There’s no doubt about it, this is sweater season. The last of my sandals have been stored and I’ve switched out my straw hats for wool fedoras. The Talbots I was shopping in had one dressing room on the petite side and one on the other side of the store for the regular garment section. The poor saleslady was more than happy to run back and forth to get the sizes I needed but I could have saved her the trouble if the dressing rooms had been combined. Few women fit into just one size category.
If you’re new here, DRD is when I go into local stores and try on what’s new so you can see how things look on a woman over 25 who wears a size larger than zero. For reference, I’m 5’4″ tall and weight around 145 lbs. I have an inverted triangle silhouette with wide shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and long arms. My legs are short, but proportional from knee to foot.
I started with their puffer vests which come in tons of colors. They’re available with or without a faux collar, which is also removable. I love this red and black plaid with the black collar. I’m wearing a medium in regular which is a bit long on me. I’m wearing it over their sculpt pull-on jeggings in 10 regular which are too loose and I have the hem folded under. These are one of my favorite brands of pull-on jeans. The rise is nice and high and the fabric has great stretch. The turtleneck is simple cotton/spandex which comes in tons of colors and is a great basic to add a layer of warmth this winter. I’m wearing a medium regular. The neck is loose so you can slouch it down or fold over to stand up.
This is the vest in Enchanted Blue which I love! The plaid shirt is also in Enchanted blue with a classic yoke-style in the back and is cotton, but not flannel. There’s a tiny metallic thread running through it which is very pretty. I’m wearing the shirt in medium, regular and it fits well. Because my arms are long, I struggle with petite shirts. The jeggings are a 6 regular which fit well so they run true to size. They’re a 1/2 inch too long which I expect will shrink up in the dryer.
Here is the vest in a medium in petite on the left and a medium in regular on the right. You can see the collar is slightly smaller in proportion, the length is shorter and I can tell you the chest is a bit snugger. The petite makes my legs look longer.
This plaid jacket is a medium regular and is a bit long for me so it runs true to size. It’s a great piece to toss over everything this winter. This embellished neck sweater is a medium regular and would be so cute dressing up jeans! Just add earrings and you’re done. These are the high-rise, skinny jegging-ankle pants with a zip and snap closure. I’m wearing an 8 regular which is too long and large for me so they run true to size.
Over in the petite section
Velour has arrived at Talbots with a whole crop of beauties. I don’t know about you, but I love velour. It looks similar to velvet but has lots of stretch and is super cozy. This velour top has non-operational buttons up the back and a comfy split neck. It’s available in this plum stripe or a deep green stripe. I’m wearing a petite medium and the sleeves are too short for me (long arms are a challenge when you’re petite). The pants are pull-on style. I’m wearing a petite medium. These run true to size.
This time of year I reach for soft and cozy as often as possible and chenille is a favorite. This chenille crew neck comes ivory, blue and this gorgeous Orchid. I’m wearing a petite large which fits well. Because it’s petite, I can easily go up to a large to add a bit extra length and extra slouch without overpowering me. This is the pull-on jegging in 10 petite which is a bit large. I’d be better with the 8 petite or 6 regular.
Moving on to Chalet Chic
Nordic patterned sweaters are everywhere this fall and Talbots has some of the best. This whole look brings back great memories of skiing and long days on the slopes. Their selection is extensive but I only had time to try on a few.
Most fair isle sweaters are in dark colors with strong contrasts so I was thrilled to find this one. The colors are soft and the yarn is slightly fuzzy which gives it a feminine vibe. I’m wearing a large in petite which is too large for me. The only other size the had was petite extra-large or it would have come home with me. It’s ivory with pink, soft gray and a row of silver pallets for subtle sparkle. These pants are amazing. I love ivory pants but I need them to be opaque. These Hampshire pants are lined which solves the show-through issue. They have lots of spandex which makes them very comfy. I’m wearing a 10 petite which is too large and too short. I have the 6 regular on order.
How cute is this reindeer sweater? I seldom go for whimsey but couldn’t resist trying this one on. I love that the reindeer is knit with a fuzzy yarn to give it more dimension. I’m wearing a regular in petite which fits perfectly, sleeves and all. The pants are heavyweight stretch twill and are totally opaque. They remind me of ski pants which is a perfect tie in to the sweater.
Are you starting to think ahead to the holidays?
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.