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Try On Haul: Denim Skirts, Summer Tops & Casual Dresses

Happy Friday! I’ve got another try-on haul for you today. This is a mix of things that have come in lately, including a couple of denim skirts from Evereve, some budget-friendly spring styles from Gap Factory, a casual dress or two, and a few odds and ends I ordered from the Shopbop Spring Event a few weeks ago.

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.

Denim Skirt Try-Ons

Let’s start with the denim skirts. Yes, my friends. They’re on their way back! If they aren’t yet showing up in the stores where you shop, they will be, so if you like to be ahead of the trends, get yourself a denim skirt and start rocking it.

I’m seeing everything from minis to maxis and everything in between, but the most fashion-forward styles are the midi and maxi length denim skirts in A-line silhouettes. My biggest challenge thus far is finding one I like at a moderate price point.

This is what happens when trends are just starting to catch on. They usually appear first in the designer brands, and then if they take hold, they trickle down into the mainstream stores. Sometimes it happens gradually, and sometimes it seems to happen rather suddenly. In this case, it seems to be a little more gradual… too gradual for my liking!

So with that disclaimer, the two denim skirts I’m trying in this post are over $200. I realize that is not accessible to most people, and when experimenting with a newer trend, I prefer to try more budget-friendly garments, but this is what I found, so for the sake of experimentation… here we go!

Citizens Of Humanity Anouk Skirt

at Evereve (29) // Choose Joy Tank (S) // sandals (8)

This Citizens Of Humanity Anouk Skirt is a great example of the denim skirts that are trending for 2023. Some are much longer and more voluminous, but I feel like this skirt plays into the current trends while still looking somewhat classic and wearable for the average woman.

I love the light wash, the midi length, and the subtle A-line silhouette. The half-button front and patch pockets are nice details, and it has a clean finished hem so it’s easy to dress up or down. The fabric is 100% cotton, so it has some structure to it, but it’s not terribly stiff.

The modern way to wear this skirt is with a tee or tank tucked in, as I did here. Because the waistband sets so high, the full tuck can work on those of us who don’t typically like to tuck in their tops, but it still feels odd to me. I’m not quite used to this yet.

I decided to see how I would feel about this skirt with a shorter, fitted sweater worn untucked over top, so I tried on Evereve’s Remy Crochet Sweater in a size small.

This sweater is 22″ long, which is a great length with high rise pants, but I feel like it could be even a little bit shorter with this skirt. It still creates a rather pleasing proportion, though. I think what bothers me is that it doesn’t look as on-trend as wearing a more casual tee or tank tucked in.

So then I tried the White House Black Market stripe utility tee. Stripe tops with these denim skirts seems to be a thing, and I’m drawn to the combination.

This seems to work; I think the cap sleeves on this tee help balance out the volume in the skirt, and I kind of like the dressier vibe.

I decided to see how a wedge heel would look with this outfit, and this definitely takes it up a notch! I got these PAIGE sandals on sale, but Steve Madden has a similar style for less. I like the strappy design on a jute-covered wedge heel.

I should point out, however, that the rear pockets on this skirt are HUGE. I’m not sure what I think about that…

VERDICT: Deciding. I’m definitely going to need to play around with this style a bit more before I’m willing to make this kind of investment.

That said, it’s important to note that when considering cost per wear, denim skirts can be worn year ’round. They look great with sandals for spring and summer, and they will pair well with tall boots and ankle boots this fall and winter.


AMO Welder Skirt

on sale at Evereve (28) // tank in Flame (S) // sandals (8)

I also ordered this AMO Welder Skirt from Evereve, and I like how the raw hem falls right across the front of the knees; that seems to work really well with the slight A-line silhouette.

This skirt is 100% organic cotton in more of a mid-indigo wash, and I think the way the front seam is designed is rather fun. It also has front patch pockets, but the rear pockets are MUCH smaller than the Citizens Anouk… almost too small. I feel like something in between would be perfect.

VERDICT: While I didn’t try as many outfits with this one, I’m more tempted to keep it. I feel like the color and the length will be more versatile than the long one, but I could be wrong about that. Okay, moving on…


More Spring Styles from Evereve

In the order with the denim skirts, I also purchased a few tops and a fun stripe wrap!

Remy Crochet Pullover

at Evereve (S) // PAIGE Anessa (also at Neimans) (29) // sandals (also at QVC) (7.5)

I ordered this pink sweater with my high-rise wide-leg jeans in mind, so I tried it on with the PAIGE Anessa Crop Wide-Leg Jeans. These jeans have a 11.5″ rise with a 27″ inseam, and I think the sweater (which again, is 22″ long) is a really good pairing with them.

I just don’t know that I love the sweater itself. The crochet detail with the high neck and elbow-length sleeves seem a bit much. I prefer shorter sleeves and a more open neckline, like the Halogen sweater.

VERDICT: Deciding. Keep reading…


PAIGE Nellie

at Bloomies (29) // at PAIGE (29) // Remy Crochet Pullover (S) //sandals (8)

Next, I tried the pink sweater with the PAIGE Nellie Culottes. These jeans have a slightly lower rise at 10.75″, and the 26.5″ inseam is pretty much the same as the Anessa.

I feel like this sweater works better with these pants than front-tucking a more voluminous blouse, as I did here, but the sleeves on this sweater seem to make my shoulders look even broader than normal.

I decided to compare it with the Quince Cashmere Tee, and I also added a heel.

The sweaters are the same length, but the Quince cashmere tee has a shorter sleeve and a simpler design. Even with a similar high neck, the shorter sleeve and lack of texture created by the crochet detail makes this sweater look more classic and streamlined.

I like this look; it has a chic simplicity about it, and while the wide-leg crop jeans are a more trendy style, the tailored style keeps them looking classy. But are they flattering?

There are LOTS of naysayers out there when it comes to the cropped wide-leg silhouette, and I can’t say I’m 100% sold on them either, so I decided to compare with other styles of white jeans I have in my closet.

PAIGE Nellie (29) // MOTHER Dazzler (29) // MOTHER Hustler (29) // PAIGE Leenah (29)

Up until about 5 minutes ago, I would have said the MOTHER Dazzler was a no-brainer, but now that slim straight leg ankle jeans is looking kind of short to me, and I feel like I look top heavy in that outfit.

I like how the slightly longer length of the MOTHER Hustler elongates my silhouette while still looking modern and showing off my cute shoes! Plus, the flare hem provides balance so I don’t appear quite so top heavy.

And of course, the PAIGE Leenah with its long, leggy silhouette is super flattering, but it does require a heel, and who wants to tromp around in heels every day?

I feel like outfit with the PAIGE Nellie looks elevated and modern but still classic, and it also has a good vertical balance, but I think the MOTHER Hustler is my favorite of the four looks… that or the PAIGE Leenah. What say you?


Spiritual Gangster Choose Joy Muscle Tank

at Evereve (M) // at Nordstrom (M)// at Bloomingdale’s (M) // MOTHER Hustler (also at Saks) (28) // sandals also at QVC (7.5)

Okay, so now we’re back to this Choose Joy tank. I love a graphic tee/tank in the summer, and this one is super soft and has a pretty color palette. Plus, I just like the message.

I ordered both the small and medium because I tend to be in between sizes these days, and I don’t like a top like this to be too snug. I was wearing the small in the pictures with the denim skirt, and that worked because I was tucking it in and didn’t want a lot of extra volume, but this time I put on the medium with jeans to see how it would look for more casual looks.

It doesn’t look any too big, and given that tops like this tend to shrink, I think I’ll keep the medium.

This tank is 24 ” long, and it looks okay untucked, but I think I like it better with a front tuck. I will definitely tuck it in when I wear shorts, but I can go either way with the jeans.

Here’s a rear view… I wish it weren’t cut in so far at the shoulders, but so many tanks are made this way. Overall, I think it looks good.

VERDICT: Definitely keeping this one!


Abbe Stripe Wrap

at Evereve // tank (S) // jeans (29) // sandals also at QVC  (7.5)

I had a very similar wrap to this one last year, but it sold out as soon as I posted it, so I was thrilled to see them bring out a similar style this year. I actually like these colors better.

It has a mesh texture to it, and it’s one size fits all. It makes a great little third piece for your summer shorts and denim outfits.

VERDICT: I love this, but I know myself, and I didn’t wear the one I had last year except for that one time on vacation. It’s a little extra for my personal taste, and at this price, I need to love it, so I think it will probably go back.

I still wanted to show it to you because I know a lot of you wanted the one from last year and weren’t able to get it before it sold out.


Citizens of Humanity Isola Crop Bootcut Jeans

at Evereve (29) // at Nordstrom (29) // stripe wrap (O/S) // tank (S) // sandals also at QVC  (7.5)

I thought these jeans could be a nice alternative to my MOTHER Insiders in Dancing On Coals when I don’t want distressing, but they actually look so much like my MOTHER Hustlers in Au Revoir that I decided I don’t need them.

I also like the MOTHER denim better; it’s softer and stretchier and more forgiving.

VERDICT: Returning, as I don’t need them. They also run reeeeeally small. I’m in the 29 and I could barely get them buttoned. Definitely size up, if ordering.


My Latest Gap Factory Order

I’ve been working with Gap Factory for the past year or so, and in preparation for this month’s post, I ordered a bunch of their new arrivals for spring/summer.

Relaxed Print Splitneck Top

at Gap Factory (S) // white flares (28) // sandals (7.5)

This easy v-neck top is a nice one for work to weekend style because it’s so versatile. The flutter sleeves aren’t really my thing and would work better on someone with narrower shoulders, but they aren’t a deal breaker for me.

Here’s how it looks front-tucked; I feel like it can go either way.

I’m also wearing white flares from Gap Factory. These are very much like the PAIGE Leenah, but at a much more accessible price point.

This blouse also comes in a pretty blue floral print, and a couple other color ways as well. I really like the contrast of the blue with the white denim.

VERDICT: Keeping the blue. I think the sleeves are going to soften up and settle down; they almost look like a cap sleeve when you look at them straight-on, and I love the print on this top. Incidentally, it’s the same as the dress I shared in last week’s try-on haul.


Tiered Tank Dress

at Gap Factory (S) // Taos sneakers (8.5)

Okay, well this is a definite NO. I don’t think any explanation is needed. These pictures are proof positive that I do not look good in everything. I think this style looks better on women who are smaller chested, and I just don’t care for the tiered ruffle skirt on me at all. It looks silly… almost infantile. Bleh!

VERDICT: Needless to say, I’m returning this one.


Splitneck Peplum Top

at Gap Factory (S) // shorts (29) // sandals (8)

And as if you needed more proof that I don’t look good in everything… haha! This top is probably cute on someone, but not me.

Plus, it’s totally see-through, which is a no bueno. The darker colors aren’t as see-through, but they don’t make the style any more flattering.

VERDICT: Returning.


4″ Mid Rise Destructed Stride Shorts with Washwell

at Gap Factory (29) // top (S) // sandals (8)

These shorts aren’t bad for the price point. They have a 4″ inseam, which is my preference, and the raw hem and distressing keeps them casual. They run true to size.


Spring Styles from Nordstrom & Shopbop

Finally, I’m lumping these in here together because the inventory tends to overlap at these two retailers… a few new purchases from Nordstrom and Shopbop! And remember, Nordstrom is doing Bonus Points for Cardholders!

RAILS Edie Dress

at Shopbop (S) // at Nordstrom (S) // Taos sneakers (8.5)

This RAILS dress is a really nice fabric – so soft and comfortable against the skin – and I love the side tie detail. I just wish the wrap part of the skirt didn’t hang down lower than the hem of the dress. Maybe that’s not such a big deal, though.

While this grey is nice, I really like that blue color at Nordstrom.

My biggest complaint is that the sleeves look bulky, and the high neckline doesn’t do much for me. Overall, this dress is a bit of a miss for me, but it’s a really nice one. If you like it and it fits your budget, it’s definitely worth a try!


AGOLDE Poppy Tank

at Shopbop (M) // jeans (29)

I want a nice, thick, high quality black tank for wearing with high rise jeans and denim skirts, so I snagged this one when Shopbop was having a sale. (All of these Shopbop purchases were from that order, so I got 25% off.)

Unfortunately, even in the medium, this tank is suuuuper tight. It is nice and thick, though. I’m kind of undecided on this one.

VERDICT: Deciding… I might try the large.


1822 Jeans High Waist Raw Hem Jeans

at Nordstrom (29) // Agolde tank (M) // sandals (7.5)

I’ve been linking these jeans as a similar for less version of my MOTHER Insiders, so I ordered them to see for myself and compare. I certainly don’t expect $49 jeans to look and feel like $248 jeans, and these certainly don’t, but they’re a good budget-friendly alternative.

They seem to be a little shorter, although the length measurements on the website are the same, and these have a slightly lower rise.


AGOLDE Cameron Tee

at Shopbop (S) // sweatpants (M)

This tee is really nice quality, and it has a nice neckline, but I don’t care for the length of the sleeves. It runs true to size, with a slightly oversized, boxy fit.

VERDICT: Returning


Caslon Stripe Print Sleeveless Dress

at Nordstrom (S) // slides (8)

Finally, a dress I ordered from Nordstrom! It’s really cool and comfy. I expected the fabric to be thick, but it’s actually 100% rayon, so it’s fairly thin and soft and has a nice drape.

I agree with the reviews, though, that the waist is very high. That works out well for me, as I’m very short-waisted, but it’s something to be aware of.

The issue I have with it is how it bulges in the back. I mean, WHAT IS THAT? I wonder if it could be fixed by altering the shoulders.

VERDICT: Undecided. I want to like it, but it’s weird the way it fits in the back.

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51 thoughts on “Try On Haul: Denim Skirts, Summer Tops & Casual Dresses

  1. I am loving Evereve’s tees. I adore a graphic tee and wear them often and have found that it’s worth spending more money on them. It’s all about price per wear, right? I’m thinking the same may go for a heavy tank. I like the Michael Stars and Agolde. I also wear them a lot in the summer. I may pull the trigger on the MS, to try. Banana Republic usually has nice, heavy tanks but they haven’t appeared online yet. Happy Friday!

  2. Love these posts! Thank you! 3 Questions:

    1- What size do you take in the Quince cashmere tee?
    2- Do the Vince Camuto knot sandals work in size 7.5?
    3- Can you link the silver sandals/heels you are wearing with grey Quince tee?

    Thank you!

  3. The tryons are super helpful, thank you! It makes me realize that some of these trends are just a hard pass on a 55+ woman. I want to be updated, but the wide leg crops just aren’t great if you’re curvy and short. I’ve learned to just stick with what works for my body regardless of trend, I like your thoughts on the two sweater tops, though. Pairing classic top with updated bottom works. Meh on the Jean skirts.

  4. I do like the Paige white leg cropped jeans on you — but the Mother jeans are top pick. I really like those white jeans from Gap Factory too, I just wish they’d list the rise of their jeans on their website.

  5. I think if you go up a size in the last dress it will fall normally in the back. You can see that it’s being pulled forward by being too tight. Love dresses for easy summer wear – thanks for including these. Already ordered the rails one!

      1. I was going to make a similar point. Your chest is using up the fabric in the front pulling the waist up higher. So the dress is blousing in the back because the waist is sitting higher than it should.

  6. I learn so much from your try-on hauls. I used to get frustrated in the store dressing room when clothes didn’t look good on me, but now I’ve learned that sometimes the sleeves are off, or the top is too voluminous, or some other reason. Thank you for all the information — I love reading your blog every day!

    1. Yes, there are so many factors to consider! Once you learn some of the basic garment features that just don’t work for your body, it makes shopping so much easier because you just don’t try on things you know won’t work. That said, sometimes you should try things you think won’t work because they might surprise you. There’s a delicate balance between knowing what works/doesn’t work so you don’t create more work for yourself, but being willing to try new things so you don’t get stuck in a style rut.

  7. Hey there! Glad to see you feature the denim skirts. I have several from years past that I still wear in the summer. Mine are shorter, above my knee, and I have a light denim wash and a white one. They are on constant rotation when I go on vacation and down the shore! Somewhat cooler than shorts. Love that longer skirt, but is it awkward to sit in it? Sometimes they pull funny across the thighs when sitting. Also love the blue floral top,

    1. It isn’t awkward at all. It’s more comfortable than it looks. I think I need a more fitted tank to tuck in. I have too much fluff in that middle area, and the extra volume created by the graphic tank does nothing for me.

  8. I know the pink sweater and tiered tank dress are not your usual style but I thing you look fabulous in both. Reconsider both and I bet you get lots of compliments.

  9. I love your facial expressions in the pictures, when the outfit is not working, it removes all doubt. I also like that you will post outfits that just don’t work, it encourages me, and reminds me not every outfit, style works for everyone. The tiered dress is the perfect example, it is shown by lots of influencers/bloggers, but when I try it on it’s a weird fit/look. Have a blessed day.

    1. Oh, trust me, and so many things I try don’t even make it to the blog. It’s just not worth my time to post a gazillion things that look awful, but no one can wear everything and look great in all of it. NO ONE. It might seem like it, and I fall into this trap too, when I look at younger, thinner influencers, thinking that about them. Certainly some can wear more things than I can, but no one looks good in everything. A large part of honing your personal style is knowing what works for you and what doesn’t.

  10. You do the best try-ons! I agree that I enjoy seeing your expression when something doesn’t work.

    I also agree that the AMO denim skirt is the one to keep. The first one (the longer one) looks a little too much like something you might see on one of the Duggars. (Like it really should be shorter but they’re going for longer for modesty reasons.)

  11. Just NO to those denim skirts! Look like the “teacher” skirts we wore years ago! Not ready to put those on again!

  12. I have two denim skirts. One is A-line and the other a midi with a front slit. Banana Republic factory sold denim skirts a couple of years ago. I have a white denim one too. I like the second one better but definitely with a wedge heel. I agree on the little tier dress. Even my 12 year old granddaughter doesn’t like that style. I don’t understand how grown women can wear that style. In my youth I would have worn that dress only if I was pregnant. Your face expressions are funny.

  13. My fave is the cashmere tee and mother hustlers. I love grey and white! The wedge heel helps the wider crops, but the narrower leg looks so nice.
    I’ve seen a lot of crocheted tops that you wear over tanks—similar to your pink top. It’s a hard look to pull off. I think the heavy band around the neck doesn’t help it.
    The denim skirt trend is too funny. I guess I will pull mine from the back of the closet and see if it fits. Several years ago, my daughter had an 80’s theme party to go to and came to me for help. I suggested a jean mini skirt and she looked at me like I was nuts. (She ended up in a neon outfit with leg warmers—did anyone really wear leg warmers back then??😆)
    Anyway, you do look cute in everything, though the expression on your face with the tiered dress is priceless.

  14. I like that gray dress but every time I see the brand Rails I think “who do they think they are, charging so much for nothing special?” Jo-lynne you have the type of shape that nothing looks that bad on you. Maybe it isn’t something that you prefer but it seems like you could wear most things. Maybe modeling is in your future…

  15. Just to say again. I love all your comments. I so appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I love sharing my opinion too. In regards to the white jeans, which I just loved the 4 way comparison picture, I vote for the hustler.

  16. I really like the side by side comparisons of the white jeans and top. I agree with your thinking on the white jeans that look the best with the top. You’re so right, the dress with the tiers does nothing for you. While I think the bright pink top from Evereve is pretty, the more I looked at it, the more I realized that it is over the top and probably will be out of style sooner than your simple top with shorter sleeves. Regarding denim skirts, I am going to sit on the sideline to see if they really take off.

  17. I really like the Quince gray top outfit and those silver wedges of yours compliment it so well. The calson blue striped dress is so pretty on you, it may be altered a little in shoulders or slight possibly darts in back if that doesn’t make it too snug (used to sew and most all dresses used to have the back darts for fit back in the day).
    Love the 2nd denim skirt on you, color and length much better than first. I used to have one almost identical to the Citizens button up one many moons ago, loved that skirt at the time but can’t remember what shoes I wore with it.

  18. The first skirt is cute but I feel like the proportions are off when the top is tucked in (the skirt makes up well over 2/3 the outfit). It might could be hemmed to offset this? I definitely wouldn’t wear it with the top, especially a sweater, untucked. It gives off granny vibes! I like the look you’re going for with the graphic tee, much trendier!

    I love that Nordstrom dress! Very flattering and looks comfy too. I think a tailor could easily fix the back poof, maybe even with a couple small darts. It’s definitely too cute to return. I’m going to order one too, fingers crossed it doesn’t do the same thing. Do you have a discount code for Nordstrom?

  19. Definitely keep the AMO denim skirt. It’s a great length and I love the pockets. The back pockets, to me, seem the perfect size. The longer denim skirts just seem bulky to me. Thanks for the extensive try on!

  20. I think the Paige Leenah looks great on you! But I think the key is wearing with platforms over flats. Super cute.

  21. I had given up on tank tops. But to my surprise Talbots has a ribbed tank top in a number of colors that is substantial, fitted and not too long. Might want to check it out.

    Love your posts and appreciate all the time you put in to it

  22. I think I’m all alone in this camp, but I think the Paige Nellie’s are FANTASTIC on you! They have the “cool girl” vibe that the others, although flattering and definitely nice, don’t quite have. I also like the CoH denim skirt, but that’s a tough one; if it’s not worn just right and with a 100% confident attitude, I think it will indeed look frumpy. I really like how you styled it with the wedges!

    1. RE: the Paige Nellies… yes, I know what you mean. It’s hard to articulate exactly WHY I like them, while also acknowledging they aren’t the MOST flattering silhouette I could wear; I just know that I do.

      I feel like the CoH skirt is similar; it’s the look, the overall vibe that I like. But I agree that it has to be styled JUST right, or will just look frumpy.

  23. I think the Paige Leenahs look fab on you! So much so I’m going to try them. We have similar shape and hair color and you’ve never steered me wrong!

  24. My daughter’s middle name is Joy, so I extra love that tank! I just ordered the white Gap flares and the blue Gap top. I’ve been saying I need more tops that aren’t t-shirts. I love the blue Caslon dress on you! I hope the funny thing with the back can be fixed!

    1. Also, I love your side by side comparison with the Quince cashmere tee and white bottoms. That’s going to be my outfit for my son’s graduation party, so I’m really happy to see this so neatly laid out!

  25. In the 80s, I had a long denim skirt without pockets, and I got lots of compliments on it. I think back pockets on jean skirts look weird. That said, the AMO skirt looks pretty fabulous on you!

    And I also like that you show fails from time to time. Very entertaining!

  26. I like the Caslon striped dress on you; cute, summery and flattering. That one would be great to take for your summer Italy trip. I know so many people heading to Italy this summer!
    Honestly I am not a fan of the graphic tees and denim skirts, At the front of my local Evereve store it’s all graphic tees! I can’t figure out who the demographic is for that store. Last year it seemed like they sold perfect styles to the over 50 crowd (and I purchased a lot of items), but now looking at their spring and summer clothing it looks like it’s geared toward the 30-40 crowd. Birkenstocks and graphic concert tees look great on my nieces and my son’s girlfriend. I’m having a hard time lately finding current-looking classics for work and casual wear.

    1. See, I love graphic tees and Birkenstocks, lol!! I think it’s a matter of personal style more than age, but I also don’t like all the ruffles and florals, so if I were looking for workwear, as you are, I would be more frustrated, I think.

  27. Great post, JoLynne! The link to the white Mother Hussler doesn’t seem correct — the linked ones look straighter and slimmer at the bottom than your photo (?).

    Also, you mention that you prefer more expensive denim often. For someone who has never tried expensive denim, why is it worth it? What’s the difference?? The denim in my closet is a mix of Old Navy, Gap, and Democracy. What would be different about Mother and others that you prefer?

    A 3rd question is where, exactly, should the ankle or crop jeans hit on the leg for this season’s trend? I’m 5’4″, so the regular is often too long and sometimes petite can be too short. I could try cutting a bit off of a raw hem for the correct length if I knew exactly where that should be! Thanks!

    1. You are correct. In fact, both the Hustler and Dazzler links are wrong. I just fixed. Sorry about that!

      As far as premium denim goes, you will find differences in fit and feel, the quality of construction how well they hold up, the way they hold their shape, the look of the washes – especially distressing and fading/whiskering. It’s definitely something you need to try to see and compare. That said, the prices keep going up, and I realize it’s not accessible to everyone, and lower priced denim is getting better these days. You can find great options under $100, even under $50. I like a lot of the denim at Gap Factory, and Wit & Wisdom and KUT from the Kloth do a good job too… just to name a few.

      This post explains the various denim lengths: https://jolynneshane.com/womens-pant-styles-and-hem-lengths-demystified.html

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