Happy Saturday, friends. I hope you’re holding up okay. It’s been quite a week.
Please know that the last thing I want to do is trivialize more important things that are happening in the world by continuing to post about fashion, but that is what most of you come here for, so that’s what I’m trying to deliver. I’ll share more from the heart in tomorrow’s Coffee Talk post.
While we’re doing 22 Days of Summer Fashion on weekdays for the month of June, I decided to move my Try-On Hauls and What I Wore Lately posts to Saturdays.
I was going to alternate them each week, but then I thought, why not just post them together? So this is a little of both. Let’s start with the try-on haul.
Try-On Haul: LOFT, Everlane, Vuori, Paige & Boden
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with a slight hourglass shape. My usual sizes are 6/28 in pants/jeans, small in tops, and a 6 in dresses. I’ll try to mention the sizes of each piece and how they run, but if I forget any, feel free to ask in the comments.
I don’t know why I ordered these shorts; the LOFT Rivera shorts never work for me, but I was drawn to the fabric… Although when my daughter unpackaged them for me, she said they look like a couch, and now I can’t unsee that. 😂
First of all, these shorts are way too big, even in the size 6. They almost fell down. But they also have a super wide leg opening — LOFT Rivera shorts always do. That’s why I said they never work for me.
I don’t mind how they fit across the bum, but again, I don’t care for how wide they are in the leg opening. The size 4 will probably pull across the bum, so they’re definitely a no-go for me.
That said, if you have more muscular legs or carry more weight there, these might work well for you. Just be sure to size down; they run really big.
I do like this fabric a lot. They’re 100% cotton, lightweight and breathable, and even if they look like a couch, I think the colors and pattern are really pretty for summer.
VERDICT: Returning; too big, and just not for me. But a good option for someone!
Now, these fit perfectly in a size 6. If anything , they’re a bit snug, but they’ll probably stretch out with wear. Most LOFT denim does.
These shorts have an 11 1/2″ rise with a 8 1/2″ inseam, and I like the high rise on these because the denim is thick and stretchy, and I feel like it holds everything in.
This 8 1/2″ inseam is nice too — they’re a true Bermuda without being excessively long. Of course, this all depends on your height and the length of your legs, but they work well for me, I think.
They definitely have a narrow leg opening, which again, I like, but if you have more athletic legs, they may not work for you.
I like the dark wash, and the subtle whiskering at the hip. I just don’t care for the contrived frayed hem. I’d rather just cut it off and leave a raw hem. My only concern is that then they’d be shorter than I want… but I may try anyway.
VERDICT: Keeping, and cutting off that frayed hem for a clean raw hem.
LOFT V-Neck Tank Top size S
The material on this tank is so silky smooth, it’s really nice. I checked the fabric content, and sure enough, it’s 95% rayon, 5% spandex.
I typically don’t care for the swing style, but this one is fairly subtle, and it’s nice for a change — especially for those days when you’re feeling the bloat.
I also love how this top fits around the arms and across the chest. No bra showing around the arm holes, and it doesn’t gape or anything. Also, while it’s white, there’s no significant show-through.
LOFT Daisy Midi Skirt size S
I’m always drawn to these satiny midi skirts cut on the bias, but they really do not work for my body. I look like a big rectangle, even with a fitted top. I took this picture with a front-on angle so you can see what I mean.
I mean, I suppose if I stand the right way and suck in my gut, it’s okay… but that isn’t really practical. By the way, this is with the tank folded under, to get the right length.
I tried a front-tuck, but it still feels kind of boxy, and I feel like it draws attention to my middle… although I was extremely bloated the day I tried this on. (Sorry if that’s TMI, but it’s been a rough week for the peri-menopause!)
So then I did what I always do when I want to create a more pleasing silhouette — I added a denim jacket for structure.
Better, I guess, but I still don’t think I’ll ever feel comfortable enough in this skirt to wear it. It’s such a pretty print, though. I hope it works for someone!
I ordered this dress like two weeks ago, and it finally came in! I really like it — it pretty much defines effortlessly chic. The material is a soft jersey knit that’s 56% rayon, 36% polyester, 8% spandex.
It has a straight, relaxed silhouette with a removable tie waist, and it’s a midi length with side slits. The short dolman sleeves are a nice touch.
I do wish it was an inch or two longer, though; because it ends at the widest part of my calf, which is generally a no-no.
I don’t know, what do y’all think? I might like it better with a flat slide, but I put on these wedge espadrilles because I thought they made a nice contrast with the navy blue.
VERDICT: Keeping? I think.
I’m so bummed this skirt is almost sold out, but I’ll share it for the heck of it. It is one I requested weeks ago, and it finally came in this week.
(Full disclosure: Everlane invites me to choose a couple of their pieces each month to review. I am under no obligation to post, unless I want to. Everything else in this post, I bought and paid for myself.)
This skirt really is denim skirt perfection. It’s the perfect medium blue wash, I love the retro button front and A-line shape.
It’s supposed to hit right at the knee, but it’s a tad longer than that on me, but I don’t mind it. I kind of like this length for a change.
And here’s one more shot; I’m sharing mainly because of the adorable photo bomber in the background. 🐶
Paige Jax Denim Bermuda Shorts size 28
You may remember that I shared these in my last Try-On Haul, but they were the size 29 and a little too big. I re-ordered the 28 when they were on sale.
Unfortunately, this pair came with a crooked zipper, which I think you can see pretty well here.
They’re also verrrry low-rise, which I don’t remember bothering me in the last pair, so I looked it up, and supposedly it’s 9 1/2″, but it sure doesn’t feel that way.
Maybe because this pair is tighter, it just feels a little low to me. I think I’d always be trying to pull them up. Isn’t it funny how quickly we get used to the new styles? I used to love an 8″ rise, and now anything less than 10″ feels low to me.
On the plus side, these shorts are made of a thick 98% cotton, 2% spandex, and they aren’t see-through at all. They have a 10″ inseam, so they’re a true Bermuda length, and they fit pretty close to the leg, the way I like it.
verdict: Returning; re-ordering and hoping for a straight zipper.
Vuori Ripstop Shorts size M
Because I love my Vuori joggers so much, I ordered these ripstop shorts, thinking they might be a nice comfy loungewear short for summertime, but they’re actually rather stiff.
I ordered the small and the medium, and I definitely need the medium. Even these pull funny across my hips.
They’re a nice length, though, and the design is really cute. They’re made of 98% cotton, 2% elastane; and they have a 3 1/2″ inseam. This is the Army green, but they also come on Charcoal and Copper.
They do have a working button and an elastic waistband as well as the tie. I don’t need the tie to hold them up, but it does have the trademark Vuori stripe, which is a fun detail.
If you like to hike and need a good pair of activewear shorts, these are probably worth a try. But if you’re looking for around-the-house comfort, as I am, I’d keep looking.
Boden Odilie Jersey Dress size 8
FYI, Boden is currently 15% off with free shipping and free returns; the sale price shows up in cart.
This dress is really pretty, but I’m not sure it flatters me as much as some others I’ve tried.
It feels really nice on, though. It’s made of a super soft viscose with a hint of stretch, and it skims the body with a drapey fit-and-flare silhouette.
I really like this yellow pattern too. It also comes in two solids and two other prints, and it runs small. I sized up to the 8. It also comes in petite and tall sizes.
Boden Giselle Jersey Dress size 8
This dress is made from a soft, textured slub jersey cotton; and I really like the semi-fitted shape as well as the v-neck and button-down front. The deep pockets and fixed tie belt give it some utility details.
Here’s a look at the back. My only complaint is the length; I wish it were longer.
I could try the long size, but I’m afraid it would be cut too deep under the arms and maybe too long in the waist, but maybe it’s worth a shot.
Also, it fits really nicely around the arm holes. I know I always mention this, but so many sleeveless tops and dresses gape or show my bra.
I really like this deep marine blue; such a pretty color, and it should flatter almost anyone.
also wearing: similar Nine West sandals
VERDICT: Undecided. Is it too short?
Okay, moving on to my daily outfits from the past week or so…
What I Wore Lately
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with a slight hourglass shape. I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe unless otherwise noted.
This first look is one I wore after a photo shoot with Alison. It was a really humid day, and my hair frizzed out while we were shooting. I love this floral tee, but it runs small. I’m in the small, but I probably should size up. Also, it’s 50% off today!
I wore this next outfit to PT. I usually wear some version of this.
After PT, I changed into this top and shorts for the rest of the day.
Last Saturday, my dad was here, and I decided to dress a little nicer than usual. I love this top, but it’s almost sold out.
I even added some statement earrings and a two-tone bangle.
And this was Sunday, I guess. It wasn’t quite as warm as Saturday.
Another PT appointment…
These are getting out of order, but no one cares, right? This was the day David and I visited Paul’s mom.
I threw this on for a day of working from home, and I think I ran to the grocery store at some point. Loving these yellow shorts for a change.
This was the day of my allergy testing… fun times.
For anyone who’s been following along, I am definitely allergic to dogs, which I knew because pugs kill me. Cats showed up, but not as strong as dogs, which is weird b/c I am soooo allergic to cats. Dust mites and ragweed came in very strong, some molds and grasses and trees reacted slightly.
But there were lots that didn’t really show up, and I was supposed to have those retested (that’s the typical procedure), but my reaction to the dust mites was so strong they wanted me to come back in two weeks to finish up.
This cardigan is really nice and lightweight for mild summer days, and like everything at LOFT right now, it’s 50% off.
I threw this on after a photo shoot with Alison, and I had to take Becca to an ortho appt later that day. I know, for being on stay-at-home orders, I do get out quite a bit.
Finally, what I wore to last night’s graduation party with friends from my old neighborhood…
When I got dressed earlier in the day, I tried to jazz it up a bit with a Victoria Emerson bracelet, and I wore slides.
But then the heavens opened up, and it started to rain. Of course it did. It’s 2020, after all.
So I changed into leather sneakers so I could walk in the wet grass.
I also changed my bracelet because the other one seemed like a bit much with the sneakers. Probably silly, but I’m an over-thinker!
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