Happy Sunday ladies. I have a multi-store dressing room diaries this week because most stores didn’t have their new collections on the floor yet.
DRD is when I go into stores to try new garments on so you can see how they look on a woman over 25 and larger than a size 2. I give sizing intel when possible, along with styling and color options. My hair gets trashed and many things are in the wrong size, but you’ll get an idea of what’s out there.
My first stop was Banana Republic. My local one has very few petite garments in store so I have to shop them online.
They had these stretch cotton & linen pants in 2P or 12P. I couldn’t get my leg in the 2 so these are the 12P which are way too large, so they run true to size. The rise is quite high in the petite and the cotton/ linen feels substantial. I went home to order my size and found they’re selling out quickly. Both in-store and online. The sales lady was wearing them in this blue and white stripe which is fabulous. There was nothing in store for me to try on so I’ve ordered them. They’re back ordered until June 4 which is right about when it will be heating up here. I’m wearing them with a linen tank with buttons up the back. I was surprised to like this coral color on me. I’m wearing a petite medium which is too small for me. The armhole is quite short, so this runs a bit small.
I added this classic linen-cotton jacket for a Saturday Night Fever vibe. There’s something so fresh about a white suit and it’s very wearable in a casual fabric. What’s intelligent about this blazer is that they’ve lined it with a stretchable lining fabric. Too often I find a stretch jacket that’s lined with a fabric that does not stretch! #fail This is super comfy because it really moves with your body. It’s also available in black and runs true to size. I’m wearing a 10 petite which fits well but the sleeves are too long.
Here I switched out the wide leg pants for a slimmer legged, classic cotton-linen blend with stretchable lining. These are the Avery fit which is slim through the hip and thigh. They’re cut for a curvier woman than me because in order to get the waistband to fit I needed to go up to a size that was too full in the hips.
I haven’t owned a jumpsuit in decades so was surprised to like this one. This is a gray and olive snake print which seemed surprisingly neutral. It has a fitted bodice and wide cropped legs. I’m wearing a petite 10 which made the legs the correct length but the waistband was too high for my long torso. I like how it looks with this white linen jacket. It’s casual but could also dress up for work or dinner out.
Next, I headed across the mall to Talbots.
I duplicated the SNF look with this classic linen blazer and wide legged pants. The jacket is a 10 regular and is cut longer than the BR one. It fits me well but the sleeves are too long so I’d be better off in the petite. It runs true to size and is available in misses, petite, plus and plus petite. This is heavyweight linen and does not stretch. The unlined linen pants are a pull-on style with a drawstring at the waist which I simply tucked inside. They’re available in white or indigo blue. These are called wide-legged but are much narrower than the ones from Banana Republic which makes them less trendy and more timeless. I’m wearing it over a square necked black and white striped tee.
I love these side button linen pants. Even if the buttons never show, they’re cut beautifully and fit like a dream. They have a wide leg and sit just above the waist for a very sleek fit. I am wearing the flax color in 8 petite so they fit true to size. They’re also available in white or a “chambrayish” blue. This neutral is my favorite. They’re also available in white here, which is lined.
Here’s a better look at the striped tee which is on sale in 4 colors and available in misses, petite, plus and plus petite. I’m wearing a petite medium which fits true to size. It’s a very soft cotton/modal/spandex blend but the exact wrong neckline for my broad shoulders. I’m wearing it here with the bi-stretch high rise cotton pant. This is a straight leg pant that sits slightly above the waist. I’m wearing an 8 petite so they fit true to size.
Next, I wandered down the mall and searched for white linen in Nordstrom. These are NYDJ linen trousers in Optic White. Plus here. They have a high rise and classic five pocket styling like a jean. They’re unlined and available in 4 colors and available in regular and petite. I’m wearing an 8 regular which is too long and too loose so size down. I’m wearing it with a tangerine colored linen tee and this cotton notched-collar jacket in Ivory. I’m not crazy about the ivory with pure white. There’s not enough contrast so it just looks off to me. The jacket is available in 5 colors, plus here.
I haven’t owned a white suit since I sewed one over 35 years ago. I think it might be time to rethink one for my wardrobe. The pieces can be worn separately or together for a dressier look.
Have you thought of owning a white suit?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.