In The Dressing Room With Talbots

Happy Sunday ladies. I popped into Talbots on Friday to do dressing room diaries while I picked up a few basics and nearly came away with the whole darn store!! Things are so amazingly priced it’s easy to go overboard. That got me thinking… this may be a great time to buy classic pieces in quality fabrics that you will wear next summer.

If you’re new here, dressing room diaries is when I go into stores and try on merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than zero. For reference, I am 5’4″ tall, weigh approximately 145 lbs, have broad shoulders and straight, narrow hips. I have a high rise and long arms. My hair gets trashed more than usual in this process and the lighting is bad, but you’ll get an idea of the clothes and how they look.

This outfit is T by Talbots in the petite section. I am wearing a medium petite which fits perfectly so it runs true to size. As with most Talbots garments, it is also available in regular, plus, and plus petite. The photo shows this as black but it’s a deep indigo blue. The pants are super comfy and have sun protection built right into the fabric! They’re available in several pretty colors. I am wearing a petite small which means it runs true to size because I always wear at least one size smaller on the bottom (broad shoulders, narrow hips).

This dress is also T by Talbots and super soft. I’m wearing a petite medium which is true to size, but because it’s a bit snug across the chest, and the belt is too high for my waistline, I would opt for the regular version. That would make it longer but the side slit would save it from being too long.

This tee is just plain fun. It’s less opaque than their other crew neck tees, but not so you would need anything other than a nude bra under it. I am wearing a regular medium and would probably choose the petite large to keep it roomy and a bit shorter. The shorts are Talbots Perfect Bermuda’s with a 10 1/2″ inseam. They come in tons of colors and fit beautifully. I am wearing an 8 petite so they run very true to size. They are cotton with spandex so while they look crisp, they are very flexible and comfy.

These are the same shorts in 6 regular which make them just a tiny bit longer and a smidge snugger through the waist. At my age, I prefer this length so depending on how long your legs are you can adjust the length by wearing regular or petite. This is Talbots no-iron sleeveless blouse in 10 petite. It’s a bit snug across the chest which means it runs true to size. For buttoned woven shirts, I typically go up a size to prevent gaping.

I dressed up the shorts with a braided belt in indigo and a cardigan that has a pretty open weave. I love this polished look. If we were going places, I would wear some pretty slip-on shoes and wear them to a casual dinner out or even for casual Friday at work. The cardigan is lovely and soft and comes in white as well as this indigo.

These perfect crops are in an 8 petite so they run true to size. The cotton/spandex fabric is nicely polished and comes in tons of pretty colors. I find this an unusual length on me so I would get the 6 regulars to get the additional length. They are super comfy and great pants for summer.

This outfit would be so perfect for pickleball… if I played it. Seriously, it would be great for lots of things on hot summer days. It’s a cotton spandex skirt over cotton spandex undershorts. Talk about easy and no thigh chafing! I am wearing a petite medium and would probably choose the small regular for a touch more length.

This split neck tee is white with indigo. I am wearing a medium in petite. This shape also comes in a pretty stripe hereblue stripe here, floral here, and in heathered soft colors here.

This is the perfect no-iron shirt in an 8 regular which fits me much better across the chest than the 10 petite and also provides enough extra length to tie it at my waist. These shirts are in a beautiful soft cotton with spandex with double-ended darts up the torso which keeps it slim looking.

Do you shop in different size categories to get the length, size, and shape you prefer?


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  1. Kathleen Doherty
    July 20, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    I am five foot one and find that Talbots is the only store where I can find clothes that fit me. Thankfully, I wear classic styles. I ran across a picture of me holding my son as a baby wearing a jacket from Talbots. My son is 32 and I still wear that jacket. Well made classics don’t go out of style.

    • Jennifer
      July 20, 2020 / 3:52 pm

      That’s why the classics are worth investing in!

  2. Joan
    July 20, 2020 / 6:18 am

    I love, love, love those indigo shorts and white top on you! Both with and without the indigo cardigan. That would be exactly how I would dress if that outfit looked that good on me! Thanks for modeling Talbot’s clothes. They do seem perfect for you. Not sure they would look that great on me in plus sizes.

    • Jennifer
      July 20, 2020 / 8:11 am

      It’s certainly worth a try, Joan. Their pus sizes are designed for you and at these prices worth the effort to see for yourself. You can always return them if you don’t like the look.

  3. MRSBEN2
    July 19, 2020 / 7:30 pm

    Have to agree, feel everything you modeled looks fabulous on you. As for shopping sales; not unusual for me to particularly purchase special occasion items that other wise may have a hefty price tag which I may choose not to even wear until a year or so later. Reasons; as my taste is classic know it will still be in style and is easier on my wallet …….. ☺.

  4. Sharon
    July 19, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    Thanks so much for a great “DRD”! I love Talbots and am looking forward to new merchandise -hopefully coming soon. The sale prices are terrific, but I’ve already bought what I like there. I wish that I looked as good as you in shorts and dresses. Unfortunately, the veins in my legs are so bad that I only wear pants and jeans. I can’t complain though – they work! Take care!

  5. Claudette
    July 19, 2020 / 11:13 am

    Thank you so much for the sizing ideas. I am short waisted and in between a med and small in tops so this will really help. Loved all the styles. You look great in everything.

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