Before we caught the ferry to Victoria, I dragged my husband all over town to do some shopping. He would rather poke his eye out with a stick than go shopping so this is a petite version of what I like to do.
Dressing room diaries is when I go into stores and try on merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than zero. I am 5’4″, and around 145 lbs ( I’m guessing closer to 148 after quarantine) with broad shoulders, a long torso, long arms, and straight hips.
This faux wrap top has a stitch at the front so it doesn’t gap open. It’s a nice twill fabric available in several colors in regular and tall. I’m wearing an xs which is miles too small for me. It’s machine wash and dry for super easy care. The jeans came home with me because I’ve been looking for classic jeans in a pale wash. They’re a classic cigarette jean, that has a “skinny fit from hip to knee, and a slim, straight leg that’s a little roomier than your favorite skinnies.” They come in petite, regular, and tall. I’m wearing the 29 regular.
This sweater is made from a blend of wool, soft alpaca, and eco-friendly recycled polyester, sourced from 5.5 post-consumer plastic bottles. It’s lovely and soft and I couldn’t get it off my body fast enough because I’m allergic to alpaca! It comes in 4 colors sized XXS – XXL in regular and petite. I’m wearing a large regular which is too big.
This super-soft plaid flannel shirt is Banana Republic’s popular Dillon style which comes in multiple colors in regular and tall, XXS-XXL. The chest buttons are placed very well to prevent gaping. I’m wearing a medium so it fits true to size. The jeans are a wide-leg, high-rise style with a nice clean hemline. I went in specifically hoping to try these jeans on. The wash is nice and they fit beautifully. They’re available in regular, tall, and petite. I’m wearing the regular length which is a dorky length on me. They’re too short to be cropped and too long to look right so I would try them in tall which would make them full length on me.
This ribbed polo sweater comes in four colors in regular and petite. It’s a super soft, viscose rayon blend that feels like a silky cotton. I am wearing a medium in regular but would need the petite. It runs true to size. These are the very popular Sloan leggings with tons of stretch in a firm, smoothing fabric. It’s hard to tell, but these are a mossy green color. They have a seam stitched down the front of each leg which makes them look even more slimming than they are.
These are the same Sloan leggings in a nice beige houndstooth. They have a side zipper and smooth waistband so they add no extra tummy bulk. I’m wearing an 8 regular and would be better with the petite version. I had high hopes for this sweater but I would have needed a medium in petite rather than this XL in regular. I love its soft cotton blend fabric but boatnecks aren’t my best shape. I think it runs a bit large.
This classic trench coat has all the flaps, buttons, and storm guards you’d expect in a classic military trench coat. It’s even water-resistant! It’s pretty awesome but I’m swimming in it because I’m wearing an XL in regular and need the M petite. This would really keep you dry in nasty weather. I’m also wearing their soft stretchy viscose blend turtleneck in an XL and needed the M. I love that the neck isn’t the strangle-you type. It comes in 3 colors sized XXS-XXL.
Most, if not all of these items are marked way down. Some as low as 50% off!
I could have bought several more things to supplement my travel wardrobe but my sizes were sold out in the store. Plus, since I’d already dragged my husband through several other stores, he let me know he was done shopping!
Have you been shopping in the stores lately, or strickly online?