For reference, I’m 5’6″, usually 6 or S/M on top with a short torso, and 6/8 on bottom.
Long Sleeve Swing Dress
A bit ago I reviewed THIS purple swing dress (review HERE) saying that my normal sizes S/M both fit awkwardly, but I LOVED the dress once I sized up to L. These long sleeved versions are available this season (HERE), so I tried them in different sizes and L won again. Here’s the M to L comparison:
The Medium wasn’t as awkward of a fit as the short sleeved version, but it is noticeably shorter. I much prefer the proportions with the length of the Large. Also, I just like slightly looser fitting clothes these days, so there’s that. 🙂
I just can’t choose between colors! I tried maroon, teal, and grey. The maroon is way more muted than I thought it’d be, though it’s not bad. Just different than what I expected. I love both the teal and grey. I got these on sale, but I’m still trying to figure out if I’d use both differently or would always reach for one over the other. Decisions!
The material feels *slightly* thinner than the short sleeved version. Or maybe it’s just my imagination! Also, the grey was slightly shorter in the same size, though not as short as the next size down. Not sure if it was just the one I received or if that’s true of all the grey ones.
I have a cargo jacket I love, but since I’m constantly asked about cargo jackets I ordered these simply to try. I tried both S and M, and both fit pretty well. The Small fit snugly, but not tight, if that makes sense. Like, it fit perfectly. However, I wouldn’t be able to layer a long sleeve under it. I’m wearing small above.
This is the Medium, which I prefer. It also seems fitted, but there is more room in the sleeves and in the shoulders. It’s also slightly longer.
The hem is kind of curved, so it’s shorter in the back than in the front, which you can see in the pictures. I don’t like or dislike that but thought it was worth noting. I feel like it helps flatter my wider hips by giving shape to that area so the jacket naturally flares out. I like the gold hardware, and the drawstrings at both the waist and around the bottom hem allow you to give the jacket shape that specifically fits your curves. That’s a nice feature.
The bust seems to be pretty roomy but still seems to fit fine on someone like me with a smaller chest. However, while I have a smaller chest I have wider shoulders, I don’t know how the roomy top would be for someone with a smaller chest and narrower shoulders.
It feels pretty thin, but the cargo jacket I own (seen HERE) seems just as thin. It holds some structure but isn’t stiff, which is nice.
I liked it, and if I were looking for a cargo jacket this would be a good option. However, I’d definitely get it on sale, but also ASAP if you want one. These things sell out QUICKLY. I said this back on August 26th when it was fully stocked, about one week ago, and XS and S are sold out now. DO NOT HESITATE. Just order and decide at home and return for FREE by mail. (Yay Old Navy for free returns now!)
A reader said they tried this one and the linen one (HERE) and went with the linen one as it was even softer, which I assume molds better to your body. I haven’t tried the linen one though, so I have no idea how it feels.
That’s all for now! Have a great weekend!