Hey hey! A few weekends back I did a little shopping and found some pretty great stuff. I decided to document it here for you guys to see how cruel dressing room lighting is all of the great stuff that’s on shelves right now! I think I’ll make it a regular thing: my Dressing Room Recap series.

Disclaimer: not everything I’ll show will work well for me and my shape. In fact, most of them won’t! I’m 5′ 0″ and wear an XS or a 0. My sister tells me all of my clothes are built for baby dolls. That said, don’t worry – I’ve still got your back. I love to give people advice on what would look great on them and flatter their bodies and I kinda like to think I have an eye for it.

I’ll try something on and give you my thoughts on the cut, quality, necessary undergarments, color, or whatever comes to mind that’s of note. Then I’ll go through the fit and give you a general idea of which body types it would flatter and which it may not. You can hopefully save yourself a trip to the dressing room because I’ll do the legwork for you.

I shopped at Bloomies Chestnut Hill this time around and linked to the Bloomingdales website where I could. Not everything I listed was available on their site, so there are links elsewhere where necessary.

Without further ado, here are a few of the things I loved! Luckily for us there’s a lot of great end-of-season markdowns, so most of these are on sale!

Look 1:

I saw this dress in black at first and was in love. They didn’t have my size in the black, but here it is in pink! It’s a really interesting eyelet lace and has some grommets around the skirt – and it has pockets which is always, always a plus! It jumped out at me because it would be great to wear to a summer wedding. I know plenty of you gals have a few of those on the books, and I think this frock is a great option. And right now the pink is 50% off!

A few watch-outs: If you’re fair-skinned or have yellow undertones this shade of pink may wash you out. It did for me! Don’t worry, it comes in black too. Normally I would stay away from such a thick strap because it has a tendency to make people look broad-shouldered, but because the neckline isn’t straight across I think it’s actually really flattering. The straps aren’t adjustable, so you may need a tailor to adjust them if they’re too long for you.

I found it fit pretty true-to-size around the bust and waist, but I’m small chested and there wasn’t a ton of room for a bra. It may not fit great if you have a larger bust (although those straps would be a big help to someone who’s more well-endowed in that department). There was also a lot of fabric around the skirt. If you’re petite like me it may overwhelm your frame, but if you’ve got a few extra inches then it will balance out nicely. I’m short-waisted and this silhouette isn’t the best for me – the waist of the dress hits right above my hip bones, so the skirt juts out in a funny way and it makes me look a little lumpy. I wouldn’t rule it out for someone with my build, but I’d say it would be most flattering if you have a longer torso.

Overall it is beautiful, well made, interesting, and would flatter a lot of different body types. And I think the black one could definitely be worn beyond the summer!

Look 2:

This skort was on the mannequin and I immediately went off in search of it on the rack. It’s the most gorgeous green with a really fun and different parrot print. It’s dressy (the jacquard fabric is thick and has a gold sheen to it) and looks expensive. And it is! But right now it’s on major sale – like 50% off kind of sale.

Here’s the lowdown. It’s a skort – shorts inside and a skirt that goes the whole way around, like an overlay, rather than just in the front. It has covered elastic at either side, but not the bad kind. It makes it fit great without looking like your skirt has an elastic waistband. I think it would look pretty on most shapes. It definitely falls in mini territory (in a very tasteful way) but it’s high waisted, which elongates those legs. If you’ve got legs you want to show off, then this is a really great standout piece for you!

The sweater is gorgeous (and also 50% off!) and fit really nicely – fitted enough to have a nice shape. As much as I love it, the fabric is really prone to pulling. The one I tried on already had a pull in it. So if you’re looking to invest in one special piece, I might advise against making it one that will be ruined if you get it caught on something. And it pains me to do so because it’s so darn pretty.

Look 3:

The cut of this dress is really flattering and COMFY. It’s breezy and lightweight and would be a great choice for an outdoor wedding, particularly one in the afternoon. Pair it with a well-fitting leather jacket and it would be a great fall transition look! The print is floral but in more muted colors, so I think it will work nicely for the fall. I love the mixed prints – it keeps it interesting and you probably (hopefully) wouldn’t run into anyone else wearing the same dress which is always a score!

It fits true-to-size and would look great on a lot of different body types, but the one area it could draw attention to is the armpit area. So if that’s not your M-O then it may not be the best pick for you.

Which pieces do you love?? And what should I include in my next Dressing Room Recap? Let me know in the comments!