fitting room fables || old navy late fall 2017

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while i’ve collected a few key pieces from old navy over the years, i wouldn’t say i shop there on a consistent basis. but after this coat didn’t work out (it wasn’t quite what i expected), i had to make a pit stop there last weekend anyway, so i figured i’d spend a minute to peruse the store. turns out, they have some pretty cute and festive things for the upcoming season. i also really hoped i could find these boots so i could at least try them on for myself (love how chrissy styled them here). spoiler alert, i found them! unfortunately there wasn’t a ton of inventory in my local store -especially when it came to old navy’s amazing outerwear selection this season, but i grabbed these four looks and headed to the dressing room and below are my honest opinions about everything. enjoy!

p.s. the old navy dressing room colors could not be more unflattering, my apologies for all the yellow.

 

 

plaid pullover shirt dress (small) || i’m always on the lookout for midi-lengthed dresses since their modesty is great for both work and weekend. while this plaid pullover is a tad bit on the thin side, the fabric is super soft and the fit is fairly flattering. i could see this paired with a plethora of things – leggings, tights, and over-the-knee boots or a quilted puffer vest or long knit cardigan for an extra layer of warmth. besides this black and white window pane print, this dress comes in a number of other plaid colors, perfect for staying festive this season.

size verdict: true to size.

metallic faux-leather low ankle boots (10) || out of everything, these booties were probably my favorite thing i tried on. unfortunately i always have a hard time with old navy footwear seeing as i’m typically a 9.5 and the store doesn’t carry that size. i slipped these gold numbers on anyway, since they had partially been the entire reason for our trip. as expected, they’re so fun. the gold isn’t too overbearing and the sole has enough cush to make them quite comfortable. ultimately, they were just a little too big to make their way home with me, but if the store carries your size, i would highly recommend you snag a pair before they’re gone. they’d be perfect with nearly everything but i’d probably style them with a good pair of boyfriend jeans, a velvet cami, and a faux fur jacket.

side verdict: true to size.

 

 

textured raglan-sleeve sweater (small) || i was drawn to this sweater initially for its texture, but once i slipped it on, i found it also to be extremely cozy. i normally like my sweaters a little on the oversized side, but this is one you could definitely size down in since the knit seems to be the kind that would stretch out with each wear. it comes in a rainbow of colors and at under $20, it would be a great find to snag for a season (it may not last more than that). i normally pair my sweaters with skinny jeans this time of year, but i also thing they’re cute paired with mini skirts and booties, as i styled above.

size verdict: runs big, size down for a closer fit.

 

sueded snap-front mini (2) || speaking of mini skirts, i feel like every store has a version of this button-down skirt this season. given its shorter length, i naturally avoided it, since i hate feeling as though i could flash innocent bystanders at any moment. but since i would be in the safety of the dressing room, i figured why not and grabbed the burgundy version of this suede frock (i originally looked for the mustard version but they didn’t have my size). i have to say, i was pleasantly surprised by how much i liked this skirt. unfortunately the 2 was too big and if i hadn’t felt so lazy, i might have run out for a smaller size. i actually still might order it online since i think it would be so cute paired with tights, booties, and mock-neck striped tee.

size verdict: runs big in the waist, could size down.

 

 

mid-rise utility pixie chinos (2) || as much as i love wearing jeans, i’ve also beefed up my non-denim pants collection over the years. i go back and forth with camo print, but given my love for olive, i was intrigued to give these a try. i think i’ve become so spoiled by the high-rise trend that anything that doesn’t hover right beneath my navel feels as though it’s falling off my body. while the chinos fit snuggly around my hips and thighs, i found them to gap at my waistline. overall the fit just didn’t work with my body, but i will say that the camo print was the perfect muted shade and would act like a neutral in your closet -easily pairing with other neutrals like white or black, as well as chambray (as pictured), mustard, and even red.

size verdict: true to size (ran big in the waist for me).

 

quilted sherpa vest (x-small) || i’m apparently very into sherpa this season, because after this jacket didn’t work out, i sought it out in the vest version instead. i think it’s the juxtaposition of the cognanc faux leather piping against the white sherpa fabric that has me swooning. it just looks so luxurious and definitely more expensive than it is. the x-small fit perfectly and if i didn’t already have my white vest (from this post), i might have snagged it. if you live in a cooler climate, or if lean toward a more casual wardrobe, i would definitely consider buying this piece of outerwear. it would be perfect layered over a solid-colored turtleneck, or a buffalo check plaid button-down. i also love the idea of playing up the color of the piping by opting for a camel-colored knit instead.

size verdict: true to size.

 

 

jacquard open-front cardi-coat (small) || i’ve seen this cardigan in many an instagram story lately. it was a dupe for a similar madewell version earlier in the season and its acrylic/nylon blend fabric is like buttah on your skin. you can’t tell as much since its layered over my chambray, but it runs quite large, so i would recommend sizing down for a closer fit. the sleeve length is somewhere between a 3/4-length and a full-length, so it’s versatile for layering over both long-sleeve tees and button-downs in cooler temperatures or over short-sleeve t-shirts or tanks if the weather is more temperate where you live. the great thing about it is that its long enough to cover your bum, making it perfect for throwing over a pair of leggings for an easy errand-running look. you could also dress it up with a pair of dark skinny denim and a block heel.

 

stevie sueded ponte-knit pants (small) || speaking of leggings… behold, these suede legging pants -the source of quite a good chuckle in the dressing room. the amount of effort i had to exude in order to slide (i use that term very loosely) into these pants was fairly embarrassing. think a lot of wiggles and lunges. ultimately, i was able to pull them up and over my hips but per usual, they were gappy in the waist. the only redeeming quality was the fact that they’re very thick, so they’d be perfect for staying warm in cooler weather. perhaps it was the stiffness of the suede material that made these pants such a struggle, but who knows. ultimately they were a big no thank you for yours truly.

size verdict: true to sizeish? i might have sized up if the waist hadn’t been so loose.

 

textured-glitter ballet flats (10) || i can’t help but be drawn to glitter in nearly all forms –especially when it comes to shoes. they’re just so festive! in all honesty i donated a similar pair about six months ago to goodwill since i had convinced myself that maybe a 32-year-old woman didn’t need so much glitter in her wardrobe anymore, but here i am back trying them on again. as was the case with the gold booties, i’m in between sizes at old navy, so ultimately, the decision to not purchase a new pair was made for me. but i will say, i feel like old navy has stepped up the quality of their footwear lately, because these seemed to be pretty well-made. aka, the glitter wouldn’t rub off by the end of a single wear.

size verdict: true to size.

 

and there you have it. just a few of the many holiday looks to be had this season at the highest grossing branch of the banana republic/gap company tree. as i mentioned above, i really wish the store had had more outerwear inventory so i could have tried on this, this, and this, but with the frequency of sales old navy boasts, perhaps i’ll just place another online order and leave the try-ons to the comfort of my own home. sans yellow walls and lighting.

 

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2 Comments
  • Mom
    November 13, 2017

    Your honest comments are so helpful, but the detailed descriptions of the entire event are the best! An eye for fashion and a sense of humor

    • srivera
      November 13, 2017

      Hehe, I’m so glad someone appreciates my humor. Thanks Momma! xoxo

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