Dressing Room Diaries: In Color

Dressing Room Diaries: In Color

I took a quick spin around the local mall yesterday and drove away totally uninspired. Yes, most things were summer leftovers but things also struck me as boring. Perhaps it was my mood but I wanted fun so I headed where I knew I’d find it.

Color and pattern exploded right inside the door and I had great fun trying it on. Where was I? You guessed it, Anthropologie.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life modeling red top from Anthropologie

This Dakota Wrap Top doesn’t technically wrap. It has an attached wide belt that ties through a D-ring and cinches the waist… or not. Your choice based on how tight you pull it. It comes in 4 colors. My inclination was to try on the gorgeous blue so I decided to shake things up and tried on this red, which I liked! I am wearing a medium, in regular length.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Anthropologie peasant top

This Peasant Top has vibrant color and pattern plus an on-trend balloon sleeve. I prefer these to wide loose sleeves because they are narrow at the wrist and stay out of the salad bar. This top is too long on me without tucking part of it in, which hides the pretty bottom border. It is available in petite which would be a better option for me. I am wearing a medium.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Maeve top from Anthropologie

These white jeans are classic Levi’s 501 with an ultra high-rise and button front. I seem to remember button front jeans being impossible to open and close but these were easy and the fly lay flat. The problem was they have too much fabric in the front crotch area for me. I think I have finally met a rise that’s too high for me:)

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Anthropologie Kimono

They call this Tiered Tank red on the website but looks closer to a deep salmon to me. It’s very soft and very fine Lyocel so cool and not see through. I am wearing a small which is too small.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Anthropologie Kimono

I topped it with this Cocoon Kimono which is the perfect weight for our still hot days and an easy way to cover upper arms. This is such an easy piece to toss over many things and I loved it.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Anthropologie

The shape of jeans is changing ladies, and I’m thrilled. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my skinny jeans but flares flatter nearly every woman’s silhouette and are a refreshing change. These Ultra High-Rise Flare Jeans remind me of the ones I wore in my youth and I love them! The higher the rise the less chance of muffin top so these are winners for me. I am wearing a 28 regular and definitely need the petites! This timeless Gingham Buttondown is very lightweight so tucks in or can be tied in front. I’m wearing a medium regular. I wrapped this diamond-shaped scarf around my waist like a belt to add a pop of soft color.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling chambray shirt from Anthropologie

This Chambray Buttondown is soft as a feather and a classic forever style. It’s made of Lyocell and feels like silk. I like it long over leggings or tied for waist definition. I am wearing a medium in regular length.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life modeling Anthropologie Kimono

I couldn’t get the Kimono out of my mind so I tried it with this top in white ( in a medium which fit) and my own pants. I really liked this combo and came home and ordered the top and kimono. This colorful, patterned Kimono fit my style recipe better when combined with neutrals.

My tastes are changing but not so drastically that I am comfortable with all-out color or pattern. I’m taking baby steps as it changes and excited to see where it takes me.

Here are the sale updates for this weekend:

Nordstrom is in the final days of its Aniversary Sale. Check for deals now because prices go up Aug 6!

Christopher & Banks is having 40% off sale on all new merchandise.

J.Jill is having its 40% off summer sale. Now is a good time to buy for next year. How have your whites held up this summer?

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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  1. Sarah Cliffe
    August 3, 2018 / 5:19 am

    Love the first red top, the denim shirt and the white tiered top with the kimono jacket.

  2. Evelyn
    August 3, 2018 / 5:52 am

    Jennifer, I especially appreciated the photos in this post that showed comparisons. That is how I learn best. Tucked vs untucked, different colors with the kimono, front view compared to side view. Those often provide my ah ha moment. What a fun post today!
    I don’t have an Anthropologie nearby so I don’t know much about them. I drive 45 miles to a Chicos. Since we are in a more rural area and our stores are small, if I find something that fits. I purchase it there or have them order a different size or color for me. Here, if we don’t use our brick and mortar stores we lose them.

  3. sophia montgomery
    August 3, 2018 / 6:43 am

    Love Anthropology! I go there if nothing else but inspiration. The red top is you!! They also have great style and cookbooks.

    • August 3, 2018 / 8:15 am

      I was surprised to like the red on me, that’s a first! I don’t own any red.

      • Barbara
        August 4, 2018 / 4:36 pm

        It looked really good on you. It makes me think about going to our store and trying it on myself!

  4. Lea
    August 3, 2018 / 6:43 am

    Excellent post, Jennifer! Thank you ????

  5. August 3, 2018 / 7:55 am

    I really like the red top on you and the peasant blouse. You are right Jennifer, I see something I like but the sizes are limited now. It has been a very hot summer here in Ontario this year and I have enjoyed wearing all of my summer clothes.

  6. Brenda
    August 3, 2018 / 8:41 am

    I have always enjoyed the uniqueness of Anthropology clothing. I really liked the kimono you modeled.
    Unfirtunately I find that Anthropoligy fabrics are often of poor quality and they usually don’t fit my long waisted body. In spite of this, I keep visiting Anthropology (it’s a visual delight every time!) and try on various pieces with a hope but in the end I often have to admit that they are designed for shorter people or people who are shorter waisted.

    • August 4, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Anthropology is a visual delight for me too. Some of their collections miss the mark but some are surprisingly wearable to me

  7. August 4, 2018 / 9:42 am

    The flared jeans took me back! Oh my goodness ladies, do you remember these too? I loved them although they did get a little extreme. I remember having one pair where the flare was wide enough to actually be a bit of a hazard as they tried to wrap around my ankles as I walked. Isn’t that funny what we did when we were young and yet here we are, repeating the same fashions. Apparently ‘what goes around comes around’ is also a phrase that can apply to fashion.

  8. Linda
    August 12, 2018 / 11:21 am

    I have flare and boot cut jeans hanging in my closet as I can never figure out what shoes or boots to wear with them. If you do end up getting some, I would love a post on how to style them with footwear. I am not petite (5’9”) but enjoy your blog immensely and get lots of tips that work for me. Thanks

    • August 12, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      I like to wear them with a notice that has about a 1.5” heel. Thanks for being here

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