Try-On Haul // What I Wore
Happy Saturday, friends! I’ve had quite a few requests for the return of my Saturday Try On Hauls, so here we are!
This is a mix of try-ons and what I’ve been wearing because I don’t have a ton of either, and they’re all pretty much mirror selfies. I know, I’m really going all out with the quality photography, folks!
I got a new box from Trunk Club this week, plus the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale just launched, I tried on a few things at Nordstrom one day, and I’ve got some Loft try-ons and a dress from Ann Taylor. Then I’m sharing some of my recent outfits.
Let’s start with the try-ons.
April Try On Haul: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, LOFT, Ann Taylor & Trunk Club
For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and between 135-140 lbs. I’m short-waisted with an hourglass shape, and I typically wear 6 or 8 in pants (28 or 29 in Euro sizing) and a size small in tops. Jackets can go either way — small or medium, and I usually wear a size 8 shoe. All descriptions and sizing info are BELOW the pictures.
Sanctuary Countryside Remix Tee (size medium) // I ordered this top because I love my Sanctuary Uptown Tee, and I thought it would be another fun option to have in my closet this spring and summer. I don’t think I like this as much as the Uptown Tee because it’s so long, but it is pretty. I especially like the back detail.
MOTHER Looker Ankle Fray Skinny Jeans in Love Gun (size 29) // This is a new brand to me, but they have a great reputation for premium denim, and when I saw this pair on sale, I decided to try it. They are the closest jeans I’ve found to my AG legging ankle jeans with the ripped knee that I’ve worn absolutely to death over the past three years.
They’re incredibly comfortable right out of the box, and the fit is fantastic. I don’t like the wash QUITE as much as the AGs, but I like everything else about them. Also, they’re 25% off at Bloomingdale’s through 4/14/19. If you love AG legging ankle jeans, you will probably love these.
Sanctuary Ella Striped Linen Tee (size small) // I love this top for a springtime basic that will go with so many things. The longer arm style seems to be trending, and it’s nice for those of us who don’t love our upper arms.
This is your typical Sanctuary quality — nice fabric, good drape, and a few special details like the split v-neck that elevates it above a basic tee. I’m wearing a small, for reference, and this top is 25% off at Bloomingdale’s.
Sanctuary Cargo Jogger Pants (size medium) // Also at Bloomgindale’s, and included in their 25% off Friends & Family Sale, I ordered 3 pairs of cargo pants to try.
Cargo pants are trending again this season, with the utility trend being all the rage, and I’ve always been a fan so I’m glad to see they’re back. This pair combines the cargo style with a jogger, which makes them extra trendy. Two trends for the price of one!
They’re cute, I guess, but hold on because I have two more pairs to show you…
PAIGE Mayslie Slim Cargo Pants (size 29) // Sorry, these pictures are getting grainy because the order arrived late yesterday afternoon and I didn’t have much daylight left.
I really like this pair; the material is a bit heavier and darker than the Sanctuary pair. These are more comfortable too, for some reason. They may have a bit more stretch than the Sanctuary pair. I feel like they’re slightly more flattering as well — especially from the rear view.
also wearing: Steve Madden Pointed Slip-On Mules (on sale for $48.30 with code FRIENDS)
Joie Okana Skinny Cargo Pants (size 29) // Aaaaaand leave it to me to like the priciest pair best. I’ve actually had my eye on these Joie cargo pants for a while, but I didn’t want to pay the pricetag. When I saw them on sale, I couldn’t resist at least trying them. That’s when I discovered the other two pairs.
I think I prefer the non-jogger style. It’s more classic and a little more me. I didn’t think I’d like the pockets on the thighs, but I actually don’t mind them, and I think these pants are super flattering. As you can see above, I tried a few different shoe options for the fun of it.
Would you all be interested in a 3 ways to style cargo pants post???
Vince Camuto Cuffed Shorts (size 6) // These are nice if you’re looking for a pair if classy dress-up shorts. The material is nice and thick, and they don’t seem like they would wrinkle too easily. I know it’s hard to see the details due to the awful lighting and the fact that they’re black, so maybe look at them more closely on the website if you’re interested. They also come in white. I find them true to size.
These shorts have a 5″ inseam, so they’re a nice mid-length for those of us who like that style. They look very polished and classy, and you could easily wear them with wedge sandals for a dressier look. These shorts are also 25% off at Bloomingdale’s.
Caslon Dolman Sleeve Tee // I stopped into Nordstrom one day and tried on a few things. I thought this top would be cuter on than it is. Ha! I like it in theory, but it’s kind of tight at the bottom and too big at the top. It’s also very long. I’m wearing a size small, and I don’t think sizing down to an XS would help because it would be too tight at the bottom. All that to say, it didn’t come home with me.
Caslon Linen Pants // I’m not a big fan of this style of pant, but they’re such a good option for spring and summer, so I decided to try them. They’re verrrry long on me. The smalls were too tight in the tush, so I’m wearing a medium. Both were too long, though.
If I loved the fit, I’d have them hemmed, but since I prefer pants that are more fitted in the thighs, I left them in the store. The quality is nice, and the price is pretty good, so if you need a pair of pants like this, they’re worth a try. These have a 32″ inseam, for your reference, and the petite version has a 29″ inseam.
J.Crew New Perfect Fit Tee (size medium) // I like the material and the cut of this shirt a lot. It’s thicker and more form-fitting than most tees that are out right now, but somehow they do it without it looking matronly. I also really like the longer arm length.
That said, I’m not a huge fan of the crewneck. I do wear it sometimes, but in this case, I think I’d prefer a scoop or a v-neck, or even a boatneck style.
Caslon Linen Pants (size medium) // I’m not a big fan of this style of pant, but they’re such a good option for spring and summer, so I decided to try them. They’re verrrry long on me. The smalls were too tight in the tush, so I’m wearing a medium. Both were too long, though. (These have a 32″ inseam, and the petite version has a 29″ inseam.)
If I loved the fit, I’d have them hemmed, but since I prefer pants that are more fitted in the thighs, I left them in the store. The quality is nice, and the price is pretty good, so if you need a pair of pants like this, they’re worth a try.
Halogen Wide Leg Crop Pants (size small) // I asked my Trunk Club stylist to send me some cropped pants to try along with some tops that work with them. I wasn’t impressed with these. The way the bow sits right on my belly, where I tend to carry some extra weight just doesn’t seem to do anything for me.
Rebecca Taylor Celina Silk Top (size 6) // This top is GORG-OUS but it’s also pricey and I know i wouldn’t get the cost per wear out of it, as I tend to dress casually 95% of the time. If I worked in an office setting that would justify Rebecca Taylor prices, I’d keep it in a hot minute.
Louise et Cie Kaitlee Ankle Strap Sandals (size 8) // These sandals are super comfortable, and they have some really interesting details. I love the texture provided by the interlinked straps and the bold architectural block heel. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good up-close shot of them, but you can see more of them on the Nordstrom website. I’m tempted to keep these. I can see them being very versatile in my closet this spring and summer. They run TTS; I’m wearing the 8.
Billabong x Sincerely Jules Can’t We Wide Leg Pants (size 29) // I don’t think any explanation is necessary as to why I’m returning these pants, ha! But every time I say that, someone asks why, so… they’re very thin and see-through. That’s the main reason. I like the striped print in theory. I also didn’t love the quality.
Vince Camuto Karika Cage Sandals (size 8) // Now these I like, but I think I’d prefer them in a different color — maybe the black. They run slightly large; I’m wearing the 8, but I’d prefer to size down to a 7.5. In the past, I’ve found that necessary with this brand.
I just checked, and they’re available in black in 7.5, so I’m going to exchange them. I’ll report back!
Hinge Print Wide Leg Crop Pants (size small) // So these are the closest I’ve come to finding wide legged crop pants I like, but after playing around with these on my Insta Story and polling the Insta-peeps, I’m more convinced than ever that they’re just not a flattering silhouette for my body type. Does that mean I’ll never wear them? I never say never… but I think these are going back for now.
I did get a TON of feedback, and it was extremely mixed. Some people love them on me, some hate them on me, some think they’re not good for me, but work for other body types… it was really interesting to read the responses.
LOFT Bell Cuff Button Front Blouse (size small) // I ordered a few things from Loft during one of their recent promotions. This shirt is bee-youuu-teee-ful. I absolutely adore the color, and it has such a pretty neckline. The bell cuffs are an interesting detail, and yeah. I can’t say enough good things about it.
My only hesitation is the long sleeves. I mean, it’s perfect for the chilly spring weather we’ve been having, but warmer temperatures are right around the corner, and then I won’t feel like wearing this anymore until next year, so I’m conflicted.
There are only a couple sizes left, and it’s 40% off today!
LOFT Striped Tie Hem Button Down Tee (size small) // I had high hopes for this top, but it’s a little tight. In my experience, LOFT tees shrink a lot, so I think I need to size up to a medium. That said, it’s really soft and comfortable to wear. It’s on the thinner side, but not enough to bother me. It also comes in blue and yellow, and it’s 40% off today!
Kut from the Kloth Donna Ankle Skinny Jeans (size 29) / These are pretty good for white jeans! I’ve been trying a lot lately, and for the price, I think these are a great find. They’re thicker than most and have a comfortable 9″ front rise. The inseam is 27″ which I’m noticing becoming more popular in “ankle jeans” lately. It used to be that ankle jeans had 28 or 29 inch inseams.
I like this 27 inch inseam for shoes with a higher vamp — such as these sneakers. When i wear my jeans with 28″ inseam, they hit the top of the shoe, whereas these allow some ankle to show, which is more flattering.
LOFT Floral Tie Cuff Peplum Top (size 6) // This top is super adorable — I love the fit, the tie cuff sleeve detail, the contrasting buttons, the peplum… I love it all. SO flattering, at least for those of us who need some structure through the midsection.
I will say that it is slightly too long for my short-waisted figure. I have to stand up verrrry straight for it not to bulge above the waist. I think a tailor could make it perfect, though. Also, this top is 40% off today!
LOFT Floral Side Shirred Dress (size small) // I would love this dress if it were about two inches longer. I wish they made tall sizes at Loft. (Not that 5’5″ is tall, but their dresses tend to run very short.) Otherwise it’s flattering, the material feels nice, and it’s 30% off.
LOFT Paisley Henley Mixed Media Shell (size small) // This is another pretty floral shell from Loft that is beautiful paired with white, grey, pink, or blue jeans. (See it below with pink jeans.) It’s long so I did the front-tuck. It would also look nice with a denim jacket or cardigan on top, and it’s 40% off today.
Lucky Brand Ava Skinny Jeans in Jazzy Pink (size 29) // These jeans went on mega sale and promptly sold out at Nordstrom, but I found them at Macy’s, which is I guess who Nordstrom was price matching. For $41, they’re really a steal! They’re also at Zappo’s and Amazon, but not on sale.
These jeans are thicker than most and very flattering. They seem to run bigger than other Lucky Brand jeans I’ve tried. I’m wearing the 29, and I could use the 28.
Eileen Fisher Lee Espadrille Flat (size 8.5) // I recently picked these up when shopping at Nordstrom, and they are so lightweight ad comfortable. They’re leather lined so great quality, a little splurgier than some, but I think they’re worth the price if you will wear them a lot. You’ll see more of these in a post this week.
also wearing: LOFT Paisley Henley Mixed Media Shell
Ann Taylor Houndstooth Ponte Pocket Shift Dress (size 6) // And finally, this dress came from Ann Taylor yesterday so I tried it on real quick by the light of the moon. Ha! It was getting dark out so I tried to lighten these pictures with my iPhone, and they’re really grainy.
I thought I was going to love this dress, but it falls short — or long, really, ha! It’s just not that flattering — or too big. I ordered the 6 and 8, and I threw this one on without looking at the tags. I assumed this was the 8 because of how roomy it was, but when I took it off and checked, it was indeed the 6. I mean, vanity sizing much???
I may order the 4, out of curiosity. Typically Ann Taylor makes a quality garment and it should fit better, so I’m assuming it’s a sizing issue. But it’s also a shift, which tends to have less structure through the waist, so maybe it’s supposed to fit this way? If so, it’s a hard pass for me.
also wearing: Sam Edelman Odila Sandals
What I Wore This Week (and last)
In no particular order, these were my outfits over the last week or so.
I wore this one day to go to the dentist and run errands at the mall. This sweater is super soft and cozy, and I love the boatneck and the details in the knit.
This was my travel outfit the day we went to the airport, thinking we were flying out to Austin, TX for a weekend getaway. As most of you know, my vertigo symptoms escalated that morning and we ended up canceling our trip. Womp…womp… still a great outfit for anytime.
In fact, I ended up wearing it all day… we went out to breakfast, did some errands at the mall, and went to the ENT (they were able to fit me in that afternoon!)
I believe I wore this to the nail salon on a mild day last week. I often wear these boyfriend jeans when I go for a pedicure because they’re easy to roll up when I soak my feet. I had some other errands to run first, thus the mules. Usually I just wear my Millers.
Daily Ritual Hooded Open Sweatshirt (size small) // J.Crew Raw Edge V-Neck Tank (size medium) // Citizens Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jeans (size 28) // Sam Edelman Clara Mules (size 7.5) // Tory Burch McGraw Hobo
I’m not sure where I wore this, but I wear this exact outfit about every other day, ha!
See, I told ya… I wore this yesterday. These jeans are on sale but only available in one size.
I wore this outfit to church and then out to brunch a couple weeks ago. I first styled this tulip print blouse with skinny ankle pants for a work wear look, but I feel much more at home wearing it with black skinny jeans. I’m sure your shocked.
Lately if I’m not wearing my Everlane v-neck (above) then I’m usually wearing this colorblock Nordstrom Signature sweater. I love the funky step hem, the muted color combo, and the soft, lightweight cashmere. It’s perfect for this chilly spring weather we’re having.
Finally, I wore this last night out to dinner with Paul while the girls had plans. It was just a casual last-minute decision to go out, and it was raining (of course!) so I changed into these snakeskin flats. I also changed jeans, although I don’t remember why. I guess I had been doing try-ons and just threw these on instead of the Rag & Bone ones I’d been wearing most of the day.
I know there’s not much variety in my daily looks, but this is real life I’m living here. I spend most of my days working from home or running mundane errands. Honestly, it’s not a glamorous life. I do love it, though!
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