Dressing Room Diaries In Fall Colors

Fall is in its chilly glory here so while shopping opportunities are not plentiful, I was able to get into Anthropologie and headed straight for sweaters. Welcome to dressing room diaries. This is when I go into stores and try on new merchandise so you can see how garments look on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than zero. The lighting is poor so my images are grainy, and these are particularly bad, but you’ll get the idea.

For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 147 pounds. I have broad shoulders and straight hips with a long torso and arms. The pictures show a long drip down the mirror because they are cleaning the heck out of these rooms between customers. Bravo Anthropologie!

This long blazer is double-breasted and available in regular, petite, and plus sizes. I’m wearing an 8 regular which is a bit snug so I would opt for a 10 petite. I do like the length of the blazer but the sleeves are a bit too long. This cowl top comes in five colors sized XS-XL. It has a waffle texture and is pretty lightweight. I’m wearing a small which is plenty big for me so it has a generous fit. These are the Pilcro Ultra High-Rise straight corduroy pants in deep grey. They run true to size because these 29’s are snug on me:)

I grabbed this leopard coat in 6 which is skin tight on me. The funny thing is the reviews say the upper arms are tight, which will depend on your body. I could barely breathe to do this up but I found the arms only a little snug. It’s got a great tapestry feel and I would categorize it more as a coat than a blazer.

This cozy plaid tunic comes in lots of pretty colors in regular, petite, and plus. I am wearing the bright pink in small regular and love the size so I think it runs a bit oversized. I think it would be super cute over velvet leggings for a cozy day at home.

These photos are so bad it may be hard to tell but this is black and ivory. It’s one size and super cozy. I love the dramatic length. It has on-seam side pockets.

This trench is a fun spin on the classics. The underside of the sleeves and lower back are a classic plaid. I am wearing a small with fits beautifully…except it’s too long. I also have the sleeves folded up an inch. The fabric is very lightweight but prepare to hem it unless you are nice and tall.

I would wear plaid with velvet, would you?

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

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  1. Lorrie
    October 18, 2020 / 2:16 pm

    Back in the 1970s my mother made me a velvet blazer and a bias cut plaid skirt for Christmas that I wore for years. She was amazing = she made the same outfit for herself and for my sister for Christmas, too. And she worked full time. I don’t know how she did it! So YES to plaid and velvet!

  2. Sandra
    October 16, 2020 / 11:22 pm

    Love this and I think the idea also like 👍what you tried on👗

  3. Rose
    October 16, 2020 / 5:31 pm

    Love everything you tried on except the geometric tunic. Just too much for me. You are so brave to do this but I love it!

  4. Linda D
    October 16, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    I too especially like the pink plaid shirt and liked the purple plaid one even more until I read they were dry clean. ” Have you had this blend before and tried washing it?” she asks hopefully. Having not been in a change room in 8 months I appreciate how you cover the size you are wearing and letting us know when it comes in petite.

    • Jennifer
      October 17, 2020 / 7:25 am

      I have not tried this blend or brand before, however I seldom dry clean anything. I would for a blazer or coat but would probably attempt to hand wash this.

  5. Eve
    October 16, 2020 / 11:24 am

    I love the tunic and can’t decide whether I like the pink or the blue the best. I avoid corduroy since the last pair I bought made a swoosh sound, so sticking to other fabrics for pants. I hate changing in and out of clothes so I really appreciate the DR posts. Stay safe.

  6. Katelyn K
    October 16, 2020 / 10:58 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pilcro Angie Mock on you and thus, your inspiration inspired me to immediately put this gold beauty into the cart and check out 🙂 Will be great for my upcoming trip to upstate NY. Bonus was the sale price and free shipping today! My closet is starting to look like an Anthropologie commercial.

    • Jennifer
      October 17, 2020 / 7:26 am

      I think you’ll love it. I do and it’s not my color;)

      • Katelyn K
        October 25, 2020 / 1:27 pm

        Jennifer, you were correct. I LOVE it. Does indeed run generous. I purchased the medium but could have taken the small. Good for layering this winter. Anthro is so quick to ship out items and the sweater arrived within 7 days.

        I think the mustard color looks good on you but then again, dressing room lighting isn’t always the best.

        Thank you for sharing all your wonderful adventures in fashion with us. I’ve learned so much about styling outfits. 🙂

      • Jennifer
        October 25, 2020 / 5:21 pm

        I’m so glad you like it! It’s super comfy.

  7. Julie Traxler
    October 16, 2020 / 9:09 am

    I love you in the leopard coat and the pink top. I hadn’t considered plaid and velvet, but it makes total sense. Love your dressing room diaries!!!

  8. MRSBEN2
    October 16, 2020 / 8:14 am

    Do love the pink plaid tunic top on you. Also like the idea of using a contrast fabric on the trench coat but would be removing it sleeve loops, possibly add inside storm cuffs and find a different belt to have the option of a dressier garment. With that said; in the event I might have to shorten it, would consider creating self-covered buttons with the remnant classic plaid fabric to bring its style up a notch and forget about the use of a belt altogether …. ☺.

    In respect to the other garments, so nice of you Jennifer to model them for your readers as know for myself it is helpful that you do so and last but least I would be more apt to wear plaid with thin wale corduroy or velveteen (which is basically the same without the round ribbing/cut yarn ) than with a pile velvet (which is different), but that is just me.

    • Jennifer
      October 17, 2020 / 7:28 am

      I love your ideas about the coat, thanks Brenda

  9. Carolyn
    October 16, 2020 / 8:02 am

    I like the dressing room diary days. The pink plaid is my favorite on you and I think I’m going to see how it looks on me. Thanks for shopping for me!

  10. Leslie Lord
    October 16, 2020 / 7:45 am

    My favourite series are the dressing room diaries!
    I love the plaid shirt on you and your photos look fine to me.
    I love the Anthropologie shop on S Granville! Hope you were able to hop across the street to visit Eileen Fisher…how about a dressing room diary from that shop? My all time favourite fashion line, a bit pricey but the clothes are classics and last for decades.
    Enjoy your weekend!

    • Jennifer
      October 17, 2020 / 7:29 am

      I hope to visit the EF today!

  11. Linda L
    October 16, 2020 / 7:29 am

    I wear plaids with velvet especially around the holidays. I remember the plush velvet dresses I would wear for Christmas as a young girl; nowadays what they call velvet is a sheared version that doesn’t compare. Love all the garments you’ve chosen! It’s going up to 100 today in beautiful SoCal and I’m still wearing sandals and shorts!

  12. Dianne
    October 16, 2020 / 7:06 am

    Love all of your outfits, of course for me one exception, the geometric tunic sweater. Not fond of the print at all, too bold for me. The blazer with the cowl neck sweater was just gorgeous on you, also the pink plaid shirt, love love it. Here in Florida still in the 90s, so no sweater weather here. Have a great weekend!

    • Jennifer
      October 16, 2020 / 7:10 am

      Happy Friday Dianne!

  13. Joan
    October 16, 2020 / 6:18 am

    I would never have considered wearing a plaid top (very casual) with velvet leggings (dressy) but now I like the idea. That’s what I particularly like about you: you get me to think outside the box 😊. Your photos today were fine and the mirror behind you gave an “outdoor near a lake” backdrop. Your broad shoulders and narrow hips are easier to dress than bigger hips/thighs. You are blessed!

    • Jennifer
      October 16, 2020 / 7:09 am

      I didn’t notice it about the backdrop. 😁 I’m glad you’re curious to try velvet and plaid. It’s fun to mix fabrics. They don’t always work but I love to experiment.

  14. Melanie Maxian
    October 16, 2020 / 6:05 am

    What immediately struck me on the cute plaid shirt was that the plaids don’t match at the side seams!!! A big “No” for me.

    • Barb
      October 16, 2020 / 8:32 am

      I thought the same thing! My junior high sewing class had too much influence on me! Plaids must match at the seams in my book.

  15. Renee
    October 16, 2020 / 6:01 am

    I don’t think the pictures are that bad .. I like the idea of Anthropologie clothes , but for me they just don’t work ,,, thanks though for doing the dressing room series , very nice

  16. Paulette Levy
    October 16, 2020 / 5:05 am

    Cute items! I too like the idea of plaid and velvet or brushed corduroy! Nice combinations. The geometric sweater coat is eye catching but as you mention too long. I think to the knee or a bit longer would be great!
    I spent yesterday subdue shopping but only bought a ruana in multi fall colors. Love it!

    • Jennifer
      October 16, 2020 / 7:07 am

      Ruanas are such a great season-spanning garment. I love mine too

  17. Yvonne
    October 16, 2020 / 4:49 am

    I love the geometric duster cardigan! I have one similar that I wear as often as possible before having to switch to heavier coats.

  18. Laurie Biedrzycki
    October 16, 2020 / 4:47 am

    I love plaid and velvet. I’m in the Chicago area and am always in need of more rain gear and winter coats!! You’re my size and coloring, so when you try on the items, I know how they will look on me.
    The pink/red tunic is a great color for you. Have a great weekend!!

    • Jennifer
      October 16, 2020 / 7:05 am

      I so glad this is helpful

  19. Francesca B.
    October 16, 2020 / 4:18 am

    Love plaid and velvet together. Thanks for getting out there Jennifer into the cold; love seeing your emails and what you find. You look happy:) Very pleased for you!

  20. Kim Vardas
    October 16, 2020 / 3:59 am

    Plaid & velvet are a great combo. Reminds me of the holidays. I’m so envious that you can wear sweaters and jackets. We’re breaking heat records in Florida right now. Beautiful clothes in your try on!

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