Greetings and salutations! I’ve got rare Saturday post for you today. I was planning to post this Try-On Haul yesterday, but then my summer sandals post with DSW got bumped ahead a day, and that threw my editorial calendar all off-kilter. I didn’t want to wait any longer to share these items with you, so here we are!
This try-on haul contains dresses, skirts, tops, and shorts from a variety of retailers, so it’s quite the mish-mosh.
Also, LOFT is running a spend more, save more sale. Get 50% off 3+ items, 40% off 2 items, 30% off 1 item with code SPREE. There are quite a few items in here from LOFT, so I want to be sure to call that out.
Okay, let’s start with dresses!
I actually have quite a few dresses to show you this week! I know, who am I??? But I do like to have a few dress options in my spring-summer wardrobe, and I’ve found some good ones. Not all worked for me, but I do think they all have potential to work for someone.
Treasure & Bond Side Ruched Body Con Midi Dress
This is the only picture I have from the dressing room that was worth sharing, but this dress is fully stocked and comes in a bunch of colors. It’s very soft and comfortable, and I like the ruching on the side and the midi length.
It is, however, quite body-con so you have to be okay with that. I could have tried sizing up, but this brand typically runs a little large, and I think it might be too big in the shoulders if I went up to a medium. Anyway, I left it at the store, but I do think it’s cute for casual wear if you like the body-con fit.
Prana Foundation Midi Dress
Another casual body-con midi dress, I really wanted to like this one. The fabric is sublime (it’s 95% Tencel modal, 5% spandex) and it’s on a really good sale. I did order two sizes in this one, but the medium was way too low under the arms. The small definitely fits correctly, and it also comes in grey and burgundy. This is the black, although I know some of you are going to say it looks blue.
Again, if I was more comfortable with body-con styles, I would have kept this, but I’m dealing with some perimenopausal bloat these days, and the last thing I want to worry about is sucking in my gut in all day. So yeah, this one went back as well.
Daily Ritual V-Neck T-Shirt Dress
Okay, this one is a really good price, and it’s a thinner jersey fabric. It feels good on, but it is a bit clingy, and also a little shorter than I prefer. Still, it’s not as body-con as the other two, and I like the v-neck and the navy and white stripe.
I sent this one back, as I don’t like how it fits from behind, and it’s a little too short for my liking, but I might re-order in the medium. I feel like I could size up in this one, as it’s almost too small in the shoulders, and that might give me some more length too.
Talbots Jersey Maxi Dress
dress // sandals (old)
This dress is a really nice quality, and I thought the maxi style might be nice for a change. I was ordering this to wear to church and maybe out to dinner with the family, things like that.
I like the print and the overall styling, but it’s just not very flattering on me personally. (And these are the more flattering shots in this dress — I looked downright dumpy in most of them.) I think it’s because the banded waistband sits lower than my actual waist, which is quite high — as you can see in the more body-con dresses above. When I try to set it up higher, it bulges out around the chest, and overall, it just doesn’t work for me.
I returned this, for obvious reasons, but I do think it’s a great dress, though, and I’d recommend trying it if you like it. It’s also $50 off today!
Connected Apparel Floral V-Neck Sheath Dress
It looks like I lost 10 pounds from that last picture to this one. This dress is such a pretty print — very bold and different. I love it. And while it’s sort of body-con, it’s not quite as skin-tight as the two first ones I showed.
The fabric has a little more substance to it, as well, but not as much as a typical sheath. It’s pretty stretchy, and it is not fully lined. That said, I think it’s well worth the price; it’s a gorgeous dress for weddings, graduations, and other events this spring and summer.
VERDICT: Keeping with tags on for now, to see if I have an occasion to wear it.
Okay, that’s it for dresses. I do have a few skirts to show you, but first, let’s try on some tops and shorts.
Summer Tops & Shorts
WHBM Matte Jersey Tassel Tank
I love this tank, and I think it’s a great price for the quality. I also really love this print, but it does come in other solids and prints. The solid black would be nice, and that green is really striking. This is typical White House Black Market quality. It’s a thick jersey fabric, and very soft and stretchy.
I dressed it up here with black jeans and quilted slides, but you can also dress it down with shorts and flat sandals for outdoor dining or entertaining.
VERDICT: Keeping! I will definitely wear this exact outfit to church and out to dinner this summer.
Jeffrey Campbell Mr Big Slide Sandals
at Nordstrom (size 8)
Throwing this picture in here because I just discovered that these sandals have been restocked.
I purchased them early in the spring, and they sold out quickly and have been pretty much gone ever since. I was so happy to see them back in stock at Nordstrom!
Talbots Open V-Neck Sweater
This is such a gorgeous sweater! I actually had a similar one last year, but I like the neckline on this one better. It’s a nice quality cotton/rayon knit, as you would expect from Talbots, and it comes in an array of pretty summer colors. (In fact, I ordered the Sea Opal as well.)
This sweater is definitely more body-con than some, but it’s not clingy. My Good American jeans do an amazing job of holding in all the fluff, so that the sweater lays pretty smoothly. I would only wear this with high rise pants or jeans, for that reason.
I took a picture of the back view, to make sure I don’t feel too hoochy-mama, and I guess it’s okay. I will probably be more comfortable wearing this out to dinner than to church.
I also tried it with the Frame straight ankle jeans, to see if I felt more comfortable with a straighter fit on the bottom. These also look a little more tailored and sophisticated than the skinnies, I think. I like this combo, but C (my 18-year-old daughter) told me the skinnies look better. What say you?
VERDICT: Either way, I’m keeping the pink sweater. I feel like it’s more flattering on me than the Sea Opal, although I have half a mind to order the Aqua Splash, if it goes on sale. So many pretty color options!
Okay now for some more casual tops…
LOFT Tie Dye Pleated Muscle Tee
Y’all know I’m loving the muscle tee trend this season, and I wanted to find some lower-priced options to show you because the ones I have from Evereve are a bit spendy.
I love this navy and white tie dye option, and the pleated shoulders is a nice detail. This top runs true to size, and it’s part of LOFT’s weekend promo.
VERDICT: Kept it! I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this top — maybe even this exact outfit — sometime during Memorial Day weekend.
Madewell Eyelet Ruffle Strap Button-Up Tank Top
This one is a bit of a departure for me, but I actually love it. I just wish it weren’t QUITE so short. It definitely needs to be paired with high rise jeans or shorts. But I love the design, the fit, the eyelet details, everything about it. It isn’t too low under the arms, or too low in the chest, and the buttons don’t gape.
It’s true to size, and while the price tag is a bit steep, it MIGHT go on sale next weekend. Madewell usually runs a Memorial Day weekend sale.
VERDICT: Kept it! It’s really hard for me to find tops like this that work for me, and I don’t want to risk it selling out in my size while I’m waiting for a sale. We’ll be hosting a pool party for July 4th, and I have a feeling I will be wearing this top, but maybe with blue denim shorts instead of the white.
Talbots Sleeveless V-Neck Tee
Who is surprised this top is from Talbots!?! It looks more like LOFT to me. In fact, I had orders from both to try on, and when I put this on, I thought it was LOFT. It was only after I checked the tag for the size that I realized it’s from Talbots.
Anyway, I think this style is really cute. I’m not much into ruffles, but this one is classic enough to work for me, and I feel like the rounded v-neck is really flattering. I also appreciate how it fits around the shoulders, and that the armholes are not too low.
The slub fabric is nice in that it’s not too thing, as slub fabric tends to be, and it gives it a more modern vibe. This top does run a little small, which again, is unusual for Talbots. I think that’s partially why I thought it was LOFT. The small fits, but I will definitely not want to put it through the dryer.
VERDICT: This one is a keeper!
AE Ne(x)t Level Denim Midi Shorts in Medium Destroy
I ordered these after seeing them on another blog, and I actually really like them. They’re definitely a more youthful look, with all the distressing, but they are really soft and stretchy and comfortable for denim shorts. I also like how they fit close to the thigh.
So often, shorts that are big enough to accommodate my hips are too wide in the leg opening. I think because these are so stretchy, they fit both areas really well.
VERDICT: Keeping, but I recommend sizing up if ordering. I’m in the 8, and I could probably wear the 10 and be even more comfortable.
Mid-Rise Pret-A-Play Shorts
I wanted to have some non-denim shorts options to show you, so I ordered a few pairs of olive khaki shorts. This first pair is a utility style with a 4 1/2” cuffed inseam. I appreciate that the cuffs are sewn to hold them in place, and I really like the military-inspired details. The rear view checks out, and the leg opening isn’t too big or anything.
Overall, these are really good shorts. They still have a casual vibe, but they’re more refined than jean shorts. Unfortunately the olive is almost sold out, but they come in about 10 other colors.
Speaking which, I also ordered them in the black…
WBM Mid-Rise Pret-A-Play Shorts
Of course, the fit is the same in the black as it is in the olive; I ordered both in my usual size 6. I like the olive outfit better because my waist disappears in the boxy top I’m wearing here, but I think the black is a nice option to have.
VERDICT: I’m keeping both. I’m not sure I’ll reach for them all that often, but I can’t decide between the two, and since I got them on sale, I’ll keep them and hope the cost per wear works out over the next few summers.
WHBM Perfect High Rise Tee
I actually ordered this tee in 3 colors — solid white and pink, as well as this black/white stripe. That’s how much I expected to like it.
Whelp! I’m not a fan. It’s only 22″ long, designed to wear with high rise pants, I guess. Hence, the name of the tee — Perfect High Rise Tee. Ironically, WHBM doesn’t make their pants with very high rises.
These have a 10″ rise, which is more of a mid than high rise, depending on your body type. And because it’s so boxy, my waist totally disappears.
VERDICT: Returning all three. Can’t win ’em all, I guess!
WHBMPret-A-Pedi Crop Pants
I’ve already shared these, and they’re definitely not shorts, but I took these pictures so I’ll throw them in here. I do really like these pants, just not with this top. They’re a nice alternative to jeans.
Although, now that I’m looking at these pictures, this outfit almost works. I mean, it’s not terrible… I dunno. What do you think?
VERDICT: These pants are keepers; I’ve already worn them a couple of times. They’re true to size.
Okay, back to shorts…
Madewell The Perfect Vintage Military Short
I thought I liked these shorts when I first tried them on, and then I took a look at the back.
This, my friends, is why you take rear view pictures. Yowsahs, those are some big pockets!!!
They’re also kind of stiff, and they have a way of riding up in certain, ahem, areas…. You know, the way shorts are wont to do.
Caslon Cotton Twill Shorts
Okay now we’re talking. I like these shorts much better. My only caveat is, they have a lower rise, which I find rather uncomfortable. For anyone keeping score, these have a 5 1/2″ regular inseam; 22″ leg opening; 8 1/2″ front rise.
Otherwise they are a good, classic pair of khaki shorts, and they come in a variety of good neutral colors.
I do think I could size up, though. They may look okay, but they feel snug. I’m just afraid sizing up would make the leg opening too wide. Decisions…
VERDICT: Since I have the WHBM pair in olive, I returned these. But they’re good shorts, and if you have bigger thighs, the leg opening won’t be an issue for you.
Caslon Tie Waist Linen Shorts
These shorts also run small. Like, really small. I definitely need to size up in these. I love the chambray fabric; it pairs so well with white tops, but I can’t say I love the rear view — those pockets look awkwardly small, especially on those of us with a little extra junk in the trunk.
And the 3″ inseam looks super short to me. I know I wear that inseam with jean shorts, but I think this style looks better when it’s a little longer.
VERDICT: Returning, and I probably won’t order the next size up. While I like the idea of these shorts, there are too many cons to keep them. I would rather just wear jean shorts.
Madewell Linen-Blend Track Shorts
Okay, these are just unfortunate. I don’t think any explanation is needed. I can see how someone who is a little larger on the bottom might like them, but they don’t do much for my wide hips and spindly legs.
Finally, I’ve got a few summer skirts to show you! I used to love to wear a casual skirt with a tank top and sandals in the summer, but I haven’t had one I really like in the past few years. Spoiler alert: I’m still on the hunt!
LOFT Drawstring Pocket Skirt
I was hoping this drawstring skirt would be a winner, but I don’t love it. I think it’s the drawstring. The skirts I had in the past had a button/zip placket that didn’t add volume in the belly area.
That said, it doesn’t look terrible in these pictures. I just didn’t find it very comfortable.
VERDICT: Returning, it just wasn’t comfortable.
LOFT Tie Dye Striped Midi Skirt
This was another flop. Obviously, this is a dressier style, that I’d wear for church probably. I just find this style really awkward to pair with tops. It has to sit up on my waist, which is super high. So then front-tucking the top doesn’t look quite right, but a full-tuck looks ridiculous.
It could be that my eye needs to adjust, but again, I just didn’t find this comfortable at all, so I know I won’t reach for it.
LOFT Floral Slit Midi Skirt
This skirt has the same issues as the other one. I just don’t like how it pairs with tops, with the high waistband.
Open Edit Stretch Cotton Pull-On Skirt
Finally, a casual cotton skirt that is more in my comfort zone. The way this is made, I can set it where I want it — which is going to be an inch or two below my natural waist. And then I can wear a more body-con top so my actual waist doesn’t disappear. This top is so thin that I think you can see what I mean.
Unfortunately, this skirt runs REALLY small. I tried it on in the dressing room at Nordstrom in the small. It was obviously too small, so I grabbed the medium off the rack and bought it without trying it on. This is the medium, and it’s still too small.
VERDICT: I’m going to order the large because I think if it fits, I would enjoy having this as an alternative to shorts for casual wear.
I should probably also mention the tank I’m wearing here, even though it’s in the wrong section.
LOFT Square Neck Tank Top
This tank is too thin for my liking, although I do like the style. The square neck and bra-friendly straps are definitely a plus. But I’m going to return it and keep the scoop neck tank that I wore with the other skirts above.
And that, as they say, is a wrap!
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