Try On Haul: LOFT, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic & Nordstrom

Greetings and hello Saturday! I feel like we just had a weekend, but I’ll happily take another, thankyouverymuch!

Today I’ve got another try-on haul. I’m going to try to do these weekly… we’ll see how that goes.

Try On Haul: LOFT, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor & Nordstrom | Featuring fashion finds for women over 40 with Jo-Lynne Shane

This one is a lot of tops and sweaters. #ooops For one thing, it’s sweater weather and I’m loving cozy knits right now. And for another thing, I’m pretty set in the pants department, but a girl can always use another sweater, amIright?

I’ll try to get more variety for the next one, but I did create complete outfits with most of these tops so you can get an idea of how I’d style them, and also the pants and shoes may not be new, but most are still available so I’ll share sizing and fit info on those as well. Oh, and I got a couple new pairs of shoes in the mail before this went live, so I just added those too!

Try Ons: LOFT

I went to the mall with a friend on New Year’s Eve, and we stopped into LOFT, where I found some really cute new sweaters that will take you right into March. I know spring is a loooong way off, but these sweaters have an after-Christmas vibe that I’m digging. They just feel a little fresh and pre-spring, if you will.

For size reference, I’m wearing a small in all of these LOFT tops, and outfit details are below the pictures.

LOFT Geo Fairisle Sweater // This cozy fair isle sweater screams Valentine’s Day! I love the fresh color palette. It’s kind of long and boxy, though, so I did a front tuck to give it some shape. It has a lot of cotton so it’s not going to be as warm as wool or cashmere, but it’s pretty thick, so it’s fine to start wearing now.

also wearing:

Paige Verdugo Crop Skinny Jeans // I’ve had these jeans for a few years, and they’re still my very favorites for tucking into tall boots because the cropped length doesn’t add any bulk or require rolling or folding. Plus they look good with taller ankle boots and wedge sandals in the summertime. The wash is a nice dark wash with just a hint of distressing, and it hasn’t faded much over time. Paige jeans never bag out, and the Verdugo fit is fantastic. I have this style in several colors. For reference, I always size up to a 29 in Paige denim.

Blondo Olivia Knee High Boots (the Blondo Ellie is similar) // This is my second winter with these boots — they were a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase in 2017, and this year they brought them back in a shorter shaft and renamed them Ellie. They’re so comfortable and also waterproof, making them my go-to in messy winter weather when I want to look chic but still be practical. I wore these on my day trip to NYC last month and walked miles in them, and my feet felt great all day.

LOFT Patchwork Dolman Sweater // This tunic is sooo cute. I like the bracelet-length sleeves, the wide rounded neckline, and the loose weave. The colors are really pretty too. It’s not too lightweight to start wearing now, but you may want a layering tank underneath for added warmth.

This is definitely not a sweater that is going to show your curves, but it has a nice drape and a cute and cozy look to it. You could wear it with leggings, but I’ll probably stick with skinny jeans and maybe a grey bootie.

also wearing: Paige Verdugo Crop Skinny Jeans (size 29; my favorites for tucking into tall boots) and Blondo Olivia Knee High Boots (similar style)

LOFT Jetsetter Sweater // Pardon the black bra, but this jetsetter sweater is so cute and kind of has a Parisian vibe… although I doubt most stylish Parisians wear graphic sweaters, but anywho… I like the thin knit and the black stripe pattern, and it’s a nice length too. It’s very lightweight so best for those of you with milder winters, or it can definitely be worn this spring.

also wearing: Paige Verdugo Crop Skinny Jeans (size 29; my favorites for tucking into tall boots) and Blondo Olivia Knee High Boots (similar style)

LOFT Love Sweatshirt // Another cute Valentine’s Day find that you don’t have to save for V-Day, this Love sweatshirt is soft and cozy, and it has a nice shape to it. It sort of flares towards the bottom and has a split hem.

also wearing: Paige Verdugo Crop Skinny Jeans (size 29; my favorites for tucking into tall boots) and Blondo Olivia Knee High Boots (similar style)

Try Ons: Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Cozy Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater in Iceberg Grey Heather // I ordered this sweater after seeing it on another blogger. I ordered both grey and navy to see which I like best, and I like them both so much, I can’t decide which to keep.

I styled the grey to wear to our Shane Christmas party I hosted last Saturday, but then I had second thoughts about keeping another grey sweater, and I changed into a different sweater for the party so I could keep the navy instead. LOL!

The exposed side seam is a fun detail, plus it’s such a nice length, and it has some shaping through the waist without being body-con. The turtleneck is the perfect relaxed style, and the wide ribbed hem is also a nice touch.

also wearing:

David Yurman Crossover Pendant // My “big” Christmas gift from Paul, this pendant is so pretty, and I love that it has both silver and gold metals so it goes with everything.

The Legging Ripped Ankle Skinny Jeans // These are almost sold out so not really worth mentioning, plus you’ve seen them tons if times before, but they’re so good — fit, comfort, quality, stretch, and recovery… it’s all there. Any of the AG legging ankle jeans are fabulous, although I do recommend waiting for a sale.

L.K. Bennett Women’s Sersha Dress Pumps in Oxblood // Fun fact: Kate Middleton is fond of L.K. Bennett pumps, and I always feel a little bit royal when I wear these… although she probably would not be caught dead in ripped jeans. Ha!

I do love these pumps, though. The lower heel makes them super walkable, and the almond shaped toe is flattering and timeless. They also come in black, navy, biscuit, and charcoal.

I did not size up as recommended. I got my usual 38.5 (US Women’s 8), and they were snug at first but they broke in easily, and I’m still wearing them a year later.

Ann Taylor Shimmer Pearlized Cuff Sweater // I also tried on this sweater when I was at the mall on New Year’s Eve, and I couldn’t resist the $28 price tag so I snapped it up. I wore this outfit that night for the NYE party I hosted.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but this sweater has some silver sparkle to it, making it really festive. It’s also ribbed with a body-con fit, making it more dressy than most of my sweaters. I love the pearl button detail on the wrists and the wide v-neckline.

It also comes in a vanilla color, and it’s 60% off the sale price AND (as of right now) fully stocked in all sizes. For size reference, I’m wearing a small.

also wearing:

Nordstrom Bezel Stone Station Necklace // I purchased this necklace when I was at the mall last weekend to go with this top, but also because lately I’ve found myself needing a delicate necklace that fills a rounded or v-neckline and compliments bigger earrings without competing with them.

Kendra Scott Kirsten Drop Earrings // I included these in my best purchases of 2018 for just this reason — I needed an earring that wasn’t overpowering but still made a statement, and these were perfect. They have a lot of shine to them, they’re larger in scale but lightweight, and they show in my dark hair without being overwhelming. They also look great with the bezel station necklace.

AG Legging Ankle Jeans with Raw Hem (see above)

Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps (similar color) // I’ve had these for several years; they are so comfortable, and I love the magenta color.

Try Ons: Banana Republic

Confetti Wool-Blend Turtleneck Sweater // I was totally drawn to the fun multi-color knit in this sweater, plus it just looked so cozy. It’s made of baby alpaca and Merino wool, so it’s very warm.

I do love the material, and while the cut is boxy, it looks intentional. I tried the front-tuck, but no thanks. I’d rather leave it out. Bonus, it has traditional shoulder seams. I’m really trying not to buy anymore drop shoulder sweaters… although the last few I bought are. 🙈

also wearing: rag & bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans (sold out, sorry!) & Vince Ridley Booties (see above)

Aire Turtleneck Sweater // This sweater is almost the same as the one above, at least the design seems to be the same. It is less expensive and is made of their blended Merino wool yarn (no mention of alpaca). It has the same oversized turtleneck, straight cut, side slits, and it’s 3″ longer in the back than the front.

I have a love/hate relationship with this cut — the split sides with the longer back. J.Crew has a few like this as well. They’re meant to hang straight, and I guess that’s fine, but it doesn’t do much to accentuate a woman’s curves. That said, I like them better than the cut that was all the rage last year, where they dipped into a longer back. Those always laid funny on me, and I think I got rid of them all.

In my perfect world, all sweaters would be cut straight all the way around, but then, no one asked me!

also wearing: rag & bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans (sold out, sorry!) & P448 John Sneakers (see below)

Try Ons: Nordstrom

P448 John Sneakers in White Rose/Metallic // Okay, y’all are going to think I’m nuts for ordering these, but I’ve been wanting to find something to replace my Converse. The appeal of the Converse is wearing off for me, I guess because they’ve been so popular for a while.

At first when I saw the young’uns sporting their Golden Goose sneakers, I thought they looked ridiculous. I mean, they’re designed to look pre-worn. Ripped jeans are one thing, but these dirty sneakers just have me channeling my dear Gramma, who would roll over in her grave at the thought of spending $500 on any one item of clothing, but dirty sneakers? #noway

But the more I see them styled, the more I like the look with jeans and sweaters and sweatshirts. I hear they’re super comfy too… but the price tag. Ugh. I have spent that for a pair of classic boots, but not for anything this trendy, and I don’t wear sneakers a lot.

Then one of the bloggers I stalk linked these P448 John Sneakers as a similar for less option to her Golden Goose, and I ordered them on the spot. Well, they’re cute, but I don’t think I’m cool enough to pull them off. The sole is also really stiff, which was what the reviews said about them. I walk right out of the because there is no bend to them at all, which is a shame because they’re comfy inside.

All that to say, they’re going back, and I’m relieved because I didn’t really want to pay $250 on sneakers anyway. I ordered them more to check them out than with the intent to keep them, although if they’d fit comfortably, I would have been tempted. Well, except for that gaudy gold thing on the heel.

I think maybe the fashion sneaker trend may just not be for me. The only ones I have that I’ve kept and worn with any regularity are my white Converse Shorelines and my black leather Vince leather slip-ons.

I’m getting tired of the Converse, and the Vince seem heavy for some looks, so I’m still looking. I’m actually considering ordering some Veja sneakers to try — the price point is much more palatable, and they look great. But they sound like they require a lot of breaking in, and I’m not sure they’re worth that.

How about you? Do you have any fashion sneakers you love?

Caslon(R) Cozy Crewneck Sweater // I ordered this from Nordstrom a while back, and it came last week. I’m such a sucker for a bright pink sweater. It’s super cozy and soft, and while it’s longer than my ideal length, I like the details enough to keep it.

also wearing: David Yurman Crossover PendantThe Legging Ripped Ankle Skinny JeansVince Ridley Booties

Gibson Cozy Turtleneck // This top is by Gibson, and it’s got their signature super-soft and lightweight sweatshirt feel to it. I don’t love the shape, though. I have the small, and it still seems a little big on me. I think it looks better on the model, but the layered back is such a fun touch… I’m undecided on this one. It also comes in black, grey, and plum. Maybe I need to try the XS.

also wearing:

Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans // These jeans came in my last Trunk, and I shared them in my last Try On Haul, but I wanted to speak to them now that I’ve worn them all day. These jeans are known for their advanced stretch recovery for a flawless fit, and I really like them. They were comfortable right off the rack, and that saying a lot for me!

They have a 29″ inseam with a 10″ leg opening and a 11″ front rise. I’m used to a much lower rise, but I like these for a change. They hold everything in without being binding or bagging in the crotch area. (Ugh, I hate that word… but it is the only word I know to use.) The inseam is an inch longer than most of my jeans, so they will be hard to wear with ankle boots, but they look really good with loafers, ballet flats, and pumps. That extra inch really elongates the leg.

I also like the wash a lot. I kept these mainly b/c I have been wanting a pair of jeans with a darker wash that isn’t cropped (usually I wear the Paige Verdugo crop jeans, shown above, when I want a darker wash.) The rear pockets are larger than I prefer, but they’re not a deal breaker.

All in all, I’m really enjoying my first pair of Good American jeans. Definitely go down a size, as the website suggests. I am wearing the 28.

Vince Milo Loafers in Pewter // These are not new to any of you regulars, but somehow they’re still available at Nordstrom Rack in quite a few sizes.

These shoes are like slippers. They are leather lined and so soft and supple. You guys, if they have your size, order them right now. You KNOW I don’t say that about many things. I am not one of those bloggers.

I’ve had them for over a year, and they’re still one of my favorites. In fact, I’m wearing them as I sit here writing this post, and I’m very tempted to order the black. For reference, I found them to be true to size.

Treasure & Bond Seasonal Pullover Sweater in Olive Sarma // This is another piece that was brought to my attention by another blogger. She has it in black, but I have a few black turtlenecks, so I ordered the burgundy and olive to try, and I like both equally.

The fit is definitely oversized, but it isn’t unflattering, and I love the wide rib knit bands on the collar, cuffs and hem. And no drop shoulders. #hooray

also wearing: Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans (see above) & Michael Kors Natasha Leopard Calf Hair Slides (old)

Treasure & Bond Seasonal Pullover Sweater in Burgundy Russett // I styled this sweater a few different ways to show you some options, but I realize they’re all with skinny jeans and ankle boots. I should have showed it with bootcut jeans too, and maybe an OTK boot because I think it’s really versatile.

I definitely want to keep one, but I’m undecided: olive or burgundy? What say you???

also wearing:

AG The Legging Ankle Jeans in Shadow Fog // I featured these in my best purchases of 2018 because I have been looking for grey jeans for years, and I finally found a pair I love. Of course, they’re my holy grail — AG The Legging Ankle Jeans. The wash is superb, and as always, the fit is fantastic.

Rag & Bone Margot Bootie // These booties were a big splurge for me last year, but they’re one of those that I saw in store, thought about them for several weeks, and then when I saw them go on sale, I grabbed them thinking I could return them if I didn’t love them.

Verdict? I love them, and I wear them several times a week during fall and winter. I wouldn’t advise anyone to pay full price, knowing that they do go on sale, but if you ever do see them on sale, and you dress casually a lot, go for it. You won’t regret them. They’re super luxe, leather lined, so soft and comfortable, and I can walk all day in them despite the 3 1/4″ heel.

Dolce Vita Coltyn Snakeskin-Embossed Leather Booties // These are on trend and really fun. I also find them quite comfortable, despite some of the reviews. I also found them TTS and had no problem with the zipper. I dunno… I’m pretty picky, but I don’t know what those reviews were talking about!

My only complaint is the shaft is stiff, and after a while it starts to rub on the calf, so I just wear crew socks when I need to wear them for any length of time. I like these a lot, but I haven’t worn them a ton because the snakeskin often seems a little over-the-top for my casual lifestyle here in the Philly ‘burbs.

That said, I think they’re a great way to add texture and interest to this basic look. I did get them on sale, by way of disclaimer. I don’t think I’d pay full price, but if you like them, keep an eye on them. Hopefully they’ll go on sale again before end of the season.

KAANAS Women’s Santorini Infinity Loop Woven Flat Slide Sandal // My last try-on is actually an Amazon Fashion find… and they also have them at Shopbop. I have been told these will be the “It Sandal” for summer 2019. Well, that is a ways off, but I wanted to order them and see what I think. Plus I’m going to Florida in March, so I’m already keeping an eye out for things I may want to purchase for that trip.

Well, they’re cute! They also come in black and white, and I ordered the black as well, but they haven’t arrived yet. I couldn’t walk a lot in them because they’re slightly loose on my thin, flat feet, but I think the could be pretty walkable for an average foot.

They only come in whole sizes, and it says to size up if in between, but I’m pretty much a solid 8 in sandals, so I ordered the 8. They just barely fit, but I know a 9 would be way too big and I’d walk out of them.

All that to say, if you’re one of those who likes to have the next big thing, you may want to order yourself a pair. If you don’t like to look like everyone else, maybe wait and see how it goes.

I do think they will be popular — they remind me of the Hermes dupe that I think I saw on every blogger I follow last summer. This Kaanas brand seems to be higher quality than Steven, and I like this style better. I tried the Stevens and didn’t care for them.

And that’s a wrap!

I’ve already ordered some cardigans and pants for my next try on haul. Let me know if you have any other requests!

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