I’m excited to share with you my first fitting room try-on session today. Many of you had requested that I begin posting these during my shopping freeze so you can check out the new arrivals at your favorite stores. For my first edition, I chose to head to Target – but please comments below & let me know what stores you’d like to see in the future (and what types of items you’re looking for!). For reference, I’m 5’8″ and typically wear a 4/6 in most items.
I ended up trying on mostly dresses, with a few separates mixed in. I did my best to show a variation of styles & silhouettes because I know every figure is different & what flatters my shape may not work for everyone. I know it seems crazy, but when I was browsing their online site, I saw that they’ve already started to add some fall sweaters to their new arrivals! I’m pretty sure I’m going to need this blush cardigan, this cream cable knit & this striped sweater. Here are the 10 looks I tried on + my reviews:
Who What Wear Gingham Dress
I didn’t think I was going to like this as much as I did. I was worried it would look a little too “country”, but I found the silhouette to be very flattering. It’s made from a lightweight fabric & also comes in solid black. Sizes are selling out quickly online, but you can also check your local store for availability. Runs true to size.
Xhilaration Embroidered Jumpsuit
I had to stand in an awkward way in this photo to show that this was a jumpsuit. I love the embroidery detail on the front of this & it’s super comfortable! It would be great if you have an upcoming vacation & it also comes in a pretty coral hue. The one strange thing is that the legs are only partially lined (to the knee). From looking at it, you can’t tell, but it feels a bit odd when you’re moving around. Runs true to size.
Knox Rose Swiss Dot Maxi Dress
This was by far my favorite dress that I tried on – if I weren’t on a shopping freeze right now, it definitely would have come home with me! If you’re engaged, this would be a gorgeous rehearsal dinner option or a great honeymoon dress. The fit is perfection – but if you’re on the shorter side, you’ll need to wear high heels so it isn’t too long on you. Runs true to size.
Universal Thread Printed Maxi Dress
This is a great lightweight day dress – it’s made from a gauzy fabric that breathes well and there is plenty of room for a bump if you’re expecting! If I were styling this, I would probably add a tan belt to help give it a bit more shape through the waist. It would also be great with a denim jacket on top. Runs true to size.
Universal Thread Embroidered Denim Dress
Another easy day dress – this was too short for me to feel comfortable sitting down & bending over in, so if you’re 5’8″ or taller, just be warned. I took my usual size & the fit was good, but it was a little snug through the chest (and I’m a 32B)…so if you’re larger chested, you may want to size up. This has a string tie for the waist, but it tied it in the back instead of the front.
Universal Thread Top + A New Day Skirt
This ruffled top is one that I would definitely pick up – lightweight, flattering & easy to wear with skirts or shorts. I’m wearing the small here and the XS in the yellow below – both of them work well, it just depends if you want a looser, more relaxed fit. This striped skirt is so comfy – love that it’s a pull on style with an elastic waist & pockets! I think you could dress this up for work or wear on the weekend with a basic tank. Runs true to size.
A New Day Geo Print Dress
This was my second favorite dress, although I needed to go down a size (but they didn’t have it in store). I love the modern feel that the buttons give to this and that it has pockets. You can wear it partially unbuttoned too and you could also layer a tee underneath. I’d style this with mules & a printed neck scarf. Recommend sizing down.
Universal Thread Top + A New Day Paperbag Shorts
This is the same top as the ivory one above – I’d be tempted to get them both because the price is so great! I tried on lots of shorts in the store & these were the only pair that made the cut for me. The length is just right and the paperbag waist detail is perfectly on trend – great for dressing up or down. Runs true to size.
Who What Wear Buttoned Slip Dress
I love the idea of this dress, but I wish it was a shorter. Because the fabric is a cotton poplin, I think it would be more flattering in a different length. The button detail is chic but the fabric felt a bit stiff. Runs true to size.
Universal Thread Asymmetrical Tie Waist Dress
This easy breezy dress would be great for barbeques and relaxed evenings out. I liked that the straps are adjustable and that the neckline is sewn together so you don’t have to worry about it being too revealing. The fabric tie is removable so you can swap out the belt & it’s lined. Runs true to size.