Dressing Room Diary at J. Jill

Happy Monday, ladies! If you’re new here, welcome. Dressing room diary is when I go into stores and try on their new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 136lbs. I have an inverted triangle shape with broad shoulders and straight narrow hips. I have a long torso and arms so wear one size larger on top than the bottom.

On most dressing room diaries, I suggest you check the website for accurate colors. Not with J. Jill. Someone in their marketing department has decided it’s clever to apply a filter to their images to make many things look beachy and warmer than they actually are. It’s not helpful for shoppers so I hope they will stop doing it soon. Most of their garments come in misses, petite, women’s, and tall.



This three-quarter sleeve Pima cotton top is a great classic they bring back every year and this year, the colors are more gorgeous than ever. There are 6 solids and 1 stripe in sizes XS-XL. I’m wearing a misses in small.

These boyfriend jeans are super comfortable in a cotton/Tencel blend with spandex for stretch. I love the feel of this denim. They’re soft, flexible, and fairly lightweight. I’m wearing misses 4. They sit just below the waist so have a medium/high rise. You can adjust the cuff to the length you like.



Here are the same jeans in 4 petite which make the legs quite a bit shorter and also lowers the rise. When you go down to petite at J.Jill, remember that you also need to go up one size.

I love this little hip-length cotton-blend cardigan! It’s very soft and comfortable. The website only seems to show it in white, so call your local store if you want this aqua color…which is gorgeous in person. It reminds me of a cropped boyfriend cardigan that’s a bit more figure-flattering. I am wearing a misses XS.


This 100% linen mixed media tee comes in four colors. The front is woven, the sleeves and back are knit which makes it very stretchy and comfortable. I think knit linen is a wonderful way to stay cool. Does it wrinkle? Of course, but it’s perfect for hot weather. I’m wearing a misses in small.

J.Jill makes this lightweight cardigan every summer. It’s a linen/cotton blend that comes in 7 colors that’s perfect to toss on when you go into blasting air conditioning or if you just want a little arm coverage. I’m wearing a misses small. These useful little cardigans are a great basic for your wardrobe.

These tie-waist pants come in two solids and this stripe in a linen/rayon blend. I’m wearing a misses XS and rolled the cuffs down. The tie at the waist? What can I say, brands seem to love them, women tend to dislike them:)


This scoop-neck tee is a super soft Pima cotton knit with an A-line shape and an elliptical hemline. It looks better untucked, but not with these full pants. When one garment is loose, it’s best to have the other closer to the body. This comes in six colors. I am wearing golden amber in misses small. These full-leg crop pants come in 3 colors and this leaf print. I’m wearing a misses small and think they run TTS.



This Wearever layering tee is a rayon/lycra blend that would be perfect over so many things. It comes in five colors plus this palm pattern. I’m wearing a misses small. I love the drape and fabric of these Pure Jill straight-leg crops. It’s a smooth, cotton/linen knit that feels elegant against your skin. They come in three colors, I’m wearing the carbon. The petite was 2″ shorter which ended at a funny spot on my leg so I prefer the misses for me, which end where my leg narrows for my ankle.

See also-How Long Should Your Pants Be?


This Wearever dress is a petite small.  It has a v-neck and is made from a wrinkle-free rayon/lycra blend so it would be perfect for traveling.  The misses is 2″ longer than this, so you could opt for the version that gives you the length you want but remember that the armholes get deeper when you go from petite to misses and from misses to tall. This is the same cardi that I wore in turquoise, above. I love tying little sweaters like this to give waist definition where I have none:)


This flounce hem, double v-neck dress comes in 3 solids and 2 prints in a cotton/rayon blend. It’s in a subtle slub fabric and has pockets on the side seam! Yay for pockets!

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  1. Great blog once again!! Was wondering if you have heard of a women’s clothing line called Soft Surroundings. They feature some of the most beautiful and unique items I have seen. I know you enjoy beautiful, well made clothing and if you haven’t looked at them online, take a minute to check them out.

  2. Loving DRD. What a great idea! The aqua looks fabulous on you – you shine. Purchased the flounce-edged dress in Agean (aqua) and absolutely LOVE it. So comfortable and cute. Everything looks cute on you.

  3. Jennifer – would love to enter your Nordstrom contest but I do not subscribe to You Tube or Instagram….I do subscribe to your newsletter/blog…any other suggestions as to how I could enter?

  4. I love J. Jill! Some of my favorite outfits are from there. Thank you for sharing – it helps to see clothes on a real person!

  5. Thanks, Jennifer! I really like the DRDs as well. As a newbie on your site, I really admire your expertise and honesty. I’ve lost weight during the pandemic as well and have been sticking to elastic and/or drawstring waists on shorts and trousers because I am not sure what size I am going to settle into.

    1. That’s wise because weight does take time to settle. I am still adjusting to my new weight as well.

  6. I appreciate your DRDs. I’m built somewhat like you, same height, weight, broad shoulders, but am short waisted and no-waisted with long legs. I’ve lost about 14 pounds so it helps me to see how clothes look on you because I still see myself heavier. I live near you so unlike some others, your clothing is better suited to hot weather. It’s frustrating to see outfits that are completely unsuited for higher temperatures.

  7. So many cute and comfy looking options! Thanks for the tip on the colors! It’s hard to wrap my head around Fall already, but I know I should be thinking a bit ahead to be able to purchase sizes I need. Thanks for all you do!

  8. Interesting to see the difference certain colors make on a person. You always look amazing but that mustard color does not flatter you.

  9. I have lots of J Jill, and I have a tip about discerning colors. I find that the darker shade in the picture (the shade in the shadows) is closer to the shade of the garment IRL than the brighter shade in the full light. That goes for Jennifer’s great shots and the pictures on the web site as well.

  10. Haven’t been in a retail clothing store since last Christmas and am still waiting for the dressing rooms or when the Border opens so do appreciate your DRD, Jennifer as am living vicariously through you …. ☺. Also the info. re JJill filtering their images is very good to know. As to the clothing; though not one so much to wear a cardigan, do like the open one featured as feel its lightweight blend would be comfortable/wearable if one even wished to drape it over the shoulders (and loop its sleeves in the front) to use as over 3rd piece overlay, keep the sun off ones shoulder etc. Wishing you a beautiful day! -Brenda-

  11. I hate trying on clothes. It’s so exhausting. I don’t know how fashion bloggers do it but I’m grateful. I love seeing the tropical colors in the summer. Fall and winter can get a little drab. I like the new loose pants a lot and I like most of these outfits, I do watch for quality more now. So many fast fashion out there.

  12. Love the amber top on you! You look amazing in all the outfits, but both the aqua and amber colors really give off a radiance! Thank you for the sizing explanations.

  13. I buy 99% of my clothes at JJill. I order mainly online because the closest store is 4 hours away. I only order petite (5’3”) medium or a 12. Rarely does something not fit. I’m 67 and wear basics. When I travel, I always go to the local JIll. I love their colors, excellent quality, everything goes together and I only have to look at one website. Their shipping is slow. Thank you for showing and styling JJill clothes! You look great!

  14. May I just say that I still can’t get over you weighing 136, and so appreciate you sharing that!! I’m 5’6″ and need to lose a few, so you give me so much hope; you look fabulous!

  15. I’ve ordered JJill clothing online, but have never been inside a store. Their colors often seem soft and subdued to me which is not my color palette, but I have purchased several black and white articles that work for me. I enjoy seeing your modeling their clothing to see the difference in petite, which I usually buy, and regular sizes. So difficult to decide the best fit when you cannot try on.

  16. Wow, you look gorgeous in the palm print wearever tank and Jersey knit crops! Just beautiful, comfortable and elegant!

    Thank you for the DRD. Very helpful to see the clothing on a real person 🙂

  17. You are SO right about the J Jill colors looking different in person. Frustrating. But that aqua tint is gorgeous and I am going to see if I can find that cardi in my local store. I appreciate your DRD, Jennifer!

  18. Why, indeed, do brands make pants with ties at the waist?? So long as they aren’t required, I always remove the drawstrings. Who needs extra bulk at the waist?