I had just a few minutes to run in for a try-on session yesterday, so I decided to hit my favorite department store. Here are a few things I found for an early fall try-on at Nordstrom.
If you’re new here, welcome. Dressing room diaries are when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 148 lbs. I have broad shoulders, straight hips, a long torso, and long arms. I often buy one size larger on top. You’ll see me try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me because I want you to see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I’m wearing to help you understand how things run.
This NYDJ high-low crepe blouse comes in more colors and patterns than I can count. I am wearing Harmony Garden, which is a burgundy, rose, and plum floral on an ivory background. It has a roomie fit and is quite long, so I think you could even wear it over leggings if you wanted. It comes in sizes 00 to 18 W. I paired it here with these NYDJ Marylyn straight-leg jeans in the color Emotion, which is a dusty plum color. I’m wearing a regular length in the jeans and have the bottoms folded under a few inches. The petite version is here. They always suggest you size down in NYDJ because they stretch with wear.
This knit jacket is a bit large on me, but it was the only one left in the store. It’s a lightweight cotton knit blend in a copper color with a pale gray lining. I love the whipstitch edging and soft, cozy fabric. Based on my recent weight gain, I would say this runs a bit large, so you could size it down. This shirt is one size too large on me, but that’s the least of its issues. The website shows the pattern matching across the front, but clearly, this one does not. This random pattern would be difficult to line up perfectly, but I’d prefer it to be somewhat close. These straight-leg pants are great, but they’re not my size either. That’s what happens when you’re away for a while…stuff sells out. These are a pull-on style that comes in two colors, petite here and plus here.
These are great-fitting jeans that would have come home with me, but they’re one size too large. They’re a cotton/polyester blend with 2% elastane, so they’re nice and stretchy. They seem to run long even in petite, so plan on wearing them with booties or platform sneakers. I loved this pencil-striped top, which will be great for layering. It comes in this navy or chocolate stripe. It’s very stretchy and runs close to the body, so even the medium is a bit body-conscious on me. I can’t say enough nice things about this faux leather blazer with sweater sleeves.
The sleeves are long and meant to be folded up, but I folded them twice. It’s a gorgeous navy with classic lapels that would be fun over lots of things. The faux leather is buttery soft and has a very luxe feel. It seems to run true to size.
Here’s a fun twist on a plaid top with a feminine vibe. Vince Camuto makes this shape in lots of fabrics, but I’ve not seen plaid before this. This deep forest is one of my favorite colors, and it also comes in a red plaid here. Early holiday outfits, anyone? I’m wearing it with some terrific pull-on ponte knit pants, which must be popular because there wasn’t a medium to be found. This large is a bit loose on me. I haven’t tried Vince Camuto ponte before, but I’m impressed with how well they hang and their modern look.
These jeans are quite fun. I thought they were faux leather, and was surprised to find they’re coated denim. They’re a 59% modal, 39% polyester, 2% Lycra® spandex blend that’s very stretchy and quite soft. These will be fun dressed up with a nice cashmere sweater and suede booties or down with retro sneakers.
I’m not sure if this jacket is left over from the Nsale, but it’s marked way down and perfect for fall. It comes in four colors, including a gorgeous canyon rose that has my name all over it. This has a drawstring cord at the back waist to snug the shape, a stowaway hood, which is always helpful, and packs into its own pouch for travel. The reviews mentioned narrow sleeves, but I didn’t find that to be the case.
I hope to get back into other departments for a try-on next week because so much looked new to me.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.