Happy Tuesday ladies. I wandered in and out of several stores yesterday before I found colors that were pretty enough to feel cheery. Color is increasingly more important to me these days so that’s what I’m sharing. I didn’t plan on them all being pink and blue, but these are what caught my eye.
If you’re new here, a dressing room diary is when I go into stores and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh 136 pounds. I have broad shoulders and straight hips with very few curves. I have a long torso, long arms, and can swing between the petite and regular department depending on the fit I want. I typically wear one size larger on top than the bottom.
My hair gets trashed and the lighting is poor so the pictures are grainy but you’ll get an idea of what things look like.
This open front cardigan snagged my attention because it’s so light and airy, and comes in a bunch of yummy colors. It’s an acrylic/merino blend that’s the perfect weight for spring. Just slightly warmer than cotton but not heavy. It looks like linen. It’s available in sizes XXS-XXL. I’m wearing an XS so I suggest you size down.
The blouse I’m wearing isn’t the exact same pink as the cardigan but it coordinates nicely. It comes in 11 colors so is clearly a very popular blouse. And what’s not to love? It’s a machine wash and dry, 100% polyester which will pack beautifully and come out of the bag unwrinkled when we finally get to travel again. I’m wearing a small so it runs true to size.
These cotton stretch ankle pants are machine wash, tumble dry, and have a hidden back zipper so they’re very slimming. I’m a big fan of side and back zips on pants because they add no bulk upfront. This fabric has a lot of spandex so these pants will retain their shape. They’re sized 00-18, with a nice high rise. I am wearing a 6 so they run TTS.
This brighter pink blouse is a classic Vince Camuto blouse that they make every season in tons of colors. Funny story…while I was looking at these blouses a salesperson was chatting to a lady on the other side of the rack and said, “you don’t want the bright pink…go for the Barbie pink” I immediately grabbed this bright Hybiscus pink and I love it!! If it’s not your thing it comes in 8 other colors.
It’s a simple, slip-over-the-head, v-neck with 3/4 sleeves. It’s sized XXS-XXL. I’m wearing an XS which is a tiny bit snug so it runs true to size. Another great travel blouse because it’s meant to be rumpled.
Cropped jeans and pants are all over the racks this time of year. These are a slim-fitting straight crop that is shorter than many cropped pants. Mid-calf can be an iffy length for most women so you might think about hemming or folding up the hem depending on where they hit on your leg. I would roll these about 2″ to hit at a spot where my leg narrows. These are available in sizes 00-28 and will stretch out as you wear them so size down.
**A reader asked me about jeans that loosen up. The truth is, all jeans loosen up. Call me old-fashioned, but I machine wash and dry my jeans after every wearing so they snug right back up.
This dress is a cotton/modal blend that’ll be great for the hot weather. I’ve wanted one for several summers but always tried to buy it when my size was sold out! It’s sized XXS-XXL. The website says it’s available in regular and petite but I could not locate a link for the petite version. I’m wearing a small in regular which is pretty long in the torso so I would love to find the petite and will make it my business to hunt it down. They make this dress every year so clearly, it’s super popular.
This boat neck sweater is a cuddly cotton blend with a straight fit and a drop shoulder. It’s lightweight and perfect for spring. I’m not a fan of boat neck or drop shoulders on me, but the color was so beautiful I wanted to share it with you. It also comes in plain white, but frankly, I think the stripes are what make this shirt. It runs true to size I’m wearing a medium which is a bit slouchy and a great fit for this type of sweater.
I’m a big fan of the fabric and fit of NYDJ and these side-slit ankle jeans have a terrific shape. They have classic 5 pocket styling and are available in 5 colors. They’re sized from 00 petite to 18 regular. I’m wearing a 4 regular. This brand stretches out when you wear them so size down. The label says machine wash, line dry but I see nothing in the fabric content that would require line drying, so I’d toss them in the dryer and remove them before totally dry.
This classic pleat back blouse is an amazingly popular shape that’s made season after season. It has delicate neck pleats, a banded collar, and easy 3/4 sleeves. This season it comes in 21 colors and patterns so there’s something for every taste. The label says dry clean or machine wash /tumble dry. Since it’s polyester, I would never choose to dry clean this. It’s sized 00-18 and in plus size here. It runs large so size down.
I snagged this cheery blue and white striped tee first thing off the escalator. I love the rounded V-neckline and classic stripe. It’s available in 12 colors, sizes 00-18. The fabric is soft and pretty delicate so it may snag easily. They call it semi-sheer but I didn’t find it so in this stripe. I’m wearing a small so it runs TTS.
I was looking for white bootcut jeans but this was all they had so far this season. These linen-blend pants have a high rise and lots of stretch. I would definitely size down in these because they run a bit large and loooong. They’re described as wide-leg, but they’re not. They are more a trouser shaped leg that looks graceful on…when hemmed to the correct length. They are in sizes 00-18, I am wearing a 6 but would buy the 4.
There were more ladies shopping today than I have seen for many months so I think spring fever is catching.
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.