Happy Wednesday everyone! I recently discovered a pretty cool new program that one of my favorite brands, ABLE, is offering… a try before you buy program. I actually think this is pretty genius, especially in the sustainable fashion realm as the price points are generally higher. And while I love ABLE as a brand, if I’m being honest, I often think that the quality of their clothing doesn’t really translate on their website. Almost always, it’s taken ordering something and seeing it in person for me to really see how beautiful it is. Their new program allows you to try out a few things (up to 8) before committing to a purchase and that’s the perfect way to see things for what they really are… making a decision a lot easier!
SO. I gave it a try! I ordered six things to try on, and I’m going to share those pieces with you guys today. I’m only planning on keeping one thing and I’ll let you know what that is as I take you through each piece!
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A little sneak peak at what I’ll be trying on for you guys!
Piece #1: Jansen Popover Blouse in Tan & White Strip, Size XS
This is the top that spurred me getting on the ABLE website and discovering the try before you buy in the first place… I’ve been eyeing this top for awhile now so it was a no brainer for the first to cart. It reminds me SO much of the Doen Jane Blouse. It’s a very sheer, billowy top and I love the subtle stripe print and the ruffle at the sleeve. The 100% cotton voile is very soft and the quality is just as good as the Doen version. I find it runs big so I’d definitely size down. While I do really love this top, ultimately it’s too close to my Jane blouse for me to justify purchasing it. But for anyone that can’t justify the $150 price tag of the Doen version, this $68 option is a lot more palatable.
Pieces #2 and #3: Erna Smocked Blouse in Watercolor Floral, Size S and Harper Tiered Maxi Skirt in Watercolor Floral, Size XS
This is a beautiful set! I really love the idea of a two piece set as opposed to a dress as it offers a lot more versatility, and this is the first one I’ve tried. I was really impressed with the quality on this one. It’s made of the same cotton voile as the first top, which is a nice change from the synthetic fabrics that a lot of these sets come in. It’s lightweight, breezy and so, so soft. I love that the smocked top is made this way because I often find smock tops to irritate my skin if I wear them all day. This one is so soft that it prevents that problem… it also fits so incredibly well. It’s not tight or restricting at all and it’s the perfect length… I could scrunch it up a bit to do a peek of skin or I can keep it pulled down like I have it to really give the illusion of a one piece. I did go with my larger of two sizes as well and I think that gives it that extra bit of comfort. The skirt is also so comfortable to wear and with both pieces, I love the pretty yellow floral print. I went with my smaller size in the skirt and it fits perfectly in the waist so I’d recommend doing the same. I’m so torn on this set… I really, really love it but I told myself I’d only keep one piece and I absolutely fell in love with something else. Maybe I’ll revisit this set later this summer.
Piece #4: Nico Swing Dress in Tan Gingham, Size S
This was the only piece I was slightly disappointed in, but probably only because I had such high expectations for it… this was the piece I was sure I was going to keep when I placed the order. And it is a beautiful dress, but I just don’t love the fit on me. It’s made of 100% cotton so it’s a really nice, breathable fabric for summer, and it’s lightweight enough that the long sleeves wouldn’t be out of the question on really hot days. I love the dropped, puff sleeves, the buttons at the neckline, and the seam across the chest… but the length just threw it all off for me. Admittedly, I’m not a big mini dress fan so that could be the problem, but I do tend to like my mini dresses a few inches shorter as I find them a bit more flattering when they don’t hit right at knee length. I went with my bigger size, which is what I always do with mini dresses or skirts. Sadly, this one did not work out and will be going back.
Piece #5: Zelda A-Line Dress in Blue Fog, Size XS
This is a really beautiful dress, but it ended up being a lot dressier in real life than I thought it would be. In fact, this would make a beautiful dress for a summer wedding, baby shower, wedding shower, etc. It’s made of a cotton, modal, spandex mix so it’s very stretchy and buttery soft… and that neckline is stunning! I love that the straps are wider so you can wear a regular bras with it, and the flared skirt is so feminine and pretty… and that pale blue color is one of my favorite colors to wear. This dress would be so pretty with a pair of white or raffia heels. I went with an XS, which was the right decision as the stretch does make it run a bit big. Ultimately I decided to send this one back as I don’t have any events coming up and I don’t think I’d get as much use out of this one.
Piece #6: Whitney Sandal in White, Size 9
And we have a winner folks! As soon as I saw these sandals I was in love. They are the prettiest sandals in real life, and the quality on these is stunning. It’s funny because, these were the last thing I thought I’d keep… I threw these into my cart last minute to have some shoes to try on with all of the clothing pieces I’d chosen. But these are so beautiful that it was kind of a no brainer! I love the etching on the buckles, the stitching at the sole and the white, silver, and tan color palette. They are obviously very reminiscent of a Birkenstock sandal and the fit very similarly, but those added touches make them a bit dressier. The leather is beautifully done and I found them to be very comfortable right out of the gate (I’ve already worn them ha!) with only a tiny bit of rubbing (but no blisters). These are definitely going to be a staple for me this summer! I took my true size and they fit perfectly… I especially appreciate the adjustable straps for my narrow feet.
Well that’s everything I have for you guys today! This was a fun one for me to do today… I’m thinking I may have to make this a seasonal post as it’s a fun way to try out their new releases without committing. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Until next time,
P.S. I did a little Gap try on last week if you want to take a peek!