Y’all, this one’s a doozie. I know, I say that a lot, but really. GRAB A LARGE CUP OF COFFEE. This one’s a Venti edition.
This post is heavy on jeans and shoes, but there’s a little bit of everything because I’ve been ordering a mish-mosh of stuff.
After writing a post on 2017 fall fashion trends, I decided I should try some of them so I placed an order for cropped straight jeans and slides/mules. The next day, my Trunk Club stylist reached out and said she had a few pairs of awesome booties she wanted to send me, and I told her I was also open to trying some of the new fall denim trends. All of my boxes arrived at once, so I did a huge try-on sesh here at home and took pictures. A lot of this is going back, but I think it’s fun to share what came and what made the cut and why.
I prefer to do these pictures when I’m fixed up, but this was one of those days that I didn’t do a thing to my personal appearance — glasses, no makeup, bedhead… I had it all going on, so that’s why I cut my head out of all these pictures. #vanityvanityallisvanity
With that disclaimer, let’s get started!
As I mentioned yesterday, I placed a Lucky Brand order with several tops, and this peasant top was one of them. I like this top better in these pictures than I did in person. I actually really like it with these jeans and slides. (More on the slides in a sec.) It’s cute, and the colors are great for fall days that are still too warm for sweaters. I’m just not sure about the neckline on me. I was planning to send it back, but now I’m debating…
I’ve already worn this embroidered tank a couple of times, and I styled it with white jeans for yesterday’s blog post. Here you can see how nice it looks with blue jeans as well. I love the colors, the pretty embroidered print, and the fit is pretty good. I’d love to have it nipped in a bit at the waist, but I doubt I’ll get around to it. The length works well for me, and the notched neckline is flattering without being revealing. I just wish those dark blue “arrows” weren’t pointing right to the girls. LOL!!
I discovered these slides on Pinterest and I ordered both blush and black because I wasn’t sure which I would wear more. They’re incredibly comfortable and easy to walk in, and they stay on my feet, which is hard to find!
I recommend sizing down a half size. I ordered an 8 and sent them back for a 7.5, which fits better. I hate it when slides are too big and there’s room behind the heel. I feel like it looks like I’m playing dress-up with my mom’s shoes.
After trying on both the blush and black (and polling my Facebook page) I decided to keep the black (although I do love the blush with this outfit!) I think I’ll wear the black more with fall rapidly approaching, and I didn’t want to keep both because I also ordered a pair of chestnut slides. LOL!
These next slides are by Vince. Not Vince Camuto, just Vince. It’s a different brand, and a little on the higher end of the spectrum. I have one Vince sweater that came in a Trunk Club last winter that I wore practically to death. I can’t wait to get it out again. This brand is spendy but high quality and worth it if you know you will wear something a lot and/or for many years.
I include these in my August Favorites post because I’m already obsessed and I haven’t even started wearing them yet. They’re rather basic at first glance, but the materials are gorgeous, the color is great for fall, and the heel has a subtle flat back which is a fun subtle detail.
I have the 8 in these, and that fits perfectly so I’d say they’re TTS (true to size.) They come in this cedar color as well as black, blush, and navy. I scored them for 60% off at Bloomingdale’s, but that sale has ended and the lowest I can find them for now is 40% off at Nordstrom.
This is a sweater I ordered on one of the last days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it took a while to come in. I like the open weave, the shape and size of the V-neckline, and the subtle bell sleeves. Its also a nice length (not too long, yay!) and has some shape through the waist. I ordered a medium because it’s a juniors brand, but I wish I’d ordered the small. I’m considering an exchange.
I had high hopes for these, but they aren’t very comfortable. I don’t think I could walk far in them. And while I sort of like how they look in these pictures, I feel ridiculous wearing them in person. I keep thinking about those AGLs because they were so incredibly comfortable and the quality is fantastic, but I prefer the more modern minimalistic style so I think I’ll keep looking.
I also ordered two pairs of crop straight jeans. I wanted to try to find something at a more budget-friendly price point than what I usually purchase because I’m not sure I’ll wear them much and I know you guys like to see a variety of price points. It worked out well because my Trunk Club stylist sent me premium denim so I have some of both to show you.
These are by Treasure & Bond. They have a higher waist and a slouchy-slim silhouette with ripped knees, split hems, and redone back pockets. They’re fun and somewhat flattering, I guess, but I don’t like the wash at all. To be frank, I think they look cheap.
These next ones are Kut from the Kloth and they’re fairly comfortable and fit well, but they have this funky fringe thing going on with the waistband that I didn’t notice when I placed my order. Needless to say, they’re going back.
The next few pairs came from Trunk Club. These are Paige, and they’re a high waist ankle straight style. For some reason, the ankle straight and crop straight jeans always look bootcut to me. I can’t say I love these. I just feel like they chop off my leg at an awkward spot, but maybe my eye will adjust after I see more people wearing them.
This pair of Paige jeans was way too small. Even though she sent me 5 pairs of jeans in the same size (29) the fit was all over the map. These wouldn’t even come close to buttoning so I tried to get a picture below that area, lol.
These are a high waist crop straight style, so they’re an inch shorter than the ones directly above. These also have the displaced pockets that are trending right now. I didn’t even notice because I was so confounded by the crazy sizing, but you can see them on the website if you’re curious.
These are Citizens, and they’re a high rise slim boyfriend style. I should have flipped up the cuffs, but they didn’t come that way out of the box so I didn’t think about it at the time. These have some mild distressing and fading to give them a lived-in look, and they are pretty much ankle length (as opposed to cropped) for leg-lengthening fit. I don’t love them on me, but I can see how they might be cute on someone else.
These are also Citizens in a slim boyfriend style, but they have more of a mid-rise and they’re an inch shorter than the ones above. I like the medium wash with the whiskering and hand sanding details, but I don’t care for how they fit me. I just feel schlumpy in them. I also think they were a size too big.
Now this pair I kind of like. Like the ones directly above, they’re the Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jeans by Citizens but in a lighter wash. I don’t know why these fit better, but I think they do.
To be sure, I tried to get a shot of my rear view. I didn’t bother taking this shot with the other styles although it would be helpful to compare. The rear shots are always hard to take. As you can see, this one is blurry, but I think these look alright from behind. (That is a tag on that left pocket, not part of the denim.)
I’ve been wanting to add some different styles to my closet, and I have some Trunk Club credits so I decided to keep these. I don’t think I’m ever going to like this style on me as much as skinny jeans or even bootcut jeans because the boyfriend style is wider through the thighs, and I think I look better in jeans that fit more snug through the thighs. However, for a boyfriend jean, these are the most flattering I’ve found, and I think they’ll be fun to style this summer and fall.
I actually wore them yesterday with an embellished muscle shirt and thong sandals. You can see that look on my Instagram.
Overall, I think I like slim boyfriend style better than the ankle straight and crop straight because they have a slight taper and follow the line of the leg. That said, with the taller shaft booties coming in fashion and the slide loafers and mules, I can see how the straighter styles will work with those. I guess I need more time for my eye to adjust before embracing that trend.
And that’s the perfect segue. Let’s move on to ankle boots!
I’m noticing a distinct shift in trends this fall. More chunky boots are definitely trending, a higher shaft is coming back, and I’m also seeing a lot of black in both ankle boots and the loafer slides. My stylist sent me 3 pairs of black booties and one pair in a dusty rose.
I was immediately drawn to this pair of Jeffrey Campbell block heel booties with the higher shaft. The description on the Nordstrom website explains exactly what is going on with ankle boots this season:
Jeffrey Campbell makes a subtle nod to this season’s play on scale and balance in an inset bootie profiled with sock-like snugness around the shaft and a high vamp and counter that emphasize its slender verticality. The stacked block heel flares slightly at the top to provide a chunky contrast without looking heavy, for a silhouette that’s fashionably inspired and eminently wearable.
I should have shown them with different pants so you can appreciate all the details. I really like the contrast of the wood heel with the black booties. It’s going to take me a while to get used to this new style with the sock-like shaft and figure out how to style them, though.
This next pair is the BP. brand, and they have a cool flared block heel with double layer goring for easy on/easy off. They’re comfortable and fairly flattering if you like the blockier style. I’m kind of digging that flared heel.
Finally, these Steve Madden tie back booties are my favorites because they have that same sock-like shaft but overall they’re more delicate and flattering to wear. I can see these with dresses this fall as well as jeans and pants. They remind me a lot of a Stuart Weitzman style that was big last year. They’re made of a stretchy micro-suede, and they’re very comfortable for a 4″ heel. These are definitely keepers.
They also come in a dusty rose, which she sent but I didn’t try on. I guess I should have because they’re fun and different, but they looked cheap to me. For some reason the black look higher quality.
This is why I love Trunk Club. I wouldn’t have known about those styles or even necessarily been drawn to them, but my stylist reached out and told me about them and offered to send me some to try.
I’m not working with Trunk Club, but I do use my referral link so if you sign up for Trunk Club through my site, I get shopping credits to use on future purchases.
So before we wrap this up, I have a couple of ponchos to show you. I ordered both of these from Lucky Brand, and I used this opportunity to try on two pairs of boots I ordered from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that I’m still trying to decide about.
This heather grey poncho is one size fits all, and I like it a lot. The arm holes are small enough that it can be worn without an under layer as shown here, or I can wear a long-sleeve t-shirt underneath when the weather gets colder. It has a nice length, and it’s not too terribly voluminous. FYI, it also comes in navy.
I tried it on first with legging jeans and the Stuart Weitzman OTK boots from the #NSale. Yes, they are stupid expensive, but they were 40% off when I bought them. These boots are incredibly gorgeous, and I’ve been hankering for a pair for a while but I can never seem to pull the trigger. I got a similar pair in a Trunk Club last winter, and after hemming and hawing for a few days, I sent them back.
I’m tempted to keep them this time, considering the sale price, but I’m just not sure I’ll get enough wear out of them. They’re kind of over the top for my casual life here in the suburbs.
The other pair I’m debating about are these Blondo tall boots. They’re gone from the Nordstrom website, but these are similar. I had a similar pair to these that I’ve worn a ton the past two winters, but last year one got ruined. I was so upset b/c they’re so practical for our messy Pennsylvania winters and I like the uptown style.
When I saw these on a really good discount during the #NSale, I ordered them, even though it pains me to pay to replace boots that I already have. I guess that’s why I’m still undecided. I think I’d rather have something different even though I like them.
These are slightly taller than the ones I had, but they’re super comfortable with a memory foam footbed, and they look good on. They’re also waterproof, which is awesome.
Okay, last piece and I’m done. PINKY PROMISE! Actually, this is two but I’m wearing them together.
This open front fringe poncho is super duper soft, and I love the drape and the fringe detail. I feel like the open front is more flattering than the pullover style like the one above. This sweater comes in black as well as the mink color I’m wearing here, and I ordered the XS/S for reference. I like the fit so I would say to size down if you’re in doubt at all.
The long sleeve tee I’m wearing underneath is another #NSale purchase. It’s a great wardrobe basic and comes in a ton of colors and some stripes as well.
And we’re done!!! If you made it to the end, you deserve a piece of chocolate. Go ahead. I won’t tattle on you. (I keep a stash in my desk drawer…)
I’ve definitely got some decisions to make. I thought I knew what I was keeping and returning, but after looking through these pictures, I’m conflicted on a few things. I didn’t get around to doing my returns over the weekend so that’s still on my to-do list this week.
I hope it was helpful to see what’s trending and what’s available right now as we start to transition towards fall fashion. As always, I’m curious to hear your thoughts!
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