This try-on session took place over several trips to the store, so you’ll notice my hair and jewelry changes. I hate to say I live at my local Nordstrom, but I am there more often than not these days. I’ve had many requests to share more plus-sized options, so I’m making a concerted effort to link more options when I find them.
If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is 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 140 lbs. I have broad shoulders with 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 will tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run.
This lightweight summer dress is a deep indigo linen blend with colorful embroidery around the neckline. It comes in XS-XXL (16W, plus size is here. I love that it has pockets, and the fabric is opaque, so you could skip a slip if you like. This linen blend cardigan is one of my staple summer pieces because they’re so lightweight and pop over many things for arm coverage and frigid air conditioning situations. It has side seam buttons, so you can wrap it closed and wear it four different ways. It comes in multiple colors, sizes XS-XXL, as well as petite and plus here.
You’ll see the snaps at the waist on this skirt are black and blend in, but the picture on the website shows silver snaps…so I can only speak to the ones I saw in the store and brought home with me:). It comes in white or black, size 0-18. It’s a great stretch twill that you could dress up or down in a modest length. I’ve linked the Vince Camuto-style blouse, but the website isn’t showing the leopard print…I hate when that happens.
This flowy ribbed skirt is fully lined, which I always appreciate with white. The fabric is woven, not knit, so it twirls nicely…I tested it out. This is one of those pieces you could wear in multiple ways and dress up or down. It has godet panels which make it nice and full at the bottom but slim around the hips. It comes in sizes XXS-XXL, plus sizes here. I could not find a petite option, so luckily, Nordstrom hems items for free. The V-neck tank is a flowy woven fabric that skims over the torso. It comes in fourteen colors and patterns, sizes XXS-XXL, plus size here.
Here’s the same style skirt as shown in black above…this time in a medium denim wash. I’m wearing one size larger in this photo which makes it hang lower on my hip and look longer. It’s not distressed but has nice shading. They suggest you size down in this brand, and I would agree. This NYDJ blouse is a perennial customer favorite that comes in 36 colors/patterns in sizes 00-22.
Someone must have returned this dress to my store because it was the only one they had. I’m shocked I was able to button this XS because I wear a medium….but I am not breathing in it :). It’s a nice lightweight Tencel that would be very cool in the summer. It comes in this olive and a rust color, sizes XXS-XXL 16W. The plus size is here.
This crisp cotton shirt dress comes in five colors in sizes XS-XXL, plus size here. This runs large, so the small fits me, and you can easily size it down. It has an exaggerated shirttail hemline, and I think it would look nice belted. This sort of dress covers a multitude of sins, is very comfy, and looks polished on a hot day.
This easy a-line dress is in crisp cotton with spandex that flows away from the body. The geometric print has a fun, modern feel in neutral shades of ivory/gray/black. It’s got side seam pockets which are always a plus for me. It comes in sizes XS-XXL, plus size here.
Another great lightweight blouse that comes in 26 colors/patterns in sizes XS-XXL 14W. I’m wearing it with these fun wide-leg jeans in lemon yellow. These are selling out quickly. They’re a cotton/spandex blend with a 27″ inseam.
The same skirt as above, this time paired with a satiny camisole and linen blend cardigan. I love pale blue with white for warm weather. This is a beautiful little cami that’s miles too small for me, but it’s all they had on the rack. It’s a nice flowy, woven fabric that (should) skim the torso. It’s stocked well on the website. I topped it with another linen blend 4-way cardigan. This cardi is made year after year in tons of colors.
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Are skirts on your radar for summer?
Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.