Colorful Spring Fashion

Who here is ready for Spring? We’ve gotten into our gloomy weather so I popped in to try on some colorful spring fashion from Talbots and do a dressing room diaries. If you love color, or you are craving color, Talbots is the place to be!

**Classic Awards is going on take 40% off one regular priced item plus 25% off all others and earn 3 X Style Points!


In case 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 over 25 who wears a size larger than zero.

For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh 135 pounds. I have broad shoulders and narrow, straight hips. I have a long torso and arms so I often can’t wear petite tops because of the sleeve length.

This field jacket is available in 4 colors, sized misses, petite, plus, and plus petite. I’m wearing a regular xs, which is way too small for me but all they had in store so I must not be the only one attracted to this fun color. It has an inner drawstring so you can snug it up.

I have several pairs of these slim jeans but nothing as cheery as this bright yellow. It’s a great color for spring that’ll be pretty worn with white, navy, brown, gray, red, etc, etc. I am wearing a 6 petite which fits well so they run TTS.


This funnel neck top is a super comfy cotton/CoolMax blend so snuggly warm but not hot. It’s also available in a pretty blue and sized regular, petite, plus, plus petite. I am wearing a small petite so it runs TTS. I love the shirttail hemline which shows some leg on the side and keeps it from looking voluminous.

These Terry pants are soooo comfy, I could see living in these. I am wearing a petite small which fits well, but I might prefer the regular to get a teeny bit more length. I’m wearing navy and they’re also available in gray or black, sized regular, petite, plus, and plus petite.


These white chinos have a wide leg which I know many of you may not be fans of. We’re so used to skinny legs, it can take time for our eyes to become accustomed to a new look. They’re a cotton, modal blend that has lots of stretch. They’re also available in pink or indigo.

This classic Breton stripe top feels so spring-like to me! The heart is cute for Valentine’s Day but seriously, who couldn’t use some fun every day of this year? It’s nice substantial cotton with a bateau neckline, which is not the most flattering for my broad shoulders but can give a nice balance for women with wider hips.


This sweater just jumped into my hand and said “happy”. I’m a huge fan of stripe anything and since the stripe had a blue similar to my shoes, it seemed meant to be. I’m wearing a petite medium and love the fit so it runs TTS. I often wear a larger size on top because of my shoulders.

These are the slim ankle jean again, this time in the deep Indy wash. I have several pair of these jeans and love that their leg is slim but not so tight that they grip your leg like a legging or jegging. Think of them as the midpoint between a skinny leg and a straight leg.


This cozy little jacket comes in 4 cheery bright colors or ivory 😉 They were out of my size (petite small) in the other colors so I tried this and realize just how versatile it would be in my wardrobe. It’s a great alternative to a woven jacket and a touch warmer than a cardigan.


I’m a huge fan of the Chatham pant with cotton Bi-stretch fabric, slim leg, smooth waistband, and side zipper. There’s nothing in front to cause a bulge under your top which is always slimming. This season they have a slightly higher rise and are available in lots of pretty colors, two of which are seriously marked down.

In for a penny, in for a rainbow so I topped that look with this purple, orchid all-weather mac coat. It’s funny, but once I started with bright colors, I had a blast heaping more on top. I am wearing a petite small which a bit snug so I would go up to the petite medium so I could layer things under it. It does run TTS.


I thought it would be fun to compare the outfit with dark jeans and with these pink pants.

I like both combos, which is your favorite?

What color purse would you carry with this outfit?


And FYI, yes, I am holding my phone upside down because I find it easier to use single-handed that way.

Have you got spring fever yet?

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  1. Janice
    February 18, 2021 / 8:08 am

    I think I’ve found my lost younger sister. I’m 71, 5’, 128# with a long torso, broad shoulders and short arms and legs. I can wear some petites but most still have to be hemmed. Cuffs on shirts always are turned up if long sleeved doesn’t matter if regular or petite. Petite pants are still to long and most are too short in the stride. I’ve found regular cropped pants become ankle pants on me. If something has a defined waist I have to go to regular, petites hit a good two inches above my waist. Am loving the high waisted pants are making a come back. You have my style down pat.
    I love dresses and skirts for summer. Being retired I don’t need to get dressed up liked I used to. I still try to get “cleaned” up everyday with a little makeup and jewelry. I hate having all the things I have sitting in the closet not being worn. Loving your blog you are writing it for me. Thank you.

    • Jennifer
      February 18, 2021 / 11:12 am

      I’m so glad you’ve joined us!

  2. Teresa
    February 13, 2021 / 1:21 pm

    I absolutely love your cut and hair color. Can I assume your hair stylist does highlights? Would you know the color or be willing to share? I believe we have similar coloring only I need to hide more grey.

    Btw – I’m so happy I found your site. It’s been very informative and inspirational.


    • Jennifer
      February 13, 2021 / 8:00 pm

      She adds 10+ Cool ash highlights to my hair. I’m glad you’ve joined us, Teresa.

  3. Teri
    February 8, 2021 / 3:09 pm

    Such a happy post! And I love yellow especially, although I have a pair of yellow jeans from Talbots I bought last year that I haven’t worn yet because I haven’t quite worked up the nerve to do so. The pair you have on seem a little softer and paler than the pair I have. The softer, paler shade would probably fit better with my personality. I’ll have to visit the store to see if that’s the case. Thank you so much!

  4. BJ
    February 7, 2021 / 5:42 am

    Can never, EVER get enough Talbots! You wear their clothes so well!

  5. Gaynor
    February 4, 2021 / 6:09 pm

    Hi from New Zealand’s Summer and WOW! All these outfits suit you so beautifully and in colours I love too. What a difficult decision it must be when you can’t keep them all. You have given me some ideas for combinations.

    • Jennifer
      February 4, 2021 / 9:38 pm

      I’m so glad you were inspired with some ideas, Gaynor.

  6. Vicky
    February 4, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    The pinks look so lively and lovely on you! Love it!!

  7. Sandra Matthews
    February 4, 2021 / 4:12 pm

    With your weight loss and wearing these wonderful spring colours, you’re an inspiration Jennifer. All these outfits look fabulous!
    Spring IS coming…..something to look to.
    Thank you!

  8. Karee
    February 4, 2021 / 2:41 pm

    Hi, I’m new to your blog. What are Creative rewards that you mentioned at the beginning of your post?

    • Jennifer
      February 4, 2021 / 5:15 pm

      Classic Rewards are points you earn by shopping at Talbots to be redeemed later for special discount codes.

  9. Cindy
    February 4, 2021 / 12:44 pm

    You look great. So refreshing to see spring fashions! Love all the colour but I’m disappointed that none of the pants come in Tall.

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