Try-On Haul + Best Of The Memorial Day Sales 2020

Happy Friday, friends. I apologize for getting this out so late today, but we’ve had a lot going on around here. It’s time for another Try-On Haul! It’s a bit of a mish-mosh this week. I’m also rounding up the best Memorial Day Weekend sales for you at the end of this post.

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with a slight hourglass shape. I wear a 28 in jeans, a 6 in pants and shorts, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and a size 8 shoe.

Memorial Day Weekend Try-On Haul

LOFT is running a big sale this weekend, shocker! I know, they’re always running a sale, but this one is one of the best I’ve seen. Rewards Loyalty Members get 60% off plus free shipping and free returns with code ALLIN.

If you’re not a Rewards member, you get 50% off with code FRIEND. It’s free to join the Rewards program, so there’s really no reason not to.

LOFT Ribbed Cap Sleeve Sweater $49.50 + 60% off

I’m a sucker for a summer sweater, I think because they tend to be more fitted than the boxy t-shirts and flowy tops that are so ubiquitous this time of year. This one has a stretchy ribbed texture, narrow v-neck, and cap sleeves.

It also has a shallow v-neck in the back as well. It fits snug to the body, and the length is on the shorter side at 23″.

I love how it fits so snugly around the armholes, and the cap sleeves hug the shoulders and don’t gape at all. I’m wearing the small, and while I don’t mind the body-con fit, it might look a little better if I sized up to a medium.

Unfortunately, sizes are limited, but it also comes in ivory, and there are a few petite sizes available as well.

I absolutely love this outfit all together. This time of year, when we wear so much white and bright colors, the olive and black is fun for a change.

Slim Pocket Skinny Crop Jeans in Washed Black $79.50 + 60% off

These jeans took weeks to come in, and by the time they did, they were sold out. At the time of this posting, they’ve been restocked in one size, so keep an eye on them if you want them. They may get more restocks.

These are probably the best pair of LOFT jeans I’ve ever tried. They feel fantastic on, the fit is on point, and the washed black wash and released hems creates the perfect casual-cool + edgy vibe.

They have a 11 1/4″ rise (I actually don’t think it’s that high, but I haven’t measured) with 26 1/2″ inseam; and the fabric is 80% Cotton, 18% Polyester, 2% Spandex.

LOFT Textured Stripe Pocket Sheath Dress $90 + 60% off

This sheath gives me all the Jackie O vibes, but I just wish it was a little longer.

I know it’s supposed to fit this way, but I feel like my legs look long and gangly when a dress hits me this high up on the thigh — especially since it has a slight A-line shape to it. (It’s 34 3/8″ from top back neck to hem, measured from a size 8/M.)

The patch pockets are a really nice detail, and I love the tweed-inspired texture and the square neckline. Also kudos to LOFT for bra-friendly straps.

It has an exposed zipper up the back, and it fits really well through the waist and around the arms.

The material is 91% Cotton, 8% Acrylic, 1% Other Fibers; and it’s fully lined with 100% Polyester. This dress is machine washable, and it runs TTS; I’m wearing the 6. It also comes in petite and plus sizes.

VERDICT: Returning, but I think it would be really cute on someone a little bit shorter.

LOFT Foulard Smocked Trim Shell $54.50 + 60% off

This top has a smocked trim and cap sleeves, so it’s bra-friendly. The v-neck is flattering but not too low-cut, and it has a longer flowy fit. (It says it’s 25″ long, but it seems longer to me.)

The material is 100% Polyester, and it’s machine washable. Here’s a view from the back.

I love the small scale navy and white print for spring and summer, and there’s a hint of red in there as well — it’s just begging to be paired with white bottoms.

I would typically wear this with white jeans and wedge sandals to church or out to eat, but I paired it with shorts and nude slides for an elevated Memorial Day look. All you need is red nail polish and a few accessories, and you’re good to go!

I have this top in a small, and it’s quite voluminous. If you have a smaller chest, you may want to size down. It also comes in petite and plus sizes.

VERDICT: Keeping! Also wearing my white WHBM 5″ Denim Shorts (TTS or size down if in between; I have the 6.)

LOFT Garden Henley Linen Tee $39.50 + 60% off

This is another top that’s low inventory, but lately LOFT has been doing some major restocking, so I figured it’s worth sharing. It seems like they save up their returns, and then restock a bunch at once, so tops that appear to be sold out have suddenly become restocked in all sizes.

It’s basically the same top as the solid that I have in both pink and black, and I love the fit. It has cap sleeves and a modest v-neck with the henley button placket, and it has a straight hemline and is about 25″ long.

This garden floral print is so pretty too. The pink/blue/yellow color scheme really pops on the black background. Here’s a look at the back.

I threw a white jean jacket on top to show how I might wear this outfit if I was going out in it, but I’d probably switch to jeans that aren’t quite as distressed.

Around the house and for casual errands, I like how these Paige jeans take it down a notch, but unfortunately, they’re no longer on sale.

VERDICT: Keeping! Also wearing my Paige Hoxton Transcend Vintage High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans (TTS) and Tory Burch Eddie Patent Ballet Flats (on sale for $139; size up half.)

LOFT Shimmer Striped 3/4 Sleeve Sweater $49.50 + 60% off

This lightweight spring sweater has 3/4-length sleeves and a slouchy silhouette with just a touch of shimmer, and the pastel stripes are so nice for spring.

I like how the rounded neck isn’t super high, so it elongates the neck for a slimming effect, and while I’m not typically a fan of drop shoulders, they work well with the slouchy silhouette.

It is slightly longer in the back than in the front, and again, while not always my favorite, it seems to work well with the cut of this sweater.

The Madewell crop skinnies (40% off and TTS) in the first two pictures are a stark white, and this sweater has more of an ivory stripe, so I tried it with my Everlane high rise skinnies in the stone, and I like this pairing much better.

The fabric is 49% Polyester, 47% Linen, 4% Other Fibers; and it’s machine washable. It runs TTS or maybe a little big; I’m wearing the small.

VERDICT: Returning, but only because I don’t really need it. I think this would be a great piece for those of you getting out and about. If I was going to be going places with air conditioning in the next few weeks/months, I’d definitely keep it, but we’ll probably be at home for a while longer. #pandemicproblems

LOFT Floral V-Neck Mixed Media Shell $49.50 + 60% off

LOFT always does several of these tops every year, and it’s a nice one for wearing alone or layering. In fact, I have a red one from earlier in the season.

I love the floral print and the color palette on this one, and it goes perfectly with my sage green jeans. (They’re TTS or size down if in between; and they’re also 60% off.)

It has a flowy fit, so I always front-tuck it.

Here’s a back view.

It has wide, bra-friendly straps, a modest v-neck, and it fits nicely around the arms.

I’ll top it off with a white jean jacket (30% off; size up) when I’m actually going places later this summer, but for now I’ll probably wear it with shorts or jeans on days when I want to feel a little more dressed up.

My silver wedges are from last season, but there are a few left at Nordstrom Rack.

VERDICT: Keeping!

LOFT Shimmer Sweater Tank $49.50 + 60% off

Another summer sweater, this sweater tank has a great fit around the arms, and through the body. It’s made of the same stretchy, ribbed sweater fabric as the olive one above, and it also comes in gold.

The material is 54% Nylon, 46% Acrylic; and it’s machine washable. I’d say it’s true to size, but you could size up if you wanted a looser fit. (I’m in the small.)

I like how it’s cut in the back too — a modest scoop neck, but not low enough to worry about bra straps showing.

This makes a nice layering piece — I threw a jean jacket on top to complete this look, although I don’t love this color denim with these sage green jeans. Maybe a darker blue would look better.

FYI, this jean jacket is on sale again — 40% off and fully stocked! I guess they weren’t discontinuing it, as I previously thought. It’s TTS; I have the small.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Lou & Grey Signature Softblend Drawstring Skirt // SOLD OUT

Well, I’m bummed this sold out, but I was going to tell you that I’m not keeping it because it’s getting too warm here in PA to wear the matching sweatshirt.

I suppose I could wear a tank top with it to hang out at home, but I just don’t see myself doing that.

Still, it’s super cute on, and the same amazingly soft fabric as the sweatshirt and sweatpants that I already have. I’ll keep an eye out for something similar.

VERDICT: Returning. Also wearing my Vince Blair snakeskin embossed slip-on sneakers, and they’re on sale at Saks.

L’Agence Nadia High Rise Crop Straight Jeans $99.98 $255

I tried these jeans in the size 29 a few weeks ago, but I thought they were too big, so I returned them. When I saw them for 60% off at Nordstrom, I snagged the 28. Unfortunately, the 28 is too snug, so I think I should have stuck with the 29. #ohwell

For anyone who missed these the first time, these jeans are made in the USA of a heavyweight stretch denim (98% cotton/2% spandex.) They have a 10″ rise with a 25″ inseam and a 15″ leg opening, so they’re a cropped style, and they have a bit of a flare to the leg.

They’re a crisp, clean white with a polished appearance. The fabric is thick and not see-through, but with a comfortable amount of stretch, and they have a finished hem.

The rear pockets sit a bit high, and I’m not a fan of how slanted they are, but they’re a nice size, and the pants fit well through the hips and thighs, except that they’re a little small on me in the 28.

They do have a little bit of show-through, but it’s not a deal breaker. Unfortunately, the 28 is too small on me, and I returned the 29. These are still the 28.

And for comparison, here I am in the 29.

Verdict: Returning. I don’t think I like them enough to re-order the 29; I didn’t love the fit from the rear.

FYI, the inventory at Nordstrom is getting depleted, but there are a few sizes left at the 60% off price. There are more sizes at Shopbop, but unfortunately, the Shopbop sale is just 15% off orders of $300+ and 25% off orders of $600+.

Laurence Keyhole Tank in Betty Dot $38

This u-neck tank is made in the USA of 50% Organic Cotton, 50% Modal. I thought the Betty Dot was such a cute print, but it also comes in a stripe and a solid coral.

It’s a longer style with a little bit of swing to it, which unfortunately reminds me of a maternity top.

The center back keyhole button ruching is a fun detail, but it’s a tad snug across the back when I do the front-tuck.

VERDICT: Returning. I can do better.

AGOLDE Exclusive Sophie Crop $188

These jeans are made in the USA of 93% Organic Cotton, 5% Recycled Polyester, 2% Elastane.

I really like this darker wash. They have just the right amount of whiskering, and they’re super soft with a good amount of stretch.

I was drawn to the 26″ inseam, thinking I need a darker pair of skinny crops, and I like how the leg opening is slightly wider than a typical skinny at 11″.

All that said, I haven’t reached for these yet, so I’m thinking I probably don’t need them. Plus, I decided to keep the Rag & Bone Cate that I shared in a Try-On Haul a couple weeks ago, and they’re very similar.

VERDICT: Returning. Be aware that Armour Vert has a 30 day return policy, if ordering.

Chelsea28 Mixed Media Twist Front Top $65

I thought this might be a fun top to throw on with jeans and sandals for running around town, or to dress up with accessories and heels for a night out… if I ever get one of those again.

I like the v-neck and button-down front with twist detail at the hem. It has a really nice drape, and it’s made of 65% modal, 35% polyester. It has some nice detail on the back yoke as well.

I would say this top runs big, but I wouldn’t want it any shorter, so I guess the small is the right size.

VERDICT: Keeping! Also wearing my Paige crop skinnies and P448 sneaks. FYI, Nordstrom is price matching with someone, and a bunch of the P448 sneakers are on sale.

Caslon Dolman Sleeve Cotton Blend Pullover $49

I thought this was a fun pullover, with the wide neckline and dolman sleeves.

I like the inside out seams, and I’m typically a fan of a banded waist, but this one is rather tight and also longer than my ideal, at 28″.

I knew that when ordering, but I was curious if it would work, since you can place it where you want it, but I think it just adds extra bulk in an area where I don’t need it.

It’s made of 80% cotton, 20% modal, and you can machine wash and tumble dry.

VERDICT: Returning; I don’t feel like it’s very flattering, or very comfortable, for that matter.

Sanctuary Laura V-Neck Linen Tee $44

Now, this top I love. The color is quite vibrant, I know, but I rather like it for a change. My closet is full of neutrals right now. It also comes in a pretty light pink.

I really like how it hangs straight and skims the body, and it looks good both tucked and front tucked.

It’s 100% linen with a subtle slub texture, and the ribbon trim around the neckline is a nice touch. It runs TTS; I have the small.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Caslon Knit Tank Dress $49

I’m shocked by how much I like this dress. Usually long dresses without much structure make me look like I’m wearing a sack, but this one has just a bit of shaping through the waist, and the dramatic shirttail hem seems to help as well.

The back view is cute too. This dress is 60% cotton, 40% modal; and you can machine wash it and hang it to dry.

I’m most likely to wear this as a coverup around the pool, but it’s perfect for that, and I don’t have anything that serves that purpose, so it’s definitely a keeper.

VERDICT: Keeping. Also wearing the Steve Madden Viven sandals featured below.

Caslon Linen Jogger Pants $59

I thought these linen pants were a fun play on the jogger trend, but I’m not a fan of how they fit. Linen can be kind of stiff, and the drawstring waistband doesn’t flatter my waist at all.

I styled it with a white tee and denim jacket and black leather espadrilles, to see if I like it any better with some structure on top, and I do, but not enough to warrant keeping them.

They have a 26″ inseam and 11″ front rise, and they also come in petites. These fit true to size, or size down if in between. I’m wearing the small.

VERDICT: Returning. I just couldn’t get excited about these, but I think some of you will really like them.

Steve Madden Vivien Slides $80.95 + 60% off

These slides caught my eye because they have just the tiniest bit of a wedge a subtly contoured footbed. I also love the woven strap design, and the matte gold is a nice neutral.

They have a leather upper on a man-made sole, and the “heel” is approximately 0.5″.

These shoes are very comfortable to walk in and stay on my foot really well. I ordered the 7.5 because I often need to size down in slides because of my flat feet, but they just BARELY fit. I probably could have gotten away with an 8, so I’d say they’re true to size.

In addition to this gold, they also come in leopard, black, brown, and white.

Unfortunately, sizes are limited on all but the white ones, but I actually really like the white, especially since it’s grounded on a brown footbed and sole. Use code SPRING60to get 60% off.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Banana Republic Button-Fly Denim Pencil Skirt $47.00 $79.50

I’m always on the lookout for a good denim skirt, and I love the vintage-inspired button fly and classic knee-length (23″) of this skirt. The wash is a versatile medium blue with very subtle whiskering for a well-loved look.

The material is 80% cotton, 13% polyester, 5% recycled cotton, 2% elastane, so it has great shape retention and just enough stretch to make it comfortable.

I’m a bit torn on the rear view; the pockets are rather large, and they don’t do much for shaping my shovel-butt, haha! But then most denim skirts don’t, and there is nothing offensive about the rear-view; it just isn’t fabulous.

While it fits, it is snug, so you may want to size up if in between. I’ll keep the 6 because I expect it will stretch some with wear, and I don’t want it too wide through the thighs.

All in all, this is a solid choice for a classic denim skirt, especially at the current sale price.

VERDICT: Keeping with tags on; waiting to see if I’ll find a reason to wear it.

Mother The Tomcat Bermuda Shorts $218

I purchased these when they were on sale, and they’re still a splurge, but I was curious to try them because I like my Mother jeans so much. I thought the Bermuda length might be fun for a change.

They’re made in the USA, and the fabric is 92% Cotton 6% Polyester 2% Elastane. They have a 10 3/4″ Rise, 11″ Inseam, 14 3/4″ Leg Opening.

The rear view is pretty good, but the pockets are placed rather far apart, which I feel makes my hips look even wider than they already are.

Otherwise, the workmanship is top notch. I love the light wash and the subtle whiskering and fading, and the fabric is thick but not stiff.

These are the size 28, and I could hardly get them buttoned and zipped, so I recommend sizing up one if ordering. That said, I’m not sure these would be as flattering on the thighs if I sized up; these are the kind of shorts that would look sloppy if too wide. I guess I’d need to try and see, but I’ll wait for another sale before re-ordering.

VERDICT: Returning, but I’ll keep an eye on them for another sale. FYI, a few smaller sizes are on sale at Revolve. Also wearing my AllSaints Emelyn Tonic Tee and Marc Fisher Fianna Sandals (45% off!)

Zella Ava Quick-Dry Tee $45

This is just a basic workout tee, but it’s pretty much the unicorn of perfect workout tees. It’s harder than you would expect to find workout tops that aren’t skintight or strappy or see-through or seriously oversized.

It skims the body without clinging, and the v-neck is flattering without sacrificing modesty. I also like the seaming detail on the arm for a little extra something.

This top has a straight hem with slide slits, and it’s cut a little longer in the back for extra bum-coverage, which is nice.

The material is 74% polyester, 18% lyocell, 8% spandex; so it’s moisture-wicking and keeps you cool and dry even during a sweaty workout. I wear tees like this to run/walk and for my strength training workouts.

I chose the bright orange so I can be easily seen on the road, but it also comes in black, blue, and a neon green. This tee runs TTS; I have the small.

VERDICT: Keeping. Also wearing Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity Crop Run Leggings and Nike sneakers.


ANN TAYLOR // 60% off your purchase with code SUMMER.

ANTRHOPOLOGIE // 25% off all clothing, shoes, and accessories for Anthro Perks members.

BANANA REPUBLIC // Up to $75 off everything; prices as marked.

BODEN // 30% off with code F9M5.

GAP // 50% off everything, plus summer daily deals.

HANKY PANKY // Save up to 60% off at their Semi-Annual Sale!

KENDRA SCOTT // 20% off + new markdowns up to 50% off.

LOFT // Free shipping and free returns + 60% off for Loft Reward Members, or 50% off for non-members with code FRIEND. Shop my Loft Favorites HERE.

NORDSTROM // Tons of markdowns + price matching. Shop my Nordstrom Favorites HERE.

RAG & BONE // Site-wide sale; prices as marked. Save big on premium denim and elevated tees. Also Made in the USA masks.

SHOPBOP // Save up to 25% off items labeled “Key Style” with code JUST4U.

TALBOTS // $19.99 tops, $29.99 bottoms, and $39.99 dresses and jackets. See my Talbots Favorites HERE.

TORY BURCH // 25% off select styles with code TOGETHER.

WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET // 40% off your entire purchase. I love their shorts this year, and they always do a great job with work wear and date night tops and pants. And occasion dresses too, for that matter.


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21 Responses

  1. Hope everything is ok with you folks. Thanks for the “Made in the USA” options: trying to buy close to home and support local. You look terrific! You are always super slim but leaner? Have a great long weekend!

  2. Lots of cute items to consider. Love your try-on hauls. Here’s wishing you a restful weekend sounds like you may need it. 

  3. You just don’t know how much I love thaws and appreciate these try-on hauls. I have ordered 3 items for your hauls lately. What a really appreciate is the price ranges – I don’t buy $200.00+jeans, so I like it when you recommend brands that are less.

    Enjoy your Memorial Day!

    1. Hi! I just discovered you and I’m so glad I did.. I’m in my mid 50’s and I absolutely love your style.. you’re giving me so many great ideas to look stylish and put together and keeping it classy! Thank you!! 

  4. I love Loft tops, especially the shells. I liked three of your Loft tops here, but all sold out in medium. That’s okay. I really don’t need them. I have some great tops (from your blog) that still have the tags on. I hope to be able to wear them somewhere someday!
    Have a good weekend! The weather here looks to be cool but nice – perfect for planting.

  5. Great try on haul! I really like the floral top from the loft with the denim jeans..I bought a dress last year similar to the pink one you just styled. I tied a knot in the front hem and wore a denim jacket and flat sandal.. it was great to just throw on too .. Hope  you have a great weekend and nice weather… was hot the last two days here.. went to 90 today … will cool off the next couple of  days but that’s ok we are staining the deck then back to tropical 🌴 lol weather next week:) Finally a spring 😉

  6. Thank you for sharing all the cute outfits and all the great sales. I’m so sorry for what your family is going through. Prayers for you all.

  7. great post! I liked the striped dress on you. You are such an inspiration to me. Your look is absolutely adorable! I think your fans greatly admire your fashion and rely on your posts. You’ve certainly opened my eyes to items and vendors I’d never have tried on my own.

    Sorry for what you’re going through, you all are in my prayers. Blessings!

  8.  Whew!  That was some try on!   I love how you explain in detail what you like/don’t like with the items you try on.  Great advice for everyone!   I never gave a thought to pocket placement on jeans until I started reading your blog. Who knew?  It makes perfect sense!  But then you look great in everything you model!  Our morning sun turned to clouds, then rain, now it feels just plain old cold & damp!  Sending prayers your way for what you have going on. Hope you get to enjoy the  weekend!  🇺🇸🇺🇸

  9. Hi Jo-Lynne, I know you didn’t think the Dolman was very flattering with wide neck and fit but I love that color on you. I am planning to order a few including the color you styled and the white! I’ll have to see what I think of the wide neck after I try them! And anything cotton that I can wash and dry is a win-win for me!

  10. I don’t think the 28 in the white pants looks too small. They look just right. The 29 looks too big. Great try on haul. :). Have a great holiday weekend. 

  11. I’m sorry if I missed where you mentioned it, but can you give more details about the sandals in the photos with the Jackie O sheath dress? I love them!

  12. Boy, you had a lot of great pieces in this post.  I am going to watch for the Chelsea28 Mixed Media Twist Front top and the Sanctuary Laura V-Neck Linen Tee to get marked down some, to fit within my budget.  I really like several of the tops from Loft, but unfortunately cap sleeves don’t work for me.  I hope things there settle down.  I will keep y’all in my prayers.

  13. Would love it if you could include footwear info, especially on those nude slides in the Banana Republic denim slim skirt photo.  TIA

  14. This was a fantastic try on haul as usual! You put so much good information in everyone of them! I don’t comment often but want you to know I look forward to your email everyday and feel like my day hasn’t properly started until I get it lol. You have great style! I also wanted to say how very sorry I am about Paul’s dads passing. Sending prayers to you and your family. 

  15. Hi
    Recently you posted about a wine club you purchased from, I can’t find it that post. What is the name of that company? Thank you in advance for your help.

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