Dressing Room Diaries- All American Classic

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.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life in dressing room wearing casual outfit of pink gingham shirt, pale blue skinny jeans ans white blazer
linen-cotton blazer / gingham shirt / high-rise skinny jeans

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.

Jennifer Connolly from A Well Styled Life wearing striped tee and wide legged crops from J Crew Factory
striped button-shoulder top / high-rise wide-leg jeans

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.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing mint sweater blazer over white shirt and striped jeans
sweater jacket / white cotton shirt / high-rise striped jeans

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.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing leapoard cardigan over white shirt and blue jeans
leopard cardigan / white cotton shirt / high-rise skinny blue jeans

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”.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing pink cotton sweater and chino's at J Crew factory
textured cotton sweater / high-rise girlfriend cotton chino’s

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.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing pearl hoop earrings, denim shirt and leopard belt
pearl hoops / chambray shirt / leopard belt

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.



  1. My two cents worth; hope you purchased the barely pink outfit Jennifer as it looks amazing on you.

  2. I am finding the prices higher on items than the ones you stated, namely the sweater and pearl earrings. I did not see a code or coupon to use. Thanks!

    1. The 40% off shows on the items when you put them in your shopping cart.

  3. This is off the subject but I had to tell you. I have pretty limp hair and have been using Southern Belle mousse and something else from Dry Bar with good success. Then I needed a travel size and they didn’t have it. I googled your blog in the store and bought the Kenra Dry Texture spray and some dry shampoo. The Kenra is awesome! In Louisiana anyway. The problem was we went to Mexico City with 10% humidity and I had to balance conditioner, which I never use, with the dry texture spray. It worked but took a couple days to get the amounts right and not washing my hair every day. We travel all the time and it’s a constant balancing act. I’m getting a haircut tomorrow from a strange salon. So stressful. All the problems in the world and I’m so concerned about my hair! Thanks for your help.

    1. If our hair looks bad, our confidence can take a real hit. So while it may not be world problems, it sure is important! Good luck Nancy.

  4. Oh dear, didn’t know JCrew had factory store! More trouble for me to get into. I put the sweater jacket in the copper color and the Pearl earrings in my shopping bag! ?

    1. You can’t help but love these earrings. They’re awesome.

  5. I keep seeing the word barley applied to colors. Barley pink just sounds so MS Marple English. I love this sweater and pants. I’ve been doing neutral for so long that I just crave pretty color for Spring. I hope you bought that outfit. You look beautiful in it.

  6. patricia mccall says:

    where did you buy the necklace?

    1. My husband bought me the coin in Italy many years ago. I hang it on a simple Davin Yurman chain.

  7. I love every piece although the long sweaters would not work. This is one of my favorite drds.

  8. Love J Crew Factory. I have many go to pieces from there and always stop in when I’m in town. Sadly thee isn’t one in our town.

  9. Joyce Reardon says:

    Love all
    Of these Jennifer. I do enjoy your blog!! So glad I found it!

  10. Francesca says:

    Thank you for sharing Jennifer and sending sunshine!!
    I am thrilled with the prices at J Crew Factory; they have a blue striped shirt online which is just fantastic and so much cheaper than other stores. Love the gingham shirts too! And the gorgeous pink shirt you mentioned, had to get it! I was looking at a pink shirt from another brand and it was so much more….
    Have a lovely weekend.

    1. Have a great weekend Francesca. I bought that blue striped shirt too!

  11. Thanks for showing us these J Crew fashions. You look great in everything! I’m hitting the outlet stores tomorrow so will check out the selections in our local store. Spring is in the air here with close to 70 degree temps!

  12. Kay:

    I love how you do these different dressing room looks. I just have one thing I would ask when you do these and that is suggest what shoes you would wear with each look. Now I don’t expect to show all these shoe looks just suggest.

    I tend to be fashion dysfunctional so I need all the help I can get to put myself together.

  13. Violet L O'Brien says:

    Love the way you look in all of these outfits. I feel so comfortable with you and can relate to you in the fact that I like the same kind of clothes. Really enjoy receiving your ideas and your down to earth friendliness. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  14. Love – Love – Love this post. Thanks for sharing your dressing room experiences! It’s a great help to see the clothes on a real women !

  15. I wish I could go shopping with you! I have spent a frustrating 2 weeks shopping for my 50th high school reunion!! Really wanted to shop local, but I’ve ended up ordering a bunch of stuff online. My number one choice I ordered in both small and medium so I can decide on the best fit. My goal is to look so fabulous that the boy who did not ask me to the prom and broke my 17 yo heart will regret that decision!

    I also learned an important lesson after spending $90 on a pair of slacks from Chico’s. They fit me perfectly in the store but about an hour after wearing them, they had stretched out so much I was literally holding them up by the waistband. Then the hems came completely out on the first washing. The sales associates at Talbots told me go down one size with their slacks and jeans because they stretch like crazy too! It is not fair men don’t have to put up with this nonsense!!

    1. I love your goal;) The trick with spandex is having enough to spring back into shape but not so much that it strangles you. I had that happen to me with a pair of pants from J Jill. I was so annoyed!

  16. I do shop at J. Crew Factory and have been consistently impressed with their selection and prices! A few weeks ago I bought a gorgeous black velvet blazer during one of JCF’s online sales – the price was amazing. I was thrilled to snag it as they didn’t have many sizes available but my size fortunately was.

  17. Love the chinos and sweater. Great look

  18. Doris Harding says:

    Love all these Spring fashions..and they look great on you as well…Thanks for the show!

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