Right: Halogen leopard pumps (love!), H&M striped tank, Gap jeans (old - "real straight" cut)
Although sweater season is (hopefully!) a bit of a ways out, a few of you requested try-on photos of this Halogen jacket from Nordstrom's Anniversary sale. As mentioned before, the material to me is slouchier and thin, more like a knit cardigan than a jacket. I also mentioned that the material seemed snag-prone due to a looser, light knit. Despite this it was a keeper for me, because the fit was surprisingly good and cardigans are tough to alter. After I bought this I read reviews and saw Halogen makes a cotton version that's apparently a lot sturdier - petite sizing must've sold out lightning fast, but the black color remains in all regular sizes.
I wouldn't recommend this moto-inspired piece for a business formal office, but for business casual it makes a good "keep at desk" layer for when the AC is blasting. It also looks good with white or distressed denim and a simple tee for lounging around. Add patterned heels + a cross-body bag and you're good to go for a comfy night out.
Jacket measurements of xxs petite (keep in mind material is stretchy): 13.5" across shoulder, 14.5" across chest, 13" across waist, 19" torso length, 20.5" sleeve length.
Composition: 35% cotton, 48% acrylic, 17% nylon. Hand wash cold and lay flat to dry.
Here's a closer look at the Halogen leopard pumps which I'm super happy with. You guys will definitely see these in many posts to come! The upper is a haircalf material and the heels are suede, with the same suede again as trim. The insoles are decently cushioned and the pointy toe is not cramped & uncomfortable like some styles. I read the reviews on how this ran "so small" so was nervous and ordered both 5 and 4.5. I ended up sticking with my usual size 5 and thought these fit comparably to Ann Taylor (half a size big relative to J.Crew).Also tried on this embellished chambray shirt the last time I was in a store. Thought this would look good with simple cotton shorts, white or colored denim, striped or printed bottoms and the like. This is an XXS petite, and it's hard to tell in the photo but it was a roomy fit. Would recommend sizing down unless you want a true "boyfriend style" fit. The embellishment had good weight to it and each cluster was individually sewn on, so if one comes loose, everything won't come unravelling off.
I didn't get anything else from the sale, but here a few other well-reviewed items that are good foundation pieces for any wardrobe:
1. Stretchy knit blazer - mine from Old Navy (now sold out in petites) are my ultimate work-to-weekend piece and get so much wear. This one is 100% cotton with no dry cleaning needed - care instructions says hand wash cold and lay flat to dry. Calson just started offering extended sizes (xxs and 00 petite) this year but I haven't found it in-store yet to try.
This jacket has rave reviews online, and I got this feedback from reader Paige M. (thanks Paige for the update!): "I ended up buying the Caslon Cotton Knit Jacket (in Grey/White stripe) that you recommended, and I am thrilled with it. I had been struggling to find a knit blazer that fits comfortably, and this is the best. It fits great, good quality, and is as comfortable as a sweatshirt. And you can't beat the price! I like it so much I am going to order another."
Calson knit blazer (7 colors, regular and petite sizing)
2. Well-draping blouse - This is a basic wear-with-everything top that's updated with "blousy" material in the front with stretchy knit sleeves and back. I've reviewed a Pleione blouse before and really liked how well it draped and looked nice even with the simplest denim combo, but ultimately found the fit of XS petite (smallest offered) to be a little too long and roomy. Sizing for this again starts in XS petite, plus please note the descriptions and reviewers all say it runs a solid 1 size big.
Pleione mixed media tunic (in reg or petite, 12 colors)
3. Versatile-colored peacoat (4 + colors) - what a steal for a cute peacoat under $40. This is from the juniors department which I try to shy away from as a grown woman, but still get drawn for the smaller fit. Material quality is the biggest thing I look for in coats - this one is a poly and wool blend which I would've really liked to see in person but couldn't find. Reviews are mostly positive and note that sizing runs small.