With 95% of my wardrobe packed and ready to move, I was unprepared for our 90+ degree weather last week. My linen isn’t reachable and I don’t own shorts which made me think of warm weather alternatives as I headed to the mall for dressing room diaries.
This is where I try on what’s new in a store so you can see how the clothes look on a woman over 25 who wears larger than a size zero. For reference, I am 5’4″ weighing approximately 147 (#vacationwoes), with an inverted triangle shape. My shoulders are wide and my hips are straight with very little waist definition.
I started with casual dresses because they’re the coolest thing to wear in hot temps.
This perfectly classic, light blue chambray dress is available in regular and petite. I’m wearing a regular medium which fits well but is a bit long for me. I’d be better with the petite, and even then, I might need to hem it. Skirts and dresses are most flattering when they are hemmed to a spot where your leg narrows. For most women, that’s above the knee, below the knee and the ankle. I’m not a fan of self belts so would change it for this woven leather one or this straw one.
This pale yellow Nic+Zoe dress is covered with an all over sunglass print in blue. It felt very Betty Draper-like. It’s available in petite and regular xs – xxl, 2-16W. I’m wearing a Petite medium and it runs true to size. It’s a midi dress but I would shorten it to just below my knee. I can wear slim fitting midi skirts but full ones make me look shorter than I am. It has a half belt sewn into each side seam you can tie in front or back.
This Caslon dress is cotton modal on top with slightly sheer ruffle tiers on the bottom. It’s available in four colors, petite and regular, 00-16W. I’m wearing a regular medium which is too large for me. The armholes are also too deep so I need the petite.
This button front, striped dress looked better on the hanger than me. It’s available in petite and regular, 00-16W. I’m wearing a regular in small, which fits. For some reason, a prison dress comes to mind when I see myself in it. I’m sure it will be cute on someone else.
This floral dress by Nic+ Zoe has a straight silhouette and small flounce at the hem. It’s available in regular and petite size xs – xxl. I am wearing a petite medium and would prefer the regular length. I love Nic+Zoe’s 4-way cardigans. They’re great for lightweight arm coverage. I prefer it tied on me because it gives the illusion of a waist. This jacket steps the look up a notch from the cardigan and would be cute over jeans for a casual look.
This cotton tie waist skirt would be super easy to wear and almost as cool as a dress. It’s available in 3 colors, 00-16W, plus here. It runs large. I’m wearing a regular in small and it fits well. The petite would be too short on me. If drawstrings aren’t your thing, you can simply tuck inside or pull out and cover the opening with your top.
Shorts were everywhere so I tried on several versions. These are the cuffed Bermuda shorts by Wit and Wisdom. They have a high rise and 13 1/2 inch inseam. They’re available in petite and regular, 00-18. I’m wearing an 8 regular which fits but seem a tad too long so I would prefer the petite.
These longer shorts look the same as the white ones above but have a slightly shorter inseam. The shorts on the right have a 9″ inseam but I could only find a link to them in white. They all have the exclusive mold-and-hold fit technology and plenty of spandex for comfort.
These cropped jeans are an in-between length on me. They’re available in petite and regular and run large. I would prefer the petite version in one size down. This gingham shirt is available in regular and petite, 00-16W in red or blue check. I’m wearing a medium petite which is too small and short so it runs a bit small.
I prefer skirts to shorts but all these Wit and Wisdom styles are very comfy so I may reconsider them now that I’m taking up gardening at our new house.
Do you wear shorts?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.