Happy weekend, friends! I prepped this post earlier in the week, and I’m pressing the PUBLISH button from Maine! I arrived yesterday for a quick weekend visit, and it’s absolutely beautiful on the lake this morning.
Today I’ve got another try on haul for you! This is a budget-friendly fashion haul, for the most part. I have a few pairs of premium denim at the end, but most of what I tried this week came from Amazon and Target, and there are some cute transition pieces in here for those of you who are done with winter shopping. I hope it’s helpful!
Late January Try On Haul
All descriptions are beneath the pictures, and for reference, I’m 5’5″ and weigh 135-140 depending on how much pizza I consumed this week. I usually wear a small or size 6 in tops, a small or size 8 in dresses, and a 6 or 8 (28 or 29) in pants and jeans. I’m short-waisted with a slightly hourglass figure (#shortwaistedcurvy for any Adore Your Wardrobe alums out there) and I have a cool skin tone so I tend to gravitate to cooler colors and neutrals.
Daily Ritual Women’s Supersoft Terry Long-Sleeve Deep V-Neck Shirt // I saw Kelly wearing this top on her last Adore Live, and I thought it was so cute, I ordered it on the spot — right on my phone. It’s really soft and comfortable, thin enough to carry you into springtime, but not so thin you can’t start wearing it now. It’s TTS; for reference, I’m wearing a small.
also wearing: Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans with UGG Milano II Loafers (old)
Liny Xin Crew Neck Long Sleeve Pullover // This chunky pullover is one size fits all, which is really weird, and I almost didn’t order it for that reason, but I was too curious not to. Ha! It comes in a gazillion colors, and it says it’s made of an Inner Mongolia 2-ply cashmere and wool blend, but it retails for $39, so I dunno what to tell you there. (According to the comments, it’s 70% wool and 30% cashmere?) It doesn’t feel like cashmere or wool, really. I would have said it was an acrylic blend if I had to guess. The details in the knit are pretty, but it’s a little long on me, and the waistband is rather tight, so I’ll be sending it back.
REAL TALK: This review begs the question… do you all want me to show the clear misses, or just the styles I vet and think some of you might like? Sometimes if something doesn’t work for me, I think it will work for someone else, so I still share it, but in this case… I would not recommend this sweater. I’m curious what you all would rather see… a highly curated list of recommendations? Or the entire try-on haul with the good, the bad, and the ugly?
BLENCOT Chunky Cable Knit Pullover // So apparently this is a dress. Who knew!?! I think it might be cute with black jeans and black sock booties — I wish I’d tried that. It’s cute and flattering and feels good on. For reference, it’s a small.
Daily Ritual Women’s Cocoon Open-Front Cardigan Sweater // Of all the Amazon Fashion I’ve tried, I think their Daily Ritual brand is my favorite. This cardigan is sooo soft and cozy. Note the 3/4 sleeves, though. It’s really more of a transition sweater than a cozy cold weather cardigan, even though it is cozy. I’d be cold wearing it right now because of the sleeve length. If you live in an area with milder winters, it’s a great piece for that! For reference, I’m wearing a small.
I Just Want to Drink Wine and Pet My Dog Puppy Lover T-Shirt // These tees run really small (I’m wearing a large, for reference) but they’re soft and comfy, and you know what a sucker I am for a graphic tee. I think this pink color would be cute with grey or black jeans and a blue jean jacket, but it comes in other colors as well. Just be sure to size up 2 sizes!
Meraki Chunky Wool-Blend Turtleneck Sweater // This sweater is really cute on, feels good, and comes in several colors. I think this would make some ladies a nice work wear piece. I recommend sizing up if in between; I’m wearing the medium.
Meraki Women’s Chunky Turtle Sweater // This is the same sweater in black, and I like it as much in black as I do in ivory! It’s a classic black mockneck sweater with a little extra something due to that diagonal knit detail. It’s wool and acrylic, in case that matters to you. It’s not a super high quality piece, but I think it’s a good value for $43.
Vigoss Jagger Ripped Skinny Jeans // I’m really excited to share these jeans with you! If you love the AG legging ankle jeans I wear all the time, but not the price tag, these are a fabulous substitute for $68. They’re true to size, and they do stretch some with wear, so buy them snug. I’m wearing the 28, which is the same size I wear in AG and Loft jeans.
Golden Goose White Glitter Tab Superstar Sneakers // Haha! Yes, I had to. I love these shoes with this outfit. They’re already on their way back to SSense, but I had them in the house when I was doing these try-ons, so I put them on with this outfit to show you one way I might style them if I had decided to keep them.
Eytino Asymmetric Buttoned Collar Sweater Dress // Well, don’t I feel like a dork! I couldn’t figure out what to do with the neck of this dress. It came buttoned all the way up, but when I turned it down, it covered the buttons, and obviously it isn’t meant to be left up. Well, when I went to write this post, I saw the picture on Amazon. D’oh! I didn’t feel like going back up and putting it on again, so here we are.
It’s obviously VERY short and very tight, and it’s at least one size too small for me (I ordered a small) but I’m not sure it would fit right in the shoulder area if it were much bigger. It feels nice on, isn’t scratchy, and is a fairly thick knit. If you’re in the market for as sweater dress, I’d say this one is worth a try. Pardon my winter white legs. I probably should have pulled on some tights before taking these pictures.
Cable Stitch Women’s Mock Neck Cozy Sweater // Okay, this is just all kinds of wrong. I mean, I can appreciate the cozy, oversized look for cold winter days, but this gives a new meaning to oversized. It’s the small, in case you’re wondering! It is really cozy, though, and I love the neckline, so if you like it, size down like 2 sizes.
A New Day Striped Long Sleeve Knit Hoodie // This was a Target find, and I think it’s such a cute transition piece. It’s comfy, it’s cute, the quality is decent, and the price is right! For reference, I got the small.
Universal Thread Monterey Pocket V-Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt in Camo Print // I bought these Target items in store, and I can’t find this tee online. I’ve spent like 20 minutes on it, so I’m going to have to move on. Maybe it’s new and they’ll put it online soon. It’s cute, and it runs a little big. I’m wearing a small and it’s roomy, but I suspect it might shrink so it’s probably about right.
Universal Thread Mid-Rise Raw Hem With Side Slit Skinny Jeans // I like these in theory, but the fit is a little weird. I just don’t feel they’re flattering through the thighs and hips. Maybe it’s the color? They’re cute tho! I am wearing a size 6, for reference. I also bought the 8 to try, and they’re definitely too big, so I recommend sizing down if you’re in between.
Universal Thread Freeborn Denim Jacket // This is a great closet basic at a great price. I bought the medium, but I think I would prefer the small.
also wearing: Veja Esplar Sneakers
This is another sweater that I can’t find online, and it’s a shame because it’s so cute. I love the cut, the knit pattern, the slightly rolled neckline and cuffs… adorable! And the color is perfect for spring. It also comes in ivory and a few other colors. My 13-year-old actually got one in the ivory. For size reference, I’m wearing the medium.
3×1 Women’s W3 Straight Authentic Crop Jeans // Okay, so here are the premium denim I mentioned, and they are pricey, but I was curious about this brand, so I ordered them. I’d still like to find some slim straight cropped jeans I like going into spring, and I like how these read almost as a skinny — well, on the model anyway! I could see how my eye might start to adjust to this style — it’s really just a looser fit skinny jean. It helps that they taper a bit towards the ankle. I didn’t keep these this time, but I’m going to remember them. I’d love to find them on sale at some point.
SHASHI Women’s Warrior Double Pendant Necklace // I also picked this up on a whim; it’s really cute on crewneck sweaters. I like the length. It isn’t adjustable at all, doesn’t even have a clasp so you can’t use an extender, so you have to like this mid-length (it’s 24.5″ long.) I kind of like it — not as long as the ones we’ve been wearing for the past few years, but not so short as to fit in a v-neckline either.
FRAME Women’s Le Nouveau Straight Jeans // And these jeans are a no bueno, but I also think they’re supposed to be shorter — as shown on the model.
UGG Milo Sneakers // Just when you thought the sneaker reviews were over… bwahaha!!! I ordered these after they were recommended by a couple of you because they looked really cute, and I’m a huge fan of UGGs.
These are leather lined and have a lot of cushion in the footbed and some light arch support. They are VERY comfortable, and the styling is nice too. I like the metallic heel pop, but I’m not such a fan of the metal piece on the laces. The shape if the shoe is cute, but overall I prefer the more streamlined look of the Veja Esplar. These UGGs are definitely more comfortable out of the box, though.
To sum it up, if you like the styling, I highly recommend giving them a try.
Veja Esplar Sneakers, Black Logo // It was SO hard to find these in my size! I finally snagged them at Nordstrom, and now they’re all sold out. I had already decided on the Veja Esplars as my final choice for my fashion sneaker quest, but I thought I would like the black logo version better than the plain white (see below).
After trying them both on, I decided to stick with the plain white pair because the ones with the black logo seem more casual to me somehow. I think the white are more versatile and will look as good with sweaters and jeans as they do with sweatshirts and joggers.
Veja Esplar Sneakers, Extra White // Yes, the jury is back and the verdict is in. These are the keepers. Of all the sneakers I tried, they seem to be the best marriage of style and quality and price point. They aren’t as comfortable as some that I tried, but I hear they break in fairly quickly, and I’m already finding them more comfortable after wearing them around the house. I saw another blogger recommend not putting the laces in the last hole, and that helped a ton. I didn’t bring them with me to Maine because I knew it would be too cold for them up here this weekend, but I can’t wait to get home and start wearing them.
And that’s a wrap! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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