Dressing Room Diary- Early Fall Try-on at Nordstrom

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.


  1. The flare jeans and jacket are amazing on you!

  2. Diet culture! You’re a beautiful woman and any talk of weight gain is unnecessary. Research shows us that weight and health are independent factors — I hope you focus on the latter.

    1. As a matter of fact, I was at the doctor right before I tried these clothes on, because I’m having a lot of pain in the hip I broke back in 2015.She mentioned my weight gain and suggested those extra pounds could be putting extra pressure on my femur. I sure hope I don’t need a hip replacement.

  3. My favorite outfit on you is the blue plaid with ruffle sleeve top (the color just makes you look dazzling gorgeous) and the coated wide leg jeans….it’s has a such modern and yet classy look to it.

    1. Your so sweet, I loved that outfit too.

  4. The black jacket and striped tee is definitely a winner on you! Very slimming-you look great!

  5. Everything looks amazing on you Jennifer though favourites are the pencil stripe top as do like its ‘true’ crew-cut neckline (as finding so many are somewhat wide similar to a boat-neck). Also favour the design/fit of the pointe pants, as feel many tops would work well with them. As to the coated wide leg jeans; to me they appear more mid-rise rather than high-rise as described on the website by the appearance of their fly length as well as the fit on you. JMO. -Brenda-

    1. Every brand decribes their rise differently. I like when they give the actual measurments.

  6. Great outfits, my favorite is the faux leather jacket, stripped shirt and Kut jeans. For some reason, Kut jeans and my body do not like each other , I have to go up minimum one size, maybe two, so I normally don’t purchase them…the Nic+Zoe knit sweater jacket really cute, this would work with so much that I already have….the Vince plaid shirt is very cute, but I’m not adventurous enough for the ruffled sleeves…..on you Jennifer, cute…thanks for showcasing great clothing choices.

    1. I feel the same. Really cut blouse, but I’m afraid that the sleeves would end up in my food or catch on things. Not that it matters really because Nordstrom doesn’t carry petites in its stores and doesn’t have many online, They are not alone in this, but I’d rather support retailers who recognize that a lot of women are short.

  7. Jennifer you look really good in the flare jeans, they actually made you look slimmer.
    Thanks for showing the rain coat and it’s a plus if it’s on sale.
    Thank you for shopping for us, I have gotten several items you have modeled.

    1. With my recent weight gain, I’ll take any help I can to look slimmer.

  8. Kay Dolan says:

    I particularly like the plaid top with the wide leg jeans on you. They look fresh and modern.

    1. My husband loved that look too!

  9. I really liked so many of these things you tried on. My favs are the faux leather jacket, knit jacket, pencil tee and the plaid shirt. All looked great on you!! I’m off to golf today.

  10. Do you know if flutter sleeves are back in fashion for Fall? Such a pretty look.

    1. I don’t know but it is a very pretty look. Vince Camuto has been making this style for a long time and they’re very popular.

  11. The Vince Camuto top is so cute on and the colors are perfect for you, I’ll be in Scottsdale the end of the week and will see if it’s in the store there so I can try it.

  12. If you’ve gained weight you hide it well!

    1. The doctor told me yesterday, I am up a solid 6+ pounds since the spring. I was already up a few from my trip to Mexico before this gain. Vacation eating has caught up with me.

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