Greetings, friends! I’m back with another try on haul, and I’m tacking on this week’s outfits to the end of the post.
I’ve been thinking I could make these two separate features each week, but I don’t know that you want two posts full of mirror selfies… or do you? Or maybe I should just do What I Wore every other week, since I don’t always have a ton of looks and they can be repetitive… I dunno, let me know if you have an opinion on the matter.
I have a lot of pictures this week, so let’s get started. I decided to combine some into one image, like I did with the summer shorts reviews. My hope is that it makes load time a little faster. Of course, it also makes them smaller, so again, let me know if you have a strong opinion on that.
Try On Haul: Nordstrom, Madewell, J.Crew & Boden
This week’s haul is very Nordstrom heavy, for no particular reason. In fact, it is very tank top heavy. Ha! I do this — I get in a mood and decide I need something, and then I order a ton of options. The thing is, when they arrive, I can’t remember why I thought I needed them. #mombrain
I think I was ordering these to have some options under cardigans, since I have added quite a few new cardigans to my wardrobe this spring. But not that it has turned warm here in Philly, I find myself wanting to wear them with denim shorts during the day. Either way, a good tank is a closet staple most women need, so hopefully this is helpful. I found a lot of good ones — but they’re all a little different, so it really depends on what you’re looking for.
Caslon Cotton Tank (size small) // Very stretchy, nice and thick, a classic tank that’s perfect for layering. It fits close to the body so it’s not very forgiving if you have some lumps and bumps. I’m wearing it here with suuuper high rise jeans (10″) so that helps with the lumps and bumps, but still, not my favorite. Read on…
Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Cordova Wash: Button-Front Edition (size 29) // Since I love my white Madewell jeans, I thought I’d try these. I’m learning that the 10″ is just too high for me, and the 9″ is just right. I’m never going to tuck into a 10″ rise, and with the button-fly, it really needs a tuck-in. Otherwise, I like the fit, although the wash is a little acid-wash looking for me, and the material is on the stiffer side and thicker than I prefer.
J.Crew Vintage Cotton Tank (size medium) // Another fairly classic tank, but this one fits a little looser and has the seam up the back to give it some added interest. It’s made of the same “vintage cotton” with the heathered texture as their vintage cotton v-neck tee so it’s a little thinner and has some drape to it. In other words, it’s more forgiving than the Caslon cotton tank.
Note that I am wearing a medium in this tank, as opposed to a small in the Caslon ones. I find I need to size up in J.Crew tees and tanks. Also, this tank is 35% off and comes in navy, black, and white.
Madewell 9″ Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pure White (size 29) // I’ve shared these before, but since I’m wearing them here… These are currently my new go-to white jeans. So comfortable, great fit, not see-through. Highly recommend.
also wearing: Dolce Vita Women’s Prue Wedge Sandals
Caslon Muscle Tank (size small) // For some reason, I really love a muscle tank. They have wider straps, and in this case, more of a u-neck, which is nice for a change. The material is thick enough not to be see-through, and the camo was a little stiff. The yellow not so much. I don’t luuuurve this tank, but I like it a lot.
It has a good fit, but it’s a little low under the arms. It comes in tons of solids and striped patterns, as well as the camo, but sizes are selling out. Bummer, I was going to order the ivory/red Faye stripe. Wouldn’t that be so cute with jean shorts for the 4th of July?
Note: these come in plus sizes.
Treasure & Bond U-Neck Tank (size small) // Now THIS tank, I luuuuurve. Super soft modal blend, nice drape, slightly racer-back so bra straps show, but not a deal breaker because I love the fabric. It’s thinner than the Caslon ones, but not see-through.
I’m keeping both of these. I like the fit of the small, but I can also see sizing up to a medium for a more relaxed fit and more drape. I probably should at least try the mediums, but I already wore both of these, so I’m just going to have to remember to hang them to dry so they don’t shrink. The grey/white stripe looks really good under a navy or pink cardigan. I wore it that way earlier in the week. (See the What I Wore section below.)
Dolce Vita Women’s Prue Wedge Sandal (size 8) // Super cute, love the caged upper with subtle snakeskin print, but they rubbed my pinky toe as soon as I put them on, and I could tell they weren’t going to work for me.
Otherwise, they’re very comfortable — I just think it’s the way they’re cut in combination with my square-ish feet. Life is too short to wear shoes that hurt, so they went right back.
J.Crew Mercantile Featherweight slub cotton T-shirt (size medium) // I ordered this at someone’s recommendation, and I’m not sure why I didn’t order the white. I’m going to have to start making notes when I order things because I can’t seem to remember what I was ordering them for. Any-Who. This is what I would call a very basic v-neck tee. It’s soft and stretchy, a good weight, not see-through, not stiff, classic v-neck, classic sleeve length, straight hem, no boob pocket, and on the longer side.
Why don’t I love it? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just too basic. I lived in t-shirts like this in the early 2000’s when I was having babies, although they were shorter. But if you want a very basic v-neck tee in a longer length, this is the one for you!
HALE Women’s Kenna Stunner Mid Rise Skinny Jeans (size 29) // These jeans are designed by Adriano Goldschmied, the genius behind AG jeans, so of course I had to try them! Granted, I only tried one style, but I’m not loving these.
The wash is pretty basic looking, they fit really loose for skinnies, and while the rear pockets are placed well, they’re rather large — not at all like the magic pockets on my beloved AG jeans. That said, they’re not horrible, and for the price, I’d be willing to try other styles.
also wearing: J.Crew Mercantile Featherweight slub cotton T-shirt with Nine West Gianna slides
Gibson x The Motherchic Avalon Faux Wrap Jersey Dress (size small) // This is such a cute dress, although it probably looks better on women without as much going on up top. I love how it’s cut nice and high under the arms, and that it’s a faux wrap style so it’s sewn together at the waist, and there’s a snap closer over the chest. It’s on the shorter side, though, so that is something to keep in mind. I’m 5’5″ for reference.
also wearing: Nine West Gianna slides
Boden Melinda Jersey Dress in Navy (size 8) // Yes, I bought it in navy!!! I love it so much in the scattered fruit print, but prints are memorable, and I think the solid navy will be a great closet basic to have for a long time. I did find this to fit a tad smaller than the print that I have, and I’m not sure why. It’s still okay, but I definitely won’t put it through the dryer.
also wearing: Dolce Vita Noor Sandals
Gibson x Living in Yellow Willow Tiered Peplum Top (size small) // This is such a fun and flirty top. There are only a few sizes left, but it appears to have had some restocks since I posted on my Instagram a couple days ago.
1901 Ruffle Sleeve Cotton Blend Top (size small) // This top is a little small on me. I think it’s hard to see in pictures, but definitely was noticeable in real life. I also don’t think the ruffle sleeves do anything for me because I have pretty wide, square shoulders and then the chest issue, but pear-shaped ladies or those who are smaller on top might really like this one.
1901 Print Faille Shorts (size 8) // These shorts run really small. They were tight through the waist, and the front pockets gaped open (you can see a bit on the right side where I’m holding my phone.) They’re also rather wide through the thigh, so again, pear-shaped ladies or those with thicker legs may like these. The print is really fun.
What I Wore This Week
Alrighty! I will make these quick b/c it is getting late! I took a break from finishing this post so I could get my run in before it got too hot outside. (I can’t believe I’m actually worried about it getting too hot. A few days ago I thought I’d never be warm again!)
I wore this to a Mother’s Day brunch last Saturday with some ladies at church. It was a beautiful morning, before all the rain came in.
I wore this to church on Sunday for Mother’s Day. It was nasty, cold, and rainy all day. Bleh. Pretty much the way I feel about this outfit. It looks really drab.
And then I changed into this that afternoon to a family gathering. I could have stayed in what I was wearing, but I’m more comfortable in jeans, and I wanted an excuse to wear this jacket again, ha! And also, how cute are these booties? I’ve had them for weeks and haven’t had a chance to wear them.
This is what I wore on Monday — another dreary, rainy, chilly day — but this picture was taken a while back. I didn’t go anywhere, so I didn’t do my hair and makeup.
Not sure what happened to Tuesday, but this was Wednesday. I had a hair appointment, and while the weather was warming up, I knew I’d be cold inside the salon so I wore this cashmere cardigan.
And finally… Thursday! The weather is warming up, and it feels like summer may actually be right around the corner. I wore this in the afternoon so I could sit outside and get some sun. I also wore this tank with jeans and my Bobeau cardigan to run some errands earlier in the day, but I guess I never got a picture.
And this was yesterday evening. I threw this on to hang out with friends on their patio. I actually wore different shorts, but this picture was from a try-on sesh a few weeks ago so I posted it instead of taking a new one.
And that’s a wrap! Whew!!!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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