Dressing Room Diaries: Regrets and Shopping the Collections Early

Dressing Room Diaries: Regrets and Shopping the Collections Early

When I saw this jacket last month… I hesitated to purchase it and now wish I hadn’t. I wanted the pink version which is now sold out everywhere in my size. That’s the thing about collections…once they’re gone, they’re gone. I stopped in Talbots yesterday to see if the ivory with black rang my bell as much as the pink with black and decided it did. While I was there I tried on some of their new 70th-anniversary collection. 

This blouse caught my eye first. I’m always on the hunt for great white shirts. These crisply pleated cuffs add pizazz to an otherwise classic white shirt. It has just enough spandex to be comfy and move with you, rather than bind.

Jennifer Connolly of A well Styled life wearing Talbots anniversary collection white blouse

pay no attention to the colored bra underneath #fail

I’m wearing a petite which puts the waist shaping at the correct spot on me but the sleeves looked too loose and long so I’ve ordered the next size down. In a fitted garment, the shaping can make or break the fit.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing Talbots white blouse

These leggings were very cute with the button detailing at the bottom. This pair is too long for me because the buttons sit too low. A petite version would place the buttons right at my ankle bone, where they belong. They fit very well, have a slimming front seam and come in several colors. I especially liked the indigo.


I stepped outside my normal color range when I tried this sweater on and discovered I liked it! Beige is a tough color for me but this one is very neutral. Faux fur continues to be popular this winter and this is a way to dabble in it without wearing a full-blown coat. The color is rich and the whole effect is elegant.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Talbots 70th anniversary collection

These Herringbone pants fit beautifully in petite but they have a wider leg and will look better worn with shoes that have at least a 1/2″ heel. I don’t care for the way the front breaks on my ballet flats which have no heel.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life in Talbots

I put this jacket back on to verify I’d be happy with the ivory and black color combo. I will…which reminded me to take advantage of collections when they’re first available because the things I like frequently go fast.

I liked this Velveteen Jacket online, but it wasn’t available to try on at the store so I ordered the Frosted Mint and the Midnight Blue, in petite.

Do you shop collections when they first come out?

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  1. September 28, 2017 / 5:52 am

    I often wait for a sale and then it’s too late. I’m getting better at buying things I like when I see them. I love that jacket. Very chic.

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 6:41 am

      I’m guilty of that too! I’m glad I was able to snatch this black and ivory one.

  2. September 28, 2017 / 7:07 am

    I love that faux fur with the trousers! Looks amazing on you!

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks Pam:)

  3. Deborah Davis
    September 28, 2017 / 7:18 am

    I have been a faithful Talbots customer for over 25 years and love their clothing. Recently bought the same white and black jacket with the button detail leggings. I find the Talbots clothing to be true to size and it’s always something I can rely on when ordering online. The beige sweater with the fur collar (faux of course) is next on my list – it looks great on you! You’re right though – buy it when you see it – the clothing is sold out so quickly!

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      That’s the sign of a great collection! It’s a very pretty sweater Deborah.

  4. Roxanne B.
    September 28, 2017 / 7:33 am

    The black and white jacket looks really great on you! The white blouse did also, but it is very sheer. Skin and undergarment are very visible. How do you handle that…a pretty camisole or a tank top underneath perhaps? I’m also blonde and if I try on beige, I can hear my mother’s voice…nope! It completely washes me out.

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      If it’s very see-through I prefer to wear a nude cami. If I wear a white cami, you can see the lines of it and I prefer the focus to be on my top, not my cami:) Thanks Roxanne.

  5. September 28, 2017 / 8:01 am

    I like the jacket and that white shirt a lot on you…it is difficult finding petites in Victoria as several of our petite boutiques have closed and I do not like altering pants as they never fit the way a petite one does,.
    Looks like you will have some great things to wear this Fall.

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      That’s too bad about them closing. We petite ladies really need the resources. As you say, just hemming doesn’t fix the fit issue.

  6. September 28, 2017 / 8:34 am

    The black and white jacket looks very chic on you. I shopped at Talbot’s in August and loved the Paris collection.

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you. It is a great collection, Linda. They have some very clever designers.

  7. Stormy Smith
    September 28, 2017 / 8:37 am

    You look fabulous in the photo of the ivory & black jacket from Talbots. Your hair and glasses are great. I was at the eye doctor this morning and ordered new glasses. I hope I chose as well as you did. I was texting photos to my husband and my sister and they had VERY different opinions!

  8. Joanna
    September 28, 2017 / 9:09 am

    I liked everything you tried on in the dressing room diary. I love a crisp white shirt and am always on the look out for one with some detail. I think the ivory & black may turn out to be a more versatile colour than the pink. But, you can always check back occasionally in case of a return in your size. I love Talbots clothing!

  9. Pam McKinney
    September 28, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I like the outfits on you , the cream and black jacket very smart on , the pants with the slightly wider leg look good as well maybe try with a shoe that has a block heel …
    By the way your hair looks nice …

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Bless you Pam!! I think my hair has stopped shedding but I have many months before it fills back in. A block heel would be fabulous with these!!

  10. September 28, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I am very middle income and must wait for sales, then usually the larger sizes are gone!

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      That’s a tough spot Julie. I think that’s why classics make so much sense. You buy the best quality you can afford and wear it for many years.

  11. Janet Lewtas
    September 28, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I dont suppose you could get it dyed proffessionally?
    (I have turned many white outfits pink in my wash – LOL)
    Luv your blog

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      I love how you think Janet!! I won’t admit how many things I’ve turned pink in the wash. All the while hoping to get fired from that responsibility. :)xx

  12. Cathy
    September 28, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Jennifer, I notice several times you purchased petite clothing. You look tall to me,
    Im 5’2′. How tall are you?

    • Jennifer
      September 28, 2017 / 6:48 pm

      That’s the beauty of wearing petites! I was always 5’4″ but my last physical puts me at 5’3 1/2. Needless to say, I’m not thrilled to be shrinking.

  13. September 29, 2017 / 10:55 am

    I buy a lot of my classic staples at Talbots. This fall I only added a few pieces to my wardrobe — a pair of jeggings in black and in burgundy, a black sweater duster with gold buttons at the wrist (I live in dusters in the winter — love them) and just for fun a T shirt w/a white kitty cat coming out of the breast pocket wearing a striped shirt (a marinière) and a black beret — so cute.

    I’m still looking for a plain, black cashmere cardigan that has just the right fit. You do anything w/one of those and I wore out my last one a few years ago. I will keep looking and not settle until I find the “perfect” black cardigan.

    I think you chose wisely and you look great in everything.

    Cheers, Marie-Thérèse (M-T)

    • Jennifer
      September 29, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Thanks M-T! They really do have some lovely pieces.

  14. Debbie Z.
    September 30, 2017 / 10:03 am

    That sweater with the faux fur collar looks fabulous on you. With the trousers it looks very New York somehow. I know what you mean about beige because I can’t wear all tones of it, but that one sure goes well with your coloring.

    • Jennifer
      September 30, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Thanks Debbie! I think the chocolate colored faux fur next to my complexion helps the beige work.

  15. Anne
    October 1, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    I shop at Talbots often. If I missed out on an item that I should have bought sooner, I will ask either the store or the catalogue sales associates to do a store search. I figure that surely there must be one item left in my size somewhere in the USA. There have been several times that I have nabbed the last available item, often at the sale price.

    P.S. The ivory jacket and black pants look adorable on you!

    • Jennifer
      October 1, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      Go Anne!! Way to chase it down and get it in sale too. I finally found the pink version but it’s one size too small for me.

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