The stores here in the desert stock clothes that fit their local clientele’s taste, which means less business attire and casual everything. The best shopping in the Palm Springs area is on El Paseo in Palm Desert so I stopped by last week to do dressing room diaries.
If you’re new here, DRD is when I go into stores and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than 2. For reference, I’m 5’4″, weigh 147+ pounds and have an inverted triangle shape. My shoulders are wide, my hips are straight, I have a long torso, long arms with shorter legs. The lighting is often dark which makes the photo’s grainy but you’ll get the idea of how things look.
This scalloped neck tee is available in several gorgeous colors plus this crisp white, I love the elbow-length sleeves which help us look taller. It’s in a super soft Pima cotton. As with most things from Talbots, it’s available in misses, petite, plus and plus petite. I’m wearing a medium in regular (missus). These are the Hampshire striped pants in 8 petite. They also come in curvy fit here, and plus here. They’re an awesome fitting pant with a high waistband, straight legs and spandex for comfort. The black and white stripe is perfect for spring and all summer long.
I topped that look with this classic trench. I can’t resist Talbots’ trench coats! They fit perfectly and are beautifully made. This one has a very Casablanca-ish feel which I’d own in a heartbeat if this color had a slightly cooler tone. I’m wearing a medium petite. It’s available in misses, petite, plus and plus petite in PS-XL.
This classic denim jacket is as fabulous as the other 3 I own (ahem). The shaping keeps it from being boxy and the spandex keeps it comfy. It comes in aqua, daisy, white and gray. They’re available in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite. I’m wearing a petite medium. The sleeves are a touch short for my long arms but since I always fold up my denim jacket cuffs, it’s perfect.
These relaxed chinos are available in 8 colors, missus, petite, plus, and plus petite. I’m wearing an 8 petite The relaxed shape is not a great fit for my straight hips so they’re baggy in the seat. This style is a better shape for a curvier gal. My straight hips would look better in these stretch chino’s that have a slim fit.
This cotton sweater is available in blue or white with tiny dots. I’m wearing a medium petite. This sleeve is a personal favorite because raglan sleeves visually narrow broad shoulders. The cropped chinos are a fun shape. I’m wearing an 8 petite in navy which is a bit snug so I know I’ve indulged in 2 or 3 too many date shakes this trip. They also come in a soft green and ecru.
This gingham shirt and cropped jeans are a fresh, fun, and casual look for spring. I love tying button shirts at the waist to lengthen the look of my legs. It’s even more important with cropped pants. Notice how much taller I look with the shirt tied at my waist. This is the true color of the blue one. These crop jeans are in the Comet wash. I’m wearing an 8 petite which I still think is too long for me so I would shorten 1 1/2″-2″ to where my leg begins to narrow.
I’m heading back to El Paseo today to do more shopping and people watching. I love to observe how women put themselves together, don’t you?
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.