Happy Saturday, friends! I have another try on haul for you today, and I also rounded up this week’s outfits at the end of the post.
For anyone who is new, I’m a 46-year-old wife and mom of three and full time blogger. I work from home so my wardrobe is fairly casual, but I still like to have a few dressier pieces for church, date nights, and events that might crop up.
I’m 5’5″ and just under 140# (always trying to get to 135) with a short-waisted, hourglass shape. I usually wear a small in tops, 6 or 8 (28 or 29) in jeans and pants, and an 8 in dresses. When I say something is TTS, that means True To Size.
Try On Haul: J.Crew Factory, Nordstrom, Trunk Club & LOFT
Let get started! All links and descriptions are under the pictures.
J.Crew Try On Haul
This first set is from J.Crew Factory, and they currently have 40-60% off a large selection of their site, prices as marked. If you place an order, I highly recommend signing up for J.Crew Rewards. It works for both J.Crew and J.Crew Factory, and in addition to earning rewards you can redeem at a later time, it gets you free shipping on all orders.
(FYI, J.Crew has 30% off full-price styles this weekend with code LUCKYYOU.)
J.Crew Striped open-neck cami top (size small) // This is just a basic stripe tank to wear alone or layered under a cardigan, and I love it. The material is nice and thick and stretchy, and I just really like the stripe pattern. Something about the width of the stripes is just-right. It’s nice and high under the arms (hard to find in tank tops!) so my bra doesn’t show.
While I think this looks okay in pictures, it’s a little snug for my comfort level, so I have ordered the medium to try and compare. I think it will be a better fit and also allow for shrinkage. For $14, you can’t beat it! FYI, it also comes in yellow and white stripe.
J.Crew Mercantile Women’s White Denim Shorts (size 28) // I’ve been ordering a ton of shorts in preparation for my shorts review post coming soon to the blog! I didn’t try many on for this post, but I did pull these on since they worked well with several of the tops I ordered. I’m very pleased with these shorts. They have a comfortable high rise, and they’re soft but not thin. I don’t feel they’re too see-through, and they’re not super white. They’re more of an off-white, which is nice for a change.
They have a 3 1/2″ inseam, which I personally like on me, but I will be trying longer lengths in my shorts review so there’s something for everyone. I’m in the 28, and I usually size up to a 29 in shorts, so I’d say they run TTS or size down if in between. Also, these shorts are currently on sale for $22.50.
Tory Burch Miller Sandals (size 8) // These aren’t new, but I always get a ton of questions about these this time of year so I thought I’d address those here.
First, everyone wants to know about sizing. A lot of people recommend sizing up, but I take my usual 8. That said, I often size down to a 7.5 in sandals, so maybe that does mean sizing up.
Next, people often ask about comfort and support. I find these sandals incredibly comfortable. When I slide them on, I feel like I just came home. (Ha!) Seriously, though. I get so happy when I can break out my Millers out for the spring/summer season. That said, they do not have support. They’re definitely a flat sandal, so if you have finicky feet, they may not be for you.
The other question I get a lot is about color: Sand Patent or Makeup. I have both (which sounds ridic, I know.) I had the sand patent first, and now that I have both, I mostly wear my sand patent ones to the nail salon when I’m getting a pedicure, the pool, the beach, anywhere that they could get messed up because these things are virtually indestructible. I wear my makeup pair with my everyday outfits during the spring and summer.
I do like the makeup color better, but if you’re worried about wear and tear, go with the sand patent. They’re both great neutrals.
Also, the quality is outstanding. I cannot believe what mine have held up to over the years — especially the patent pair. I swear they still look new. The makeup pair does have some staining on the footbed because I’m careless and slide them on when I’ve been walking around barefoot, but otherwise they still look great as well. Yes, they’re a chunk of change, but on a cost per wear basis, mine are mere pennies at this point.
These shoes never go on sale — at least not the popular colors — so your best bet is to buy them when you can get a bonus points offer of some sort. They’re currently part of the Bloomingdale’s Power Points offer: Loyallists get a $25 Reward Card for every $100 you spend on items labeled “LOYALLIST POWER POINTS.” Unfortunately they’re priced just under the $200 mark, but if you throw in a pair of socks, it will get you over the $200 so you can get a $50 reward card.
Also, FYI, Bloomingdale’s sends Reward Cards out within several days of purchase. They don’t make you wait weeks or months like some retailers do.
J.Crew Tie-sleeve button-up shirt (size small) // I was drawn to this stripe shirt because it doesn’t have a collar as most button-up styles do, and it has the cutest bow detail on the sleeves. (Collars irritate me. I think it’s because of the length of my hair — they always seem to be in the way.)
Anyway, this top is really cute, it’s lightweight and the colors are so pretty for spring. You could also wear it with jeans or pink or yellow pants, but I threw it on with these white shorts for this post. It runs TTS; the small fits me perfectly, and it’s on sale for $26.
My issue with button-up shirts is always what to do with the hem. I tried styling it a few ways… first untucked.
Then with a full front tuck.
And then the half front-tuck. This is the current way to wear it, but I always feel a little try-hard when I do this. What do you say?
J.Crew Textured stripe shirtdress (also on Amazon; size small) // I thought this shirtdress could be a nice piece to have; I don’t typically wear shirt dresses, but the colors on this are so pretty, and again with the collar issues… there are none! I also like the neckline — the narrow V is flattering but still modest, keeping it work appropriate.
It’s TTS; the small is a good fit, and for $34, I think it’s a good value.
I tried it first with white pumps (Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps are my go-to; good quality and so comfortable) and then dressed down with white sneakers…
These are my Veja Esplar sneakers. I love them, but they’re really hard to find all of the sudden. Your best best is Saks. They’re the only retailer where I can find them fully stocked, and you can get free shipping with code FREESHIP.
J.Crew “Le weekend” T-shirt (size medium) // I think this tee is so cute and fun. It’s fairly thick and soft, not see-through. I ordered the small and medium, and I’m wearing the medium here. It’s a good fit, and hopefully will still fit well after it’s washed.
Blank NYC Denim Cuffed Distressed Shorts in Weekend Warrior (Size 29) // I’ve shown these before, but it’s been a while. These are just fun for bumming around in the summertime. They’re great for the beach or throwing on over a swimsuit to go to the pool. I’ll wear them around the house, as I work from home. They’re really comfortable, and I like the distressing. I know some of you don’t, and that’s fine too. To each her own!
also wearing: Tory Burch Miller Sandals (Bloomies Power Points eligible)
J.Crew Flutter-sleeve faux-wrap top (size 6) // This top is really pretty and flattering — perfect for work or church. I appreciate the “faux wrap” styling — it is tacked at just the right place on the chest so it doesn’t gape open on those of us who are more well-endowed, but I need to size up to the 8. It’s definitely too small.
Quality wise, the material is a little flimsy, but for the price (it’s $17!!!) I think it’s a good value. I just re-ordered in the size 8, so I’ll keep you posted on how that fits!
I shared these Madewell jeans in last week’s try on haul and I am still thrilled with them. I think a lot of you ordered them… I’d love to hear your thoughts! They’re TTS or size up if in between; mine are a 29, for reference.
I’ve also shared these Clara mules before, but in case you missed them, they are really comfortable. They’re TTS or size down if in between. I went down to a 7.5 because of my thin/flat feet, and I can walk fine in them. They’re currently $25 off at Bloomingdale’s with code PRIVATE.
LOFT Try On Haul
Okay, next up… LOFT! I placed a LOFT order during their last 40% off sale, and it just came in. Right now they have 50% off select styles throughout the store.
LOFT Earth Month Shirttail Open Cardigan (size small) // This cardigan is sooo cute. I love the shirttail hem and the texture of the knit. Also, it’s made with recycled cotton, to help reduce textile waste, which is nice to hear from a company like LOFT that I typically associate with fast fashion. It’s soft and comfortable and true to size. Best of all, it’s 50% off!!!
also wearing: J.Crew Vintage Cotton v-neck t-shirt (size medium) with AG Legging Ankle Jeans with Raw Hem in 7 Years Break (30% off!) and Vince Camuto Leera Espadrille Wedge Sandals (Bloomies Private Sale eligible)
These AG jeans are one of my all-time favorite pairs of jeans. I’ve had them for several years, and the fit can’t be matched (at least for me; we’re all different!) I also like this wash because it can be dressed up or down. Right now they’re 30% off at Bloomingdale’s, which is as good as it gets.
Also, the sandals are eligible for their $25 off $100 but they’re $99… so yeah. That stinks.
LOFT Button V-Neck Flutter Shell (size small) // I absolutely love this blouse. The color is so pretty, it’s so easy to slip on and go, and the flutter sleeves and gold button placket are nice feminine touches.
I can see this with white jeans and heels for church, with blue jeans and flats for a dressed-up casual daytime look, or with grey or navy trousers for work wear. It’s also 50% off and fully stocked in the pink.
also wearing: AG Legging Ankle Jeans with Raw Hem in 7 Years Break (30% off!)
Lou & Grey V-Back Open Cardigan (size small) // I love this lightweight cardigan by Lou & Grey. The shorter sleeves and open weave make it perfect for wearing all summer long. The v-back styling is a fun touch, and it has a relaxed fit that keeps it casual but not overwhelming. It is also 50% off, but some sizes have sold out already. It also comes in a really pretty linen color.
also wearing: J.Crew Vintage Cotton v-neck t-shirt (size medium) with MOTHER Looker Ankle Fray Skinny Jeans in Love Gun (TTS; Bloomies Power Points eligible) and Sam Edelman Laurna Mules (30% off; size down half)
These Mother jeans are fast becoming my new favorites. I actually find myself reaching for them before my AG legging jeans (shocking, I know!) The comfort and fit is absolutely amazing; I don’t love the wash as much as some of my AG jeans, but I’m enjoying these just the same. They aren’t on sale, but they are eligible for the Power Points offer.
Here’s some shopping math for you… These jeans are $228, and the Miller sandals are $198. Order them together, and it puts you right over the threshold to get a $100 Reward Card. #enabler
LOFT Denim Button Front Skirt (size 6) // This denim skirt is really cute, and I like the fit but I think I need the 8, and the larger sizes are all sold out. Womp…womp… It’s worth watching, though. Sometimes they restock when they get returns.
I’ve been loving these Eileen Fisher espadrilles and wearing them a couple days a week. They’re so nice for this time of year when it’s a little early for sandals, but you want a springy shoe. They’re lightweight and so comfortable, and you can get $25 off at Bloomies with code PRIVATE!
LOFT Gingham Skinny Ankle Pants in Marisa Fit (size 6) // These pants are really soft and stretchy and comfortable, and I love the black and white gingham print for spring. They would make a nice work wear pant if you’re in a more casual work environment.
LOFT Embroidered Shoulder Tie Waist Dress (size small) // This dress is really cute on, and I’m pleasantly surprised that it is long enough!!! I’m only 5’5″ but it seems like LOFT dresses tend to run really short. This one is perfect, though. It’s really comfortable and is made of a nice quality knit. The back looks a little wonky at the waist in the picture above, but I think I could fix that if I jushed it a bit.
It has a keyhole closure in the back, and the eyelet embroidered cap sleeves are cute. I just need to be sure to wear a darker bra with it next time. It’s true to size, I believe, or you could try sizing up if you want some extra length. It’s also 50% off and fully stocked!
Trunk Club Try On Haul
I received just a few things from Trunk Club this week. I actually wasn’t supposed to get these, but they were my size, so I tried them on, haha!
Charles Henry Fringe Trim Stripe Shift Dress (size medium) // I wasn’t sure about the fringe when I pulled this dress out of the box, but I actually think it’s really fun. The dress has a flattering fit, the material is nice and thick, and it’s fully lined. In fact, I was surprised it wasn’t more expensive than it is.
Vince Camuto Karika Cage Sandals (size 7.5) // These sandals were an exchange from a previous Trunk Club order. I had to size down half, and I requested the black rather than the brown that came in my original trunk. I think these are so fun. I love the cage styling, the suede straps are very soft and comfortable against the foot, and the 2 3/4″ block heel is stable and easy to walk in.
I’m not sure they’re best suited for this dress, however, so also snapped a few shots wearing it with my white leather espadrille flats…
also wearing: Eileen Fisher Lee Espadrille Flats (size up half; Bloomies Private Sale eligible)
Chelsea28 Floral Print Maxi Dress (size medium) // This dress is a little weird, but I can’t tell if it’s because it’s just not flattering or if it’s because I need a small. I like the print, and the idea of the side tie.
also wearing: Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps
Nordstrom/Everlane Try On Haul
Everlane The Soft Cotton V-Neck (size small) // You’ve seen this before, but I was stalking the pink, which was sold out in my size. It finally came back in stock last week so I snagged it, but I have to say, I’m a little disappointed. It’s not the gorgeous blush I was anticipating. It actually has a lot of peach in it, and I’m afraid it’s not as flattering on me as the other colors I’ve tried, so I think it’s going back. I like it, but I don’t lurrrve it, you know???
Sanctuary Astrid V-Neck Linen Tee (size small) // I’m so bummed this has already sold out. It is sooooo flattering! It was at Bloomingdale’s earlier this week; in fact, I had it in my cart because it was on sale and I bought mine for full price at Nordstrom. (They don’t price match “private sales” for whatever reason.)
ANYWHO. It seems to be gone now at Bloomies, and I can’t find it anywhere else either. Boo to the hoo. I’m keeping mine for sure, but I hate that I won’t be able to link it.
Eliza J Stripe Sleeveless Sweater Dress (size medium) // I’m kind of digging the preppy vibe of this striped sweater dress. I ordered the medium rather than the small because I’m usually an 8 in Eliza J, and the size guide says M=6-8. While it’s roomy, I’m afraid the small would be too short, and I like having some breathing room… but I’d also like to try the small to compare before deciding to keep or not.
Leith Midi Wrap Dress (size small) // This dress is cute, but way too small. I’m holding the phone over my chest for good reason!!!
also wearing: Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps
Leith Midi Wrap Dress (size medium) // The medium is much better, and I like this navy print better on me too. I think it’s better suited to my coloring.
I still don’t like how this is a traditional wrap style, so there is nothing to hold it together over the chest. I would need to pin it or use fashion tape, and neither is ideal. If I were smaller on top, I think it would be perfect, so I definitely recommend it for anyone out there who is not as “blessed” in the chest area.
The quality isn’t the greatest, but for $59, it’s about right.
also wearing: Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps
Sanctuary Terrain Crop Cargo Pants (size 29) // I ordered these to try because I’ve had requests for lower priced cargo pants, but I’m just not loving the fit. They’re too straight or something? I have wide hips and thin legs, and so straighter cuts aren’t the best for me, but if you have thicker legs, you may like these. I do like the rear pocket placement.
Wit & Wisdom Flex-ellent High Waist Cargo Pants (size 6) // You may have seen these in yesterday’s post but I took these pictures last weekend, so I figured I’d include them. These have a slimmer fit than the ones above, which work better for me. They’re also longer, so I cuffed them. I like the flat rear and side pockets, and the material is nice and sturdy but not stiff. They come in 4 colors, and are TTS or size down if in between.
I love and adore my Minnie travel flats and wear them almost every day at some point. The popular colors never go on sale, but they are currently included in the Bloomies Power Points offer so you can get a $50 Reward Card with a purchase.
Whew! That was a lot. Okay, moving on to what I wore this week…
This Week’s Outfits
This was my Easter outfit. We went to church and then to brunch with my in-laws. I suppose it’s kind of dark for Easter, but I love the dress so I decided to go for it. I do wish I’d had on a brighter/lighter polish on my toes, but I happened to be wearing dark blue.
This is a great example of how to do high-low fashion. I’m happy to splurge on shoes I’ll wear for 10 years, but I hate to spend a lot on a dress I may only wear twice. This dress feels great on and was comfortable to wear all day, and I got several compliments on it.
Chaps Floral Ruched Sheath Dress (size medium) // Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude Sandals (size 8; Bloomies Private Sale eligible; similar for less) // Nordstrom Finn Convertible Leather Hobo // Stella & Dot Rhett Cuff // similar earrings
I wore this on Monday for a day of appointments and errands. I know it’s plain, but this is my jam — quality basics that are comfortable, fit well, and stand the test of time. When I realized I didn’t care for the pink Everlane sweater, I decided to keep the navy. ☺️
Everlane The Soft Cotton V-Neck (size small) // Rag & Bone Ankle Skinny Jeans (size 28; lighter wash here, similar here and here, and similar for less) // Sam Edelman Laurna Mules (30% off; size down half) // earrings // star necklace // pendant necklace // bracelet
I think I wore this on Tuesday — more errands and working from home.
Keeping it real, I didn’t even have time to change out of workout clothes on Wed and Thurs. Those days were insane. That said, I posted this look to Instagram on Thursday. It’s what I wished I was wearing, haha!
Here’s one more outfit I didn’t end up wearing this week. I put this on yesterday and then changed my mind, but I took a picture anyway. These pictures sometimes end up on Instagram when I need something to post, but I figured I’d share it here since I have it.
This is what I ended up wearing yesterday… I know, it’s almost the same as Monday, but keeping it real, that’s how I roll.
Everlane The Soft Cotton V-Neck (size small) // MOTHER Looker Ankle Fray Skinny Jeans in Love Gun (TTS; Bloomies Power Points eligible) // Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flats (Bloomies Power Points eligible) // star necklace // similar earrings
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