Hello and happy Saturday, friends! My kids have been off from school since Thursday, and I’ve been working sporadically, so this sorta feels like my third Saturday in a row. Every morning I wake up and have to stop and think which day it is. Not that I’m complaining…
Today I’ve got another edition of try-ons and what I wore. I didn’t get to try as much this week as usual, but I’ll share what I have.
For anyone who is new, my stats are as follows: 5’5″ and 140# with an hourglass shape. I usually wear a 6 or 8 in pants, 28 or 29 in jeans, small in tops, 8 in dresses, and 8 or 8.5 in shoes. As usual, links and descriptions are BELOW the pictures.
I’m still trying to get out of my denim rut, so I ordered a few dresses, jumpsuits, and another pair of shorts.
Caslon Utility Shorts (size 6) // I shared these in last week’s try-on post, but those were the size 8, and these are the size 6. As usual, with shorts, I’m somewhere in between. I have wide hips and thin legs, so I struggle with shorts. If they’re too wide in the thigh, they look frumpy, but neither do I want them tight in the belly or the rear. Typcially it is wise to size up one in shorts so you don’t have the wedgie issue, but I think I may prefer the smaller size in these.
As a reminder from last week, these are the black ones in the size 8…
Caslon Utility Shorts (size 8) // It’s really hard to see details in black, but these are a little too wide in the thigh. That said, they don’t risk a wedgie… haha!
Either way, I like the shorts. They have a just-right 5″ inseam, with patch pockets in front and mitered flap pockets in the rear. The material is sturdy without being stiff, and they come in four great neutrals.
AEO High-Waisted Tomgirl Denim Bermuda Shorts (size 8) // Believe it or not, this is where denim shorts trends are going. The AG Nikki is similar, but AEO has a much better price point so I thought I’d give these a try first.
What I DO like about them is that they’re not super long for Bermudas (the inseam is 7″) but I just can’t get excited about the high waist “mom shorts” look any more than I can can get excited about the “mom jeans” trend. I mean, it’s even in my bio: “Friends don’t let friends wear mom jeans.” Although I’ve debated adding “even if they’re trending” to the end of that. Haha!
I also don’t love the acid wash on the AEO pair.
Here’s the AG Nikki for comparison… these pix are from last year.
AG Nikki Shorts (size 28) // I like the wash on these a lot better, and I like the cuffed look in longer shorts. Even though they’re distressed, I feel the cuff gives them a more finished look. Plus they have a 9″ inseam uncuffed, so cuffing them makes them a better length. I didn’t keep these last year, but I may give them another try if I can find them on sale.
Treasure & Bond Sleeveless Twist Detail Dress (size small) // I was hoping this dress would be a fun casual alternative to shorts, but it’s kind of small and short on me. I sent it back, but I may order it again in a medium. The color is pretty, and the twist detail is flattering.
also wearing: Soludos Slotted Thong Sandals (love! these are true to size)
BISHUIGE Women Summer Casual T Shirt Dresses Beach Cover up Plain Pleated Tank Dress (size medium) // I just can’t with the product names on Amazon… but anyway. You may remember that I tried this on a few weeks ago in the small, and I told you it was too tight and was going back. I reordered in a medium, and it took like three weeks to arrive. It came straight from China and required a signature… for a $19 dress. So do with that information as you will. I do have to wonder about the factory conditions and the ages of those employed…
Speaking to the merits of the item itself, it’s okay, but I don’t love it. The fit is a bit off for me. It’s cut rather low under the arms, and the skirt is kind of stiff and flares out in an unflattering way. I’d say it’s a swimsuit coverup at best.
That said, pear-shaped ladies may like the fit. If you like fit-and-flare styles, and you’re smaller chested, this might be really cute on you. The material is nice and thick, so there’s that.
Rock & Republic Utility Jumpsuit (size medium) // I had such high hopes for this jumpsuit. It’s made of a really soft jersey material, which is comfortable to the point of pajamas, and I love that is snaps up the front rather than buttons.
However, it runs really small and short. I couldn’t even get the small on, and the medium is about an inch too short for my short-waisted 5’5″ frame — both in the bodice as well as the inseam. Sadly, it’s going back, but if you’re petite, you should definitely try it.
Just be sure to pair it with shoes that don’t play into the pajama vibe. (I don’t think my sandals were the best choice.) I think this would look better with a heel of some sort.
Topshop Utility Shirtdress (size 8 US) // Continuing with the utilitarian trend… I thought this utility shirtdress could be a nice addition to my spring wardrobe, but I’m conflicted on whether I like it or not. I wish it were an inch longer, I know that.
Also the waist tie came attached to the dress, so when I cinched it, it pulled material around from the back to the front — so it’s hard to tell how it will fit when it is detached. I didn’t want to detach it, and then decide to return it, so I’m stuck not knowing if I like the fit or not.
While I like the idea of it, I think those flap pockets on the boob are the deal breaker. They just look droopy and draw attention to an area I don’t need attention drawn to. So, I think it’s going back, BUT if you’re smaller on top (and no taller than my 5’5″), you might like it.
1901 Square Neck Top (size small) // I was drawn to this top because of the square neckline, but it is really snug and body-con, so if that’s not appealing to you, you won’t like it. I think it’s cute, but I would like to try the next size up.
Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!
Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans (on sale for $69 at Nordstrom Rack!!!) // These jeans are definitely the best fashion find in today’s try-on haul. In fact, I’m calling it now. These are officially THE BEST WHITE JEANS I’ve tried this year… or maybe ever.
I saw another blogger friend extolling their virtues, so I decided to try them, and ohmyword, FINALLY! A pair of white jeans that fits well and is not see-through in the slightest! I didn’t think they existed, but lo and behold, Madewell did it. As an aside, I ordered a pair for my 16-year-old daughter, and she loves them too.
I’m in the 29 regular, and they have a 9″ front rise with a 28 1/2″ inseam. They also come in petite, tall, and taller sizes at Madewell. If you’re 5’4″ or shorter, go for petite. If you’re 5’9″ – 5’11”, go for the tall. Over 6 feet? Go for taller.
I was going to do a whole white denim review post, but now I think it’s a moot point. Just buy these jeans and be done with it. If you can get your size on sale for $69 at Nordstrom Rack, grab them right now, but I would totally pay full retail for these. Unfortunately there are only regular sizes at the Rack.
What I Wore
Okay, so on to what I wore last week…
We’ve had the most gloriously warm weather, except for like one day when it was cold and rainy. It’s raining again today, but it’s still warm, and the temperatures look like they’re going to hold all week. I am beyond excited. April can be dicey here in Philly, but we’ve had a fairly mild spring this year, and that makes me so happy.
I wore this last Saturday to run some errands with the girls and then to host friends on our back deck that evening. This Joie linen tee is a few years old, but it’s amazing quality and has held up beautifully. I love the shape of the neckline and the cap sleeves.
This is what I wore to church and out to lunch after. Again, so excited I’m finally getting to wear the spring clothes I styled in March! This dress is low inventory in the black, but it’s still well stocked in the red as well as the stripes.
My Rebecca Minkoff Darren shoulder bag is on sale in the white, and I believe it also qualifies for the Buy More, Save More promo on top of that; and these Steve Madden espadrilles are on sale in certain sizes at Amazon. They’re really lightweight and comfortable, and they also come in blush.
This week was a bit of a blur, and I’m not even sure what I was doing each day. Basically every day was mundane errands and appointments, chauffeuring kids around, and working from home, so I’m not going to attempt to tell you where I wore these outfits…
What I can tell you is, I would wear this outfit every day if I could. These Mother jeans have broken in quickly and are super comfortable, and you’ve seen this sweater approximately 50 times already this spring. The TB flats are old faithfuls, and I added a few pieces of jewelry to keep the look casual but put-together.
Another casual but put-together outfit for whatever the day might bring… you can see more of this look in my 3 ways to wear cargo pants post. If you’re looking for more budget-friendly cargos, I recommend trying this Wit & Wisdom pair.
I don’t know what happened to Wednesday and Thursday, so moving on…
Pardon the crazy hair, there was a breeze coming in through my open window. This outfit is super simple, but I love it. It was warm and humid yesterday, but if I were going anywhere with A/C, I would have brought my trusty denim jacket to throw on top.
Also, I want to draw your attention to a couple of things I’ve worn that are on sale.
Banana Republic is running a 40% off + additional 10% off promo, but this striped knit dress is 50% off + 10%, which brings it down to $53.55 in cart.
LOFT is running a sitewide 40% off sale, and this LOFT striped tie front top comes down to $23.70.
Also, these are the Kut from the Kloth Donna skinnies, which are also fairly thick and fit well. I also like the 27″ inseam, but the Madewell jeans are definitely the keepers. They just check all the boxes, and I think they’re going to hold their shape better over time.
This jumpsuit is also 40% off, but sizes are limited.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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