Try-On Haul: J.Crew, Abercrombie, Nordstrom, LOFT & More

Good morning, and happy Saturday! It’s kind of gloomy over here, but I hope it clears up because we have an Oktoberfest party to attend this afternoon.

This try-on sesh is LONG, so let’s get started! There are also a lot of things I’ve styled recently that just went on sale, so they’re sprinkled throughout the post as I noticed them, and I rounded up even a few more at the end.

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with a slight hourglass shape. My “true” sizes are 6/28 in pants/jeans, small in tops, 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and I wear a size 8 shoe.

Try-On Haul: J.Crew, Abercrombie, Nordstrom, LOFT & More

Abercrombie Sherpa Half-Zip Faux Leather-Trim Sweatshirt size S

But last weekend they went on a major sale, and Becca and I were at the mall, so I suggested we go in and look at them. I was thinking for her, and she did indeed fall in love… but so did I!

As it turns out, they aren’t as shapeless as I feared, and even though they’re not the most flattering form of outerwear, that’s not really the point. When you’re cold, do you care?

They do have some shaping through the waist, as you can probably see, and they’re also longer than I expected, which I think actually helps it not look so bulky. It’s even long enough for wearing with leggings, if you so desire.

Plus, they’re ridiculously cozy and warm — perfect for all the outdoor gatherings this fall!

Throw it on with your favorite denim and fashion sneakers, and you’ve got yourself a casual-cool, cozy outfit. (My P448 sneakers are an old style, but Nordstrom has several other styles 25% off.)

They look cute with UGGs too!

I’m wearing my usual size small, and right now, these sherpas are 25% off if you’re an Abercrombie member. (It’s free to join.)

In fact, while they’re on sale, I’m considering this mid-length sherapa coat in one of the solid brown colors. I think it would be a nice alternative to a quilted jacket with casual outfits.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: UGG Quincy boots with Kut from the Kloth Donna skinnies

J.Crew Factory Colorblock crewneck sweater in extra-soft yarn size S

I ordered a few sweaters from J.Crew Factory when they were on sale a week or so ago. Currently, they’re running a Shop More, Save More Sale: Save an extra 40% when you purchase 4+ items, 30% on 3+ items, and 20% on 2 items with code SAVEMORE.

This colorblock crewneck is really cute. I love the colors, the soft, spongy knit, and the color blocking pattern.

It’s made of acrylic/nylon/elastane/wool, and it runs true to size. It also comes in a Quartz/Begonia color way, but I like this Acorn/Navy much better.

It actually has a bit of shape though the waist, which I think you can see best in the rear view.

My only complaint is that it’s a little longer than I prefer. It hits me right at the widest part of my hips.

I didn’t try the front tuck, but I guess I should. I still think front-tucking a sweater seems odd, although sometimes I do it anyway.

VERDICT: I will probably return because of the length, and I have too many sweaters to settle for one that I don’t love, but I would recommend this if the length and everything else works for you.

also wearing: old rag & bone Cate skinnies (I was trying to see if they still fit) and Madewell Day Loafer Mules (love; size up half)

Speaking of these skinnies, rag & bone is running a 30% off sale (the code is TAKE30), and while this exact wash is sold out, there are a lot of good ones.

This Cate style is my favorite for rag & bone skinnies.

They also make the Nina with a similar fit in the butt and legs, but with a higher rise.

LOFT High Waist Skinny Corduroy Pants size 6

I saw these at LOFT and thought they would make a nice alternative to jeans this fall, but yeowsah… ugh. They look a lot better in these pictures than they did on my body.

For one thing, they are super high rise, which I don’t always mind, especially if I’m going to wear a sweater untucked over top, however, these do nothing to hold in the belly flab… if anything, they accentuate it.

I will say this, the rear view isn’t horrible, the pockets are a good size, and they have decent pocket placement, but there is something really weird going on around the, ahem, middle seam… I don’t know if it’s just the lighting or what, but… #nothanks.

The length and cut of the leg is flattering in a very traditional sense, but they don’t look particularly modern. Plus, they have a sheen to them which is rather unfortunate.

VERDICT: returning…  in case you weren’t sure about that!

also wearing: old Vince sweater and Madewell Remi mules

J.Crew Factory Button sweater in extra-soft yarn size S

This sweater is that same super soft, spongy knit as the colorblock sweater above, and I thought this rust would be fun for fall, but wow, it is BRIGHT.

The fit is cute, though, and the length is nice.

I first put it on with those cords and the snake print mules, but I decided to see if I could make it look a little more youthful with mildly distressed skinny jeans, and I definitely like this look better.

I don’t think the sweater really needs a front tuck, but I tried it anyway. It runs true to size, and it comes in a bunch of other colors.

This is the Spiced Cayenne, and I would say the color on the website is more true than my pictures, but it’s still brighter in real life than shown there. (I worked with these photos in lightroom and could not tone it down. I think it’s b/c I was using a ring light — it was a gloomy day, and my room was dark.)

VERDICT: Returning; too bright. I may try the black or burgundy, though.

J.Crew Factory Open-front cardigan in extra-soft yarn size S

Again, the color of this sweater is NOT as bright as it looks in my pictures, but it’s definitely bright. This is the Bronzed Ochre.

I actually had this sweater last year in the Hthr Acorn, and it’s a really nice camel color.

It’s really flattering for a long cardigan. I like the shape a lot, and the pocket placement is perfect.

Here it is with flats…

I do think I could have sized down in this. It’s pretty voluminous from certain angles.

I actually ordered this sweater so I could recreate this popular look from the blog a few years ago… who remembers this???

The funny thing is, I like the original outfit better. I much prefer the cut of that boyfriend cardigan… it fits closer to the body, and the length is much more practical.

Not to mention, the mustard is a much more wearable shade of yellow, and the contrasting buttons are a nice touch as well.

mustard cardigan

To recreate it for 2020, I ordered a more traditional fringed oblong leopard scarf, but it’s kind of short for the way I have it tied.

I also went for a pair of lighter wash flares, which I think look a little more modern.

Flares are definitely around, but not super popular right now. The more flared styles in lighter washes seem to be a little more of the moment. I also like the lighter boots with it.

You be the judge! Who wore it better? 2015 Jo-Lynne or 2020 Jo-Lynne???

J.Crew Zoe leopard calf hair d’Orsay flats size 8

I think these shoes are super cute and flattering. I had them in a different print last year and liked them a lot. The quality is meh, but if you can get them for 30 or 40% off, they’re a decent value.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Remember, use code SAVEMORE to get 40% off 4+ items, 30% off 3+ items, or 20% off 2+ items at J.Crew Factory this weekend.

Old Navy Cozy Long-Line Open-Front Sweater size S

It’s kind of mean to show you this sweater because it’s almost sold out, but I styled it two or three ways so I wanted to show how to take a cardigan from frumpy to chic with a quick swap of your pants and shoes.

I noticed that the tan stripe aligned perfectly with these cords, so I thought they would make a nice pairing. When I went to my closet to add shoes, I knew I couldn’t do a bootie with the length of these pants, so I settled on these navy smoking slippers. (They’re old, sorry!)

This outfit is fine and all, but it’s very conservative, and while each component is okay on its own, altogether it leans a little matronly.

I decided to try and style the cardigan to make it look a little more youthful and chic.

These bootcuts were already laid out from the yellow cardigan outfit above, so I threw them on with this and added these Vince Camuto booties in the tortilla suede color.

I like how these colors all coordinate and keep the rest of the look low-contrast so the sweater stands out.

It needs a necklace, but overall, this outfit looks a lot more youthful and fresh to my eye, although the flares don’t look particularly current.

So then I switched to the Kut from the Kloth Donna skinnies, and I swapped the woven tank for a white v-neck tee.

SO much better… yes??? (The white tee would have looked better with the flares too.)

But yeah, unfortunately this sweater is almost sold out. It’s available in some solid colors, though. It’s true to size; I’m in the small.

VERDICT: Returning, only because I don’t need any more cardigans I can’t link when I wear them. #bloggerproblems

Ann Taylor Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater size S

Next up, this gorgeous blue cotton blend mockneck sweater!

If this sweater looks familiar, it’s because it’s almost identical to the chunky ribbed turtleneck sweater I styled for my  Ann Taylor collab earlier in the week.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics

I didn’t even realize I ordered two of practically the same sweater.

This blue one has a different fabric content — 57% Cotton, 43% Polyester. I can’t find the fabric on the other, as it’s sold out. But look who is featured at the bottom of the page!?!

Anyway, this is more cottony, and I like the fit a lot better. Remember how I said I wanted to size down in the other one? This one seems to fit fine in the small.

It’s not the most flattering sweater, as the tall neck and tall ribbed hem aren’t very forgiving on those of us who are short-waisted, but overall, I like the fit and the length is great. I think it’s cute and cozy for this time of year.

For the fun of it, I also tried it with white jeans. I love this fresh look for winter! I would prefer booties, though… maybe these in the Cloud Suede.

FYI, Ann Taylor is doing $100 off a $200+ purchase, $150 off a $250+ purchase plus free shipping with code GETGIFTING. Some exclusions apply, but this blue sweater qualifies, as does the ribbed mockneck sweater I shared last weekend.

Also, my rust cardigan, woven tank, croc print tote, and the jeans and snake print belt I wore with both looks!

Okay, moving on to coats and jackets. I am going to try to speed things up here because it’s getting late, and this is taking for-ev-er.

I ordered a few splurgy faux fur jackets to try, as well as this casual quilted jacket from Gap.

Gap Quilted Jacket size S

This is cute enough, but I don’t care for the quality. I prefer a quilted jacket that is more weather-proof.

Also, the zipper with that visible inner placket, and no button option is a way to keep production costs down, but it’s awkward to fasten and looks weird when unzipped, even partially.

Oh, and also, when I tried to unzip it, it got stuck. I would definitely skip this jacket, unless you don’t ever plan to zip it.

But it doesn’t look good unzipped either… so yeah. Skip it. 🙂

VERDICT: returning

also wearing: AG Farrah skinnies with AGL studded pointy toe mocs (50% off; size up)

UGG Mandy Faux Fur Hooded Jacket size S

This UGG faux fur caught my eye as I was scrolling the Nordstrom website, and ohmyword, it is so soft.

I thought I’d like the cropped silhouette, but I’m not so sure. Does it look weird with my sweater hanging out?

Here’s a back view.

It hangs a little strangely when unzipped — it is not attached at the bottom, but it sort of looks like it is.

also wearing: AG Farrah skinnies with L.K.Bennett pumps (old)

Here it is zipped, with a black sweater underneath, and those AGL flats.

VERDICT: I’m undecided… what say you?

also wearing: AG Farrah skinnies with AGL studded pointy toe mocs (50% off; size up)

Vince Faux Fur Moto Jacket size S

And then there’s the Vince…

This jacket was part of the #NSale. I noticed it at the time and thought it looked gorgeous, but I figured I’d never get my cost per wear out of it because where on earth would I wear it anyway? An occasional date night, maybe?

Then it went on sale again, and in a weak moment, I ordered it, telling myself I can always return it.

Here’s the back view.

And the zipped-up view…

I decided to see how it looks with a more casual outfit.

I mean, it is GORGEOUS. And the quality is significantly superior to the UGG jacket, which is still a great jacket. But this one is in a different league.

But really, would I ever actually wear it? I don’t know.

It feels a little extra for the grocery store or the chiropractor’s office. Which, let’s face it, are usually the extent of where I go these days.

VERDICT: Undecided. I keep telling myself I should return it, but then I think, I’d have it forever… maybe? Gah, I don’t know. #firstworldproblems

Merry People Bobbi Rain Boots size 8

Okay, we’re really switching gears here, aren’t we? These boots were sent to me for review by the folks at Merry People — a brand focused on being merry and looking towards a positive future.


They are a female and POC-owned Australian company, started in 2014 when their founder found herself facing the dilemma around the lack of cute, office-ready boots for winter commutes.  Thus, the Bobbi boot was born. They launched in the US this year and ship most product directly from their warehouse in LA.

Unlike most all-weather shoes, these waterproof boots are designed with fashion and longevity in mind.

They’re super easy to slip on and off — perfect for commuting, a day in the garden, walking the dog, taking kids to sports practice, etc. I will certainly attest to their comfort.

They come in a traditional black, and an assortment of fun colors like this alpine green. I clearly wouldn’t style them with this outfit, but it’s what I happened to have on at the moment. They’e very cute and practical, if you need something like this.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Everlane alpaca sweater tee with AG Farrah skinnies

Amazon Essentials Women’s Mid-Weight Puffer Vest size S

I wanted a few vests for layering this fall, so I ordered a couple to try from Amazon, but this one is longer than I prefer, and I didn’t really care for the fit.

I just wanted to show it zipped… clearly not how I’d wear it.

Side view…

VERDICT: Returning

FYI, this thermal stitch pullover is what I’m wearing underneath, but unfortunately it sold out.

Fuinloth Women’s Padded Vest size S

I like this vest much better. It’s shorter, thinner, and a little more fitted than the one above. Plus, I think the diamond pattern is nice.

Zipped up…

Side view… love the pocket detail.

And it has a really cute shape to the back as well.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Madewell Maysfield Cardigan Sweater size XS

And a couple of Madewell cardigans… this one is true to size. The XS is too small.

It’s a nice basic, though. It’s also $98 and then 25% off with code SNEAKPEEK.

VERDICT: returning; I may order the small

Madewell (Re)sourced Cashmere Ex-Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater size S

I like the fit of this one better. The shorter style is nice for a change, and it has a fun detail on the little pocket.

But the price is up there, and it does not qualify for the Madewell Black Friday Preview Sale, or the 25% off (almost) everything else.

VERDICT: Returning; would buy again if it goes on sale.

Halogen V-Neck Cashmere Sweater size S

This year’s version of the Halogen v-neck cashmere sweater is really nice. It’s not on sale, but it’s under $100 for cashmere, so not bad.

It’s really hard to see details on black, but I really like the wide ribbed trim at the neck, cuffs, and hem.

It has a classic fit, and if anything, runs a bit big, but I would not want to size down. I like the length of the sleeves and the relaxed fit through the body.

VERDICT: Keeping!

J.Crew Turtleneck sweater in supersoft yarn size S

Oh, my… I thought we were almost done! Real quick… J.Crew is doing 50% off! This sweater is super soft and cozy and very cute on, if you don’t mind the relaxed fit and longer length. It also has a subtle high-low hem.

It comes in TONS of colors. So cute and cozy.

VERDICT: Returning; I prefer shorter lengths.

also wearing: Good American jeans and AGL flats

J.Crew Mockneck sweater in supersoft yarn size S

This sweater has been around for a few years, and I’m glad they brought it back! In the past, I sized up, but this year I went with my usual small, and it’s plenty roomy. Love this color too.

Pretty details… and a shorter mockneck than some, which is nice for those of us with shorter necks.

VERDICT: Keeping!

also wearing: Good American jeans and AGL flats

J.Crew Open-front cardigan-jacket size S

This is not my favorite. It’s heavy and a little bulky.

And not very flattering front-on.

Here’s a back and side view… not as bad as the front, and maybe I need to size down.

VERDICT: returning

Leith Dolman Sleeve V-Neck Sweater size S

Home stretch! Almost there. I love this for a cute, casual, more affordably priced pullover. Flattering v-neckline, nice and wide, but not so wide that it falls off my shoulders.

The neckline is cut a bit lower in the back, which I like. It’s a nice length too.

The ribbed knit is nice, and I’m always a fan of a dolman sleeve.

VERDICT: Keeping

also wearing: Good American jeans and AGL flats

Born Boca Flats size 8.5

These are suuuuper comfy, but I should have stuck to my regular size. These were a bit roomy on me.

They aren’t the most flattering shoe, but they’re kind of cute in that fugly way… ha!

VERDICT: Exchanging for an 8.

And as if this post isn’t long enough… just a reminder of a few things I’ve worn that are now on sale.

That BR bell sleeve sweater is back in stock in a few sizes, and it’s marked way down this weekend.

My camo jacquard sweater finally went on sale! It’s 30% off for a limited time.

The Talbots Flyaway Cardigan is 40% off this weekend, as is their entire site. As a reminder, here’s the outfit I styled earlier this week.

camel cardigan // white tank // denim jeggings // suede booties // statement necklace

My Toasted Coconut color is pretty much gone, but Cyndi styled the Olive Night yesterday, and it is really pretty. I would wear it exactly how she did — over a white or ivory tank with black pants.

I love olive and black together. She did cords, which looked great, or you could dress it up with the Spanx perfect black pants for work, or dress it down with black jeans of course.

And that cable cowlneck is still fully stocked!

My rust v-neck hooded sweatshirt just went on sale. Sizes are getting depleted, so act fast. I have the small, for reference. And these Paige jeans are 20% off, but they’ve been on better sales.

And Becca’s AE oversized hoodie is still 30% off as well.

WHEW! That’s a wrap. I’m off to make a salad with root veggies, arugula, and citrus-ale vinaigrette for Oktoberfest!

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