Denim plays a large roll in my casual lifestyle so, in order to combat boredom, I look for unique pairing, shapes, and details. I spotted some great festive looks in the Chico’s window yesterday, which I walked right past to zero in on this denim jacket. I ended up trying on several other looks so put together a mini dressing room diaries.
If you’re new here, DRD is when I go into changing rooms and try on new garments so you can see how things look on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than zero. I do take my shoes off, my hair gets trashed and the lighting is usually awful, but you’ll get an idea of what they look like.
For reference, I’m 5’4″ tall and weigh around
145 147 lbs. I have an inverted triangle silhouette with wide shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and long arms. My legs are short, but proportional from knee to foot.
I love so much about this denim jacket, I’ll start at the top. The collar and inner cuffs are faced with stretchy velveteen in a soft dusty blue, perfect for folding up, which I love to do. The collar has crystal and blue tone beads embellishing the front so you can pop the collar easily. The back has four verticle seams that shape it to your figure.
Here’s a closeup from the website which still, does not do it justice! I am wearing a size 0 (4/6) which fits me better than a 1 (8/10 so it does run large. The fabric is softer and stretchier than most denim so you can size down and still be comfortable. I seldom button my denim jackets but can even in the smaller size.
Here’s the jacket over what I wore into the store. You can see how much longer my legs look with my shirt tucked in. If you’re not comfortable doing a full tuck, a half-tuck gives the same proportion from the front.
I love the elegance of column dressing in pale neutrals. With a great necklace and tonal shoes, this polished look could take you to work, then dinner and the theater with ease. Because it’s collarless, I’d add longer earrings to fill the gap. It comes in three colors in regular and petite. I’m wearing a regular 0 (4/6), in Deep Cedar which fits, so I suggest you size down. The mock neck tank comes in the same 3 colors as the jacket. I’m wearing a size 1 (8/10) which fits, so it runs true to size.
These so slimming pants have a seam down the back of each leg which is very slimming. They’re available in 4 colors, in regular, short, tall and petite. I have no idea what the difference is between short and petite, nor can I find it explained on the website. I’m wearing a 4 regular which is too snug and long, but the 8 was too large so I suspect the petite would fit me better.
I love this little moto jacket. It has a denim jacket vibe because of the buttons, flap pockets, and cropped shape. It’s a cotton, rayon, spandex blend with lots of stretch. It comes in this vibrant claret or navy velveteen. Both colors are rich and saturated. I am wearing a regular 0 (4/6) which is too small for me but they’re selling out so fast, this is all they had in store!
I styled it with this no-iron mini cheetah print shirt. Again, they’re selling fast so all I could find was this 0 (4/6), which is too tight. I ordinarily wear a 1 (8/10) in Chico’s tops and I needed that here too. I love no-iron everything so could easily add this to my wardrobe. These are the So Slimming Girlfriend Jeans in deep indigo. These have no distressing or fading so can look quite dressy…if you ever consider jeans dressy.
Here Are Some of Chico’s Holiday Looks
Will you be dressing up for the holidays?
Thanks for reading and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.
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