Dressing Room Diary – Soft Blouse Outfits

Happy Tuesday ladies. This is our last week in Vancouver before we head over to Vancouver Island, and it’s been a drizzly one. Luckily my shin is recovering so I’m still able to carefully explore the city. I stopped by Nordstrom yesterday and tried on a few new things that will easily transition to fall so today I have some soft blouse outfits with cozy sweaters and jeans.

If you’re new here, welcome. Dressing room diary is when I go into stores and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and am probably up a few holiday pounds from my usual 136. I’m an inverted triangle body shape with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso, high rise, long arms, and very few curves. I often wear one size larger on top than the bottom.

woman in dressing room selfie wearing soft blouse outfit

This blouse is a flowy piece you can wear out or tuck. With my broad shoulders, I am better off showing some waist definition or I just look blocky. It has a placket front and 3/4 length sleeves. It comes in 3 prints, sizes XS-XL, and runs large, so size down. This is M and it’s swimming on me.

These are the Marilyn NYDJ straight jeans. I’ve owned, worn, and loved this style jeans for years. With classic 5 pocket styling, a nice high rise, and lots of stretch, these jeans are great! They come in plenty of washes, including white, and are very flattering. They come in petite and regular but the petite has a slightly shorter rise, so I buy the regular and hem the legs shorter. These stretch so I always buy mine snug and go down one size.

woman wearing coral sweater and skinny jeans on Nordstrom dressing room

For those who still love their skinny jeans, these Relaxed Skinnies by Kut From The Kloth are a great option. They have a nice high rise, a very dark wash, and tons of stretch. They’re more relaxed through the legs than most skinnies so you get the best of both worlds. They’re a super dark wash and are available in petite or regular, 00-14W. They run TTS (true to size).

The Puff sweater is the prettiest coral, and also comes in ivory. It’s not that flattering on my broad shoulders but will look great on women with narrow or average width shoulders.

*Another option to try if you want to ease into the straight leg leans are these Sheri Slim jeans which are slimmer than a straight but not a tight as a skinny.

More soft blouse outfits

woman showing half tuck in dressing room selfie

These slim-yet-slouchy boyfriend jeans are more feminine than many because they have a bit more shaping. The faded wash is fun for casual days and they’re really comfy. They have a 9 1/2″ rise which is mid on my long torso. With the cuffs on these jeans doing all they can to visually shorten the look of my leg, I tucked this blouse in to try to mitigate the cuff effect. They come in petite and regular and fit true to size. My cuffed jeans from J. Jill have a higher rise so help my legs look longer:)

The crepe blouse comes in 20 different prints, sizes XXS-XL and plus sizes here. I am wearing Peony Promenade in a small. These blouses are incredibly popular and are very easy-care.

woman taking selfie in dressing room wearing gray cargican striped tee and straight jeans

These little cardigans are great pieces to wear now and later when the weather starts to cool down. The website often says sold out on these but they’re not so be sure to check the color and size you want. They’re available in 10 colors, XXS-14W. I’m wearing a small in heather grey and purchased the Titanic teal in XS so they run generously.

The square-necked striped tee seems to be sold out in black and white but is available in softer striped and solids. It runs small so I suggest you size it up. It has nice elbow-length sleeves and lots of stretch so it’s a great layering piece.

woman showing soft floral blouse tucked and untucked with jeans

This bright cheery blouse is a popover style with a placket front and is quite roomy. It has 3/4 sleeves and a curved hem so you could wear it untucked but I prefer voluminous things belted or half-tucked to give me some waist definition.

woman wearing wine colored cardigan and blue jeans

This lightweight cardigan comes in regular and petite, (plus sizes here) in 7 great colors for now and fall. This burgundy color would look great over white jeans and a tee for now and also be fab in the fall. It’s very thin and lightweight but has a tiny bit of cashmere for extra softness. It runs true to size, I am wearing a small in regular.

The long sleeve striped top is a tissue-weight layering piece, I would not wear it on its own but see it under lots of pieces going into fall. It also runs close to the body so size up.

woman wearing ivory sweater and patterned jeans in Nordstrom dressing room

This mock neck sweater comes in 5 colors, XXS -16W. The yarn is soft and cozy with a mix of stitches. I love the asymmetrical faux button seam up the front and uneven border. Each side of the front seam has a different type of stitching. It runs large so size down, I am wearing a small and it is roomy plus I folded the sleeve cuff up. It’s made with an eco soft blend that’s sustainably produced using pulp made from renewable wood sources.

These dark floral jeans are Marilyn by NYDJ, which fit like a dream. You can read more about the fit and what makes them one of my favorites, above.

Are flowy blouses part of your wardrobe?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel fabulous.

 


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