FALL 2019 TRY-ON HAUL: Nordstrom, Madewell, Old Navy, J.Crew Factory, Anthro & Amazon
Good morning and happy Saturday! I tumbled down the rabbit hole this morning and ended up reorganizing all my Pinterest boards… ooops! So that’s why this post is going up later than usual.
Well, that and the fact that I didn’t have any of it written when I got up this morning.
But anyway! It’s live now, and I have a new try-on haul for you today. It’s pretty much a sweater parade.
Someone asked in our JLS Fashion Tribe how many sweaters a woman should own… I’ll let you know when I get there. Haha!
I do love a good sweater, and I live in them a good 6 months out of the year here in the northeast. That said, I prefer quality over quantity, so even though there are a lot of good ones in here, I didn’t keep them all.
Let’s get started!
Try On Haul: Nordstrom, Madewell, J.Crew Factory, Anthro, & Amazon
By way of reminder, or for anyone who is new, I’m 5’5″ and about 140# with a short-waisted hourglass shape. I usually wear a small in tops, 6 or 8 (28 or 29) in pants and jeans, and an 8 in dresses. I’m also usually a size 8 shoe.
All links and descriptions are below the pictures.
Caslon Open Front Pocket Cardigan (size S) // This first cardigan is a little big on me, and honestly, it was kind of scratchy. On the other hand, it’s really pretty and a nice length. (I’m not a fan of the super long cardigans, I feel like I’m wearing a bathrobe.) I love the shades of ivory and grey.
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VERDICT: Returning. I was going to order the XS to compare and see if I like the fit better, but then I got the next sweater in the mail . . .
Anthropologie Vera Cardigan (size S) // This sweater is soooo soft and luxe, and very warm — more so than the Caslon one above. I put it on yesterday afternoon after it came in the mail, and I had been chilly all day, but the second I put it on, I was so cozy and warm. I had to force myself to take it off and change into something a little dressier for going out to dinner.
I like the shorter length, although it is a little bulky, so probably not the most flattering cardigan, but for a cozy look, I think it’s cute.
It’s definitely more of a splurge than the Caslon one, but I did manage to snag it when it was on Anthro’s 25% off sale last week, so there’s that.
Anthropologie Sophie Ribbed Sweater (size S) // This was the other sweater in my Anthro order. (I also ordered this belt but forgot to try it on yesterday.) I’m a sucker for an ivory sweater, and I love the quality of this one. It’s a dense, heavy, chunky knit with a great ribbed texture and relaxed silhouette. The boatneck is flattering, and blouson sleeves are very much on trend right now.
That said, when you have a larger chest, you have to be careful of adding volume in your sleeves. In this case, the sweater is a chunkier knit, which adds some volume, and it has a boxy and very relaxed fit through the body, which also adds volume.
With all that plus the sleeves, I feel like this sweater is a little overwhelming on me. The front tuck definitely helps, but for the price, I just don’t love it enough to justify keeping it. I have other ivory sweaters I think I would reach for instead. (Namely this one, which I love, and it was also a bit of a splurge.)
VERDICT: Returning, but if you’re drawn to it, definitely try it. It’s a great sweater, just not what I need right now. And if you’re smaller on top, this sweater may help balance out a larger bottom.
J.Crew Factory Leopard Open Cardigan (size S) // This sweater was a bit of a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect to keep it, but I wanted to try it on because I thought some of you might like it, but I really like this one!
It’s a nice quality knit, kind of a tight weave, and a little dressier than your typical cardigan. It also has a flattering slim fit, and a nice length — shorter than a lot of the cardigans that are out right now.
This is definitely a nice work wear piece for those who might need that, but I can also see wearing it out to dinner over a strappy cami, to church over this mixed jersey tank, and with a t-shirt and jeans for a leveled up casual look.
(For anyone considering this sweater, I got it for $58, so I recommend waiting for the price to go down. J.Crew Factory fluctuates their prices constantly, so you have to keep an eye on them and order when they’re doing a good promo.)
J.Crew Puff-Sleeve Sweater in Extra-Soft Yarn (size S) // This sweater is suuuuper soft and cozy. The puffed sleeves are trending right now, and I feel like these are more flattering than some.
Remember how I said above, when you have a larger chest, you have to be careful of adding volume in your sleeves? This sweater is made of a thinner knit and it’s more fitted through the body, so I feel like I can get away with having some volume in the sleeves.
Also, I like how they have the long banded wrists, which is also more slenderizing than when the sleeves is wide all the way down.
VERDICT: I’m probably keeping this one, but I’m going to keep the tags on for a while. I like it, but I want to make sure I will actually reach for it and wear it. It also comes in some other really pretty colors, if this evergreen isn’t for you.
(This sweater was only $39 when I bought it, so if you like it, I’d recommend waiting for a better price.)
J.Crew Factory Open-Front Cardigan in Extra-Soft Yarn (size S) // Another winner from J.Crew Factory! This one isn’t quite as soft as I was expecting, but that didn’t prevent me from keeping it. I wore it the other night to choir rehearsal, and it was fine.
I really like this shade of camel, it seems to have less yellow in it, so I think it works okay for my cool undertones. I also wore a white tee near my face, which helps. And I love how it coordinates with my snake print sneakers.
VERDICT: keeping! (This sweater was $44 when I bought it, so again, I’d recommend waiting for a better price.)
J.Crew Vanessa Sweater-Jacket (size S) // The sweater jacket is a big thing this season. It’s basically a glorified cardigan, and it incorporates that menswear-inspired vibe that is on trend right now. This one is a smoother, dressier knit — perfect for work wear.
Dressier cardigans can read frumpy, and this sweater jacket is a bit more polished and sophisticated. It’s a nice layering piece for those who are always cold inside but don’t want to keep a moto jacket or blazer on all day.
VERDICT: Returning, but I think this is a nice piece. I just don’t see myself reaching for it.
As far as the price, I paid $78, and it’s currently $79.99, so I can’t say for sure whether it will go down more or not, but it may. On the one hand, I feel like $79 is a lot for J.Crew Factory, but this is a quality piece and would probably go for that if it were Caslon or Halogen.
Madewell 9″ Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pendale Wash (size 29R) // Madewell is known for doing quality denim that has good shape retention, and these are really nice on. I thought these looked like a nice alternative to the AG and Mother brand skinnies I often wear, so I wanted to try them out.
I feel like the fit is really flattering, and it’s a nice even mid-indigo wash that is more casual than dressy. The 9″ rise is high enough to be on trend, but still flattering on those of us who are short-waisted. The material is soft and stretchy and very comfortable.
VERDICT: Returning because I don’t need them, but I recommend trying them if you are looking for a pair like this. These are definitely a solid choice for a casual skinny jean without any distressing. They’re TTS, or size up if in between.
So I decided to try something with these jeans . . . I also ordered them in petite.
The inseam on the regular pair shown above is 28.5″, and the inseam on the petite pair is 26″.
A 28.5″ inseam is ankle-length on me, and typically hits right at my ankle bone. This is a nice length for wearing with loafers, ballet flats, pumps, sneakers, and sandals. Most of the jeans in my closet are this length.
But they don’t work so well with booties, especially the higher shaft booties that are so on trend right now.
Here are some more pictures wearing the petite jeans with these higher shaft ankle boots. I still needed a tiny cuff, but it avoids that big thick cuff that we were all doing 3 or 4 years ago. This helps keep the skinnies current as straight styles are making a comeback.
If you go with a shorter inseam on your jeans, you have to compensate by wearing a higher rise (these would probably look better in a 10″ rise, but the 9″ is okay) AND you have to wear a shorter top (or front tuck.)
I think this works . . . what say you?
Madewell Petite 9″ Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pendale Wash (size 29P) // Everything I said about the regular pair applies here. They’re a nice soft mid-weight denim in a clean mid-indigo wash, and I really like this 26″ length for wearing with booties.
VERDICT: Keeping! (P.S. These also come in tall.)
also wearing: Madewell Donegal Evercrest Turtleneck Sweater in Coziest Yarn with Vince Ridley booties (old)
Madewell Donegal Evercrest Turtleneck Sweater in Coziest Yarn (size M) // This sweater is very similar to one I had from Madewell last season that I loved, and I think the wide ribbing and rolled hems with the donegal knit is so pretty. I was undecided, so I ordered both the grey and pink.
I went ahead and ordered the medium because the one I had last year ran small, but I’m not sure I needed to size up in this one. I should have ordered a small to compare, especially since returns to Madewell are free for Insiders, but ya know… hindsight is 20/20.
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VERDICT: Holding onto these for the moment, and I’m going to order the small to compare.
The Petite Perfect Vintage Jean in Ainsworth Wash (size 29P) // Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I also ordered these crop straight jeans. These are a thicker, stiffer denim, to give them that trendy vintage vibe.
I don’t know why I keep trying crop straight jeans. I just don’t really like them, but I’m also somewhat obsessed with figuring out how to make them work. I dont think these booties are right for this look. I would prefer something with a taller, slimmer shaft. The grey ones I wore above are probably too wide.
See? So many factors. Fashion is hard, yo!
VERDICT: Returning, but if you like this style, these are some of the better ones I’ve tried.
Madewell Houndstooth Sweater Coat in Coziest Yarn (size S) // This is another sweater coat, but this one is HUGE! To me, this looks a lot more like outerwear than the J.Crew version I showed above.
I could try the XS to compare, but it’s pretty thick, and I think I’d only wear it once or twice and then end up reaching for a moto jacket instead, so I think I’ll just return it.
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That said, I don’t think I did it justice with my styling. Before I send it back, I want to try it with a turtleneck and booties, just to see how that looks. I’ll post pix!
Old Navy Relaxed Cardi Coat (size S) // For comparison’s sake, here’s a sweater coat I ordered from Old Navy. See, I told you this was a sweater parade!!!
This one is definitely more cardi than coat, which I like. The rust color is nice for fall, although not my best color for sure. This seems to have warmer undertones, so would be nice on a lady with, well… warmer undertones. It also comes in black and heather grey, which definitely would work better for me.
It’s a tight knit, not super soft but not scratchy either, and I like the subtle ribbed detailing and the small lapels.
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VERDICT: Returning because it’s not my best color; I like it, though. I might get it in black and return the J.Crew Factory one. This more casual style suits my lifestyle better.
Old Navy Textured-Stitch Boat-Neck Tunic Sweater (size S) // This sweater is very comfortable and soft, but I don’t love the length on me. It actually looks better in pictures than it did in person. I felt very schlumpy in this.
That said, if you like longer sweaters, this one is very comfortable, and the high/low split ribbed hem is a nice detail.
Old Navy Rib-Knit V-Neck Sweater (size S) // This is actually the same sweater Caroline wore in our post earlier this week. She has the camel one, and it was so cute on her, I decided to order this hot pink to try.
It’s just a little too long for my liking these days. For some reason it looked better on her. Maybe because she was wearing heeled booties? Anyway, I think I’m sending it back, but it’s cute and nice quality for Old Navy.
Daily Ritual Women’s Wool Blend Turtleneck Sweater Dress (size M) // This dress is from Amazon. I typically like their Daily Ritual brand and feel like it’s a good value for the price.
This dress is cute, but it’s a very thin knit, or rather a loose weave. Basically, it feels and looks a little cheap. That said, it’s a nice length and fits really well, and I like the relaxed cowl neck and waffle texture to the knit.
I just can’t say how it will wear through the day; I have a hard time believing it will hold its shape.
VERDICT: Returning, I’d rather spend more on one that’s better quality.
sizing note: If ordering, definitely size up if in between — the medium fits me perfectly. And it also comes in a bunch of other colors.
also wearing: Cole Haan Willa Knee High Boots
Lark & Ro Women’s Merino Wool Long Sleeve V Neck Sweater (size S) // Lark & Ro is another Amazon Fashion brand that I’ve had success with, and this sweater is a nice quality. It’s a thin gauge 100% merino wool, so a nice classic wardrobe piece, but it’s on the thinner side.
This sweater runs verrry small, though. Definitely size up.
VERDICT: Returning, too small, and I don’t really need it.
J.Crew Mockneck Sweater in Supersoft Yarn in Spicy Jade (size M) // I had this sweater last year in pink, and I loved it, but it was pretty snug so I ended up passing it on to a friend at the end of the season. Well, it’s back this year, so I ordered the medium in this gorgeous jade green.
It’s verrrry soft and cozy, fits close to the body without clinging, and I love the knit detail at the shoulders and sides. Also, yay for on-shoulder seams! (As opposed to the drop sleeve style that is so popular right now.)
P.S. This sweater is currently 35% off with code WEARNOW.
Cole Haan Willa Knee High Boot (size 8.5) // The pointed toe, knee-high boot is making a comeback, and I’m here for it! I think this look is so flattering,
I ordered these boots after seeing them on someone’s blog, I can’t remember who it was. They’re pricey, but they were sale when I ordered them. They have that Cole Haan Nike Air insole… sooooooo comfortable, ohmyword.
There’s a subtle western styling present here, which is very much on trend at the moment. My only complaint is, they’re a pull-on style, so kind of slouchy and not very fitted through the calf. I think that’s also part of the current trend, but I prefer a more fitted boot with a zipper.
VERDICT: Undecided. I love the styling, and they look good from the back and sides, but front-on they look a little weird to me in the calf area. That said, the comfort alone is enough to sell me on them.
I just keep thinking about our messy winters and how often I have to forego my suede boots for leather or weatherproof options, and I’m afraid I won’t get a good cost per wear out of these.
also wearing: J.Crew Mockneck Sweater in Supersoft Yarn in Spicy Jade (size up) with grey skinnies (similar)
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