Hello, hello! I’ve got another try-on haul for you today!
As usual, product descriptions are beneath the pictures. For reference, I’m 5’5″ and between 135-140 lbs; and I typically wear small in tops, 8 in dresses, and 6 or 8 (28 or 29) in pants and jeans.
Okay, then! Now that all the fine print is out of the way…
Pardon my stringy hair in some of these pictures. I made a bad choice… as I used to teach my kids to say, haha! I tried to short-cut my get-ready routine and didn’t wash my hair after having it in a ponytail two days in a row. I thought if I blew it out and curled it, it would be fine. #notsomuch
I guess only girls with long hair can get away with those shenanigans. I’m always seeing other bloggers talk about going a week without washing their hair. This does not compute for me. No amount of dry shampoo is going to fix this.
Anyway! Thankfully y’all are here for the clothes…
Treasure & Bond Stripe V-Neck Sweater // I had this sweater in the grey/black for winter, and I liked it but I always felt it was a tad small on me so I didn’t wear it much. When I saw this cheery neon and ivory version, I promptly ordered it in the next size up — a medium. I hear neon is going to be having a moment this spring, and this is a great way to dip your toe in the trend. I’m much happier with the way the medium fits me, so if in doubt, I recommend sizing up.
Madewell Colorblock Catalina Pullover // This color block pullover caught my eye on Shopbop, and it’s on sale so I ordered it. It seems like such a great piece for transitioning from winter to spring. It’s lightweight with a great relaxed vibe, and it has a flattering scoop neck. The colors are dark for springtime, but I love the color blocking so… I’m undecided. For reference, I’m wearing the small.
I must have really liked this sweater because I also ordered it in two solid colors… 🙈
Madewell Kimball Sweater // I didn’t even realize they were basically the same sweater until they all arrived within a day of each other. When this version of the sweater caught my eye on Nordstrom’s website, I thought it looked like a nice basic to carry me into spring, and I ordered both the black and grey — to see which I like better. Incidentally, it also comes in red, rose, and “kale”.
Although it’s probably basic enough to justify keeping both, I try not to buy duplicates. I prefer for each piece in my closet to feel unique, so I decided to keep the grey because I think it’s such a great shade for spring. I can see it with white jeans, black jeans, blue jeans… it’s so versatile. I’m wearing the small in the solids as well.
Here’s the black version of the sweater, along with a new pair of jeans I’m trying out…
Mother Tomcat High-Rise Straight-Leg Ankle Jeans // So… I’m still trying straight cropped jeans, and these come highly recommended. I wish I’d tried them with some other shoes, but I didn’t have a ton of time. I’m going to keep them for a week or two and play around with them, as they seem better than most of the others I’ve tried. Cuffing definitely helps. For reference, these are a size 29, and they fit a little snug in the waist, but I think it’s the right size. I expect them to give some with wear.
Also, I don’t care for the black version of this sweater much at all. The grey shows the pretty ribbed texture and contrasting cuffs so much better (see below).
Okay, get ready to be blinded… next time I decide to try on shorts, I’ll slather on some self-tanner!
BlankNYC Denim Cuffed Distressed Shorts in Weekend Warrior // These shorts were an impulse purchase after I saw another blogger raving about how she wore them all the time last year. I thought they had potential because they’re not QUITE as short as some.
I realize some of you will hate these, but I think this is a case of “know your audience.” I wouldn’t wear these to a church picnic or to the mall, for example, but I would wear them around the house in the summertime and to host friends by the pool and to visit my neighbors and hang out on the patio. Where I live, and for those purposes, these aren’t totally ridiculous, and there’s something about the destructed casual vibe that I love… they work for my personal style aesthetic.
Go ahead and tell me I’m a fashion victim, I will plug my ears and say, nananana… I can’t HEAR you!!!!
I’m wearing the 29, for reference.
Soludos Slotted Thong Sandals // I’m really excited to share these sandals with you! I’ve been ordering a bunch of sandals, and I’m planning another review post much like my sneaker reviews. I like these a) because they’re different. I don’t expect to see them on every other blogger. And also b) because they stay on my feet!!!
Slides are trending, but besides the fact that they remind me of shower flip flops, they aren’t very practical for doing much walking.
These really stay on your feet because of the design, but I also think they’re flattering in an unconventional way. I dunno… you be the judge. But I think I’m keeping them. Also, I thought the thong would aggravate my feet, but I wore them around for 10 minutes and they already seemed to be softening up. I will just be sure to break them in easily, a few hours at a time.
For size reference, I ordered the 7.5 because I often need to size down in sandals because of my flat, bony feet, lol! They just barely fit, so I would say they’re true to size. Most people would not need to size down.
Madewell Kent Cardigan // I had this in blue, loved the color, but thought I wanted a smaller size. I decided to order the pink so I could try out a different color, but I like the blue much better. This is probably the better size, though.
Try Ons: J.Crew
J.Crew Factory Printed Boatneck Top // You may have seen this in yesterday’s Galentine’s outfit post, but I thought I’d go ahead and show you these pictures as well because I dressed it down with blue jeans and navy suede smoking slippers. This top is really cute and so versatile. Highly recommend! I’m wearing a small, for reference.
J.Crew 9″ high-rise skinny jean with button fly // These jeans were also featured in yesterday’s post, and you probably can’t see them any better here, but I took the pictures so I’m sharing them.
I’m really impressed with the fit and feel of these jeans. They were comfortable from the get-go, and I wore them for a few hours and they didn’t stretch out too much. They did start to get slightly baggy around the knees, but I think they just needed to be pulled down. For the price, I think they’re an excellent value.
For reference, I have the size 29.
J.Crew Factory Printed long-sleeve fitted dress // This is another J.Crew Factory piece, and I ordered it on a whim. It’s not my typical style, but I love navy and white for spring, and I thought it might be a good work wear piece for some of you. I would not call it fitted, although it has an elastic waist, so that gives it some shape. It’s pretty blousy and I feel it adds some unwanted volume, but it’s still really cute. It’s also fully lined and seems to be well made. Definitely worthy of your consideration if you need something like this!
also wearing: Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps
J.Crew Contrast Ringer T-shirt // The bright colors and casual styling of this long-sleeve tee caught my eye, and I think it will be great for transitioning into springtime. It’s a little chilly to wear it right now, but I’m holding onto it in hopes that the groundhog was right. This is a small, for reference.
Try Ons: Everlane
Okay, get ready for a grey sweater parade! I wanted to compare Everlane’s cashmere crew and v-neck, and I also found a cute ballet neck sweater I ordered as well.
Everlane is known for quality basics at reasonable prices, and they source all their products from ethical factories around the world, which they visit regularly. I love supporting companies like that, so I’ve been trying to order more from them recently.
Everlane The Cashmere Crew // I know crewnecks aren’t the most flattering, but sometimes they’re nice to have as layering pieces. I really like the fit and feel of this sweater. It’s a classic cut, and very flattering — the perfect layering piece.
Everlane The Cashmere V-Neck // For some reason, the v-neck fits a little looser, and while I typically love a classic v-neck sweater, I wish they shape of the V was a little wider. I don’t know, I’m on the fence about this one.
Everlane The Cashmere Ballerina Raglan // This one, I love. The more open neckline is super flattering, and the 3/4 sleeves make it a great transition piece. It is a cropped fit, which I suppose is going to be good for wearing with higher rise jeans, but I wonder if I want to order in the medium for a looser fit.
For reference, I’m wearing a small in all three of the Everlane sweaters.
To get a better feel for this sweater with my normal jeans, I threw on my AG legging ankle jeans and took a few more shots… I still think I might try sizing up.
LOFT Spacedye Textured Hoodie Top (wearing small) // This lightweight textured tunic with the relaxed hood and deep slit sides is really fun for casual wear. This is exactly how I would wear it — with jeans and sneakers. Very comfy and cute and a great transition piece for spring.
Topshop Mini Adele Faux Leather Top Handle Bag // This bag sold out in the yellow, but it also comes in black and green. It’s cute and on trend, and priced right at $40.
LOFT Striped Turtleneck Poncho Sweater // This is a cute poncho option for those of us who are cold natured and like to be cozy. There are no armholes, but it stays in place well despite that. It’s a nice, soft knit, and it’s TTS. I’m wearing the XS/S.
also wearing: AG The Legging Ripped Ankle Jeans (if you’re a size 32, you’re in luck! They’re marked down to $89!!!) and Vince Milo Loafers (still available in a smattering of colors and sizes, seriously one of my best footwear investments ever)
LOFT Knit Pocket Blazer // I have a knit blazer that I like, but the quality isn’t the best, so I thought I’d try this. It’s very comfortable, and the quality is there, but the styling is a little too conservative/businessy for my purposes.
If you need conservative work wear, though, this is a great piece because it looks very classic with the length and the gold buttons, but it’s a knit material so it’s verrry comfortable. It has a back vent, and it’s fully lined. For size reference, I’m wearing the 6.
LOFT Modern Trench Coat // If you need to update your trench coat for spring, this is a great choice. I love the light “pearl” color, the feminine puffed shoulders, and the gathered yoke in the back. It is 100% cotton, so it tends to wrinkle, but it’s still a really cute coat.
LOFT Destructed Straight Leg Jeans in Authentic Mid Indigo Wash // I actually rather like these, for a straight cropped style. I think I styled a pair last year, actually. They’re soft and comfortable, and for the price, the wash is pretty good, although I don’t care for that frayed hem. I’m in the 28/6 and they feel like they could get baggy. I don’t know if I could zip up the 27/4 or not, but it may be worth a try.
LOFT Boyfriend Cardigan in Golden Grass // Can you all believe they brought this back? For my newer followers, one of my most popular outfits of all time was this one, featuring a mustard yellow boyfriend sweater with tortoiseshell buttons from Loft. When I saw this sweater at Loft, I ordered it right away so I could recreate the look.
LOFT Boyfriend Cardigan in Nocturne Navy // Here’s the sweater in navy. It’s lightweight and perfect for springtime. For size reference, I have the small in both.
Sam Edelman Linnie Leather Mules // I tried these last week in another color, and I ordered this white pair for possible inclusion in a sponsored post. I think I like the nude color better, though. Definitely size down in these. I ordered the 8, and I need the 7.5.
LOFT Melange Mock Neck Dress // How fun is this dress? I expected to hate it, but I kind of like it. It would probably look better with tights, as shown on the model… at least until I apply some self tanner! Anyway, it fits well, doesn’t cling, and I think it would make a nice work wear piece. Wearing a small, for reference.
Try Ons: Denim
So I realize I kind of went out of order here. I should have included the Mother denim and Loft jeans in this section. Oh, well.. I guess at this point, I’ll just keep chugging along!
Rag & Bone Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans // So this is a brand I’ve dabbled with. I do have the black raw hem pair from the #NSale that I kept and wear occasionally, but I admit, they annoy me in that they tend to slide down.
I ordered these because I liked the slightly shorter length and the darker wash. The rear pocket placement and size is perfect for me, and the wash on these is outstanding. So gorgeous. Also, they feel fabulous to the touch — verrrry soft but also a little thicker than my AG.
They do feel like they may slide down with wear, though. I don’t know if I should try to size down to the 28, or if that’s just the way this brand fits, or what. I have a Frame pair that does the same thing. They never bag out of look big on, but they slide down and drive me bonkers.
I want to love these, also because the 27″ inseam is slightly shorter than my usual 28″ or 29″ and is perfect for going into spring and summer, but I’m on the fence because of the sliding issue. I guess I’ll take my own advice and keep the tags on and wear them for an hour or so and see how they feel.
The price is also way up there, so I should also take my own advice on that point as well and wait for a sale.
AG Angel Flare Jeans (also on Amazon) // This is another pair I’ve had my eye on and finally decided to bite the bullet and order them. As usual, AG comes through for me! First of all, the wash is amazing, and these jeans are sooo soft. They also fit like they were custom made for me.
I also styled these with jeans the Madewell Kimball Sweater to show how I might wear them going into spring. I absolutely love them, but I’d rather get them on sale so I may send them back and wait.
Next up… a few more budget-friendly options!
Sam Edelman Brazil Kitten Ankle Jeans // These jeans are just okay to me. The material is a little funky — kind of a sateen. They keyhole hem is a fun detail, but maybe a little try-hard. I dunno… let me know what you think! They do fit well, and they’re not see-through.
BlankNYC Classique Skinny Jeans // For jeans under $100, BlankNYC is one of my favorite brands. They have a nice fit and feel, and they’re flattering, and the wash looks pretty good.
That said, the distressing is obviously where they can’t keep up with the premium brands. For some reason, the distressing on the BlankNYC shorts above look better than these. Even my daughter mentioned the distressed details looked weird to her, but I’m picky about such matters, and I know not everyone cares. In all other aspects, I think they look and fit great.
These are currently on sale for $52.80 with code LOVE, which is a great price. I’m wearing the 29, for reference.
BlankNYC Classic Stretch Jeans // I like this pair a lot better. For one thing, they’re about an inch shorter. I was planning to cut off the other pair if I kept them. These are a great option for those who want a casual wash with no distressing. They’re flattering, and they feel good on too. These are on sale for $54.88 with code LOVE, and I’m wearing the 29.
WHEW!!! I really rushed through some of these to get this post finished, so if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.
Have a great Saturday!
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