Winter Fashion Try-On Haul

Happy Friday, friends. I hope you can take some time this weekend to unplug and decompress. Meanwhile, this is my first Try-On Haul of 2021!

I’ve got styles from Talbots, J/Slides, Sam Edelman, Mother Denim, and more.

winter 2021 try on haul: talbots, sam edelman, jslides, mother jeans, and more

Let’s dive right in. 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.

Winter Try-On Haul: Talbots, J/Slides, Mother Denim, Sam Edelman & More!

I was drawn to the bright, fresh colors at Talbots this month. They’re the first retailer I noticed to bring out a whole new line for the new year. Even better, they are doing 30% off new arrivals, and everything featured here is included.

Talbots Supersoft Sorbet Stripe Sweatertripe sorbet sweater

sweater (S) // jeans (28) // mules (size up half)

This stripe sweater is soft and comfortable, and I appreciate the length of the sleeves. I also think the contrast ribbed trim at the neck and the rolled edges on the cuffs and hem are nice details, but I could do without the drop shoulders.

When I do these posts, I like to style the pieces with things I might wear from my closet, and this is the best I could do… I’m not sure I love it with the grey jeans, though. I actually think it would be nice with white jeans, but I didn’t think to try that at the time.

And while I love the white loafer mules, they seem a little out of place with this look. I think I’d prefer a bootie or maybe even a sneaker… definitely something that covers more of the foot.

In my perfect world, this sweater would be maybe an inch shorter in body length, but I think it will look fine when I wear shoes that are closer to the color of the pants and visually extend the line of the leg for more of a balanced look.

VERDICT: Keeping!

Talbots Microfleece Funnel Neck Top

top (S) // jeans (28) // sneakers

I thought this microfleece mockneck top would be fun for a casual, sporty look. I threw it on with the grey jeans because that’s what I was wearing, and I like it fine, but I wish I’d shown it with blue jeans. I like ivory a lot with light or mid-wash jeans.

This top is soft and comfortable, and it’s a thinner fleece, which I like for a more elevated feel, but it does run a tad small. I think it fits well and looks good, but it felt kind of small and constricting to me when I was wearing it. I didn’t keep it on long enough to determine if I’d get used to it or not, but I think I probably would. It also comes in a bunch of other fun, fresh colors.

VERDICT: I did return it, because I’m afraid I won’t reach for it, knowing how it felt a bit constricting. I do think it would be cute with a bright colored vest on top… maybe I should have held onto it. Sometimes I get so anxious to clear out my office, I get rid of stuff and later regret the decision.

Speaking of which… I wanted to photograph this Athleta Inlet Jacket before I returned it, and I totally forgot. D’oh! I’ve ordered some other running/workout jackets at various price points, and I wanted to share them all with you for a review/comparison post. #ooops

Okay back to Talbots…

Talbots Cozy Cowlneck Stripe Tunic

top (S) // jeans (28) // sneakers

Okay, this is interesting… same jeans and same sneakers as the outfit above, and almost the identical stance and camera position… and I think I look 10 pounds heavier (not to mention frumpier) in the stripe cowl neck.

Why? It’s all about the body length. The striped cowlneck top hits at the widest part of my hips, right where my thighs touch.

I’ll never have a thigh gap, and I’m okay with that, but the last thing I want to do is call attention to that part of my anatomy.

Otherwise, I think this top is super cute, and it is soooo soft and cozy.

VERDICT: returning. I think it would work well for some ladies, just not me.

Mother The Looker Fray Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans

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

I’m not sure why I ordered these jeans because they’re so much like my AG Farrahs, but they were on sale, and I had a pair of Mother Looker skinnies before I lost weight that I loved.

I do like the wash on these a lot, and they are incredibly comfortable — thick and soft with just enough stretch to hug your curves and feel good on.

But, they’re too long for most of my shoes (read: sneakers) and I don’t want to cut them because I really like the hem detail.

I feel like if I cut them, they will look just like the AG Farrahs from Bloomies that I wear all the time. (I did cut those, but I didn’t mind because they didn’t have a chewed hem.)

But these do fit and flatter in an amazing way, and they’re still on sale. So if they have your size, and the 28″ inseam is a good length for you, I highly recommend them.

VERDICT: Returning, for the reasons mentioned above. However, I would recommend them.

Sam Edelman Women’s Clarem Square Toe High Heel Tall Boots

boots (8) // jeans (28) // sweater (S)

Still on the hunt for dressy knee-high suede boots, after the Blondo pair didn’t work out.

These are very comfortable, but not weatherproof, which is what I really wanted. But I do have black leather knee-high boots I can wear in inclement weather, so maybe these don’t need to be.

They’re also very tall, the shaft comes right up to my knee. I don’t know if I like that or not. I definitely like how they fits close to my calves. I have narrow calves, and this is always an issue for me.

My biggest concern, though, is that square toe. I like it, but it’s trendy, so I’m not sure these have a lot of staying power.

I really don’t have anywhere to wear them right now, unless I wear them to church once or twice before spring. If they look dated next year, I won’t get a very good cost per wear… although I did snag them when they were on sale for $100, so there’s that.

I do like them, though… I guess I should try them with a dress to make sure I like them both ways.

VERDICT: Undecided. What do y’all think? Keep, or return and wait ’till next year?

J/Slides Tristan Faux Fur Platform Sneaker Bootie (8)

at Nordstrom // at Bloomies // at Zappo’s // jeans (28) // sweater (S)

I had debated these up and down and all around, and finally bit the bullet when they went on major sale last week.

Guys, these bootie/sneaker things are SO SO COMFORTABLE!!! They are lined with faux fur, and they’ve got a leather, cushioned insole that is like walking on clouds.

My 15-year old tried them on, and she is obsessed too. They do need to be treated b/c of the light color, but otherwise, I really like them. I wasn’t sure I would, but they have a casual/cool vibe that I like a lot.

You can roll them down too, if you want, but I didn’t try that b/c my jeans are cropped.

I didn’t like how they looked with the light jeans and dark sweater, though, so I switched into this ivory sweater… which was going to be in this try-on haul, but it sold out.

It was one of my 360 Cashmere deals at Nordstrom Rack for like 60% off.

I like this better, but I think they would also look good with a more casual sweatshirt.

They run true to size, and they are still on sale, so if you like them, grab them now. They also come in black, which I debated ordering, but I like this taupe a lot.

VERDICT: Keeping!

More Looks with the Mother Tomcat Straight Ankle Jeans

at Shopbop // at Bloomies

I promised more looks with the Mother Tomcat straight ankle jeans, so I’ve finally got those ready to share!

I actually took these pictures on two different dates, which is why the white balance is so inconsistent. The lighting in my room is weird, and my iPhone seems to have a mind of its own. Even when I take several pictures in a row, the white balance can look very different, but when they’re on different days entirely, forgetaboutit.

I still don’t love them, but they do look better with shorter sweaters untucked, I think. Here are a few different ways I tried them…

With a camo crewneck sweater (old) and Marc Fisher Yale Chelsea boots

This feels a little too masculine to me; does that make sense? I also think the sweater is still a tad too long to really get “the look” just right.

With the Leith dolman and Vince Henderson Chelsea boots

I feel like this should work, in theory, but I dunno.

With a pink crewneck sweater and Aquatalia sock boots… Maybe I should have tried this sweater without the front tuck?

With a pink crewneck sweater and Vince Henderson Chelsea boots

Hmm… Not bad, could use a belt. And maybe a moto jacket.

Well, I think everything looks better with a moto jacket, ha!

Okay, and then this is the shorter sweater I had in mind, that I can leave untucked, but I feel like I just gained 5 pounds in my face. Not sure if that is the sweater, the camera angle, or bloat… lol!

It looks okay from this angle… I do think the length of the sweater works, but maybe an open neckline would be more flattering.

Some of you mentioned these jeans might work better with a more casual sneaker look, so I threw on these Golden Goose I’m trying out…

I dunno, this denim and sneaker combo is a little too too tomboy for me.

I think at the end of the day, these jeans are an awkward length on me. They’re too long for the trendy cropped/ankle look, and they’re just a tad too short for a modern full-length straight style.

Usually in this case, a cuff is a good idea, but I’m just not loving it here… at least not with these sneakers.

I thought maybe a different sweater would help, and I do like the hoodie better than the turtleneck… at least with the sneakers.

Is it me, or does my tush look HUGE in these jeans? I think it’s those Mother pockets. They are very large.

Look at the same outfit with skinnies…

Granted, these are cropped, and they kind of emphasize my hips. I wanted to try them with my rag & bone Cates, which are an inch or two longer, but they were in the wash.

I really wish I had a rear view pic for this combo, but I don’t. It would be interesting to compare.

So while we’re here, let me show you one other option I tried. These are the Agolde Toni straight ankle jeans, from last year.

Admittedly, I haven’t worn them much, but I keep them around because they’re more on trend than my usual skinnies, but not as high rise as most straight ankle/crop styles are these days.

I wish I had tried them with the navy hoodie, but I happened to have on this ivory sweater when I thought to try them with the sneakers.

Last year, I wore them with my Veja sneakers and a pink cowl neck to the mall, and I really felt good in that look.

I don’t know why I don’t wear them more often… probably because they go best with shorter sweaters, and I don’t have many.

ANYWAY! That’s it for today. I didn’t mean to go on so many tangents there at the end.

I admit, I kind of rushed through this, so if you have questions regarding size or fit on anything, feel free to ask in the comments. I will be around all day, so I’ll be able to reply and even update the post, if needed.

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