Greetings from the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware! We’re down here at my nephew’s wedding, and we’ve had a great time.
The ceremony was beautiful, and it’s been quite the party, complete with the Phillies Phanatic (the Phillies baseball team’s mascot) showing up in the middle of the reception and dancing with us for almost an hour. (Google him — he’s hilarious.)
Anyway, I’m up bright and early to put the finishing touches on this post. Thank goodness the hotel has good, strong coffee.
I stopped into Nordstrom one day this week to pick up a few things, and I ended up doing a big dressing room try-on haul. Then at the end, I have a few more things that came in the mail the other day.
Try-On Haul: Nordstrom + LOFT and Madewell
As a reminder, I’m 5’5″ and about 140# with a short-waisted, hourglass shape. I typically wear a small in tops, a 6 or 8 (28 or 29) in pants, and an 8 in dresses.
Most everything I tried was true to size, so I won’t mention sizing notes unless something was an exception to that.
I didn’t go into Nordstrom looking for anything in particular, but I found a ton of great things by Vince Camuto. They seem to be carrying more of this brand this season, and I was pleasantly surprised by all of it!
His stuff is in the same department as Halogen and Caslon and those brands, but I will say his price point is a bit higher — just to warn you. They’re still good solid, mid-range prices though, and the quality seems really good.
Vince Camuto Bishop Sleeve Colorblock V-Neck Sweater (size S) // I love the v-neckline and the color blocking on this sweater, and the combination of neutrals is really on trend.
It’s a nice quality knit — on the thinner side but with a nice weight to it. It seems a little big through my shoulders, but judging from how it looks on the model, I think this is the way it’s supposed to fit.
I left this in the store, but as I’m looking at these pictures, I wish I’d kept it. Oddly enough, I didn’t like it as much in person as I do in these pictures, so I’d like to try it again and see if I feel the same way about it.
Vince Camuto Mock Neck Sweater (size S) // This sweater is soooo soft and cozy. I didn’t expect to like it very much, as it looked big and bulky on the hanger, but it’s like putting on a big bear hug, and I think it’s actually cute on. Obviously it’s not super slimming or anything, but it’s perfect for cold winter days when you want to feel cozy but still look nice.
When I saw the price, I almost didn’t get it, but I ended up caving and brought it to the register. It comes in 3 other GORGEOUS colors — I love them all, but I chose the fleur because I love how it pairs with denim, and it’s a color that looks good near my face. Ooooh, I just found it on sale in this deep blue.
Vince Camuto Animal Jacquard Pullover (size S) // This sweater is very thick and so super soft — another pleasant surprise. It feels really nice on, and it has such a flattering fit.
My only issue with it is I can’t decide if it’s a cow or a leopard, haha! It reads cow to me, and I’m not sure how I feel about that . . .
Sanctuary Runway Leggings (size M) // These leggings were also better than I expected. They’re incredibly comfortable, and nice and thick — kind of a cross between ponte and regular knit leggings.
I tried to lighten up the shadows in the picture above to show you the pockets on the rear, but that only magnified how dirty the mirror was. I didn’t notice it till I came home and started editing pictures, and yikes! It was nasty. Anyway, these leggings are AMAZING, and they’re on sale right now.
I would have brought them home except I know myself, and I know I won’t reach for them. I will always reach for jeans instead. But if you’re in the market for a quality pair of leggings, these are GREAT.
Vince Camuto Smock Detail Blouson Sleeve Top (size S) // This blouse was also a pleasant surprise. I admit, I tried on a lot of these clothes because I thought some of you would like them, not because I really wanted or needed them. But this blouse came home with me too! #occupationalhazards
I love the fit, the neckline, the sheer sleeves, the smock details . . . I love it all! This is perfect for church or work wear. I’m wearing the magenta, and it also comes in a gorgeous holiday red.
Vince Camuto Enchanted Floral Sleeveless Hammered Satin Blouse (size S) // I picked up a few holiday-ish tops to try, and this floral satin blouse is stunning. I love the ruched mock neck, and I appreciate that the armholes aren’t super low, although there is a bit of bra showing. I have this issue with most sleeveless tops, but I think if I wore a black bra, this one would be okay.
I tried it on with both pants and a skirt . . .
Vince Camuto Velvet Tube Skirt (size M) I thought this was a really fun piece for dressing up this blouse for a holiday event or something like that. It’s a pull-on style and very comfortable.
1901 4-Way Stretch Ankle Skinny Pants (size 8) // Again, I’m fighting a dirty mirror to show you the details on these pants, but I think you get the gist. (If you’re thinking it doesn’t look that bad, that’s because I photoshopped out the worst of it.)
I have these pants at home, actually, but I saw them and picked them up to use in the try-ons, and they work really well with this blouse. They’re comfortable and stretchy and fit true to size, or size up if in between; I have the 8.
I can see topping off this outfit with a velvet blazer for a more casual holiday party, or wearing a cardigan to church or office events.
Vince Camuto Side Cinched Crepe Top (size small) // I’m not crazy about this top — the length throws my proportions off balance and kind of splits me in half vertically. It’s a cute design, though, and the color is pretty. If pink isn’t your thing, it comes in four other colors.
Vince Camuto Chiffon Sleeve Sparkle Jersey Blouse (size small) // I looove this top, and once again, I wasn’t really in the market for it but I decided to get it while the getting was good. I think it will come in handy during the holidays.
It’s form-fitting but not super tight, and has just a hint of sparkle to make it festive. The sheer chiffon sleeves are a nice touch. So many holiday tops are sleeveless, which then requires a topper. This top is one and done — well, just add pants or a skirt, and you’re done!
also wearing: 1901 4-Way Stretch Ankle Skinny Pants
Caslon Three Quarter Sleeve Tee (size small) // This is a great closet basic, and the boatneck is nice for a change. It’s thick and stretchy but not super tight or clingy, and it’s not at all see-through.
DL1961High Waist Crop Fray Step Hem Skinny Jeans (size 29) // I saw these jeans on another blog, and I liked the wash and the funky hems, so I ordered them to try.
They have a 10″ front rise, so it’s quite high, but that makes them very comfortable, and I like how they hold everything in.
The inseam is 26″ so they’re definitely a cropped style. I wish they were about an inch longer to be perfect for me, but they’re still fun to wear with booties and flats like the d’Orsay flats shown here.
J.Crew Factory Zoe Calf Hair d’Orsay Flats (size 8) // These shoes are a great value for the price point. I was surprised by how comfortable they are, and while the quality isn’t outstanding, they look nice enough.
When I first put them on, I thought they were going to be rough around the topline, but after walking around the house in them for a few minutes, I could tell they weren’t going to bother me at all. I wore them all over the mall and was comfortable For under $50, they’re a fun trendy shoe to update your fall wardrobe.
Caslon Cotton Blend Boyfriend Blazer (size small) // These sweater jackets are trending this season, and it’s nice to have a different option for a completer piece.
This isn’t really a sweater, but not sweatshirt material either. I guess it’s some type of knit. At any rate, I think you could use it for both work and casual outfits. It also comes in black.
Caslon Houndstooth Check Double Weave Jacket (size small) // I was hoping to like this better than I did. Maybe if I’d been able to steam it, I’d have felt differently, but I was underwhelmed. It’s also unlined, which makes it feel flimsy and cheap.
Sanctuary Gina Long Sleeve Mixed Media Tee (size S) // It’s hard to see the details on a black shirt in photos, but I tried to get up close so you can see the contrasting material on the neckline and cuffs. This is a really cute top to wear with jeans or work pants.
It’s slightly see-through, but not enough to bother me. I think that’s magnified in these pictures — plus I wasn’t wearing a black bra, which would help immensely.
Sanctuary Grease Leggings (Bristol Plaid; size M) // These plaid leggings are really fun. They come in a bunch of other plaid options, and some are more bold patterns, but I like that there’s low contrast between the colors in this pair, giving them a more subtle appearance.
I’d wear these with tall boots, so that there’s not as much plaid visible, to make them even a little more subdued, but they’re a nice alternative to jeans and solid color pants.
Halogen Crewneck Cashmere Sweater (size S) // Nordstrom carries this Halogen cashmere sweater, or a version of it, every year. It’s a great closet basic, and it feels wonderful on.
I have it in camel, but I love this medium grey color too. They also make a v-neck version, which they updated this year with a slight V in the back of the neckline as well.
I will say that it usually goes on sale at some point, so I’m hesitant to recommend purchasing it now unless you really need it.
Halogen V-Neck Top (size S) // This blouse is really flattering on, and I love the patterns it comes in. I really wanted the black pin dot (with fall colors on a black background) but they were sold out in my size so I ordered this rust floral.
I love that it’s a pull-on style (I hate futzing with buttons, plus they always gape across the chest) and did I mention how flattering it is? I’m getting tired of these drapey blouses you have to front-tuck. This one can easily be tucked in, but you can also leave it out if you want.
Madewell Varick Turtleneck Sweater in Hthr Pine (size S) // When I saw this sweater online, I ordered it immediately. I love the chunky knit, and this pine green is gorgeous.
It does have some wool in it, so it’s a little scratchy if you’re sensitive to such things, but not enough to bother me. Plus you can always wear a long-sleeve tee underneath for more warmth and as a barrier.
I ordered it in both the green and cream, but I like the green much better, I’m not sure why. See below.
Madewell Varick Turtleneck Sweater in Antique Cream (size S) // I’m not sure what the difference is, but the cream color doesn’t excite me as much. The green is a keeper, for sure.
also wearing: AG Prima skinny jeans (33% off!)
LOFT Blossom Ruffle Cuff V-Neck Blouse (size small) // Finally, this blouse came in the mail this week. I’m waiting on more from that order, but I wanted to at least share this — although it’s almost sold out. It wasn’t when I ordered it, but it went fast after that.
LOFT is having a site-wide 40% off sale right now, so that’s definitely worth checking out.
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