prefer this take on the trend.
This one in particularly is suuuuuper soft, such nice material, and it has a gathered detail on the shoulder, which is a nice touch. I also love the tie dye pattern. It’s true to size; I have the small.
And these white jeans are the KUT from the Kloth Connie skinnies, which have almost the exact same measurements as the Good American Good Legs crops that I have in black and white… and now blue (see below.)
They’re soft and stretchy, and the white is not see-through. They’re a good value for the price point, and just a nice, versatile pair of white skinnies to have in your summer wardrobe.
These Dolce Vita sandals are also from Evereve. They have that minimalist style that is so on trend at the moment, and I love how they pretty much disappear on the foot.
They have a cushioned footbed and are really nice to walk in, and the low heel gives you the perfect subtle lift. I sized down half, as I typically do in slides. These are the 7.5.
VERDICT: Keeping! Of course, these items were gifted, so I’m definitely not returning, but they are all pieces I’m excited to add to my closet.
Look #2: Slub Button-Up Top with Good American skinnies and Dolce Vita sandals
I love a white slub tee with blue jeans and jean shorts for summer, and I thought this long sleeve version would make a really nice transition piece. It’s a little short and boxy, but it works well with high rise jeans.
It’s TTS, but a little tight in the arms, so if you have thicker arms, or if you want a little more length, you may want to size up.
I’m a huge fan of Good American Good Legs crop jeans, and this medium blue color is super versatile. It has a plain raw hem, so you can always cut it if you want them shorter, but the 26″ inseam is the perfect compromise between crop and ankle length for me.
VERDICT: Keeping! Again, while these pieces were gifted, I’m excited to add them to my closet. They are both easy to mix and match and will definitely be in rotation this spring and summer.
Look #3: Black Muscle Tee with Stripe Saturday Skirt and P448 Sneakers
This denim jacket is extremely soft, and I love the light blue wash. It has a traditional trucker style, but with that amazing Paige quality. I requested the medium, but it’s a little big, and I think the small would fit better.
And I didn’t realize I picked two muscle tees until my order came, but I’m glad to add both to my closet. This plain black one is going to be extra versatile because of the solid color. I wore it with my ivy green Paige Mayslie cargo joggers just yesterday.
This tee is really soft, and it has a relaxed fit and a 24″ length. It’s very similar to the tie dye one above, but it’s a different brand. Michael Stars makes really high quality wardrobe basics, and this one did not disappoint.
I’m also excited about this skirt. As you know, I don’t wear a lot of skirts, but I love how this one has a casual sweatshirt vibe, and it’s very comfortable and looks great with a t-shirt and sneakers.
You’ve seen my P448 sneakers before; I actually ordered them from Evereve when they were on sale earlier in the season. I love these, and I find them very comfortable.
Everything I’m wearing here is true to size — I have the tee and skirt in a small, and the sneakers in the 39.
Light Wash Premium Denim Try-Ons
rag & bone Cate ankle skinny raw-hem jeans in Harper wash
I was wanting a pair of lighter wash jeans, and I ordered a few pairs during the Shopbop and Saks sales a few weeks back. I’m already a fan of the rag & bone Cate, and I was drawn to this wash and also the chewed hem and 27″ inseam.
I do love the wash, and the overall aesthetic, but I’m not sure I want to add more skinnies to my closet at the moment. If you do, Saks is currently doing a spend more, save more promo, and these are included.
VERDICT: I’m not sure if it’s the few extra pounds I’ve been carrying lately, or if this pair just runs small, but they feel really tight and I’m not 100% sure about them. I think I may want a straighter style.
AG Farrah Skinny Ankle Jeans in 19 Years Elevation
I also ordered these when they were 25% off during the Shopbop sale, wanting a lighter blue wash. I love the AG Farrahs, but these are a little longer than I want at the moment. Of course, I can cut them, but it just seems a shame since they look so nice this way, and they really are a flattering length.
VERDICT: The wash is perfection, and I love how soft and comfortable they are, but again, I think I’d rather have a straighter style. Shopbop only allows 15 days for returns before charging you, so I went ahead and sent them back. If I regret it, I can re-order the next time I see them on sale.
AGOLDE Toni in Precipice
These were also from the Shopbop sale, and they’re the ones I kept. I love the wash, and I really prefer the straighter leg and shorter inseam for this season.
VERDICT: Keeping! These are true to size, or size down if in between. They fit perfectly in my usual size 28, but they do stretch a little with wear.
Old Navy Try-Ons
Old Navy Mid-Rise Boyfriend Straight Cut-Off Jeans
In an attempt to find some lower priced jeans to recommend, I tried these, and I really like them! If you like a darker wash, these have a nice modern straight crop fit, and they’re very comfortable.
The rear view is pretty good too — the pockets are a nice size and well-placed, and the leg hangs straight without adding a lot of visual weight.
VERDICT: I’m holding onto these for now. I tend to reach for my premium denim when I’m dressing for my daily life, but I may want to style these for the blog.
Old Navy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Light-Wash Ripped Jeans
For Old Navy, these are actually really impressive. I think they look a lot like some of the rag & bone that I’ve tried. They’re soft and comfy, and very much on trend with all of the 90s vibes.
All that said, these are a little too rugged for my personal taste. I don’t mind the rips and abrasions on my Mother Insiders, but on these, along with the longer length and straight cut, it all feels a bit much. My 15-year-old actually wants me to order them in her size, if that tells you anything, lol…
VERDICT: I returned these, but if you like the looks of them, I would recommend trying them. They’re very comfortable.
Old Navy Loose Specially Dyed Easy Tee
I usually find some good, affordable summer tops at Old Navy, and this pink tie dye tee caught my eye. The material is on the thicker side, and it’s very soft.
It’s on the shorter end of the spectrum, but not cropped. It has a drop shoulder and a subtle curved hemline, which are nice details, but it’s kind of boxy. It’s TTS; I’m in the small.
VERDICT: I hung this top in my closet, thinking I might throw it on with shorts for casual days at home this summer. I need to decide pretty quickly if it’s a keeper or not b/c my 45 days is almost up.
LOFT Clip V-Neck Shirt
This top caught my eye in the white, but I ordered both white and coral, and when it came in, I ended up trying on the coral. It obviously could use an iron, but it’s a cute top.
I tried tying it as they do on the website, but I generally find it awkward to wear a top this way because it’s going to ride up, and no one wants to see that.
VERDICT: It’s a cute top, and it looks fine untucked in these pictures, but in person it seemed kind of stiff and voluminous. I know I won’t reach for it, so it’s going back. It’s TTS; I’m in the small.
LOFT Floral Side Tie Henley Swing Dress
Want to see me gain 10 pounds? Put me in a swing dress. LOL!
Yeah, this babydoll/swing dress trend is one I’ll be sitting out, but if you’re smaller on top, you may like this style.
VERDICT: Returning. ‘Nuff said.
Try-On Haul: Spring Event Dresses
I’ve been ordering dresses like it’s my job… okay, well, it is my job. But anyway, I wanted to do a post on spring event dresses with Nordstrom, so I’ve been ordering a bunch, and they sell out as soon as I get them. It’s so frustrating.
I’m going to share them here, but not all of them are in stock at the moment. If you like one, maybe you can find it somewhere else, or there is always the chance of restocks.
Draper James Love Circle Floral Fit & Flare Dress
Draper James Love Circle Floral Fit & Flare Dress // Stuart Weitzman wedge sandals (old)
This dress is super cute, but I am wearing the size 6, and I really need the 8. The quality is fantastic, and I think the fit and flare style is really flattering.
VERDICT: Returned; too small.
Adrianna Papell Floral Print Ruffle Midi Dress
I think this dress is beautiful. In this case, I’m wearing the 8, and I almost think I could wear the 6. It’s hard to say for sure without trying it, but if I were to keep this, I would at least have it altered and pulled up a bit in the shoulders.
VERDICT: Returned; I don’t need it, and I’d need to alter it or size down.
Adrianna Papell Floral Sleeveless Dress
This dress is also really pretty, but I’m not a huge fan of that high neck. I prefer a more open neckline on me personally.
This one fits well in the size 8, but I’d be curious to try the 6 because I had to really cinch the waist. I tend to run in between 6 and 8 in dresses, and I’m right in between on these Adrianna Papell styles, so I’d say they’re TTS.
VERDICT: Returned; not my favorite style.
Eliza J Surplice Print Jersey Faux Wrap Dress
This dress looks rather matronly to me; maybe it’s the print or the flat sandals, I’m not sure, but I’m not loving this one. But then again, I’ve never been a huge fan of wrap styles.
For reference, it’s a size 8, which is my usual size in Eliza J, so I’d say it runs TTS. But if you wear a 6 at stores like LOFT and Ann Taylor, then size up one.
VERDICT: Returning; not excited about this one.
Eliza J Geo Print Sheath Dress
This dress caught my eye because I’ve had styles like this in the past that I liked. But now that I see it on, that’s exactly why I don’t like it. It just looks dated to me, and this one doesn’t fit me particularly well.
I’d like it better if it had more structure through the waist, but it is a shift, after all. If you need work wear, this could be a nice option, but I can’t really get excited about it for events this spring.
VERDICT: Returning; don’t love it.
Connected Apparel Floral Sleeveless Handkerchief Hem Midi Dress
Let’s end on a high note! This dress is probably my favorite of the bunch. I ordered it in the 8, and it was way too big, so I re-ordered in the 6, and it just came in.
I like everything about it, except it does need to be taken up in the shoulders. I was able to keep it in place for these pictures, but it slides around and definitely dips too low as I move about.
Otherwise, it’s really feminine and pretty, and I like the color palette a lot. I tried it with black sandals, but I think it looks better with something closer to my skin tone so the dress can really shine.
If you have a wedding or bridal shower to attend this summer, grab this dress. It’s a great price, so pretty, and as of right now, it’s still in stock!
VERDICT: Keeping and getting it tailored.
And that’s a wrap for today! Sorry this is going up so late, but as usual, these posts take me an age to pull together. I won’t have a new post tomorrow, but my weekly newsletter will go out with the top products of the week and Saturday Steals! Make sure you’re signed up (see below).
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