Two pieces caught my eye from Alala’s September product drop: the twist back tank and fractal tee, both in poseidon. I was a little unsure about how sizing would work out, but there’s only one way to find out!! Here’s a quick review of each.
Fractal tee in poseidon
The fractal tee has been a recurring style in Alala’s lineup for a couple seasons now. I thought it would be a versatile, laid back layer for fall. I love the new poseidon color–it’s a beautiful deep blue, as the name suggests.
I ordered the fractal tee in size XS. Some of Alala’s pieces run on the smaller side of XS, which is good for me since I often need an XXS (especially for tops). The fractal tee is also cut very loose through the body, which means that sizing doesn’t need to be exact anyway.
I like the fact that the fitted sleeves help balance the relaxed look of the loose-fitting body. As is the case with many Alala styles, be aware that the sleeves are cut on the slim side. I tend to need a slimmer cut in the sleeves, so they fit me perfectly. The fabric is stretchy, though, so it shouldn’t be constricting unless you have ultra buff arms. :)
Speaking of sleeves, I also like the raw edge mesh at the cuffs. They echo the mesh insert on the upper back.
The hem is longer in the back, with a slight bit of contouring.
Oddly, the website lists the fractal tee as being made of polyester, but the tag on mine says tactel (which is a special type of nylon). It feels like tactel, so I’m guessing it’s just an error on Alala’s site. I love tactel, it’s really soft and comfy.
Overall, the fit on the fractal tee is a bit looser than I usually go for, but I’ve been liking looser silhouettes lately, especially paired with skinnies/leggings and ankle boots. So, I’m going to take a little bit of a risk and keep this one.
Twist back tank in poseidon
Next up, more poseidon! My tank collection has felt a bit plain lately, so I wanted to switch things up with a different style. This is definitely something totally different from the other tanks I own, and I also liked the idea of layering it over a long sleeve for colder weather.
The twist back tank is cut long, covering almost the whole bum. For me, it was a bit too long to wear with shorts and definitely looks better with crops/tights. I got the XS, again in hopes it would run a bit small and/or that the cut would work. This isn’t necessarily supposed to be a form-fitting top, but it’s definitely especially loose on me. If you take your normal size, it will probably look slightly more fitted on you, but still not skin tight. Contrary to my hopes, this style seems to run true to size in my opinion, not small.
You could theoretically wear it higher at the top of the hip, but this makes it pooch a bit and generally looked kind of funny on me. It seemed to stay in place well when worn long, though.
The twist back tank is made of a polyester blend. Normally I don’t love poly, but Alala’s poly is very soft–you wouldn’t guess it’s poly. Still, I wouldn’t have complained if this was tactel instead. :)
The armholes are cut generously and showed a bit of my energy bra.
The twist accent is layered over mesh at the back shoulders. The hood is a nice touch, too. I love the look of the tank from the back.
Unfortunately, something about the proportions just weren’t working for me. Although it looks great from the back, the front just looks off to me. The way it frames my bust and waist combined with the long fit creates a shape that I found a bit odd on me. When I laid this flat, I noticed that it is not nipped in at the waist at all, and instead widens toward the bottom to accommodate the hips due to the longer length. If a size down was available (i.e., my true size), I would definitely have tried that instead. On top of the odd proportions, it’s also very pricey for a tank (it costs more than the fractal tee!) so the pressure was on for this to be a “love” instead of “like”. Ultimately, I couldn’t see myself reaching for it, so this one will be going back. Ah, well.
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