Happy Friday ladies and welcome to dressing room diaries. The malls aren’t deserted because people are worried about the coronavirus, but they certainly are emptier than usual. For dressing room diaries this week I went American classic all the way with a very affordable brand.
If you’re new here, DRD is when I go into stores and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman larger than a size 2 and older than 25. For reference, I’m 5’4″ tall and weigh 147+ pounds. I have broad shoulders and narrow straight hips with a long torso.
A bright begonia pink blazer enticed me into the store. Unfortunately, it had already enticed others in because there wasn’t anything close to my size to try on for you, so I picked up the white. This blazer runs a bit small or I ate more date shakes than I thought in Palm Springs. I’m wearing a 12 regular which fits really well. It’s available in petite online. Its classic styling is the sort of jacket you’d have for years. I may order the petite to see if I prefer the length.
The gingham shirt is bright begonia pink, 100% cotton. I’m wearing a large in regular which fits well. This is a best selling staple for them and available in 2 other colors of gingham, solids, and stripes. This gorgeous color was not in the store but I found it online and had to order it. The high-rise skinny jeans are a fun light vintage wash that I’m seeing a lot of this spring. It’s a nice change from all the dark denim I’ve been wearing. They have plenty of stretch and are very comfy. I’m wearing a 30 which is par for the course based on my vacation dining.
These wide-leg jeans fit really well, I thought they were crops but they’re not. They have 26″ inseam so are too long to look cropped on me but too short to work as full length. I love the fit so much I considered hemming them up because they don’t come in petite. I’m wearing a size 30. The long sleeve striped tee is a great fitting classic that comes in 3 color colors. I’m wearing the navy in large. There are gold-toned buttons on the shoulders. It’s longer than you see because I folded the hem under…which I do often to get the right proportion for my body.
There’s no surprise that J. Crew Factory makes cotton knit sweater blazers very similar to the ones in regular J Crew. The surprise is that they’re very nice and a fraction of the cost. They still run very large, so size down. I’m wearing a small. It comes in multiple other colors here. The classic cotton shirt is the same shape as the gingham one above. I brought it home with me because, for $35.50, it’s a great buy. These high-rise jeans have a subtle pale blue and white striped. A nice change for spring.
Another cotton cardigan in a super wearable pattern that’s machine washable. I’m wearing a medium and the sizes go up to 3X. In fact, there’s a sign in the dressing room to let you know that they carry “petite, tall, suiting and extended sizing plus on-line exclusives”.
This cotton sweater came in several colors but the barley pink was so perfect with the chinos I couldn’t resist. I’m wearing a medium that fits perfectly so it runs true to size. The sweater is a great length These cotton/elastane chinos are another best seller for J. Crew Factory. I’m wearing an 8 regular which fits perfectly. They’re wider through the hip than I need but I don’t mind them a bit loose for when the weather heats up. They come in 7 colors in regular and petite. I love this head to toe soft color for spring.
I wore the wrinkled chambray shirt and leopard belt into the store. The pearl hoops are exactly what I’ve been looking for and at 40% off, they are less than $12! They weight next to nothing which is mandatory for me. I have no intention of stressing my aging earlobes with heavy earrings. They make a smaller size here.
I’m thrilled to discover that J. Crew Factory is a great option for classic clothes with a modern twist at amazing prices.
Do you shop there?
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.