Happy Friday ladies and welcome to another edition of dressing room diaries. This is when I go into stores and try on what’s new, so you can see how the garments look on a woman over 20 who is
much larger than a size 2.
My hair gets trashed, the photo’s are grainy and horrors…I’m occasionally in bare feet. I don’t know about you, but I need to take off my shoes to try pants on.
I don’t do dressing room diaries because I’m planning to buy these clothes. I do it to show you the proportion, color, and some fit issues, along with styling combos so you can shop the collections armed with a bit more than their website gives you. I occasionally do buy things and if I do, you’ll see me style it later with what I already have in my closet. For reference, I’m 5’4″ and weight around 143 pounds.
This week the dressing room was cramped and the lighting was dim, so the pictures are iffy. I’d seen lots of things I liked on the J. Crew website so I was anxious to try things on for size.
This leopard sweater fits true to size with a crew neck and slightly cropped sleeves. It would be great dressed up or down…like with these crops. Like it or not, crops aren’t going anywhere soon so I’ve started trying some on. These are the cropped almost bootcut, flares. The rise is high but the legs are about 2″ too long on me. They’re not long or short enough to have the right proportion without hemming. Demi cropped boot cuts look cute with booties or ankles showing.
After this, I put my own jeans and sneakers back on. Whew, no more bare feet.
This shirttail bottom leopard shirt is a customer favorite. The small camel with black print is not an in your face print, so easy to wear. It fits true to size and is available in classic, petite and tall. I’m wearing a regular 10 and like this length for me because it’s long enough to wear out over slim pants. I tucked the front in so you could see how that changes the proportion and makes my legs look longer, so I look taller.
Continuing the leopard theme I tried on this cardigan. It’s a cotton/poly blend in warm tones and feels heavier than I anticipated. The sleeves felt borderline too short in this medium. This is loose fitting so I would suggest sizing down. The website pictures make it look like a straight shape but it seems more rounded to me.
J. Crew sweater coats are very popular. They’re a great weight to span the seasons and available in different lengths, tons of colors with multiple collars and closure options. This one has cropped sleeves that are almost full length on me. I’m wearing a medium and need the small. It comes in 8 colors and is extremely popular. Here is a double-breasted version in leopard print.
**Size tip- these run large. I’m wearing a medium on the left and an XS on the right. The shoulders are huge and sloppy in the medium and I had to fold up the sleeves. The XS fits perfectly so I came home with this sweater coat. While writing this post, I noticed it’s discounted 30% (online only) so I promptly ordered it and will return this one. Why not take advantage of sales?
Have you tried a sweater blazer?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.