Whelp. This one is all tops! I actually have some pants upstairs I keep meaning to try on, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. And in the interest of getting this post up sometime before noon, I’m just going to have to go with what I have at this point.
Let’s dive right in!
Oh, and by the way, Ann Taylor is having a 40% off site wide sale (some exclusions apply, but everything I’m sharing here is included.)
Try-On Haul: Fall Sweaters & Tops
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish, with a slight hourglass shape. I typically wear a 6/28 in pants and jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses, and size 8 shoe.
I’m on a serious camel kick lately, and this ribbed mock neck is sooo soft and stretchy. It’s definitely more on the body-con side of the fit spectrum, but it’s not skin-tight either. You could size up for a bit more wiggle room, but I like the way the shoulders and arms fit in the small.
I didn’t do a rear view shot for all of these items, but I felt like with this one, it was important. Again, definitely more of a body-con fit. I would only wear this with higher rise jeans, to hold in all the fluff.
As much as I like the simplicity of this sweater with the jeans and belt and pumps, I feel like it would make a better layering top. I think I’d feel a little too boobalicious wearing this without a completer piece.
I can see it with my leather moto or a blazer. I need to experiment with it and see what I come up with.
This sweater also comes in a really cool shade of blue, and it’s 40% off right now!
This is one of those pieces that kept catching my eye on the website, so I finally ordered it, even though I knew it wouldn’t really work for me. I’m a glutton for punishment, what can I say?
Don’t get me wrong, I think this top is A-dorable. I just think it would look better on someone who is more of a pear shape.
I have wide shoulders and a larger than average chest, and the last thing I need is more volume in the arms to make me look even bigger on top than I already am.
I’m technically an “hourglass” body type, and people often mistakenly think that means I can wear anything. It does not. It means I have to be careful not to wear things that throw off my naturally well-balanced proportions.
So this top is going back. However, I think it would be a gorgeous holiday top on certain ladies, and it’s currently 40% off, so snap it up if you think it would work for you!
Aaaaaand I just clicked through and it’s almost sold out. Womp… womp… If you’re a small, you’re in luck!
I did it again. I fell for a top that I knew wouldn’t work for me.
I love this sweater in theory, it has such pretty details. I love the design of the front placket and the nice, long sleeves… and of course the color.
But it is really short with a 20 1/2″ front length, and it’s kind of swingy so it feels a little risky to wear without a cami underneath.
I wish it was just an inch or two longer in the front — the same length all the way around would be perfect. And maybe if it were a little more fitted, like the Everlane cardigan I had last year that I wore so much.
Oh, well. You can’t win ’em all!
As an aside, these Talbots suede ankle boots are gorgeous, good quality, and comfortable too.
I really want to like this piece. While I typically steer clear of ultra long cardigans because of my height, this one is really thin and soft and flowy, and it has a really nice drape.
I feel like I can almost get away with it… maybe with heels?
I think the trick with these is, you really have to let them fall to the back, not try to keep it wrapped around you and lined up in front.
See, like this.
Not so much like this.
I don’t know, though. I still feel like I look like I’m wearing a bathrobe from behind.
I’m undecided. What say you?
By the way, I’m wearing the Sculpting Pocket Mid Rise Skinny Jeans in Mid Stone Wash in all of the above.
Okay, that’s it for the Ann Taylor try-ons. Moving on to Madewell.
So I actually ordered a few cardigans from Madewell, and for some reason, when they arrived, I was like WHY did I order those?
Do you ever do that? I often get packages and can’t remember what I had in mind when I ordered them. Maybe it’s an occupational hazard, I don’t know… but I didn’t even try on the others. I just wasn’t feeling it.
This one, however, I like. I just wish it was a little longer. Are you sensing a theme?
I actually love how they styled it on the website with the skirt, but I know me, and I would never wear that.
Maybe I need to size up in this… that might help. I think I could use some extra room in the shoulders and arms, and it would probably be more forgiving in the next size up.
But I think it’s cute. It’s also 20% off, or 30% off if you can rack up a $200 order. Which is not hard to do, I assure you!
Okay, another button-up cardigan, and more camel. I really need to branch out. I’m in a color rut.
This is the heathered chai, and it’s selling out. Some popular blogger must have featured it b/c the other colors are all in stock. I actually think I like them better anyway. #nomorecamelsweaters
Again, these cropped sweaters are killing me. I mean, I like a shorter sweater, but these are taking it a bit too far. I just need another inch, people. One inch.
This one actually looks okay in pictures, but I think I had to pull it down every time I moved. I’m also not loving that high crewneck. I much prefer the v-neck cardigans if I’m going to wear them buttoned up.
I should have tried this unbuttoned over a tank or cami… I bet that would be cute. The fabric is lovely, and it has some nice details.
GAP V-Neck Sweater size S
This was a random Gap one-off order, inspired by this outfit that I want to recreate from last year.
This sweater is okay. It’s that soft, spongy, stretchy knit that is so popular right now.
Honestly, it feels a little cheap to me, but it’s a really pretty color, and it’s 50% off, so there’s that.
I’m also not crazy about the longer length and that gradual high-low hem. That’s looking a little dated to me, but I do appreciate the deep v-neck with contrasting ribbed trim, on-shoulder seams, and extra long sleeves.
So this one’s a toss-up. For the $35 sale price, I’d say it’s a decent value if you don’t mind the length.
And speaking of longer lengths, I KNEW I wouldn’t like the length of this, but every time I logged onto the Talbots website, it called to me.
It just looked sooooo luxe and soft, and I’m such a sucker for camel, cashmere, and a cowlneck… ha! I made an alliteration, and I wasn’t even trying.
So anyway, when it went on sale, I snagged it. (It is not on sale now, so sorry…)
It fits exactly like I expected. Practically perfect in every way… except way too long.
I guess I could have tried a front-tuck, but it seems like it’s intended to wear like this. I mean, they do call it a tunic for a reason.
It’s not really long enough to be a tunic, though. It’s kind of in between… which I guess is the problem.
Oh, boy, it’s even worse from the back. It cuts right across the widest part of my body — my big ole birthing hips.
But look at that perfect cowl and the excellent fit in the arms and shoulders. Such potential… but alas. It must go back.
Maybe some of you will like this length. If you’re taller than 5’5″, I’d say it’s worth a try.
That’s all I have from Talbots that’s new, BUT I wanted to remind you that they’re doing that sale, and here are a few pieces I would recommend to you if you’re feeling the urge to shop…
This Merci Sweatshirt is really cute, and it runs TTS.
This slub cotton stripe sweater is so cute for transition season — perfect for those of you in warmer climates b/c it’s very lightweight.
And this elevated utility jacket is a great choice as well.
Athleta Mindset Sweatshirt size S
You may remember my Athleta Fall Faves post from a few weeks ago. I got my order and finally got around to trying them on.
This sweatshirt is suuuper soft, and the tulip edge hem is really fun. Unfortunately, this color sold out, but there are lots more to choose from.
I’m just not sure about the sizing. While the arms and hem length are plenty long, I feel like I could use some more wiggle room through the body.
I can’t tell if this is the way it’s suppose to fit or not. I love the fabric, though, and the color.
This is another impossibly soft top. They have some kind of magic in their fabrics, I’m telling you what, and I love the purple spacedye. This one’s a keeper, for sure.
And that’s all I’ve got for new try-ons! I will try to get to the rest that are sitting in my room later today, maybe I’ll even share them in my Coffee Talk tomorrow.
Things I’ve Worn On Sale
Also, real quick, I just saw that my python print P448 sneakers are 25% off at Nordstrom. FYI, I needed the 39 (US size 9) in these. (I have the 38 in my other pair, for reference.)
And this Rebecca Minkoff tote is 20% off. I’ve had my eye on this, but I really do not need another tote. If you do, I highly recommend! It even has a slip pocket for your phone on the back.
And this Lou & Grey poncho.
Have a fantabulous Saturday, friends!
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