Well, friends, it’s another Friday! How about that? I hope you all are holding up okay.
I have quite the try-on haul for you today. I found some good summer shorts and a bunch of comfy, cozy wardrobe staples for your stay-at-home/WFH life.
The news seems to get heavier by the day, so hopefully this post provides a light distraction from the more serious matters at hand. Even if you aren’t shopping right now, there are some outfit ideas in here that may give you inspiration as you shop your closet.
For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135-ish. My usual sizes are a small in tops and a 6 or 28 in pants and jeans, and I typically wear a size 8 shoe.
Try-Ons: Gibson Look
I was invited to pick out a few pieces to share with you from the Gibson Look website, and right now they’re all 25% off with code COZY25.
Gibson Look Cozy Fleece Surplice Wrap Top size S // This top… well, all of the Gibson tops, really… are so super soft. I know I say that a lot, but this lightweight fleece is a whole new level of softness that feels amazing inside and out.
I like this faux wrap style — it is stitched so it doesn’t gape open, and it has a banded waist so you can set it where you want it.
I found this top to run true to size; the small fits me perfectly. It also comes in green, heather grey, and black.
VERDICT: Keeping! (It was gifted, so I wouldn’t be returning it anyway, but it’s definitely staying in my closet.)
Gibson Look Cozy Fleece V-Neck Twist Front Top (size XS) // I had a similar top from Gibson a few years ago, and I loved it, but it was kind of voluminous on me in my usual small. I ordered this one in the XS, and I really like the fit.
It’s still a little longer in the back than I prefer, but I love the shape of the v-neck and the twist front and the way it feels on, so I’m definitely adding this one to my rotation.
This is the same super soft and cozy fleece as the surplice top above, and it feels so good on.
Gibson Look Cozy Fleece V-Neck Ribbed Cuff Tunic (size XS) // This one is cute too, but I think I should have gone with my usual size S.
It’s the same cozy, lightweight fleece as the tops above, but I don’t love the banded wrists. They aren’t as comfortable as the sleeves on the other two tops.
I do love this color, though! It also comes in heather grey.
VERDICT: I’ll be passing this one down to one of my daughters… they’re both smaller than I am.
LOFT is running a sale with 30 — 50% off most everything, so you have to click through to see the discount on each item. (I’ll share the ones in this post, of course!)
In anticipation of spending a few more weeks at home, I’ve been ordering some sweatpants and joggers that I might be able to integrate into my daily looks, so I’m comfortable but still feel somewhat pulled together.
Lou & Grey sweatpants (size S) // They may be called sweatpants, but these are far more refined than your average sweatpants. They’re lightweight and oh-so-soft. I also love the patch pockets on front and back.
They’re tapered slightly with a 26 1/2″ inseam (although they seem longer than that to me. Maybe I need to wear mine higher on the waist.)
I like how they do NOT have a banded cuffs at the ankles. They hang straight, which gives them a more elevated appearance, and it also makes them easy to hem if they’re too long for you.
These sweatpants are currently 30% off with code TREAT.
I also took a few pictures to show you how I’ll style these sweatpants with a t-shirt and denim jacket for running errands or travel. I know, we aren’t running errands or traveling right now, but we will do those things again. I promise!
FYI, my go-to denim jacket is now 40% off!!!
I love this jacket, and it never goes on sale. I wonder if this means they’re discontinuing it. I hope not; it’s SO good.
Here’s a rear view; these pants hang straight and without clinging, and you can see how the jacket has a nice structure through the waist.
Two by Vince Camuto Jean Jacket (size S) // This denim jacket is soft and stretchy and has great structure. It is the perfect mid-indigo wash that goes with absolutely everything. I wear it with dresses, skirts, white jeans, black jeans, cargo pants, and now joggers!
It’s TTS, or size down if in between; I have it in the small, and I layer it over lightweight sweaters as well as tees and tanks.
Lou & Grey sweatshirt (size S) // The sweatshirt is pretty sweet too. It’s made of the same crazy soft rayon/acrylic/spandex blend as the pants, and I like how the rounded neck isn’t as high as most crewneck styles.
It also has raglan sleeves, banded cuffs, and a side slits. Very cute! I love how it makes a matching set with the sweatpants, but I’ll also wear this sweatshirt with jeans.
This sweatshirt is 30% off with code TREAT.
That is not a slit in the back of the neck; I just couldn’t reach to zip it all the way up.
LOFT Lily Cap Sleeve Midi Dress (size 6) // I have nowhere to wear this dress right now, obviously, but I thought the colors and the styling were pretty, so I ordered it for the fun of it. I mean, we will eventually have places to go again, right???
This dress has a really a flattering fit, although I think perhaps I could size down to a 4. The colors are pretty too. If I had a bridal shower or Mother’s Day event to attend, this would be perfect.
This dress is 40% off with code TREAT.
Once again, I’m kicking myself for not showing this with my denim jacket — that would be a great way to dress it down. Of course, a cardigan is an option if you want a more traditional layer for it. Something like this would be really nice.
VERDICT: Holding onto it for now… I’ll have to see how soon our quarantine gets lifted.
also wearing: Stuart Weitzman wedge sandals
LOFT Shirttail Open Cardigan in Black (size S) // This cardigan is 50% off with code TREAT.
I wore the outfit above to a funeral a few weeks ago (sans cardigan) and wished I had an appropriate layering piece to throw on top, so I came home and ordered a few cardigans.
It’s very lightweight, almost see-through, and has an open front style and a shirttail hem. Very nice spring staple! In fact, I also ordered it in pink…
LOFT Shirttail Open Cardigan in Pink Robin (size S) // You can see the ribbed texture better in the lighter color, and it also has a dropped shoulder.
It is not what I’d describe as soft, but it’s also the type of material to hold its shape well and not stretch out.
I’d say it runs big; I could probably size down to an XS for a closer fit.
This color is also 50% off with code TREAT.
VERDICT: Keeping the black; on the fence about the pink… I may re-order in an XS. It also comes in navy, light blue, light green, and white (another great summer neutral!)
LOFT Vintage Soft Shell (size S) // This is a cute, casual sleeveless top for summer, and I really wanted to like it, but the silhouette just isn’t that flattering on me. The swingy A-line shape does nothing for my 32DDD chest. It may be okay with the front tuck, but I think I can do better.
That said, if you’re smaller on top, I think this could be really cute. It’s currently 30% off with code TREAT.
LOFT Chevron Stripe V-Neck Top (size S) // This is definitely my favorite piece from this LOFT order… or maybe the sweatpants. It’s probably a tie.
This is the type of elevated basic I love to throw on with jeans or shorts for casual wear during the spring and summer. It’s flattering in a relaxed, casual way and looks good dressed up or down.
The chevron pattern is a fun play on stripes, and it has a flattering v-neck with cap sleeves that don’t gape under the arms as so many times this style of top does.
And hallelujah, thank you, LOFT for a straight hemline! It’s about 24″ long, which is my favorite length for a top. I can wear it untucked or front-tuck it for a little more shape.
This top is 30% off with code TREAT.
Lululemon is a retailer I haven’t shopped much until lately, although I do have two of their pieces that my mom gave me for Christmas almost 10 years old. In fact, I searched Lululemon on my blog and found THIS POST.
I’ve worn the Toasty Tech Run Tights and Toasty Tech Pullover a ton over the years, and they still look like new, so when a few people in my Facebook Group mentioned how much they love their Lululemon pieces, I decided to try out a few.
Lululemon Align Jogger (size 6) // These are the perfect marriage of legging and jogger. They have a smooth waistband, like leggings, and are fitted over the hips and bottom; but then they have the looser calves and banded ankles of a jogger. The fabric is amazing too; it feels like butter.
They’re definitely a splurge, but again, if you keep your activewear for a long time and wear them a lot, it averages out on a cost per wear basis.
I love that I can wear these to work out and also for streetwear. In fact, I wore them all day yesterday — I wore the above outfit for yoga in the morning (sans sneakers, of course! Then I threw on a sweatshirt to work all day in my office, and later on, I went for a walk before dinner. Because they’re so flattering, I felt stylish and put together, even though I was wearing activewear all day.
Size-wise, I ordered the 6 and the 8 and kept the 6, but I think I could have gone either way. I’d say they’re true to size, and if you want a baggier fit, you can size up.
Here’s how they look with the denim jacket and t-shirt…
Lululemon Swiftly Tech Racerback (size 6) // I threw a couple of these into my order as well because I wear this type of top all summer for running and year-round for my gym workouts, and I haven’t bought new ones in years. They’re also perfect for yoga too, I’m discovering.
I got the pink and the grey, and I love them both. They fit great, they’re flattering, comfortable, and moisture-wicking for those sweat sessions. This tank also comes in a fun stripe.
Try-Ons: Amazon Fashion
I’m reposting these from previous try-ons because I’ve had some requests for more budget-friendly leggings and joggers.
I’ve also re-ordered the Core 10 Cloud Soft Yoga Fleece Jogger Sweatpants in a small, because the mediums looked really silly on me when I tried them back in February, but I liked the fabric a lot. I should have them in time to include in next week’s try-on haul.
Core 10 All Day Comfort High Waist Full-Length Yoga Legging – 27″ (size M) // These leggings are thick and soft and come in tons of colors. They’re very plain — no seaming details or anything remarkable, but they are comfortable, and they pass the squat-test.
I love the super high waist and 27″ inseam. (Showing a little bit of ankle is flattering.) For under $30, these are a very good value.
UURUN High Waist Yoga Pants Workout Running Leggings with Pockets (size M) // This pair has a little more detail to them, which I like. You can see more of their details on the Amazon website — the color I ordered is 1090 Pocket Black.
They’re also thick and soft and pass the squat-test. I really like the 7/8 length; it’s a little shorter than ankle-length but not quite capri-length.
Goodthreads Women’s Modal Fleece Popover Sweatshirt (size S) // This sweatshirt is really thick, nice quality, and suuuuper soft inside and out. (Softer on the inside due to the fleece lining, but still feels nice on the striped side as well.)
It’s great for throwing on with jeans or joggers. It runs a little big; the small fits me just fine with room for an under layer.
Amazon Essentials Studio Terry Long-Sleeve Convertible Hood Shirt (size M) // This sweatshirt is really good. I love the cut, the way it hangs straight at the waist, and the slit sides. It’s also super duper soft.
The hood is a bit heavy, but I can overlook that. It’s very cute for those stay at home days when you want to be comfy, not frumpy!
I was heavier when I shared these pictures, and it looks like it was a little roomy, even then. At the time, I said I liked the fit, but if I were ordering today, I’d try the small. I think you can probably go either way, depending on how you want it to fit.
I ordered some shorts from J.Crew as well as a couple of their linen roll-cuff tees. Right now they’re doing 40% off full-price styles with code SPRING, and up to 80% off sale items.
J.Crew Linen rolled-cuff T-shirt in stripe (size S) // I have this top in a solid navy from last spring/summer, and I wore it a ton last year. It’s just a nice elevated basic — the linen is a bit dressier than cotton, and it’s very lightweight and breathable.
I had the navy in a medium, but I ordered both small and medium this year to compare. If it doesn’t shrink, I think the small is more flattering. You can see the medium below in the grey.
This tee is currently 40% off with code SPRING.
J.Crew Denim short in white (size 28) // I’m really happy with these white shorts! They’re thick and soft and stretchy and not at all see-through.
I like the raw cuffed hem, and you can un-cuff it and wear it long if you want. I’ll probably sew it on the side seams so it stays cuffed, though. In my experience, once shorts like these are washed, they never lay quite right again unless you sew them, and I’ll probably never wear them un-cuffed.
They have a nice mid-rise, which is perfect for me, and I also found the leg opening to be very nice — not too wide, as so many shorts are.
These shorts run TTS, and they’re 40% off with code SPRING!
J.Crew Linen rolled-cuff T-shirt (size M) // This is the plain linen rolled-cuff tee, and I’m wearing this one in a medium. I have a picture of the same tee in the small below.
It’s really hard to tell a difference in pictures, and I’m even undecided at this point as to which one to keep. I don’t recall that the navy one shrunk much last year, and it’s so boxy, it seems like going with the smaller size is probably best.
VERDICT: I’m keeping one of these, just not sure which size.
also wearing: J.Crew Denim short in white
J.Crew Linen rolled-cuff T-shirt (size S) // I feel like this one looks less boxy and shows more shape through the waist, which I like. It doesn’t pull across the chest or anything, so maybe keeping the small is the way to go….
This tee is also 40% off with code SPRING.
also wearing: J.Crew High-rise eco denim short in faded indigo
J.Crew High-rise eco denim short in faded indigo (size 28) // These shorts are okay, but I feel like they look better in pictures than they did in person.
They have a higher rise than the white ones above, and they seem to have a wider leg opening too. That said, they have a nice wash, and they also have the option of wearing them cuffed or un-cuffed.
These shorts run TTS; and they’re currently 40% off with code SPRING.
J.Crew High-rise denim short with exposed button fly (size 28) // These shorts are also intended to be worn cuffed or un-cuffed, but they came un-cuffed, so that’s how I tried them on.
I’m not really a fan of these. The high rise isn’t very comfortable, and they kind of flare at the leg opening. I should have tried cuffing them, though. I’ll do that before I return them and report back.
I like the wash, and the exposed button-fly is a fun, trendy touch. These shorts run TTS; and they’re currently 40% off with code SPRING.
VERDICT: I will try cuffing them before making a final decision.
Madewell High Rise Cuffed Denim Shorts (size 28) // I also ordered these Madewell shorts that I have from last year, but I ordered a size down for this year, and I still like them!
These shorts run TTS, and they’re currently 50% off at Nordstrom!
They have a great wash, and I like the fit a lot, although I wish they weren’t quite so high rise, and they’re almost too short when cuffed. I like short shorts, but I’m getting to the point where these look borderline to me.
They’re the same inseam as the Gap ones I like so much, but the Gap ones have a lower rise, which allows me to adjust them to sit a little lower. The Madewell ones sit high on the waist, and don’t have any wiggle room to move them lower. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone but me… ha!
All that to say, I’m keeping these, but I’ll be selective about where I wear them.
also wearing: Gibson x The Motherchic Beach Burnout Boyfriend T-Shirt (size down) and P448 sneakers (TTS)
Gibson x The Motherchic Beach Burnout Boyfriend T-Shirt (size XS) // This tee sold out, but I’m including it in case it gets restocked.
This is part of my friend Lindsey’s collection, and it’s a great relaxed t-shirt for uber casual days. The material is… wait for it… super soft. But it is! It also has a really nice drape.
It runs big; I ordered the XS because the small was sold out, but it fits perfectly. #score
also wearing: Madewell High Rise Cuffed Denim Shorts
Pj Salvage Icon Long Sleeve Top (size S) // This top is super soft and on the thicker side, and even though it’s a pajama top, I’d also wear it with jeans as styled here.
I think the styling is really cute, and it’s also perfect for pairing with joggers.
This top is 40% off and it also comes in a cute oatmeal color with a heart.
Okay, that’s all I’ve got! It was a lot, I know.
Sometimes I try to combine some of the pictures so these posts aren’t so long, but that’s one more step, and I’m already getting this one up late today.
I hope you have a great weekend… or, at least, manage to find some good moments. Stay positive, and stay home!
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