Try On Haul + What I Wore This Week

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.

Try Ons

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.

also wearing: Caslon Rounded V-Neck Tee and Dolce Vita Cait Leopard Slide Sandals

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.


 Joie linen tee (sold out) // Joie skinny cargos // Tory Burch slides (30% off!) // Michael Kors crossbody // necklace (sold out)

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.

I paired it with my new black cargo pants and Tory Burch slides. I was so excited to finally get to wear these sandals. I love the metallic trim logo.

SALE ALERT >> These slides are 30% off at Neimans this weekend, and Nordstrom is price matching! 


Caslon drawstring maxi dress // Steve Madden espadrilles // R Minkoff Darren shoulder bag (on sale!) // denim jacket (option) // necklace (30% off) // bracelet

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 R 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…


Everlane cotton sweater // Mother skinnies // Tory Burch ballet flats // necklace (sold out) // earrings

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.


Boden graphic tee // Paige slim cargo pants (15% off, or more if you buy additional items) // Tory Burch Miller sandals // Nordstrom bucket bag // earrings

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…


J.Crew raw edge v-neck tee // similar pink jeans (option/option) // Eileen Fisher espadrille flats // Tory Burch McGraw hobo // earrings // necklace/necklace // bracelet

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.

Sale Alerts

Banana Republic stripe knit dress // Veja Esplar sneakers (option) // Kut from the Kloth Helena denim jacket // Tory Burch McGraw hobo // earrings

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 striped tie front top (size up; I wish I had) // Kut from the Kloth Donna skinnies // Veja Esplar sneakers (option) // necklace (sold out) // bracelet (option)

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.

LOFT drawstring jumpsuit // similar sandals

This jumpsuit is also 40% off, but sizes are limited.

Okay, so that’s a wrap! It’s a rainy day here and we don’t have plans, so I’m probably going to pull on my cozy joggers and a sweatshirt. Some days are just made for loungewear, ya know?

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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32 thoughts on “Try On Haul + What I Wore This Week

  1. I LOVE Madewell jeans.  I just got the same white pair and I have them in a mid blue wash and a burgundy.  So comfy – like leggings

  2. I love your try-on posts and I took your advice and ordered the Madewell jeans from Nordstrom Rack!  I love that you do all the try-on’s so all that I have to do is point and click!

  3. I think I can put away my boots (ha!) and think about wearing spring/summer shoes (I hope), I have a question. Is it just me or is there a “way” to wear heels (either sandals, wedges, open toe booties, etc.) with straight leg jeans (of any color, blue, white, black, pastel)? When I put them on, it just doesn’t look right to me. I don’t know why. I love your white jeans styled here, but they are out of my price range. Rain here today too, but since I have a day of correcting essays, that’s okay.

  4. Great post! I just ordered the white jeans!!  I have a pair of Kut white jeans, while they fit well they are very thick which is not positive for hot humid summer weather. 

    1. The Madewell is kinda thick too, but that’s what impressed me so much. I haven’t found any others that are thick enough to not show the pockets and the side seams. You’ll have to let me know how you like them.

  5. I’m looking for a new pair of white jeans this year.  I just ordered the Joe’s from Lord & Taylor yesterday.  I think that was on your recommendation also. I may order these and see—might keep both if they work out.  How would you compare them to each other?  How do these Madewell jeans run?  I’m a 28 in PAIGE and not sure what size to order.  

     I have a general question about jeans.  You want them to fit but at the same time not too tight to show everything and not too loose.  Do you find to get a good fit in jeans you have to pull them in order to zip them up?  If I buy them larger where there’s no problem to zip, then they’re baggy.  Just want to be sure I’m not buying them too small.  What underwear style (in nude of course) do you find works best under white jeans so there’s the least amount of VPL.

    1. The Joes are pretty good too, but the Madewell is thicker. I still have the Joe’s and the Kut Donna so I may try on all 3 again and compare more closely.

      You want your jeans snug because they will stretch some, even if they don’t bag out. When I’m shopping at Nordstrom, the sales associates always encourage me to buy them snug. If you’re a 28 in Paige, you are probably 28 in Madewell.

  6. I used to think that Madewell was for college kids and 20-somethings but then I tried on one of their jeans and they’ve become one of my favorites.  Haven’t tried their white jeans but will check them out.  I’m a bit paranoid about white jeans being see-through.   Nice haul! xo Nipa @fashionipa

    1. Yeah, I didn’t love their blue jeans I tried, but these are really good. My daughter, on the other hand, loves them. She has a high rise button fly pair that she wears all the time. She’s 16 tho. LOL!

  7. Love your try on sessions best! So helpful to see what works AND what doesn’t work since I have a similiar body type to you. The Madewell white jeans are very flattering on you. Thanks for also sharing what you wear during the week. Enjoy your cozy day inside. I love my lounge wear best!

  8. Good morning! Love these Saturday morning posts. I am learning so much about the fit of clothes. You have such a keen eye. Thanks .

  9. I love those Madewell jeans! I have a blue denim pair that I love. Have you tried the NYDJ jeans? I have them in white and they are my go to pair. Debating whether I should order the Madewell to compare. Thanks for all the suggestions! 

  10. I am about to head on over to Nordstrom Rack for the white skinnies.  We’ve had on and off rain thus far today, and the temp has only made it to 53.  Next week the highs will be in the 80’s, so the air will have to be turned on.  I prefer today’s temps, for sure.  I know you are enjoying having David home for the weekend.  Enjoy the family time!

  11. So glad you found your white jeans, and I really like the square neck tee you paired with them 👍…. I still love my rockstar white skinny pair from Old Navy super comfy and not too think.( for me I’m not a fan of thick jeans)I think my go to from denim will be my white jeans as normal plus the soft blush pair I just bought. I still need to find a nice green cargo pant too. Our mild weather continues but we need more sun☀️A white denim post would be good to see .. enjoy your day 

  12. Some great looks here!  I love all your outfits you wore this week. The whore jeans outfit looks great, with the”body hugging”striped top. 
    Don’t love the color of the mauve dress on you. It’s ok but so much is better.  Maybe another color…  Agree with you about the shorts. It’s so interesting that you say you have wide hips but thin legs. I’ve never thought how those proportions would effect shorts. Maybe that’s one of the reasons you look so good in skinny jeans?  

  13. Just say NO to the Mom jeans Girlfriend!  Thank you!  I’m a 5’6” short waisted gal who does not do the high waist. It used to take me forever to find jeans low enough to fit back when Mom jeans were everywhere. I will not go back.  Of course the white Madewell are not available in my size but I will keep looking for them. Thanks for at least identifying them. You save me tons of time & I am grateful. Happy Easter! 🐣 

  14. OMG, those white jeans are PERFECTION on you!  I’m so bummed they don’t come in 16s.  I am in love with the thicker white jeans to not show all my waves and valleys!  So jelly.  Glad you scoffed them for you and your daughter though.  I meant to write last week, too, that mother/daughter set of pictures is just precious.  I know you’ll treasure those forever.  That’s so cool.  Right now my daughter’s only five, so I’m her everything.  I hope when she’s that age she will deign to be in pics with me!  

  15. Hi: In the J Crew raw edge V neck tee, can you tell me if you ordered the Medium? I seem to remember that tee from an earlier post, but I can’t find it. They are at a great price right now. Thanks!

  16. Gah! I just ordered two pairs of white jeans from the Rack to compare, but I’m probably going to have to get these too now! The ones I ordered are supposed to be here Wednesday, but I’d hate for these to sell out while I wait on the others.
    By the way, I actually really like that utility dress. I think it’s adorable!

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