Greetings! I hope y’all are having a nice weekend and managing to stay warm. It’s still in the single digits here in Philly. I can’t wait for Monday because it’s supposed to warm up.
Today I’ve got another try-on haul for you. I got my monthly Trunk Club delivery this week, and my stylist sent me a bunch of jeans and mules to try. I also received a Loft order that I placed during their 50% off sale last weekend, and then there are a few other random things from Old Navy, Banana Republic, Target, Amazon, Tory Burch and Everlane. It’s a doozie!
For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135–140 pounds, depending on how many times we had takeout this week, and I’m short waisted with an hourglass figure. Thanks to today’s vanity sizing, I typically wear an 8 in dresses, a small in tops, and a 6 or 8 in pants (28 or 29 in jeans.)
Okay, let’s get started!
Try Ons: Trunk Club
If you’re not familiar with Trunk Club, it’s a subscription service sourced by Nordstrom. You’re assigned a stylist, and she selects 8–10 items for you each month based on a survey you fill out online. I don’t know if they still do this or not, but I actually had an initial phone call with my stylist, and we talked about my style, my needs, and my wardrobe challenges. It’s hit or miss at first, but she gets to know you over time and gets better at selecting things for you. She will also mind your budget, so you can let her know your preferred price points.
I like to get a mix because I’m always looking for things for my personal wardrobe as well as the blog. I sometimes splurge on luxury items when I have Trunk Club credits to spend, and I also like to see what trendy options are available at the lower price points. My stylist helps keep me current, and in turn, I share things with you that I might not have discovered on my own!
This month I requested jeans and beige mules, and I told her I’m interested in trying more straight cropped styles.
All of my thoughts and product links are below the pictures.
BP. Distressed High Waist Crop Flare Jeans // As we discussed in my Q&A on Thursday, BP. is both the Nordstrom junior’s department and a Nordstrom-exclusive brand. These jeans are the BP. brand, and they’re priced accordingly at $65.
I actually found these jeans to be quite comfortable, but the wash and distressed details are a little rough. I’m not seeing as much of the cropped flares as I am the lighter wash cropped straight styles on the more hip fashion blogs, but these definitely have a more modern vibe than my usual skinnies. I guess I’m still waiting for my eyes to adjust; I’m not quite loving this look.
These jeans are TTS, or size down if in between. I’m wearing the 28.
Caslon Luke Knotted Mule // Another Nordstrom-exclusive brand, Caslon makes good quality styles at accessible prices. These mules are surprisingly comfortable, and while I didn’t initially think I cared for the styling, they are actually kind of growing on me, the more I look at these pictures. I like the color because they aren’t too yellowy. Maybe I should try them on with some of my other jeans and see how I feel about them. They’re TTS; I’m wearing my usual 8.
AQUA Boatneck Sweater // I’ve shared this one before, but I really like it so I thought I’d mention it again for those who missed it. I put it on with these jeans because I thought the cropped, boxy style would work well with the style of jeans. It’s a great transition piece you can start wearing now if you’re in an area with milder winters, and it will carry me well into spring.
I’m actually tempted to keep this pair and try to work with them as the weather warms up. At $45, they’re a great price for a trendy style I may or many not wear a lot, and the material is lightweight and stretchy — perfect for spring and summer. The lighter wash seems to be more on trend for this style than the darker ones above.
These definitely run big; I’m wearing the 28 and wonder if I should even size down to 27, as I anticipate them stretching out a bit with wear.
J.CREW Pointed Toe Slide Sandal // These shoes are really cute and actually more walkable than you might expect — but since they’re velvet, I don’t see myself getting much wear out of them in our climate. It’s too cold to wear them now, and by the time the weather warms up around here, they will look too wintery. They run true to size; I’m wearing the 8.
Sam Edelman Laurna Mules // I really like these but they’re a half-size too big so I’m exchanging them for the 8. They have that Princetown Mule vibe but with a much more palatable price tag, and I always find Sam Edelman shoes to be comfortable and fit well.
Something Navy Cigarette Jeans // Something Navy is a NYC fashion blog, and these jeans are part of her collaboration with Nordstrom.
These jeans are more in line with the style I’m noticing on the urban-focused fashion blogs. I like that they don’t flare — in fact, they almost taper. They’re also a heavier, stiffer denim, which tends to go hand in hand with this style of jean.
At $89, they aren’t a huge investment if I don’t end up liking them, but I think it’s a good option for this style. I like them better than most others I’ve tried, although I still can’t stop thinking about those 3×1 straight crop jeans from my try-on haul last week.
Here they are, for comparison’s sake:
For size reference, I’m wearing the 28 in the Something Navy Cigarette Jeans, and they’re snug, but I think they are the right size. Even though they’re stiff, I think they’ll give some with wear. I can’t remember the size I was wearing in the 3×1 straight crop jeans. I ordered both the 28 and 29, and I didn’t make a mention of the size I tried on. #ooops
NYDJ Sheri High Waist Slim Jeans // Sorry these pictures are so grainy! It was getting dark outside. These are nice-fitting jeans if you’re looking for a classic straight cut pair of black jeans. They’re not what I was looking for, so they’re going back. These run TTS or size down if in between; I’m wearing the 6.
Madewell Kent Cardigan Sweater // This cardigan is really soft and comfortable and cozy, and I love the relaxed pockets. I think it would actually look better if I sized down to an XS. I had a Kent cardigan in a color block pattern in the fall, and I sized down to the XS and was very happy with it. I think cardigans look frumpy if they’re too voluminous.
The heather raindrop marled blue is gorgeous, and it also comes in gold, black, and a gorgeous light pink called Heather Carnation. See even more color options in the Madewell Kent cardigans.
Try Ons: Loft
Okay, moving on to Loft! I ordered a few things back when they were having their 50% off sale, which is what I’m sharing here.
They’re running a 40% off sale this weekend, so I placed a large order yesterday for store pickup, but unfortunately we got some unexpected snow, and the roads iced up because of the super cold temperatures. I tried to go out, not realizing it was accumulating (this snow was not in the weather forecast!) and almost wrecked my car. I spun out but somehow managed to stay on the road. At that point, I was only 5 minutes into my 25-mile drive to the LOFT store that had my order so I decided to turn around and come home.
SALE ALERT >> Take 40% off full-price styles at Loft with code LOVE.
All that to say, I don’t have as many Loft styles to show you as I’d hoped, but I did update my Loft Favorites in The Shop if you want to see what I ordered. I’m hoping to get over there today to pick it up and maybe I’ll put them on my Insta Story or even add them to this post later today. The sale goes through Monday, I believe.
LOFT Textured Tunic Sweater // This is a pretty sweater and it has some nice details. It’s longer than I prefer and tends to cut me in half rather than creating the 1/3 to 2/3 ratio that is most flattering, so I sent it back, but if this length works for you, it’s a great transition piece going into springtime.
Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans // I’ve shared these before, but in case you missed it, they’re a good classic dark wash skinny jean. The material feels a little rougher to the touch than my beloved AGs, and they don’t fit quite as tight to the calf, which can be a good thing — it just depends on what else you’re wearing with them. I like them with pumps, loafers, and ballet flats; notsomuch with boots.
These jeans have an 11″ front rise, so they’re definitely high rise. I like that for wearing with sweaters that are more fitted and unforgiving if you have any lumps and bumps; these jeans keep everything smooth underneath.
also wearing: Sam Edelman Felicia flats (I have had these for years, and they’re still going strong! They feel like slippers, and I like the classic styling. They remind me of the Chanel ballet flats.)
LOFT Piped Button Trim Raglan Sweater // This is such a cute sweater for spring! I mean, you could start wearing it now, but it really says “Spring!” to me with the subtle nautical vibe. It also comes in a really pretty Rosebud Pink.
LOFT Skinny Slit Cuff Pants in Marisa Fit // Loft is killing it with their pants right now. These are made of the same super soft stretch sateen as the sailor skinny pants above, and they have the same flattering cut. No buttons on these, but the slit cuff is a nice detail. I also think the mustard yellow is a really fun color for spring, and they say yellow is trending again this season. They’re also TTS, and I’m in the 6.
LOFT Skinny Slit Cuff Pants in Marisa Fit // I also ordered these pants in the black cherry, and I styled them two ways. Obviously you could layer it up with a black leather jacket, or top them off with a tee and cardigan combo. There are endless styling possibilities with these pants. They’re great for casual work environments.
LOFT Skinny Sailor Skinny Pants // These pants are super cute on — flattering, comfortable, and I love the seaming detail on the sides as well as the buttons.
They’re TTS for Loft; I’m wearing the 6. They do feel like they’ll stretch, so definitely size down if in between.
I love these pants so much, I tried a few different ways to style them.
Try Ons: Old Navy, Banana Republic, Target, Amazon, Tory Burch & Everlane
So the rest is a mish-mosh of orders I’ve placed in the last few weeks, and it’s all over the place — pants, jeans, loafers, blouses, handbags, earrings… Hopefully something will resonate with you!
Old Navy Plush-Knit Long-Line Open-Front Sweater // This cardigan is very similar to the Madewell one above, but priced much lower. The quality certainly isn’t as nice, but it’s still a good value for a pretty sweater. I love this Icelandic Mineral color, but it also comes in a classic black as well as mushroom and a white/grey marl. This is a small, and it’s the right fit.
Old Navy Cozy Marled V-Neck Sweater // This sweater is really cute and the perfect color for this time of year. It also comes in a pretty periwinkle blue. The material is soft and comfortable on, and there are some pretty details in the knit that elevate it above a simple v-neck. The material is primarily cotton and polyester, and I’d say the quality is on par for Old Navy. It’s definitely a cutie!
SALE ALERT >> Get 20% off your Old Navy order with code SWEET.
Everlane The Cheeky Straight Jean // I’ve been wanting to try Everlane jeans, so I ordered these. They’re very similar to the Something Navy Cigarette Jeans above, but the rise is about an inch and a half longer. The shorter rise definitely looks better on me, as I’m only 5’5″. I guess I should haver ordered the ankle length version.
The price is great, and Everlane is all about using ethical factories and responsible retail practices, so you can feel good about supporting the brand.
Free People At Ease Loafer Mule // I ordered these mules, as I’m still on the hunt for a comfortable pair of neutral loafer mules for spring. These are comfortable to walk in, but the color is awfully yellow. Because of my coloring, I wear mostly cool tones, so I think I need to find a pair in a cooler neutral — more of a taupe.
I think the Sam Edelman Laurna Mules are going to work a little better, although they look kind of yellow too — it could be that trying to photograph them on this carpet is throwing the color off a bit.
also wearing: Old Navy Cozy Marled V-Neck Sweater
K-Swiss Women’s Court Frasco Sneaker // Yep, still ordering sneakers! Haha! I am keeping the Vejas, but I wanted to try these for you guys because they are quite similar. The quality difference is evident — these feel much cheaper to the touch, but I had just been wearing my Vejas when I tried these on, so that was particularly noticeable to me. For the price, these are a really cute sneaker. They are wider and bulkier than the Vejas, but I like the styling a lot, and I also like that they don’t have metal eyelets where they lace up.
That is actually something I noticed when trying on all the sneakers. The “cool” ones did not have metal eyelets, whereas the ones I would consider a little more stodgy, for lack of a better word, did. It’s a cleaner look and somehow seems to up the style quotient a bit.
also wearing: Zella Taryn Ultrasoft Recycled Jogger Pants (size up if in between; I have a small and wish I had the medium)
FURLA Metropolis Mini Cross Body // I’ve been wanting to add a red crossbody to my closet, so when I saw this bag on Amazon, I ordered it. Furla is a mid-price contemporary label that I haven’t explored much, but I’m definitely impressed with this bag. It’s great quality and the styling is really cute. Unfortunately it’s smaller than I realized, and it doesn’t hold my phone. Womp, womp… I guess the words “mini crossbody” should have tipped me off. Haha!
also wearing: Nordstrom Signature Cashmere Pullover and AG legging ankle jeans with MOLOCH Acrylic Tortoise Shell Hoop Earrings, Gorjana Super Star Necklace, Gorjana Chloe Charm Necklace, and SHASHI Warrior Double Pendant Necklace
MOLOCH Acrylic Tortoise Shell Hoop Earrings // Another Amazon Fashion find, these tortoiseshell earrings are super fun. I wore them yesterday with this exact outfit, and even my daughter commented on how much she liked them on me. They’re only $8, and that’s about right for the quality, but they’re fun for a season.
Tory Burch Ines Wedge Slides in Perfect Navy / Gold // Oh, how I wanted to love these!!! I’m a sucker for Tory Burch sandals — I have a pair of TB nude wedge sandals I’ve had for 3 or 4 years, and I get excited every spring when I pull them out again. I’ve had my eye on these Ines wedge slides for a while, and now that I’m planning my Scottsdale trip in a few weeks, I decided to order them.
They are gorgeous, as one would expect, but I can’t walk in them. As you can see, they’re cut fairly narrow, which is good for me, and initially I thought I could keep them on my feet. However, as I walked around on the carpet, I almost twisted my ankle at one point, and I walked right out of them at another point.
That is when I knew I can’t possibly keep them. I suppose it was partially because I was cold, and when my feet expand a bit in warmer weather, they might work, but it’s not worth the risk. At this price point, they need to be a sure thing. Sadly, they’re going back.
Tory Burch Ines Wedge Slides in Tan / Spark Gold // Yes, I ordered the tan too. I was curious to see them both, but it’s the navy that stole my heart. Ahhhh… so sad. I hate to send them back, but it must be done.
When I was at Target last weekend, I decided to check out their handbag department because I heard they have really upped their game. I would have to agree with that! As you may know, I’m a bit of a bag snob and I prefer leather or a good quality coated canvas, however, if you’re a budget bag kinda girl, these are really good.
A New Day Small Reversible Tote Handbag // This tote is HUGE, and yes, it is reversible. Definitely gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It’s very simple, but that’s what I tend to gravitate towards. It looks and feels nice for faux leather, and for $29.99, you can’t beat it.
Universal Thread Kamden Crossbody Bag // This is a really cute crossbody, it’s a great size for everyday, and the quality belies the price point. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly crossbody, this is a good one! It also comes in a few other colors.
also wearing: Nordstrom Signature Cashmere Pullover, AG legging ankle jeans, and Veja Esplar sneakers with MOLOCH Acrylic Tortoise Shell Hoop Earrings, Gorjana Super Star Necklace, Gorjana Chloe Charm Necklace, and SHASHI Warrior Double Pendant Necklace
Okay guys, we’re in the home stretch!
Leopard Print Pleated Drapey Tank // I ordered this leopard print blouse from Banana Republic because I’ve been wanting a cami or a fun blouse to wear under my knit blazer and possibly with my leather jacket when it gets warmer. I tried it front-tucked and untucked, and then with the knit blazer that I wanted it for. As you can see, it could be nipped in at the waist to be ultra-flattering, but when I add the structured jacket on top… vavavoom!
I probably won’t ever wear it without a jacket, however, I like that it’s modest enough that I can take off my jacket if I need to. It’s TTS; for reference, I have the small.
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