I’m back with my second post of the day because I’m getting ready to sign off for the weekend and spend some time enjoying the amazing weather we’re having here in Philly.
I know how much you all like the try-on hauls, so I didn’t want to hold this one any longer. It’s not as long as some, but there are some good finds in here, and many are on sale!
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops and dresses, a 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
Spring/Summer Try-On Haul: Saks OFF 5TH
Saks OFF 5TH is doing a Summer Kick-Off Sale, with 20% off your $150 purchase or 25% off your $200 purchase with code SUMMER. I just have one item I ordered last week, and it’s this Vince side tie midi dress.
VINCE Side Tie Midi Sheath Dress
You all know how much I love Vince for shoes and knitwear, so this dress caught my eye. I’m a huge fan of the side tie design because it has a way of cinching the waist, but I wasn’t sure if I’d like the tank style top, and I’m still a little undecided on that. It’s a little low in the front and back, as you can see below.
The fabric is like butter, and it feels and looks very high quality, but it’s rather thin, which is awesome in super hot weather (thinking about Italy in July) but I’m not sure it does my rear view any favors. I am wearing my Wacoal smoothing shorts here, and I probably won’t want to wear anything with more compression. I wonder if the dark blue dress would be more forgiving.
I styled it two ways, with the comfort sandals I would likely wear in Italy, and the heels I might wear with it here at home. I also see that they tied this dress farther to the side on the model, and I think that’s how it’s meant to be. I was struggling with the tie, thinking it should be more on my hip, but it definitely will look better pulled over to the side seam.
VERDICT: I’m undecided on this one. I still need a few more dresses for Italy, but I’m not sure I’ll wear it much here at home, and even on sale, it’s a lot to spend on a dress for one trip. So we’ll see.
Summer Fashion Try-On Haul: White House Black Market
Jetsetter Maxi Dress
Yes, another dress! I don’t even know who I am anymore.
And before you get excited, I just realized, this is low inventory. Ugh, so sorry! I’m going to go ahead and share it. Maybe someone will luck out and find her size.
I nabbed this one on sale, or with a coupon or something. If you shop White House Black Market even once, be sure to sign up for their Rewards program. You get a lot of coupons and special deals in your email that aren’t publicized online anywhere.
So this is interesting. The front is a woven fabric, and the back is a jersey knit, so it won’t cause your back and the backs of your legs to sweat in the heat when you’re sitting down for a longer period of time.
It has a flattering v-neckline that isn’t too low or too wide, and I love the way the sleeves are designed; they have a way of softening my strong shoulder line. It also has pockets!
The elasticized waistband isn’t too snug, and it has dressed-up but relaxed vibe all at once. The maxi length is trending again, and I really love the elongating effect of the single color.
I love it with the strappy wedges above, but it also looks great with these Naot wedge sandals for Italy.
VERDICT: I’m keeping this one, for sure! I can see wearing this a lot of places in the spring and summer. And these sandals aren’t from White House Black Market, but I’ll review them for you next since I just mentioned them.
Naot Pixie Wedge Sandals
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This is a close-up of these sandals, but I should have lifted my skirt a bit. Anyway, these have come highly recommended by some women in the Travel Fashion Girl Facebook Group as a dressy comfort sandal, and I think I’m going to want something like this, so I ordered them, and voila! They fit perfectly. I love the shiny black finish, it definitely gives them a dressier vibe.
Sleeveless Notch-Neck Sweater
This is just an easy, classic sweater that I instantly loved. My only complaint is that it’s a little longer than I’d like, but I think it works, as long as I wear it with full length pants to keep the proportions in check. Definitely keeping this one! (And, it’s also on sale!)
Summer Fashion Try-On Haul: Nordstrom
I just have a couple items from Nordstrom this week, and I threw them on together.
Halogen Ruched Knit Tank Top
I like this top in theory, although I think I need to size up to the medium. Ruching is generally flattering, but this one has a lot of fabric, and it’s also rather thin and see-through. It also comes in black, and that one might be a little more forgiving. I returned this one.
JEN7 Denim Pencil Skirt
This denim pencil skirt is pretty cute. I love the stretchy denim, and the color is nice, although I don’t love the extra fading on the bum. I didn’t keep this one because I like the AMO one better, but I know some of you prefer this style, so I wanted to share it.
Summer Fashion Try-On Haul: LOFT
Scalloped Halter Sweater
I like the proportions of this outfit better, but I’m still not sure about that sweater. I almost think it might be too big.
I was curious how it would look with white denim, so I pulled out my Paige Nellie Culottes, which are 20% off this weekend with code SUMMER2023. I think you can tell by the look on my face, I didn’t think I liked this but now that I’m looking at the pictures, I actually don’t mind it so much.
I thought the line of red at the hem of the sweater was in a bad place, but I think it’s actually kind of a nice detail, and I feel like the eye still kind of goes to the bottom of the pattern in the sweater, not the hem. Maybe? What do y’all think?
VERDICT: I’m still wondering if I want to try the sweater in the XS. I almost never wear XS in tops… or anything, really, but there have been a few times when I need it, and this may be one of those.
LOFT Country Garden Ruffle Tie Neck Shell
I’ve long been a fan of the LOFT mixed media shells (like this one) and this green floral top has a similar style to it, but it does not have the jersey knit back to it. I also noticed the woven material on this one is slightly stiffer than usual, so it’s kind of ballooning out in the middle and not draping nicely.
I also dislike those long ties. I never tie them because I don’t want to close up the neckline, and they get in the way when they’re hanging down.
VERDICT: It’s a pretty fabric, but I don’t care for how it fits and feels. I sent it back.
Muscle Sweater Tee
Ding, ding, ding! Now we have a winner. I love it when you pull on an item of clothing, and you just KNOW it’s perfect for you. The simplicity of the design, the muscle tee styling, the texture to the knit, the classic navy blue, the 23″ length… it’s all perfect and so easy.
I tried the front tuck, but I’m not crazy about this, and I don’t think it needs it.
Patchwork Bloom Cinched Button Shell
And it’s probably mean to show you this top, because I think it sold out, but I took the photos, and sometimes things get restocked, so…
I like the colors and the pattern, and I’m not opposed to a peplum style top, but I don’t think this one is quite working for me. It’s very low-cut without a way to remedy that, and it balloons out funny on top of the elastic band in the back view.
It looks great with white denim, but I also tried it with Paige Anessa wide leg crops, and this confirms that I like it best with the full-length trouser jeans. I think it’s because of the length of the top, and also the volume created by the peplum seems to compete with the volume in the pants.
VERDICT: This one went back.
Summer Fashion Try-On Haul: Talbots
And finally, a few items that arrived today! All three of these are from Talbots, and this is actually a sneak peek at an outfit I’m planning to shoot for a future post, so I won’t go into too many details here, but I like all of the pieces quite a bit.
This lightweight tee is 55% Linen, 45% Polyester, so it has a bit of texture to it, and I love that cinched shoulder detail. It comes in a bunch of colors, but I thought this red was nice for the Memorial Day weekend, and we have the 4th of July coming up in just a few weeks.
The crop jeans have tan front pockets, so there’s no show-through, and they have a nice easy fit to them. The inseam is 25″ so they’re definitely a crop, but they still fall well below the widest part of my calf, so I can check off that box! They come in regular, petite, plus, and plus petite options; and they run true to size.
And these sandals are cute and comfortable. The large O-ring and thong design make them easy to keep on your feet, and they run true to size, or size up if in between.
Whew! That ended up being longer than I expected. I guess I can always find plenty to say, even if I don’t have a ton of pictures. I hope you all have a wonderful relaxing long holiday weekend!
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photos: Alison Cornell