Winter Fashion Try-On Haul

Happy Friday, friends! I have another winter fashion Try-On Haul today featuring styles from Talbots, Old Navy, Gap, Madewell, Athleta, Quince, and Amazon Fashion.

This one has a lot of activewear, and I found some really good budget-friendly options that I hope some of you will like.

For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish, and I usually take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, and size 8 shoe.

Old Navy Breathe ON Pullover Hoodie

hoodie (S) // jeans (28) // similar sneakers

I’ve got a few styles from Old Navy today! They always have some promo running, and today it’s 20% off your order, or 30% off an order of $100 or more. That’s on top of tons of already marked down prices. Use code ENJOY at checkout.

This top is really soft and lightweight. I can see it being a nice piece for late winter/early spring, but it’s too thin for me to wear right now.

The sleeves are plenty long when worn normally, but they’re really not long enough or stretchy enough to use the thumbholes comfortably. At least, not with my gorilla arms, ha!

My only other complaint is the pockets aren’t very usable. They’re positioned way on the side, in an awkward place, but that’s not really a deal breaker.

Otherwise, I really like the shaping through the waist, the subtle curved hemline, and the design of the shoulder/sleeves. Plus, it just feels really nice against the skin.

This hoodie is made of a moisture-wicking poly/spandex blend, so you can work out in if you want. It’s actually part of their activewear line, but I styled it with grey skinnies and fashion sneakers for a casual mom-about-town look.

This top comes in a bunch of colors, and some are on sale and some aren’t. All should be included in the 20% or 30% off promo with code ENJOY. I’m wearing the Organdi in a size small.

Old Navy Loose Pullover Tulip-Hem Hoodie

hoodie (S) // jeans (28) // similar sneakers

This hoodie is thicker than the one above, and it’s really soft inside. It’s long enough to wear over leggings, so you could definitely throw it on over your workout wear after class and stop at the store on the way home.

The deep slits are a little odd, but overall, I think it’s cute. It’s made of a cotton/poly blend, and it says you can machine wash and tumble dry, so I imagine it would only get softer with time.

This hoodie comes in 3 other colors, but I was drawn to this Cedarwood, which is on sale for $35. Plus, you can use code ENJOY to get an additional 20 or 30% off, depending on the size of your order. It’s true to size; I have the small.

R has already adopted this one, and she wore it yesterday, so if you have a teen girl or young adult daughter/granddaughter, she might like this too.

Old Navy Textured Waffle-Knit Cowl-Neck Sweater

sweater (S) // similar jeans (28) // sneakers

I don’t know what it is with me and pink lately! Anyway, this sweater is another Old Navy purchase, and I am really impressed!

I hope it looks as good after it’s washed and dried because it has a really nice relaxed fit. The waffle knit is soft and comfortable, and I like the contrasting ribbed cowl, cuffs and hem for a subtle element of interest.

It has a split hem and is a little longer in the back than the front, and the raglan sleeves are flattering and easy to wear.

I also appreciate how comfortable the turtleneck/cowl neck is. It stays up and isn’t constricting, or you can wear it more like a cowl as shown online.

This sweater is also true to size, and it comes in a lot of color choices; this is the mauve. It pairs beautifully with blue jeans or grey jeans, as shown in yesterday’s post with Victoria Emerson.

Gap Fleece Turtleneck Sweatshirt

sweatshirt (S) // similar jeans (28) // sneakers

I also ended up ordering a couple of casual sweatshirts from Gap, where you can get an extra 50% off markdowns with code BIGSALE or 20% off regular price styles with code ADDON.

As much as I love my wool and cashmere sweaters, when I’m going to be at home all day, it makes more sense to wear a sweatshirt that I can throw in the washer/dryer. Plus, they look so cute with fashion sneakers, which, as you know, is pretty much all I want to wear these days.

This pullover is about as soft and cozy as it gets. It’s the same fleece material on the inside as it is on the outside. (I hate it when a fleece sweatshirt is softer on the outside than on the inside where it actually touches your skin!)

It has a boxy cut, but it’s not altogether unflattering, I guess because it’s a good length. The neck is soft and comfortable, but the sleeves are a bit cumbersome. Still, it’s cozy and comfy and perfect for the #StayHome life so many of us are living these days.

This top also comes in a bunch of colors, and yet again, I chose pink! It’s the Pink Standard, and I would liken it to a cotton candy pink. It’s $30, and it qualifies for the 20% off with code ADDON. It runs true to size with a generous, boxy fit; I have the small.

Gap Sherpa Crewneck Sweatshirt

sweatshirt (S) // similar jeans (28) // sneakers

Finally, I broke from pink! I was thinking this ivory color would look great with these light wash jeans and my Sorel Lennox boots, although I just threw it on with sneakers for this shoot.

Like the turtleneck above, this is the same soft sherpa fleece inside and out, and the kangaroo pocket is designed in such a way that it doesn’t really create extra bulk — I guess because the hem hangs straight, rather than an elastic banded waist like you often see on sweatshirts with a kangaroo pocket.

This one is $25, and it qualifies for the extra 50% off with code BIGSALE. It’s also true to size; I have the small.

Talbots Tie Dye Sweater

sweater (S) // similar jeans (28) // sneakers

I also have this one lone Talbots sweater to show you. In case you missed it, I shared three others in last week’s Try-On Haul when they were 30% off. All are still available, but at the moment, they’re full price.

I was drawn to this fun pink and white tie dye pattern… haha, of course I was! It’s pink! But seriously, I’m love how Talbots keeps to their modern classic style, while also trying to incorporate some more on-trend patterns and colors.

This sweater runs true to size, but it fits pretty close to the body, so if you have any lumps and bumps that you’re self-conscious about, you may want to size up. I’m okay in the small, but I do have to push the sleeves up because they’re a little too short for my liking.

The fabric is very soft and lightweight and comfortable, but it’s definitely more appropriate for late winter/early spring — at least, for those of us with cold winters.

It’s a classic body length, and you can wear it untucked or front-tucked, depending on your preference.

I’m definitely keeping this one, and hoping for some mild weather this winter so I don’t have to wait till spring to wear it!

Madewell Chevron Packable Puffer Jacket

puffer (S) // leggings (S) // similar sneakers

Well, this was a disappointment. I’ve been wanting a short puffer for super casual looks, and I thought I might have scored with this Madewell bargain, but I guess there’s a reason it’s on such a good sale. (It’s marked down to $59!)

It’s not quite as puffy as I wanted, although the length is pretty good, but it almost has an A-line shape to it. So odd.

Also, the sleeves are too short. #petpeeve

So anyway, back it goes!!! When I purchased it, it was not on final sale, but it is now.

Colorfulkoala High Waisted Pattern Leggings

leggings (S) // top (S)

I’m always skeptical about the no-name brands on Amazon, but I saw another blogger swear these are ah-mazing, so I thought I’d try them for myself and see.

Well, they are most certainly very comfortable. Soft and smooth with a nice high waist, and they don’t slide down. They come in lots of colors and patterns, and they look good too.

I can’t speak to how they will hold up over time, but for $29, they’re worth a try! They’re TTS; I have the small.

Athleta Flurry Blizzard Gradient Turtleneck

turtleneck (S) // leggings (S)

Athleta has long been one of my go-to retailers for quality activewear, and I’ve been looking for good base layers for winter running, so when this one went on sale last week, I grabbed it.

It’s not as soft as I’d like, but it’s very comfortable and stretchy, the sleeves are nice and long, and the turtleneck is comfortable. It’s also seamless, moisture-wicking, and breathable.

The design is kind of fun, although I will usually wear a jacket over it, so I really don’t care about that. Still, it’s cute if that matters to you! (Although, I wouldn’t typically wear it with a printed legging; I just happened to have these on.)

This top runs true to size, and it also comes in a pretty mauve/berry color. It’s on sale for $69.

Athleta Flurry Force Insulated Primaloft Jacket

jacket (S) // joggers (6) // sneakers (8)

I’ve been saying for weeks that I need another winter running jacket to alternate with the old Zella one that I usually wear. What I was looking for was something like this.

The quilting on the front provides a wind barrier, but the stretchy sleeves allow for movement and full range of motion. The idea is to layer this over a base layer, like the one shown above.

I like this jacket for the way it fits and flatters, but it’s thinner than the one I have, and I wasn’t QUITE warm enough when I wore it running when it was in the mid-20s. If it had been windy, it definitely wouldn’t have cut it because the wind whips right through the material on the arms and back.

(The one I have has a quilted panel on the back, as well, and the arms and side are more of a neoprene fabric — it’s thicker and warmer than this lightweight ribbed material.)

All that to say, I like this jacket, and I’m keeping it, but it’s not going to work for the coldest of days.

I also tried their Inlet Jacket, and I do think it would be warmer, but it was oddly puffy for a running jacket. Besides that, it fit really weird. It was tight at the hips, and that made it bunch up around the waist. Sorry, I totally forgot to take pictures before I returned it!

All in Motion Hybrid Puffer Jacket

jacket (S) // tee (S) // joggers (6) // sneakers (8)

When I mentioned wanting a winter running jacket, someone suggested Old Navy and Target.

Those stores don’t usually offer the level of performance I’m looking for, but as I was told, not everyone reading here is a runner, and some of you might like some more budget-friendly alternatives to the brands I’m looking at.

Well, color me surprised when Target had a really nice option in this hybrid puffer jacket. (I wouldn’t really call it a puffer, but anyway…)

It doesn’t have quite as flattering a fit as the Athleta jacket, but I like how the sleeves aren’t quite as tight, so it’s easier to pull on over a long-sleeved base layer. The fabric is also a bit thicker, so potentially warmer.

It’s made of lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric, and it has reflective detailing, stretch panels, stretch thumbhole cuffs, front on-seam pockets.

It comes in a few other colors, and it runs TTS; I have the small. I plan to take it for a spin this morning, and see how it performs in cold weather. (Also, I would not wear this to run with lightweight joggers, as shown here, but with thermal running tights.)

Old Navy Powersoft Zip Run Jacket

jacket (S) // turtleneck (S) // leggings (S)

I also ordered this jacket from Old Navy. It’s not a winter running jacket, by any means, but I do like it a lot for milder days.

The fabric is soft and comfortable against the skin, the arms are plenty long and stretchy, so the thumbholes are functional and comfortable, and it has some reflective details for those who like to go out walking/running when it’s dark outside.

I have it on here over a turtleneck, but I would probably wear this over a tank or form-fitting tee on milder days this spring.

Right now, this jacket is $45, plus an additional 25% off with ADDON, and it’s TTS; I have the small. Oh, it also comes in a really nice shade of white, and it’s available in petite and tall sizes too!

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Full-Zip Hoodie

hoodie (S) // tee (M) // leggings (S) // similar sneakers

And finally a cashmere hoodie from Quince — the up and coming brand for affordable quality essentials. Also of note, shipping is free, and they offer 365 free returns as well!

Yes, I know this is random thrown in here with all of the activewear, and I would not wear leggings with this, but work with me, here.

Sometimes when I’m doing these try-ons, I’m in a rush, and I take short-cuts, but I can’t wait to style this with jeans and fashion sneakers because it is SO CUTE!

I used to wear cashmere hoodies a lot; well, I had one or two that I wore a lot. One was red. I loved that thing! I usually wore it partially zipped over a stretchy tank or cami, and it was flattering and that a luxe/sporty vibe that I like so much.

I want to try this with the tee front-tucked into jeans; I think that will work nicely, but I do kind of miss those stretchy, body-con tanks for layering. They were more flattering under cardigans and jackets than a relaxed tee because they showed your shape, rather than hiding it.


As far as quality and fit, this is the small. I ordered both small and medium because when I tried the Quince cashmere turtleneck in the small, it had a rather skimpy fit.

I assumed all of their pieces were made that way, so I figured I would need this hoodie in the medium if I wanted to be able to zip this. Not so! The small fits fine, but the sleeves are a little shorter than I prefer. They look fine, but they feel a little short.

Other than that, the quality of cashmere is really nice. It’s a fairly dense knit and not terribly thick, but not thin either. It’s soft against the skin, and for the price and the quality of the knit, I would definitely recommend this piece. I plan to keep it in the small.

Up to 40% off Accessories at Anthro

Finally, I just wanted to call out a sale at Anthro — they’ve got a bunch of their accessories marked down, and I pulled some of my favorites.

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28 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing some more economical items!  Target and ON can surprise with the merchandise quality.  While they are not on the same scale as the higher end brands, they can have great options for those of us on a tight & smaller budget.  I hope that you have a great day!

  2. I love these posts!

    I have four or five pairs of Colorfulkola leggings and the joggers. The issue is they do begin to pill over time, they wash up well, and the only pair I have had issues with not staying up is the black leggings. They are awesome quality for wearing around the house with little ones, and currently being pregnant they stretch and recover each wash. 🙂

    Have a great weekend! – Here is to hope of a safe weekend for our nation.


  3. Great post! I say “amen” to your comment about sleeves being too tight on some jackets (when the rest of the jacket is perfection!!) . A pet peeve is struggling to put on a jacket over a long sleeved T and it bunches up and sticks. UGH!! I really like the ON waffle knit cowl and love all the pink! Looks great with all the black, grey and navy I already have. Very easy on the eyes.

  4. Love that cashmere hoodie!! I’ve been looking for one for awhile. Didn’t you try some cashmere joggers awhile back? I noticed Quince has those and was just wondering how you liked them?

  5. Love the variety of items! I was just at my local Old Navy and tried on the same 3 tops as you had. The only one that worked for me was the tulip-hem sweatshirt, which I also bought in the Cedarwood color. I really wanted to like the waffle-knit cowl neck sweater, but it definitely did NOT look as cute on me as it does on you. In my usual size, it belled out too much around the middle, so I sized down and all that did was make the sleeves too tight! Back on the rack! So happy that my Old Navy has their fitting rooms open; the Target across the way has all fitting rooms closed and signs up everywhere prohibiting customers from trying on ANYTHING. It’s been a few months since I had been in there, and it will be a long time before I ever go back. Not sure why they’re so overly cautious, but I find it beyond ridiculous and frustrating — I had a couple shirts in my cart before I read the signs, and when I did read one, I just walked out of the store. I’m sure their return policy would’ve been a major hassle after trying on anything at home. Anyway, your blog is a welcome distraction from everything going on — keep up the fantastic work!

  6. Great post!  I love all your pink!  It’s cheery and fun.   Have the opposite problem as you with the length of sleeves. My arms are just so short!   I have to roll up just about every long sleeve top I have!  Thumb holes are pointless since they get rolled up.  Lol  I am thrilled when I can find a 3/4 sleeve that will hit me as a long sleeve.  It’s a definite score!

  7. I bought the Old Navy pullover hoodie in December and I love it! I’m the same height as you but I ordered it in “Tall” to have the longer length for leggings, and the sleeves are a bit longer as well. I’m going to order the cowl neck sweater as well, love that color. Old Navy can be hit or miss at times, but I’ve found some good pieces this fall/winter!

  8. If you are still looking for another alternative to your running jacket, the Rock Ridge Vest from Athleta would be one to try. I’m also in southeast PA, and I’ve been running in the early mornings wearing my “uniform” of a long sleeve base layer, then the Flurry turtleneck, then the Rock Ridge vest. It does a great job blocking the crazy wind we’ve had some days, and I like that you can zip it all the way up without it being constricting around the neck. I actually prefer the 26″ length of the petite vest even though I’m 5’6″. Also, if you haven’t tried the Polartec Altitude tights from Athleta, they are AMAZING for cold weather running.

  9. I have an older version of the Athleta Flurry coat that I wear Nordic skiing and I love it. I’d like to replace it with another one but most sizes are sold out 😣. I have the Gap Sherpa Crew with the pocket in front and I totally agree with you that the pocket adds bulk but it’s cozy and I wear it around the house with my PJ pants 😬. Great post! I love the the try in hauls 

  10. Great post. I love warm cozy sweatshirts with unexpected design details. My sweaters aren’t getting much wear being home most of the time. If possible, can you share rise on high waisted leggings? I want to add to my collection, but being short waisted, I can’t do anything over 10″ or 10 1/2″ max. I finally found a pair of warm cozy athletic leggings from Zella and had to return them because I didn’t notice that they were around 11″ rise. Just way too high to be comfortable on a short waisted frame. Different retailers have different definitions for what is “high”. Love the pink options too! Pink is my jam.

  11. Can you believe we have 85 degrees today?! ☀️Just saw my neighbors putting surfboards on top of their car. This beautiful weather has me itching to buy new things for spring. The sunshine is definitely a mood booster. We still have plenty of 68-70 degree days ahead in February though so I’m ordering the first ON sweatshirt you styled above. Really cute! I’ve had that exact Anthro belt in my “cart” since last November but haven’t been ready to buy. I think now is the time! 😊

  12. I have those Amazon leggings in that exact color. I’ve had them about a year and worn and washed them a ton. (I air dry most of my clothes.). They still look the same as when I bought them. They aren’t as thick or hold you in as firmly as my nicer more expensive leggings do. But they are really soft, super comfy and I think they look good. I especially like that print. It’s a fun change from black leggings but as a pear shape, it still seems to work. 

    1. Correction. Mine are the deep gray camo. And I forgot to add that I love all the pink! For years I’ve always been drawn to it.  I’m thinking I need more pink in my life…

  13. I enjoyed all of these cute, practical clothes for daily wear. I especially like the colorful tops. I love color in winter; it cheers me up!

    Besides being affordable, Gap and Old Navy offer Petite and Tall in much of their clothing, which I appreciate. Also, you can combine Gap and Old Navy items in your shopping cart to qualify for free shipping.

  14. Thanks for the more affordable options in this post! Appreciate it. Did you know: Banana Republic offers a really great rewards program for cardholders. Points may be used at any of the Gap Family Stores, which includes Old Navy and Athleta. You can easily use your points and pay only a few dollars out of pocket ($3-$7) for each item ordered-including coats! The points accumulate quickly for basic purchases of groceries, hair cuts, gifts and so forth, but of course this only is beneficial if you pay your card balance each month. Sometimes they offer a bonus of five points for just using their card for purchases outside of their family. Yay! 5x points for grocery purchases once in awhile! If  you need to return an item, you get the points back on your account the next billing cycle. Talk about affordable, especially this time of year when so many things are on sale. 

  15. Hi Jo-Lynee, I am newer to your blog (last 6 mo) and I really enjoy your content!  I recently discovered Old Navy activewear and I really like their Breathe On T-shirts, and their high-rise tights.  They hold up well during workouts and in the wash! I even found warmer winter tights with a fleecy inside that is great for my daily outdoor walks! I have used Kohl’s TEK gear for years, but Old Navy is a better. I have been a home-workout and outdoor walking/jogging person for many years. I don’t belong to a gym, so I cannot bring myself to pay top $ for workout wear! I pay top $ for the clothes + purses I wear to work:)
    Thanks for the great content!

  16. Finally! A blogger who actually admits when an item isn’t flattering, isn’t comfortable, not worth the price, etc..

    I’m so tired of some of the other popular bloggers who review everything as “fantastic”, “amazing” etc.. I appreciate your candor.

    I enjoy your posts. Thank you! Enjoy your Sunday!

  17. Great post for affordable items. We have driven to southern Florida many times because family moved there. Our drive started from out east on Long Island, NY. Long trip but not so bad with one overnight stop and very early starts. Good luck and enjoy. We are also watching Broardchurch, after your post about the show. Love it too and Thank You for all you do!

  18. Just read your fly vs drive thought – we have driven to Florida many times from southern Ontario which is a fair bit further drive then you would have – its fun and fine. But it can’t just be about the destination you have to consider the drive part of the vacation. We now usually drive down I-75 one way and up the east coast the other just to switch it up. We don’t ever make long stops and with Covid I realize you would be making very few but its still an interesting drive. I recommend Dave Hunter’s book “Along I-75” , it goes from Ontario but is the drive to Florida with every exit and what is available there along with interesting tidbits about the places you will drive through, radar traps and it just makes the drive more interesting and “quick” if that makes sense. My big recommendation is if you will be stopping for the night along the way (which you probably would), pack a small bag to take into the hotel for those nights so you don’t have to lug in everything and dig through large suitcases. You could probably pack the whole family in one bag.

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