Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got a new try-on haul for you today, and as usual, I’m putting it together here at the last minute.
I save up pictures all week long, but I can never seem to get the post compiled and written until the eleventh hour. All that to say, pardon the typos, and if I miss any details, feel free to ask in the comments.
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.
Craft Hydro Waterproof Jacket
I was discussing my search for a winter running jacket with my trainer (I see her for strength training, but she also happens to be a serious runner) and she pointed me towards something more like this one. (Craft is a well-respected brand among runners and athletes.)
My first impression was that it seems way too thin for cold weather, but she explained that it’s more about what you wear under it and how you layer.
It’s thin, but it blocks wind and traps body heat in, and it has important features that are easy to overlook if you don’t know about them — such as the ventilation at the armpits and back. It also has a way to roll up the hood if you don’t want it flapping around.
I really like the fit, and when I took it for a test drive… or um, test run, rather, I was surprised at how warm I was in 35 degree weather with a strong wind and just this turtleneck underneath. She recommends wearing a short-sleeve shirt or tank under that on extremely cold days, for an extra layer, so I’ll try that when it gets down into the 20s again.
These tights are so warm that I actually get overheated sometimes. From now on, I’m saving them for when the temps dip down into the 20s, or for when I’ll be walking and not working up such a sweat.
Brooks Fusion Hybrid Jacket
I also ordered this Brooks jacket to try. It has similar features, but I didn’t like it as well.
It’s shorter through the body, and the sleeves are too short for me to use the thumbholes. The reviews also indicate that it runs rather short overall.
It is on sale, though, and it also comes in red. If you’re petite, you may like it.
Both are pricey, especially the Craft, but these are the kinds of items you have for at least 10 years, and the cost per wear averages out over time.
LOFT Shoulder Button Sweater
I placed an order from LOFT, and I did live try-ons on my IG Story last Sunday — they’re saved to my Try-Ons highlight, if you want to check them out.
This sweater is really soft and comfortable, and I like the length and the design of the stripes and buttons on the shoulder.
It’s very cute, but it does look a little fall-ish to me. I think it would look better on someone with a warmer skintone.
This sweater runs true to size; I have the small. It’s also on sale for $35 today.
Unfortunately, these jeans sold out, and I actually kind of liked them. They’re comfortable and flattering, and the dark grey/off-black is a nice modern wash.
The whiskering looks a little rough, but otherwise, they’re a solid choice for the price. Maybe they’ll restock…
LOFT Flecked Tunic Sweater
I also really like this sweater, although it’s not really a tunic. It’s soft and stretchy and comfortable, and the flecked knit is pretty.
It’s a bit longer in the back than the front, with an on-trend split hem. The seaming details are nice, and I appreciate that it does not have a drop shoulder!
This sweater is TTS and currently on sale for $35. I kept it!
These jeans have also sold out, and that’s no great loss. They were terrible.
LOFT Cupid Boatneck Sweater
This is me, awkwardly trying to take a picture with my other hand so you can see the heart detail on this sweater.
If you like a little bit of whimsy in your sweaters, this one is really cute for Valentine’s Day. My biggest complaint is the arms are a funny length — not quite long enough to be full-length, but definitely not 3/4-length either.
And these jeans… oooh, boy. In an attempt not to feature skinny jeans with every look, I picked up these to try.
Honestly, they aren’t terrible, but I just don’t love them.
They’re on sale for $35, so if you like this style, grab them b/c that’s a really good price. Needless to say, I returned mine.
AG Mari High Waist Ankle Slim Straight Leg Jeans
Okay, so these are the straight leg jeans some of us have been discussing in other posts. I tried these on last year, and I kind of liked them but didn’t purchase them at the time.
I finally decided to order them, even though it pains me to pay full price.
Word on the street is, full-length jeans are going to be trending this spring and to that, I say, hallelujah!!!
I don’t think the straight crop and straight ankle styles will necessarily go away, but I would love to see full-length straight jeans as a stylish option. Right now, I daresay they look a tad dated.
These jeans have a 29″ inseam with a 13″ leg opening and a 10″ front rise, for those who keep track of these details. They have a slim fit through the thighs, and then are cut straight from knee to hem.
I’ve decided that for me personally, the only way I can wear the straight leg trend and feel good in them is if they are cut slim through the thighs.
That’s why skinny and bootcut styles work well for me. I have wide hips and thin legs, so if jeans hang straight from my hips, I look so much wider than I really am.
I realize the baggier fit through the thighs and the “mom jeans” are what are super trendy right now, but I’ve come to the conclusion after trying many pairs that they will never be a good look on me.
I know we all have different body types and different features we are trying to highlight and camouflage, and what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you, but I share all this so you can analyze your own body type and figure out what trends to embrace and which ones to pass on.
These jeans aren’t exactly full-length on me — they’re on the longer side of ankle-length, and that makes them tricky to style, but I still kind of like it. I feel like the slightly shorter length keeps them looking modern… but I know some of you will say they look like high waters. To each, her own!
I’m not sure how I feel about them with these sneakers… I liked them with my white Vejas in the dressing room last year (see above), but I’m not loving them quite as much with these Sorel Out N About sneakers, for some reason.
What I do like is how these Sorels bring in the black and camel from the vest and sweater, but I feel like I could use an extra half-inch in the inseam of the jeans with these shoes.
I am planning to do a full review of these Sorel sneakers, by the way, but I will have to save that for next week. I’m running out of time here.
I think my favorite shoe pairing with the AG Mari is a heeled boot. I like them quite a bit with these Steve Madden booties.
And also with the Marc Fisher Yale Chelsea boots.
Fit and fabric-wise, these jeans are very soft and comfortable. They’re made of 91% cotton, 8% polyester, and 1% polyurethane. I find the 10″ rise very comfortable, and I like how it is neither super high-rise trendy, nor super low-rise dated.
There’s a lot of fading and whiskering, which some may not like, but it’s done well. I also think it adds interest and keeps them casual, which helps to off-set the more traditional straight-leg styling.
I may decide in two months I hate them, I dunno, but for now, I decided to keep them. At least it gives me a slightly different silhouette to play around with.
Vintage Havana Grande Slip-On Sneaker
I’ve been trying out some styles of the Golden Goose, and I still haven’t committed to any yet. I always get requests for styles that are similar without the high price tag, and I think Vintage Havana does a really good job at providing a similar vibe at a more affordable price point.
I ordered these from DSW, but I had to send them back because they were too small. I have re-ordered in the 8.5, so I recommend sizing up half if ordering.
These are decently comfortable, but they don’t have the padding and support of the Sorels, nor do they have the artistry of the P448 and Golden Goose, but they’re still a solid choice for a stylish fashion sneaker.
Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers
So, I actually wrote this section last week, and then I didn’t include it because these are more of a personal purchase than a blog purchase, and the price is definitely UP THERE. But I’ve had some questions about them, and I know some of you are interested, so here goes.
I am aware that the price is ridonkulous, which is why, when I’ve tried them in the past, I always returned them. I just couldn’t stomach it. Plus, I like my P448s a lot, and they’re a similar vibe.
But recently, I keep seeing the Golden Goose on more and more people, and I just really like the shape and style. I couldn’t stop thinking about them, so one day I fell down the rabbit hole, looking at the different designs, and well… Long story short, I ordered 2 pairs to try. *insert monkey covering his eyes emoji*
On the one hand, I feel like if I’m going to spend this much on sneakers, they need to be neutral and super versatile — basically go with everything. So I ordered this pair with silver and gold accents.
But then, just before I clicked through to make the purchase, I had another thought: If I’m going to spend this much, maybe they ought to be really fun and kind of ridiculous. So I threw this pink and gray pair in as well, with the intention of returning one.
For review purposes, you should know that Golden Goose sneakers are handmade in Italy of high quality leather inside and out. No two are truly identical.
Yes, they’re intentionally distressed, but some are more distressed than others.
They actually make your feet look smaller than they really are, not bigger, as so many sneakers tend to do — which is a huge plus, in my opinion!
My biggest issue is that they run kind of narrow in the toe box, and I have very squared-off toes. The left one fits fine in the size 38, but in the right one, my big toe is definitely pushing against the end of the shoe.
I kept thinking they might stretch out and be okay, but at this price, I want to be sure before wearing them off the carpet.
After trying them on approximately 158 times, I decided I needed to see how they fit if I size up, so I ordered this pair from Nordstrom in the size 39.
I don’t necessarily love the color combo, but I was having a hard time finding anything in my size that I liked, and I wanted to order from a store with an easy return policy, since I am more or less just trying these on for size.
At first, they seemed too big, but when I laced them tighter and tied off the ends, they do stay on my feet just fine. The right big toe is still pretty darn near the end of the shoe, and the left foot doesn’t feel overly loose, so 39 may be my size.
At the end of the day, I’m still undecided.
While I find myself wearing sneakers more and more, I do think I would get a good cost per wear out of these… eventually! It’s still a shocking sum of money to pay for sneakers, and I can’t seem to commit.
Any-who! Let’s move on to a few items I’ve found that are on a really good sale right now…
Cece Tie Sleeve Cotton Blend Sweater
This is that pretty sweater I styled for the holidays in the raspberry color. It’s 40% off this kelly green, and 60% off in the black and red. This sweater is really nice for church, work, date night, etc. It also makes a nice Zoom top for work or virtual happy hour because it’s such a pretty color with a flattering neckline.
I can’t help but think the green is perfect for March and St. Paddy’s Day, although of course you can wear it anytime. The red would also be really pretty for Valentine’s. It’s true to size; I have the Plumeria in a small.
Waffle Knit Cowl Neck Sweater (add’l 30% off)
I shared this sweater before, but it was not on sale. It’s currently marked down to $42, and then an additional 30% off when you add to cart. It’s true to size; I have the mauve in a small.
Halogen Drape Collar Faux Leather Jacket (40% off)
I shared this faux leather jacket a while back, and it just went 40% off! It’s really nice for faux leather, and I love this taupe color for a change. It is true to size; I have the small.
Also, the Halogen v-neck cashmere sweater is 50% off and still in stock in a lot of colors and sizes.
I’m sure there are more, but that’s all I have time for today!
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