Dressing Room Diaries | Cyber Monday Edition

Cheers to the official start of Christmas season, friends! Granted we’ve had our tree up for a week already, but now I don’t have to feel guilty about it! 😉 We’ve taken our time decorating this year, and it’s been so much more enjoyable than plowing through it all in a day. I can’t wait to share our home all decked out for the season with you! (See last year’s Christmas Home Tour here.)

Today I’m bringing you a monster-sized Dressing Room Diaries featuring my darling Mama Sugarplum, and even a few photobombs by Mr. SP! Mom and I wear the same size, but it’s still fun to see how she translates the outfits for her age and petite frame. And with today being Cyber Monday, most everything we’re reviewing is on super sale (check the end of this post for discount codes for every retailer featured)!

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 (especially now with the time change!), 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-ish, with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. Mama Sugarplum is 5’1″, with an hourglass figure. Her usual size is S/2.

I’ll start with what we each wore to the mall, so you can see the base of many of the outfits. I’m, of course, in my kitten-cardi, because I just can’t quit it. Mama SP is a total convert to my favorite bootcut jeans (seen here, here, and here), and wears them regularly (size down, they run big…I wear a 0 and mom a 2P).

Our game plan this time was to walk the store together, and see what we each gravitated towards. And funny enough, we seemed to like all the same stuff! I get emails all the time from older readers asking me to share styles ‘more suitable to their age-group’, but most everything I wear is appropriate for all ages. In fact, my mom gets many of her outfit ideas from my blog!
I gave her this lounging cardigan for Christmas last year, but insisted she try the newer, better-fitting version…and she practically swooned. I’m not kidding, I’m pretty sure she shimmied when she put it on! (I know what I’m getting her for Christmas this year!) It’s so soft for lounging around the house, but cute enough to wear out with jeans or leggings! And these pajama pants are insanely soft and warm, and come in the cutest patterns.

Fit Tip: We’re both wearing an XS/S in the cardigan, smalls in the pants, and I’m in an XS tank, with her in a small (she has boobs).

These sets are just as soft and comfy, but a little more lounge-wear than pajama. Which means you can totally wear them around the house all day and not panic if someone comes over! Both are made of the same material, but my set was a better fit and more flattering, and it came home with both of us. I’ve worn the pants for the past three days straight, and Mama SP has even worn the top with boots and jeans!
Fit Tip: We’re wearing smalls in both the tops and bottoms. They did shrink a tad in the dryer, but stretch back out when wearing.

We begrudgingly moved out of the pajama section, but got excited again by all the darling sweaters…most of which are on sale! Starting with this contrasting cuff sweater…it looks like you’ve layered tops, but without the bulk. And even though I’m always a fan of black-and-white stripes, the gray didn’t look as nice as the other colors.
Fit Tip: Sweaters run large, we’re both wearing an XS.
These scarves are super-soft, and not overly bulky, so they lay nicely. (I’ve got a how-to for blanket scarves coming up next week!) The prints are so rich, but both are only $25!
Fit Tip: The jacket runs large, we’re both wearing an XXS.
This cardigan is thick enough to double as a light coat, and so cozy. the bubble sleeves and ribbed lapel are a fun touch.
Fit Tip: Sweater runs large, and even though we’re both in an XS, the arms and length were too long on Mama SP.
I hope my mom doesn’t care, but I’m going to point out two things about this picture. First, is the darling striped turtleneck sweater. It’s soft and thin like a knit, but with enough cashmere to make it luxe. Second, is the power of a good bra!
Mom recently lost quite a bit of weight, but hadn’t bothered to update her bra. If you scroll back up to the second pajama pic of her in the gray lounge set (I’ll wait for you to go look)…she’s wearing her old, ill-fitting bra there. Now look below…new bra! In fact, it was so figure-changing, I insisted she wear the new one home (and in the rest of these pics)! She’s wearing this bra, and has since ordered 2 more!

Fit Tip: The sweater runs true…I’m wearing a regular XS, and mom a petite small.
We both like to wear leggings (these are hands-down our favorites), so I’m always looking for tunic tops that cover the lady bits. This sweater tunic was crazy-soft, but not quite long enough to fully cover my bum (unless I sized up), but was long enough on mom’s petite frame.
Fit Tip: If you’re over 5’4″, size up if you want to wear it with leggings. If not, it’s true to size. 
Clearly we’re a fan of this brand of sweater, because we tried it in the crewneck, as well! It looks great with jeans, but also dresses-up beautifully with slacks or a skirt. (We both have and love this pencil skirt.) And it comes in tons of great colors and patterns.
Fit Tip: Sweater runs a tad big, we’re both wearing XS. The slacks fit well with a nice drape…I’m wearing a reg 2, and Mama SP a 2P.

Next, we moved on to Holiday wear. I’ve been getting lots of requests for party dresses, so I happily obliged!! #dressesaremyspiritanimal This lace fit-and-flare is actually made with a fair amount of cotton, so it’s feels structured and not-scratchy. The shape is so flattering, and has a fun cut-out on the back.

Fit Tip: I always have to size up one in this brand, and am wearing a regular 2.

This lace slip dress is both sexy and demure. The low neck and lace overlay make it sassy, but the cap sleeves and length keep it from being trashy.
Fit Tip: I wanted this dress to fit me soooo badly, but alas I don’t have the chest to support it. In the XS, I am perilously close to a wardrobe malfunction, so I’d say it runs large.
You know it’s a good dress when you start twirling the second you get it on…which is exactly what Mama SP did as soon as these were zipped up! The red one on the left is a fun tea-length, while the plum on is shorter and has a cute belted waist. Both have pockets which only added to the squeal-factor.

Fit Tip: Both fit true and mom is wearing a regular 2. A petite would fit her great too, if she decided she wanted them shorter.
Floral Fit-and-Flare Garden Dress | Navy & Plum Belted Dress
This sassy sequined number would be great for New Years or a black-tie wedding. I loved the color and fit, but the sequins were scratchy. 
Fit Tip: Dress runs true and I’m wearing an XS.

I don’t normally gravitate to this silhouette, so was surprised by how much I liked it. The neckline and peplum ruffle make it memorable, and the thick knit keeps it comfy.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 2, and it’s a tad large in the chest and waist.
However, it fit mom like a glove, and is stunning on her hourglass figure!
Fit Tip: She’s wearing a regular 2.
I did my own share of twirling in this dress! It’s got all my favorite elements in a dress…fit-and-flare shape, lots of structure, pockets, and an almost racerback neckline. The pattern is stunning in person, too…and it’d be great for so many occasions year-round.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0P and it’s snug through the waist and armholes, so a 2P would be a better fit. I could wear a regular 2, but prefer the knee-length of the petite.
This dress is unlike any I’ve seen, and so fun to wear. The striking pattern would make it hard to wear multiple times with the same crowd, since it’s so memorable.
Fit Tip: The dress is better suited for someone with some boobs…I’m wearing an XS.
Before heading out, we couldn’t help but ogle the handbags!

Cable knit sweaters are so classic, especially in a good shade of winter white. They look so great layered over just about any shirt, but especially plaids. This one is mostly cotton, so it’s not overly-heavy or scratchy.
Fit Tip: I prefer a looser fit on these type of sweaters, so I sized up to a small.

This v-neck pullover is one of those you end up buying in every color! It’s soft and stretchy, with just the right amount of slouch. And the scarf…well hello, it’s pink plaid!
Fit Tip: I sized up on the sweater to a small for a more relaxed fit.

Santa leaves pajamas in all our stockings every year, so I guess we know which ones we’re getting this year!
Fit Tip: Flannel pajama bottoms run true, I’m wearing an XS in both the hoodie and pants.

I don’t usually buy boatneck sweaters, simply because I almost always layer a shirt under my sweater. But if you prefer to wear sweaters alone, this one is really cute, especially the braided neckline trim.

Fit Tip: Sweater runs a tad large, but not enough to size down…I’m wearing an XS.

I love the graphic print and texture of this turtleneck sweater, plus it’s soft enough to wear alone.
Fit Tip: It’s a slightly oversized fit, I’m wearing an XS.

Everything about this dress is perfect…the flutter sleeve, delicate lace overlay, and fit-and-flare shape. The navy is a little unexpected, too. It’s also a perfect length for work and church.
Fit Tip: Dress runs true, I’m wearing a regular O. The petite was too short-waisted on me.

I liked the idea of this peplum top, with the fun feather-like trim…but it hung kind of shapeless on me, and the material was really relaxed.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

Clearly comfort was on my mind on all my trips to the mall since I gravitated towards pajamas in every store! But they also make such easy gifts…because who doesn’t love comfy, colorful pajamas, right?! These come in a ton of great patterns, and are a thick, stretchy knit.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a Small on the left, and XS on the right…so depending on how you like your pjs fit, size accordingly.

I’m a sucker for fair-isle patterns in the Winter time, and I loved the bright and colorful combo of this one. It’d be so cute layered over a chambray top, don’t you think?

Fit Tip: I’m in an XS.

This would be the perfect sweater for all your casual holiday gatherings! It’s bright and fun, with a touch of sparkle to make it festive. I would definitely layer a shirt or tank under it though, since it was a bit scratchy.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

More fair isle and stripes…I loved the colors of this one, but it’s a tad short on my long-torso.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS.

 Fair Isle Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Booties

This shirt is classic plaid with a twist…it looks like a popover top, but actually buttons all the way down. The skirt is really lovely, and surprisingly comfortable and easy to wear…definitely a great option for holidays!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in the shirt, and reg 0 in the skirt, but would prefer a 00P for a closer fit and shorter length. #vanitysizingmuch?

Plaid Shirt | Lace Skirt

I mean…too cute for words!! I desperately wish I had somewhere or some reason to wear this skirt…it’s just so fun! It’s very fitted through the waist and hips (I had to actually pull it on over my head) but still comfortable. The taffeta gives it a fun party effect, but the plaid makes it a bit more classic. The turtleneck is a really nice weight and so soft.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in the sweater, but would prefer an XS, and the skirt is a 00 (sized down).

 Black Turtleneck Sweater | Plaid Taffeta Skirt

Another fun striped option…I love the pinks and blues of this one. The colors are just so unexpected this time of year. Plus it’d be so cute with a gingham or chambray shirt layered under.
Fit Tip: It’s too scratchy to wear alone, so I sized up to a small for layering.

 Striped Wool Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Booties

Little Miss was not a fan of this jacquard dress, but I thought the color was lovely, and the shape very easy to wear. There’s a bit of metallic sheen to it, so it’s a great holiday option.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0, but needed to size down to a 00. #rollseyes

 Jacquard Dress

Puffer vests are perfect for our fickle weather, plus they’re darn cute! My mom had this similar combo on a last week and I couldn’t wait to recreate it for myself.
Fit Tip: The shirts are true, and I’m wearing an XS…but the vests run large, so size down. I’m wearing an XXS.

 Plaid Shirt | Puffer VestDistressed Jeans | Booties

Same shirt with cropped lace pants. These pull-on pants have an elastic waist, and were actually really cute! I can see this outfit with block heels and a pile of pearls. Can you see it too?!
Fit Tip: Pants run a little big, unless you have a bum. I had a little extra room in the waist in this size 0, but sizing down would have pulled across my butt.

 Plaid Shirt | Lace Cropped Pants

One more time with the plaid shirt (perhaps I need to create a 5 Ways with one?!)…this time layered under a striped sweater. I adore the stripes, and soft cotton…plus, plaid and stripes is always a great combo in my book! Never mind Mr. SP’s expression…it was his favorite of the day!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in the sweater for a more relaxed fit, but the XS is more fitted.

Striped Sweater | Plaid ShirtDistressed Jeans | Booties

One last fair isle for the win…and this was my favorite (and actually came home with me!). I can’t wait to layer it with gingham or chambray…or even just a white tee.
Fit Tip: I don’t like wool sweaters to be too fitted, so I sized up to a small.

And finally, we got a little sidetracked by the scarves and sunglasses on our way out of the store! Mama SP and I always get the giggles shopping together, and it’s not uncommon for someone to accidentally wet their pants…just a little bit. 😉

Woo-Wee, this post was a doozy! I do hope you found it helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. I know Mama Sugarplum and I had a great time…but being with her is always fun! I actually have so much more, but it was just too much for one post, so stay tuned for Part 2 later this week!

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 check the codes below for additional percentage off! Happy biggest online shopping day of the year, lovebugs! #thatsarealthing

{Great Cyber Monday Sales}
Nordstrom // Huge Fall sale, including tons of boots & booties!
Loft // 50% off everything with code CYBERMONDAY
GAP // 50% off everything with code CYBMON
Old Navy // 40% off everything, no code needed
J.Crew // 40% off everything, with code HOLIDAY
J.Crew Factory // 50-60% off everything, plus extra 40% off sale
Anthropologie // 30% off with code LETSGO
Colleen Rothschild // 30% off everything with code BLKFRI

{Shop Our Dressing Room Favorites}

And don’t forget I’m hosting a grand-opening event for the new J.Crew Mercantile store at the Shops of Preston Ridge in Frisco this Saturday morning! (It’s next door to the new Off Fifth by Stonebriar Mall.) Mercantile is essentially the best of J.Crew Factory, but in a shopping center setting, as opposed to an outlet mall. They also carry Mens, Women’s Petite sizing, and Crew Cuts for the kids…all at Factory prices!

I’ll be sharing some darling holiday looks, along with my top picks from this year’s Gift Guide. I’d love to see you, and chat all things cute and preppy while nibbling on breakfast treats, so I hope you’ll stop by and say hi!

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  1. Love this post!! Quick question! How did your mom lose weight. I'm 59 yrs old and struggling to see the scale move. Any tips would be much appreciated!

    Posted 11.28.16 Reply
  2. Joanne wrote:

    Love that striped long sleeve tee. Those jammies look so cozy.
    Your mom looks wonderful and I'm sure she feels fantastic, too. I did think the black peplum dress suited her best. It showed off her nice figure and is always a classic. Seeng her wear many of the same outfits as you confirms in my mind that I'm not dressing too young. I quite often run outfits by my daughters – yay or nay. Lol

    Posted 11.28.16 Reply
  3. Rachel wrote:

    These are so fun to look through! Thanks for taking the time to prepare such a detailed post!

    Posted 11.28.16 Reply
  4. graywolff wrote:

    You and your Mom are definitely the Double Mint twins…double your pleasure double your fun!
    How much weight did Mama SP lose and how did she do it? She looks great.

    Posted 11.28.16 Reply
  5. Your mom looks amazing! I could tell right away that she lost weight. I LOVE these posts btw 🙂 Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    Posted 11.28.16 Reply
  6. tchrtiff wrote:

    I love these dressing room posts! My fave part is how you share about the quality, fit, etc. So very helpful for when i can't get to the store to try on. I have the Loft flutter sleeve dress in a peacock/teal color and I love it! I wore it to a charity event last weekend and received many compliments.

    Posted 11.28.16 Reply
  7. Karman wrote:

    These posts are always my favorite! Thank you for taking the time to "shop" for me :). And your Mom looks amazing!!

    Posted 11.28.16 Reply
    • Couldn't agree more..Love the twinning! love those smiles 🙂


      Posted 11.30.16 Reply
  8. I cannot get over how stinking freaking adorable the two of you are together!!!! The part at the end about peeing your pants just a wee bit totally endeared me to you guys. That happens to my mom and I every time we're together 😀 Wet pants are a sign of a good time!! Wait, what?! ;P

    Posted 11.29.16 Reply
  9. sallyr168 wrote:

    I really enjoy your DRDs – despite the fact that the UK prices are always higher and I am a totally different fit to you at just over 6ft (could you find a much taller friend to go with you as well next time?!) – it's always good to see different combinations and pairings compared to those shown on the websites.

    Posted 11.29.16 Reply
  10. Such a great post. I'm such a visual person and seeing these outfits in person is so helpful. Y I can tell your Mom is enjoying these dressing room days as much as you are. You can tell the special bond the two of you share. She looks so great, strong and healthy, as do you. Keep up the great work!

    Posted 11.29.16 Reply
  11. Ordered all three of the pieces from JCrew Factory – the plaid shirt, the black vest (love how you styled them together! So simple, but I wouldn't have thought of it) and the jacquard dress. I am 5'8'' so hoping it works for a few holiday events. Thanks!

    Posted 11.29.16 Reply
  12. Unknown wrote:

    I just found this post of you and your mom, and I am smitten! Real women,natural bodies, love it! I am 5'and 1/2" although not blessed in the "fill-out-the-top-of-the-dress" area, so I am indeed impressed with your style, and the DRP's together! Your husband and daughter in the background made a very entertaining Black Friday greeting card for you to send out…hmmm? Glad I subscribed to your posts, love your exuberance in detailing these outfits for us, thank you SO much! Someone needs to video your trips to the mall, we can only imagine the giggles and comments between you two… 🙂

    Posted 11.29.16 Reply
  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! I bought the fleece cardi wrap cannot wait to get it.
    Thanks for these fun posts.

    Posted 11.30.16 Reply
  14. A very useful post! I got great ideas about what to wear this season. Love the funny pictures with Mr. SP and Little Miss. Greetings from Mexico City!

    Posted 12.7.16 Reply
  15. Ellie Hill wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE this post. You and your mom are both adorable! I love that you show that women who are a tad older (or maybe more than a tad older, like me) don’t have to dress like GRANDMAS! Thanks for the post. I’ll keep watching!

    Posted 8.2.20 Reply