Keep or Return: fall items (non-NAS edition)

Hi ladies! NAS purchase thread found here. These are some other fall purchases I made which I would love to get some feedback from you all on. I would like to keep only 10s.

1 - Hinge peacock blouse, from the YLF store.

2 - Halogen shirt dress. I feel like this dress was made for me :D

3 - Dotty blouse. I normally don't go for ruffles, but rather like this one. Too far off from my style?

4 - GAP black slim pants. Purchased after seeing Angie's post with them, been looking for a pair for a while now.

5/6 - GAP faded black dress shorts; 5 is size 4, 6 is size 2. In size 4 the pleats fit better, but is bigger in the waistband and back; in size 2 the pleats poof out, but waistband and back fit better. And overall, do we like the style of these for me?

7 - J Crew silk camp shirt. I think it's too large, and it's no longer available; look at the shoulder seams. What do you all think? It felt much bigger in person than when I see it in the photos.

8 - Old Navy cropped crochet cardigan. This looks OK in the pictures, but in person felt incredibly unflattering and voluminous in the wrong places. Taking this one back.

9 - Target sequin knit vest.

10 - Accessories: GAP bucket bag from YLF store, Target metal belt, Target scarf.

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  • cjh replied 8 years ago

    I really LOVE them all! Esp. #1 blouse. Fabulous! And the green is a gorgeous color with your dark hair - yes, it may be a bit big. But maybe keep in mind the color in future shopping. I also like the green crochet top - really the color of it is good, but if it's a bad fit or uncomfortable, keep looking.

    The dotty blouse is very pretty, and not uber-frilly due to it's black and white colors. Great slim pants! Whew, great figure.

    Accessories - thumbs up all the way.

  • taylor replied 8 years ago

    FABULOUS loot!
    I don't think #7 looks too big...looks like a great basic:) and I love the color

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    I like all of them too. #3 is much better that the houndtooth one from your NAS post.
    #7 is too big: shoulders do not bother me as it is oversized look but the ballooning on the back does. Nice color though.

  • Mo replied 8 years ago

    #2!!! Oh, and definitely #4, then #8 - and all the accessories in #10 :)

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    First the CH boots and now the Hinge peacock blouse and the Halogen dress, any more items and we are going to be clones

    *running to check my closet*

    Ok I'm safe, they are all still there. And each item is super fab on you here.

    Now I have to go sneak into your closet to steal those black Gap pants. :) They are one thing that's been on my wishlist. Which pants did you get?

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Fun loot!

    #1 and #2 = KILLER

    Fabulous skinnies and shorts!

    All the goodies in #10 are terrific!

    Does the dotty blouse feel a little snug?

  • Kyle replied 8 years ago

    I love 1, 2, 4, 6 and 10. The others are good, but perhaps not quite as fab as the others. Love number 1 especially. Number 2 is a blank canvas you'll do so much with!

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 8 years ago

    I love 1, 2, and 3 totally. The pants in 4 look really cute on you. I really like the sweater in 8 a lot. All of the accessories are keepers too.

    I'm not sold on the shorts or the sweater in 9.

  • sarah replied 8 years ago

    I love it all, and vote keep, keep, keep. But #2 is TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    Welcome baaaack!

    For me, the 10s are 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10. #1 I'd say is a solid 8.5. I realllly like that medallion belt, too!

  • sarah replied 8 years ago

    Aida - could you please provide a link to that dress?! Thanks.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for the input so far, ladies! Seems my thoughts were about in-line with yours, though I really love the sequin vest which isn't getting much love :) 1, 2, 4, 10 are clear winners at this point.

    Lisa - Ack! Didn't realize we had so many clone items! Well, I did get the Hinge blouse after seeing your WIW posts, but didn't know you had the other two :) The black pants are Gap’s Really Skinny Pants which Angie featured in an outfit post earlier this month. EDIT: I got the petite because I wanted the 29" inseam and the regular-ankle was all out in my size.

    Angie - The dotty blouse doesn't feel snug (skims over everything), does it look it?

    Sarah - I found the dress at Nordstrom Rack and can't find a link online :\

  • christy replied 8 years ago

    You have some great stuff here, but #2 - WOW! :)

  • Freckles replied 8 years ago

    Your own critique is again spot on.

    Like number three, blouse, and don't think it's too far away from your style. Maybe just enough to be interesting and different...

    Really like the shorts on you.

    Agree even if it doesn't look too bad in pics, the green blouse is too big for you and you won't be comfortable in it. It will always feel too big and therefore feel uncomfortable.

    Another great haul.

  • kellygirl replied 8 years ago

    OMG, you look fab! I can't get past the awesome-ness of the Hinge blouse and the Halogen dress. Great haul!

  • greenglove replied 8 years ago

    Love everything except #7. I think the color is too warm and too bright. I love you in olive but that color green is not my favorite on you. All the rest- perfect!!

  • Queen Mum replied 8 years ago

    LOVE 1,2,3,8, and 10. The color combination of #9 is washing you out. I'd love to see that vest over a vibrant color.

  • Jonesy replied 8 years ago

    Love the first blouse--really great on you! Perfect! I love the black skinny pants, and the shorts (can't really see the difference in sizes, to be frank, so I'd say keep whichever is more comfortable). I don't care for the knitwear in 8 or 9--nothing bad, just not up to par with the other stuff. Love the blouse in 3 but I would consider sizing up to see how that works. Love the accessories. Great to see the J. Crew blouse but I think the fit is just off (too long in sleeves, too ill-fitting through the body). I really love the look of the black dress on you, but I think I would size up...At least in my experience, you want a bit more room with a button-up front, so when you sit down, etc. you don't get too much tugging at the buttons. Just my two cents!

  • Heather replied 8 years ago

    Aida, wow! You scored some serious great loot!

    I love the Hinge blouse and the Halogen shirt dress! That shirt dress may be your new favorite piece! So versatile and a perfect fit on you.

    Think the GAP black pants are fantastic and I now want a pair, too! (Echoing Lisa!) And the black shorts are brilliant. I can't wait to see the wool shorts (boo for defectiveness--hope the replacements are fine).

    As for the JCrew bronzed avocado blouse: I think that you can roll the sleeves to camp sleeve length and perhaps tie the blouse at the waist or tuck to rid yourself of the back poufiness. :D I ADORE that color on you.

    All of your new accessories are fab, too.

    I love shopping spree posts and of course your cool collages.

  • Jjsloane replied 8 years ago

    I think 1, 2, 4 and 6 are 10's the rest: 7-9s. Not bad at all.

  • Debora replied 8 years ago

    Aida, you honestly look great in everything you put on!

    If I had to choose, I would say definitely #1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10. I'm not crazy about #8 and would like to see #3 in the next size up. Those black slim pants look amazing on you!

  • cjh replied 8 years ago

    I think the dotty ruffle blouse is 10x better than the checked blouse in the other post. And as to it looking tight? When you first look at the back, the design of the print makes a curved line effect, and that might make it look like it's pulling, but on closer look, I declare it a perfect fit.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback!!

    Pretty unanimous keepers: Hinge peacock blouse, Halogen shirt dress, black slim pants, accessories. Will keep all of these.

    Fairly popular keepers: dotty blouse (I promise it's not too tight!) and smaller size dress shorts. Will keep these too.

    Not too popular: green silk shirt, olive crochet cardigan, cream sequin vest. The silk shirt is not returnable so I will experiment, and if that doesn't work gift it to a friend. The crochet cardigan will go back, and I'll have to think about the cream vest since I really like it but it didn't get much love :)

    Thank you all so much!! :D

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