Happy Friday ladies. I’m not sure if I can resurrect my weekly dressing room diaries on any sort of a regular basis but I’m going to try when permitted because I know you like them and I enjoying doing them.
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 over 25 that’s larger than a size 2. The lighting in most dressing rooms is dim which makes the pictures grainy and poor quality, but you’ll get the idea of what things are like.
For reference, I’m 5’4” with long arms and long torso. I have an inverted triangle figure with broad shoulders and straight hips. Sizing in brands is all over the map but I usually wear a 10 on the top and an 8 or 6 on the bottom.
After so many months at home, it felt bizarre to be out and about doing normal things. Just so you know, all the employees wore masks as did most of the customers. I always wore mine but removed it to snap each picture.
If your Chicos is open you’ll find that it’s fully stocked with their latest collection and lots of great things. It was hard to know where to start because I felt like a kid in a candy store:)
I started with this gorgeous silk Ruana. I’m wearing the S/M and you need to know that it looks way better in person. Sometimes it’s hard to get a flattering picture in the store because space is limited. Its elegant look and soft colors could take you anywhere this summer. I skipped a necklace and just added simple hoop earrings and a stretch bracelet which lets the Ruana make the statement! I wore it over a super-soft Tencel denim tank. This top is a perfect basic for a casual look. I see it with white jeans, shorts, knee-length skort, etc. I’m wearing the medium 8/10 so it fits true to size.
These are the Secret Stretch Jeggings. I find many jeggings are super tight but these fit more like a jean. They do come in a darker color as well but this pale one feels more modern to me this year. I’m wearing a 6 regular and folded the hem under to the proper length. The petites are too short for me in these jeggings so I prefer to wash and dry them at home a few times to take care of any potential shrinkage, then hem them up to the best length for me. I tied this Obi belt around the waist and quite like the look but you should know that the tank looks just as nice hanging loose.
There were only 2 of these kimonos in my store with good reason. The attention to detail in this is exquisite! I’m wearing an S/M in regular but I would be better in the S/M in petite. The cut-out detail is so pretty and allows you to change the look based on what you wear underneath. I’m wearing it over the slimming no-stain white jeans and I have to say, if you struggle with white, (and who doesn’t) this no-stain technology is awesome. I’m wearing a 6 regular because I prefer this length over the petite for me. I picked up the lavender-colored embroidery of the kimono with this double layer cotton/modal top with a subtle mesh hemline.
I am not a typical lace wearer but I love this duster! It’s airy and pretty and the classic shirttail styling keeps it from looking overly girly. I’m wearing it over a column of beige. These are Chico’s hugely popular Brigette pants in a cropped version. I’m wearing the regular which makes them a bit longer which I prefer #petitebenefit. These are a 6 and seem a bit large so I guess I didn’t overeat as much as I thought during this lockdown:). The microfiber tank is available in a rainbow of colors and fits true to size.
I’m including a closeup of this necklace because it’s fabulous. The freshwater pearl strands and shell motif is very popular this summer and this bib necklace gives you lots of bang for the buck as well as being totally lightweight.
Chico’s always has an amazing collection of linen pieces and this summer is no exception. Their newest no-iron linen really does wrinkle less than traditional linen so if the wrinkles have been keeping you from wearing linen, give these a try. This lemon print tunic has a long shirttail in the back so you could easily wear it closed over a bathing suit or slim leggings. I am wearing an 8 which fits loosely, as it should, so it fits true to size. The pants are the Bridgette Crops again, this time in Sage Leaf.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner…if you’re looking for a tee shirt dress that gives some waist definition, this is for a great one. Most tee dresses are straight up and down which can be unflattering on some figures. The twist ties at the waist allow you to cinch it in to give you some curves.
This white denim shirt is in Alabaster which is slighter softer than pure white and more flattering on many complexions, including mine:) I love tying my shirts at the waist to give my straight figure some definition, but it doesn’t work here. Tying it with these shorts divides my body into 3 even sections which is not flattering. Our silhouettes are best flattered by the 1/3 – 2/3 ratio so this looks better with the shirt worn long. I love, love these pull-on shorts which are ultra comfy. Who wants to bother with a zip and button closure when you don’t have to? These will be perfect with a simple tee for all summer long.
Store collections are rolling through quickly because most brands had delivery problems over the last three months. Shop carefully and only buy what you love that will work with other things in your wardrobe.
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Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.