Happy Thursday ladies. We’re supposed to be in for an early spring. Fingers crossed but many of you will still need warmer clothes for a while. Today I’m sharing a dressing room diary in the classic spring combo of red, white, and blue in garments you can wear now and later.
If you’re new here, dressing room diaries is when I go into a store and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than a 2. For reference, I’m 5’4″ and weigh 147+ pounds. I have broad shoulders and narrow hips with a long torso and long arms. It’s typical for me to wear a larger size on the top because of my wide shoulders.
This little cotton cardigan comes in several colors, in regular and petite. I am wearing a regular in a medium. The 3/4 sleeves are a favorite look for me because they help me look taller and have a casual vibe that’s right for my lifestyle. The stretch pants are amazingly comfy. They are navy with a tiny white pin dot print. They come in petite and regular to size 16. I’m wearing a regular 8 and like this length. They also come in a bright warm-toned red.
This classic button-up shirt is great. It comes in tons of colors and stripes in XXS – 16. I’m wearing an L which is too large but I like how it looks with these skinny pants.
Here’s the same shirt in red gingham in a small. This size is too snug across the chest so the medium would be perfect. It runs true to size.
Here’s the shirt tied at the waist and straight. You can see how this change of proportion makes my legs look longer so I look taller.
I really love this soft white knit blazer. They ran out of my size last year so I was happy to see it fully restocked. It comes in petite and regular in several colors. I’m wearing a medium in regular. The sleeves are a bit long but the waist shaping hits at the right spot for me. The petite version runs small. I’d buy this size and fold the sleeves, which looks more casual anyway. These Nic+Zoe pants are really awesome. They are a pull-on style and really comfy. I’m wearing an 8 regular and they’re a bit long for me. These are midnight blue.
Here are the same shirt and pants with a navy and red striped jacket.
Nic+Zoe made several tops in this vivid giraffe print. The sleeveless one has front buttons in a hidden placket. It comes in petite and regular length. I’m wearing a medium in regular that fits well under my arms so it runs true to size.
This top is wrapped and cinched at the waist so it gives some waist definition. The sleeves are 3/4 length and have a fold-up cuff which I left unfolded. It would look better folded up. It doesn’t appear to come in petite so I am wearing a medium in regular. The front has hidden buttons to keep it closed.
These cotton, rayon and spandex stretch pants are super comfy. I love the side zipper which keeps your tummy free of lumps and bumps. The chambray shirt is fabulous and came home with me. It’s available in petite and regular. I’m wearing a medium in regular.
This Nic+Zoe jacket is a fit and flare shape in deep indigo blue. I’m wearing a medium that is too snug across the chest. I suspect it is meant to be worn open which I could and would wear in this size.
This classic knit blazer comes in six colors, XXS – XXL. I’m wearing a medium in beige oatmeal heather. It’s a great piece to dress up or down. I love the idea of this with blue jeans and a white tee.
This side by side image shows how the fit and flare blazer helps balance my wide shoulders and makes my legs appear longer.
There are a lot of sweater blazers in the stores these days and I’m pretty sold on them. They give a polished look and are very comfy.
Have you tried a knit blazer?
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.