Dressing Room Diaries

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! What have you got planned? We decided to just embrace the never-ending heat, and Little Miss is having a little swim party tomorrow. So odd in October, right?! I’m also putting the finishing touches on a big announcement coming Monday…so stay tuned for that!

But I’m super psyched about today!! I’ve got a huge new Dressing Room Diaries with Mama Sugarplum, and it’s a GOOD one. Like, seriously good. In fact, it’s longer than my typical DRD posts because I just couldn’t cut as many as I usually do! (I only include items I’d wear and whole-heartedly recommend!) New seasonal pieces are really rolling in now, and the retailers are bringing their A-games, so get excited!

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. Mama Sugarplum is 5’1″, with an hourglass figure, and her usual size is XS/2p.

We’re going to try something a little different this week, and group the items by retailer, instead of clothing category. But definitely let me know which you prefer!

 

J.Crew // 30% off with code FRIDAY

As if the cheesy grin on my face weren’t indicator enough, this ruffle collar sweater had me swooning!! My go-to Tippi sweater in the lightest merino wool, but with a darling contrasting ruffle at the collar. So cute with jeans, trousers, and skirts, and especially peeking out from under a blazer!

Fit Tip: I always size up one in the Tippi, I’m wearing a small.


Lace Collar Sweater | Cropped Jeans | Leopard Loafers | Hoop Earrings

It’s super cute in pink, too (although it looks red in the online image). Mama SP adored it, as well.

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing small.


Lace Collar Sweater (pink also here, 30% off!) | My Jeans | Leopard Loafers | Mama SP’s Jeans | Camel Mules

 

Leopard love with the splash of pink! This soft pullover is a stretchy sweater knit, with a fun combo of olive, black and pink making up the on-trend leopard pattern. I love the close fit, and thickness…but of course it’s the pink that has my heart!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Leopard Sweater | Cropped Jeans | Camel Mules | Hoop Earrings

Fit Tip: Mama SP is wearing a small


Leopard Sweater | Cropped Jeans | Camel Mules | Mama SP’s Jeans | Wedge Sneakers

 

This skirt had me at blush pink! So unexpected for Fall and Winter, yet pairs beautifully with rich Fall colors. It’s a thick wool blend with just a touch of stretch, and fully-lined. It’s sturdy enough for tights in Winter, and so chic with a blazer. I paired it with sweaters, but camis, tanks and blouses would be beautiful, as well.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 0, but would size up one if in-between.


Lace Collar Sweater (pink also here, 30% off!) | Pencil Skirt | Leopard Sweater

 

How can I resist pink polka dots?! I can’t, that’s how! Love the deep plum of this sweater, paired with the bright pink dots. It’s a thick, warm sweater, but soft enough to wear alone. The buttons at the shoulder are a cute detail, and it could easily pair with trousers and skirts, as well as jeans.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Polka Dot Sweater (also here) | Cropped Jeans | Leopard Loafers | Hoop Earrings

 

The softest sweater in my closet…I reached for this repeatedly last year, and I’m thrilled to see it back…and in incredible new colors!! It’s soft and warm, with a relaxed mock neck and perfect fit.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Super Soft Sweater | Jeans | Leopard Loafers

 

Are you tired of leopard yet? Great, me neither! This one in a cozy sweatshirt material, and a combo of ivory and dark brown.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, size up for a relaxed fit


Leopard Sweatshirt | Jeans | Camel Mules

 

It’s safe to say my jogger collection is quickly overtaking the jeans in my closet! They’re just so stinking comfortable! And when paired with cute sneakers and a jean jacket, they’re fun street style, too! These camo joggers are stretchy cotton, a little on the thinner side, so not bulky at all.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, but only size up if you plan on throwing in the dryer. 


Game Day Tee | Camo Joggers

 

NORDSTROM //

One of my favorite sweaters every year is back, baby!! Gorgeous cashmere under $100!! You’ll be hard-pressed to find better cashmere for the price, and it comes in a slew of colors. Yep, a slew! I love the turtleneck and crewneck versions equally, so it’s really just a preference thing. Style them with jeans, trousers, skirts… dress them up, go casual with flats. They are effortlessly chic, plus make incredible gifts!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Turtleneck Sweater | Crewneck SweaterCropped Jeans | Hoop Earrings | Camel Mules

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, Mom in a small.


Turtleneck Sweater | Cropped Jeans | Hoop Earrings | Camel Mules | Crewneck Sweater | Mama SP’s Jeans | Leopard Loafers

 

It’s hard to go wrong with a good striped tee. I love this one not only because it’s super soft and quality cotton, but for the unexpected color combo of olive and cornflower blue.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small.


Striped Tee | Jeans | Camel Mules | Necklace (use code HiSugarplum to save 20%!) | Bracelet

 

There’s nothing more quintessentially Fall than plaid! But I’m fussy about my plaids, and always lean towards the feminine combos and fit (no offense to lumberjacks, but I’m not trying to be one!). I love the red and navy combo of this plaid, and the soft, drapey fit of the material. It’s relaxed and effortless, with an easy fit.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Buffalo Check Button Down | Cropped Jeans | Hoop Earrings | Camel Mules | Necklace (use code HiSugarplum to save 20%!) | Bracelet

 

Pretend I’m wearing the proper undergarment…and focus on this perfect little cami! So fun worn alone for a night out, but the cutest layer under blazers and moto jackets, too. I love the added ruffle for a feminine detail, and the adjustable straps ensure a good fit. It comes in several colors, and is a great year-round staple.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


White Ruffle Cami | Jeans | Leopard Loafers | Necklace (use code HiSugarplum to save 20%!) | Bracelet

 

Just to prove my point, I layered the fun ruffle cami under this moto jacket. I actually have this jacket in brown from several seasons ago… it’s a fave because of the flattering, feminine fit, and quality faux-leather. I love the shrunken fit and cropped length for pairing with dresses and skirts, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, size up one.


Faux-Leather Moto Jacket | White Ruffle Cami | Jeans | Leopard Loafers | Necklace (use code HiSugarplum to save 20%!) | Bracelet

 

This pretty little top is wearable year-round, but especially good for this transitional season. Pair it with jeans, or dress it up for work… the peplum, flutter sleeve, and lace detail make it special however you style it.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Black Lace Top | Jeans | Leopard Loafers | Necklace (use code HiSugarplum to save 20%!) | Bracelet

 

I could do an entire post on tunics…I’m that passionate about them! But when you spend half your season wearing leggings, tunics are a necessity! (Remember: cover your lady bits, ladies!) This easy pullover tunic is crazy-soft and a medium weight for cooler days. It fully covers the bum, and would be so cute layered over a collared shirt for a pop of color around the face.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Tunic Sweater | Jeans | Leopard Loafers | Necklace (use code HiSugarplum to save 20%!) | Bracelet

Mom’s wearing the gorgeous plum.

Fit Tip: She’s wearing XS


Tunic Sweater | Jeans | Leopard Loafers | Bracelet | Mama SP’s Jeans | Camel Mules

 

Another great tunic sweater, and this one a favorite find of the month! It seemed a little thin on the hanger, but felt incredible on! Not thin or sheer, but also not overly heavy or bulky…it’s crazy soft with an oversized, yet relaxed, neck. It’s long enough for leggings, with a great side slit, and comes in several fun colors. Definitely a top 5 of the post!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Turtleneck Tunic Sweater | Jeans | Snakeskin Loafers

Fit Tip: Mama SP in an XS


Turtleneck Tunic Sweater | Jeans | Snakeskin Loafers | Dark Wash Jeans | Wedge Sneakers

 

Everyone’s favorite fleece pullover is now available in a fun new leopard! This one isn’t quite as soft as the solid colors, but so fun and easy to wear. Size up to wear with leggings, or pair with a bralette and let it slip off your shoulder.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Fleece V-Neck Pullover | Cropped Jeans | Hoop Earrings | Camel Mules

Fit Tip: It’s one of mom’s all-time fave tops… she has it in tons of colors. And now this new bright blue! She’s wearing an XS


Fleece V-Neck Pullover | Cropped Jeans | Camel Mules | Dark Wash JeansLeopard Loafers

 

This oversized pullover has a great relaxed fit and deep v-neck. Plus it’s a yummy dark brown, in the softest stretchy sweater material! Wear it out, or give it a half-tuck for easy Fall styles.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, so size down if you want a less slouchy fit.


Deep V Tunic Sweater | Jeans | Leopard Loafers | White Ruffle Cami | Circle Belt

 

Now that I’m officially a college mom, I love looking for game day gear. This tee and sweatshirt is so fun because it applies to literally any sport or activity!! Wear it to little league, tailgates, pro football… everything! The cotton tee is extra soft, and the sweatshirt is so warm and cozy!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing small in both


Game Day Tee | Game Day Sweatshirt | Cropped Jeans | Bracelet

With nine grandchildren, Mom attends a lot of sporting events… so she grabbed one to cover everything!

Fit Tip: She’s wearing a small.


Game Day Tee | Cropped Jeans | Camel Mules | Game Day Sweatshirt | Mama SP’s Jeans | Wedge Sneakers

 

This zippered jacket was a surprise find… the quality is really nice (it feels on par with a North Face!), and I love the contrasting colors! It’s crazy soft and warm, but not overly bulky.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Zip Up Fleece Jacket | Cropped Jeans | Camel MulesHoop Earrings

Mom took it home for her morning walks. Isn’t it sporty and chic at the same time?!

Fit Tip: She’s wearing a small.


Zip Up Fleece Jacket | Cropped Jeans | Hoop Earrings | Camel Mules | Hoop Earrings | Mama SP’s Jeans | Leopard Loafers

 

I found a few workwear pieces that are perfect for multi-season… starting with this sleeveless top in a gorgeous Fall hue. It’s a soft, crepey material with good drape, and has the sweetest ruffle trim. It looks great worn out with jeans, or tucked into trousers and skirts. I’ve paired it with stretchy high-waist pants for a classic and flattering silhouette.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS top, but size up one in the pants, I’m in a small.


Sleeveless Ruffle Top | Tie Waist Pants | BraceletHoop Earrings

 

Another fun top for work and weekend, I love the print and colors of this long sleeve. It’s silky soft with an elastic band for a bracelet sleeve, and can be worn buttoned and tied at the neck, or open. It’s a flowy shape, and looks cute worn out with jeans, too.

But one of the stand-out finds for me this month are these pants!! The best-fitting knit trouser I’ve found this season! They’re thick and stretchy, so they feel almost like leggings, yet fit like a classic trouser. They have belt loops, slit pockets on the back, and the side pockets lie flat so there’s no additional bulk. They have some sort of magical way of forming to your figure, and are incredibly flattering!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS top and reg 0 pant, but would size up for a more relaxed fit through the bum and thighs.


Tie Neck Blouse | Black Knit Trousers (on sale here) | Snakeskin Loafers

Mom was a HUGE fan of the pants, and said they would have been a workwear staple for her. (Oops, caught her with her eyes closed!) But does’t she look so chic in them?!

Fit Tip: She’s wearing XS top and 4P pant.


Sleeveless Ruffle Top | Tie Waist Pants | Bracelet | Tie Neck Blouse | Black Knit Trousers (on sale here) | Snakeskin Loafers

Here’s the sleeveless top styled for casual.

Fit Tip: She’s wearing XS


Tie Neck Blouse | Black Knit Trousers (on sale here) | Snakeskin Loafers | Bracelet | Sleeveless Ruffle Top | Mama SP’s Jeans | Leopard Loafers

 

Let’s chat pajamas… I found these two cute stripes. One a pullover style that feels like cozy, sweatshirt material, and the other a lightweight brushed flannel.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in both.


Stripe Pajama Top | Stripe Pajama Shorts | Stripe Pajama Shirt | Stripe Pajama Shorts

 

Mom lives for this brand of pajamas…they’re absolutely favorites! These blue stripes are a cute new addition!

Fit Tip: She’s wearing an XS, size down.


Stripe Pajama Shirt | Stripe Pajama Shorts | Stripe Long Sleeve Pajama Set

 

OLD NAVY // Up to 50% OFF site-wide

After a bit of a dry spell, Old Navy is BACK and killing it right now!! Starting with this easy-to-wear henley shirt. Soft and stretchy with a subtle ribbing, it’s a flattering fit and perfect layer for so many combos.

The other standout is the rockstar mid-rise jeans! They are an amazing fit, with lots of stretch and no gaping in the waistband. The key is getting the fit right…I sized up, and went with a petite for an ankle length. These are 4P.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, but only because I plan to toss it in the dryer.


V Neck Henley Tee | Jeans | Leopard Mules | Necklace (use code HiSugarplum to save 20%!) | Bracelet

 

Where Old Navy really excels in the Fall category is plaids and quilted vests! I think I have this vest in almost every color… I collect new ones every year. I love the soft pink of this one, and how it adds a feminine touch to outfits. It’s also a light layer that doesn’t add bulk. The plaid is a super-soft brushed flannel, and tunic length for leggings.

Fit Tip: I’m XS vest and tunic, but size up one for more width to wear with leggings.


Gingham Button Down | Puffer Vest | Jeans | Camel Mules | Necklace (use code HiSugarplum to save 20%!) | Bracelet

 

Another darling shirt… same soft brushed flannel, but in a more slim fit (not tunic length). I love the mustard and pink combo of this gingham, and of course it’s darling with the quilted vest! Would you believe the slides are Old Navy, too? Yep…head-to-toe! The insole isn’t padded, but I love the simple silhouette and almond toe.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS vest and small shirt


Gingham Button Down | Puffer Vest | Jeans | Leopard Mules | Bracelet 

 

This sherpa vest sold out in a hot second last year, which meant I could never wear it!! (Y’all don’t like when I wear things you can’t get!) So I’m super excited to see it back this year, and fingers crossed for good stock! It’s crazy-good quality, a thick and soft sherpa with faux-leather trim. I layered it over a classic black watch plaid in the same soft, brushed flannel.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small shirt and small vest


Plaid Button Down | Sherpa Vest | Jeans | Camel Mules | Bracelet

 

Smitten doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings for this colorblock sweater! It’s crazy soft and a stretchy, medium weight. The colors are darling and so flattering on all skin tones.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small, size up one.


Pink Color Block Sweater | Jeans | Leopard MulesBracelet

 

 

LOFT // 30%-50% off almost everything

Loft didn’t disappoint either, and I found some great closet basics, and this darling work-ready style. I love the deep eggplant hue of this fun pattern and tweed skirt. The blouse has a silky feel with flutter sleeves and sweet buttons on the back.

The skirt is fully-lined with exposed zippers for a touch of edginess.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS top and 0 in the skirt.


Flutter Sleeve Blouse | Tweed Skirt | Ring

 

This open front cardigan is super soft, with no buttons or pockets for added bulk. It falls to the hip, so not quite long enough for leggings, but a great length for jeans. I love this soft oatmeal color, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS


Open Front Cardigan | Scoop Tank | Cropped Jeans | Camel Mules | Bracelet | Ring

 

Another cardigan, this one a longer vest-style with the best neutral shades for Fall. It’s soft with a slight shawl collar, pockets, and a longer length to fully cover the bum.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing size an XS


Sleeveless Cardigan | Cropped Jeans | Camel Mules | Bracelet | Ring

 

And finally, one last stripe to end our post! I love this color combo of gray, camel, and lilac, and the sweater is soft and stretchy in a great medium weight.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS


Striped Sweater | Cropped Jeans | Camel Mules | Bracelet | Ring

 

Whew!! That was a doozy!! Are you still with me? Did you spot some darling new finds for your Fall wardrobe? If I had to choose my Top Five from the post, I think I’d go with:

  1. Lace Collar Sweater
  2. Cashmere Turtleneck
  3. Knit Trousers
  4. Turtleneck Tunic Sweater
  5. Quilted Vest

You may have noticed a few accessories on repeat, too! These hoops are so fun, and surprisingly light… and 20% off with code HiSugarplum. This bracelet is a new addition, and I’m excited to share more from this retailer soon! And hello, stunning ring!!

As for denim, I’ve been rotating between this cropped pair and this slightly distressed pair all month. And I wear these slides pretty much every day. They’re a great transitional shoe, and go with absolutely everything!

If you missed our last installment of Dressing Room Diaries, check it out here! And if you’re looking for Amazon finds, check out my September Fashion Faves here and Amazon Home Finds for Fall here.

What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? And what’d you think about how I had it organized… do you like it by retailer, or prefer it by category? Happy weekend, lovebugs…see you Monday for an exciting announcement!

 

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11 Comments

  1. Kim wrote:

    Hello! I wanted to ask about the long sleeved white tee that you had on under the sleeveless cardigan. Is it from loft too? Can you link it?

    Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  2. Rebecca wrote:

    I love DRD grouped by store like this! That way I know the probable price point as I scroll through, based on where the items are from. Plus, based on which stores I have cards, points, etc I know which items I’m more likely to buy. Thanks Cassie!

    Posted 10.4.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      That’s great to hear, Rebecca…thanks for the feedback! The only reason I don’t usually group by retailer is because I don’t want anyone to decide on a piece based on preconceived notions about a retailer. Oftentimes I find unexpected styles at places some people might dismiss! xo. C

      Posted 10.4.19 Reply
    • Kristen wrote:

      Same! Thanks!

      Posted 10.4.19 Reply
    • Susan S. wrote:

      I so agree Rebecca!!!!

      Posted 10.5.19 Reply
  3. Carrie wrote:

    How thick is the material of olive/pink leopard sweater? I purchased the camel/charcoal leopard sweater from j crew per your suggestion last winter… just wondering if they are the same just different colors?

    Posted 10.4.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      yes, it’s very similar to the sweater I have from last year!! Not thin like the Tippi, but not bulky, either. I hope that helps!

      Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  4. Lisa wrote:

    Such a great DRD! Just a quick note that the Liverpool black trousers link to blue and cranberry colored. They do have black in stock and it’s easy to find it (I did and purchased!). I just want to make sure you get the credit from Nordstrom in case someone else didn’t 🙂 thank you for sharing your fun style!

    Posted 10.4.19 Reply
  5. Tamara wrote:

    I love it grouped by retailer because it makes it easier to shop the links. I like to load everything at once into the cart, checkout, then move to the next retailer. It’s just much easier that way IMHO! Thank you!!!

    Posted 10.5.19 Reply
  6. shelley wrote:

    Hi- Great DRD! The Kut from the Kloth jeans- are you wearing in regular or petite? thanks!

    Posted 10.8.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      thanks Shelley! I’m wearing reg 2!

      Posted 10.8.19 Reply