Good morning, friends! I tell ya, this week has been a doozie. I think I said that last week too. I guess I should be happy I’m busy, but I feel like I can barely keep my head above water.
Anyway, today I’ve got a try-on haul, and I also rounded up more of my favorites on sale. If you missed it, I rounded up a bunch in yesterday’s post, but I’ve found even more.
Let’s get started!
Banana Republic Try-Ons
I placed a big order during one of Banana Republic’s sales, and I found some really nice pieces.
This sweater is super soft and luxe. It feels like it has a decent amount of cashmere in the knit, but it’s 58% cotton, 42% polyester. This is good news for those of you who can’t tolerate wool!
I really like the relaxed yet boxy fit and the contrast ribbing on the neck, cuffs, and hem.
It is 23″ long, which is perfect for pairing with higher rise jeans and pants, and the flared, bell-sleeves are a fun detail.
I also appreciate the traditional on-shoulder seams. It’s very flattering without being fitted.
It comes in a bunch of colors. I ordered the camel and the light grey, and both are gorgeous neutrals, but I kept the camel. This sweater runs true to size; I have the small.
VERDICT: Kept the camel.
also wearing: Good American Good Legs High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans and Jeffrey Campbell booties (last year)
This sweater is also very soft and comfortable, but it’s a thinner ribbed knit with a body-con fit.
I love the boatneck and raglan sleeves, and this soft lilac color is so pretty. It also comes in a bunch of other colors.
I was tempted to keep this one, but I decided that I’d probably be uncomfortable wearing it — trying to suck my gut in and hold my back straight the whole time. Life is too short for that!
also wearing: Good American Good Legs High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans and BR Soft Loafers
These shoes are cute on and very comfortable, but they feel plasticky. If you’re picky about the quality of your leather, I would pass on these.
That said, I love a snake print, and this one is a nice combination of taupe and black tones. They are true to size; I’m in the 8.
I ordered this, thinking it would be a nice closet basic for layering this winter. I tend to purchase chunkier knits, but sometimes it’s nice to have something thinner like this, for layering under blazers and cardigans.
Here, you can see it layered under a denim jacket.
It’s a very nice quality piece, and I love the fit and the classic cut with the raglan sleeves. I also like the slight texture to the knit, which adds interest.
All that said, I decided to return because I found it kind of rough and itchy. I hope I don’t regret it — I can see myself wishing I had it for outfit styling down the road. Sometimes I’m too eager to get my returns out of the house, and later on I wish I had kept some of them.
For size reference, I’m wearing the small.
VERDICT: Returned. I hope I don’t regret it.
also wearing: Paige Hoxton Transcend Vintage High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans (25% off) with Remi Mules (54% off) and VE Alicante Boho Cuff
I know I don’t style enough dresses around here, and I had high hopes for this one, but I’m kind of meh about it. It’s a little shapeless, and I don’t care for the length on me.
Here you can see it with pumps, although wearing it with booties (as shown above) is more modern.
It is very comfortable, I will say that. Even though it’s wool, I found it soft and easy to wear.
Here is me trying to stand *just so* to get a flattering fit, LOL! Proof that mirror selfies are not always the most accurate judge of fit.
VERDICT: Returning. I’m sure I can do better.
Amazon Fashion Try-Ons
I get a lot of questions about how to shop Amazon for fashion, and honestly, I’m not a fan. So much of it is fast fashion straight from China, and I don’t really care to support that.
That said, I feel like you get a decent value with Amazon’s proprietary brands, and I find their quality to be pretty consistent. The brands I look for are Goodthreads, Amazon Essentials, Daily Ritual, and Lark & Ro.
Also, Amazon owns Shopbop and Zappo’s, so you can also buy some of the well-known national brands on Amazon, although I usually prefer to purchase directly from the retailer. I don’t know why; I just do. You can see where each item comes from, beneath the product title.
I don’t wear a lot of long-sleeve t-shirts, but it occurred to me that they can be very useful for layering under puffer vests and utility jackets during the fall, so I decided to order a couple.
I wanted to try this cotton dolman top because I like the texture in the fabric, and I typically like a dolman sleeve.
Turns out, it feels a bit more like a drop shoulder than a dolman, and I don’t care for the banded waist.
I don’t know why I don’t have more pictures from the front, but I think you can get the idea.
VERDICT: I returned it, but it’s decent quality for the price point. Definitely worth considering if you need something like this.
I saw another blogger who was excited about these, so I figured I should try them. Even though I prefer to pay more for premium denim, I like to have some budget-friendly denim options to recommend.
The fit is quite good, but I didn’t care for how they felt on — very stiff. I’m also not a huge fan of the wash, but it’s decent for the price point. They’re TTS; I’m in the 28.
VERDICT: Returning, but they’re a solid choice for the price.
This sweatshirt is really cute, and WOW, is it ever soft!!! I like the stripe design and the on-shoulder seams. It has a traditional fit, not oversized or slouchy, although you could size up for that, I guess.
In fact, I would recommend sizing up, only because I felt a little constricted. I know it looks like it fits right — and I think it’s probably the right size, but I wasn’t quite comfortable in it, despite how soft and cozy the fabric is. (I’m in the small.)
VERDICT: Returned, but only b/c it felt a little small, plus it will probably shrink. I recommend sizing up if ordering.
Now, this I love. The tunic length is nice for a change, and I like how it’s long but not schlumpy. It has some shape through the waist, plus I like the raglan sleeves.
The hood isn’t super heavy, like some hooded sweatshirts can be, and this color is a really nice muted red.
Here it is with jeans. You could put a quilted vest over this, and it would be perfect for ball games (or in my case, marching band performances) this fall.
It’s even cute from the back… nice job, Goodthreads!
By the way, this is the Russet Brown, but it reads as a muted dark red to me. It’s true to size, or you could size up for a slouchier fit, as shown on the model. I have the small.
I have a few more to share, but I’m having trouble with Lightroom this morning. Blergh! So let’s move on to Friday Sale Finds!
Friday Sale Finds
In addition to the ones I shared yesterday, here are some more favorites on sale this weekend.
Remi Mule – TTS; 54% off!!!
Vionic Sandals – TTS; 40% off
rag & bone Dre Slim Fit Ankle Boyfriend Jeans – size down; 40% off
Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps – size up half; originally $140, now $51.45 in cart
Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Block-Heel Leather Sandals – TTS; originally $398.00, now $298.50
AG Farrah High Rise Skinnies – TTS; originally $215, now $161.25
Paige Mayslie Joggers – size down; originally $209, now $156.75
Eileen Fisher V-Neck Shift Dress – size down (wearing XS); originally $248, now $91.14 in cart
Marc Fisher Zala Pumps – TTS; 25% off
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