Good morning! I’ve got a new Try On Haul for you today, with a bunch of fall sweaters and dresses, and I’m also trying out Risen jeans and a couple new pairs of UGGs.
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.
Fall Fashion Try-On Haul: Sweaters & Dresses
I ordered a few sweaters from Talbots, and they’re all 30% off through 10/22, during their Friends & Family Event!
Cable Knit Funnel Neck Sweater
I love the quality of this sweater; it’s so warm and comfortable. The color is really pretty, but I’m not a fan of the tweed effect; I feel like it cheapens the look.
The fabric is 55% cotton, 40% nylon, 5% acrylic; which is great for those who can’t wear wool, but it’s just a little too long and boxy on me to look current. It might look good on a taller woman, though.
I also tried this sweater with the off-black Good American jeans (6-12) and the same Vince boots, but this look is even worse because the shorter jeans look even more off-balance with the longer sweater.
The hem creates a horizontal line right across the widest part of my body, which makes me look bigger than I am, and it also cuts me in half rather than creating a more pleasing 1/3 to 2/3 vertical proportion.
VERDICT: Unfortunately, this one must go back, but I wouldn’t count it out if you don’t mind the length. If it appeals to you, it’s worth a try, especially while it’s 30% off.
Ribbed Mockneck Sweater
This sweater also has pretty rib knit details, and the lines they create are quite flattering, but it’s even longer than the one above… by the website measurements, anyway. They look about the same to me.
I didn’t try a front tuck because the fabric is too thick and stiff to drape well, and I feel like it’s meant to be left untucked, with the wide ribbed split hem.
It also has a small amount of wool content, which I want to mention because I know some of you are sensitive. The fabric is 55% Cotton, 25% Lenzing ™ Ecovero ™ Viscose, 15% Nylon, 5% Merino Wool.
I’m conflicted on this one because I really like the Dark Walnut color (there are other options, if it’s not your thing) and I love the design. I just wish it was as easy to shorten sweaters as it is to shorten jeans!
VERDICT: I also returned this one, but it’s very pretty if you don’t mind the 25 1/2″ length. It also comes in several other color choices.
Talbots Cable Knit Zip Collar Sweater
I like the cable knit pattern and zip collar on this one, plus the teal is really pretty, although I find it hard to work with. It doesn’t look great with blue jeans, and I don’t love it with these black jeans as much as I thought I would. It might be pretty with brown or winter white cords, though… I should have tried that!
The fabric is 68% Acrylic, 17% Nylon, 12% Polyester, 3% Spandex, so there’s no wool content; but the length is still longer than I prefer these days.
I tried a front tuck, and this isn’t much better. It’s just too thick of a sweater for this look. It doesn’t drape, and it looks stiff and awkward.
VERDICT: I returned this one too. I like certain details about it, but I know I won’t reach for it because of the length.
Talbots Cable Knit Zip Front Sweater
Okay, finally, a sweater at a more modern length. Yay, Talbots! I love the set-in sleeves, and the cable knit, and the zip-up cardigan style is really cute.
The fabric is 54% Acrylic, 30% Polyester, 16% Nylon, which I like a lot for a non-wool option.
This is how it looks unzipped, but I prefer it zipped with a “triangle” of tank top showing, as I’m wearing it above.
VERDICT: I kept this one. Love it!
Rails Harris Stripe Sweater
I found this sweater at Nordstrom when I was walking through the store a couple weeks ago, and it’s currently part of the Bloomingdale’s Buy More, Save More Event. I bought it without trying it on, so I was really happy when I actually loved it. I don’t even mind the length in this case because it has such a nice drape. Plus, I love the colors and the polo collar and the overall quality of the piece.
I first paired it with these relaxed flares, and while this look doesn’t quite meet the traditional standards of fit and proportion, it sort of works.
I think it’s because there is low contrast between the dark blue of the sweater and the dark wash of the jeans, and there’s something about the fluidity of these two pieces together that I rather like.
Because I wasn’t quite sure about that outfit, I also tried this sweater with the MOTHER Tomcat straight ankle jeans and ballet flats, as well as the PAIGE Sasha relaxed straight leg jeans and lug sole boots, but I don’t care for either of these looks.
In fact, I don’t think I’m crazy about either pair of jeans at all, but definitely not with this sweater.
So then I decided to see how this sweater looks my light wash MOTHER Dazzler slim straight ankle jeans and light beige Western boots. I wore the booties rather than a sneaker or flat because I felt like the extra height might help balance out the longer sweater, and I think it works. I like this look a lot.
I feel like the slim, straight leg jeans help to offset the longer, more relaxed top. Also, the lighter color denim with light boots have a low contrast effect, which creates a longer, leaner leg line. Conversely, the higher contrast of the light wash jeans with the darker sweater is pleasing to the eye.
For kicks and giggles, I tried a front tuck, the way they show it on the Saks website, but I don’t care for this at all.
The sweater drapes better than the Talbots sweaters I showed above, but I still feel like this looks awkward. I would rather let it hang straight, even though it may not create the ideal proportions.
VERDICT: Keeping this one, even though I had to work with it a bit. It’s unlike anything else I have in my closet, and I think it’s cute with the light wash jeans, and I might occasionally wear it with the darker BR relaxed flares, as well.
Caslon Stripe V Neck Sweater
If you want a more budget-friendly option, this Caslon sweater has such a pretty color palette, but it’s also quite long, and the fabric is awkward to front tuck.
FYI, I wouldn’t wear black boots with that outfit; I was just trying on a bunch of sweaters real quick that day.
The next day, I came back to this sweater and tried it with brown lug sole boots and the PAIGE Sasha 32″ wide leg jeans. I thought it might look better with longer jeans, to offset the length of the sweater, but nope! Even worse.
This is better, but the awkward length of the sweater and the way the ribbed hem hugs my hips is just not a good combination. It’s also a little longer in the back than the front, which adds to the unfortunate hip-hugging effect.
The front tuck doesn’t look much better, but I guess this could work. It really is a pretty knit, I like the v-neck and set-in sleeves, and it’s very soft and comfortable.
VERDICT: Sadly, I sent this back. I really love the colors and the pattern, but I have too many sweaters I like better.
Gap Blanket Boyfriend Cardigan
I also ordered a couple of items from Gap when they were having a sale, and this boyfriend cardigan caught my eye. While cardigans aren’t exactly trending right now, they’re a classic style that never really goes away, and I think there’s always a place for one or two in a casual winter wardrobe.
This one looked so cozy for cold winter days at home, and I wanted to try it, but it’s way bigger and baggier than I expected. I’m not really a fan. I also don’t love the fabric; it’s soft enough, but it feels really light and airy, not nearly as warm and cozy as I was envisioning.
If I wear a sweater like this, it’s because I’m cold and want to feel cozy, so I would do better with wool or cashmere rather than this polyester blend. That said, I do like the ribbed trim, raglan sleeves, and contrasting buttons. I like this oatmeal color a lot too.
For some reason, I also ordered the brown. Notice how it has darker buttons, that also create a nice contrast against the darker sweater.
I paired this one with a black tank and wore them with the off-black Good American jeans (6-12) and black Vince booties, but this doesn’t do a thing for me. The outfit above is better. If I was going to consider keeping this sweater, it would be that one.
Here’s how it looks unbuttoned, if you’re interested in that option. It works both ways… I may actually like it better unbuttoned, since it’s so long.
Side Note: Make sure you click on the REGULAR size, if you click over to the Gap website. It keeps defaulting to the TALL, which reminds me, this sweater does come in tall and petite options. Maybe I should try it again in petite.)
Before we leave that outfit, allow me to point out that those Good American straight leg jeans look a lot better with black booties than they do with black loafers. I like them a lot better when there is no break between the hem of the jeans and the top of the shoe.
VERDICT: I ended up returning both of these sweaters, although I might keep an eye out for a similar style that isn’t so overwhelming, and preferably in a higher quality fabric that is also warmer.
Risen High Rise Wide Leg Jeans
Okay, so moving away from sweaters for a bit, I ordered these Risen wide leg jeans from Social Threads because I thought they had a nice look to them, and they’re a great price.
I especially like the cut of these, how they’re snug through the hips and upper thighs, with more of a relaxed fit through the rest of the leg. The distressed hems are fun, but I’m not crazy about the excessive fading on the thighs and rear.
It’s a shame there’s so much fading across the bum because otherwise, the fit and pocket placement is really nice, but that’s the deal breaker for me. Plus, the rise is reeeeeeally high.
VERDICT: I decided to return these, but I would try Risen jeans again. Definitely size down, if ordering. These are the size 28, and they fit me perfectly.
Okay, moving on to dresses… sweater dresses, of course! I’m running out of time, so I’m going to try to whip through these rather quickly.
Long Sleeve Cable Knit Sweater Dress
I love a sweater dress for fall/winter, so I’m thrilled to see so many options this year. This one, however, is a bit overwhelming on me. Even though the neckline is pretty, and I like the cable knit, it’s overall pretty bulky and shapeless.
The ballet flats don’t really offer enough balance for the bulky dress, so I thought I’d try these Sorel boots. But, no. This is not the answer.
All I see in this picture are my hips and the gigantic cap toe on these boots. I look like Bozo the Clown.
I also tried a more elevated bootie in a darker chocolate brown suede (sorry, they’re from last year and no longer available), but I’m not loving this either. I think it’s the dress. It just doesn’t flatter me.
VERDICT: Returned it.
CashSoft Turtleneck Sweater Dress
I like this one better. I think the smoother fabric is more slimming, and the darker color probably helps too. Plus, it has traditional set-in sleeves instead of drop shoulders, which I always prefer.
I also like it a lot with these boots, but the length seems a bit awkward. In my perfect world, it would be a couple inches longer.
VERDICT: So far, I’m keeping this one, but I haven’t taken the tags off yet.
Caslon Rib Midi Sweater Dress
This one you already saw in yesterday’s post with Nordstrom, but here I paired it with taller boots, and I actually really like it with these. The color contrast is nice, and these boots are gorgeous. The longer length on the dress is flattering too, I think, and the ribbed knit isn’t too clingy.
VERDICT: Definitely keeping!
Caslon Long Sleeve Rib Sweater Dress
This dress is… interesting. The flowy silhouette and exaggerated drop sleeve makes it very casual, so I probably should have styled it with sneakers, but either way, I don’t feel like it does much for me. It’s very soft and comfortable, though.
VERDICT: Returned this one.
Eliza J Fit & Flare Sweater Dress
This dress was also in yesterday’s post with Nordstrom, but I have the pictures, so I’ll throw them in here. As I said, the matching tie at the waist adds a nice point of interest, and the 3/4-length sleeves allow you to showcase your arm candy.
It’s very comfortable for a dressier dress, and the fit and flare style is nice for a change. Plus, this Spruce Green is gorgeous. It also comes in black, and it runs true to size, or size up if in between. I have the medium.
VERDICT: Keeping for now… I think this will be nice to have in my closet this year for when I want something a little more dressed up.
Rib Long Sleeve Midi Sweater Dress
Okay, last sweater dress! This one is really soft and comfortable, and I think the full skirt is kind of fun.
I always check out my rear view, especially when I’m trying a silhouette I don’t normally wear, and and this dress seems to accentuate my waist without over-emphasizing my hips the way straighter styles tend to do.
VERDICT: It’s a keeper!
Blondo Skara Waterproof Boot
at Nordstrom (8)
I wanted to show a close-up of these boots, since all of the dresses I’ve worn with them cover the top of the shaft. As you can see, they have a rather narrow shaft, which is nice for those of us with spindly calves, but they have a stretchy panel, so I think they’ll work for women with more athletic calves, as well.
VERDICT: Definitely keeping. Not only do these look good and provide weather protection, but they’re comfortable too.
Halogen Short Sleeve Mock Neck Shirt
Okay, a few more pieces from yesterday’s post… this sweater is nice for a ribbed knit because it isn’t super clingy. It’s also very soft, and you know how I like a soft garment! The length is nice too; it works well untucked or tucked.
Halogen High Waist Plaid Trousers
These pants are a nice alternative to black, and I like the pattern a lot. It’s muted and understated enough to not be too overwhelming, but it’s more interesting than a solid.
For size reference, I’m in the 8, and I could not take them any smaller in the waist, so I’d say they’re true to size, or size up if in between.
VERDICT: I like these, but I know I won’t reach for them, and you might notice, they came with the security tag attached (ooops!) so I sent them back.
Okay, I’m throwing in a couple of random pairs of UGGs here at the end because I know how fast they sell out this time of year. They rarely, if ever, go on sale, but they’re eligible for Power Points at Bloomies right now.
UGG Classic Ultra Mini Sheepskin Ankle Boots
These are the UGGs du jour, to so speak… haha! The taller ones that were popular for so long and looked so cozy over skinny jeans have given way to this mini style, and I kind of like it. It’s a lot more practical than a taller boot, and they pair easily with all styles of jeans.
I like them best with these straight ankle jeans, but I would even wear them with flares, if I wanted to be uber casual… or even yoga pants.
I also wanted to give this next style a try…
UGG Ultra Mini Braid Cozy Booties
The shearling cuff with braided detail on the side is cute and cozy, and makes my foot look less like a muppet’s, but they give off more of a slipper vibe. That said, I will probably wear these mostly around the house on cold days, so I don’t think I mind the slipper vibe so much.
And here’s the yoga pants test with this pair. They don’t work quite as well as the plainer pair, but I don’t mind this if I’m just around the house or visiting a neighbor.
VERDICT: I am keeping one of these, I’m just not sure which. Either would make a great holiday gift, if you need something like this!
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