Dressing Room Diaries

Cheers to almost-Friday, friends! I’m actually headed out for a blogger conference this afternoon…aka, a girl’s weekend with some of my favorite blogger babes, so I wanted to get this new round of Dressing Room Diaries to you early! It’s full of so much great stuff, I didn’t want to wait one more day. Plus, I have the sneaky feeling we’ll be having too so much fun tonight, that I’d forget to finish it!

You know the drill with Dressing Room Diaries...I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals 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. 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.

And this time, I brought my darling Mama Sugarplum along for her take on things. We covered a lot on our last mall trip, so let’s get to it!

Fit Note: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape. Mama Sugarplum is 5’1″, with an hourglass figure. Our usual size is XS/0.

Mom fell for these cropped pants on our last trip, and ended up with more than a couple of pairs, and insisted I needed them, too.  They are super thick and structured, with a lot of stretch that keeps you all tucked in. The cropped length is perfect for wedges or flat sandals, but also dressing up with heels for work or evenings. For some reason, the gingham and denim prints aren’t as thick or stretchy, but the sizing is the same. I brought the black ones home.

Fit Tip: Mom is wearing a 4p in the pants, and I’m wearing a regular 0. The petite was an awkward crop length for me.

Short-Sleeve Sweater | Favorite Cropped Pants | Similar Peplum Top | Similar Wedges | Espadrilles

I’ve got Mama Sugarplum on the ruffle train with me, so of course we had to try this top with the ruffle sleeve. The sleeve is a bit longer, so a good choice if you prefer to cover your upper arm. I thought the neckline was a little wide, and while it has nice drape, the material is a little rough.

Fit Tip: The top is a generous size, we’re both wearing XS.

Ruffle Sleeve Top | White Jeans | Lace-Up Sandals | Dark Jeans | Espadrilles

Can a closet ever have too much gingham or stripes? Both tops are a soft, lightweight cotton.

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing XS.

Gingham Shirt | White Jeans | Striped Pleated Peplum Top | High-Rise Jeans | Pearl Necklace

This striped popover has feminine little gathers at the shoulder, and a roll-tab sleeve. The material is a very soft, lightweight, almost gauzy cotton, but not sheer enough to need a cami. Pretty much the perfect weight for warm months.

Fit Tip: It runs a little big, and is more of a tunic length. I liked the relaxed fit and am wearing an XS, but size down if you prefer a shorter or closer fit.

Striped Henley Shirt | Dark Jeans | Sandals

Off-the-shoulder tops can be a little awkward to wear, or too revealing for some occasions, but one-shoulder is a great option with a similar look. This darling top has a super-soft t-shirt material in the body, and an eyelet ruffle with comfortable elastic. And I couldn’t resist the red sunglasses for such a steal!!

Fit Tip: The top runs a little large, but I’m still wearing an XS.

One-Shoulder Top | SunglassesDark Jeans | Sandals

I love the embroidery on this this top, and the feminine fit of the neckline and flutter sleeve. The yellow is even a great shade for blondes, which isn’t easy to do! It is a sheer linen, so I’d recommend layering a nude cami.

Fit Tip: True to size, I’m wearing an XS.

Linen Embroidered Top | White Jeans | Similar Wedges

Another cute one-shoulder top, but this one is a bit cropped. The material has nice drape, but a slightly-rough polyester feel.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but size up if you want a bit more length.

One-Shoulder Striped TopWhite Jeans | Espadrilles

There’s a lot going on with this top, but it’s certainly fun, and a great night-out option. It has a mock-neck, and low draping cold-shoulder sleeve with ruffles. The length is great for jeans, or even tucking into pants or a skirt.

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing a size 2.

Mock-Neck Cold Shoulder Top (love this one even more) | White Jeans | Espadrilles

Mock-Neck Cold Shoulder Top (love this one even more) | Dark Jeans | Lace-Up Sandals

This top looked like a long-shot online, but as soon as I slipped it on, I was instantly smitten! In fact, I wore it twice over Easter weekend, and received so many compliments. It’s everything you want in a Summery top…fun, flirty, comfortable, and lightweight. It’s thick linen and fully lined, with stretchy cold-shoulder sleeves. And these jeans are the cropped version of my favorite mid-rise…love the exposed hem for Summer!!!

Fit Tip: I sized up for more length, and paired it with a mid-rise jean.

Linen Cold-Shoulder Top | Rough Hem Jeans | Similar Wedges

This peplum is another fun option, with a thick lacy overlay. This one is navy and black, but it comes in a pretty ivory, as well. I love the exposed zipper in the back, and the v-neck is just low enough to be sassy, but not so much you have to skip a bra.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in the top, and my usual size in the jeans. Which, by the way, are absurdly comfortable!!

Lace Peplum Top | Rough Hem Jeans | Similar Wedges

This dress had us both twirling…always a good sign it’s a good one! It’s a crisp cotton poplin, and fully lined with a flattering fit-and-flare shape. We loved the knee-length and structured collar, too.

Fit Tip: It runs a little big, and we’re both wearing a 0. Mom is wearing black, and I’m in navy.

Poplin Fit-and-Flare Shirtdress | Pearl Necklace

We both loved this bright and colorful print, and thick basketweave material. I do wish it had a bit more stretch to it, but definitely, the fit was still good.

Fit Tip: Both run large, so size down one.

Floral Shift Dress | White Top | Floral Pencil Skirt | Pearl Necklace

I loved this dress so much in black, I had to try it in white for more casual occasions. For some reason, this one fit a little more snug than the same size in black, so obviously there’s some inconsistency in the sizes…but worth it considering the price and amazing style of the dress.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, and while it fits, it’s a little constricting. So if you’re in between sizes, I’d recommend going up one.

White Lace Midi Dress

Talk about sizing issues…I adored this dress from the get-go, but it took 4 sizes to get it right!! Lucky for you guys I’ve cracked the sizing code, because it’s a great dress, especially for the price! It’s a flowy, thick rayon material, with wide elastic across the shoulders. I’ve got full range of motion in my arms without the dress riding up, too, which is always a bonus with off-the-shoulder styles. It also comes in a slew of great colors.

Fit Tip: It runs really big and long…I’m wearing an XXS petite! So if you’re under 5’6″ or so, I’d recommend going with petite sizing, and definitely go down at least one.

Off-the-Shoulder Dress | Similar Wedges

This ruffle sleeve dress is a thick cotton with great stretch, and soft feel. The sleeves are longer, which are a great balance to the shorter length…and it nips in just slightly at the waist, so it’s not a shapeless fit.

Fit Tip: This is the same brand as the last dress, and I’m wearing an XXS Petite.

Striped Ruffle-Sleeve DressSimilar Wedges

Okay, moving on to my favorites…dresses! Both these shift dresses were comfortable and so easy to wear. They’d be great for both work or evenings out, and have the perfect knee-length.

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing a 2.

Floral Shift Dress | Black Lace Shift Dress | Pearl Necklace

These dresses are a great example of why I love having Mama Sugarplum with me in the dressing room…both are right up my alley, but I can see how older women might question if they can ‘pull them off.’ Well, I think you can see the answer is YES! Both are darling on mom, and if she’s uncomfortable with the sleeves or neckline, she can throw on a jean jacket for extra coverage!

Fit Tip: We’re wearing a 2 in the striped halter, and XS in other other. Both are available in petite sizing, but we preferred the lengths of the regular.

Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress | Jean Jacket | Striped Halter Dress | Pearl Necklace | Red Sneakers

Here’s more of a close-up of the fit-and-flare…it’s a super thick cotton with a lot of structure, considering it’s a knit dress. The pleats lay beautifully, and hello pockets! The back has a cute cut-out (easily covered by a jacket if needed), but you can still wear a normal bra with it. It’s equally cute with wedges, flats, or sneakers!

Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress | Similar Wedges

Even red sneakers! (Size down in the Shoreline style…Mama SP’s faves.) I mean really though, could this woman BE any cuter?!?!

Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress | Jean Jacket | Pearl Necklace | Red Sneakers

This shift dress is a thick basketweave fabric, and perfectly shows off her hourglass shape. The color is stunning in person, and the dress would easily transition from work to evening with the choice of shoes.

Fit Tip: Size down one, she’s wearing a regular 0.

Shift Dress | Pearl Necklace

This dress is packing all kinds of fun and personality with the ruffle neckline and extra-full skirt. The stripes keep it from being too sweet, and the punchy pink tie really accentuates the waist, and creates an ultra-flattering fit. The material is a shiny taffeta-like finish.

Fit Tip: Runs true, I’m wearing a 0.

Ruffle Striped Dress

As usual, I’m ending the post with my favorite of the batch…and it just so happens to be another black, lace overlay dress. Which I absolutely don’t need, but can’t resist. It fits like a glove, and the price is so good! Especially considering how tailored it fits, and all the extra details. The mock-neck gives it a demure vibe, but the cut-out crochet across the chest and at the waist, keeps it sassy.  I love the knee-length and little peplum ruffle, too! This dress works for parties, date night, weddings, and all those random events that seem to pop up at the last minute, and has a classic silhouette that will never go out of style.

Fit Tip: It runs a hair small, so if you’re in-between, I’d go up one. I’m wearing a small.

Lace Dress | Similar Leopard Pump

Okay, I think that’s enough for today! I do hope you found this post helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. What’s your favorite from this round of Dressing Room Diaries? You may want to check out the previous installment because many of the items featured are on sale!

And be sure to follow along on Instagram for peeks into our girl’s weekend…it’s a blogger style conference, so the outfits should be good! Happy almost-weekend, lovebugs!

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  1. Love dressing room diaries! This makes me really want to go shopping now, haha!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  2. Shay Shull wrote:

    I just love it when your mama shows up in a post!

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  3. This might be one of my favorite Dressing Room Diaries EVER! Y’all look so great in everything, and I absolutely love the pics where you switch outfits and then do a side by side!!!

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  4. Heather wrote:

    I love that last one the best too!! It’s so fun when you switch outfits with your mom. I’m always doing a double take. Sisters! Have fun at the conference!!

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  5. Amy wrote:

    Can you please link to Mama SP’s flat sandals? Did I miss the link? You two are too cute!

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  6. Mary wrote:

    Hello. I HAD to leave a comment. I happened upon your blog last week searching for pics of people wearing tassel earrings. I LOVE LOVE ❤️your blog!!! From your style to your home. And I absolutely love you and your mom together. Thank you thank you! You are a ray of sunshine! Have a GREAT day and know there’s a stay at home mom in Virginia loving your blog and wearing gingham again😬(Thanks to you)!!!

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  7. Jennifer wrote:

    Wow! So many great finds! I love the two striped dresses, I hope they come back in stock soon! The black dress is so pretty! And once again-Mama Sugarplum looks adorable-those red shoes!

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  8. Beth wrote:

    The striped dress with pink bow is precious! Perfect for a summer wedding.

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  9. brittany wrote:

    Love all your looks! That striped dress with the ruffles is too cute… Yall are so fabuous!

    Brittany 🙂

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  10. Nancy H wrote:

    I just love these posts with your Mom. Great ideas, such happy people!

    Posted 4.20.17 Reply
  11. Dana Merritt wrote:

    Cassie, I love your blog with the fashion, home design, travel and more! I always enjoy your posts. I will say that I completely adore these Dressing Room Diaries!! I love that you keep it real. But the addition with your sweet Mom is the best!! I love that so much. She is adorable and love that she is rocking all the styles. And I must say I would not have thought she was your mother but a sister. Seriously!! She is rocking it!! (Do people say that anymore??) LOL Anyway, keep up the great inspirational posts!
    Lots of Love,

    Posted 4.21.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you so much, Dana!! I’m thrilled you love seeing her, because I love it, too!

      Posted 4.21.17 Reply
  12. Angela wrote:

    Love the black lace dress and love Dressing Room Diaries! Question, is the back of the black dress shear? Thanks!! Xoxo

    Posted 4.21.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I wouldn’t call it sheer, but you would definitely see a bra strap. I’m a big fan of the Nubra for these styles!

      Posted 4.24.17 Reply
  13. You two look amazing!!! Just the motivation I need to go work out now!!

    Posted 4.25.17 Reply