Striped Tee – size S
This one is under $15 from H&M. It’s a crewneck made of stretchy material with a slightly loose fit that floats away from the body–perfect! That combined with the stripe width makes for the perfect basic striped tee.
One caveat is that the material is the thin kind of t-shirt material that is likely to form random holes in high-friction areas. (Like, where you stomach rubs against your desk all day everyday.) Just a warning so you know what you’re getting into! But because many tees are like this, this is also a big reason why I collect striped tees–I expect to go through them every year or so, especially with how frequently I wear them.
I have not washed this yet, so I can’t speak to shrinking. The other long sleeve H&M tee I have that is similar to this shrank a tiny bit in the wash, so if you have long arms or worry about length then beware.
I’m normally size 8 at H&M yet got this in S. Runs kinda big, IMO. Find it HERE.
I already reviewed this in an “official” outfit post (HERE), but I wanted to document it in these review posts as well for reference in the future. And, I can update you since that last post!
These are ridiculously comfortable. I thought my Saucony’s (HERE) were super comfortable, but these take the cake. I read someone say in a comment there was memory foam in the sole, which I haven’t verified is true, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. They are so stinking comfortable!
In my last post I said I bought them for walking, everyday athleisure, and strength training but was worried about running in them due to them potentially being too cushiony for me and not giving enough support. I’m happy to say that I’ve now run 2 miles in them several times and have had no support issues. That said, I still question their durability to last through heavy mileage over time. I actually love to run in these now because they are much more lightweight and streamline than my old pair of running shoes. But every time I run in them I debate about whether or not I’m okay with wearing them out quickly and potentially having to replace them in a year. Still no clear decision, but I continue to run in them, haha!
Another thing to be aware of is that the upper is knit. Several readers have said knit wouldn’t be good for the colder or wetter weather you’re in. If that’s not an issue for you and you’re looking for a pair of athleisure sneakers I would absolutely recommend these. If you want to do SERIOUS running in them, I would hesitate to recommend them to you.
I’m size 8.5 to 9 and usually 8.5 in sneakers, but 8.5s were *just* too short for me so I went with 9s. They come in other colors, and I’m constantly eyeing the grey and purple but am trying to exercise restraint to see how often I actually wish I had a second color. But gahhhh now they have a cuuuuute coral/pink too! See them HERE.
Faux Leather Jackets
After a solid 5 year stretch, my tan faux leather jacket from Forever 21, one of my favorite items in my closet, died. *sobbing emoji* It ripped an irreparable hole and caused me to eat a bunch of ice cream while I drowned myself in tears. Okay, not really. But kind of on the inside. I loved that thing! See the ways I’ve worn it for the last 5 years HERE.
The great hunt to replace it began. I would rebuy the exact same one in a heartbeat if I could. I absolutely loved the fit, how soft, flexible and easy to wear the material was, and the COLOR. It was a vibrant, brighter cognac that was more tan than brown. Those are all the things I’ve been looking for in my new jacket. Oh, and under $50 please!
BTW, all of these come in black also.
Classic Moto Jacket – size M
The color was closest to what I was looking for out of all the following jackets. Overall I actually thought it was a decent jacket, except the material just didn’t feel as good as some of the other faux leather jackets I’ll review below.
BTW, the zippers are not white–it’s the tissue paper the jacket was packaged with!
Find it HERE.
Macy’s w/ Detailed Shoulders (Plus a more classic looking version) – size L
I didn’t have any Macy’s jackets on my radar originally, but I popped into the store for something else and saw this. Of course I HAD TO try it. As you can see there was a little human running around the dressing room as I tried this on, so I didn’t get a great analysis of it. I *think* material felt almost as good as the JCPenney one above. I know it felt better than the Amazon ones. I think the detail on the shoulder gives it some nice character, but I’d still prefer a more classic one. Fortunately I saw online that there is a more classic one by the same brand HERE.
The color is more reddish and less of the darker brown than the JCPenney one, but it’s possibly more red than I’m looking for. Also, I think the JCPenney one still fit me better, and if I recall correctly the arms on this might have been quite fitted thanks to it being junior sizing. I would actually like to do a direct comparison between the JCPenney one and the classic version of this one (HERE). I’d also like to play around with the classic one with my wardrobe so I’ll be ordering it shortly.
This is from the junior’s dept so sizing is small, and I fit Large best.
Moto Jackets (not shown)
I also tried moto style jackets from JCPenney in both black and tan HERE, and while they fit fine, the zippers on the black one were very shiny. If you like that, try these! It actually looked cool, but it was a bit too much shine for me. Size S fit me the best.
Now that I have Macy’s on my radar there are several more I want to try! A fantastic black moto jacket option with some great reviews that I’ll be looking into is HERE.
If you are not picky about color, either the JCPenney or the Macy’s jackets would be great choices. The Amazon ones are fine too, but since all 4 jackets are relatively close in price I feel like you’re getting more for your money with the JCPenney or Macy’s jackets.