Dressing Room Diaries: Sherbert Colors

Dressing Room Diaries: Sherbert Colors

Happy Friday ladies. I got my hair done before my hand surgery last week and I kind of hate it. My daughter always tells me I’m impossible to please about my hair and that may have some truth to it but I choose to think of myself as neurotic persnickety about it. So after 5 long months, I got a trim and lowlights which ended up much darker than I’m used to. It actually ended up sort of brassy which I’ve never been a fan of.

It’s almost impossible to style with my right hand out of commission so I’m going to just have to “suck it up buttercup” and get on with things.

Let’s get to the dressing room!! If you’re new here, dressing room diaries is when I go into stores and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman older than 25 who wears a size larger than zero. For reference, I am 5’4″ tall, with wide shoulders and narrow, straight hips. My arms are long and I have a long torso. The lighting is dim so the photos are grainy but you’ll get an idea of how things look.

These Chatham ankle pants are one of my favorites at Talbots. They’re a stretch fabric with a nice polished finish without looking dressy which just fits my aesthetic. The side zip adds no extra bulk upfront which is always flattering. These are an 8 petite so they run true to size. They come in a huge array of patterns, solids, and colors each season. This V-neck top is cotton and comes in several colors. I’m wearing a large in petite which is pretty roomy so it runs true to size.

I spotted this cardigan right inside the door and can’t believe how deeply it’s discounted! It’s a fun print with lots of cheery colors and adorable for summer. I’m wearing it with the relaxed chino crops in “watermelon”. If you wanted them to look less casual your could unroll the hem. I’m wearing an 8 in petite so they run true to size.

How to Look Stylish Wearing Capri and Cropped Pants

I feel a bit like an orange popsicle in this look, in a very good way. The tank comes in tons of colors, this is coral and white. I’m wearing a medium in petite so it fits true to size.  see it with soft metallic gold sandals and hoop earrings. These skimmers seem halfway between a crop and a pedal pusher. I’m wearing an 8 petite so they run true to size. This is the “sunlit coral”.

I am wearing an 8 petite in this poplin dress and would need the 10 to be able to snap it closed so I think it runs a bit small through the chest. Plus, the fabric doesn’t have the stretch of the knits so it’s comfier with a bit more room. To be honest, I might take the snap off because I don’t think you really need it. It’s also available in black which looks much dressier.

I’m wearing an 8 petite in this jersey maxi dress. The length just feels odd on me so I would opt for the regular to get some extra length.

*BTW- I’m wearing these dresses with one of my favorite pair of slip-on sneakers, which are in constant rotation this summer. I like them with tons of things but no matter how cute they are, I wouldn’t wear them with this dress. You can save 20$ on your first pair of machine washable Rothy’s with the discount code here .

This dress is a great one and done for super casual days. It has an interesting back detail which I forgot to photograph. A cotton t-shirt dress is one of those things that works for almost everything, except maybe gardening:) I’m wearing an 8 petite so it runs true to size.

I am wearing this dress backward. I didn’t notice it in the store, but when I went to grab the link I saw the description:) This just goes to show we don’t have to wear things in a cookie-cutter fashion. I love this dress and think I need to own it. I’m wearing an 8 petite which fits, even backward, so it runs true to size.

Just because we’re not going out doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy pretty clothes. I know many women don’t wear dresses but they are the easiest way to get dressed. One and done is also one of the coolest ways to dress for those sweltering summer days.

What do you reach for on the hottest days?

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  1. Sharleen Millering
    July 10, 2020 / 10:07 am

    I wonder if you could cover the topic of longer white hair. What style are up to date and so forth.

  2. Ann
    July 8, 2020 / 3:36 pm

    Love your hair!!!! Color and cut!!

  3. Janice
    July 4, 2020 / 6:38 am

    Thank you for the great ideas. Every time I move finding a new stylist is always an adventure, I am also very picky according to my husband.

  4. Beverly
    July 4, 2020 / 5:59 am

    When I moved from one state to another, my new hair stylist thought I needed darker highlights. It took some mental adjustment, since I had been blonder for a good while. The payoff was that I could go longer between color sessions, as my roots blended in with my natural color better, which really turned out to be a blessing when the salons were closed due to quarantine. Give it a chance. Your hair could be lower maintenance.

  5. Sandy
    July 4, 2020 / 3:55 am

    I can identify with you about the hair. I almost never like my hair. It’s similar to yours in texture..very fine and difficult to get “fluffy.” I had already purchased the print cardigan and V neck sweater (in yellow) that you’ve featured today. I plan to wear the print cardigan to Florida when I travel. It’s great to see that you liked several of the pieces I’ve already purchased.

    • Ginger
      July 4, 2020 / 6:54 pm

      Hi Sandy, just want to share that I’ve recently tried Aveda Thickening Tonic on my very fine thin hair and it really fluffed it up, plus the scent is a light, lovely herbal that dissipated quickly.

  6. Kim
    July 4, 2020 / 12:12 am

    I get blonde foils about every 6 weeks in my now light brown hair (I was naturally blonde in my youth). As I am now in my late 50s I prefer to get a toner put through in the salon after the foils as my hair tends to go brassy even with the purple treatments I use at home. I am getting more greys coming through now so will be interesting to see what the next stage will be for me.

    • Jennifer
      July 4, 2020 / 10:53 am

      I think toner will be my new best friend for a while:)

  7. Julie Traxler
    July 3, 2020 / 8:14 pm

    Loved the watermelon and pretty sweater. My whole shape doesn’t work well with those styles as I am narrow shouldered and wide hipped. Re: hair… your hair looked very good. Under the lights, it didn’t look brassy at all. Thank you for a wonderful fashion show!

  8. Linda Henderson
    July 3, 2020 / 2:40 pm

    Just looking at the photos, I think your hair looks good. Very flattering. I can relate to your angst with haircuts. Some hits, some misses.

  9. Kay
    July 3, 2020 / 12:54 pm

    I am currently rethinking my hair. It has grown a lot in these past months, and it’s almost white. I still have some of the blondish highlights left over, and I’m seriously considering letting that go. Of course the problem is that whenever I see a mirror, my father and his sisters are looking back at me! My (much) younger brother remarked that if I had a bald spot, he would not be able to tell me from our Dad. Cheeky brat. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:36 pm

      LOL, he is a cheeky brat. Brothers never change;)

  10. Valerie
    July 3, 2020 / 12:45 pm

    Your new hair color looks way better than the one you had before. It looks very natural

  11. Debra Williams
    July 3, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    So, we always want we can’t have. I am a pear. Smaller on top and bigger on the bottom. Wide hips and thick thighs. I do have a waist, but after a double mastectomy and no reconstruction — NO boobs. I hate the fake ones. I am trying to find a “home to not dress frumpy after 60” page, instructions, ideas, etc. from someone shaped more like me. (also with 20 extra pounds) HELP! I can’t be the only one needing this. Do you know anyone like this? or Has anyone out there found help for this body type/shape?

  12. Diane Ruebel
    July 3, 2020 / 12:03 pm

    Happy Independence Day, Jennifer.

    The geo-print dress is incredible and very fun on you. Perhaps, a platform sandal and a sweater over your shoulders or as someone else suggested, a jean jacket will complete your styling. I hope you grab it and have fun playing in it.

    Diney on Camano Island

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:38 pm

      Happy Independence Day to you too! I howled with laughter when I saw I was wearing that dress backward.

  13. Joi
    July 3, 2020 / 10:32 am

    You look fabulous in the maxi jersey dress!

  14. Claudette
    July 3, 2020 / 9:39 am

    What a lovely mix of clothing. I really like the shape of the black and white dress on you. The hem is a little different but with the right shoe I think it would look great. I hoe your hand recovers swiftly.

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you. It’s more extensive than I was expecting so I am trying not to whine tooo much:)

  15. diane
    July 3, 2020 / 9:06 am

    Dear Jenn, I am an older “version” of you! Wide shoulders, and shorter than you. It helps me so much to see how you look and choose clothing. I don’t seem to find my style and I’m pushing 80.

    I’ve just tried Cabi clothing which is sold like the old Tupperware Parties. The “stylist” helps to put together outfits, so I’ve finally come up with a few finished looks.

    Best to you and our country! Happy Fourth!

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:40 pm

      Happy 4th Diane! I’ve heard great things about Cabi

  16. Linda O
    July 3, 2020 / 9:05 am

    I’ve got to tell you…I think your new hair color looks fantastic on you!!! And the white pants and green top has your name all over it! Also thought the black and white maxi was a terrific look on you!!

    • Eve
      July 3, 2020 / 7:32 pm

      Everything Linda said. I was going to say exactly the same thing. Those were my favorite looks and I like your hair. I haven’t got my haur cut yet but my stylist us so good, it has actually grown out nicely. A person that can style fine hair is worth gold.

      • Jennifer
        July 3, 2020 / 9:42 pm

        Thanks. I admit it looks better in the photos. Fine hair is so tricky. I think with every change it always takes me time for my eye to adjust to it.

  17. Lisa
    July 3, 2020 / 9:02 am

    Hi Jennifer—first time writing comments but have read your blog all year!
    I love the first outfit and can see that it might not be comfortable on a really hot day. I have moved inland and am experiencing much hotter weather than I’m used to. I’ve been wearing sorter skirts/skorts with light tops and feel sporty, cool and cute! I am searching for a summer dress and would love it if you continue with this theme.
    I hope you recover quickly from your surgery.

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:44 pm

      I’m so glad you commented Lisa. These inland temps are not easy. I will be showing more skirts and dresses because that’s what my temps require. Thank you!!

  18. Janet
    July 3, 2020 / 8:48 am

    That last dress looks so good on you, funny that it’s backwards! I would wear it exactly the same way you did.
    I hope the hand heals soon and you have a wonderful long weekend 🙂

  19. Sue
    July 3, 2020 / 8:38 am

    I chuckled when you talked about your hair. When I was able to go to the salon, I decided to do something different and have it highlighted. What a mistake! It made my hair dry and by the time four weeks were up it looked grey instead of blonde streaks. So the second time I went back and said I give up, just give me what I have been doing before. It looks fine now. I do love the two short dresses you tried on. I don’t wear dresses much anymore but I would try that t shirt dress on for sure.

    • Judy Gow
      July 3, 2020 / 6:26 pm

      I LIKE your haircut ad color! My own hair has become dark with blond highlights. Probably would be gray otherwise! The color choices this time ring my chimes! LOVR the black and white dress. The Orange wrap dress was too “wrappy” for me. It doesn’t do my shape any favors! Plus the orange was yelling at me! Hope your hand is healing.

  20. MRSBEN2
    July 3, 2020 / 8:23 am

    With no intention to offend; in comparison to all the outfits you are modeling I feel the wrap dress with the flounce just doesn’t flatter you Jennifer. Not sure if it is the design or perhaps the color? Otherwise, feel the rest look amazing on you. As for hair; finally was able to get mine cut last week but can relate to feeling not so pleased reason why I was thrilled that my hairdresser didn’t choose to take advantage of our Government Emergency CERB Benefit program ($2000.00 per month up to four months) which would have either meant a longer wait or a hunt to find someone else.

  21. Joanna
    July 3, 2020 / 7:41 am

    I think the Maxi Wrap dress in regular length would be perfect on you. It’s very flattering!

    I’m living in skimmers/petal pushers this summer, think Audrey Hepburn. I like the current styles. I didn’t like the old capris with multiply pockets, stopping just under the knee and somewhat baggy, but today’s style is right up my alley. I’m tall so they work on my body.

    I must have missed your hand surgery. What happened?

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:48 pm

      I hand a trigger finger repaired and some Dupuytren’s lumps removed.

  22. Sharon
    July 3, 2020 / 7:34 am

    I agree with others that your hair looks fantastic (change isn’t easy) and love the last dress – a sporty but classy look.

  23. Holly
    July 3, 2020 / 7:13 am

    I really DO like your hair ……if I can say….I think you look younger!

    Take care with your hand.


    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:49 pm

      Oh boy, I really am my worst critic! Thank you, I will try to cut myself some slack

  24. Susan Kelley
    July 3, 2020 / 7:04 am

    Meant to ask, what kind of hand surgery did you have? I had carpel tunnel in both hands done maybe 20 years ago and never had any problems. Just do what they tell you and things will be fine.Stay safe!

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:51 pm

      I had a trigger finger fixed and some Dupuytren’s lumps removed

  25. Linda
    July 3, 2020 / 6:52 am

    Loved all the outfits, I couldn’t wear the longer ones as I’m only 5’2. Why don’t you have lots of hi-lites put into your hair and wear it shorter. Women who are short look great with short hair, I have two male friends who say that.

  26. Holly
    July 3, 2020 / 6:52 am

    My favorite is the first outfit with olive tee & white pants. Looks very attractive. Just my style. Praying for healing of your hand. Have a blessed 4 th

    • Judy Gow
      July 3, 2020 / 6:26 pm

      I LIKE your haircut ad color! My own hair has become dark with blond highlights. Probably would be gray otherwise! The color choices this time ring my chimes! LOVR the black and white dress. The Orange wrap dress was too “wrappy” for me. It doesn’t do my shape any favors! Plus the orange was yelling at me! Hope your hand is healing.

  27. Lana I Peterson
    July 3, 2020 / 6:21 am

    You look great and i love every outfit.

    • P Sledge
      July 3, 2020 / 6:37 am

      I love the first one – white pants and olive top, and I love the wrap dresses on you.

      • Rose
        July 3, 2020 / 6:54 am

        Love every outfit on you especially the first one. Hope your hand heals fast. I think it’s hard to do my hair with both hands! Because we couldn’t get haircuts for months I thought I would see what growing out my pixie would look like. What a pain!! I just got it cut short again and even though it’s much easier I kind of wish I would have waited. I just can’t stand it to look messy. Trying to be chic, lol

  28. Lori
    July 3, 2020 / 6:16 am

    I had shoulder surgery a couple of years ago and I bought the John Frieda hot air brush on Amazon. I dried my hair to almost dry just blowing it all over with a regular dryer, then used this. It’s like a round brush and dryer all in one and you can do with one hand. It was a lifesaver while my right arm was out of commission! I discovered the comfort of skirts and dresses when I lived in Texas! There is nothing cooler for hot weather!

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:53 pm

      That sounds wonderful, thanks I will check it out.

  29. Nicole
    July 3, 2020 / 6:08 am

    Very cute outfits! Hope your hand is on the mend quickly … we need our stylist in tip top shape. Happy Fourth Jennifer.. God Bless you and your family

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:54 pm

      Happy 4th Nicole and thank you!

  30. Jan Stout
    July 3, 2020 / 6:00 am

    Fun post! I really prefer the Dressing room Diaries over Would you wear it…You can better idea how clothes fit , feel and look on a real person.
    You need to own that last dress too!

  31. Linda Pacheco
    July 3, 2020 / 5:58 am

    Your hair looks great! My fave piece is the cardigan! Im always cold in AC, and carry/wear one where ever i go!!

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:55 pm

      My husband loved that cardigan too:)

  32. Holly
    July 3, 2020 / 5:55 am

    Thank you for doing your dressing room diaries, Jennifer. It really helps us see what’s available and what the items look like on normal body types. I know how you feel about your hair. Luckily I have an outstanding hair stylist and usually feel wonderful when I leave her salon.

  33. Linda L
    July 3, 2020 / 5:54 am

    I’m still waiting for my local Talbots to reopen. Ordering from them, picking up curbside and doing returns have been so easy thanks to the wonderful sales associates. I’m itching to try things on and take advantage of the sales! Thanks for this! My go to when it’s hot is a tee shirt dress. Your hair looks super!

  34. Beverly Brown
    July 3, 2020 / 5:53 am

    Hi Jennifer. I don’t ever comment on your posts but I wanted to tell you I love your hair this color. It’s very attractive for you. I know what you mean about having to get used to it. Give yourself a few days to adjust. I decided to go light strawberry red after being a darker brighter red and my hair got too blonde for me. I really disliked it So I waited a month and we just had to change it. And the last dress you modeled looks great on you. Very pretty. I might have to buy that. Have a wonderful 4 th of July.

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks Beverly. I need to look at it more objectively. Happy 4th to you too!

  35. Violet
    July 3, 2020 / 5:53 am

    I so understand about your hair, I’m the same way. Yours is a little darker and I can understand. I’ve been without cut or color since February….ugh! Still a little concerned about going so I’ll just hang in there. As for Talbots, they have so many goodies. I like the way you look in the last dress, it is you!
    Take care, have a good 4th.

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:58 pm

      Happy 4th Violet. I agree, It never hurts to stay safe at home.

  36. Phyllis Polster
    July 3, 2020 / 5:47 am

    Love the clothes. Still not going to stores. Have been going to the grocery store. People look great. Love to shop on line. Your hair is very attractive. Sorry about your hand. Try the revlon volumizer-easy to style with one hand!

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you for the suggestion:)

  37. Jan
    July 3, 2020 / 5:46 am

    I know that whenever my hair color changes even just a little, it can effect my makeup and how certain colors of clothing look. You look so polished in all these photos today! My favorite pieces were the coastal print cardigan and the geo print wrap dress. There is so much you can do to style the wrap dress. I have a soft knit jean jacket that would look great with it on a cooler day.
    Happy 4th of July to everyone!!

  38. Linda Simpson
    July 3, 2020 / 5:41 am

    Loved the dresses! I am leaning more to midi and maxi dresses/skirts in the summer this year. The heat and humidity in St. Louis are stifling, and I still like to look good even at home. I live in all styles of sandals during the summer as well. Thanks for all the choices you’ve shown. I had no idea that Talbot’s Chatham pants had a side zip, and I have shopped there for years! I will be looking closer at those pants. You look great, Jennifer!

  39. Karen
    July 3, 2020 / 5:29 am

    Jennifer, I totally understand how you feel in regard to your hair. I have the exact type of hair.
    I do like the color, it will lighten up with time and you could use a blue type shampoo to remove
    any brassiness. The photos don’t show it. My daughter always tells me to give myself time to adjust
    to the change.

    Your new clothes look great on you. Thanks for the post.

    • Betty
      July 3, 2020 / 8:13 am

      Shimmering lights shampoo cuts the brassiness

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 10:01 pm

      My daughter tells me the same thing:) I am buying a cooling shampoo to see what happens

  40. Carolyn
    July 3, 2020 / 5:25 am

    You definitely should get that last dress. It looks great on you. At least you got to go to the hairdresser. My son offered to cut mine since I’m staying away for now. That’s funny on so many levels.

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 10:02 pm

      That is funny and could be scary on some levels. Are you going to let him?

  41. Marian
    July 3, 2020 / 5:25 am

    Your new hairstyle makes you look much younger. I liked the cut better on your previous style – it really suited you – but in these photos you look 10 years younger.

    The geo dress and b&w maxi are made for you. You look amazing!

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 10:03 pm

      Wow, I need to reexamine this color. I think it’s the brassiness that bothers me the most. Thank you

  42. Gail Schwartz
    July 3, 2020 / 5:02 am

    Hair, oh my! I had to wait too long to have my hair colored and cut. My neighbor invited me to her house and brought in her colorist. All masked up and ready to go. This 72 year old won’t go out to salons and stores until the COVID-19 is under control. The Talbot clothes look so tempting. Of course, I can order on line.

  43. Suzanne Huffman
    July 3, 2020 / 4:37 am

    I love it when you talk about your hair because my hair is just like yours. Fine and thin – same color and style. So I totally know your struggle. You always look beautiful and are an inspiration!!

  44. Sandy
    July 3, 2020 / 4:36 am

    Loved all the outfits and the hair!

  45. Diane D
    July 3, 2020 / 4:32 am

    I liked most of the things you tried on, I didn’t like the orange dress. too high maintenance.(I hate wrinkles)… 🙂 But the rest were great for summer wear… I am totally a dress girl… mostly because they make you look great with VERY little effort… I’m going to make a Talbot’s run this weekend…

  46. Sue
    July 3, 2020 / 4:24 am

    I like your hair a little darker. But I know what you mean about your hair. If it doesn’t look right to you, it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks! I am the same way about mine

  47. Yvonne
    July 3, 2020 / 3:58 am

    We’re having a hotter than usual summer, so wide linen crops and pallazo pants with light tee’s or linen tops are my go to right now.
    As for hair, I finally have an appointment tomorrow (after 5 months) and will get a shorter, and more layered cut for the summer. I’m thinking of adding some highlights, but that will have to wait as my stylist is still backlogged catching up with the 3 1/2 months of cancelled appointments.
    Hmmm – I’m not used to seeing you in warm colours and darker hair Jennifer. I’m looking forward to your analysis of your Colours journey.
    Have a great day.

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 2:24 pm

      I’m not used to seeing me in them either. The verdict is not in, at all!

    • Brenda
      July 3, 2020 / 6:52 pm

      Hi Jen, I love your blogs and always read them. I don’t always comment, bit I needed to today , because I just don’t think the coral and the orange look as good on you as the pretty blues, pinks, greens. Orange and coral are warm colors and you have said you are cool tones. The coral and the orange just don’t compliment your skin tone. The others I love on you though. Hope your hand is feeling better soon. Brenda

  48. Linda
    July 3, 2020 / 3:36 am

    Love these outfits! I’ll look forward to when we are allowed to try clothes on I. The stores!

  49. Joy
    July 3, 2020 / 3:35 am

    I believe you mean sherbet colors.

  50. Paulette Levy
    July 3, 2020 / 3:32 am

    On hair, yes Im neurotic too. If it starts to frizz and “blow up” in humidity I’m a crazy person trying to smooth, straighten etc…usually to no avail. I must own every anti frizz or smoothing product on the market, but the weather always wins out. When I have a stylist blow it out straight it does somewhat better but not always. Right now we’re in a high humidity few weeks and I’m ready to surrender.
    Now onto Talbots….I love all of these outfits, but find that some of the dresses look better with slip on sneakers than others do….for me, the shorter dresses (love that striped tee dress) look better with sneakers. Just a personal choice. That aside, You look adorable in everything! You seem to just know the colors that stand out with your coloring.
    By the way, I love your hair today.

    • Jennifer
      July 3, 2020 / 1:12 pm

      Lol, I wore the sneakers in to the store so I’d probably not choose them with most dresses. Happy Friday

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