Happy Friday, friends! I have a new Try-On Haul for you today, but before we get started, I wanted to let you know the Frame washable silk tee that I have and love is fully stocked AND over 60% off at Nordstrom Rack! I take a small in this tee.
I also wore it last week with black jeans, which I think I like even better. It’s a beautiful, high quality top with classic styling plus some unique details. This is one I plan to have in my closet for years.
Okay, so now for the new styles I found this week… I’ve got some summer dresses and tops, as well as a few pairs of jeans and pants… really, a mish-mosh of things!
Summer Fashion Try-On Haul
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops, a 28 or 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
Caslon Gathered Shoulder Knit Top
I’ve already worn this top with shorts, and I included it in my June Favorites because I can see it becoming one of my go-to tops for casual wear.
It’s a lightweight knit with a bit of texture, and I like the gathered detail at the shoulders.
This top runs true to size with a generous fit, and it comes in some other colors as well. It’s made in the USA with imported fabric, and it’s a polyester/rayon blend, so it shouldn’t go in the dryer.
VERDICT: Kept it, wore it! I love a navy linen tee in the summer, and while it’s not linen, it has that textured effect that resembles linen.
Caslon Stripe Pleated Shoulder Top
This is the same top in a lavender stripe, and I like it a lot, but it’s definitely more see-through than the navy. I did a rear view so you can see how it fits from behind. I like that it doesn’t hang too long in the back.
This is how it looks without any tucking… clearly, it looks better tucked, as shown above.
This top is also made in the USA with imported fabric, and it’s a polyester/rayon blend. It runs true to size.
VERDICT: Returned it, not exactly sure why except I have so many tops and just don’t think I need it.
Sanctuary Everyday Linen Pant
I thought it would be fun to have a linen pant to add to my rotation. I don’t look good in the super wide leg styles, but I had high hopes for this pair.
Unfortunately, I don’t care for this cut either. They almost have a bit of a taper, and then there’s that big patch pocket that seems to accentuate my hips.
They’re also quite see-through, but that issue would likely be resolved with my Wacoal Body Base Shorty.
Anyway, these might be cute on someone with slimmer hips, but they’re not for me.
Paige Mayslie Straight Ankle Utility Pants
The front patch pockets are a similar shape to the ones on the Sanctuary linen pants, but they’e smaller and don’t bother me as much. I also like the shape and size of the patch pockets on the rear, and the straight fit is flattering enough, I suppose.
VERDICT: All that said, I just don’t see myself reaching for these. They just have a bit of an outdoorsy vibe that I don’t care for, and I still enjoy my Mayslie Joggers, even though I’ve had them for 3 or 4 years. These went back.
KUT from the Kloth Ana High Rise Fab AB Ankle -Flare
I ordered these jeans to have a lighter wash pair of full-length flares in my closet. They’re a great price, at $69.99, and I’m comfortably wearing my usual size 6. They feel like they may stretch out, so I’d definitely recommend sizing down in these, if you tend to be in between sizes. (I’m between a 6 and 8.)
Here’s a rear view. The pockets are on the larger side, but they’re well-positioned, and I feel like they’re pretty flattering.
They have an 11″ front rise and a 33″ inseam with an 18″ leg opening. The fabrication is 91% cotton, 7% polyester, 2% elastane; and I really like the worn-in look to them.
VERDICT: Keeping! I’m hoping to get some wear out of these. They’re very long so I can really only wear them with these wedge sandals, but I think they have enough of a casual vibe to make this combination work. (I have the Sandstone Canvas.) Plus they’re a versatile color palette and should go with most of my tops.
Boden Twist Back Jersey Tank
I’m still trying to find color to add to my closet, and I thought this top was really fun. Now that I can wear racerback bras, I feel like I have a lot more options!
Unfortunately, this is still a little low in front, and I don’t think I like the way it’s cut in the back either. It seems to make my back and shoulders look broader than they already are.
Here is how it looks untucked, which I think I actually like better. This time, I’m wearing my Good American Good Classic Bootcut Jeans. They have very similar measurements (33″ inseam; 19″ leg opening; 11″ front rise.)
They’re good too, more of an all-over even wash, and they definitely have a lot more structure and support, along with their trademark smoothing gap-proof high waist. The fabric is 9% cotton, 1% elastane, so it’s more of a typical denim.
VERDICT: I decided to return this top. It’s cute, but I don’t see myself wearing it. FYI, I’m wearing this Maidenform T-Back Bra.
Free People Aubrey Stripe High-Low Skirt
Well, this one was a bust! I don’t know what is going on with the sizing, I’m in the medium, and it’s definitely too small. I could barely button it.
VERDICT: Returned! It’s cute in theory, and I might like it in the large, where I can set it down a bit lower on my hips. I haven’t reordered it yet, though.
LOFT Crinkle Ruffle Double V Top
I actually purchased this top in-store, and I was surprised that I liked it so much. I’m sure I wouldn’t have worn it before my surgery, and even now, I’m not sure I need more ruffles in that area, but the way it’s cut, it sort of works to downplay a larger chest. I also love how it’s cut in the back.
VERDICT: I still have this top, but I haven’t worn it yet, and I’m keeping the tags on. If I had a tropical vacation planned, I’d bring it along for sure, but I’m not sure I’m ever going to be going somewhere around here that I feel comfortable wearing it. It’s just a bit much for me and my classic style.
Caslon Sleeveless Maxi Dress
I picked up this dress, thinking it might be cute for the 4th. It’s a little plain, but it is soft and comfortable, and fairly forgiving since it has the elastic waist. It doesn’t cling, but it’s not too voluminous either.
For an option, I added a denim jacket to add interest and structure, and I tried it with both flats and wedge sandals. I think it can go either way.
The blue denim is a bit heavy, so I also tried it with a white jean jacket. This one is the Paige Rowan, and it seems to have been discontinued, but there are plenty of other options out there.
I’m not sure I like this much better.
I feel like the dress looks like it’s meant to be worn alone, so I will probably do that and jazz it up with jewelry, as I did here.
VERDICT: Keeping! I’m taking it to the beach next week.
Caslon Sleeveless Smocked Maxi Dress
This dress is really cute and very much on trend, but it’s just a little too precious for me. I also don’t think it does much for my rear view. It’s not terrible, but not great either.
Michael Stars Matilda Dress
I thought this might be more my vibe, and I do like it. I just don’t know if I’ll reach for it, and I need to find a strapless bra, I guess. I like the textured cotton fabric (it’s almost like a seersucker) and the self-tie belt that I can place where I want it. I rarely wear dresses with a belt because my waist is so high, but this sort of works.
VERDICT: Keeping for now, I need to order some strapless bras for my new size, and see if I reach for it before the return date.
Vince Camuto Button Front Sleeveless Midi Dress
Well, this was a disappointment. I really wanted to like it, but it’s so thin and see-through. Not lined at all. I guess I could wear a slip with it, but it seems odd not to have any lining. It’s also wayyyyy too small, as you can see. I didn’t bother ordering the next size up.
Faherty Isha Linen Swing Dress
This dress is cute in theory, and I really wanted to like it, but it’s a bit snug across the chest, and when I sized up, it was way too boxy and voluminous all over. I would recommend this to someone with a straighter body type.
Julia Jordan V-Neck Tie Sheath Dress
If this dress didn’t have those obnoxious bows on the shoulders, it would be perfection. It’s my first time trying this brand, and I’m impressed. The quality is excellent, and I love the structure and styling. I will definitely try more Julia Jordan dresses and jumpsuits for special occasions in the future.
It’s true to size; I ordered the 6 and the 8, and I’m in the 8. That’s pretty typical for this type of dress, and what I usually wear in Eliza J.
VERDICT: Returning. I don’t need it, and those bows are a deal breaker.
Vince Camuto Ruffle Neck Sleeveless Georgette Blouse
This is the blouse I thought I didn’t like, and then when I posted pictures in my last try-on haul, I had second thoughts, so I ordered it again in this Dark Red.
Now I remember why I didn’t like it — side view. I always feel like the front tuck looks awkward from the side, but it’s worse with some tops than others, and I just don’t like it with this one. I think it’s because it’s so long. I mean, it’s only 25 1/2″ but it still looks long to me, or maybe there’s just too much material.
Because this WHBM lace-up top is long, and it doesn’t bother me so much. It fits closer to the body, and the fabric is a little thicker.
VERDICT: Returning the Vince Camuto ruffle blouse.
Halogen Ruched Mesh V-Neck Top
So, this is fun! This is the kind of top I wouldn’t have been comfortable wearing before my breast reduction. It’s still rather boobalicious, but I would wear it on a date with Paul.
I love the ruched detail through the waist, the bra-friendly straps, and the deep V in the back.
VERDICT: Keeping! As to sizing, the small is very snug on me. I’ve been deflating a bit this week, so I plan to try it again today or tomorrow. If it’s still really tight, I’ll order the medium to compare.
Maeve Cable Tank
This sweater and jeans were featured in Monday’s Summer Styles from Evereve, and they got a mixed response. A lot of you didn’t think the sweater was as flattering as I did, lol. I did acknowledge that it is too small and tight, but I thought it looked good enough to pass for the pictures. Here’s a quick reminder pic.
A few of you also pointed out that these jeans might look better with a flat sandal since they have such a casual vibe. I don’t mind mixing casual jeans and heels, but I thought it was worth a try, and I think I do like these better with flats.
In this case, these are only cuffed twice, for the original 28″ inseam, but they definitely look too long to me.
Unfortunately, when I did the extra cuff to shorten them a bit for the blog post, they lost the sleek, straight silhouette and looked more like boyfriend jeans. Here’s a side-by-side for comparison. Either way, I’m afraid I’m just not really a fan of these jeans.
VERDICT ON THE SWEATER: When the medium size sweater gets here, I’ll try it with different jeans. I’m actually curious to try it with white denim. Then I’ll let you know if it’s a keeper or not.
Addy Ikat Ruffle Chiffon Top
I got a new mirror this week, and you may notice a slight difference in the rest of these pictures. I’ve known my other mirror was warped for a long time, and I would look different depending on where I stood in my room. I tried to be consistent, but that’s near impossible. All that to say, if you notice a difference, that’s what it is!
This top was also featured in my Summer Styles from Evereve on Monday, to mixed reviews, and I wanted to try it with a different bra and different jeans. Here’s a side-by-side, for comparison.
I definitely like these jeans with it better! These are my Mother Hustler in Au Revoir that I snagged at the Shopbop sale last spring. They’re an ankle length high rise flare (11″ Rise; 27 1/2″ Inseam; 16″ Leg Opening) in a really good stretch denim (81% cotton/11% lyocell/6% polyester/2% elastane) that is so comfy.
I appreciate that this outfit looks okay from the front, although the top still pulls a bit across my chest, but I really don’t care for the side view. It’s so boxy and filmy and there is too much fabric, so it adds a lot of fluff where I just don’t need it.
Someone else pointed out how small the sleeve opening is, and that is a good point. I noticed it when I tried it on again. There is elastic along with those ruffles around the neck and the arm opening, so that doesn’t help matters either. I just feel a lot better in more open-neck tops with more structure. Case in point…
CeCe Smocked Shoulder Floral Print Blouse
I was drawn to this print, I love a black-based floral pattern, and I find the loose floral design is really pleasing to the eye — so much better than the smaller, tighter floral prints that are so popular right now.
This top has the tie neck that you can leave open, which is elongating and slenderizing, and I like the shape and size of the ruffle sleeves. It’s just enough to participate in the trend without overwhelming my shoulders and chest area.
I styled this top the way I might wear it for a dinner out, with black cropped flares and quilted slides.
VERDICT: Keeping! Super cute, and I can’t wait to wear it. It’s true to size.
French Connection Eso Zhara V-Neck Lace Dress
I had to order this dress twice to get the right size. I first ordered the 6 and the 8, and both were way too tight. I went back and ordered the 10 and 12, and the 10 fits perfectly.
It’s too bad the skirt isn’t straighter, because otherwise I really like it. I’m just not much a fan of the A-line, especially at this length. It’s also a little leggy for my comfort level, and it’s pretty low-cut as well.
I decided to try it with flats, and I think this looks a lot better. I also removed my bra; sorry if that’s TMI!
I definitely prefer the look with less cleavage, but I am not about to go out and about without a bra, so I need to see if I can find something that works to look a little more like this. I ordered a bunch this week but haven’t had time to try them yet.
VERDICT: I’ll wait to decide on this one. Paul and I have dinner reservations for my birthday at a fancy French restaurant, and I could wear this, although I’d prefer to wear heels for that occasion, so we’ll see…
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