I popped into Ann Taylor on Wednesday to do a quick dressing room diaries and ended up taking home a new pair of black pants. We’re not going to discuss the fact that I own a bazillion pairs of black pants but I will tell you why I couldn’t leave the store without these.
Dressing Room Diaries is when I go into stores and try on their clothes so you can see how they look on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than 2. I am 5’4″ tall and weight 145+ pounds. I have an inverted triangle shape with wide shoulders and straight hips. I also have long arms and a long torso.
This cabled poncho called me from the window because I’m loving everything winter white this fall. It has a dramatic collar and comfy shape which makes it perfect weekend wear. It’s available in XS/S or M/L. I’m wearing the XS/S which has plenty of room. These faux suede leggings have everything going for them. The softest nap and plenty of stretch plus a side zipper. I wish more pants were made with side zippers. They’re flattering without adding extra bulk on the tummy. I’m wearing the chocolate color in size 10, which is a bit loose, so they run true to size. They’re also available in a pale gray color, regular and petite, 0-16.
This soft Fairisle sweater has a touch of wool, alpaca, and spandex so it is cozy and warm. The sleeves have a slight bell shape but aren’t sloppy, get in your food, type full. I’m wearing a regular in the medium which is large on me. Petite medium would be a better fit for me. These are Ann Taylor’s straight pant which comes in curvy, classic, and regular. I’m wearing the regular in 10 which is a bit loose so it runs true to size. This style pant comes in tons of colors and is a great, machine washable basic.
This look has barely noticeable pattern mixing because the colors are similar, and the houndstooth size varies so much. I’ve admired this poncho for a while, so it was fun to try it on. It’s a winter white, soft gray color combo, available in one size. The pants are high-waisted, front zip, in a bi-stretch fabric that are clearly pulled up too high which gives me what is affectionately known as camel-toe. Google it if you must:) They have a zipper detail at the hemline which is totally obscured by turning them under, so I would need the petite. These are a black and white houndstooth that shows as gray. They’re also available in tall for you statuesque ladies.
These high-rise velvet skinny pants are available in tons of colors and the perfect counterpoint to oversized sweaters and ponchos. Post lunch, I was not feeling “skinny” so admired them on the display
This crew neck comes in 5 colors, regular and petite. I’m wearing the dark toffee heather color in a medium, regular length. It’s a fuzzy, boucle type knit that’s super cozy. These pants came home with me. They’re a twill knit, no waistband style with a hidden side zipper and slightly wide legs. They have a beautiful drape and will dress up or down. They’re available in regular, petite, and tall. I’m wearing the 8 regular which I bought and hemmed 2″. If they’d had the 10 petite in store, I would have bought those. They’re machine washable and pack beautifully.
Style tip- wider legged pants provide a great balance for broad shoulders. When worn with a short and/or slim-fitting top, they give the illusion of curves for straight figures.
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Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.