Try-On Haul: Denim, Activewear, Rain Gear, Accessories & More!

Happy hump day, friends! I’m slowly moving these Try-On Hauls to Fridays… but this week I decided to post on Wednesday because I have a lot of things to share with you, and I didn’t want to wait any longer. I’m always afraid things are going to sell out.

This week I have some activewear, a few rain coats, several pairs of jeans, a dress, a moto jacket, and even a couple layering necklaces!

Let’s get started!

Try-Ons: Denim

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and typically wear size 28 or 29 in jeans. I’ve lost a few pounds over the past month, but I’m still fitting into all of my jeans. They’re just a little bit looser than they’ve been in a while.

First up, I ordered a couple of pairs from Everlane. Their prices are much more palatable than the premium denim I usually wear, but their quality is good, and they’re a sustainable brand.

I found both of these rather stiff, but the fit is pretty good. I would need to wear them around a bit to see if they loosen up with wear.

Everlane The High-Rise Skinny Jean in Bone (size 29 ankle) // I ordered these because I’m looking for a second pair of white jeans for summer that’s more of a cropped length.

(My current go-to white jeans are these Madewell 9″ high rise skinnies, and they have a 28.5″ inseam and a 10″ leg opening. I like them with most of my wardrobe, but I also want a shorter pair.)

For those of us who love our skinnies, this is a good way to keep our looks modern without embracing the straight silhouette. The ankle length that I ordered, has a 26.5” inseam and a 11″ leg opening, so they’re a little wider than my other skinnies — again, keeping them current without totally going straight.

Finding thick white jeans is a challenge, and these are really good. Not see-through at all. I tried them with both sandals and mules, and they’re a good length for both.

Fit-wise, they’re snug on me in the 29, especially in the waist. I would recommend sizing up one.

The other thing I always look at — especially with white jeans — is the rear view. As an aside, I hate these rear-view shots, you guys. But they really are important.

These pockets are higher than I like, but they’re placed well otherwise, and they’re a good medium size. I also like how the jeans fit my legs — compare to the dark wash jeans below to see what I mean.

I also styled them with a t-shirt and sandals to see how they will work for summer…

And with heels and a striped mockneck top

I wouldn’t front-tuck this top, but I wanted to show the rise on the pants.

VERDICT: I think I’m keeping these jeans… it’s a silhouette I haven’t found in any other white jeans, and I think they will be nice to have this spring and summer.

Everlane The High-Rise Skinny Jean in Black (size 29 ankle) // These are the same jeans in black, and I ordered them for the same reason as I ordered the white — to have a shorter pair to play around with. I’m not sure why I didn’t try them with booties… I guess I was still thinking more towards spring.

I’ll play around with them some more before deciding if I want to keep or not.

By the way, both this pair and the white above also come in regular lengths (28.5”) and tall (30.5”).

also wearing: Everlane The Cashmere Crew (M) with Steve Madden Flavor Mules

Goodthreads Women’s Mid-Rise Crop Straight Jeans in Deep Blue (size 28) // I’ve showed these before, but not in a try-on haul. These are from Amazon, and the price is really good.

The rear pocket placement is pretty good, although I don’t love the rear view on me — I think the flare at the bottom emphasizes how my legs are shaped. (I’m kind of knock-kneed, lol!)

They’re a crop straight, but they do flare just a bit at the bottom, giving them a bit of a crop bootcut silhouette. For the price point, these are really good jeans. The 28 is really snug on me, but I also ordered them in a 29. (See below.)

VERDICT: Returned. (Too small; didn’t love the wash.)

also wearing: Rails leopard sweater (also at Saks and Nordstrom) and old Rebecca Minkoff mules

Goodthreads Women’s Mid-Rise Crop Straight Jeans in Bleach Wash (size 29) // These fit much more comfortably, and they don’t stretch out. I wore them all afternoon, and they still fit well. They’re fairly thick, and not terribly stiff. All in all, I’m impressed. I just wish I liked the rear view more.

I like this lighter wash for spring and summer — they’d be cute with casual looks.

VERDICT: I held onto these, but after looking at the rear view pictures, and trying on more styles (below) I’m not sure I love them on me.

AG Prima Crop Skinny Jeans in 18 Years Vacancy (size 28) // I ordered these because I like my AG Prima ankle jeans from the #NSale last summer, and I was wanting a shorter version. They were on sale when I purchased them — I got them for $74.25! So don’t buy at full price.

I got the 28 because they didn’t have the 29, and also because I’ve been able to wear 28 in AG in the past, and with my recent weight loss, I thought they might fit. They do, but they are verrrrry snug in the waist.

They’re also a lower rise than I’m used to these days, so I have a little muffin top that you would see in a thinner top. Plus the wash is just okay to me. For the price, they’re kind of hard to pass up, but I’m on the fence about keeping them. I should probably hold out for a higher rise.

Also, I usually love AG rear pockets, but I feel like the rear view picture above looks a little dumpy… but maybe it’s the sweater?

VERDICT: Undecided…

also wearing: Chelsea28 cowl neck sweater and Two Tone Star Lace up Fashion Sneakers

rag & bone Shredded-Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans in Flint (size 28) // These were another sale purchase, that unfortunately are back to full price. (I got them for $126.) I tell you my price because I want you to know what you could hold out for, if you like them but want to wait for the next sale.

These are suuuuper soft and stretchy, and I love the hems. They’re a raw hem with just a little shredded detail. I ordered because they’re skinnies with a 27″ inseam, so they’re going to look a little cropped without totally shortening the line of the leg.

I’ve been wearing 28″ inseam for a long time, but I’m really liking 27″ these days. They look more modern to me, and at my height, I think they’re a better length overall.

Also worth noting — the rear view. These pockets are placed nicely, but they look a little big to me — it’s not a deal breaker, though.

I didn’t think I liked the wash when I pulled them out of the bag, but I really like them on. They have a casual, weekend vibe that I think will come in very handy this spring and summer.

VERDICT: Keeping! I think…

also wearing: James Perse t-shirt (also at Off Fifth; size 2) and Two Tone Star Lace up Fashion Sneakers

Agolde Nico Ultra High-Rise Slim Jeans (size 29) // Since I love my new Agolde straight crops in the blue denim, I ordered these white jeans to try when they went on sale at Anthro (I paid $126)… but I’m surprised they’re even by the same company.

For one, these are too big for me. (And the 29 in the blue jeans are snug.) But I also don’t care for that 11.25″ rise.

VERDICT: Returning!

also wearing: Everlane The Soft Cotton V-Neck and Sam Edelman Laurna Mules (and J.Crew Pointed Toe Flats in Leopard)

Ella Moss Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans (size 29) // These were another Anthro sale purchase. (I paid $71.) I thought they were worth a try, even though this is a brand I don’t typically think of when I think of jeans.

They have a really cute fit, but they’re a little loose. They feel like they will definitely stretch out some, so I’d need a smaller size.

Unfortunately, they’re also too thin and see-through for my comfort zone. I am not even going to share the rear view!

VERDICT: Returning.

Mother The Stunner High-Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans (size 29) // Okay, now these are cute! I was excited to see some colored denim for spring.

The fit seems good initially, but they felt like they might stretch out some. Mother jeans have good shape retention, but these just felt a little loose… so probably worth trying the smaller size.

I would also want to cut them a little bit shorter. While this length is flattering on me, it doesn’t look as modern as I’d like.

The one thing I don’t love about these (besides the length, which is an easy fix) is the pocket placement. They’re set a little too far apart.

I threw on a denim jacket to show you a completed look…

Then I swapped out the sneakers for leopard flats… I like this too!

In fact, I like the length of these jeans a lot better with the flats, since the low vamp allows some skin to show. Still, though, I’d like to see them in a smaller size with an inch or to cut off.

VERDICT: Returning because I think I may need a smaller size. Unfortunately, they are no longer on sale, and they’re sold out in the 28. Oh well… I’ll keep an eye out for similar colors/styles!

also wearing: James Perse t-shirt (also at Off Fifth; size 2) with Vince Camuto jean jacket and Veja Esplar sneakers (and J.Crew Pointed Toe Flats in Leopard)

Whew! Okay, that’s it for denim.

Try-On: Accessories

Madewell Glass Inlay Layered Necklace Set // This is a cute little layered necklace set. It’s adjustable, and can be worn separately or together.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Everlane The Soft Cotton V-Neck (one of my favorite sweaters from last spring!)

Luv Aj The Layered Pave Coin Necklace // And I love this set, but it’s all one piece. I wish there was an option to wear without the longest chain. Still, I kept it.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Try-Ons: Activewear

I ordered some activewear for a post I’m doing with Nordstrom. I don’t usually share try-ons before I post a sponsored photo shoot, but I wanted to talk more about each piece, and for some reason, we didn’t get many good front-on shots of some of these pieces.

Word of warning: these are pricey. I typically stick to brands like Athleta, Nike, Zella… good quality, but not what I’d call designer activewear. In other words, I don’t usually venture into the Lululemon territory.

Then recently someone was telling me how much they love their Sweaty Betty activewear, and I was curious, so I ordered some. I have to admit, I was cringing at the prices as I placed the order, but I might be a convert… #ooops

Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Workout Tank (size M) // I could use another tank top for gym workouts, so I grabbed this seamless workout tank. It’s a nice substantial, stretchy fabric, and it’s hard to see in these pictures, but it has a nice texture to the fabric.

Basically, it just fits well, and it’s not too revealing, which is hard to find in gym tanks. It’s definitely a body-con fit, so you have to be okay with that, but I really like it.

Size-wise, it’s pretty true… or maybe a little big. I usually wear a medium in workout tops, but I could probably size down in this.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Wacoal Contour Underwire Sports Bra with Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Technical Leggings and Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes

I also want to mention the bra. Obviously, not posting MY picture, but I was asked to review some sports bras, and I’m in the market for a new one, so I ordered this Wacoal Contour Underwire Sports Bra and the Freya Active Underwire Bra.

I like the fit of the Wacoal, and it runs TTS. It’s not supportive enough to run in with the straps attached like this, but I can work out in it. That said, I just discovered that it can be converted by re-attaching the straps, so I am going to try that. YAY!

The Freya can be converted to racer back much more easily with the J-hook, my preferred style, but it doesn’t fit me quite right.

I currently run and work out in the Chantelle High Impact Sports Bra, which I love. It’s flattering, super supportive, and you can easily convert the back style with a J-hook.

I’ve also worn the Natori Yogi Contour Convertible Sports Bra, and it’s very comfortable, but not supportive enough for running.

Of course, sports bra preferences are very personal, and every woman is built so differently, that it’s definitely worth trying out any of the above. They’re all great bras.

Okay, back to the Try-On Haul…

Spiritual Gangster More Love Muscle Tank (size M) // This top is fun, but I don’t care for the fit — the way it’s low under the arms. It might look better on someone who is smaller chested.

VERDICT: Returning.

also wearing: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes with Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Technical Leggings

Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Technical Leggings (size M) // Oh, my goodness… where to begin with these! I like this fabric a lot. It’s not as soft as some of the ones below, but not in a bad way. It just has more of a shiny, silky feel to it.

I really like this 7/8 length — it’s flattering, and also a little cooler than full-length leggings for weight lifting.

But what I really love about these is the seaming around the thighs and rear end… sooo flattering. I tried to get a picture, but I’m not sure you can really see it.

Also, they stay put and never sag in the crotch area. I’ve already worn them to work out, and they held up beautifully.

My only complaint is the waist isn’t QUITE high enough for me — but I am very short-waisted. There is a teeny bit of a muffin top when wearing a body-con top like this one, but it’s not a deal breaker. Maybe before IF, I would have sent it back, but now that I’ve trimmed down a bit, it’s not terribly noticeable.

Here are the measurements: 24″ inseam; 9″ leg opening; 9 1/2″ front rise; 13 1/2″ back rise.

These are TTS; I always wear medium in leggings, and they fit perfectly.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoe (size 9) // These are amazing sneakers for anyone who wants something super cushiony with good support. I don’t run in these, as I need more structure, but I’ve been wearing them around some during the day, and they are sooooo comfortable.

I love the gold on black for a chic {almost} all-black workout outfit, but the other colors they come in are all good too.

They’re TTS for Nike; I am in my usual size 9.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Beyond Yoga Midi High Waist Leggings (size M) // I also ordered these full-length leggings, and they’re the ones I mentioned in yesterday’s January Favorites. This brand is new to me, but ohmyword, the softness… And they fit so well.

These also do not slide down when you stretch or run, and they are insanely soft and comfortable.

They also have a higher rise (11 1/2″) so there’s absolutely no muffin top when wearing a body-con top. You can see by the photos on the website, if you compare these to the Sweaty Betty pair above… how these come over the belly button, and the Sweaty Betty sit just under it.

Here are the measurements, if you’re into comparing: 25″ inseam; 9″ leg opening; 11 1/2″ front rise; 13 1/2″ back rise.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes with Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Technical Leggings

Alo High Waist Lounge Leggings (size M) // Another pair of full-length leggings, these are by the cult-favorite brand, Alo. These are actually called lounge leggings, and they are deserving of that name. If possible, they’re softer than the Beyond Yoga pair, and a little bit thicker.

They also have a super comfy high rise, but not quite as high as the Beyond Yoga pair. Here are these measurements: 29″ inseam; 8″ leg opening; 10″ front rise; 13 1/2″ back rise.

I like the banded hems at the ankle, and they’re nice and long.

Also worth noting, these and all the styles above passed the squat test! I always have one of my daughters double-check that when buying leggings. You do not want to be THAT girl at the gym… #justsayin

I also ordered these in pink, thinking they’d be cute with grey. For some reason, the pink is even softer, but they’re a tad see-through.

VERDICT: If I was looking for loungewear, I’d have kept these, but I will be working out in whatever leggings I keep, so I kept the two above and returned these.

also wearing: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes with Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Technical Leggings

Sweaty Betty Escape Luxe Hoodie (size S) // Here’s where the prices start to soar… this sweatshirt really is insanely comfortable, though. I love the styling, the way it’s cut longer in the back.

It’s the perfect thing for throwing on over your workout clothes when you can’t go straight home and need to run errands or something. It comes in a bunch of colors, but I ordered the Charcoal Grey Marl.

Fit-wise, I ordered the small (not sure why; I always order medium sweatshirts) but it fits great. Go figure!

This is definitely luxury activewear, but if it’s in the budget and suits your lifestyle, I highly recommend it.

VERDICT: Undecided, but only because of the $$$

also wearing: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes with Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Technical Leggings

Sweaty Betty Rhythm Merino Hoodie (size S) // I ordered this one with running in mind, I guess because the description reads: Keep cozy on your next run… 

I probably won’t run in this, though, mainly because of the drawstrings. Any runner knows you can’t run with drawstrings slapping you in the face.

That said, this hoodie is soooooo cute, I am tempted to keep it for wearing to and from the gym, and maybe even start spending more time in athleisure looks at home.

I mean, why not? There are days that I never leave the house, besides picking my daughter up at band practice. I don’t really need to dress in jeans and a sweater every day. If the activewear is stylish and flattering, there’s no shame in that.

Size-wise, I wish I had ordered the medium to compare, as I like how it fits the model on the Nordstrom website. But maybe the closer fit is better for me for a change. Most of my sweatshirts are more oversized. I didn’t realize I had ordered the small until I looked up my order to verify for this post.

VERDICT: Undecided…. but tempted!

Also wearing: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoes with Beyond Yoga Midi High Waist Leggings

Zella Nola Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt (size M) // Finally, a classic Zella hoodie… this price point is much more palatable than the Sweaty Betty options, and this sweatshirt is super soft and thick and very cozy.

I’m not sure why I ordered small in those and medium in this, but I think I could size down in this.

VERDICT: Undecided… this one is much more practical, for sure!

Try-Ons: Rain Gear

Okay, switching gears… I had a few requests for rain coats for spring. More specifically, for an alternative to my The North Face Laney Trench, which finally sold out.

I went to Zappo’s, since they were the last to carry my trench, and I found a few options…

Columbia Here and There Insulated Trench Jacket (size M) // This one is my least favorite of the 3 I ordered, because it’s not very flattering. That said, it seems to run big. Maybe I’d like it better in a small.

It does have some insulation, which is nice if you live in colder climates and want more than just a raincoat — or I guess, if you live in a warmer climate and never need anything heavier than this… at any rate. It has some insulation. LOL!

It’s nice quality and feels good on, and definitely has a casual vibe. It has a hint of stretch, which is nice if you’re layering over a bulky sweater, and I’d say it runs a bit big.

Also good to know, it is waterproof and fully seam-sealed.

VERDICT: If you need waterproof with a little extra warmth, this is a solid choice, but size down.

Columbia Splash A Little II Rain Jacket (size M) // This one is way more fitted and has a more refined styling. It’s certainly fine for everyday, but it’s not quite as casual as the one above.

The sleeves are nice and long, and you can adjust them with a velcro strap. It’s a bit shorter than the one above, which I find more flattering. I really like the streamlined, minimal design. This one is also waterproof and fully seam-sealed.

This one is very thin, though — definitely just a rain jacket, and the price reflects that. It’s a solid choice if you just want rain protection — also, there’s no stretch to speak of, if that matters to you. It comes in other colors too.

VERDICT: A good price for a stylish, minimalistic rain jacket.

The North Face City Midi Trench (size M) // This one is my favorite of the three. The fabric is a little more trench, a little less raincoat, giving it a more elevated look and feel.

It also has a very flattering fit, and the length is just a tad longer than the Columbia Splash A Little Rain Jacket. You will pay a little more, but I think it’s worth it.

It’s waterproof and breathable, but there is no stretch — so definitely go with your larger coat size. The medium fit me perfectly without much room to spare.

VERDICT: Highly recommend for an elevated rain jacket/casual trench!

And A Few More Random Try-Ons…

Sole Society Kaniesa Sport Elastic Flats (size 8) // I ordered these shoes after seeing my friend Lindsay style them a few times. They’re really comfortable, but I recommend sizing up half. I really need the 8.5.

Also, I need to work with them to figure out what to wear them with. They have a sporty vibe, and I don’t love them with this look.

VERDICT: Undecided…

French Connection Sweet Stripe Long Sleeve Sweater Dress (size M) // This dress got QUITE the mixed reviews when I shared it with my JLS Tribe… some loved it, some hated it, and some said they liked it but it’s too memorable.

Okay!

First, let me say that I expected a sweater dress… I mean, it does say it’s a sweater dress. But it’s not. It’s a thin viscose/poly blend with a little bit of stretchy stuff. Obviously, it’s very body-con, but if you’re okay with that, I think it’s really cute, and I LOVE it paired with these Jeffrey Campbell sock booties.

That said, I have NO idea where I would wear this, so…

VERDICT: Returning. That said, it’s 50% off, so if you like it and have somewhere to wear it, grab one! (But size up!)

BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket in Coral Cedar (size M) // After watching this jacket for weeks, I decided to bite the bullet and order it.

It’s more pink than coral, but I think it will be really fun for spring. It’s on the heavier side, and we tend to have chilly springs, so I think I’ll get quite a bit of wear out of it. And for 50% off, I couldn’t pass it up!

Size up; I always wear M in BlankNYC jackets.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Vince sweater (old) with AG Farrah skinnies (similar) with Jeffrey Campbell booties (similar)

Charter Club V-Neck Cashmere Sweater (size M) // I ordered this sweater from Macy’s because I was planning to wear it in the photo shoot with my new dishes… but it didn’t arrive in time!

Oh, well. It gave me the opportunity to review their cashmere. Charter Club is one of Macy’s in-house brands, similar to Halogen at Nordstrom.

This sweater is very soft, definitely a thinner cashmere, but I was impressed with the quality for the price point. I found the v-neckline very flattering, and it has a nice, classic fit.

VERDICT: Returning because I don’t need it, but it’s a good value for the price.

Goodthreads Stretch Hooded Cardigan (size S) // I can’t remember if I shared this before or not, but I couldn’t find it in last week’s try-on haul. This cardigan is very soft and stretchy, and I like the slim cut to the arms and the slouchy pockets, although they probably draw attention to the hip area.

It has a relaxed fit — so not terribly flattering from behind, but if you want an affordable, cozy cardigan at a good price, it’s worth a look.

VERDICT: Keeping, but I’ll mostly wear around the house. I can see this with the Alo lounge leggings above in the pink… Hmmmm….

also wearing: Goodthreads Women’s Mid-Rise Crop Straight Jeans in Bleach Wash (size 29) and Two Tone Star Lace up Fashion Sneakers

Goodthreads Women’s Modal Fleece Popover Sweatshirt (size S) // Anyone remember the Goodthreads Women’s Modal Fleece Popover Sweatshirt Dress from last fall? Well, this is the sweatshirt version.

It’s really thick, nice quality, and suuuuper soft inside and out. (Softer on the inside due to the fleece lining, but still feels nice on the striped side as well.) Very nice for those chilly early spring days on the ballfield…

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Goodthreads Women’s Mid-Rise Crop Straight Jeans in Bleach Wash (size 29) and Two Tone Star Lace up Fashion Sneakers

Ann Taylor Striped Mock Neck Top (size S) // This top would be great for work wear this spring. I love the cut of the arms, and the design of the stripes. It’s very thin, but not in a bad way. It’s very nice quality, and it runs TTS.

Here it is with the black jeans, as another styling option…

VERDICT: I definitely recommend this to anyone needing professional work wear for spring!

also wearing: Sam Edelman Hazel pumps and Everlane The High-Rise Skinny Jeans

Whew! That was a lot. I hope it was helpful. I’d love to hear what you are shopping for right now, and what you’d like to see in future Try-On Hauls!

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