Try-On Haul: Denim Shorts, Crop Jeans, Sandals & a Few Cute Tops

Cheers to Friday, friends! We made it through the first week of social distancing. Let’s just not think about how many we have left to go…

This week’s try-on haul is pretty random, but most of what I found is really good!

Try-On Haul: Denim Shorts, Jeans, Sandals, and a Few Cute Tops

Meanwhile, as we all adjust to our new normal, I’m trying to pivot and plan my content around topics that will be most helpful to you all. I’ve been told that some of you need to look nice for teleconferencing, some just want to be comfy and put-together while homebound, and some are still going out of the house to work — but I’m assuming most of you are in healthcare fields, and perhaps you’re wearing scrubs? I don’t know…

I’m getting ready to order some things for next week’s try-on haul, so chime in!

What do you need these days? I want to be the best resource for you that I possibly can.

I do worry about receiving a ton of packages, knowing that COVID-19 can spread that way. But I do have a business to run, and I want to continue to provide value and fresh content during these uncertain times, so I’m going to try to figure out a safe way to handle that.

Okay, let’s get started!

Try-On Haul: Denim Shorts, Jeans, Sandals, and a Few Cute Tops

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.

All links and descriptions are below the pictures.

Try-Ons: Denim Shorts

I ordered a few pairs of shorts from Gap this week, hoping that by summertime, we may be getting out and about.

GAP SALE: Save 40% off store-wide during the Friends & Family Event with code GAPFRIEND

I was thinking of saving these up for a dedicated shorts review post, similar to the one I did last year, and I still may update that post in a few weeks, but for now I’ll share things as they come in. I can always use these same pictures to update that post once I have enough to make it worthwhile.

Gap 5″ Mid Rise Denim Shorts in Dark Indigo (size 28) // I like the wash on these — it’s a little darker than most, but it still gives off a casual vibe because of the whiskering. The leg opening is slightly wider than I prefer, but overall, I think these are a nice option to have.

They are comfortable and stretchy, and I like the double cuff. Also, the cuff is sewn on the sides, so it will stay in place.

These come in petite and tall sizes too. (Make sure you click on REGULAR if that’s what you want. For some reason, my link is defaulting to the TALL sizes. )

NOTE: The fabric is 94% Cotton, 5% Recycled Cotton, 1% Elastane; plus these jeans are part of Gap’s Washwell™ Program that uses at least 20% less water than conventional wash methods, making them a sustainable pick.

Verdict: Keeping!

also wearing: J.Crew striped boatneck shirt (TTS; wearing a S) with Tory Burch sneakers (LOVE these… super comfy; they’re TTS and on sale!)

Gap 5″ Mid Rise Distressed Denim Shorts (size 28) // I don’t like these as much. They’re almost too big, and the distressing is a little much. I know I wore some very destructed jean shorts last summer, but I think I’m over it.

They’re 99% Cotton, 1% Spandex, so they’re a traditional sturdy denim, with just enough stretch to be comfortable.

Still, these have a nice wash, and I like the raw cuffed hem — it’s also sewn, like the ones above. These come in petite and tall sizes too! (Make sure you click on REGULAR if that’s what you want. For some reason, my link is defaulting to the TALL sizes. )

NOTE: These jeans are part of Gap’s Washwell™ Program that uses at least 20% less water than conventional wash methods, making them a sustainable pick.

VERDICT: returning

also wearing: J.Crew striped boatneck shirt (TTS; wearing a S) with Tory Burch sneakers (LOVE these… super comfy; they’re TTS and on sale!)

Gap 3″ Mid Rise Distressed Denim Shorts (size 28) // These have a shorter inseam, which I like much better for me. I also like this wash a lot, and the raw cuffed hem. Like the ones above, they’re 99% Cotton, 1% Spandex, so they’re a traditional sturdy denim with just enough stretch to be comfortable.

These come in petite and tall sizes too! (Make sure you click on REGULAR if that’s what you want. For some reason, my link is defaulting to the PETITE sizes. )

NOTE: These jeans are part of Gap’s Washwell™ Program that uses at least 20% less water than conventional wash methods, making them a sustainable pick.

Verdict: Keeping!

also wearing: J.Crew striped boatneck shirt (TTS; wearing a S) with Tory Burch sneakers (LOVE these… super comfy; they’re TTS and on sale!)

Try-Ons: Crop Jeans

I ordered a couple pairs of crop jeans during a Madewell sale last week, but it looks like they are not included in this week’s sale. Keep an eye on them, though, because they’re both really good!

Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans in Hartland Wash (size 28) // Off-black jeans are trending this year, and I think Madewell nailed it with this wash. I also love the crop length and the raw hem. They also have the “magic pockets” that are supposed to help tame the tummy.

The fabric is 71% cotton/28% poly/1% elastane denim from the Candiani mill, and for each pair of jeans made at the Fair Trade Certified™ Saitex factory, Madewell contributes to a Community Development Fund managed by the workers, which is pretty cool.

These also come in petite and tall sizes.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Talbots Stripe Cutout Back Top with Everlane The Day Loafer Mules

Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans in Pure White: Button-Front Edition (size 28) // I’ve been wanting a pair of white skinnies that are shorter than the ones I had last year, plus those are too big now. I tried 3 or 4 pairs of white jeans in last week’s Try-On Haul, but they all missed the mark somewhere or another.

These, however, are white denim perfection!!!!

I haven’t been this excited about white jeans since… well, since I found the Madewell 9″ Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pure White last spring. LOL! I guess the moral to this story is: Madewell is the place to go for white jeans.

They just do a REALLY good job with white denim. It’s thick and not at all see-through. (I forgot and wore black underwear to my photoshoot on Monday when I photographed these jeans with The Motherchic top, but it didn’t matter.) They have just enough stretch to be comfortable, but not so much that they highlight every dimple… Yes, my friends. I have dimples.

I also love the rear view on these — this is probably the first time I’ve posted a straight-on rear view picture without cringing inside. The pocket placement is perfect — not too wide or too high or too low or too big. (That is just a subjective observation. I have been asked for more advice on how to judge pocket placement, but everyone is different. You just have to take pictures and compare.)

To top it off, I love the way they fit through the legs — fitted, but not skin-tight. AND they have a 26 1/2″ inseam (the perfect crop length on me) with a really nice leg opening. Even though it measures the typical 10″, they don’t seem to fit as close to the ankle as some, which helps balance my wider hips.

The fabric is 90% cotton/8% poly/2% elastane denim from the Cone® mill, and I love that Madewell partners with the Better Cotton Initiative to improve cotton farming globally.

Oh, they have the magic pockets too!

FYI, these also come in petite and tall sizes.

VERDICT: In case you couldn’t tell, KEEPING!!!

also wearing: Talbots Stripe Cutout Back Top with Talbots Chainlink Loafers

Agolde Toni Slim in Radiate (size 28) // I ordered these because I thought it might be nice to have a pair of straighter white cropped jeans, and because I love my blue Agolde Toni crop jeans (on sale, by the way!!!)

Unfortunately, these fit very differently. For one thing, they are waaaaay too tight in the waist. I know they look loose here because of the straighter fit, but I would have to size up to a 29 if I was going to keep them.

Otherwise, the denim is nice and thick, and I do like the fit. I’m just not sure the 29 would look as good on the legs. Since they’re not on sale, and I found the Madewell pair above, I’m going to hold off on re-ordering in a larger size.

VERDICT: returning

also wearing: Madewell Ridgeton Pullover Sweater (also at Nordstrom; 25% off) with Sam Edelman Tesma Wedge Slide Sandals

Try-Ons: One Random Talbots Sweater

I actually have a few cute finds from Talbots, but you’ll have to wait till Monday’s post for that… Meanwhile, I wanted to share this sweater right away because it’s almost sold out.

Talbots Ombre Stripe Sweater (size S) // I’m sorry that this is only available in XS because it’s soooo cute! Very nice quality, nice dense knit, and such pretty colors. I love the 3/4 length sleeves too. If you’re an XS, RUN!!! It’s also 40% off.

also wearing: Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans with Sam Edelman Tesma Wedge Slide Sandals

Try-Ons: Nordstrom Sale Finds

Nordstrom is running an unprecedented site-wide 25% off sale, and I rounded up a bunch of my Nordstrom Favorites in The Shop.

I also received a few orders this week of random pieces that caught my eye.

Madewell Daisy Daydream Sash Tie Wrap Top (also at Madewell; size S) // I actually ordered this top from Madewell, along with the jeans above, but it’s also at Nordstrom. Both retailers have it 25% off, with free shipping and free returns (at Madewell, for Insiders only.)

ANYWHO. I love the colors and the print, I think it’s so fresh and pretty, but the fit is a little weird. I would need a few additional snaps or fashion tape to hold it together. It could be the boobs, or maybe it’s just made that way, I’m not sure. Anyway. Someone else might like it, but I decided to return.

VERDICT: returning

also wearing: Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans with Marc Fisher Fianna Sandals

Marc Fisher Fianna Sandals (size 8) // These are so fun for summer, such a great casual look. The leather straps are very soft against the foot, and the footbed is too.

The studs are a hot trend for spring, and these come in other colors too. They’re currently 25% off at Nordstrom!

VERDICT: Keeping!

Sam Edelman Tesma Wedge Slide Sandals (size 7.5) // I’ve shared these already, but I wanted to call your attention to them in this post because I finally got the right size, and I love them. Plus, they’re 25% off at Nordstrom!

I like the snake print (Truffle) so much, I decided to order this Toasted Almond color as well. I love the croc embossed leather, the sleek styling, and the squared-off toe. They’re surprisingly easy to walk in too!

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans

Tory Burch Howell Lace-Up Sneakers (size 8) // FOUND: Fashion sneakers for grown-ups!

I’ll be sharing my updated Fashion Sneaker Review tomorrow, but since I’m wearing these with the Gap shorts, I’ll say a few words about them here.

These sneakers have that retro court style that is very on trend, but there’s something about them that’s also classy, leaning a little bit preppy. I love the navy trim at the back with the gold medallion.

I will say, though, they are verrry white — almost a stark white. Sometimes too white for certain outfits, but I love the styling, and they are suuuper comfortable. I wore them all over the grocery store and for most of the day last Friday, and they were comfortable all day and required no breaking in.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Bobeau Ribbed Knit Long Cardigan (size S) // I shared in this week’s What I Wore post that I realized I could use a versatile black cardigan or blazer in my wardrobe to wear when I need a layering piece for dressier events. (Basically, times when a leather jacket or denim jacket isn’t appropriate.)

I thought this long knit cardigan might be a good option, and I really do like it, but it might be too dramatic for church or funerals… which is kind of what I need it for.

Still, I like it a lot as a completer piece to more fun, edgy outfits, and the price is fantastic.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: leopard blouse (old; similar here) with red jeans (also at Anthro; 25% off) and strappy sandals

Gibson x The Motherchic Isle Button-Down Tank (size S; need an XS) // I styled this top for yesterday’s post, but I also have these pictures, so I thought I’d show you how it looks front-tucked and from the back.

This is such a great little piece to dress up or down this summer. I should have also shown you how cute it is with shorts and flat sandals… maybe next week, if it’s still available.

I do recommend sizing down, though. I think I would like the fit better in an XS.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans in Pure White: Button-Front Edition with Sam Edelman Tesma Wedge Slide Sandals

Try-Ons: LOFT Jumpsuit

LOFT V-Back Tie Waist Jumpsuit (size 4) // I shared this last week, but it was too big for me in the 6, and it just came in the 4.

I think this is really cute and flattering! It definitely runs big, so you may need to size down, but otherwise, it fits nicely, and I love the v-back and the tie in the front. The fabric is very light and has a nice drape. I mentioned last week, the quality isn’t superb, but for the sale price, it’s a really cute piece to have for events this spring and summer.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Vince Camuto denim jacket (size S; 25% off!!!) with Vince Camuto Marybell Platform Wedge Sandals (25% off; LOVE!!!)

And that’s a wrap!

Despite my attempt to take Saturdays off, I plan on posting my updated Fashion Sneaker Review tomorrow. I’ve had the pictures for a couple of weeks, and I haven’t been able to find a day to share them, and next week is pretty much spoken for already, SO! I will be posting tomorrow.

I hope you guys are all hanging in there. I know the news is scary, but try to keep the faith. We will get through this, and we will be stronger for it.

Love you all!

xo

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