Spring Fashion Try-On Haul

Spring Fashion Try-On Haul

Hi friends! I’m excited to bring you a new try-on haul today, full of spring fashions and transition styles. I was hoping to get this out last week, but the launch of my new blog design interrupted those plans.

2024 spring fashion try on haul for women over 40 midlife fashion

It actually worked out because there’s a lot of Evereve and Nordstrom represented here, and both stores are running promotions right now. Evereve is having a Spring kick-off sale, and Nordstrom is doing a Bonus Points Event for Nordy Club members and cardholders.

Spring Styles from Evereve, Nordstrom & Gap Factory

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually wear a small in tops and dresses, a 29 in jeans, and a size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.

LOFT Ruffle V-Neck Blouse

at LOFT (S) // FRAME denim (29) // Vince Camuto sandals (8)

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I’ve shared this blouse a couple of times, but I didn’t really get a chance to review it. It’s 100% rayon with a relaxed fit, and it has a v-neck with ruffle trim.

This is about as ruffly as I get, but I like how it adds a touch of femininity to the classic solid navy top. The blouson sleeves are not too voluminous, and it front tucks nicely into jeans or pants.

Here’s how it looks with white trouser jeans. (These are 30% off, by the way! They’re my go-to dressy white jeans for spring/summer.) I feel like this would make a nice Easter outfit for those of us in cooler climates.

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VERDICT: I’m keeping this one!

Winona Midi Dress

at Evereve (S) // Sam Edelman sandals (8)

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I wanted to love this dress. The satin fabric is right on trend, and the black and white print has a classic appeal. It has a flattering v-neck and cap sleeves, and a modest slit in the flowy, midi-length skirt.

Unfortunately, I’m so short-waisted that there is excess fabric that bulges in the back above the elasticized waistband. This is a problem I often have with dresses with a set-in waistband like this one.

VERDICT: Sadly, this one went back.

Athena Ruched Dress 

at Evereve (S) // Sam Edelman sandals (8)

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I knew this dress was going to be iffy, but I wanted to try it because I love the print the sophisticated style. Unfortunately, the blouson top with ruched skirt combo is never a great combination for me, since it adds visual bulk around the mid-section. I also look better in a more open neckline. Still, it’s a cute dress if the style works for you. 

VERDICT: I returned this one, too.

Donna Karan Floral Wrap Front Midi Dress 

at Nordstrom (8) // Sam Edelman sandals (8)

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This dress is a nicer quality than the two Evereve dresses. It’s fully lined, and it has a flattering fit, but I really don’t care for that large gold clip on the side. I’m not sure if that should be a deal breaker or not. I love a black and white dress, and this fabric is so easy to pack for travel.

VERDICT: I’m tempted to keep this one. What say you?

Spanx AirEssentials Maxi T-Shirt Dress 

at Evereve (M) // at Spanx.com (M) // VEJA Esplar (39) // AG Chiro Jacket (S)

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I was hoping this would be a nice, casual dress for spring, but it’s kind of shapeless. I also don’t care for that high crewneck. I feel like it looks like it’s choking me.

That said, the fabric is nice and substantial, as you would expect from a Spanx product, and it’s a classic style that I think a lot of you will like. It just isn’t for me.

Just to give it one more shot, I tried it with my AG Chiro Jacket, and this doesn’t really help matters. What it needs is a shorter jacket that draws more attention to the waist. I should have tried it with my KUT from the Kloth Kara.

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VERDICT: Even with a shorter jacket, I don’t like the way it fits at the neck, and I’d want to be able to wear it without a jacket sometimes, so I returned it.

BlankNYC Adobe Rose Bomber

at Evereve (S) // Gap Factory denim skirt (29)  // Vionic sandals (7.5)

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I love the idea of this cropped bomber in a pretty shade of blush pink. The fabric is soft but on the thicker side, so it’s nice for this transition season. 

It’s a little oversized in the shoulders, but I think that’s intentional. The fit is pretty much true to size. 

VERDICT: I didn’t keep this one. Something about it doesn’t seem to quite work for me, but it’s very cute and on trend. I definitely recommend trying it if you like it.

Faherty Sport Jersey Tee

at Evereve (S) // MOTHER Hustler (29) // Marc Fisher flats (8)

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I feel like I’ve already talked about this top enough, but since I have the pictures, and I love it, I will share again. Plus, I have to remember that not everyone reads every post I publish. I mean, I don’t know why not! But that’s the way it is. 😜

This top is a nice medium weight 100% cotton jersey fabric, and it has a slightly cropped 21 1/2” length with a boxy, relaxed fit. It’s perfect for transition season! Such nice quality, and it has a classic appeal with modern details. The boat neck and stripe pattern give it a nautical flair, and the wide sleeves are right on trend.

I love how this top pairs with white jeans, but it also looks good with blue, although I prefer it with lighter wash denim. There isn’t as much contrast in this look as I’d like.

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FRAME Pixie Le Slim Palazzo Wide Leg Jeans (29)

VERDICT: Keeping this one! Wore it twice already. If you want more info on these jeans, I reviewed them in my last Try-On Haul.

Faherty Legend Rib Henley

at Nordstrom (M) // MOTHER Dazzler (29) // VEJA Esplar (39)

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I’ve been looking for a good waffle knit henley style top for ages. They’re always too long, too thin, too tight, or too… something! This one is perfect. I especially wanted it for layering under jackets this spring.

VERDICT: Definitely keeping! For size reference, I ordered both the small and the medium, but I prefer the fit of the medium.

FRAME Utility Pocket Straight Leg Ankle Jeans

at Nordstrom (29) // AllSaints Tee (8) // P448 sneakers (39)

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I tried these on when I was shopping at Nordstrom before my trip. I really like them, but the price tag gave me pause. It’s one thing to spend upwards of $200 on a pair of jeans I might wear twice a week for three seasons of the year for a few years, but I don’t think I will get that much wear out of these.

That said, if they’re your thing, I think they’re great pants. The cargo pockets are subtle enough, and not placed in such a way to add so much visual bulk, and I like the straight ankle styling. They almost have a barrel leg silhouette, but not quite. It walks the line and keeps them on trend without looking too juvenile.

VERDICT: I left these at Nordstrom for someone else to enjoy!

AllSaints Anna Cuff Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt

at Nordstrom (8) // FRAME denim (29) // P448 sneakers (39)

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I thought this might be a cute white tee to add to my closet. I like the cuffed sleeves, and it’s really nice and soft, but I ended up leaving it in the store. I just didn’t like it enough.

Vine Shirred Tie Neck Mixed Media Shell 

at LOFT (S) // KUT From The Kloth skirt (6) // Naturalizer flats (8)

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I always like these mixed media shells from LOFT. They layer nicely under jackets, or stand alone when you want them to. This pretty pink pattern looks great with denim.

VERDICT: Holding onto this one! It will be nice for church this spring. Also, these silver flats are very comfortable. I like how they have a tapered, slightly squared off toe.

KUT From The Kloth Paula Skirt with Release Hem 

at Evereve (6) // Gap Factory tee (M) // Vionic sandals (7.5) // Naturalizer flats (8)

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Last year it seemed like all the denim skirts sold out as soon as they appeared in the stores, so I’m happy to see so many more good options this season. I love the released hem detail on this one, and the just-below-the-knee length, but I wish there wasn’t so much fading on the back.

VERDICT: I decided that fading is a deal breaker, but it’s a good option if that doesn’t bother you. It’s very comfortable and has a nice fit and feel.

Gap Factory Denim Midi Pencil Skirt

at Gap Factory (29) // Ribbed Crewneck T-Shirt (M) // Vionic sandals (7.5)

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I like this denim skirt a lot too, and that it has a more even wash, almost an acid wash, which is trending again. The fabric is stiffer than the one above, but still stretchy and comfortable.

This is more of a classic denim pencil skirt with a modest front slit, but the just-below-the-knee length makes it look modern and slightly retro at the same time. The ones that hit the knee or just above look somewhat dated to me, but it’s really just a matter of personal preference. This one’s a keeper!

Linen-Blend Crewneck Sweater 

at Gap Factory (S) // PAIGE Claudine (29) // Sam Edelman slides (8) // Naturalizer flats (8)

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This is a nice little transition sweater that pairs nicely with white denim this time of year. It’s lightweight and has a nice drape. I also like the contrasting cuff and collar.

Mid Rise Downtown Khakis 

at Gap Factory (29) // Ribbed Crewneck T-Shirt (M) // Sam Edelman sandals (8)

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If you’re looking for a classic pair of khakis, these are nice, but I found them tight in the waist. I feel like they’ve got more of a curvy fit, and I like straighter fits. If you have a larger waist to hip ratio, these might work well for you.

VERDICT: I returned these; they don’t work for me, but I think some of you will like them.

Joe’s The 5 Mid Rise Cutoff Denim Shorts

at Nordstrom (29) // graphic tee (M) // Birks (39)

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I’ve always been a fan of Joe’s jean shorts, but I guess I didn’t keep any because I can’t find them in my seasonal storage bin from last year.

I ordered these to try, and they’re just as good as usual, but I’m not sure I’m feeling that cuff style this year. What do you all think? If you like a longer short, and don’t mind the raw cuff, these are a solid choice.

VERDICT: I have a few more denim shorts on order, so I’m keeping the tags on for now.

KUT from the Kloth Amanda Boxy Jacket 

at Evereve (S) // at Nordstrom (S) // PAIGE Anessa (29) // FRAME tee (XS) // P448 sneakers (39)

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This is one of my favorite jackets for wearing with blue jeans. I love the bright pink color for spring/summer. It’s stretchy and comfortable, and despite the name (boxy) it has a flattering silhouette through the waist. Plus, the cargo pockets and slightly longer length gives it an updated appeal. It runs true to size, or size down if in between.

VERDICT: Keeping! In fact, this might be my travel outfit next week. I’m headed to Nashville to meet Cyndi for a few days, and the weather will be perfect for this.

LOFT Swing Trench Jacket 

at LOFT (S) // GF denim skirt (29) // GF T-Shirt (M) // Vionic sandals (7.5)

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I love the shorter trench coats that are trending this season, and this one from LOFT has a fun, swingy style with some more tailored details like the notched lapels and back kick pleat. I wish I’d taken the time to style it with jeans but I was in a rush to get through these photos that day.

VERDICT: I’m definitely going to hold onto this and try a few ways to style it.

Sanctuary Johnny Collar Top 

at Evereve (S) // MOTHER Dazzler (29) // Steve Madden slingbacks (8)

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Leopard and other animal prints are making a comeback, and I love the design of this blouse with the surplice style neck and drapey fabric. I just wish it wasn’t quite so long, but it front tucks easily.

The quality seems good for a polyester top, and I like the overall look. I especially like it with the black jeans and sandals for date nights, or you could wear it with trousers and pumps for the office, if that fits your dress code.

VERDICT: I’ll keep this one, I think. I don’t have many dressier tops for spring.

Nina Seamless V-Neck Tank

at Evereve (M/L) // FRAME Pixie Palazzo Jeans (29) // Sam Edelman sandals (8)

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This top is a nice one for layering under jackets and cardigans. I like the shorter style and thick ribbed knit material. It isn’t exactly bra-friendly, though. It has adjustable cami-like straps in the back, so I would likely only wear it when I don’t intend to remove my jacket. It also comes in black.

Wit Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution High Waist Flare Jeans

at Nordstrom (6) // Faherty waffle tee (M) // Marc Fisher flats (8)

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Okay, I have three pairs of Wit & Wisdom jeans to wrap up this try-on haul! The first pair is not my favorite. I feel like the wash and stitching looks kind of cheap, and I don’t like those utility style pockets on the darker wash jeans.

For size reference, I ordered these in the 6 because that is the size I ended up with in my ecru Wit & Wisdom kick flares, but these are way too snug in the waist. All that to say, I think these run true to size.

Wit & Wisdom  ‘Ab’Solution Button Trim Flare Jeans

at Nordstrom (6) // Faherty waffle tee (M) // Vince Camuto Clarissa (8)

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I like the fit of this pair a lot, although I think I also need the 8. I feel like they’re very flattering, and I don’t mind the wash as much on these. The button detail is on trend, and the diagonal line it creates is flattering.

I’m not keeping these because I have other flares I like better, but if you’re looking for a pair under $100, these are a solid option.

Wit & Wisdom  ‘Ab’Solution Colorblock Wide Leg Cargo Jeans

at Nordstrom (6) // Faherty waffle tee (M) // Kork-Ease clogs (8)

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These are kind of fun, if you have more of a boho style. They’re definitely on trend, with the cargo pockets and color block detail, and they’re soft and comfortable to wear. They’re a bit much for my personal taste and style, but they’re worth a try if you like them!

And that, as they say, is a wrap!

Believe it or not, I have a whole rolling rack of new items in my room waiting for me to try on. This time of year, it’s never-ending, but I at least wanted to get these out to you today! I hope you enjoyed it, and maybe found something fun to add to your spring wardrobe.

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