Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to Friday and the weekend ahead!! We’re surprising the kids with a special Christmas treat tonight and I can hardly wait! All we’ve told them is to get dressed-up and be ready to leave by 5:30. I’m sure I’ll share it on my Instagram Story, so follow me there if you want to see what we’re up to.

Today I’m bringing you a monster-sized Dressing Room Diaries, and with it being holiday season, so many things I’m reviewing are on super sale (check the end of this post for discount codes)! I tried to include a little bit of everything…sweaters, athletic wear, pajamas and a bunch of holiday style options.

If you’re new around here, Dressing Room Diaries is where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. The shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad, my hair is usually past it’s expiration, and many of the items aren’t a good fit for me…but it’s real life, real girl, real clothes…and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model.

Fit Note: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-isa (depending on the week’s taco count), with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. 

I’m going to kick it off with my favorite finds…starting with this relaxed cowlneck sweater! I actually shared it last week, but I loved it so much I ordered another color! It’s light and soft, with a flattering draped fit. It has a cute pleat in the back giving the sweater a bit of swing, so it doesn’t cling to the body. It’s on the longer side, but also looks cute with a little half-tuck (see that here). And as you can see, it’s cute worn alone or layered over a collared shirt.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular XS, but it also comes in petite sizing if you prefer it shorter.

Cowlneck Sweater | Plaid Shirt | Fave Black Jeans | Leopard Belt | Knee Boots

This sweater has a soft, fuzzy feeling and a relaxed funnel neck. The edge is slightly rolled at both the wrists and hem, and it hits at hip-length. It’s really lightweight and not at all bulky.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but it would be cute with a size up, too.

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Mockneck Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Boots | Earrings (25% off!)

This side slit tunic is a silky merino wool, with a long, drapey cowlneck. It comes in tons of colors and is long enough for leggings. It’s really lightweight, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular XS.

Cowlneck Tunic | Distressed Jeans | Booties

I’m clearly on a turtleneck and cowlneck kick, but I just love how they frame the face…not to mention, are soft and warm on my neck. This cashmere turtleneck feels so luxe, and comes in tons of colors. It’s easily dressed up with a skirt or slacks, but looks chic with jeans and loafers, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, which is a great slim fit. I think I’d actually prefer sizing up and wearing it more relaxed. 

Cashmere TurtleneckDistressed Jeans | Booties

I love a good fair isle, and especially when layered over a gingham shirt. This one has so much cute colors to pull from, plus a darling tie closure on the back. (And it’s on sale!!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Fair Isle Tie-Back Sweater (40% off!) | Jeans | Boots

I actually already own this ribbed v-neck, but wanted to try a larger size to see if it worked as a tunic…and yes, it does! The front gets a little low, but would be cute with a lacy bralette.

Fit Tip: My usual XS fits well in this sweater, but as a tunic, I’m wearing a medium.

Ribbed V-Neck SweaterJeans | Boots

Fair isle + turtleneck = swoon! The pattern is so cute, and the material thick and soft…it’s definitely a bold color, even more electric in person!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Fair Isle Turtleneck | Jeans | Black Booties

This darling cable knit sweater has subtle pom-pom details and a slightly blouson sleeve. It’s not overly thick or chunky, so it’s perfect for layering, too. I love this periwinkle blue…so unexpected this time of year.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Crewneck Pom SweaterPlaid Shirt | Fave Black JeansKnee Boots

This picture is bad, but this mock neck sweater has a subtle polar bear and cub on the front. It’s on the thinner side, but can still be layered. I love the soft heather gray and relaxed fit.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Polar Bear Sweater | Plaid Shirt | Fave Black Jeans | Knee Boots

You can never have too many striped tees, and this one is extra thick with darling tulle cuffs! They’d be so cute poking out of a blazer or sweater, don’t you think!?

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

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Striped TeeDistressed Jeans | Boots | Earrings (25% off!)

Pretend I’m wearing heels and this velvet peplum top is holiday ready! You could pair it with dark jeans or ankle pants, and add some bling. I love that the peplum sits lower on the waist, so it conceals the tummy area. It also comes in a gorgeous emerald green and cranberry…both so festive!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0, but if you’re in-between or busty, I’d sized up one.

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Velvet Peplum TopDistressed Jeans | Boots | Earrings (25% off!)

This cardigan is closer to a coat, and fits a little like a blazer. It’s thick and soft with a foldover collar and pockets. The front drapes but isn’t shapeless.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Foldover CardiganPlaid Shirt | Fave Black Jeans | Leopard Belt | Knee Boots

Let’s move on to outerwear and jackets…and this gorgeous suede moto jacket! It comes in a ton of amazing colors, but I was partial to this deep plum. I like that it’s edgy, but still feminine. It’s heavy and fully-lined, so actually provides some warmth, too.

Fit Tip: The XS was a little snug through the arms, so I sized up to a small for layering room.

Suede Moto JacketFave Black Jeans | Leopard Belt | Knee Boots

A similar jacket, but this one faux-leather. The collar snaps in place when work open (so no flapping about), and stands up straight when zipped. You’d never know in person this isn’t real or believe it’s under $100!

Fit Tip: Same fit as the suede, I sized up one to a small.

Faux-Leather Moto JacketFave Black Jeans | Leopard Belt | Knee Boots

This little jacket/top is right up Mama Sugarplum’s alley (hopefully she and I get a shopping date together soon!). It’s thick cotton with a cute ruffle trim, and a fold over neckline. The bottom is open, so you’d need to layer a tee underneath.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular XS.

Ruffle-Trim Wrap JacketJeans | Boots

This zip-up jacket is great for throwing on with workout clothes, or even jeans and sneakers. It has thick sweatshirt arms, and a quilted puffer torso, plus thumbholes and pockets. The quilted part is reflective, so great for exercising outside and at night.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a small.

Reflective Quilted JacketJeans | Boots

This pullover has so many things going for it…zip-up neckline, thick sweatshirt material, super soft, and thumbholes. It’s also really long (past my hips), so great for covering your bum in workout leggings. I actually wish it were a more standard sweatshirt length.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small and it’s still a little snug.

Funnel-neck Pullover SweatshirtDistressed Jeans | Booties

This pullover has a more relaxed fit and stretchy-soft material. You could pull the neck tighter and tie the drawstring, or wear loose as a slight cowlneck.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, but I tend to size up in Old Navy activewear.

Funnel Neck PulloverJeans | Boots

I really wanted this tunic to work, but it was just too much fabric for my frame. It’s a soft, thick sweatshirt material, but still has some drape to it…along with a relaxed cowlneck and wide bell sleeves. It’s definitely long enough for leggings, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular XS.

Cowlneck Knit TunicJeans | Boots

This puffer jacket is fleece-lined and super heavy, but not overly bulky. It’s crazy warm with a tall neck, and no hood. It’s serious bang for your buck, too…it’s on sale for $16 today!!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small.

Frost Free Jacket (only $20!) | Plaid Shirt | Leopard Belt | Jeans | Boots

I know a lot of people are fans of the high-waisted workout legging, but I don’t like the constricting feeling across my stomach when I’m exercising. I mean, I’m already miserable enough as it is! I much prefer the mid-rise of these, and the midi length is actually perfect as an ankle-length on me. (The longer ones bunch too much at the ankle.) They are super thick and stretchy, but also really soft. As for the jacket, it’s super-soft fuzzy fleece with a contrasting zipper.

Fit Tip: I sized up one in everything, and am wearing a small in the leggings and jacket. 

Furry Fleece Jacket | Crewneck Tee | Live-In Leggings

Okay, I’ve had lots of requests for festive holiday wear, so I found several really fun options…starting with this ruffle sleeve sheath dress. The sleeves are so fun and billowy, and the v-neck is just low enough to give it some sass. This deep red is fun for holidays, too.

Fit Tip: It runs big, so I’d size down one, I’m wearing an XS and it’s too big across the shoulders and arms. 

Ruffle Sleeve Sheath Dress

I adore this lace fit-and-flare, and wish the photo showed more of the details. The cap sleeves are a fluttery lace, as is the choker-style collar, with a thick grosgrain ribbon at the waist. The skirt has a tiered peplum, and the back is open. It’s beautifully made and easily looks twice the price.

Fit Tip: It runs small, I sized up one to a small.

Lace Fit-and-Flare Dress

This dress just screams party and New Years Eve! The halter-style neckline is uber-flattering, and the tiers of fringe hang perfectly. I like the knee-length too, for a classy look. And I dare you not to shimmy while wearing it.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XX

Fringe Dress

I’m still on the jumpsuit bandwagon…this one is crepe and fully-lined, so it feels really sturdy. The asymmetrical peplum makes it flirty, while the cap-sleeves and wide legs keep you fully covered.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2, and it fits great through the stride (obviously I’d need a hem).

Peplum Jumpsuit

This halter-style jumpsuit has all kinds of sass with a flattering neckline and deep v-neck. It’s a jersey knit, so you may feel more comfortable wearing it with a Spanx. The tie belt accentuates the waist, but is also removable.

Fit Tip: The XS was too short in the stride for me, so I sized up to a small.

Jersey Knit Jumpsuit

On the more casual side, this sweater dress is pretty much as good as sweater dresses get! It’s soft and stretchy and thick enough to cover lumps, but not so thick that it adds bulk. I love the tall neck and knee length, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS. Size down if you prefer a body con fit. 

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Turtleneck Sweater Dress

And finally, let’s talk cozy loungewear…and it doesn’t get any cozier or softer than this combo! This circle cardigan is the stuff dreams are made of, and the lounge pants are fuzzy with a great drape to them. I love that they don’t scream ‘PAJAMAS!’ so you don’t feel weird wearing them when your neighbor stops by mid-afternoon.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in the cardigan, but sized up to a small in the pants so they wouldn’t be snug across the tush.

Cozy Circle Cardigan | Crewneck Tee | Lounge Pants

Ready for Christmas morning in this cute flannel set!! It’s thick and warm and comes in the cutest patterns.

Fit Tip: It runs large, but I stick with an XS.

Flannel Pajama Set

Woo-Wee, this post was a doozy! I do hope you found it helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies, and even gift ideas. What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? Happy weekend, lovebugs!

{Great Holiday Sales}
NORDSTROM // Huge seasonal sale, including this Barefoot Dreams cardigan!
LOFT // 40% off everything with code NEWNOW
GAP // 40% off everything with code DEAL
OLD NAVY // 30% off everything, no code needed (I’d grab this tartan bag!)
J.CREW // 25% off everything
J.CREW FACTORY // 50-60% off everything, plus extra 50% off sale
BACKCOUNTRY // 15% off Patagonia fleece pullovers
BAUBLE BAR // 25% off site wide with code GIFT25 (this $10 necklace is a great stocking stuffer!)

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  1. The Jersey Knit Jumpsuit looks really nice on you. It’s perfect for the season! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 12.8.17 Reply
  2. kathy wrote:

    I hope you bought the halter jumpsuit!

    Posted 12.8.17 Reply
  3. Wanda wrote:

    Hi Cassie, great sweaters and so timely! How do you store your sweaters and cardigans in your fab closet? Hanging? Folded? Could you show us pics on Instagram?

    Posted 12.8.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I hang them on those felt huggable hangers…that way they don’t take up too much room, and the hangers don’t leave marks on the shoulders.

      Posted 12.13.17 Reply
  4. Love the fair isle sweater and the grey mockneck sweater! It’s been really cold in Michigan this week, so I’m all about the warm layers lately!

    Posted 12.8.17 Reply
  5. Janice wrote:

    What? No MSP? Boo…hisss! I miss her!

    Posted 12.9.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I know! I miss her too, she just moved so she’s been super busy!

      Posted 12.13.17 Reply
  6. Sandy wrote:

    Wow! on the lime green Fair Isle sweater on you! Luv it. But my favorite Fair Isle is the one you wore in the Beach-y Waves tutorial- purrfect on you!
    Oh, the grey turtleneck sweater dress-Princess Kate wore one w/a wide suede belt once. It was stunning. Unforgettable.

    Sorry, I got carried away on all your great ideas. Thanks again, C!

    Posted 12.9.17 Reply
  7. Leah wrote:

    The red ruffle sleeve dress is on backwards. When turned around the button does up so there’s a keyhole opening in the back, it’ll fit better across your shoulders that way 😊

    Posted 12.9.17 Reply
  8. You look good in all your outfits, as usual! ❤

    Posted 3.9.18 Reply
  9. jenny wrote:

    This is really good

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  10. jenny wrote:

    This is really too much good

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  11. David wrote:

    This is good

    Posted 2.18.19 Reply