Dressing Room Diary- Spring Fashion From Talbots

Happy Friday ladies. We are in the midst of a semi-cold snap here but my quest for lighter clothes continues. I stopped in my local Talbot yesterday for a very quick try-on session to see some new spring fashion from Talbots.

If you’re new here, welcome. This is a dressing room diary where I go into stores and try on new merchandise so you can see how they look on a woman older than 25.

blonde woman wearing a blue sweaterFor reference, I am 5‘4“, weigh 137 pounds, have broad shoulders, straight hips, and very few curves. I have a long torso and long arms, so I need to go between the petite and regular departments to get the best fit for me. The lighting is poor so the photos are grainy, but you’ll get a pretty good idea of what things look like.




I started with this T-Talbots cotton dress. It’s very soft cotton, modal, and spandex with a UPF of 50+ sun protection. How perfect is that for summer? It has a V-neckline that flatters almost everyone. I’m wearing a petite small which fits perfectly. It also comes in misses, plus, and plus petite sizes XS-XL. It’s a shift style so it skims rather than hugs the body. The machine wash, tumble dry fabric is easy care and fabulous for the summer. How cute would this be with white tennies and a denim jacket?





These wide-leg crop chinos are a soft cotton that you cannot see through. I insist my white pants be opaque and these fit the bill. The cotton spandex mix is machine washable, tumble dry. Many women love cropped pants in the hot weather so you should know that wider leg ones are cooler than close-fitting ones. These also come in a pretty soft sage or indigo. I’m wearing a 6 petite so they run true to size.

*Style Tip – the spot where cropped pants stop on your leg is critical to how flattering they are so you might like to read – Tips For Looking Stylish Wearing Capri and Cropped Pants




This tiny dot tee is navy and also comes in a vivid pink that looks so fresh for spring. It has a bateau neckline which would be very flattering on a woman with narrow shoulders and wider hips because it provides visual balance.

Related – The Most Flattering Neckline For Your Face and Body

I love the soft Pima cotton with button detail at the bottom of the short sleeves. I’m wearing a small petite so it runs TTS and is also available in misses, plus, and plus petite. This is one of my least favorite necklines for my broad shoulder because it accentuates how wide they are.


As with the cropped chinos above, these modern white jeans are totally opaque. I love the high-rise, stretch, and straight leg this year because skinny jeans are pretty hot during the summer. They’re a true ankle length but my store didn’t have these in petite so I am showing the 4 regular. The petite inseam is 2 1/2″ shorter which might feel too short for me. They’re also available in plus. and plus petite size 2-18.

This mockneck sweater is a cotton/acrylic blend in a combo of blues. It’s available in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite. I’m wearing a small misses which is the right length on me (remember, I have a long torso). It’s a great weight for spring. I love the raglan sleeves and the soft effect of the stripes.


This pretty polka dot top has a split neckline with a pretty feminine ruffle that’s not over the top. I’m wearing a petite small which fits me so I think it is sized generously. It also comes in misses, plus, and plus petite, XS-XL.

The stretch denim button-down skirt is a cotton/polyester/lyocell/spandex blend with the perfect amount of stretch so it’s very comfy. It has an A-line silhouette that hides a multitude of sins. I’m wearing a 6 petite which is the right length for me so it runs TTS. It also comes in misses, plus, and plus petite sizes 2-18.



I know many of you don’t like to tuck your tops in or show your arms so I added this Talbots classic Charming Cardigan sweater with 3/4 sleeves. It comes in 7 colors, XS-XL, misses, petite, plus, and plus petite. They’re a perfect layer for all spring and through the summer. I’m wearing a medium petite which I prefer because my shoulders are so broad. I’m wearing the Biscayne color but think the Vista blue would be a better match for the dots in the shell.

I love a nice denim skirt and think cotton tee dresses will be on my horizon this summer because I seldom wear shorts.

Are you a short’s wearer? Would you like me to style some in upcoming posts?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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    March 14, 2021 / 4:10 am

    Of these outfits, the navy with polka dot and white crops are my fav. Classic, crisp, SUMMER… will it ever come?? And your hair is adorable, but then, it always is 🙂

  2. Janice
    March 13, 2021 / 6:36 am

    Love the try on sessions you do. Went to the store yesterday, had ordered the girlfriend cardigan on line for in store pickup. Reviews were all over the place on size, wanted try on, hate having to bring things back. Loved the wide leg cropped pants and sleeveless blouse, wanted to try on. Alas the pants didn’t work on this 5’ body with short legs, hit the top of my foot, was not a pretty look….the 4” you have on me make a very big difference. The blouse wasn’t in the store, may order it, loves dots on anything. Did see the dress and skirt, liked both. Would’ve bought the skirt and had hemmed but I got one last year very similar. You always give me ideas of thing to put together I already have.

  3. Ellen Forbus
    March 13, 2021 / 6:16 am

    Hi Jennifer, yes I have been meaning to post that I love your shorter hair also! Sometimes those little “accidents” happen for a reason.

    Love the cotton mini dot t shirt and capris. Thanks for the related article on how to wear capris for your body type.

    As always, while I may not wear some of the items that look slamming on you, I love to have a real-life model in my age range doing the trying on for me. Wish I had your slim shape – I’m a lot curvier.


    • Jennifer
      March 13, 2021 / 7:29 am

      My hair was a happy accident:) Thanks

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