Cheers to Friday, friends! Thanks so much for your kind comments on yesterday’s post…I’m thrilled you’re on the bootcut bandwagon with me, and that you felt inspired to create new looks from your own closet.
Today it’s time for the next installment of Dressing Room Diaries, where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. It’s been awhile since my last one, so this is a doozy! I mean, the get a snack and settle in, kind of doozy. I thought about trimming it down, but hated not sharing all the cute stuff with you, so I’ll keep the chatter to a minimum.
You know the drill…the shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad, 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. I dragged Mr. SP along for my trip to Old Navy…and he behaved for all of 2 minutes. #manchild
Sidenote: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-ish, with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0.
Old Navy is always completely hit or miss for me…I either walk out empty-handed, or love everything I try. This trip was a homerun, starting with this classic plaid flannel shirt and puffer vest. Both are total Fall essentials in my book.
Fit Tip: They run true-to-size and I’m wearing an XS in both.
Here’s what I wore to the mall that day…I knew I’d be trying on clothes, so I sweated it out in jeans and booties. #dedicatedblogger I may not be able to comfortably wear my favorite Fall staples yet, but I can sure carry my favorite Fall bag!
Reese Witherspoon brought her new shop to Dallas, and they were sweet enough to invite me in before the opening. I couldn’t resist sneaking off to try on a few things for ya’ll. It’s on the pricy side, but so well-made, and I love all the ladylike shapes.
All her clothes have little extra touches making them special…like gold buttons and scallop trim on this shirt, and a fun cheer pin on the tailgate sweater. It comes in several team colors, so fun for football season!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in both, and they are fitted.
This is another one of those ‘grab it in every color’ items. It’s made of a soft, almost fuzzy, material, with a touch of stretch, and a relaxed fit. The biggest decision with this sweater is which of the seven great colors to choose.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, and it’s almost too big in the chest. So if you’re small-chested, you may need a cami. And this color is called ‘sugar coral.’
This sweater kind of confused me…it’s super thick and heavy, yet has cropped sleeves. So basically, you can’t wear it until it’s legit-cold, but then your arms are exposed. It looks a lot cuter on the website, so I wanted to share a real-life fit.
One of my favorite rompers ever is by this brand, so I knew I’d love this Fall version. The pattern is so pretty, and the color and long sleeves make it a great transitional piece. It even has pockets! But the length was a tad too short for my thighs.
Fit Tip: True to size, I’m wearing an XS. I could have sized up for more length, but the body and arms would be too big.
This isn’t typically the kind of pattern I’d be drawn to, so I was surprised by how much I liked it on. It’s a soft and stretchy ribbed jersey, but not overly thin, so it works with booties or even knee-boots when it cools down even more.
Fit Tip: The arms and chest were a little snug, and the length a tad short, in my usual size, so I went up one to a small. The opposite is true for this classic military jacket…it runs large and I’m wearing an XXS.
It’s probably a good thing they didn’t have my size in-stock, or I’d likely have gone home with another pink dress (that I don’t need!). I loved the embroidered trim and flattering a-line shape, and especially the ruffles.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing a small in this pic because that’s all they had in-store, but I think my usual size would have been perfect.
You guys keep asking for more traditional workwear, so I’ve been on the lookout for fun styles like this lovely blouse with hummingbird print. (Mom, this has you written all over it!) It comes in several colors and patterns, and is also on sale! The pencil skirt fits like a glove thanks to it’s thick knit, but fully-lined for a smooth fit.
Fit Tip: The top runs a little large if you’re small-chested…the armholes were a little low on me. I’m wearing a reg XS, but I think a petite would be perfect. The skirt is 0P.
I love the updated fit of this military jacket with it’s stand-up color and snap pockets. It also has an inside drawstring waist to create a waistline if you like. It’s made of a rugged cotton canvas, but doesn’t add bulk. And these moto jeans have a fun horizontal pin tucks that are difficult to see in my pics.
Fit Tip: The jacket runs large, I sized down to an XXS. Jeans are true to size.
I think I’ve tried this twist-front blouse on for you before. Obviously I keep coming back to it!
Fit Tip: I love the idea of it, but unfortunately, it’s just a little too big for me. I’m wearing an XS and it feels a little deflated through my chest. Those of you with ‘gals’ should be all over it though!
I have the v-neck version of this sweater, so it’s no surprise I love the slight mock-neck version, as well. The sweater is soft enough to be worn alone, and stretchy enough to layer over a collared shirt.
Fit Tip: It runs large, and is extra stretchy…I’m wearing an XXS.
I wish I’d brightened this photo so you could see just how cute this floral dress is. The mock neck gives it a mod vibe, and it has an unexpected keyhole back. And pockets. Pretend I’m wearing both shoes…but it’s great with heels or booties.
This cold-shoulder crepe dress is my other contender for the cocktail party. I think. You know I could end up going a completely different direction, but for now, I’m leaning towards a little black dress.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS and it pulls a little through the bum. I’m going to try a small because I’m not sure if it’s supposed to graze the body, or hang straight.
You really can’t go wrong with a striped tee, jeans and a scarf. Pair it with sneakers for a sporty vibe, or booties for a more classic Fall look. This top is oversized with a small waffle weave. This infinity scarf doesn’t overwhelm your frame, and comes in three great plaid patterns.
Fit Tip: Intended for a relaxed fit, I’m wearing an XS.
Holy wow, are you still with me?! I think this post was more than a doozy…more like a humdinger. I do hope you found it helpful, and maybe discovered some new goodies. And for those of you missing Mama Sugarplum, we’ve got a shopping date on the calendar, so look for her next time!
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 weekend, lovebugs!