Dressing Room Diaries-Sweaters Galore

Dressing Room Diaries-Sweaters Galore

This week’s dressing room diary is in one of my readers’ favorite stores. Most of Loft’s clothes are available in regular and petite with a smaller amount in plus and tall size. Loft is having an amazing sale right now so it’s a great time to shop. Dressing Room Diaries is when I go into a store and try on new merchandise so you can see how they look on a woman over 25 and larger than a size zero. I’m not shopping for me, although I do occasionally find some goodies that are too good to pass up.

One of the takeaways from this post is; don’t limit yourself to one size category because a better fit may be in another group. For reference, I’m 5’4″ and 143+ pounds. I have an inverted triangle silhouette with broad shoulders and straight hips. Here we go…

These faux suede pants are intended to be a slim fit, but this is one size too large for me. They’re also available in petite. I prefer this length pant on one that has a straight leg. They fit well and are soft as butter. I gravitated to this sweater because of the bobbles. It fits true to size and is also available in a warm camel. I’m wearing a regular medium.

These cords are super soft and stretchy, available in tons of colors. I’m wearing a 10 regular above and a 10 petite below. The petite has a much narrower leg so I prefer the regular for me. The sweater has a nice marled texture and is longer in the back so it would be great over skinny pants or leggings. I’m wearing a medium in regular so it fits true to size.

Here’s the same sweater in large, regular which swims on me. It also comes in a sunny yellow color. Chunky sweaters are on-trend this fall and since this one is mostly cotton, it’s not heavy and won’t feel as hot as wool.

This long pocket cardigan is so classic. It’s available in regular, petite and plus. This is the emerald color and it also comes in pale gray or black. As I look at this picture, I wonder why it didn’t come home with me. I’m wearing a regular in medium and like this length. It runs true to size.

A great little knit dress that could dress up or be worn with black tights, flat booties, and a denim jacket. It’s machine washable and available in regular, petite, and tall. This is a medium in regular so it fits true to size. I’d choose the regular because I have a long torso and the shaping hits my waist at the correct spot.

gray topcoat from Loft shown in petite and regular

double-breasted coat / regular on left – petite on right

I love this classic coat. Its styling is timeless and looks very polished. I’m wearing a medium in regular on the left and it swamps me. The petite medium on the right is a perfect fit so it runs a little large. It’s also available in plus.

This is the year of the sweater duster and Loft has some great ones. The color is deep charcoal which I don’t think has been uploaded to their website yet. I linked it to the duster in other colors. I’m wearing a regular in medium and love the dramatic length. It’s a bit big on me so it runs large. These leggings are not my favorite in this pale color. The length is right in the 10 petite, but the thighs are too snug on me. I’d prefer the 10 regular which has is slightly fuller through the thighs and still maintains a high rise. The sweater is really soft, comes in 4 colors, and is lower hip length on me in regular.

These skinny pants fit really well. They’re a slightly heavier weight with lots of stretch and available in modern (straight) or curvy cut. They’re cotton, polyester, and spandex. I’m not into utility anything but they call this a utility blouse. Go figure. It’s the prettiest shade of blush. I’m wearing a regular in a medium so it runs true to size. The long blazer is too long on me in this small regular, so based on the sleeve length I would be better in the petite and go up to a 6. This is way too snug on me. Long blazers are on-trend this fall and not just for the tall ladies amoung us.

This chenille sweater is super soft and cozy. It’s chunky cropped style is very popular this fall. I’m wearing a regular medium so with my long torso, I wouldn’t even consider the petite for me. This is a soft green and it’s also available in a vibrant grape color. The jeans came home with me, which is saying a lot because I seldom buy jeans on my first trip. They have the same great fit as all Loft pants but they’re made from 7% certified recycled polyester (equivalent to two recycled plastic bottles*!) Imagine that, helping the planet and great jeans. I’m wearing a 10 petite.

I’m seeing more and more shoes, and garments made from recycled plastic bottles which is a wonderful idea. I have one pair of shoes made from it and a pair of booties on the way to me.

Have you bought clothes or shoes made from recycled plastic?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.


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  1. MRSBEN1
    October 25, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    Re sizing; excellent advice Jennifer! I think my favourite on you is the blue denim, skinny jeans. -|Brenda-
    P.S.: Picked up a textured lightweight long scarf at all places; a 2nd-hand store just the other day which actually resembles the green you are featuring in the LPC.

    • October 25, 2019 / 6:32 pm

      Lucky you!! Way to go Brenda.

  2. Carmen
    October 24, 2019 / 4:55 pm

    So many great looks you have put together – the emerald on you is awesome, as are many of the pants/skinny jeans, along with several of the SHORT yummy bulky sweaters. Please — lose the long jackets and classic coat. The classic coat – although you love it – is not becoming because it’s not a good body fit.
    Just because long jackets are IT this year does not mean we need to accept!! Myself, being at/under the petite mark, I will not wear anything but a short jacket because it just does not work with my short frame/short legs – regardless of fashion dictates.
    Always – appreciate that you explore for us and find very cool stuff for us to consider.

  3. JoAnn
    October 24, 2019 / 4:29 pm

    Whoa! Your hair looks great!

    • October 24, 2019 / 7:39 pm

      It was a good hair day:D. Thank you. I wish every day was as good

  4. Sharon
    October 24, 2019 / 2:35 pm

    I too love the emerald cardigan! Dressing Room Diaries is always my favorite post that you do. Makes me want to go shopping. I’ll have to try out Loft’s recycled jeans. Thanks for all your work!

  5. Lois Williams
    October 24, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    While Loft is not my store, just not enough tall styles, you certainly found some great outfits. Love the faux suede pants and cords especially. That’s a lot of work trying on all those clothes!

    • October 24, 2019 / 7:30 pm

      I do it for my readers. It’s so hard to see what clothes look like on a model

  6. Linda
    October 24, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    You look gorgeous int he emerald sweater.

    • October 24, 2019 / 7:25 pm

      Thank you! I just ordered it;)

  7. Julia
    October 24, 2019 / 11:53 am

    The dress looks so cute on you! Perfect fit! Your hair is beautiful! How are you obtaining the fullness and the lift. I need all the help I can get with my hair.

  8. Michele
    October 24, 2019 / 11:51 am

    Half of my closet is clothing from Loft. I shop during all of their great sales.

  9. Karen
    October 24, 2019 / 11:43 am

    Loft is the only place I can find jeans to fit me. I wear an 8 curvy have have bought both the regular & petite lengths for different reasons. I need to make a trip out to Walnut Creek soon!

  10. Linda
    October 24, 2019 / 9:19 am

    Just started shopping at Loft and it is my new favorite store. Very much on trend even for seniors. You look fantastic in that emerald green color!

  11. Eve
    October 24, 2019 / 8:35 am

    I don’t normally buy green but that emerald cardigan is to die for. Love the pockets. I think I’d like all these sweaters especially the chunky but I really like a V neck. You should definitely buy the emerald sweater. It looks so good on you.

  12. Jane
    October 24, 2019 / 8:31 am

    Wow! You NEED the polka dot sweater and striped dress. Both made your already slim waist look tiny. I’m thinking knee high boots are in your future…

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