Happy Thursday, friends! It’s time for another Try-On Haul! This week it’s all about the sweaters, and I’ve got orders from LOFT, Anthropologie, Madewell, and Everlane.
The usual disclaimers apply — I’m 5’5″ with an hourglass shape, and I usually wear a small in tops, a 6 or 8 in pants, and an 8 in dresses.
Fall Try Ons: Everlane
Sweater weather isn’t here in Philly yet, but that didn’t stop me from ordering a bunch from Everlane. I’m a huge fan of Everlane’s quality and dedication to transparency and ethical factories.
They rarely run sales, but their prices are a good value for the product, and their policy is to be totally transparent about where their products come from and the cost of production. You can even “tour” the factory where each product is made.
EVERLANE RETURN TIP: Everlane offers a Happy Returns Bar in lots of major shopping malls across the country. This way, even if they don’t have a storefront in your area, you can make returns free of charge. See if there is one near you! I was happy to find one at my favorite mall in a very convenient location to where I normally park. Score!
Everlane The Link-Stitch Crewneck Sweater (size small) // I wanted to find a few lighter weight sweaters that I can start wearing now (or as soon as this summer reprise is over!) This one is 100% cotton, and the looser weave makes it a nice “year ’round” sweater — depending on your climate, of course.
I really like the texture and weight of the fabric, but the crewneck isn’t the most flattering on me and it fits kind of boxy. It runs TTS, and I’m wearing the Bone. It also comes in Rust and Brass.
VERDICT: Undecided. I really wanted an off-white sweater I can start wearing soon, but I’m not sure if this is it.
Everlane The Luxe Wool Square V-Neck (size small) // This sweater is surprisingly lightweight — much thinner than any of the other sweaters I ordered.
I love the elegant simplicity, and even though it has a boxy cut, the drape is amazingly flattering. My only complaint is that the v-neck is pretty deep.
Also, it only comes in Black and Navy, so I ordered the Navy, but I have a navy v-neck sweater (from Everlane, in fact!) so I really don’t need this one. I suppose I could re-order in black . . .
VERDICT: Returning because I don’t need a navy v-neck sweater and because the neckline is too low.
Everlane The Cashmere Oversized V-Neck (size small) // This sweater is absolutely sublime, but it’s cashmere so I wouldn’t start wearing it quite as early as the cotton and merino wool.
The v-neck is cut just enough higher to provide the modesty I need, and the stitching around the neckline is a really pretty detail. It’s super luxe, and the quality is definitely above that of other store-brand cashmeres. I also like how it’s a little longer than the others I ordered — it’s more of a traditional length, for those looking for that.
This sweater runs TTS, and I’m wearing the Light Oatmeal. It also comes in Heather Rust and Black.
VERDICT: Returning, as this Oatmeal color is a little drab, but the Black might be a good option. I need to take inventory of my winter sweaters before I make a final decision.
Everlane The Cashmere Rib V-Neck (size small) // Another off-white option, and this one is also cashmere. Of course, I love a v-neckline, and this one is narrower than some but still flattering, although I wish it were not quite so low-cut. Also note the way it has a slight v-neck in the back as well — such pretty details.
The rib knit is gorgeous, and again, the quality is fantastic. I like the flared sleeves and the overall length. I wish Everlane would provide length measurements, though. I like to see that number when comparing sweaters, and I’d like to be able to share it with you too.
It runs TTS, and I’m wearing the Ivory. It also comes in Black and a gorgeous Pale Blue Heather.
VERDICT: Undecided. I like it, but the price is on the higher end of my budget, so I will need to make some choices.
Everlane The Texture Cotton V-Neck (size small) // Now this one is a keeper, for sure!
It’s a cotton/nylon blend, and I like the chunky knit. The v-neck is the perfect cut, it also has the smaller v-neck detail in the back, and knit details on sleeves and around the split hem are really fun.
This sweater also comes in Bone as well as Black, Atlantic Blue, Surplus, and Dark Navy; but I ordered the Crimson because I think it’s such a pretty shade for fall. It runs TTS; I’m wearing the small.
Fall Try Ons: Anthropologie
I’ve had a few requests to do some try ons from Anthropologie, so I ordered some things to try. You guessed it . . . more sweaters!
Anthro is a store I tend to forget about — I guess I think of it as having more of a boho vibe, but they actually carry a variety of styles, and the quality of their products is generally very good.
Michael Stars Tie-Dyed Pullover (size small) // This is more of a summer sweater, in my opinion . . . which is probably why it’s on sale and selling out. It also runs reeeeeeeally small. I ordered the medium, due to the reviews, but I’d prefer a large.
That said, it’s beautiful, and the material is lightweight, soft, and luxe. This sweater puts classy in tie-dye.
VERDICT: Returning, as it’s too small and they’re sold out of the larger sizes.
And with a front-tuck . . .
Anthropologie Ethan Camo Sweater (size small) // This is another gorgeous sweater, although the print is quite memorable, which cuts down on the potential opportunities to wear it and increases cost-per-wear.
It fits true to size or even a bit large; I found the small to be quite roomy. If you have an edgy vibe and appreciate a quality sweater, you may like this one!
VERDICT: Undecided. I want to try it with some lighter jeans and think it over.
T.La Vicky Thermal Waffle Tunic in Ivory (size small) // I tried this waffle tunic on a gazillion different ways, and it’s odd, but the ivory fits smaller than the terra cotta (below). I tried it both untucked and front-tucked with these faded black skinny jeans and spotted mules. I think I like it best untucked with that outfit.
Then I tried the terra cotta on with crop flares . . .
T.La Vicky Thermal Waffle Tunic in Terra Cotta (size small) // I think this color is really fun for fall, and I like the thermal as an alternative to the sweaters I typically wear.
VERDICT: Keeping the terra cotta.
Anthropologie Faux Suede Leggings (size 29) // These fit really weird. They’re big in the waist and hips, tight in the thighs, and loose again in the calf.
I actually like that they don’t fit snug all the way to the ankle, but they’re not very comfortable the way they’re too big in the hip area. Very strange, as I have wide hips so nothing is ever loose there on me!
VERDICT: Returning; I like the idea of these, but the fit is off.
Fall Try Ons: LOFT
Of course LOFT is always coming out with new styles, and I’m a sucker for their sales.
LOFT Textured Knit Moto Jacket (size small) // This jacket is a fun twist on a leather or suede moto. The textured knit has almost a wool look to it, but it’s a poly/rayon blend.It runs a bit big; I’m the small here over a tank and it’s a little roomy. I wouldn’t size down, though.
VERDICT: Undecided. I need to play around with this a bit.
LOFT Colorblock Open Poncho Sweater (size XS/S) // I’m loving these open ponchos with the dolman cap sleeves, as they’re calling them.
Opinions were mixed when I shared these with my Facebook Group, but the general consensus was positive.
While they’re voluminous, I don’t think they add visual weight in the same way a traditional closed poncho can, and they’re fun to throw on over a tank or tee to add another element of interest. I will also wear this over a long-sleeved tee when it gets colder.
VERDICT: Keeping! Super cute, and a fun addition to my fall wardrobe.
LOFT Open Poncho Sweater (size XS/S) // Another open poncho, this in a more fallish color. This one is a thicker fabric too and has a cozier vibe.
VERDICT: I probably don’t need both but I can’t decide between them, so… I’ll keep the tags on both and see which one I end up wearing before my 30-day return period is up. I will probably end up returning one of them, but I like them both equally.
LOFT Speckled Shirttail Sweater (size small) // This is a pretty sweater, but it runs very small. I would want to size up.
VERDICT: Returning because it’s too small and I don’t love the shirttail hemline.
Also, my Tortoiseshell Print Hair Cuff is from LOFT, and it’s a nice way to dress up a basic ponytail.
Fall Try Ons: Madewell
Annnnnnd finally, a Madewell order! I’m always a fan of their fall/winter sweaters, and they also have good denim, shoes, and bags.
They were having their Insider’s sale, which I took advantage of. Unfortunately that is over, but they will probably run another sale for Columbus Day (mid-October), if not before.
Madewell Kent Striped Cardigan (size small) // In the past, I’ve sized down to an XS in this cardigan, but I kind of like this one in the small, I think. It’s cozy and nice quality, and the color blocking is fun.
Madewell Marchmont V-Neck Pullover Sweater (size small) // Why so thin? Why so short? It’s too bad because the cut of the double v-neck is so flattering.
I may try the medium the next time they run a sale, but for the time being, this one is going back.
VERDICT: Returning; too small and short.
Madewell Cashmere Sweatshirt (size small) // So this one is interesting . . . first of all, it’s cashmere, so obviously it feels amazing on.
I like the waffle texture and the sweatshirt detailing, it’s a nice luxe/casual vibe. But it’s kind of fitted, and almost has a banded waist. I guess I need to try the medium.
VERDICT: Returning; may try medium when it goes on sale again.
Madewell Arden V-Neck Pullover Sweater (size small) // Yep, another ivory sweater! I had high hopes for this one, but it’s a no for me — mainly because the texture is rough and not at all pleasant against the skin. But I also don’t like how it hangs in the front.
Madewell Marled Watermoor Short-Sleeve Sweater (size small) // I love the textured fabric, the flattering rolled scoopneck, and the cut of the short sleeves; but this sweater is about an inch too short for my comfort level. I know it’s supposed to be cropped, but I’m not sure I like that.
It’s too bad, otherwise it’s a great little top for wearing right now when the weather is warm, but you want to give a nod to fall.
P.S. This sweater is on sale.
VERDICT: Returning… I guess? I dunno… can’t decide. Does it look too short? Should I try the medium?
Madewell The Abroad Tote Bag // I thought this might be a good option for some of you — I often get requests for a good leather tote. I had a request to compare it to my Everlane Day Market Tote, so I took some mod shots of both.
Basically, my thoughts are these: The Madewell tote is obviously a bit smaller, and it has a top zip. It’s also made of softer leather than the Everlane tote, which is very stiff and never really softens up.
I see the Everlane as more of a carryall/work tote, and the Madewell as more of a roomy everyday handbag. Both are nice bags, it just depends on what you want.
also wearing: Mother Looker ankle fray skinnies with old UGG loafers
Odds & Ends
And finally, a few random odds and ends I ordered . . .
Je Ne Sais Quoi Tee (size small) // This is cute but the material is soooo thin. It’s also a bit snug. And also? I don’t know why I ordered a $98 graphic tee… I mean, I know I spend a lot on some things, but this isn’t worth it to me.
Less Mondays More Sundays Graphic Tee (size small) // This tee is really soft and thin, and I think it’s cute. I like the neckline too, but it fits a bit snug, and it’s short. It’s more the length that bothers me than overall fit, but I want it to be comfy, and also be able to throw it in the wash, so I ordered the medium.
VERDICT: Returning; ordered the medium instead.
I also ordered this Indoorsy graphic tee — which is so me. I hope I like the fit.
BlankNYC The Varick Kick Flares (size 28) // I’m wishy-washy on these. For this style of jean, I think these are pretty good. They fit snug in the thigh, bell out from the knee, and the 25″ inseam is perfect on me.
But those rear pockets are tiny and a little out of proportion, and they’re really snug in the waist. I hear they stretch out, so I don’t dare size up, since they fit well everywhere else. I guess I just need to wear them around a bit and see if they loosen up.
VERDICT: Undecided; trying to like this trend, but I really prefer my skinnies.
And that’s a wrap! You will see some of these items styled for the blog in upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!
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