Happy Tuesday ladies. Talbots has tons of new things to see and a great sale going on for one more day, so here’s my April dressing room diary at Talbots. I did lots of mixing and matching today to show options for how you could style things. Let me know in the comments if this is helpful.
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 138 lbs with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and arms so I often buy one size larger on top.
I try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me so you can 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.
Most Talbots garments come in misses, petite, plus, and petite plus. As always, you can click the red text for more info and to shop the item at no additional cost to you.
I was thrilled to see this 100% cotton shirtdress has a 100% cotton lining. Too many manufacturers put polyester linings in cotton garments which defeats the purpose of a cool breathable fabric. This dress also comes in this print, this print, and this print. I’m wearing a misses 6. The petite would be a better length for me but the waist would be too high on my long torso. It’s much easier to hem a dress than try to move a fitted waistline.
Talbots has gone all-in for this fun lemon print this spring and I couldn’t wait to try it on. This canvas A-line skirt is a cotton/spandex blend with a side zipper. I am wearing a misses 4, so it runs true to size. The petite measures 1″ shorter.
This sleeveless blouse comes in three colors in Talbots’ full range of sizes. I’m wearing a misses 4 which I can barely button closed so I went home with the 8. The cotton sweater picks up part of the print in the skirt. It’s available in 6 gorgeous colors. I’m wearing a petite medium.
Here’s the same print in their Perfect 10 1/2″ shorts. They’re a cotton/spandex blend with a zip and hook front closure. I am wearing a misses in 4. The split neck tee comes in 6 colors XS-3X. The white is lovely and opaque.
This hot pink is bright and fun! I’m wearing the slim ankle jeans in misses 4 which are too long for me but they also come in petite, plus, and plus petite. This jean comes in 4 colors here, blue toile print here, dark wash denim here, and mid-wash denim here. It has a high-rise and classic slim leg.
The patterned sleeveless blouse is 100% lightweight cotton in a mix of cheery colors. I’m wearing a petite medium. The long cardigan comes in bright papaya and this hot pink. This is a petite small. The misses version is a full 2 1/2″ longer. I also styled these tops with the everyday relaxed jeans in Orion blue. I’m wearing a 6 petite with the cuffs unfolded.
This white denim pencil skirt runs long. I am wearing misses 4 and ended up ordering the 6 petite. It’s a very flattering skirt that you could dress up or down this spring/summer. I’m wearing it with a casual striped tee on the left in a small petite which is snug so it runs true to size. On the right, I styled the skirt with a fun split neck polka dot tee that came home with me. I am wearing a petite medium.
Same everyday jeans as above, this time with a striped, bateau neck tee with the lemon motif. I’m wearing a misses small. Do you prefer it untucked or tucked? Maybe with this fun belt?
This toile denim jacket coordinates with so many things. I own several of their denim jackets and love the fit. This is a misses small which is just 1/2″ longer than the petite version. I usually size up to a medium to keep it loose and roomy.
Here’s the denim pencil skirt styled 2 ways. On the left is a fringe Chambray jacket that has a subtle Chanel vibe. It only comes in misses and I am wearing a 6. Its boxy shape and crew neckline are not my most flattering but it will look great on a woman with some curves. The sleeves are bracelet length.
These Perfect shorts come in 8 colors. I’m wearing navy in misses 4. The linen popover shirt comes in this blue stripe or an aqua version. I am wearing a misses in small which is a bit snug across the chest so it runs true to size.
One inch may not seem like a lot, but when you’re petite it makes a huge difference. The shorts on the left are the Perfect shorts in petite which have a 9 1/2″ inseam. The Perfect shorts on the right are in misses with a 10 1/2″ inseam.
Last year we talked about dressing up a pair of shorts with a linen blazer. These two looks are decidedly more casual but also stepped up a notch from a simple tee shirt. Would you wear a blazer or jacket with shorts?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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