You may see me doing a few more dressing room diaries in the next few weeks because holiday clothes are out. I love pretty things so I’ll be sharing my finds with you. The window of the Banana Republic in downtown Vancouver was filled with them last week. It’s a smaller store than the one near my home and they have no petite garments so I struggled with the fit but you’ll get the idea.
If you’re new here, DRD is when I go into local stores and try on what’s new so you can see how things look on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than zero. For reference, I’m 5’4″ tall and weigh around 145 lbs. I have an inverted triangle silhouette with wide shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and long arms. My legs are short, but proportional from knee to foot.
These wide-leg pants feel so old Hollywood and glamorous, plus they’re super comfy. They’re a great option for at-home parties or holiday events. I’m wearing an 8 regular and I’m guessing I’d have to hem the petite version as well. I love the soft champagne color and the way they swish when you walk. They’re also available in a soft blush color but seem to be sold out in most sizes.
This fuzzy long cardigan would have come home with me if my suitcase had an ounce of space for it. This eyelash yarn is fuzzy but not too “hairy”. It also comes in black or chestnut. I’m wearing a regular in a medium and would be better off in a petite small so it runs true to size. The turtleneck is a lightweight tee that comes in 4 colors. I’m wearing a small so it runs a bit large. It’s a great basic to wear with everything.
I love, love, love these jeans. The fabric is very soft and the rise is high. They’re straight through the hip and thigh then flare to a wide leg, which is a great balance for broad shoulders. They have an unfinished hem but are long enough to hem up if that’s not your style. I’m wearing a 30, regular which is too long so they run true to size. They also come in tall for you lucky statuesque ladies.
These high-rise jeans also have an unfinished hem and are a skinny fit. The fabric is fade resistant which is always great for black jeans. I’m wearing a 30 regular which is the right length but I needed the 29 because the hips and thighs are too loose. They’d be better on a woman with some curves. They’re available in petite, regular and tall. This sweater is wonderfully soft and cozy without being too warm. It’s a machine wash blend of cotton, nylon, and wool that’s available in regular and petite, in two colors. I’m wearing a medium in regular and like the fit. It has raglan sleeves which are flattering for broad shoulders.
I adore this sweater. It’s soft and not one bit itchy (I struggle with wool). It’s lightweight and versatile in 10 colors. I’m wearing a medium in regular and I would definitely be better with the petite. The V wouldn’t be quite so low and I’d have less sweater pooling at my waist. This pure red is cool toned and so perfect for the holidays. This picture shows how baggy the jeans are on my hips and thighs.
I topped the whole look with this sherpa bomber jacket. It has a classic zipper front, ribbed cuffs, and hem, and is also available in Ivory. It has a fabulous collar to stand up around your face in the cold or for dramatic styling. I’m wearing a medium in regular so it runs true to size. The petite might be better for me but there wasn’t one in the store. This is a great casual jacket for every day.
This picture doesn’t do this velvet blazer justice. It’s the most gorgeous sour cherry red color. I’m wearing a regular in medium and it’s too long for me everywhere! It comes in 4 colors in regular, tall and petite. The fabric is not stretchy but the lining fabric is which helps it move with you. Underneath is the Dillon Classic-Fit shirt in the warm white chain print. This shirt is an all-time customer favorite at the Banana Republic, which they make in multiple prints and solids every season.
Have you started to think about what to wear throughout the holidays?
Thanks for reading ladies and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.