Summer Try-On Haul: LOFT, Old Navy, Talbots, Ann Taylor & Nordstrom
Happy Father’s Day! I’m BACK with that Try-On Haul I promised. I’ve got a bunch of fun summer styles from LOFT, Nordstrom, J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Old Navy, Talbots, and more!
Sorry I wasn’t able to get this post up yesterday, but these always take longer than I expect them to. Time management is not my strong suit.
This is a long one, so let’s dive right in.
Try-On Haul: LOFT, Old Navy, Talbots, Ann Taylor & Nordstrom
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with a slight hourglass shape. My usual sizes are 6/28 in pants/jeans, small in tops, and a 6 in dresses. I’ll try to mention the sizes of each piece and how they run, but if I forget any, feel free to ask in the comments.
Trunk Club Unboxing
I got a Trunk Club delivery this week, and there is so much goodness in here. I’m having a hard time deciding what to keep and what to send back, but I’m sure y’all will help me decide!
If you’re not familiar, Trunk Club is a styling service owned and sourced by Nordstrom. You’re assigned a personal stylist, and then you fill out information on your sizes, budget, style preferences, needs, etc. There’s a $25 styling fee, which goes toward your purchase (and it’s waived for Nordstrom Cardmembers.)
You set up how often you want to get a delivery, and if you have any special requests, and then you get a box delivered to your doorstep! You get to try on everything in your own home, and you only pay for what you keep. My stylist also puts together outfit ideas based on what’s in my box and what I’ve already purchased, which is really cool too.
Trunk Club gets better the longer you use it because you get to know your stylist, and she learns your style and sizing.
Even though I shop for a living, my stylist always finds me some cute things I never noticed, and gets me to try things I wouldn’t have ordered on my own.
So here’s what came in this month’s box!
I fell in love with this the second I pulled it out of the box. It is the most luscious fabric, oh my word! Splendid is known for their soft fabrics, but this is a whole other level.
It’s their signature Sandwash fabric, a modal/polyester blend.
I also really like this style. It’s just so carefree and easy.
I know it’s not super flattering, but that’s not the point. It’s supposed to be loose and comfortable.
Oh, and it has pockets too!
Unfortunately it is cut a little low under the arms and in the chest… not too bad, but if I could have the straps taken up an inch, it would fit even better.
I’ll probably pair it with a metallic sandal, not these brown ones, but I happened to have them on, and they work.
The Trunk Club price is $66.60 — that’s 55% off! That works out well for me, but unfortunately, it’s sold out at Nordstrom and full price at Splendid.com. So not such good news for you.
VERDICT: I’m tempted to keep it and have it altered. I don’t have a lot of casual dresses like this. In fact, I’m thinking it might be perfect for wearing to our Father’s Day lunch out this afternoon. What do you think?
This tank isn’t new to me. Madewell has carried it for several seasons, but when I tried it in the past, I didn’t love it. They must have tweaked it because this one is perfection!
The fabric is 100% cotton, and it’s rinsed with a special enzyme wash for extra softness. The length is 25 1/2″ so I gave it a front-tuck.
It has a relaxed fit but not voluminous fit and a really nice drape, and it also fits nicely around the arms, which can be an issue for me.
This tank also comes in white and grey, and it runs TTS; I’m wearing the small.
You can also find it at Zappo’s (with their free, fast shipping) but the best price right now is at Madewell.com. They’re running a deal — choose any 3 Whisper Cotton Tees or Tanks for $45, and they have some fun striped versions. Also, shipping is free for Madewell Insiders, and there is no fee to join.
These pants are a nice alternative to shorts, and they come in 5 colors. They’re 100% linen, so very breathable and soft. The inseam is 26″.
They’re kind of cute, but I’m just not a huge fan of an elastic waist on me. They sit so far below my actual waist, right where I have a bit of a muffin top, and it seems to exaggerate that.
I was actually considering keeping them, but the rear view was the deal breaker. I feel like they make me look wider back there than I already am, and those pocket flaps are too high or something.
But they’re cool and comfortable, and they have a nice cut to the legs. I think a lot of you would like them.
VERDICT: Returning… I think? I may need to try them on again before I decide for sure.
These sandals are SO comfortable. Padded footbed with soft leather straps, lining, and sole. They’re adjustable so very stable to walk in… I didn’t want to take them off. (Just pay no nevermind to my janky pedicure.)
There’s no arch support to speak of but otherwise, these are AMAZING for finicky feet. And cute too!
They run TTS; I’m in the 8.
These jeans feel like a slice of heaven here on earth. They are soooo soft and comfortable, and they’re also one of AG’s most long-running popular styles.
The boyfriend jean never really goes out of style, and these almost read a more of a straight crop, which is totally trending right now.
That said, I’ve never felt like this is the best look for me. Boyfriend jeans tend to be cut a little wider in the thighs than a straight jean, and I like my jeans to be more fitted in the thighs.
Plus, AG does go on sale from time to time, so I have to really love them and want them right now to pay full price.
They do look cute with this eyelet tee, though, and also with the strappy sandals.
Here’s how they look with a more fitted tee. I like them this way even better.
Because they have a relaxed fit through the thighs, they look better with a top that doesn’t also have extra volume.
VERDICT: Returning… They’re cute and casual, and I like them, but I know I can get them on sale if I wait.
I wanted to love this top. The material is so cute, and the quality is really good. I love the cuff ties on the sleeves and the way it’s fitted around the bust and through the waist. Unfortunately, it’s too small for me. I would need the medium.
Here’s a look at the back. It’s definitely on the shorter side and really needs a higher waist pant, but I think it would be really cute in the medium.
Also, my stylist pictured it with white shorts in her outfit ideas. I think I would like it a lot with white shorts.
My Trunk Club price is $94.80, which is 40% off. Unfortunately, it’s sold out at Nordstrom, but there’s one size Large on sale at Shopbop.
I also found it fully stocked, but not on sale, at Revolve. If you aren’t familiar, Revolve does free shipping and free returns, and I’ve always had very good experiences ordering from them.
This top is expensive for what it is, but I really like the eyelet detail, and I realized when trying this on that I don’t have any elevated white tops that aren’t basic t-shirts or graphic tees.
The material is 60% cotton, 40% modal, so it has a nice drape and feel to it, and it has a slub cotton texture that adds interest and gives it that “cool factor” that offsets the feminine eyelet.
Here’s a look a the back.
Yoiks! The jeans really do nothing for my backside, do they?
This top has a boxy fit, and the length is 24 1/2″ so I felt like it needed a bit of a front tuck. I think it would look better with a higher rise jean, but it works okay with these.
VERDICT: Keeping! I do think it’s a bit overpriced, but I don’t have anything like it, and it’s no longer available on the Nordstrom website so I can’t hold out for a sale.
Unfortunately, this tee seems to be sold out as well. It appears that Nordstrom uses Trunk Club to get rid of older styles that are too low inventory to keep on their site… but often that means you get a really good price.
I remember trying this tee on in store a while ago… probably last summer. It did nothing for me at the time because I was 5-10 lbs over my happy weight.
Even now, it fits snugly and I’m sucking my gut in to take these pictures. I don’t think I’d be comfortable in it on a regular basis, although it’s a really cute style. I love the shape of the v-neck and the cut of the sleeves.
It looks cute from the back…
I don’t know. Maybe it’s not too tight. Again, a higher rise jean might work better and look smoother, especially from the front.
The side view isn’t bad either, so maybe I should keep it. I’ll have to try it again and sit in it and see what I think.
I feel like I need the medium, but that doesn’t appear to be available anymore, so….
VERDICT: Undecided. What do you think?
So many shoes, so little time… I love these. The minimalist design is so classy and the color is nice too.
They’re comfortable enough. There is some padding in the footbed, but my foot does slide around a bit when I walk. The Cole Haan (above) are way more practical.
They run TTS, and they also come in gold and black.
VERDICT: I’m so tempted to keep these, but my sandal situation is out of control at the moment. I decided to keep the Cole Haan instead because they’re more practical, and I do have to be careful with my finicky feet. But if these go on sale in the future, I may have to snag them.
Rebecca Taylor Scarlet Floral Sleeveless Linen Dress $222.75
Now, this one IS still available at Nordstrom for the sale price. And this dress is AMAZING. I am so in love. The quality is impeccable as well… as it should be for that price.
Even on sale, it would be a splurge, but if I had the occasion to wear it, I’d keep it in a heartbeat. This is perfect if you have a summer wedding coming up.
The seaming, and everything is just meticulous.
It’s fully lined, and made of a heavy linen with embroidered floral pattern.
I love the ruffles, the cut of the neck, everything. Perfection.
It’s hard to see here, but the way the zipper is covered is so nice.
Details like that are what set higher quality garments like this one apart from their cheaper counterparts.
My only caveat is that I would need to have the straps shortened if I were to keep it.This is the size 8, and while I have some wiggle room, I think it’s supposed to fit this way…. although looking at the back view, I maybe could size down.
It’s a little long under the arms and in the neckline, so I’d need to have the straps taken up a bit to make it a more perfect fit.
Okay, sorry for so many pictures. Clearly I love this dress!
It pains me to return it, but hopefully someone reading needs it and will grab it because it’s gorgeous, and an amazing price for this brand.
also wearing: similar Tory Burch sandals (mine are an older style)
VERDICT: Returning… sniff sniff. I just can’t justify the price with no appropriate occasions on my calendar.
Okay, that’s it for Trunk Club! I also ordered a few pieces of loungewear from Talbots.
If you’re in the market for loungewear, these pieces are high quality and classic. They should last for years.
These pieces are 67% Modal, 29% Polyester, 4% Spandex, and the washing instructions indicate you should lay them out to dry.
All of these pieces come in petite, plus, and plus petite sizes; and I found them to run smaller than typical of Talbots.
I’m wearing a small in all of them, and they just fit. I don’t think you should size up, necessarily, but if you are accustomed to Talbots running big, these are more true to size.
Unfortunately, they are not on sale at the moment, but Talbots runs frequent sales so I’d definitely hold out till you can get them at a discount. I’ll keep an eye out for you!
I really like the design of this cardigan. They were generous with the length of the arms, and the stand collar and traditional shoulder seams are flattering.
It has a shirttail hem that I also like a lot.
While I like my tees to have a straight hem, I think a shirttail hem on a cardigan is typically more flattering because it adds some curves rather than being so boxy.
Here’s a close-up of the pants.
They have a 28″ inseam with a slit hem, and they’re slightly tapered. They have a slim fit, but they’re not a legging fit by any means. Very nice!
I also like the slightly heathered look to the fabric.
This tank has a rather boxy fit, and it’s longer than some, but for pajamas, I like that okay. I hate it when my tops ride up when I’m sleeping.
It fits nicely around the arms and over the bra.
I like how the stripes coordinate with the pants and cardigan but create some contrast.
These pieces are perfect for vacationing with extended family or when you have houseguests, and you want to be able to wear pajamas or loungewear in the early mornings or evenings, but you want to feel covered up.
VERDICT: I did get these when they were on a 40% off sale, so I’m keeping them.
Okay, so these clearly aren’t loungewear, but they’re from Talbots, so I’ll throw them in here.
I ordered these sandals on a whim, and I’m so glad I did. They’re extremely comfortable, and they are adjustable so you can get a snug fit.
I think the rattan buckle detail is so cute, and metallic sandals are super versatile. These were also 40% off when I ordered them, but they’re not on sale right now, so definitely wait if you’re interested in ordering.
Old Navy Try-Ons
I’ve already styled this top on the blog in the green, but I took these pictures so I figured I’d share here too.
The material is 52% linen and 48% polyester, and it’s soft and flowy and very breathable.
It comes in a bunch of solids and patterns, and it runs true to size. I have the small.
I styled it with blue jean shorts for the blog, so here you can see how good it looks with white too.
Here it is in the black floral.
I feel like the solid is a little more modern. I’m not 100% sold on the black and white floral, although I do like the two stripe prints and the grey marl quite a bit.
VERDICT: Keeping the green.
Old Navy Wide-Leg Linen-Blend Pants $32 + 25% off
I get a lot of requests for wide leg pants in the summertime, and this right here is why I never wear them.
I thought this stripe print was so pretty, so I figured I’d give them a try, but as usual, they make me look about 10 pounds heavier than I really am.
These are particularly unfortunate from behind.
Granted, they would look better with a more form-fitting top, and I probably should have thrown on a white tank for the sake of this post, but the elastic waist just does not work for me.
I don’t know if it’s because I have wider hips and thinner legs, or because I’m short-waisted, or a combination of both, but I’ve never found this look to be flattering on me.
LOFT has a lot of new summer styles out, and a lot of them are great for the July 4th holiday, so I placed an order and paid for overnight shipping so I could get them out to you asap.
I also noticed, they didn’t have models wearing a lot of the new styles, so it’s harder to tell what they will look like in person by looking at the website. Hopefully my try-on haul will help!
They’re running a promo this weekend: Rewards Loyalty Members get 50% off tops and 40% off everything else, with free standard shipping and free returns with code ALLIN.
I will add, standard shipping is taking weeks, so if you want anything soon, opt for the Store Pickup option, or consider paying rush shipping. If you place a larger order, it may be worth it.
I’m hitting it out of the ballpark with dresses this week!
This one is a really soft jersey knit, and it has a faux tie wrap detail that’s really cute — and it hides a multitude of sins.
Oooops… looks like I got my strap twisted, but it should cover the bra straps perfectly.
Here’s a close-up of the tie detail. I would need to have the straps taken up about an inch if I were to keep this dress.
I think this fabric is really cute too. Definitely worth keeping and having the straps shortened! I think I’d like it better with a flat sandal, though.
It’s kind of late in the season to be buying sweaters, but we do get some mild summer days here in Philly and nights can get chilly, and I absolutely love this color.
This sweater is very thin and breathable, and I love the tie waist detail. It runs TTS; I have the small.
FYI, these jeans are on sale plus 35% off, which brings them down to $58.17 in cart! They’re true to size, nice and thick and soft, and they also come in petite and tall sizes.
Here’s the sweater with light wash jeans. I think the coral and light wash denim is so pretty together.
I thought this tee was going to be sooo cute, but it’s very thin, and also short and boxy. If you order it, I would recommend sizing up. (I’m in the small.)
I do like the colors and the sentiment. It’s kind of an elevated graphic tee with all kinds of summer vibes. The cuffed sleeves are cute too.
VERDICT: Returning; I don’t mind that it’s thin, especially at 50% off, but it’s too small.
I’ve had a lot of requests for more more comfortable non-denim shorts, so I ordered these, and they’re really cute.
They don’t fit too wide, like so many shorts do, and they’re a nice length. I also like the lace detail on the pocket.
I don’t usually like elastic waist pants and shorts, but these actually look really good.
These are super comfortable, and also a lot cooler than denim.
also wearing: Caslon Oskar Flat Slide Sandals (TTS)
VERDICT: Keeping! I was surprised that I actually like these. Definitely a nice option to have when I’m not feeling like denim.
I had high hopes for this top, and I love the material — it’s soft and cool and comfortable. But I don’t love the hi-low hem, and the 21″ front length is very short.
This shows you the back of the hoodie as well as the back of the shorts… I swear, I actually steamed them before this try-on sesh, but I guess I missed a big wrinkle.
I dunno… maybe it’s cute. I just wish it had a straight hem. It feels really nice against the skin.
I would say this hoodie runs true to size; I’m in the small. It also comes in orange, for those who are a fan of that.
also wearing: Caslon Oskar Flat Slide Sandals (TTS)
This was a big disappointment. I was planning to shoot a look for the 4th with this sweater and jean shorts. It is sooo short. It’s also not soft at all.
It has raglan sleeves, and the sleeve length is generous. Plus I like the rolled neck.
It fits kind of tight in the waist, and it has what they’re calling an elliptical hem — it’s the same as the hoodie above. Whatever they call it, I’m not a fan, and I hope this trend passes quickly.
VERDICT: Returning. But if you haven’t seen these shorts, they are so good!
also wearing: Caslon Oskar Flat Slide Sandals (TTS)
This sweater is a little better than the last one, but it still runs very small for LOFT. I would need a medium to be comfortable in it.
I like the 3/4 sleeves and the 24 1/4″ length, but I need more wiggle room in the waist.
Also, it’s 55% linen, 45% polyester, so I’m assuming it will shrink some in the wash.
It’s pretty, though, and the design is really cute. It’s a little thin, but that’s not a deal breaker.
While I like it with denim, I think it would also be really cute with blush or coral jeans.
VERDICT: Returning; I may order the medium.
Okay, now this top, I love! I just wish I felt more comfortable rocking the off-the-shoulder tops in my daily life. I always feel like they look a little try-hard.
When I pulled this out of the box, I thought it was going to be way too small and short, but it actually fits perfectly.
It is short, though, so you have to be okay with that. It’s only 18″ long, but it comes in tall (as well as petite) sizes. Oh, and it also comes in white.
It cannot be worn on the shoulders, so that’s not an option.
I’m also wearing these earrings, and they’re really fun.
I think this whole look is super cute for July 4th. All I need is a red mani/pedi, and I’m good to go!
I feel like the off-the-shoulder top is more flattering, but this one is waaaaay more in my comfort zone.
This one also has a bit of a crinkle texture, at least on the front. The back is a soft woven knit.
It’s 24″ long with a shirred split neck and a relaxed fit.
It’s a little too long to leave untucked with these shorts, but it has a great drape and front-tucks nicely.
Here’s a closer look at the neckline.
This top is just easy! I love it.
Ann Taylor Shirtdress Try-Ons
It’s the home stretch, you guys! I have one last item to show you — this adorable shirtdress. But this is another piece that comes with the disclaimer… wait for a sale.
I ordered this dress in the black and green, and the black is a size 4. (The green is a size 6.) DEFINITELY size down in this. The 4 is plenty big on me.
I like how it’s cut under the arms, but it will require a strapless bra because of the halter styling.
The fabric is lightweight and cool against the skin.
It’s not lined, but it isn’t see-through either. You could wear a half slip if you wanted to be on the safe side… yes, they still make those!
Very, very cute!
And here’s the green. You can see the details much better in this color. I love it, but this is the size 6, and it’s way too big.
Here’s a shot of the back, it definitely needs a strapless bra.
I think this dress would be perfect for a summer wedding or other events.
VERDICT: Returning both and re-ordering the green in a size 4 when it goes on sale again.
And that, my friends, is a wrap! It was a doozie, I know.
I hope you found some goodies in here, or at least some outfit ideas for shopping your closet.
Have a very happy Father’s Day!
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