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When You Think You Can’t Pull Off Certain Trends And Then Maybe You Can? We Test Some ‘Best Sellers’

I feel like I know ‘what is me’ which is different than what I like or think is cool on other people. And while I’m still down to experiment, with covid and the fact that I never leave the house I’m not exactly trying out new trends this year. So Urban Outfitters wanted me to try some of their ‘best sellers’ and as I opened the box there were only a few that I felt like were ‘me’, and you guys would have known it. So instead of trying to ‘pull them off,’ I enlisted Mal and Veronica to try them on, as they are far more into the ’90s trend than I am. You should know that this was shot before the spike, and we tested before shooting and wore masks all day. There is a twist to this story, so keep reading.

Sweater | Boots | Jeans (similar) | Socks

So first is the “what I did love and thought was ‘me'” category – that sweater and those boots. Those boots are really chunky and I didn’t think I would love them but guess what guys… I DO. Plus I’ve worn them four times since I got them and love that they have a heel (but it’s a platform so it’s more comfortable). Also up here there is ice on the street and sure, I have snow boots, but there might be a time soon where I want to look cute in the winter without falling. The sweater has a really pretty balloon arm and is super cozy. It is cropped so I have to wear high waisted jeans, and I like skinnies with this to offset the crop. I love it and it’s a great cozy holiday sweater.

Puffer Jacket | Beanie | Jeans (similar)

I also love this super puffy cropped jacket and what you can’t see is that around the sleeves and the waist it has elastic that keeps breezes from coming in. It’s lined with a soft cotton and is VERY warm. I liked it with the skinny jeans and chunky boots, to balance it out. Also a cute beanie.

Onto the rest of the pieces. So I gave Mal and Veronica a budget to pull together some outfits. She chose this cute little school-girl skirt and super soft cropped sweater, with similar boots.

Pleated Mini Skirt | Cropped Cardigan | Boots

It looked SO CUTE on her, and after her photo I joked that I could never pull it off and it would be fun to show the audience that. After I put it on we were all shocked that while it’s definitely not ‘me’ it actually was pretty cute on and I didn’t look nearly as ridiculous as I thought I would.

Pleated Mini Skirt | Cropped Cardigan | Boots

Goes to show that age is just a number and even though Mal and I are almost 20 years apart you are never too old for any style (and indeed I did feel much younger and fun). There was a decent amount of breeze going on – between that tiny skirt and the cropped top, but y’all, we both felt pretty darn cute in this outfit.

Cropped Hoodie | Jeans | Chelsea Boots

Next Veronica tried this cropped blue hoodie which I thought was cute, but I have SO MANY cozy jackets and I know that she loves this color. Pre-covid, at work, she would wear the coolest brightest cobalt blue eyeliner and I knew that she could pull it off (and yes, those are the same boots). She looked very cute.

Cropped Hoodie | Jeans | Chelsea Boots

I tried it on and really liked it, too, but I let her keep it since I don’t want more jackets up here because I literally go nowhere and it was just more ‘her’.

Mom Jeans | Cropped Cardigan | High Top Converse

Here Mal tried these mom jeans with the same top and looked SO CUTE. I on the other hand, ha, well you’ll see …

Mom Jeans | Cropped Cardigan | High Top Converse

That is not an ‘I feel good in this’ look. The thing about ‘mom jeans’ is that the cut (high waisted, flat butted) can often enhance any mom-pooch you might have. And listen, no shame in my pooch game, but I’m certainly not that interested in enhancing it. But then Mal pointed out that it’s not the cut, it’s the length of my torso which is indeed short. Most high waisted pants have been historically hard for me, and now I know why – it’s the short torso (and that’s ok, and why I wear so many short skirts and skinny jeans – the long legs). So needless to say she kept these ones.

Balloon Sleeve Sweater | Sparkle Mini Skirt | Chelsea Boots

V wanted to try a dressier more cocktail looks which I thought was super fun and flattering. She said the sweater is really soft, and we loved the proportions of the boxy sweater with the mini skirt. We ran out of time for me to try this one, but she did a good enough job modeling it that we didn’t need me, too.

Crop Top | Trousers | Chelsea Boots (similar) | Necklace | Earrings

These girls love a crop top (and there are certainly a lot to choose from on the Urban site). But with those high waisted and pleated pants it looks SO CUTE. It’s a sort of menswear/schoolgirl look that is very trendy right now and she said it was very comfortable.

THIS ONE CRACKS ME UP…

Jumpsuit | Chelsea Boots

Mal tried on this jumpsuit which she LOVED and looks super cute in. I said there was no way it would look good on me, as it is VERY form-fitting and tight. She claimed that it was thick and yet stretchy which can be more forgiving and once I put it on she was RIGHT. It is super soft, fitted, and yet forgiving. It’s actually a great ‘around the house jumpsuit’. Would I wear it all the time? Nah. But she is going to and she LOVES it.

And here are all of our pieces in one place:

So there you go. Some I love, some they love, all from Urban Outfitters. If you want to know what to get your mid-20s sister, daughter, niece, or granddaughter these two will tell you that the ’90s trends at Urban are where it’s at. πŸ™‚

*This post is sponsored by Urban Outfitters. Thanks for supporting the brands that support EHD.
**Photography by Veronica Crawford

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Ellen Feeney
4 months ago

Love this fashion post. You nailed it with who was wearing what and the background for each outfit was perfect.
It was so interesting to see how the same clothes look so different on different people. I would love to see more of this type of thing.

Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Ellen Feeney

Thanks Ellen!! Noted. We had so much fun doing it!

Lisa
4 months ago

This was so fun!! What a great idea πŸ™‚ I call for a repeat if multiple people photo shoots ever become a thing again!! (and so heartening to hear that you are being conscientous <3) I want like all of Veronicas outfits she looked soooo cool in them – especially loved the pleated pants with the crop top. I can't/won't shop at UO since I don't live in the US, but this was great inspiration!!! I also now immediately want a glittery skirt… time to get creative πŸ™‚

4 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

Lisa! thanks so much, you’re so sweet. we had such a blast pulling these looks together. a sparkly skirt with some tights would be perfect for the holidays if you are somewhere cold πŸ™‚ i’ve worn those plaid pants probably every day since this shoot β€” they are that comfy!!

Rusty
4 months ago

90s ain’t really my thang!
I also gave a short waist (thanks Danish genes) so high waisted digs my ribs, in a bad way, if I try to sit down!
But… I love the puffer jacket, beanies, socks, earrings and boots!

Great idea for seeing how the same things look different on different bodies. More of this please.

Carly
4 months ago

Veronica in the plaid pants and crop top! Such a cute look.

Also love the red sweater on you, Emily, red is your colour. I have similar colouring and just bought a red blouse yesterday inspired by you! It has a deep v, puffy sleeves, and waist tie so it sort of fits your blouse rules πŸ˜…

4 months ago
Reply to  Carly

thanks, Carly πŸ™‚

Patricia
4 months ago

Fun read. More of this please! Post vaccine of course for safety.

Jane
4 months ago

God, I was in the 90s first time around when we were dressing in 70s fashion!
Weird

Sarah
4 months ago

The resemblance between Em & Mal is …striking!

4 months ago
Reply to  Sarah

πŸ˜‚ the amount of double-taking i did while editing is actually hilarious

Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sarah

It’s almost scary hahaha

Eliot
4 months ago

This started off with a sisterhood of the traveling pants energy–I would have loved to see each outfit on each person. In part because I’m wondering if a high-waisted pleated pant could work on *anyone* (e.g. me) or if Veronica is just the kind of unicorn who can pull it off.

4 months ago
Reply to  Eliot

hahah i really took a leap with those pants not knowing if they would look how i wanted, but i’m a big high-waist gal, and they turned out to be great, so i say go for it πŸ™‚

Lisa N
4 months ago

I think your torso length makes a huge difference with mom jeans. I am about Emily’s age BUT have a very long torso and am team mom jeans for life. πŸ˜‚

Lisa
4 months ago

You are all gorgeous, and the outfits are cute, but Veronica in the “cocktail” one absolutely slays me! Perfect!

Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

it slays me too!! she killed it with these looks!

nic
4 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

that was my favourite,too … such a great balance ..

4 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

ahh! thank you, Lisa!! xx

Sarah M.
4 months ago

UO has some great pieces, both for home and fashion. I feel like this post was a missed opportunity to feature a round-up.

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