Dressing Room Diaries- J. Jill Softness and Comfort
Summer is winding down for many of us and just ramping up for others, so I shopped for things that might work for both occasions. Softness and comfort always seem like a good idea, so I hit the mall yesterday for a J. Jill try-on session.
If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs. I have broad shoulders with straight hips, a long torso, and long arms. I often buy one size larger on top. You’ll see me try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me because I want you to see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run.
J.Jill has streamlined its sizing system so that every design is now available as Regular in sizes XS-4X. Petite and tall are still available in the same popular styles and sizes, plus all sizes are the same price. Here’s my previous J. Jill try-on session in June.
The color of this tunic is more accurate on the website than in my pictures. It’s a rich vicuna color, not a pale camel. It’s almost sold out, but your local store may still have some. The pants are the richest chocolate color, which will be super popular this fall. They’re a cotton blend with lots of stretch so are very comfy. The side zipper means your tops will lay smooth in the tummy area. This 8 is too loose on me, so they run true to size.
This Pima cotton tunic comes in eleven colors. I’m wearing lime zest which looks cool and refreshing. It’s greener in person than in my photo so go by what you see on the website. It’s long enough to go over leggings and skinny pants, or you could do a half tuck. I’m partial to modest depth V-necklines, which are flattering on everyone. I’m wearing it over these knit jeans in a slim cropped length. They’re a pull-on style that feels as comfy as jammies. The small is a bit large for me, so they run TTS.
I popped this Kahki open stitch hooded cardigan over the lime zest tunic and chocolate pants. The cardi is very lightweight with a wide rib and a single button. It also comes in seagrass or white. The open stitching makes it feel lightweight, and it’ll layer nicely right into fall. I don’t wear hoods, but they’re perennial favorites with brands and shoppers alike.
You can tell by this point that I love this soft Pima tunic tee and the fresh lime color :). Here it is with J. Jill’s always flattering slim ankle jeans in the Neptune wash. I popped the cropped Anywhere cardigan on top to illustrate how a shorter layer over a longer layer can give waist definition and change the vertical proportions of a look. It’s such a useful little cardi that comes in five colors. I am wearing the Watercress, which is a warm olive (my photos make it look cooler than it is, so check the website).
I loved this necklace…sorry I blocked it in the pictures. I seem pretty out of practice! The tank is reversible for v or scoop neckline. They run small, so I suggest you size up at least one, maybe two sizes. They come in six colors and make great layering pieces. The boyfriend jeans are super comfy with a relaxed fit so I sized down. The inseams are as follows- R 27″ inseam (rolled), P 24½” inseam (rolled), T 30″ inseam (rolled). The rise is just below the waistline, depending on your torso. I could not find this cardigan on the website so let me know if you find it. It’s a great piece!
J.Jill makes some very stylish active and athleisure wear in their Fit collection. This anorak jacket is fabulous. It has an interior drawstring and a two-way zipper to customize the fit. It’s water repellant in a stretchy fabric, so has pretty much everything going for it. It only comes in this mist color, which my photo shows more accurately than the website. I love the raglan sleeves, which help create a sleeker look than the drop shoulders I see too much of.
The dip-dyed striped tee is called Olive but coordinates with the jacket nicely. The medium is a bit large on me, so it runs TTS. The bootcut workout pant could easily be worn around town so long as your backside and crotch were covered. I prefer this type of workout pants to the ones that are skin tight all the way down. They have side panel pockets that will hold your phone and a zip at the back of the wide waistband for a key, etc.
I love the navy version I bought of these double-faced crops this summer. They’re super soft and comfy, and this mineral color is yummy. Here are the inseams – R 25″ inseam, P 23″ inseam, T 27″ inseam. This wearever cardigan is a nice drapey cotton knit and matches the pants perfectly. It’ll be great in coastal climates or with air conditioning now and on into the fall. This medium is several sizes too large for me, so I think it runs TTS. I love the raglan sleeves and, of course, the color. This duo would look great in the fall with metallic or taupe flats and a simple pullover sweater. Perhaps charcoal suede ankle booties and a deep gray turtleneck.
It’s just this sort of look that reminds me how similar some of J. Jill’s aesthetics are to Eileen Fisher. Beautiful, unstructured knits that can be layered in a non-body conscious way. This V-neck dress is a great chameleon that could be dressed up or down for any occasion. The slim pants are an everyday classic in a stretch knit that’s perfect for travel. You could easily create a great capsule using this dress and pants, then swap in tops and a jacket like this or this.
Are you a fan of the wearever fabrics?
Thanks for reading, and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.
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