Try-On Haul: White Jeans, Cute Spring Tops, a Few Dresses, and the Best Loafer Mules!

Greetings, friends. I’ve been trying for hours to get this post out, but I’ve been so distracted by all the things going on around us right now, I’m having a hard time corralling my jumbled thoughts and being productive.

The Virus is in our area, so schools are shutting down, and most people are being asked to work from home… including my husband. I’m just hoping and praying that we can slow this thing down and not overwhelm our hospitals and medical personnel.

Despite all that, I do want to keep the blog running on its usual schedule as much as I can, despite the #coronacraziness. I figure we can all use a diversion right now, and what better diversion than spring fashion!?!

Today I have my usual Friday Try-On Haul. It’s not as big as some, but I have a lot of pictures. All links and descriptions are BELOW the pictures.

Try-Ons: White Jeans

I ordered several pairs of white jeans from the Shopbop Sale, and I’ve been trying to figure out which pair (if any) to keep.

Why are white jeans so hard!?! I actually tried all three styles on twice, and took pictures of both times, and took notes! Hopefully I can consolidate my thoughts. They’re all good, but none are perfect.

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135#, and a 28 is my true size. I usually size up in white jeans, though.

J Brand High Rise Alana Crop Jeans (size 29) // These are comfortable and stretchy, but they’re a tad thin. I hate how you can see the front pockets through them, and the rear is sort of see-through as well, especially when I squat down.

I also feel like the rear pockets are too wide-set, but this is the best rise for me out of the three — the waistband sits right on my belly button and is very comfortable.

These are 90% cotton/8% polyester/2% elastane, and described as super-stretch denim. They definitely do feel soft and stretchy.

According to the website, they have a 10.25″ rise and a 28.5″ inseam, but no way is that inseam measurement right. They’re shorter than that. I think the rise is about right, though.

This is the size 29, and I also tried on the size 30… see below.

J Brand High Rise Alana Crop Jeans (size 30) // I feel like these are more flattering because they’re not as tight, but they may bag out and slide down as I wear them. I do like the length and the fit through the legs.

Citizens Of Humanity Citizens of Humanity Rocket Sculpt Crop Jeans (size 29) // These are also comfortable and stretchy, and maybe slightly thicker than J Brand, but not much. The material is 89% cotton, 7% polyester, and 4% elastane.

I still see the front pockets, though, and I wish the rise was 1/2” higher. These say they have a 9.75″ rise and 26.75″ inseam, which is probably about right.

The size 29 fits perfectly, and the rear pocket placements seems pretty good, but they are quite snug on the legs. I didn’t order the 30 to try, so I’m not sure if that would be an option or not.

Rag & Bone Nina High Rise Skinny Jeans (size 29) // These aren’t quite as stark white as the other two, but the most notable feature is the nude front pockets. BRILLIANT!!! Why does no one else do that?

The material is 73% cotton/20% lyocell/5% polyester/2% spandex, and it feels thick and stretchy and comfortable. I just wish the rise wasn’t quite so high — it sits right above my tummy pooch, which does me no favors.

The website claims they have a 9.75″ rise and 26.5″ inseam, but the rise is definitely higher than that! Probably 10.75″. I have noticed in the past that the denim measurements on the Shopbop website are often not accurate, and don’t jibe with the same styles on other websites. I also wish the rear pickets weren’t set quite so high.

These are still a contender, and I did get them on sale, but they’re still pricey for jeans that I don’t absolutely love.

Okay, moving on…

Try-Ons: Denim Shorts

I also ordered some jean shorts from the Shopbop Sale.

Agolde Reese Relaxed Cutoff Shorts (size 29) // These are terrible, but I thought I’d show them anyway. For one thing, they’re too big. But also just not a flattering cut — too wide, and stiff, and super high rise. Bleh. They have already gone back.

They may not look that bad in these pictures, but trust me…  and also, please pardon my white legs. Yikes. The Lightroom preset I use makes them look even whiter than they are. 🙈

Agolde Carrie Long Length Slim Shorts (size 29) // And these just make me laugh. They’re giving me all the Huck Finn vibes!

I was excited to see longer shorts trending, but this is just not a good look. Maybe if they had a sewn hem.

I did a little better at LOFT…

Try-Ons: LOFT

Today LOFT is running a sale — FREE SHIP + 40-50% OFF! CODE: YESSS. The free ship is rare for them, so a good time to grab something if you were holding out.

LOFT V-Back Tie Waist Jumpsuit (size 6) // This jumpsuit is really cute, but it’s too big. I returned it and ordered the 4. Otherwise, I like the cut of it, and the v-back is fun.

The material looks and feels a little cheap and shiny, but for the price (on sale) it’s a really cute piece that can be dressed up or down for events this spring… if they don’t all get canceled, anyway!

LOFT Floral V-Neck Cardigan (size M) // Wearing a v-neck cardigan buttoned-up is trendy this spring, and I like it because it’s sort of a 2-for-1 kind of deal. (You can also wear it unbuttoned in the more traditional way.)

This one is pretty bright, though, and the v-neck is on the lower side. I sized up to the medium because the arms in the small were really snug… see below.

I apologize for not showing you how it looks unbuttoned. I was in a rush yesterday, trying to get these pictures taken.

LOFT Floral V-Neck Cardigan (size S) // You can see the small here, and the sleeves are really tight. It’s also a bit on the short side.

These are the Rag & Bone jeans, by the way.

Try-Ons: Ann Taylor

I also placed an Ann Taylor order and they’re having a sale as well — BUY 3+ GET 40% OFF, BUY 2 GET 30% OFF, BUY 1 SAVE 20%.

Ann Taylor Floral Tiered Flounce Dress (size 4) // I have a wedding coming up this spring, and I thought this might be cute, but it’s way too froo-froo for me.

I also think it would look better with a strappy nude sandal. I like these shoes, but the skirt is too long for a dark shoe. A nude shoe would visually elongate the leg.

Size down if you try it, I am usually a 6 in AT dresses, and I needed a 4.

Ann Taylor Floral Belted Sheath (size 6) // I really wanted to love this. The sheath style is way more my thing, but it’s very short.

I think it would probably look better with a lower heel, but I didn’t have quite the right thing.

Also, I’m in the regular (not petite) but I linked the petite above because the regular sizes sold out.

Ann Taylor Fold Neck Sheath Dress (size 6) // I thought this was going to be a “third time’s a charm” situation, but it was not meant to be.

Usually I do really well with AT sheaths, but this one fits me strangely. It’s almost too big in the skirt, but not the bust or hips. Very odd. Maybe I need to try the 4, but I’m not sure that would fit through the chest and shoulders.

It’s a gorgeous color, though, and it also comes in black. And it comes in petite and tall sizes.

Amabella Strappy Suede Mule Pumps (size 8) // These are really fun, and a great play on the mule trend, but they are hard to walk in. They run TTS or a bit small.

Try-Ons Everlane

Let’s end on a high note! I was invited to pick out a few pieces from Everlane to share with you. Of course, I was happy to because I love Everlane!

Everlane The Day Loafer Mule (size 8) // I was so excited when I saw these being released because I love their Day Loafer, and I’m a huge fan of mules. I love the minimalist design of this pair, and the leather is super soft and supple.

Of course, they’re produced in an ethical and sustainable factory, as all Everlane products are. I like these so much that I promptly ordered another color. In my opinion, these are the perfect casual spring transition shoes!

Everlane The Pima Micro Rib Cap-Sleeve Tee (size M) // I think this top is soooo cute! I love the cut and the fit, and I am soooo happy to see more form-fitting shirts coming back into style.

Because it is ribbed and stretchy, I sized up to a medium, and I’m so glad I did. I wouldn’t want it any smaller, and as it is, it’s very body-con, but I really like it. It will also make a nice layering piece.

It’s 95% pima cotton, and 5% elastane, and it can be washed and dried, although I will probably hang to dry.

Everlane The Air Scoop-Neck Tee (size S) // And finally, this is just a simple tee, but I love the fabric and the length and the cut. It has a modest scoop neck, which is pretty much universally flattering, and the material is lightweight and suuuper soft.

It comes in several colors, but I thought this Burnt Sienna was so pretty. It’s 100% cotton, and the instructions say to machine wash cold and lay flat to dry. It runs true to size; I took my regular small in this one.

And that’s a wrap! Sorry this is going out so late. I just couldn’t pull it together any sooner.

Going Forward…

As I said, I will be trying to keep it business as usual around here as much as possible. I’m open to ideas for content over the next few weeks. I’m assuming a lot of your special events are being cancelled or postponed, but hopefully they will eventually get rescheduled. If you’re looking for anything particular, let me know how I can help!

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