Happy Friday ladies. I popped into my local Talbots earlier in the week and tried on a few things. Since their 30% off sale is on, the place was mobbed so I actually made a second stop there yesterday, which was not as good a hair day for me:).
If you’re new here, welcome. Dressing room diary is when I go into a store for a try-on session so you can see how some of the new merchandise looks on a woman over 25…way over:). For reference, I am 5’4″, and weigh 136 pounds. I have a long torso and long arms and usually wear one size larger on top than the bottom. I have an inverted triangle shape with broad shoulders and straight hips with very few curves. I hold my phone upside down to get a straighter angle and accurate proportions.
Most all of Talbots garments are available in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite sizes XS-XL. I’ll call out the sizes I’m wearing so you can gauge them for yourself.
This split neck hoodie in pink, white and blue would be great for the 4th of July. It’s nice lightweight cotton with spandex blend. I’m wearing a petite small so it runs TTS.
On the left I’m wearing the modern ankle jeans in 6 petite, and on the right I’m wearing them in 6 misses. Both are a little too full through the hips on me (remember, I have no curves). They have a soft cotton stripe down the side seam which is slimming and reminds me of tuxedo pants..
Who remembers seersucker? These shorts are a pink and white stripe seersucker in cotton with a touch of spandex. I’m wearing the regular 4 which has a 10 1/2” inseam. Each version has a different inseam so choose based on how long you want yours to be. This split neck tee is in patio red which gives a bit more punch to the cotton candy stripes of the shorts I love the elbow-length sleeves and soft fabric. It comes in lots of other colors too, I’m wearing a regular small.
I’ve tried on this denim pencil skirt before and I love it. It’s stretchy, comfy, and so much cooler than any shorts or pants could be. It has a small kick pleat in the front but otherwise, it’s perfectly classic. I’m wearing a six petite which is a little bit wide around the hips so I’d be better in 4 petite. The misses version is 2″ longer which is just enough to look dowdy on me.
This classic field jacket has a drawstring at the waist so you can slim the look. It’s a cotton/linen blend so perfect for warm breezes or chilly air conditioning. I am wearing a misses 2 to get the waistband in the correct place on my long torso.
This embroidered split neck tee has a very pretty boho vibe. It was flying out the door so all I could try on was this regular in a medium that is too long and large. The petite is almost 3 inches shorter which would’ve been much better. It’s 100% cotton so it’ll be very lightweight for warm weather. These are the same classic slim ankle jeans that I’ve been buying for years. These are the “Spa Blue in 6 petite which is a bit large for me.
This floral embroidered linen dress is nicely seamed at the waist to show your shape. The store showed this shrug over the top but I would choose a white one for less contrast with the dress. Yes, it matches the embroidery but it stands out and ruins the line of the dress. I’m wearing 6 misses in the dress and small misses in the shrug.
Sadly, this black sleeveless shirt is an XS, skin-tight, and sold out in my size. I’m going to phone around tomorrow and see if I can locate a small or medium petite. I love it with these
Talbots makes this charming cardigan in multiple colors and prints all year long. This one is particularly pretty with its ombre coloring. I’m wearing a small petite and would prefer the medium so I could wear something under it. I’m wearing it over a floral sleeveless shirt in 6 petite and white pedal pushers in 6 regular. The white pedal pushers are way too loose and long for me which leads me to think they were mislabeled.
Here are the same pedal pushers in a six-petite, which fits me. The size difference is dramatic. Notice the difference in the extra bulk of the fabric and the length. If you’re going to wear pedal pushers, try on lots of sizes until you find the ones that are flattering. This is the embroidered tee I wore above, this time in white. Worn with the cropped pedal pushers, I prefer the top with a half-tuck to lengthen the look of my legs.
I jumped on this pretty peach/pink-colored linen blazer the second I walked into the store. They call it pink, and it is, but it’s a gently warm-toned pink that’s soft and pretty. It also comes in bright watermelon pink which is stunning but overwhelmed my coloring. I’m wearing a 6 regular which fits perfectly. The jacket picks up one of the colors in these slim ankle floral bouquet jeans. They have multicolored flowers strewn across an ivory background so I paired them with this Pima cotton tank in ivory. The jeans are 6 regular and too long so I folded the bottom up an inch.
The Over 50 Style Team is going to go LIVE tomorrow at 11 am PT/2 pm ET today. Susan and I are holding down the fort this week while Tania and Deborah have other commitments. The topic is accessorizing in the summer. Please join us here.
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.