Dressing Room Diaries: What’s New At J. Jill

Last week, I stopped in to do dressing room diaries at J Jill. I tried on things from their newest collection to help you have a better understanding of how things look so you can shop with more confidence online. If you’re new here, this is when I go into stores and try on merchandise so you can see how it looks like on a woman who wears a size larger than zero and is older than 25.FASHION BLOGGER JENNIFER CONNOLLY OF A WELL STYLED LIFE TRYING ON NEW J JILL SHIRT AND SCARF IN DRESSING ROOM

For reference, I’m 5 foot four and weigh 135 pounds. I’ve lost a few pounds in the last couple of months so I’ve gone down one size in everything…including my shoes. I have broad shoulders, narrow hips, and very few curves. I have long arms and torso with average legs.

For some bizarre reason, I managed to cut the top off my head in several of these pictures. Probably because I’m trying to get used to a new phone. No worries, you’re here for the clothes, not my face;)

You will see me wearing this semi-precious pendant with lots of these outfits because it’s lovely and goes so easily with everything. I started with this Tencel tunic which I love wearing open as a shacket. Shackets came on the scene last year and are continuing to be popular for spring. I am wearing a small petite.

I’m wearing it over a striped tee of navy and gray with navy high rise cargo pants. I don’t normally gravitate to cargo pants but the sales lady suggested I try them, and I really liked them. They’re not loose or sloppy so show your shape nicely. These are 6 petite and fit very well.

J. Jill has quite a few reversible pieces in this collection so I started with this reversible color block sweater. It comes in two different colorways…I’m wearing lavender with oatmeal. The bottom block is navy. I’m wearing it over these refined woven trousers which fit like a dream. I thought they were navy when I picked them up, but it turns out they are black. I am wearing a 6 petite. These have spandex in the fabric so they’re very comfortable.

Next, I thought it would be fun to top these off with this reversible trenchcoat. I’m in the market for a trench and love the sportiness of this one with the snap closure. It’s navy on one side and almond on the other. There are pockets on both sides and it flips inside out easily. I’m wearing a small in regular so the sleeves are perfect for my long arms. It also comes in petite, women’s and tall.

This space-dyed hoodie sweater is a pretty color combination and long enough to wear out or do a half-tuck to show some of your figure. I am wearing a medium petite which I like so I can layer it over other things, like this classic white shirt.

I am baffled by my attraction to these high-rise cuffed jeans, They are so far from anything I’ve ever worn…but I love them and brought them home. Do I care that they make my legs look shorter? No. Do they bring up visions of Ellie Mae Clampett? Yes, but I love them. Note to self- never rule things out until you try them on. I am wearing a 4 petite which is a bit snug so I bought the 6.


This Pima cotton three-quarter sleeve V-neck tee is a wonderful basic that comes in 6 colors and one floral. It’s also available in petite women and tall. I am wearing a medium petite and like the extra room it provides across my shoulders.

This cozy look is comprised of a dress with leggings. I see this worn with slippers to hang at home, then with ballet flats, low rise ankle boots or soft tennies. I’m wearing an XS in regular and would prefer the small for a looser fit across the bustline. The leggings are also an xs and work for me because I am smaller on the bottom than the top. I could do the petite in both. They’re also available on women’s and tall in a slate blue.

I really love this soft safari jacket. Its shorter length means you don’t have pockets on the hips so if that’s an area of concern for you, this might be more flattering. It’s in a beautiful soft eucalyptus color that I think is a great neutral. I am wearing a regular small which I think is the perfect length on my long torso. It’s incredibly soft and feels luxurious on.

I tried this tasseled scarf over every outfit and loved it but my favorite is over this pale blue simple, knit shirt. It looks great looped and/or tied. This knit top would have come home with me but they did not have my size. I am wearing an XS in regular, which is too tight across the chest as you can tell by the way the buttons pull. I’ve ordered the small and medium in regular and will report back. It’s also available in navy and in petite and women’s.

I wanted to get this post out for you today because it’s the last day of their 25% off sale on full-priced sweaters.


I hope you liked this dressing room diary. I realize I did my very first DRD about 4 years ago in a J Jill store.

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.


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  1. Paulette Levy
    February 7, 2021 / 9:23 am

    I love the DRD too! Because I’m built similarly to you mainly, yet I’m older, so must watch styles aren’t too youngish. I’m 5 ft 3 and half and 128 pounds. I exercise but not that firm and taut yet. Ever? Lol.
    I love the classic styles! Thanks fir covering Talbots sometimes. Their clothes (and sales) fit me to a tee!

  2. Pam
    February 3, 2021 / 3:15 pm

    I went to J Jill today and purchased the cuff jeans. I have a similar pair of NYDJ jeans that I bought years ago and have been looking for a replacement ever since they started to look a little sad. These cuffed jeans are so comfy, look great and fit just right. I don’t usually wear petite jeans/pants because the rise is usually too short for me but not in this case. To my surprise everything at J Jill was 30% off so a beautiful rust/navy blue tasseled scarf ended up in my bag along with the jeans! Thanks so much for turning us on to these jeans.

  3. Teri
    February 2, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    Wonderful post! Eyeing the necklace, trench and scarf in particular. Thanks!

  4. Carolyn
    February 1, 2021 / 9:04 am

    Hi Jennifer, I keep coming back to read this post. I like seeing clothes on you and then you tell us the size. It really helps to decide on sizes. I think JJill tends to run a bit large.
    You look great in all the clothes. I did notice your handbag. Could you please tell me the brand. I’ve been looking for that color. Thank you for answering.

  5. Sheri
    February 1, 2021 / 9:02 am

    Thanks for doing a DRD at J Jill! It’s very nice to see the items on someone other than the catalog models, especially when mostly ordering from home now. I love their clothes and they looked great on you!!

  6. Sandy
    January 31, 2021 / 6:49 pm

    Thanks so much for this DRD. It is helpful to see the fashions on a model who is closer to my height and weight than those who model in the catalog.
    You look wonderful.

  7. Lillian
    January 31, 2021 / 1:30 pm

    You look great in everything. How did you lose your weight? I’m 5’ 4” and 148 lbs. I can’t seem to lose any weight. Can’t wait until our stores open up again. I miss shopping.

    • Jennifer
      January 31, 2021 / 9:46 pm

      I have a post tomorrow explaining how I lost the weight. Thanks Lillian

  8. Lin
    January 31, 2021 / 12:35 pm

    Love the DRD’s.
    You look fabulous also.
    Thanks for the great shares.
    I think I like them all.
    Got to go shopping 🛍 (again)😀

  9. Pamela Over 50 Feeling 40
    January 31, 2021 / 12:26 pm

    Love everything! Especially the denim topper and striped tee!

  10. Susie
    January 31, 2021 / 10:23 am

    I like this latest collection from JJill and was excited to open this post and see that you had done a DRD for us! You look fabulous Jennifer!

  11. Mary Ann
    January 31, 2021 / 10:21 am

    Your blog is my very favorite! I subscribe to two or three but just skim through them but read every word of yours. Thank you for inspiring me. I love J Jill and though a bit spendy, their sales are great.

    • Jennifer
      January 31, 2021 / 1:04 pm

      Thank you so much, Mary Ann.

  12. Deb
    January 31, 2021 / 9:19 am

    Love the shackett and striped tee – they look great on you!

  13. Kathryn
    January 31, 2021 / 8:59 am

    I love it all…except the cuffed jeans. :/ They look too “trendy” to me. Great job putting all those looks together! xo

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