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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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
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!