Try-On Haul: Amazon, Athleta, Birkenstocks, Everlane, LOFT & More
Happy Friday, friends! It’s cold, but sunny here today, and I’m feeling optimistic after the Coronavirus Briefing last night. I know it will be quite a while before restrictions are lifted here in PA, but it’s nice just to talk about it, and I’m happy for those of you who may be returning to some semblance of normal sooner rather than later.
ANYWHO! It’s time for another try-on haul, and today I have a bunch of shoes and slippers, and yes, some activewear. The Athleta order that I placed several weeks ago just came in, so I’m sharing those today. I put that section at the very end, so if you’re over it, you can just stop reading when you get to that section.
Okay, let’s get started.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish, with a slight hourglass shape. I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe unless otherwise noted.
Everlane The Long Weekend Tee Dress (size S) // This one’s for those of you want to be comfortable but not schlumpy while at home or running errands on the weekends, once we start getting out and about again. I can’t help but think of a Saturday farmer’s market when I look at this outfit.
This dress is a nice, thick cotton fabric, and it has a column shape with one side slit. I’m not typically a fan of the shift dress, as I prefer more structure, but this one is cute in a relaxed way. I also appreciate how the arm holes are cut nice and high, so they don’t expose my bra when I move around.
All in all, this would be more flattering on someone smaller on top, but it will be a nice alternative to shorts and a t-shirt when I’m getting together with friends or running errands this summer.
It runs TTS; the small fits me perfectly. For $40, you really can’t beat it!
Ann Taylor Stitched Split Neck Sheath Dress (size 6) // Ann Taylor sent me this dress, and it’s still in their Preview section, so not included in their current promo, but it’s one to keep your eye on if you have some events coming up this summer.
I think this Parrot Green is so pretty and unexpected. It actually leans sort of preppy. It’s sleeveless with a split neck and inset waistband. I really like the trapunto stitching details, and how the sleeves are cut around the arms — no gaping or bra showing. Very sleek and classy!
also wearing: Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude sandals (my favorite strappy heels for spring and summer; on sale at Zappo’s!)
Try-Ons: Slippers & Sandals
Everlane The Day Crossover Sandal (size 8.5) // These sandals are the perfect marriage of comfort and minimalistic style. The footbed is flexible, and the straps are the softest leather, plus they’re double folded for added comfort. I also like the modern tapered square toe.
I do wish I’d requested these in a different color — I’m not sure why I chose cream. I think I’d prefer the caramel or light taupe, and the burnt sienna is really pretty too.
Anyway, if you like the styling, I think you will be very happy with the quality, fit, and feel. They do run small; I’m wearing the 8.5, and I need every bit of that.
They have a leather upper and a leather sole, and I love the cork look to the footbed. These are super comfortable right out o the box — the straps don’t have any rough spots, and I don’t anticipate any issue with blisters or breaking in. They’re just stretchy enough to move with you when you walk, but not so much that they get loose.
I would say these sandals are more suited to narrow feet. They run TTS; the 8 fits me perfectly.
I’ve also got the black on order, as I wasn’t sure which color I wanted… I will decide once they come in, but I’m thinking the brown will be more versatile for spring and summer.
I can actually see these replacing my Millers as my summer go-to. They look equally good with shorts, jeans, and dresses.
Oh, and they’re on sale too! The best deal is at Saks, where they’re already 30% off, plus an additional 15% off with code FORYOU. If you don’t have Shoprunner, use code FREESHIP for free shipping.
VERDICT: Keeping! (Just not sure if I’m keeping brown or black.)
UGG Cosette Genuine Shearling Slipper (size 8) // When I did my slipper roundup, I ordered a few to try, and they’re finally coming in.
These UGGs are every bit as soft and cozy as you would expect an UGG slipper to be, but the footbed is thick and not flexible at all. They’re really cute, though, and my experience with UGG slippers is that they break in and end up being very comfortable, even the ones with the thicker soles.
VERDICT: Returning… but only because I found another pair I liked better.
I also tried the Vionic Gracie, but they run wide and didn’t fit my foot very well. I guess I forgot to take pictures.
I’ll be doing a pajama roundup tomorrow, and also sharing my new Acorn Spa Thongs — the slippers I ended up keeping.
Birkenstock Madrid Big Buckle in Brandy Nubuck (also at Nordstrom; size 38) // Okay, so I went a little crazy ordering Birkenstocks last week. I was never a fan of the originals, but lately they’ve come out with some really cute new styles. I have finicky feet, so I’ve always thought these should be a nice option for me, but they never seem to work out.
Still, I’m persistent, so I ordered a couple pairs from their new Big Buckle collection. I really like how these look on the foot, and even though this color is warmer than I typically go for, I kind of like it. It’s a neutral that will go with everything.
As far as comfort goes, you can adjust the buckle, and they do stay on my foot when I walk, but a few of my longer toes hit the end of the shoe, and because of the molded footbed, they sort of rub on the edge, so I really need the size 39. Fortunately, I ordered those too!
These are all the narrow sizes, by the way. They’re recommended for both narrow and medium-width feet.
Birkenstock Madrid Big Buckle in Old Rose Nubuck (also at Nordstrom; size 39) // I like this color even better, although the rose gold buckles are a little garish. I prefer the yellow gold on the Brandy Nubuck. Still, it looks great against my skin tone, and with my nail polish, ha!
These are the right size, but my feet do kind of float around in them a bit. While they stay on my foot, I’m afraid I’ll find myself tripping on the carpet, or walking out of them if I try to wear them out of the house.
As cute as they are, they’re probably not for me. The Vince pair is far more flattering and better suited to my flat feet.
VERDICT: Returning… probably. I do really like them for something different.
FYI, these Birks were all on sale last week when I ordered them, so I don’t recommend paying full price.
Birkenstock Yao in Mineral Nubuck (size 38) // Knowing how Birks tend to swallow my flat, narrow feet, I thought I might prefer this strappier style, but I actually think the Madrid is more flattering.
Still, these are kind of fun, and this mineral color is really pretty. It’s almost a sage green. These also stay on my foot a lot better because there’s more strap to cover the top of the foot, and they anchor in two places rather than one.
Again, the 38 is just a tad too short on me, but the 39 is a little roomy.
This is going to sound silly, but if you have shorter toes, I would recommend sizing down. My younger daughter, who has a very different foot shape than I do, but wears the same size, fits in these just fine because she has shorter toes.
I, on the other hand, need the 39…
Birkenstock Yao in Copper Birko-Flor (also at Nordstrom; size 39) // This pair has a different material for the straps and footbed. They’re softer and more lightweight than the others, and I can definitely see how they would require less breaking in.
(The traditional Birk footbed does require some breaking in, and then it’s supposed to be the most comofrtable shoe ev-er, but I’ve never gotten that far with a pair of them.)
I like the rose gold a lot, but I’m not such a fan of the white bottom.
VERDICT: Undecided… probably returning. I think I’m trying too hard to like them.
Vince Sarria Wedge Sandal (size 7.5) // I ordered these on a whim after one of you all mentioned them, and I saw they were 40% off. Now THIS is my kind of comfort sandal. It’s by Vince, of course.
What can I say? When you find a brand that works for you, it’s hard not to love all of them.
These definitely have a more refined style than the Birks, and they do not require any breaking in. They have a soft leather upper and lining, so they feel SO good on the foot. The quality is evident the second you pick them up, and I love the juxtaposition of the luxe leather sandal on the sporty striped wedge.
I was conflicted on color, but I went for the snake because I’m nothing if not predictable; but when they came in, I realized they are the exact same snake print as my Vince slip-on sneakers. #duh
Anyway, I do like these a lot, but I don’t want another pair of shoes in the exact same snake print, so I think they’re going back.
The tan is a great color, but I don’t see myself gravitating to those, so I think I’m going to pass on these altogether, but if you’re looking for a luxe comfort sandal at a great value (they’re 40% off), I HIGHLY recommend giving these a try.
They’re especially good for those of us with flat or narrow feet. Size down; I always do in Vince. The 7.5 is a perfect fit.
VERDICT: Sadly, returning, although I’m going to keep an eye on this Flax color. If it goes on sale, I may grab it.
Try-Ons: Tops & Cardigans
Daily Ritual Women’s Supersoft Terry Open Sweatshirt (size S) // This is the non-hooded version of the popular pink cardigan I wore a ton last spring.
These cardigans are made of a lightweight sweatshirt material, and they’re extremely soft and comfortable and have a really nice drape. They wash up really well too.
It has a fold over collar and lapel, and I like how the arms are fitted — one of my tips for choosing cardigans that aren’t frumpy. It also has pockets, and it’s overall very comfy and cozy… perfect for a chilly spring like we’re having this year.
I also use these cardigans throughout the summertime to throw on over my pajamas in the mornings, or with shorts on cooler evenings hanging out outside.
The price point is fantastic; it varies based on size and color, but the most you’ll pay is $30.50. For reference, I have the navy in a size small.
LOFT Shirttail Open Cardigan (size S) // I’ve shared this one before, but I wanted to remind you of it b/c right now, LOFT is doing 70% off one item, and free shipping over $25, AND free returns!
This cardigan is lightweight and so pretty, with the shirttail hem and ribbed texture. It comes in tons of colors — the lighter ones are my favorites.
BlankNYC Faux Suede Drape Front Jacket (size M) // I love this jacket; I’ve had it before in other colors, but I recently picked up this Chateau Grey because it’s such a nice, light neutral for spring, AND it’s 60% off!!! It also comes in dusty rose and a really nice taupe.
I showed it styled both with a plain ivory tank as well as with a floral blouse, to show you how versatile it is. Of course, you can also just throw it on over a t-shirt.
It’s a suuuuper poly/spandex blend that resembles suede, and it’s very comfortable against the skin. I recommend sizing up; i wear a M in all BlankNYC jackets.
Sanctuary Tiffany Top (size S) // I think this is such a pretty floral top for spring and summer — it’s nice with jeans, or you can dress it up with white or blush pants.
The v-neck is modest enough, and the flutter sleeves are pretty — not too froo-froo for my classic taste. My only issue is that it’s cut a little far in around the arms — it doesn’t show my bra, but it shows that flabby skin we all tend to get in that area. #keepingitreal
It’s a little longer than my ideal, but I still like it better untucked. Because it has a button-down front, the front tuck sticks out a bit weird with a front-tuck, unless it’s layered under a jacket (see above).
LOFT Scoop Neck Outfit-Making Tank (size S) // I ordered these AGES ago, and they finally came in! I actually ordered it in 4 colors, because I’m ALWAYS looking for tanks to wear under cardigans. We discussed this a few weeks ago, when I tried the Caslon tanks, which I returned. They were too long and too tight.
This one, however, is perfect. It’s a better length (for me, anyway; I know some of you prefer longer) and it’s not super skin-tight. It’s nice and thick too, and I like how it’s higher in the back, rather than a double scoop neck as many tanks are.
When I placed my Athleta order, these were all 30% off, so take that into consideration. I’m not sure I would have kept it all had it been full price. Right now, they do have select items marked 25% off, so take a look if you’re in need of something!
Athleta Farallon Shorts (size 6) // These are nice for those looking for casual non-denim shorts. I feel like they’re fairly flattering, and they’re definitely comfortable.
They’re a nice length, and the material has some weight to it so it doesn’t seem like it would bag out in the rear, as some knit shorts do. They also come in taupe, black, and olive green.
VERDICT: Returning… I just don’t think I’d wear them much, but I do recommend them for those looking for something like this. I will probably regret not keeping them when we’re hiking in Maine this summer…
also wearing: Zella tee (old)
Athleta Farallon Jogger (size 6) // I had high hopes for these, but I’m not loving them. They do nothing for my rear view, for one thing, and I think they would look better if they were a couple inches shorter.
They’re made of the same weightier fabric as the shorts, and they do have nice seaming details on the side, but they’re not as soft and comfy as I was hoping. They also just don’t have that “cool factor” that I’m going for when I’m choosing joggers. They remind me too much of my high school gym teacher… not that there’s anything wrong with being a high school gym teacher!!! (No hate mail, please… it’s just not the look I’m going for.)
Sundown Hoodie Sweatshirt (size S) // Now, this sweatshirt, I love. It’s made of a thin, soft fabric that feels really nice against the skin.
It runs a tad small, I’d say. I could maybe size up to a medium, but it fits well in the arms and shoulders, so I think it’s just supposed to be a little bit cropped and fitted through the mid-section.
I also really like this opal green for something different, but it also comes in a pretty pale pink, a bold blue, and a dark grey they call black. (But it looks grey to me!) And bonus, it’s 25% off at checkout!
Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket Capri (size M) // These leggings are perfect — nice details, great fit and feel, with a super high, flat waistband. They come in grey heather (shown here) as well as navy and black.
I ordered the grey because all of my leggings are black, and also because they don’t have contrasting seams like so many grey leggings do.
I love these, but I do wish I’d sized down to a small. I’ve always worn medium in Athleta leggings, so that’s what I ordered, but they do sag a bit, and I think it’s because they’re too big. Oh, well. I yanked off the tags and wore them for a walk before I realized it, so they’re mine now.
Athleta Cloudlight Stratus Tee (size S) // I love, love, love this top! It’s thin and soft and lightweight and drapey, and while I’m not usually a fan of the curved hemline, I like how this one falls.
I feel like it’s cut in a flattering way, and I love that it covers both the front and the back without looking schlumpy.
I also like the scoop neck, the cap sleeves, and the seaming detail up the back; and I think the violet color is so pretty.
Athleta Essence Twist Tank (size S) // This is a cute top — very different for me with the twist-waist in front and scoop neck in the back. It’s a little shorter than I like, though. I’d probably like it better in a medium, but I have enough workout tops, so I decided to just return it.
Athleta Pranayama Wrap (size S) // This is such a nice piece — super lightweight and soft and drapey. The second I put it on, I knew it was a keeper. It’s the kind of thing I like to throw on in the mornings over my pajamas, or wear with shorts in the evenings, and the white is so nice for summer.
It’s much better quality than the Daily Ritual one (above) — you can just feel it. That said, they’re both nice, and with this one being full price now, I’d recommend going with the Daily Ritual, if you’re trying to pick between the two.
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