Dressing Room Diaries with Calvin Klein

Dressing Room Diaries with Calvin Klein

Happy Saturday ladies! For today’s Dressing Room Diaries, I stopped into Macy’s and focused on just one designer. The Calvin Klein section caught my eye because of an outfit that ended up looking so awful on me, I almost didn’t photograph it. Then I remembered this feature is not for me, it’s for you.  I think we all benefit from seeing clothes on a real woman who is over 25 and way over 110 pounds:)

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein at Macy's

This black and gray polka dot top had a lot going for it. I loved its V-neckline and tiered bell sleeves. It would pair nicely with lots of colors and look fabulous with jeans.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein

This black V-neck top has a keyhole neckline and slim shape. I loved that the bell sleeves are 3/4 length so stay out of the way. It’s available in 4 other colors and I preferred the Spring Rose for me. These are the zip pocket straight pants with spandex.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein at Macy's

This gingham top has semi-sheer sleeves and would need a cami under it in this color. It also comes in black and white which I think I would prefer on me. I’m wearing it with these same pants with stretch, zip pocket, and straight pants in Latte color.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing Calvin Klein as Macy's

This zip pocket utility shirt was a great idea but not executed well. (maybe that’s why it’s marked way down) It comes in several colors and has interesting details but I dislike how it pulls across the bust. If you’re very slim across the front this may fit you nicely.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein at Macy's

This printed dress was very pretty and would be great for a summer wedding, shower or luncheon.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein at Macy's

Many women don’t like to show their arms so I topped it with this cropped cardigan. It’s ruffled sleeves feel a little to Bo-Peep like for me. I’d prefer this one, this one, or this sheer striped one.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein at Macy's

This fit and flare dress was the most unusual fabric. It has a perforated fabric that almost feels like scuba fabric.Jennifer Connolly of A WSell Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein from Macy'sI topped it with the same cardigan as above and preferred these two together.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein

This color-blocked dress was too wide in the hips and not a great color for me but I loved the shape.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing Calvin Klein from Macy's

Here’s this dress in a more flattering color but a size too small. It’s marked way down too!

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Calvin Klein in Macy's

This was the unflattering tunic that drew me into the Calvin Klein department. The sheer overdress has thigh-high side slits which make it flow when you walk. The neckline is unflattering for me, the pattern feels dated and its square silhouette looks too boxy on me. They had several other prints but the neckline and silhouette combo are too unflattering for me. I think this would be fun on a very thin tall gal.

Have you shopped Calvin Klein lately?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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  1. March 10, 2018 / 4:25 am

    I was just in Macy’s a couple of days ago. I saw the “unflattering tunic” that you’re showing. Didn’t try it on as I thought I’d feel the same about it as you do. I ended up buying a jean jacket that I love.

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:04 am

      It’s an unusual shape which I’m sure will flatter someone

    • Sharon
      March 10, 2018 / 8:24 am


      Did you get the Charter Club jean jacket? I’ve been eying the white one online and it says to size down.

      • Cindy
        March 11, 2018 / 4:19 am

        Yes, I did get the Charter Club jacket. I’d agree that going 1 size smaller is ok if you want a more snug fit. I tried my normal size and it was a loose (but not way loose) fit.

  2. Sandy Andry
    March 10, 2018 / 4:41 am

    I’m 5′ tall – a tad shorter than you. I’ve always heard that petite women shouldn’t wear a pattern where the design was bigger than a fist because it’s too overpowering. Do you feel that’s true?

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:06 am

      It’s a great rule of thumb. The smaller the woman the smaller the pattern is a better the proportion.

  3. Nell Marie
    March 10, 2018 / 5:01 am

    I work part time at a funeral home, so I wear black slacks, dress, or suit. I’ve gone to resale stores to buy these items. I would like a nice fitting black dress, maybe a Aline, but nothing with a waist. I do have a waist but they sometime fit at wrong places. I’m 5’2. Not wanting to spend a lot of money, also need to be washable.

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:12 am

      A-lines bypass the waist so if you want it to be slightly fitted you could look for a sheath that’s not to snug.

  4. Susan
    March 10, 2018 / 5:09 am

    I really liked the 2 v neck tunic tops on you and the white cardi/shrug. I think the V necks are very flattering for your body shape. None of the dresses grabbed me. However, the floral tunic was an absolute shocker and not even a tall, skinny woman do that horror justice (IMHO).

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:14 am

      V-necks are always more flattering with my broad shoulders. That long tunic was a hot mess on me. I’m being generous thinking it will flatter someone. If it had a lower neckline it would have a better chance.

  5. Lise
    March 10, 2018 / 5:14 am

    Gosh these Calvin Klein clothes are not very impressive, are they..

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:16 am

      I have seen more flattering. The sections on either side had more attractive clothes.

  6. Allison Jones
    March 10, 2018 / 5:59 am

    I’m sorry, I don’t think any of the outfits were flattering and looked poorly made, the hems and fabric.

  7. March 10, 2018 / 6:37 am

    I LOVED the black keyhole top on you!

  8. Lori
    March 10, 2018 / 7:18 am

    I really enjoy your posts. Calvin Klein clothes don’t work for me because the clothes don’t go up to size 18, they don’t have tall sized pants, and so many of his clothes are dry clean only including the pants and most of the dresses. I did reallly like the Macys jean jacket you showed in a previous post and now have it it 4 colors. Thank you for your blog; I really do enjoy it.

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:31 am

      I love that denim jacket!! I do find many manufactures recommend dry cleaning just to cover themselves in case customers wash in hot water and dry in hot !!

  9. Katharina
    March 10, 2018 / 7:53 am

    I love that you try things on and show us how different clothes can fit. I like everything on you, and yeah, not a fan of the ruffled sleeve sweater, maybe in another color? The black and white top is gorgeous and the color block looks were great in photo although you didn’t think it fit well. The long sheath is definitely for someone. That’s how I feel when I try on clothes. “This” would be great on “someone” out there. LOL
    One day, out shopping, my sister in law, her sister, and myself ,who all have completely different body shapes, hair color, skin color, etc picked out a few outfits each and all went into dressing rooms. Everyone had to try on same dress or very close to it in their size.
    We all had to come out of perspective dressing rooms at the same time. Oh my how we laughed and appreciated each of our unique looks. There is something for everyone, but not everything fits each person the same. One person’s “treasure” is another’s”oh my, no way”

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:37 am

      That’s a great way to prove your point. There’s something flattering for everybody… but somethings do end up as duds.

  10. Eileen
    March 10, 2018 / 8:09 am

    The fabrics look very inexpensive, and badly sewn. Polyester probably. I am more interested in natural fabrics, as it’s hot here. I’m starting to buy less, but pay a little more, I ordered from Macy’s, a Ralph Lauren 100% cotton poplin dress, it went into the washer and dryer, no wrinkles! Amazing! The cost? $245.00. Yes, more than I normally pay, but I will wear it a lot. I guess at this age I feel I deserve a few nicer pieces, why not? Thanks Jennifer for your pics, and bravery!!!

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:39 am

      You do deserve it and that dress may end up costing you less per wear than an inexpensive one you don’t adore and wear much.

  11. Lynn McClain
    March 10, 2018 / 8:23 am

    I tried that Calvin utility shirt and it was so poorly made – one sleeve about an inch longer that the other! I did like you in the black key-hole top. I have a question for you: Have you ever worn your hair very short? I think you’d you look terrific in a “Claire” (Robin Wright from the first two years of House of Cards).

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      I wore it very short in my 40’s. The problem for me is a have a very high neckline in back and very broad shoulders. I look like a pin head without the balance of some more hair. I like it pinned up because it gives me an opportunity to leave some fringe down my neck while keeping the crown poofed up.

  12. Anne
    March 10, 2018 / 9:00 am

    That was fun! I like that you photograph the outfits that you like and don’t.
    I am 5’6″ and way over 110. Even if I weighed 110, I would have wider hips than you, but I can still imagine how the items might look on me. It is a 20 mile drive for me to shop for clothes other than Target, so it is fun to see your forays into the dressing room.
    I don’t like all the bell sleeves this year – I seem to get cold (even with thyroid meds) and except in the heat of summer, would want a sweater, and I think they feel a little too “fluffy” for me.
    Thanks for the posts. I look forward to them.

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      I’m glad you enjoy them!! They’re fun for me too.

  13. Jen
    March 10, 2018 / 9:22 am

    I liked the black and gray polka-dot top on you!

  14. Yvonne
    March 10, 2018 / 11:28 am

    I so enjoy your Dressing Room Diaries and the keyhole top looks great on you.
    I actually have that utility top in royal blue from his line 4 years ago. It must be a good seller as he keeps repeating it.

  15. March 10, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Brilliant post…I love that you put up what does not suit too….Keeping it real…

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Reality helps all of us 😉

  16. March 10, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    First, let me say how great you look in dresses…I am so jealous! Calvin Klein has really gone downhill in the last few years as far as quality goes. I rarely find things I like. But here…my favorite is still the black and khaki. I know that is predictable for me…but I don’t really connect with the others.
    It is so great you do this feature, Jennifer.

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks Pam. I do need to wear dresses more often!

  17. Julie,Melbourne,Australia
    March 10, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    I’m not impressed with these clothes and I concur with Pam that you look great in fitted dresses.What were the fabrics like?

    • Jennifer
      March 10, 2018 / 10:55 pm

      They are predominantly polyester. The pants were my favorites!

  18. Barbara
    March 11, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    That cropped cardigan with the ruffled sleeves…I can’t unsee it! You’re reminded of Bo Peep; I’m wondering where the red cape and bull are hiding. I’ll be so glad when the trend for bell sleeves has bitten the dust. I’ve tried on different colors and sleeve lengths, but they all tend to make my hips look soooo much wider when I stand with my arms by my side. I just don’t need all that extra floof in that area!

    • Jennifer
      March 11, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      Lol, that’s all I could see with that cardigan

  19. Donna B Oliphint
    March 12, 2018 / 11:30 am

    I personally thought the pink made you look lovely and feminine. Your skin glowed! And I loved the look of the black/white/coral dress on you. Not sure what the color issue was since you wear black and white a lot. Thought the blocking, hem length and cut of the dress made you look very tall and slender.

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