Dressing Room Diary and a Mannequin

Happy Wednesday ladies. Today, I’m taking a small divergence from my mini, white denim series to hear from you, so grab a second cup of your favorite coffee or tea, and let’s have some fun.

I stopped into Loft to pick up a few summer things and saw this mannequin. She was crammed behind two other mannequins so I swiveled her around and brought her forward to get a clearer photo. I’m just sure the staff love people like me, but I got the photo and here it is.


They were out of my size in the pants or I would have tried the outfit on for you. To be honest, it was a very quick pit stop on the way home from an unsatisfactory dental visit so I will go back later this week and see what else they have. Below is a close-up of the sweater so you can see the details.



So tell me, ladies, how would you wear this, either together or separately?

I did try on a few looks for you below-

These linen wide-leg pants are a best seller at Loft. They come in this sand color or a rosey tone in regular and petite sizes XS-XXL.  I’m wearing a regular XS because they are very roomy. This pointelle sweater is a cotton/viscose blend in a soft sand color. It has puff sleeves that are elbow length. As puff sleeves go, these are not too puffy at the shoulder. It’s sizes XXS – XL, I’m wearing a medium.


I can’t explain “muscle” in the name of this tee, but I assume it’s the shape of the sleeves. It comes in 5 colors XXS – XL. I’m wearing a small and needed every bit of it for my broad shoulders. It doesn’t have set-in shoulders so it’s not overly flattering on my broad shoulders but would be great for a woman looking to make her shoulders appear a bit wider.

These linen pants are a pull-on style with an elastic waistband and side pockets. They’re available in several colors sizes XS-XL. I’m wearing an XS which is plenty roomy so they run large.


For those of you who love a great chambray shirt but hate chest pockets, this is a great option. It’s relaxed and slightly oversized so I suggest you size down for a more streamlined fit. It’s sized XS-M, I’m wearing an XS and it’s still very roomy. These palazzo pants are a  super soft cotton/Lyocell/ elastane blend with side pockets. They’re available in 2 colors sizes XS-XL. I’m wearing a petite small and they are huge on me! They’re great pants but I would suggest you order two sizes down so they aren’t overwhelming.

So…back to the mannequin, how could you style the pieces either together or separately?

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident!

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  1. Robin Holbrook
    May 23, 2021 / 8:44 pm

    Hi Jennifer!
    I just discovered you and think you are ADORABLE! I’ve subscribed and look forward to getting your posts. I’m 75 and don’t get up and out anymore. I live in San Antonio and many folks in Texas are NOT getting the vaccine shots. I almost died from a pulmonary embolism 2 years ago so I am super cautious and pretty much stay home. But I am redoing my wardrobe anyway. I’m in the process of making a capsule wardrobe and tossing a lot of lesser quality items I have. I don’t need them when I have Eileen Fisher! Lol Look forward to your tips and adding my handmade jewelry to your outfit ideas when I have family over!
    Robin 🌹

    • Jennifer
      May 24, 2021 / 11:52 am

      Welcome Robin!

  2. Cathy
    May 20, 2021 / 12:25 pm

    Hi Everyone…I might be a little weird but since I love colour, texture and mixing prints, I would wear the ice cream cone sweater with the tan/beige check pants! Love all the ideas and comments.

    • Jennifer
      May 20, 2021 / 5:22 pm

      Not weird at all. I’d wear it too

  3. Penelope
    May 19, 2021 / 12:18 pm

    No on the sweater .. poor color for me, and unflattering shape. Not crazy about the design elements.
    I like tan slacks. These are short but on me would likely hit below my ankle.
    I’d love to have that pocketless chambray shirt.

  4. Susan
    May 19, 2021 / 12:00 pm

    From the first pic you showed, I said to myself, “she’s at Loft.” I’m kind of a Loft junkie. I agree with the ladies who say the sweater is too cutsie. The bobbles would bug the heck out of me. The pants would be a good pic for me though. And, I LOVE the wide legged palazzo pants. I bought the tan ones, and liked them so much I went back to buy the two other colors. It didn’t hurt that they were on sale at the time. 🙂
    I have a couple of chambray shirts. Now I know to style them with my new palazzo pants. Since they are a neutral, in my mind, I can wear them with all 3 colors of pants.

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2021 / 8:56 pm

      You are very observant

  5. Linda Todd
    May 19, 2021 / 11:49 am

    Oh NO I would not wear either of these garments. Firstly the pants. Ghastly colour. No no no to beige ever. It is an old man’s colour, and worse they are neither long nor short but somewhere VERY unflattering in the middle. The sweater is a cute colour and I like the baubles but never in a million years woukd I wear dropped shoukder anything. Thevline draws the eye out making the wearer look VERY wide. Why wear a garment that doesnt flatter? No sorry this one really isn’t for me or anyone really.

  6. Cathy wilk
    May 19, 2021 / 11:25 am

    I really like the wide pants…all of them. I find loose bottoms call for a more fitted top for me. The tops are all nice and I like the t-shirt look. Except one… the sweater ( as others commented) is not summery and the color is blah. I would look washed out in it.
    I showed your hair style at my appointment — the stylist gave me something very close to yours and I love it. I have fine thin hair. Thank you so much for showing your hair posts!

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2021 / 8:57 pm

      I’m so glad she was able to give you something you’re happy with! Hair can be so stressful

  7. Maribeth Conklin
    May 19, 2021 / 10:51 am

    like the grey/silver tee shirt and pants on you.

  8. Eve
    May 19, 2021 / 10:38 am

    I like the sweater with ice cream cones but I don’t think I would buy it. The pants would work though. My favorite is the blue chambray shirt and sage green pants. I think I only like striped pants and maybe tiny flower but checks and plaids or geometric patters in pants just don’t appeal to me.

  9. Kathy
    May 19, 2021 / 9:17 am

    I think the sweater is very cute. I would likely size down to cut the oversize. I like it paired with the beige and would definitive wear it with light wash denim.

  10. Hoda
    May 19, 2021 / 8:58 am

    I saw this sweater the other day and lingered over it. After reading your blog I think I’ll go and try it on. I liked the raised ice cream cones as they made the sweater look whimsical and a little different. It all depends on whether the sweater minimizes my stomach or not. That’s the acid test I use these days.

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2021 / 8:58 pm

      I think it’s super cute! I’d certainly wear it

  11. Nancy
    May 19, 2021 / 8:53 am

    No to the ice cream cone sweater. It may be cute on a young girl, but not this “girl!” The pants are basic and could be worn with another sweater. I would go all neutral and wear a beige sweater in the same style as the ice cream sweater. I do like the shape of it.
    The linen checked pants…another no. I don’t think they’re attractive. The sweater is cute though, but that whole outfit doesn’t say summer to me; more a fall outfit. The blue outfit with the “muscle shirt” is pretty. I think muscle shirt refers to how guys would roll up t-shirt sleeves to show off their muscles! So, the style of the “rolled up” sleeve makes it a muscle shirt. It’s cute! If I didn’t already have 3 chambray shirts, I’d get the one without pockets. Looks good with those pants. Thanks! Finished my coffee…and signing off!

  12. Valerie
    May 19, 2021 / 8:24 am

    At 60, I think most embroidery makes me seem older—like I’m trying to be cute, and that just won’t work. Also, the dropped shoulders would only enhance my already-dropped ‘chest.’ ;-}

    All of the outfits seem baggy to me. To my mind, if I’m baggy/loose on bottom, I need to be fitted on top.

    I’m so grateful to see you modelling these things though—it helps!

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2021 / 2:35 pm

      I’m glad you find it helpful

  13. Linda Susan Ziccardi
    May 19, 2021 / 7:59 am

    SO, I would definitely wear the sweater, and am buying it. WHY you say? I own an ice cream truck! Although the color may wash me out, I would wear it over a white or chambray sleeveless button down. White slim bermuda shorts to finish the look with white Keds or similar sneakers.

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2021 / 2:37 pm

      That is so perfect, Linda! I’d wear this sweater too. The vibe says lighthearted and I can use all the joy possible this year.

  14. Patti
    May 19, 2021 / 7:13 am

    The only item I would wear is the chambray shirt. I don’t ever wear anything whimsical!

    • Jennifer
      May 19, 2021 / 9:00 pm

      I never used to wear anything whimsical, but the last year and a half have begun to change my thinking.

  15. jackie
    May 19, 2021 / 7:03 am

    While I’m not a huge fan of the bobbles of ice cream on the sweater, it’s more the sloppy looking cut that bugs me. The pants are a nice basic, come in some good colors and could go with lots of tops. No wide leg lineny pants for me! They just flap around when I walk, and I feel silly.

  16. MRSBEN2
    May 19, 2021 / 6:53 am

    As to the mannequin; a no as displayed. Due re the sweater because of its whimsical motif and overall style, feel it might work better with shorts ( i.e.: tailored bermuda length for balance) picking up one of its colours (otherwise might feel like an ice cream cone yourself particularly if your body type is an inverted triangle). As to the straight twill pants and for the colour they are reading on my monitor; IMO the sky is the limit as would work with just about any style, colour, pattern, texture of top. Might even be able to roll up and create a cuff for even a more casual look etc. (I have a pair of denim jeans in a similar color and the only time I don’t wear them is during our harsh Cdn. winter.)

    All said and separate favourites today as to what you tried on; has to be the chambray shirt and palazzo pants, with the stretch linen pants and muscle T (though would prefer it in a v-neck) coming in a close second as feel their styles/cuts are casual classics. -Brenda-

  17. Diane B
    May 19, 2021 / 6:40 am

    I like everything about the sweater except for the raised ice cream on the cones. If it was just embroidered instead of raised it would be great. I like how you found the one you liked and pulled it out for us to see. I could just picture you doing that, and smiled at the visual. I do like the gingham linen pants, but when I discovered the inseam is only 27 inches, that is a no for me. I like my wide leg pants to be sitting at the instep at least. Sorry to hear the dentist was not satisfactory. You have not been having great luck with medical issues of late.

  18. Joanna
    May 19, 2021 / 6:35 am

    I would wear the cropped chinos but the sweater is a hard No. The colour would wash me out, the drop shoulders would make my narrow shoulders look smaller, and I don’t do cutesy things like ice cream cone embroidery. The neutral colour of the pants would work with so many other colours in a top. I’d pair it with sandals or fashion sneakers and a short sleeve blouse. Throw on a Jean jacket as your completer piece.
    I find those very wide leg pants overwhelm your frame. There is just too much fabric for someone of your stature.

  19. Bea
    May 19, 2021 / 6:32 am

    I could not see me wearing or styling the ice cream sweater. The pants are a basic color and shape, so I would wear those with an interesting top – perhaps a pretty aqua and white striped tank top with a third layer (aqua linen shirt?).

    I love the blue outfit on you! That muscle shirt might look good on me because my shoulders are narrow and my hips are large. Perhaps this type shirt would balance out my figure.

    Thanks, Jennifer!

  20. Jan
    May 19, 2021 / 6:26 am

    The twill pants are an ok for me but it’s a no on any crop, patterned sweaters.
    I have several pants and crops with a slightly stretchy waistband but the full elastic, gathered waist does not work for me at all. I can see how the wide leg would be very cool to wear when the heat settles in but just look how much better the blue linen pants looked. For me, I will stay with a slim or straight leg for now. It’s just so much easier to style with my existing wardrobe.

  21. Paulette Levy
    May 19, 2021 / 6:25 am

    I think the featured sweater is just too too cutesy for me though if I saw it on a college aged or high school girl I’d probably like it.
    The icy blue tee and pants are my favorite clothes you’re trying on. I’m still not sold on the new wide leg pants ,personally. Of course the chambray shirt is always a yes from me ! I own two or three!
    Hope to see more from Loft!

  22. Tina O
    May 19, 2021 / 6:25 am

    I wouldn’t wear the sweater but I would consider the pants. I think the sweater would look boxy on me. I like the high waist pants appearing and not the more crop looking coming with this. If the sweater had more shape, I would consider wearing it. I do like the style of pants this spring and summer for comfort and appearance. I’ve not been a huge fan of skinny. The pants color and style would go well with almost every top I own.

    The gingham pants were cute and a smaller pattern would work better for my frame. I agree with others, the blue outfit looks great.

  23. Barbara
    May 19, 2021 / 6:19 am

    The ice cream cones on the sweater are too gimmicky for me although the drop shoulder style looks comfy – like a sweatshirt. However, sweaters are not what I’m interested in at this time of year. I would wear the twill pants with a poppy-colored shirt and sandals. I like the gingham pants and think they would be fun to wear during the warm months. I love the wide legged pants but find that they look better on me if I’m wearing a wedge sandal or one with a chunky heel.

  24. Pam
    May 19, 2021 / 5:58 am

    I wouldn’t wear the sweater. The drop sleeves and “flowers?” makes this sweater look like old. Also, I have broad shoulders so drop sleeves do not look good on me. The pants would be cute with the chambray shirt you tried on.

  25. SusanR
    May 19, 2021 / 5:41 am

    I purchased the short beige pants but the bottom of the leg was too skimpy and the hips were huge. Returned. I’d love the chambray shirt but can’t size down because I normally wear a pxs and there’s no pxxs. Boo.

  26. Rose
    May 19, 2021 / 5:41 am

    I like the blue outfit on you, really cute! At first I thought it was a jumpsuit. As for the mannequin I liked the pants but just don’t know about the sweater. I like the style, maybe a different color. Was the print ice cream cones? I just cannot wear palazzo pants. I think they all look like pajamas on me.

    • Sandy
      May 19, 2021 / 7:19 am

      I feel the same way! I like the loose flowy pants on others, but feel like I look like I’m in my pjs.

  27. Sue H
    May 19, 2021 / 5:41 am

    I love that you’ve moved away from skinny pants! Like you, I’m over it. I don’t like a bell bottom (wore those in the 70s) but the wider leg, flowy pant looks amazing. The ice cream sweater is cute – my grandkids would love to see Grammy wearing that!

  28. Sharon E Burkhardt
    May 19, 2021 / 5:33 am

    I would absolutely not sweat the sweater on the mannequin – color is too pale and I do not care the the ice cream once decoration. I like to chambray shirt outfit. Some of the bigger pant styles are too overwhelming for a lot of people, I think.

  29. sheryl
    May 19, 2021 / 5:16 am

    i really like the blue linen outfit, I would try that on, because it might work on me.
    as for the mannequin, a hard no, and i cant think of anything constructive that would improve it.

  30. MP
    May 19, 2021 / 4:18 am

    I usually like detailed sweaters but not this one. The color combination of the overall outfit doesn’t work . The pants would be fine in white with a T-shirt.

    • Doreen
      May 19, 2021 / 6:02 am

      The pants on the mannequin are nice but the sweater, no way. In my opinion, it’s childish.
      Now the blue linen outfit is a total YES! Love the soft shade of blue and it’s lovely on you.

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