I hope my reviews are helpful for you if you are ordering online, or narrowing down your lists. If you have any question on these items feel free to post in the comments and I will be pretty quick responding. Also, I love it when you guys also offer your own impression on items you’ve tried on so please feel free to add your thoughts too if you’ve tried something on. We all have different body types and sizes so it’s helpful getting a good, candid review from a variety of people.
Barefoot Dreams Cardigan
This was an item I definitely wanted to try on because it gets tons of hype year after year, but I didn’t plan on purchasing it at all. I was sceptical that this wrap would be flattering in addition to cozy and incredibly soft but in this version at least, I found it flattering. I also thought that it was a bit pricey even at the sale price, but that was rather foolish because I’d definitely spend that on a good Lululemon wrap. I think I also thought that this was strictly an indoor loungewear type of item, but I can see this looking chic with a nice pair of shoes and great jeans. The shape of this actually reminded me a lot of old Lululemon designs, but with the bonus of this luxurious knit. The material is a very light and soft chenille, and this version of the barefoot dreams wrap is a lighter thinner knit then some of the other styles, which I prefer. I tried on my TTS 10 and it was large and cozy but I found the pocket over my hips a bit bulky and unflattering so I sized down to a medium and I’m glad I did. It’s a much more flattering look, but if you look at the size chart online the medium coinsides with a size 8-10 and that’s about right for me. If you where thinking of maybe getting this, I’d definitely do it. All the colorways where pretty but I gravitated to this indigo and that’s the only one I tried on.
BlankNYC Embroidered Faux Leather Moto Jacket
This is what I b-lined at the store for. I actually ordered this a few days ago after seeing all the amazing Instagram photos of it. I was so happy my order went through but several hours later my order was cancelled and it was sold out online. I love a great leather jacket but have never seen a faux leather jacket made so well, that looks so much like true leather. This jacket fits snug and I got it in a large which I would consider my size, but it is cropped and tight. I can zip it up but zipped up it looks small. Had there been an option for a larger size I probably would have ordered that, especially since faux leather wont stretch the way real leather does. That being said, I never zip up my leather jackets, and this one is supposed to look cropped. One thing I will say is that the lining on this jacket is a pretty flimsy nylon and I don’t understand why they didn’t go with a nicer, thicker, satiny nylon lining.
Rails Channing Embroidered Military Shirt
I LOVE Rails shirts. I have a tough time wearing plaid shirts without them looking way too boxy or masculine on my frame, but when I tried on my first Rails shirt sometime last year I was hooked. The Rails ‘Hunter’ shirt has a really tailored feminine cut paired with a lightweight rayon which gives it a really beautiful drape. This military inspired shirt though is not made of rayon, it’s a linen cotton blend so it is slightly more shaped and less drapey, but it’s still light and airy. I typically take a size L in Rails Hunter shirts but this one I took a size M. L would have been fine too but I preferred the look of the M.
Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt White Charcoal Blush
This Rails shirt is the typical one I tend to buy and the most well known of their styles. Like I said above, this is a more feminine cut and it’s made of rayon. When I first discovered Rails I purchased a few plaid shirts online but they ended up being true flannel, and not this Rayon so those I keep for the coldest winter days. This is much more a fall weight shirt, or even a summer jacket over a tank. I take an L in this style of shirt. I wish you could see in this picture or even the online picture but there is so much pink in this top in person. It’s such a feminine pop.
BlankNYC Metallic Faux Leather Moto Jacket
This is the wildcard in my bunch. Let me tell you why I gravitated to this and tried it on. Several months ago I had a gift card for Artizia and was toying with purchasing a Mackage jacket that had caught my eye. It was a leather moto jacket in this very same pewtery, silvery, goldy color. It looked stunning on, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on a wild color that was something I may get bored of. That’s a shame with such an expensive jacket, and a shame for this type of material. If you get a leather jacket it should be something you will wear for years and year and years and not discard after one season. This BlankNYC jacket is almost identical in cut, style and color. It’s a complete dupe and just a fraction of the price. I’ve brought it home to see it on with several different outfits and if I’m certain I will wear this I will keep it. It’s definitely a brave color though.
AG The Legging Step Hem 10 Years Beatnik
I ordered this one off the US site on the presale last week and it still hasn’t arrived to my shipping address so I wanted to try this on to know if I’d be keeping them or not. I have been really excited about these but slightly worried about fit, and wether or not the step hem would work on my shorter leg length. These jeans are incredibly comfortable and TTS and I’m happy to say that although I don’t have the long legs that make these look incredible and give that step hem it’s full glory, I still think these are pretty flattering and I love them. Yes these are a very trendy color treatment, and perhaps the step hem is also very trendy (as where skinny jeans at one point) but because I love these I would wear these way beyond the trend. They are the exact right kind of relaxed, casual and edgy look that I gravitate to in my closet, so for me it’s timeless. I really love the paint splatter print on these so much! I’m definitely going to be keeping these and glad I ordered my TTS. By the way, with the exchange rate calculated in these where cheaper for me to order online.
THE DRE RELEASED HEM SLIM BOYFRIEND JEANS
I liked these a lot too! I didn’t try these on last year because they had mixed reviews on sizing so I was afraid to order them online, and the store I went to didn’t have them. The Nordstrom Vancouver store today only had my size down which is what I’m wearing here, and they are fine and comfortable but the rise was slightly too low. Not so much the rise, but the length of butt seem was too short so I felt that I’d have to hike them up until they relaxed a bit on me. I think my TTS would have been perfect at that seam but I’m not sure. I’d like to try these on at the US store I’m going to on Saturday. The denim was thicker and less stretchy than the AG jeans which I also really like. My other hesitation was I wish this came in a petite length so that gorgeous hem would be cropped on me vs. full length. Definitely recommend these, but I really loved the AG Jeans more.
Vince Camuto Katrina Block Heel Bootie
I didn’t want to buy shoes this time around but I did want to try these on after seeing them raved about from so many bloggers and instagrammers. They are incredibly comfortable for what looks like a 3.5″-4″ block heel. They actually feel more like they are 3″. The leather is incredibly soft and supple and I think these would look great with skirts, jeans, dresses etc. I didn’t get these though because I’m just not certain how and when I would wear open toe sandal booty hybrids. I see them on people all the time and they look amazing, I just don’t know when I would reach for them in my own closet over some of my other shoe styles. They are too warm for summer, but too open for fall, and not practical at all for the amount of rain with get in Vancouver in the fall.