Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to Friday, friends, and the weekend ahead! Our teen is away on a camp retreat, so Little Miss and I are meeting Mama Sugarplum for a girlie day of lunch and Mary Poppins tomorrow. Have you seen the new version? I’m always down for movie popcorn, so it’s a win either way for me!

Thank you again for your love on this week’s announcement of the Gibson x Hi Sugarplum Resort Collection, along with Winter Cozy styles and the Guest Room update! It’s hard to sit on opposite sides of the computer sometimes, so I always love hearing from you!

Today I’m excited to bring you the first Dressing Room Diaries of the New Year, and it’s a good one with so many great finds for the season.

You know the drill with Dressing Room Diaries…I hunt down some of the cutest items from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. As usual, the shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad, and I’m in desperate need of a hairbrush. 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. So let’s get started!

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

The biggest takeaway from this week’s finds was all the great colors! It’s like brands realized we’re all tired of the dull, gray days of Winter, and started infusing happy color. We’ve still got several months of cold ahead, which isn’t so bad when you’ve got cheerful color in your wardrobe.

Staring with this striped sweater! I love the funnel neck, and relaxed fit, plus the colors are some of my faves. It’s about hip-length, and looks cute with a half-tuck. I found it a little scratchy, but nothing a layered tee didn’t fix.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, and it’s a great, oversized fit. Size up one if you want to wear it as a tunic with leggings, or size down if you prefer a tighter fit.

Striped Funnel Neck Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

Let’s pause on the sweaters for second and talk jeans…this pair will appear on repeat during the post! As soon I slipped them on, I knew they were winners and didn’t want to take them off! A true high-rise denim, but super-soft rinse and hefty dose of stretch. The pocket placement on the back is super-flattering, too (not usually the case with high-rise jeans). Meaning, these have ‘perking’ power! #sold

Fit Tip: I’m wearing my usual size 26

High-Rise Button Front Jean (also here) | Leopard Flat

Okay, back to sweaters! How can I not love a sweater with a pop of pink? Love the black and ivory color block, and the touch of pink just makes it so happy and preppy. The cable knit is soft and stretchy.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a small for a more relaxed fit. 

Striped Turtleneck Sweater | High-Rise Button Front Jean (also here) | Chelsea Boot

Probably the softest sweater in the batch, and one I’m most likely to wear most often! I love the combo of colors, slouchy fit, and roll-neck collar. It’s like the stripes say ‘Fall‘, but the little peek of pink say ‘Summer’s coming!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Striped Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

More pink stripes…are you seeing a theme here? This sweater is lightweight and soft, and while it’s on the thinner side, it doesn’t require an under layer. It’d be cute with a pink or navy gingham collar peeking out, don’t you think? It’s a great transitional sweater into Spring, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Striped Crewneck Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

Another favorite this round…adore the combo of colors in this pretty sweater. But as if the stripes aren’t cute enough, it has a darling tie-back with ribbon at the neck (see it here). It comes in tons of solids and stripe combos, and would dress up or down, making it a great workwear staple.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Striped Sweater with Bow BackDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

It’s been unseasonably warm here lately, so I’ve reached for this new short-sleeve sweater a few times! It’s a lovely winter white, with the cutest embroidered dots (they’re actually raised, almost like mini-poms!). The puffed sleeves makes it extra feminine, and perfect with jeans, trousers, or a pencil skirt.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in this pic, but ended up with an XS

Polka-Dot Pom-Pom SweaterHigh-Rise Button Front Jean (also here) | Leopard Flat

Okay, let’s move on to a different style of sweater…the long cardigan. Of course they’re still striped! (Did you expect anything different?!) This one is relaxed and soft, with cute front pockets. It’s a wool-blend, so it’s warm, too. I love it, and that’s all I have to say about that!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS

Striped Cardigan | Fave Tank | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

Same sweater, different color combo! It comes in a few solids, but I’m partial to the stripes. #shocker I styled this one with my fave jeggings and flats for a different look. (See all about my love for these jeggings here.)

Striped Cardigan | Fave Tank | Dark Denim Jegging | Leopard Flat

This cardigan is more of a cotton-blend, so it’s light and soft…a great transitional sweater. Plus, the black and white stripes are so versatile for pairing with all kinds of shirts (tees, chambray, plaid, gingham).

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Striped Cardigan | Fave Tank | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

If soft is what you’re looking for, my friends at Gibson just released this draped cardigan that’s pajama comfy! It has a draped, shawl collar and deep side pockets. It’s also a great length for leggings.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Soft Knit Cardigan (on sale!) | Fave Tank | Dark Denim Jegging | Leopard Flat

Dresses are tricky this time of year because it’s too cold for exposed legs, and tights tend to mess up the outfit…unless it’s a sweater dress! I love this style with tights and block-heels, flats, or booties. Plus, the fit-and-flare shape is flattering and feminine. It comes in this wine or black, and is currently on sale!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small

Turtleneck Fit-and-Flare Sweater Dress

If you’re looking for a dressier style, I loved the jacquard pattern and feel of this ruffle sleeve dress. Just a touch of an a-line shape, so it’s flattering and comfortable. It would be really chic with black tights and block-heels (love these) if needed, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2

Flutter Sleeve Jacquard Dress

Okay, let’s get back to cozy. Funny enough, I’ve tried this pullover before…and while I loved the style, I didn’t love the fit on me. Turns out, I just needed to size up!! Now I adore it!! I mean, what’s not to love…super soft and plush, zipper collar, and cutest embroidered heart. I’ll wear it with jeans, joggers, and pajama pants.

Fit Tip: This brand is European sizing, so I always go up one for a comparable American fit. But in this case, I sized up two (I’m wearing a 6 (fits like US 2-4)

Embroidered Heart Fleece Pullover | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

I’ve had this cozy fleece pullover for a few years, but couldn’t resist the striped version when it marked down to $15!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS, but size up one if you want it fuller through the body to wear with leggings.

Fleece Pullover | Distressed Jeans | GG Belt | Similar Booties

I was super excited to see one of my all-time favorite utility jackets is back …and in my most-worn colors (and on sale!)! You really can’t find a better transitional jacket for the money than this one! It’s sturdy cotton twill, with flattering adjustable drawstring waist, tall collar and banded wrists. The olive goes with everything, but the blush pink is surprisingly versatile (and so fresh!)

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in the olive and XS in the pink…so size according to the fit you prefer best.

Military Jacket | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

One of my go-to casual outfits this time of year…soft plaid and puffer vests. I love the brushed twill of this shirt, so soft and cozy! Plus, it’s longer and great with both leggings or jeans. And I have these puffers in almost every color, so clearly I’m a fan.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a small in the shirt for a longer tunic fit, but wearing XS vest.

Plaid Tunic-Style Shirt | Puffer Vest | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boot | Earring | Ring | Cuff

And finally, Valentine’s Day is around the corner…and while you won’t see me sharing ‘sassy pajamas’, I did find two really cute options! Let’s be real, this shorts and tank combo is about as sassy and I get anymore! But actually, I love this tank for day-wear, as well! So cute under a blazer!

Fit Tip: The tank is TTS, I’m wearing XS, but the shorts run small. I’m wearing a small, but would prefer a medium.

‘Amour’ Tank | Ruffle Trim Sleep Shorts (adore this pattern, too!)

If you prefer to be a little more covered up, this black and white heart set is darling!! Soft jersey knit and perfect mid-weight.

Fit Tip: They run really small, I sized up one and they’re still a little snug across the bum. But I do like that they aren’t super long!

Heart Pajama Set

Okay, that’s it for today! I do hope you found this post helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. Oh, and did you notice my fun little arm party going on?! I’ll share more in my next Amazon Fashion Finds soon, but this cuff and this bangle are now part of my daily combo!

What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? To see more finds from the dressing room, click here. Happy weekend, lovebugs!

Leave a Comment


  1. Sandy wrote:

    You’re not old to begin with, but the turtleneck fit & flare dress just took 10-15 years off of you! Very versatile dress, good pick!

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Well hello, guess I’ll be living in that dress now!!!

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  2. Sevahn wrote:

    Mary Poppins Returns was beautifully performed by Emily Blunt. You and Little Miss will love it! The heart pajamas are my favorite!

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I love emily blunt, too!!!

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  3. Patricia wrote:

    If you love singing, dancing (and dancing bicycles!) and magic, you’ll all love Mary Poppins Returns. It’s enchanting.

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      YES…all my favorite things!!!

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  4. Christina wrote:

    The red valentines tank is so cute and I love all of the color blocking sweaters and cardigans right now! Oh and that pom pom sweater might just be my favorite!!!

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  5. laura wrote:

    Favs this week: I love my Sam Edelman flats! We have unusually warm weather in Denver. The Amazon jeggings are all b/o so i have an alert set up! Got my eye on those pumps! fun finds! On a side note I love my “leith” cowl neck sweaters from Nordstroms. Bought 2. laura in CO

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  6. Lorie wrote:

    Could you address in one of your posts sometime, what are some options for women who may not have the legs for the “no hose look” that’s in fashion right now? Because, let’s face it, a lot of women’s legs/knees are not attractive uncovered! Opaque tights are a great solution for winter, but what do you recommend for the spring/summer months? Thanks, love all your posts and your fabulous sense of style…can’t wait to see your new collection on January 29th!

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Lorie!!! I do love opaque tights in the winter, but am just not a fan of hose in the summer months. Maybe because I would literally have a heat stroke if I wore them in Texas. I use self tanner to give me the boost I need to feel confident showing my bare legs. It really smooths out problem spots and is so slimming!

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  7. Jane wrote:

    I loved Mary Poppins, Emily Blunt is amazing!
    It isn’t a remake but a sequel…enjoyable for sure!

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  8. Andi wrote:

    I took my daughter to see MP last week – she loved it!

    What happened to the link to the soft knit cardigan? I think it’s broken 😕

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Ooops, sorry about that! It’s updated now!

      Posted 1.13.19 Reply
  9. Tyla wrote:

    On the striped fleece pullover. Is that a front tuck or did you tuck in the back also because it is so long? Thanks!

    Posted 1.12.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I front-tucked it…the back is just folded under a bit.

      Posted 1.13.19 Reply
  10. Gina wrote:

    For the BP striped cardigan would you recommend sizing down? I wear a 12 typically which is a large in this but lately all the larges I’ve bought seen to be huge. I don’t want to order it and then have to return it. 😜

    Also I live in North Dallas so do you think this is light enough to wear through Spring?

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Yes, I’d size down…and def light enough to wear through Spring!

      Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  11. Mindy wrote:

    I got the striped cozy v-neck sweater and it is AMAZING!!!! Soooooo comfy and adorbs!!! Thanks for the great deal 🙂

    Mindy @ OurDreamHouseDIY

    Posted 1.16.19 Reply