I did a quick poll on Instagram yesterday and asked if people would rather see a Try On post today or What I Wore, and 85% requested Try Ons, which I found interesting! Of course, I post what I wear each day on Instagram, so maybe they feel like they’ve already seen that — or know where to find it. (FYI, you can always check out my IG looks in The Shop — click the Shop My Instagram tab — or by clicking the Shop My Instagram image on the sidebar.)
Anyway, after all that, I decided, why choose??? So I’m sharing my latest try ons, and then I’m going to post pictures of what I wore over the past week or so along with links to where you can shop the looks on my ShopStyle page.
Try Ons 11.03.18
I’ve been ordering a lot of things to try out for 20 Days of Winter Fashion — my style series where I share a new winter outfit every weekday during the month of November. Most didn’t make the cut, but I decided to show them all — the good, the bad, and the ugly… because sometimes things that don’t work for me might work for someone else, and I think it’s helpful to see what doesn’t work and why.
All details are below the pictures.
I recently placed an Amazon Prime Wardrobe order — this is similar to Trunk Club, except you pick the pieces you get. You basically get a box of clothing and accessory items to try for a 7 day period at no cost to you. You send back what you don’t want, and you get charged for what you keep.
French Connection Ella Sweater // This sweater is super cute and on trend, I love the relaxed styling without the super long length. The popcorn knit adds texture to your outfit, the side slits and back zipper are fun details, and it also comes in cream. This is a great sweater for casual holiday gatherings. It runs TTS; I’m wearing a small. #keeper
Dolce Vita Women’s Jenna Boot // I’m a HUGE fan of Dolce Vita boots, and for some reason I don’t have a good brown bootie this year. These have the Western styling that is so on trend right now, they’re very comfortable to slip on and off, and the block heel is practical and walkable. Definitely keeping these. They run TTS; I’m in my usual 8.
J. Crew Mercantile Women’s Quilted Field Jacket // This quilted field jacket with the gold hardware is machine washable, making it a great go-to fall jacket for this transition season. I’m wearing the small, and it just fits. You may want to size up if you plan to wear it over bulky sweaters.
French Connection Millie Sweater // This sweater is really cute if you like the cropped, boxy styles. It would probably look great with straight cropped jeans, or high rise skinnies. I like the ribbed knit and the boat neckline and blouson sleeves, but it’s too wide and boxy for my short-waisted, busty figure. Wow, that really paints a flattering picture, haha!
ISO The Perfect Sweater Dress
I love a good sweater dress, but I’ve been having a hard time finding on this year that is worth featuring. I’ve ordered and returned probably a half dozen.
Michael Kors Bandana-Print Sheath Dress // This bandana print sheath sweater dress from Lord & Taylor is really fun if you don’t mind a body-con fit. The contrasting neck, cuffs, and hem add a fun detail and bring in the black shoes. It runs small; I’m wearing a medium, and I think I’d be more comfortable in a large.
Also shown: Vince Alora Mules
Madewell Boat Neck Button Shoulder Sweater Dress // I also ordered this Madewell sweater dress from Nordstrom. I really wanted to love this — the material is gorgeous, the color is such a great neutral, and it fits great, but with the button detail and the drop shoulders, I felt like it added extra volume where I don’t need it, and I couldn’t figure out a good footwear option, so it’s going back. This dress would be really cute on someone smaller up top with narrower shoulders. It’s TTS; I’m in the small.
Also shown: Sam Edelman boots (last season)
Lark & Ro Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress // This one came in my Amazon Prime Wardrobe order, and it pretty much checks all the boxes — I love the mock neck with button shoulder details, and the blouson sleeves with high ribbed cuffs are on trend. It has some structure without being clingy, and I feel like it’s more flattering than the oatmeal dress above, even though the styling is similar. I also feel like black is easier to pair with boots, and I like the length better. (I’m 5’5″ for reference.)
I threw it on with these mules, but I can also see it with black or grey OTK boots, or it would be cute with the tan to-the-knee boots I’m wearing above. It’s true to size; I’m wearing the small.
Also shown: Vince Alora Mules
Obey Eleanor Rib Knit Sweater // This sweater is really cute, and I like the details, but it’s too cropped for my liking. Buy this for your daughter or granddaughter! It’s TTS;I’m in the small.
Gibson x Living in Yellow Judy Plush Fleece Pullover // I had high hopes for this pullover, and I like the length and the shape, but the sleeves were too short for me, so I couldn’t use the thumbholes. It also wasn’t as soft inside as it is outside. Still, it’s a cute fit, and I love the funnel neck with button placket. It’s TTS, or you could size up for a looser fit. I’m in the small.
1988 Dot Roll Neck Sweater // I ordered this J.Crew sweater from Nordstrom. I have the yellow rollneck sweater that I love, but this one didn’t quite do it for me. I’m not sure if it’s the print or if it’s cut differently or what, but it’s going back. I’m wearing the small, for reference.
Caslon Cowl Hood Pullover // Sorry for so many pictures of this tunic, but I wanted to show it untucked and front-tucked. I like it both ways. It’s long, but it has a great drape, so it doesn’t hide your figure as some tunics can do. It is sooooo soft and cozy, but on the thinner side. If you’re cold-natured, you may want a layer underneath. It comes in 4 or 5 really pretty colors, AND it’s 40% off! #keeper
Sanctuary Knit Turtleneck Pullover // This sweater is cute, and I really like the color going into holiday season, but it’s kind of short and wide for my figure. It’s not scratchy, but it’s not really soft either. I’m undecided on this one. For reference, I’m in the small.
BP. Button Shoulder Stripe Sweater // Another cute sweater that’s too short and boxy for my liking. I’m also not thrilled with the quality. #pass
LOFT Trousers in Custom Stretch in Marisa Fit // I can’t even believe I’m saying this, but I love these pants. I have such a hard time finding trousers that I like on me, but I’ve learned that the ankle length styles do NOT work for whatever reason. It may not be considered fashion-forward at the moment, but these full-length trousers are perfection — at least on my short-waisted hourglass 5’5″ figure. If I worked in an office, I would buy these in every color available. They’re TTS (I’m wearing a 6), and the length is perfect for me in these 3-3/4 heels.
Straight Ankle Jeans
Okay, I ordered 3 pairs of straight jeans to try, and they’re all an ankle length, which is what seems to be trending. You guys, I’m trying, but I just can’t quite get on board with this trend. #skinnyjeansforever
7 For All Mankind Edie Cutoff Straight Jeans in Muse // This first pair is a higher rise, light wash jean with a raw hem by 7 For All Mankind. They’re a size 29, and they’re pretty snug in the waist. I don’t hate them, but I don’t love this outfit. Also, the rear view isn’t great on these jeans, so they’re going back.
DL1961 Mara Instasculpt Ankle Straight Jeans in Ravine // This pair is also a size 29, and it fits well. The rise is slightly lower than the 7FAM, and it’s more of a mid-wash with some light distressing and a frayed hem. The frayed hem is different than raw. A raw hem is basically cut. The frayed hem is cut and then frayed and sewn so it doesn’t keep fraying. I feel like it looks kind of cheesy, to be honest. I prefer a raw hem. I do like this wash, though, and they fit well and pass the rear view test. I’m undecided on these.
Also shown: RD Style Cowlneck Sweater, Michael Kors leopard mules (last season)
AG Prima Ankle Straight Jeans in Montage // This pair is a darker wash by AG with a lower rise. I ordered the size 28 and the 29, and I’m more comfortable in the 29. I want to like these, but I’m not sure they’re as flattering as my other AG jeans, and they’re not as comfortable either. I tried them with both loafers and booties to show you both ways, but neither gets me excited.
Verdict: I think the only way I’m going to like a straight leg jean is if I go with a full length as opposed to ankle. The ankle length just cuts me off at an awkward place. I need to try some more before I decide if I’m in on this trend or not. Meanwhile, I’m going to keep waring my skinnies. #sorrynotsorry
What I Wore 11.03.18
All details are below the pictures.
I recently bought these super soft pants, and I love throwing them on after dinner while we’re hanging out and watching TV. I rarely run around town in loungewear — like never — but I did wear this to the nail salon on Tuesday because the pants are so easy to pull up for my pedicure, and then I ended up wearing them this to the grocery store. #ooops DETAILS HERE.
This was an outfit from last week. I have no idea what I was doing that day, but probably more of the same — errands, chauffeuring kids around, and working from home. DETAILS HERE.
This was Sunday’s church outfit, and afterwards I switched into leopard flats to go visit the in-laws. DETAILS HERE.
I wore this on Tuesday to run around town after a morning photo shoot and also for my Facebook Live. DETAILS HERE.
This was Halloween, and while it was a warm day, I thought it would get cold that night when the sun went down. I knew I’d be hanging out outside with our neighbors, so I put on this scarf, but I didn’t need it. I ended up wearing my black quilted vest instead. DETAILS HERE.
I wore this outfit to get my hair cut on Thursday. It was 70 degrees, so I wanted a layer I could take off if I got too warm. DETAILS HERE.
We went out to dinner with friends on Thursday night, and I put this on. Most of what I’m wearing is old so I linked up similar items. DETAILS HERE.
So that’s it! That’s all I’ve got. I hope it’s helpful or entertaining… or something! If you’re still reading it must have been one or the other.
What are you looking for this fall/winter? What do you need to complete your wardrobe? Are you thinking about holiday outfits yet? Let me know so I know where to focus my future Try On posts.
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