Dressing Room 6.27.18 | Summer Try-On Haul

♦ DAY 24 of the #HWHFitnessChallenge!  Log your exercise here. ♦

Hi friends!  How is your week going?  It’s always a little bit of a transition coming home from being out of town. It hit me hard yesterday, and for the first time since we began our 30-day challenge, I missed a workout!  UGGGGGGG!!!!

I didn’t go in the morning because my husband left for work early, then I was working during the day. That evening, I knew I should get off the couch and at least go for a walk outside, but my body said hell, no and I actually fell asleep for a nap!  Soooo, obviously it happens, and I’ll pick back up today, but dang!!! I was doing so good!

Remember, I’m still giving away $100 Nordstrom gift cards to 3 people who exercise every day and log it! Less than one week to go!  Let’s all finish strong!  Check out the latest post, How to Lose Weight here.

Speaking of Nordstrom, did you get your 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog in the mail?! Of course, I tore it open and started marking it up and folding down pages, getting all giddy about sharing the NEW Fall goodness with you soon!  I’ll help you figure out what to buy for every budget, with fit and style tips.  Get ready!

Today, I have a fun dressing room and summer try-on haul for you that is definitely not about Fall. This try-on is still full-blown Summer with shorts, tops, rompers/jumpsuits, and dresses! Plus, lots of these picks are on sale 40% off! So let’s get to it!

For size reference, I’m super petite, 5’1, 110, 34D.



summer try-on haul chambray top

Top • Shorts 

My favorite pair of shorts in this bunch is the red and white embroidered pair with a fun, fringe hem.  They elasticized and drawstring waist is super comfy.

If you don’t have a chambray top in your closet, I’d add it to your wardrobe because they are so versatile with skirts, shorts, and my personal fave, white jeans.



summer try-on haul floral blouse

Floral Tank • Shorts

This blue floral top definitely came home with me! It’s both sassy (with the open v-neck) and sweet (with the shoulder ties and small floral pattern).   The peplum style flatters your figure, but still flows slightly away from your hips.


summer try-on haul gingham tie tank

Tie-Shoulder Cami • Ruffle Detail Shorts

Gingham has been a go-to pattern all Spring and Summer.  This tie-sleeve tank is flirty and fun and also looks great with jeans.


These shorts have a darling ruffle detail at the side, higher rise waist, and aren’t too short.  The yellow are under $30 and the white, pink and black are under $20


summer try-on haul striped high waist shorts

Smocked T-Shirt • High Waist Shorts • Wedges • Yellow Button Down

Please ignore the yellow top, unless you like it.  Then, by all means, scoop it up! 😉  It came in my latest Trunk and just didn’t feel like me. BUT, I wanted to show you the higher waist on the shorts that I actually did like!

If you wear a longer top with them, they are a great pair of shorts. They’re not too short, leave some room around the legs and are particularly flattering. The railroad denim stripe is a fun twist on a typical jean short.

SHORTS FIT: TTS, wearing 25

The top is darling and lightweight and looks good with a mini front tuck.  I actually liked it so much I bought it in this orangey/red and the creamy white above.

TOP FIT : Runs big, I’m wearing XXS

summer try-on haul striped sweatshirt

Low Rise Shorts • Stripe Pullover

Do you like a summer pullover as much as I do?  Espeically on a cool night, it’s perfect for throwing on over your shorts.  I loved the style of these black denim shorts but regretted sizing down.


SHORTS FIT: TTS, wearing 24- but should have gotten my regular 25 for a more relaxed fit. 


summer try-on haul floral jumpsuit


Getting major beach vibes with this tropical jumpsuit! How fun is the pineapple pattern?!  It cinches at the waist, so it’s super flattering, and zips up the back.  Of course, I love the pockets.


summer try-on haul madewell jumpsuit

Floral Jumpsuit

This jumpsuit almost looks like a maxi dress with the wide legs.  I was intrigued when I saw it hanging on the rack, and was so surprised at how much I liked it on.  The smocked back makes for a nice fit and the 70s feel brings out your inner boho girl.  STYLE TIP: You’ll want to wear with thin straps so they don’t show.


summer try-on haul blue lace romper

Blue Lace Romper SALE (under $35)

The next two rompers are the same style, but different patterns and colors.  I can’t decide which one I like more! I love the stripes and white lace trim on the first one –


summer try-on haul white lace romper

White Lace Romper SALE (under $35)

And the fresh white with floral embroidery on this one.  I like them for running around in with sandals or as a pool coverup. Both are on sale under $35 too!



summer try-on haul light wash skinny jeans

Striped Top • Jeans

I’m smitten with these light wash frayed hem jeans for Summer! And they’re on sale under $50! They’re major comfy because they stretch, and come in regular and petite.  This light color will work well with your summer wardrobe and they’ll look great with wedges, flats, and heels.


The striped shirt is soft with lots of stretch.  It can also be worn on or off the shoulder!


summer try-on haul red blouse

Floral Tank • Jeans

Perhaps this red top would be perfect for 4th of July festivities with jean shorts and then again at work with slacks or a skirt.  It’s versatile enough for both.  The halter shape shows off your shoulders and the peplum flatters your waist.


summer try-on haul star print tee

Star T-Shirt Jeans

Another fun 4th of July top and beyond is this white tee with tiny stars.  It’s a crewneck and shirttail hem that looks good both tucked or untucked.

TOP FIT:  TTS, I’m wearing a regular XS, but would prefer XSP. 

summer try-on haul star print blouse

Star Top • Jeans

I can’t quit the festive tops.  More twinkly little stars on this navy blouse.  The neck has sweet ruffle detail and flutter sleeves.


summer try-on haul sweater tank

Sweater Tank • Jeans

This tank definitely came home with me! I love a summer sweater tank and this one is easy to wear and I adore the textured sweater material. Bonus: you can wear a regular bra with it. I’m wearing it with jeans here, but it’s the perfect top for a jean shorts outfit.


I tried these slightly distressed jeans on in two sizes and liked them both. The more Madewell jeans I try on the more I like them! The first pair (here with the sweater tank) are my true size, and fit more relaxed with a cuffed hem.

I got a smaller size for the rest of the pictures, so they fit a little more slim. They’re slightly high-rise with a small amount if distressing and I love the wash.

JEANS FIT: Run slightly large, wearing my normal size 25 here

summer try-on haul madewell distressed skinny jeans

Tank • Jeans 

I sized down to a 24 here, so they fit a little more slim. They’re slightly high-rise with a small amount of distressing and I love the wash.

JEANS FIT: Run slightly large, sized down to 24

This tank gives me all the retro feels. It’s laid back with a high neck that begs for a pony tail or top knot!  I dig the faded colors too.


summer try-on haul Madewell distressed jeans

Tie Top • Jeans

This tie-top has a sweet feel to it.  It’s meant to be worn off the shoulder, but I liked it better on the shoulder with a flutter sleeve. It comes in 3 more colors for under $50.


summer try-on haul tiered peplum tank

Tiered Tank • Jeans

For something flowier- and isn’t flowy always a good idea- I love this tiered style tank.  It’s one of those easy to throw on tops that looks casually chic, especially with a long pendant necklace or layered delicate necklaces, jean shorts and sandals.

TANK FIT: Generous fit, wearing XSP.


summer try-on haul Madewell Gingham dress

Tie-Sleeve Dress 

You guys, this dress is so fantastic in person!  The material feels crisp and cool and lightweight, perfect on a hot summer day!  The cute tie shoulders are adjustable and it has an elasticized waist for a custom fit.  The pretty pale blue gingham is perfect for a brunch with friends, daytime party or just Summer weekend!


summer try-on haul Madewell striped dress

Striped Dress 

I love the soft pastel stripes on this colorful dress!  The color is subdued, but still snappy and fun. It has a small cutout in the front, but doesn’t show too much, espeically with the tie-front detail.


summer try-on haul cold shoulder black dress

Cold Shoulder Sheath Dress

If you have any fancy function, date night, party or wedding, you will be a knockout in this classic little black dress. And not just for summer! This dress can be worn year-round.  I adore the sweetheart neckline and the modern cutout on the sleeve. I felt like this dress slimmed in all the right places, the seaming is perfect and accentuates your figure. It also comes in bold blue.


Hope you enjoyed this dressing room and summer try-on haul! Did you find something you need for Summer?! 

P.S. Check out more dressing room try-ons here!

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. Such cute stuff! Loved the high waisted shorts and the striped dress! Even though you didn’t make it out for a walk yesterday, I bet you put in 20 minutes of cardio just chasing your two cuties around! A nap on the couch sounds like just what you needed! Sometimes it’s hard to fit everything into a day…the juggle is real!?

  2. I was right there with you yesterday when it came to working out. I strained my back the day before and just couldn’t get myself to the gym. I would have skipped doing anything if it weren’t for your challenge (a girl will do anything for a Nordstrom gift card) I made up my mind to spend 30 minutes stretching and using the roller before bed. That counts right??? It definitely helped my back feel better! BTW the jumpsuits you featured this week are adorable!

    1. That counts!!! There were lots more times this month I would’ve skipped too if it weren’t for this challenge! Hope your back is better!

  3. I just received the striped Madewell red/blue/cream tank in the mail today, to wear for the 4th of July! it will be perfect for our day at the lake with family!

  4. I love those high waisted shorts, but I’ll agree with you on the yellow top. Gives me the “vacation dad” vibe haha.

  5. So many cute outfits! I need a dressy top for the 4th and the “more twinkly little stars on this navy blouse with the neck that has sweet ruffle detail and flutter sleeves would be perfect. Can I get more information about this top? Brand name and maybe style number will help Nordstrom’s staff locate this item.
    I look forward to your reply since I need to find it before the celebration!
    Thank you – Cynthia

    1. Hi Cynthia! You can always click the link under the item and it will take you to where to shop, for that one, click “Star Top” – it’s at Loft.

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