Disjointed Dressing Room Diary

Happy Wednesday ladies. I went into several stores yesterday to do a dressing diary but left feeling frustrated. No single store had enough new merchandise for me to do a dedicated DRD because they’re in the midst of their in-between season shakeup. Shelves have been removed, entire sections of floors are cleared out to make room for new spring items so today’s DDR is a hodgepodge of things I could try on. I like to do DRD in the same store from start to finish but may have to switch things up for the time being.


If you’re new here, DRD is when I go into stores and try on new merchandise so you can see what it looks like on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than zero. For reference, I am 5’4”, weigh 137 pounds, have broad shoulders, narrow hips, and a long torso and arms. The lighting is poor so my pictures are grainy. My hair gets trashed but you’ll get the idea of what things look like.

The first store I visited was Ann Taylor. I have to admit, I thought they were closing. Many other retailers have shuttered their doors in that mall, including Nordstrom, so I wonder how they’ll survive. My hopes are that they will relocate closer to my area because I have always loved their clothes.

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I’ve been admiring this striped, mock neck tunic online for weeks, so I was excited to try it on. The colors are soft, ice cream colors that feel perfect for spring. It’s available XXS to XXL, I am wearing a small. Its tunic length would look best over slim chinos like this. These pants are a petite version of their on-seam high-rise jeans which appear to be nowhere on their website. So moving on….:)


These jeans are off the sale rack which I zeroed in on because they had a few petites. These are the sculpting pocket corset high waist straight jeans. And they sure do have a very high waist. In fact, the belt loops are about an inch and a half below the top of the waistband. They come in regular or petite sized 0 to 16. I’m wearing is six petite so they run true to size.

This yellow dropped shoulder sweater is sized regular or petite XXS to XXL in Lemon Sorbet. The color on the website is more accurate than my picture. It’s a soft, pale color. I’m wearing a regular in small and as you can see by the sleeves, I clearly need the petite.

Moving further along…I wandered into J. Crew-


J. Crew was a riot of color, pattern, and happiness all wrapped up in classic shapes. My roots tend to go back to classic more often than not these days so I can always find some great pieces here. Their cashmere is available in 19 rainbow colors to perk up everyone’s outfit.


This striped tee is %100 cotton available in XXS to 3X. I’m wearing the coral stripe and it comes in four other colors. It’s oversized by design so for a more streamlined look, I suggest you size down. I did a comparison to show how much longer my legs look with a tiny half-tuck. I’m wearing it with the vintage straight garment-dyed chino, in old red. These come in classic or petite or tall sizes 23 to 37. I’m wearing the classic regular in a 27 so they fit true to size and come in multiple colors.


I topped it with this classic snap front chambray skirt, worn open like a jacket. I would prefer a lighter wash chambray shirt like this one to keep the whole look light for spring but again, my size wasn’t in the store.


I know most women are smitten with skinny jeans, but my heart belongs to straight and bootcut. These are the 9″ vintage straight jeans in Rinse wash. It’s available in classic, petite, and tall sized 23 to 37. I’m wearing the classic which makes them full length on me but they’re intended to be slightly cropped. They’re fitted through the hip and thigh then relax into the straight leg. My favorite shape.


This mock neck cotton-blend sweater is available in XS to XL. I’m wearing the natural in small and it also comes in black. It’s a great sweater to span the seasons in a slightly oversized shape which makes it super comfy. I’m wearing it under this classic Sophie open-front sweater blazer. They’ve been making these sweater blazers for years but most have felt too long on me until now. This shorter version is a better option for petite women. It comes in seven colors sized XXS to 3X. I’m wearing a small so it fits true to size. The sleeves are bracelet-length which is a plus because it’s not available in petite.


Ruffles and other Regency-era details are popping up everywhere this spring. I think we can trace that right to the Bridgerton effect. Have you been watching that show on Netflix?

This is the classic-fit ruffle neck shirt in a crisp blue and white stripe. It’s a machine wash cotton sized from 00 to 24. I’m wearing a 6 so the fit is generous because I usually wear an 8 in their shirts.

I topped it with tissue weight merino crewneck sweater in vintage lilac. I sized up to a large but it’s still too thin to wear a shirt with buttons under it. I would prefer this on its own or over a soft knit. It comes in 13 colors sized XS to 3X. It’s a stepped-up alternative to the ease of a long-sleeve T-shirt because it’s machine washable.

These are the slim boyfriend jean in Ridgefield wash. They come in classic petite and tall, sized 23 to 32. They’re easy through the hip and thigh with a slim, straight leg. I’m wearing a classic and 27 which makes them full length on me so they run TTS.


Same sweater jacket as above, this time in Stainless Steel, worn over this classic-fit double gauze shirt in cool pink. It’s sized from 00 to 24 in 5 colors. IMHO, the pink is the prettiest. These are the vintage straight jeans again as described above. I’m wearing a 6 in the shirt so it runs TTS.

Many of you have mentioned that you haven’t been inside a store for many long months so I hope this helps you feel like you’ve gone shopping with a friend to see what’s new.

Be well, be kind and wear what makes you feel confident.




  1. Love all these outfits. The colors are so Springy.
    If I had to chose, I would have a very hard time.
    I guess the lemon sweater and coral stripe sweater and shirt with lemon and coral pants to match looked so great in you. Yes, I even liked the wide leg pants.

    Thanks for another fun DRD.

  2. So look forward to your blogs and DRD. You teach, we learn. Yep, still snowing and freezing here too but you give us a breath of spring!

  3. Your dressing room diaries are a favorite for me. Thanks for continuing to do them! I love J Crew & just got that long sleeved striped shirt in today in the coral color— I love it. It definitely runs a bit big & I could have sized down, but rather than exchange it, I put it in the dryer (fingers crossed!). I also recently received a pair of their straight leg jeans & love them too. So stretchy but look good on & are not tight. My local J Crew store closed in January, which is sad. Covid related, of course. I’ll admit to not shopping in person there as often once Covid hit, but I was hopeful they would make it. Being able to make returns there was nice & it seemed that I always came out with something else anyway. You looked lovely in that mock neck sweater & the blazer-cardigan!

  4. I enjoy DRD, because I get frustrated shopping, at 5’ tall, slightly pear shaped, even petites are too long. I was following you and a couple other ladies through our one-week south Texas winter last week and had to keep reminding myself NOT to buy sweaters. Despite being cold at the time, it’s back to high 70’s and low 80’s this week. Our sweater weather is about done for this year, thank goodness!
    Thank you for all your efforts and your very firm but gentle reminder to be kind. I also enjoy “would you wear this”. Some things are a definite yes, sometimes I get new ideas or become more open minded from others comments. I usually don’t comment on things I wouldn’t wear, so as not to offend someone else. Just because I wouldn’t wear something doesn’t mean it’s not right for someone else.

  5. I am 69 and 5ft 4 weight 139 but need a 30 leg length, size 8. Like straight leg jeans as my legs are skinny. Thanks for the idea of a denim shirt as a tunic. Bought a pair of copper coloured denim ankle pants on deep clearance last fall and a sleeveless blouse in peach with a bit of blue in the pattern. Just put it together and it looks great.
    Bought a denim dress on line, was going to return it as I thought it was too short but my daughter says to wear leggings with it or as a duster.
    I have to say as a Canadian I an jealous of the amount of choice in colours you have

  6. I love your DRD! So many of your choices are similar to what I would choose. We are the same height, but I am larger on the bottom than the top. I always take that into consideration, but it does not stop me from wearing anything in particular. Still prefer straight leg or bootcut jeans over skinny jeans.
    I think it will be a while before I venture back into a physical store, but my online shopping has not suffered during this pandemic. I seem to be getting deliveries almost weekly and very few items are being returned.

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