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Monday Musings – Sizing Charts & Animal Print

Happy Monday ladies. I’m a big fan of one-and-done dressing because it’s so easy. That means a jumpsuit or a dress for me and I haven’t found too many jumpsuits that feel effortless to wear ūüôā There’s that whole restroom issue as well as bending over and having the rise remind you it’s an issue.

A dress, on the other hand, is easy peasy but many feel too dressy for my lifestyle so I’m always happy to discover one that’s casual.

As always, you can click the red text for more info and to shop the item.

jennifer of a well styled life wearing target dress and rothy's flats
WEARING – DENIM JACKET similarLONG SLEEVE KNIT DRESSANIMAL PRINT FLATS – Old NECKLACE – similar EARRINGSSUNGLASSESLIPSTICK in ROSEWATER

I spotted this super casual knit dress in Target last week and decided it was perfect for a casual day. In an era when many retailers are cutting back their size options, I’m always delighted to find a retailer who isn’t! This dress comes in 3 colors, in womens and womens plus size XS-4X.¬†

over 50 woman walking in target dress and rothy's flats
WEARING – DENIM JACKET similarLONG SLEEVE KNIT DRESSANIMAL PRINT FLATS – Old NECKLACE – similar EARRINGSSUNGLASSESLIPSTICK in ROSEWATER

That sizing is wonderful for several reasons. It’s not called, regular and plus which might imply a plus size is not regular which could not be further from the truth. At least 70% of women wear a size 14 or above which gets classified as a plus… shouldn’t those sizes be classified as regular?¬†

 

WEARING – DENIM JACKET similarLONG SLEEVE KNIT DRESSLEOPARD PRINT FLATS – Old NECKLACE

SIZING CHARTS

This brings me to one of the things on my mind this week…sizing and the labels that are put on women by clothing brands. As fun as it can be to try on and buy new clothes, it’s frustrating to have confusing size labels and categories. Women come in all shapes and sizes and no one size it better than the other. I try on a lot of clothes and I’m often puzzled by the way different sizes are categorized.

And what the heck is “misses”? Is that as opposed to Mrs? Then we can go down the rabbit hole of comparing one brand size chart to another. We know there is no standard or parity between brands.

The subject of vanity sizing is an entire post on its own. Suffice to say, we’re all victims of it whether we think we are or not. Zipping up a pair of jeans labeled 8 shouldn’t make us feel any happier than zipping up a pair labeled a 12…but they seem to. Brands know this and they play to women’s insecurity by vanity sizing. Their bottom line is money, not the joy and confidence of the women buying their clothes. My tiny rant is over, but it’s an important conversation.

 

woman sitting on bench smiling into camera
You’ll usually find me with my sleeves folded up. It helps me appear taller plus I like to see a peek of both garment colors at my wrist to tie them together.

My necklace is old as the hills and has a silver metal medallion.¬† My earrings have a gold metal finish. They flow because they’re both labradorites. Mixing metals should be done at your pleasure so please ignore all rules thrown at you.

ANIMAL PRINT

I use animal print in all shades as a neutral. It’s one of the few prints I do wear. I started to ponder why some women love it and some never wear it. It’s a personal preference of course, but why?

woman sitting on wall wearing animal print rothy's shoes and target dress

Some women feel strong, stylish, and powerful wearing animal print. Others find it trashy, tasteless, and low class. Is there a right or wrong answer? Of course not. It’s called personal choice and I encourage you to express yours with delight… whichever side of the faux pelt you come down on.

two pair of rothy's aniumal print loafers on escalator

I’ve been wearing and loving these Rothy’s flats since my daughter and I discovered these during a shopping trip in 2019. I brought mine to Vancouver this week and she picked me up at the airport wearing hers. For me, animal print is both timeless and easy so I always keep an eye out for fun accessories to add to my collection.

Here are a few cool-toned animal prints that crossed my radar this week-

 

What are your thoughts on sizing? If this topic interests you, please pin this post to Pinterest so other women can join our conversation.

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

 

 

 

 

57 Comments

  1. I hear you about the sizing issues. I really need xs in everything and most brands don’t even come in that size. It’s harder then ever to find petites also. I love all things leopard!

  2. Dear Jennifer,
    I absolutely love your postings ….I hear
    all the ladies frustrations with sizing !!
    Look forward everyday to read what you say and what you’re wearing.

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