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
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
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
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…
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
4″ Mid Rise Destructed Stride Shorts with Washwell
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
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
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
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
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.
Caslon Stripe Print Sleeveless Dress
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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photos: Alison Cornell