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Dressing Room Diaries: Pattern Play

Dressing Room Diaries: Pattern Play

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.

 

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26 Comments

  1. Penelope
    November 10, 2019 / 4:18 am

    Longing for winter weather and cozy clothes in our humid tropical clime. Love the fair isle and thoughts of velvet. Thanks for the fashion show.

  2. Lucy
    November 10, 2019 / 5:00 am

    Love the knit wide leg pants. I’ve been looking for a dressier pair of black pants and these are so pretty. Definitely going to order.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      November 10, 2019 / 8:05 am

      I brought them on this trip and am loving them. They also come in Navy but the black is sort of perfect.

  3. Pat Watters
    November 10, 2019 / 5:41 am

    I too have a couple of dozen pairs of black pants, but can always find a reason for more!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      November 10, 2019 / 8:04 am

      Isn’t that the truth;)

  4. Deborah Fischer
    November 10, 2019 / 6:11 am

    Love the idea of cashmere anything but a cashmere robe and pajamas sounds Devine.

  5. Beth M.
    November 10, 2019 / 6:34 am

    You made me laugh w/that remark about the pants! 🙂 Nice try-on session!

  6. Pat Gibbons
    November 10, 2019 / 6:57 am

    I would love the cashmere travel set in charcoal – it looks very cosy and would be great on a plane trip!

  7. Lea
    November 10, 2019 / 7:13 am

    Those black pants are lovely!

  8. Francesca
    November 10, 2019 / 8:25 am

    So many things to love thank you Jennifer!! Love the white poncho and the toffee sweater.
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful time with your daughter!

    Really like your site!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      November 10, 2019 / 2:51 pm

      Thanks so much Francesca

  9. Joanna
    November 10, 2019 / 8:37 am

    I know I certainly buy more after a glass of wine. Gone is the “Do I really need them?” or “It is far too pricey.” and out pops “I want that!” lol

    It’s nice to meet your grown children’s friends. They are such a big part of their lives and we get to peek into that relationship. Enjoy!

  10. Diane Reynolds
    November 10, 2019 / 8:46 am

    Thank you for stopping by Ann Taylor:) There isn’t a store near me so my shopping is done online. It is so helpful to see the clothes on the average woman. I also appreciate the attention to detail you provide when trying on the clothes. Thank you!

  11. Freda Witt
    November 10, 2019 / 9:23 am

    Love the pants, and the sweater you are wearing with them is very flattering on you. This outfit is something I would find I could wear on many occasions.

    • Lois Williams
      November 10, 2019 / 1:36 pm

      You look great in Ann Taylor clothes, one of my go to stores. I’ve added some wider legged slacks to my wardrobe this fall too. I really enjoy your dressing room posts, thanks for sharing 😊

  12. Eve
    November 10, 2019 / 10:32 am

    I wear black pants 75%. of the time because I have such comfortable boots and shoes for black pants. I think that’s the reason. I am going to look for a pair of grey loafers to get my grey pants out of the closet more. I love everything especially the poncho but my experience with them is wearing them once and after that grabbing a jacket. I’m always tempted though. My inner fashionista wants it.

  13. Kate
    November 10, 2019 / 11:22 am

    I love the wide pants, and they have a side zipper and come in talls—major plus! I’m going to order them, too. I rarely order from AT as we don’t have a store nearby for returns, but I’ll take my chances on this one.

    I think the bar at Nordstrom is for the husbands—they are less likely to complain about their wife’s shopping if they are a bit mellowed out 😀

    • Jennifer
      Author
      November 10, 2019 / 2:49 pm

      You’re probably right about the bar for husbands 🙂

  14. Sandy
    November 10, 2019 / 11:38 am

    Like all your suggestions.

    I can keep up with you what is popular at the moment

    Sandy

  15. Christine
    November 10, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    Love the poncho – definitely my style. I have 3 ponchos/capesthat I wear in fall and spring, as I live in the Pacific Northwest. You look great in the wider pants. Not a style I can pull off, as I am short-waisted with narrow shoulders.

  16. Cynthia
    November 10, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    You look amazing in that turtleneck cable-knit poncho — so pretty!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      November 10, 2019 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks Cynthia

  17. November 10, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    The knit wide leg pants look much better on you than the online model at Ann Taylor. I can see why they were a must buy.

  18. Joyce
    November 11, 2019 / 1:20 am

    Thank you so much! Your try-on was so helpful to me because we are close in height/size and I really like your style. You look femininely tailored, if that is a style. I really like the gray poncho outfit on you. Have you done a Saturday errand day try-on? Jeans?

  19. Star
    November 11, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    You look great in those black pants! They are very flattering.

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