Friday, March 24, 2017

In the Dressing Room

Yay for Friday and it's a fun one for us today because James is off school, so we get to go on our first trip to the pool!! Last year when we went, Jordan was just a few months old, but now that she's 13 months! and walking and loves to splash around, it will be even better.  I'll share on Stories if you want to come say hi! 

In today's Dressing Room post, I'm rounding up all the shorts I've tried on in my hunt for the perfect jean shorts and the good news is I found them! I'm also sharing some great new white jeans with just the right amount of distressing, a fantastic skinny dark wash crop jean (that's actually a crop instead of going down to my ankle), a 'date night' black skinny jean, and finally super cute dresses for Spring! Let's go!

Oh, but keep in mind for size reference that I'm super petite- 5'1, 105 pounds. I put size info in purple italics for you.  If you're petite too, check out this post.



Knowing Spring is upon us and with summer just around the corner, I've been on a huge hunt for the perfect jean shorts.  If you saw just how often I wore my jeans shorts, you'd know why!  It's so hot here in the summer and it's the easiest, most comfortable thing to pull on my cutoffs and dress them down with a tank and flip flops or dress them up with a bootie and blouse.  

Given my cost per wear ratio, I'm okay with spending a little bit more on my jean shorts, but still don't want to go over $100.  If you know of a jean short that's truly worth paying over $100 for, let me know and I'll check it out.  

My number one winning pair came in at $78, which is doable in my book, but I also found a pair for $39 and $55.


I'll start with my very favorite new pair of jean shorts that are replacing my old pair by the same brand.  I really wanted to just order my old pair in a smaller size because I loved them so much with their perfect casual wash, fit and distressing, but bought them post-pregnancy and have since lost weight.  Unfortunately, that style is no longer sold (trust me, I've looked everywhere), but their new boyfriend style short is super similar and just as awesome!  Hallelujah!!  The cuff is sewn on the sides so it won't unroll and the rips aren't bare to your leg, but have jean material underneath.  I sized down to a 24 in these and they aren't tight at all.   They are short, but not as short as the braided pair below and the leg holes are bigger, so they don't feel as short as the braided pair. 

You may have seen the next two pair in a previous post, but I wanted to add them here so you can compare all of them in one place. 

TOP :: High Rise Boyshorts (24) | BOTTOM :: Braided High Waist Denim Shorts (26)  


TOP :: These shorts are cute and I actually really like the button fly, but they felt too roomy in front when I first bought size 25.  When I exchanged them for the size 24, they were perfect.  They are a definite high rise, so if you don't like that style, you probably won't like these.  You can leave the shorts unrolled or cuffed.  Below, you can see how the shorts look with a top tucked in and out.  

High Rise Boyshorts (24) Striped Tank XSP | old Sandals (new version)


I really liked these but they are short, short! At first I thought they might be too short, but they are super comfortable on and I've washed them and they have totally grown on me.  If you like a super short short, get this pair!  They are soft with a great front distressing and the braided waist is a cute twist.  

And below are two more cool, budget friendly jean short options.


This budget friendly pair of shorts is super casual with it's faded look and slight distressing, but there's a good amount of stretch in them.  The stretch in these is comparable to jeggings, but not quite.  The material is 98% cotton/2% spandex.  I had to size down to a 24.

The V-Neck Tee is cute and comfy, but on the sheer side, though it comes in lots of colors.  Some reviewers mentioned the dye from the tee coming off on them, but they also said if once you wash it, problem solved.  I do like the cute and raw edge hem.

These Sun & Shadow shorts were so cute with the big, front rips and exposed pockets that just say "time to go back to the beach" to me, but the 25 were so big that I didn't even snap a pic. They didn't have a smaller size in my store, but I'd probably size waaaay down to 23 in these to get them to fit my hips. 

Ooh, I loved these jeans and this top and immediately thought it would be perfect for our date night this weekend!  We haven't done a couples' date night in awhile and 3 couples will share two babysitters at our house so all the parents can go out and Jordan can sleep in her crib. #winwin

The jeans and super comfortable and so slimming!  They have a raw edge hem that look good down or rolled and they weren't too long on me (even though they are supposed to be crop)!!! 

Isn't the top cute too?!  I'm totally digging the stipe and pretty color combo of black, pale pink and baby blue. 

I love this style top and wear it often around the house because I get chilly.  They call it the old school thermal tee, but I love the updated look with exposed seams/hem and ultrafine stripes. I'm  kicking myself for not purchasing it right when I tried it on #duh! 


Even though you can wear your white jeans year round, and I do, isn't it about now that you want to wear them all the time?!  I have a very favorite pair of white jeans that you've seen me in and heard me rave about, but I wanted to review some new ones for you and also some that were more budget-friendly.  

Below are my old #1 white jeans that I've had for years. 

AG Prima Cigarette Jeans 25 and waist taken in a tad | Ruffle Bib Top XXS
I love these jeans so much because they are very opaque, nothin's gonna show through these babies! And they fit like a real jean and not a jegging, like so many cheapie pair of white jeans do. They fit really nice and smoothe and you can see how no lumps or bumps show through! 

The Ruffle Bib Top sure is cute!  The white eyelet bib part is a fun take and feels fresh and Springy.  It would also look good tucked with skirts or shorts.  

These white skinny jeans are surprisingly comfortable and under $60. I like the raw hems and where the ripped patches hit on my leg, although they were still pretty long and I've got them rolled up here. They are pretty stretchy and on the thin side, so I think I could size down to a 24 because they will stretch with wear.  

This is my problem with white jeans though, I prefer a "real" jean feel over that of a jegging and this pair is somewhere in the middle for me.  I'd say go for it if you want a budget-friendly version, but I liked the designer denim option below better.

I've heard so many great things about this designer pair of white denim that I was finally convinced to splurge!  I'm glad I did because the reviewers were right, they are worth it!  As soon as I tried them on, I wanted to wear them right away!  They are meant to be crop length, but at 5'1, they fit me like a perfect full-length jean.  The shredded knees are in the perfect spots and the white is opaque, like I prefer.  The denim on this jean is some kind of signature stretch that conforms to your figure, yet retains its shape after wear.  I agree that I felt that these white jeans are very figure flattering- and that can be hard to do. 

I ordered the next pair of white jeans as a solid (non-distressed) pair that's under $100 to compare to my AG's.  

This jean is just under $100 and very good quality!  I liked the way the denim felt on and it's on the lightweight side, so it doesn't feel thick or heavy, but also, isn't really thin.  I think I should've sized down to the 24 though, because the front and waist was baggy on me in the 25.  They were also a little long (but that's to be expected unless I order petite).  I'm so loving this raw edge trend though.

I tried on some things at Loft too- definitely check them out this weekend, everything is 30-40% off!!  

I tried on the crop white jeans at Loft and thought they were just okay, maybe it's because they were cuffed twice and I felt like it made my legs look shorter, like a kick crop, which I hate.   It's funny though because I loooooved the dark wash skinny crop jeans (below) and they seem to be a similar or the same cut. 

The Stripe Ruffle Sleeve Tee had a cute petite ruffle sleeve that was cute.  I'd size down to XXS though so it wouldn't be so roomy in the middle. 

I like the jeans better with this tunic.  And I really loved the sleeveless tunic with side slits.  It was a bit long on me in XS, so I ordered the XSP. 

Crop Skinny Jeans 25/0P | Striped Top XXSP (XSP would be better) | Chunky Heeled Sandal TTS
Here are the dark wash skinny crop jeans I was so crazy about!  They fit like a glove in size 25/0P.  I like them best with the hem rolled up once, as opposed to twice, because they felt too short rolled twice, but they are actually crop on me and most "crop" jeans come way down to my heel.  I liked them so much, I already wore them yesterday!  The top is darling too and looks great with the jeans.

Back home, I tried on those skinny crop jeans with this crochet tank top and it's really cute.  I love tanks that have a little extra detail like this that makes them feel more special.  

And y'all know I'm a big fan of the cold shoulder top.  One like this with a spaghetti strap, I'll sometimes wear a regular bra with since the shoulder straps line up and with my hair down, it'll cover that part anyway.  The pattern and color on this top are really cute in person.

Camisole (XXSP) | Shorts 0
Okay, seriously, how silly does "extra extra small petite" sound??? Loft, c'mon!  Your sizing is 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌  !!!  Oh, how I love Loft shorts and oh how they're always WAAYYY too big! I'm in 00 here and they were falling off.  The chambray and scallops are so cute though and this short would go with so much, so it's a shame they don't fit me! 

The cami fit pretty well, but with my ample chest, I probably could've gone up to XXS.  I love to wear these tucked or untucked with jeans, shorts and espeically skirts. 

Yellow Tank XS | Striped Skirt 0 (ordered 00P) | Heels TTS
I fell in love with this navy and white striped skirt and had to have it!  It will go with so many things and I'd love to show it to you all styled up once I get the 00P I ordered.  Fingers crossed it fit because, again, the 0 was way too big! 

If you are petite or short or just want tips on how to rock a Spring dress, read this post

This little lightweight floral shirtdress is darling in person.  My one complaint is that it isn't lined, so it does feel thin.  I still think it would be perfect for lunches or even running around in in flat sandals.  I tried on the XS initially and liked the fit, but was curious how the XSP would be.   The XSP fit, and the length was shorter, but was pulling a bit across the chest.  If I were going to buy this, I think I'd get the XS, especially in case it would shrink at all. 

How fun is this little white dress?!  It's a basic fit and flare style that is flattering on so many body types.  It's lined and not see though and the pattern is the sweetest! 

This dress called out to me from across the room!  I love the violets and pinks in it as well as the classic shape.  The material is nice and structured and it's belted with the a matching skinny belt.

This periwinkle lace overlay dress is so pretty in person.  Unfortunately, I didn't think it flattered my petite frame even in a petite size, but I still wanted to show you because the color is so unique and the tiered skirt part is fun. 

Lace Shift Dress 2P
I liked this dress more on the hanger (and on the model) than on me.  It's very square on, and I don't think it comes in 0P, but the black and white and lace overlay detail is gorgeous.  It's kinda hard to tell from the photo, but the neck has a darling black lace collar that would look so good with your hair up. If this style of dress looks good on you, definitely order it!

It was hard to photograph is dress with the overhead light glaring down, but this dress (and the happy coral orange color) is pretty in person.  It's not fluorescent orange if that's how it appears on your screen. I didn't bring my strapless bra to try it on, so I just folding down one side of my regular bra to take the pics.  The material is nice and thick, drapes well and feels amazing.  It's also machine washable, always a plus.

Somebody take me to a Polo match and I'll wear this dress!  The material is a cool cotton and I love the fit and shape of the fitted top and fuller shirt with the navy and white stripes.  You don't have to wear it with the belt, and I don't think this chambray one comes with it. 

I've always seen this sleek sheath dress online and wanted to see how it fit in real life and finally got to try it on.  I always pictured it as an office-appropriate look when I saw it on the model, but when I put it on, it seemed too body conscious for work.  It's tight and stretchy all over with cute cap sleeves and a pretty gold body-length zipper in the back.  It's pretty va-va-voom, but I felt self conscious in it. 


Sheath Dress 2P (0P might fit better)

I loved this sleek LBD and thought it would be perfect for attending a work dinner or party.  The v-cut neckline is sexy, but not overly revealing and I adore the cut outs in the shoulder.  That little detail is one of my favorite parts of the dress, but since it's not off the shoulder or one shoulder, you can wear your regular bra with it.  The waist nips in and the side rushing is so flattering.  This one was a little hippy on me and maybe a tad too long, and I'd like to try on the 0P to see if that fit better.

Okay guys, y'all convinced me to try a few more bikinis and I can't even begin to express my gratitude for all the kind comments on my Body After Baby- One Year Later post.  I don't take it for granted that you've shared your stories and struggles with me in the emails we've exchanged.  Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out.  💛  I have a big swimsuit fit & review post here

The unique pink bikini criss-cross top is what prompted me to try this one, but man, I felt like it was complicated origami trying to figure out how to get it on the first time!  After I got it untangled and on, I thought it was super cute.  I ordered two sizes in the bottoms since I wasn't sure how they'd fit (XS and Small) and the XS were too tiny.  I'm wearing the Small here and they have good coverage, a flattering ruched back and are silky smooth and comfortable.

The second suit is actually an army green with small gold hardware on the bikini bottom sides and top that I think I forgot about and must be behind my neck!  It's a great, classic triangle top bikini with a flattering bottom.

Have a great weekend, friends! 😘

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12 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! I love all the outfits! I am interested in the coral midi dress. I have a wedding to go to in April and I will be almost 6 1/2 months pregnant at that time. Do you think this dress could be a good option for a growing belly?

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    1. Congratulations on your baby Michelle!! Great question. I think you'd have to try it on to see if it would belt above your belly and then see how short that would raise the front of the dress to make sure it still looked proportional with the back and not too high. It was really comfortable though.

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    2. Any suggestions for a nice wedge to wear with this dress? The wedding I'm wearing it to is outside. Thanks!!

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    3. Fun! A gold wedge would be pretty, I like these (but they are high) http://rstyle.me/n/cmbyespz4e

      This pair is more slender like a heel, but in a wedge shape, really pretty! http://rstyle.me/n/cmbyjgpz4e

      Does that give you some ideas? Hope you are feeling great!

      -M

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    4. Thank you for the suggestions! I will check them out!!

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  2. I loved that black sheath dress with the cutouts on you!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! That dress is so classy on, a definite fave!

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  3. Don't feel bad about those scalloped chambray shorts. I have last year's version and they come out of the dryer SO wrinkled. I don't have time to iron casual clothing! It's annoying. And yes, LOFT sizing is bananas. I think it's "vanity sizing." I'm a size 4 everywhere but LOFT. - Stacey

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    1. I think Loft sizing is craaaazy now! But I keep popping in because they do have cute styles and awesome sales!

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  4. So many cute looks! I love all of the jean shorts-and that cute off the shoulder floral blouse! Have a great weekend :-)

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