LOFT Mixed Floral Lace Shell // Wearing size medium
Okay, so first up is this pretty shell from LOFT. I've had this on my wishlist for a while now, but forgot to order it during my last major LOFT haul. In person, it felt a little... blah? Like, it's still pretty, but between how sheer it is and the odd sleeves, it just wasn't really for me. Verdict: rejected.
LOFT Plaid Tab Sleeve Peplum Blouse // Wearing size large
Here's another blouse I was excited about online, but just didn't quite work on my body. I actually like the peplum from the side, but from the front it's somehow making me too square. Plus this one was also super sheer. Verdict: rejected.
LOFT Striped Bell Sleeve Blouse (I couldn't find this online but here's a similar blouse, there were tons in store though if you like it) // Wearing size large
Omg it's amazing how bad this is on me. I always want volume to work on me, but with curves it really doesn't work. The cross back tie is super cute though, if this had worked on my body type it might have gone home with me! Verdict: rejected.
J. Crew Side-slit sweater with striped ties // Wearing size large
I wanted to like this sweater because the striped detail was so cute, but I can't imagine when in my life I'd like to really show off that muffin top so this one was rejected. It does come in a ton of other (non-striped) colors too. I'm wondering if in a bigger size the side ties wouldn't be an issue, but I actually really like the drape in the front. Verdict: rejected.
J. Crew Embellished cotton Jackie cardigan sweater // Wearing size large
I basically had to try this sweater on after waxing poetically about it last week. My store only had this color option in stock so I decided to try it on even though I'm not crazy about this color combo. I overheard a clerk telling someone else that they sold out of the yellow version immediately, so I'm not holding my breath that I'll be able to get my hands on it.
The reviews said to size up in this sweater, and man did they mean it! I initially thought the large wouldn't work at all, but twisting it around a bit made it much less gapey. I'm actually amazed that it doesn't really gape! I would want the XL though since this is a little tight. Verdict: kept on the wishlist.
J. Crew Tipped button-back bell-sleeve top // Wearing size XL
I thought this would be cute. It definitely is not on me - looks more like hospital scrubs! I do really like the little striped piping on the sleeves, and I'm obviously happy with this type of sleeve, but in white in this really stiff fabric just did not work. Verdict: rejected.
Banana Republic Short-Sleeve Ladder-Lace Top // Wearing size XL
I thought this top was just beautiful - I really love the detailing and the cut. It also was nice and thick, so you wouldn't need a cami underneath. My store didn't have it in a size large though, and I think sizing down might improve the fit. It also felt a little too similar to this blouse I just got though, so I decided to leave it behind. It's going to live on in my wishlist though ;) Verdict: added to wishlist.
Banana Republic Parker-Fit Stripe Boyfriend Tunic // Wearing size large
Who doesn't need another striped top, right? Unless it's huge and too long and unflattering. I really thought it looked like I was trying on one of Jeff's dress shirts in this. Rolling the sleeves helped, but not much. It's supposed to be a boyfriend fit and a tunic, but it's just too oversized to be flattering. Verdict: rejected.
Banana Republic Belted Jacket Blouse // Wearing size large
Ummm, so I thought this would be cute on me, and not crazy shaped. I love the bow details on the sleeves, but besides that this just was a terrible fit on me. If you don't have curves or have a longer torso, it may work for you! Verdict: rejected.
Banana Republic Flutter-Sleeve V-Back Top // Wearing size 12
I almost didn't grab this to try on, but I'm so glad I did! The structure, the ruffles, and the back are all so pretty! This blouse actually zips up the back, which gives it such a flattering fit. I've also tried on a lot of ruffles lately since they're everywhere, and these ones actually work on me! This one definitely came home with me, I can't wait to wear it with jeans or a pretty skirt. Verdict: buy!
Banana Republic Plaid Asymmetrical Peplum Skirt // Wearing size 14
This skirt is so cute, I love the print and the cut is really flattering. Nothing like a little stomach ruffle to hide a food baby!! It also was really comfortable. There was seriously nothing wrong with this, I just couldn't picture where I'd wear it. I rarely dress up for work, so I have very little reason to buy a pencil skirt, no matter how cute it is. Verdict: added to wishlist
Vineyard Vines Neon Embroidered Popover Tunic // Wearing size 12
When this came in the mail, I was initially disappointed that the colors didn't quite match the website - online it looks almost gray instead of really blue. But then I tried it on, and yeah, I had to keep it. The fit is perfect, it doesn't gape, and the pink and blue design on the front is so cute. I'm definitely going to be pairing it with some white denim in the near future! Verdict: keep!
Vineyard Vines Solid Embroidered Tassel Cover-Up // Wearing size large
I didn't want to like this. It's way more than I'd usually spend on a cover-up so I was kind of hoping I could see it, decide I didn't like it, and send it back. Nope. I love the detailing - the little tassel ties and the pom poms on the placard are so cute! And the detail stitching isn't actually white like I thought, it's a metallic silver which is so freaking adorable! I also love that this covers more than a lot of my cover-ups, but will still fold down really small in my suitcase. Verdict: keep!
So, I found a lot more rejects than keepers, but that's probably a good thing since I'm already pushing the limits on my budget this month!
Follow along with everything Kristina does via Bloglovin!