Dressing Room Diary-Talbots Try-On Session

We still have lots of summer weather left to enjoy but the fall merchandise is trickling into stores. I often find many of the best things come in the early fall collections so I took a ride over to the local Talbots to see what’s new. There were very few things on the floor but I found some keepers in this Talbots try-on session.

woman takign selfie wearing white denim jacket from Talbots


If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a store and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I’m 5’4″ and weigh approx 136 lbs. I have wide shoulders and straight, narrow hips. I have a long torso and arms and often wear one size larger on top than the bottom.

Most Talbots garments are available in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite sizes 0 – 22.

woman doing talbots try on. session wearing leopard sweater and red cardigan over dark denim

I started with denim and leopard because those are fun year-round. This relaxed jean is the newest shape for Talbots. It has a relaxed, fuller leg but I wouldn’t call it straight. It’s very slightly tapered which I found roomy so I went down a size because I think it runs large. The wash is nice and dark for fall (lighter wash with frayed hem here) and you can choose to roll the cuff or not. For you ladies with a larger thigh or calf, these are the jeans for you to try. I sized down to a 4 petite.



The cheetah pullover is a classic you could dress up or down. It’s a cotton blend with an ivory background. I’m wearing a misses small so it runs TTS. The red girlfriend cardigan comes in 4 colors here, and 2 stripes here. The shape is more streamlined and feminine-looking than the boxier boyfriend sweaters. I’m wearing a medium in petite.


woman wearing stripe sweater and cream jeans

These slim ankle jeans are the prettiest ivory color. It’s the same classic shape as their other slim jeans but this pair seemed way too long for me so I definitely need the petite in these. I’m wearing a misses in 6. The striped sweater is a cotton blend with a bateau neckline. The buttons on the sleeves are purely decorative. It comes in 4 solids here and 4 stripes here. 



This animal print anorak grabbed my attention the second I walked in the door. It’s water-resistant and although it’s hard to think of now, we will be getting rain. The hood makes it double handy in nasty weather. The bungee cord is a nice way to snug up the waist and give it some shape. I am wearing a petite small. The zipper also zips open from the bottom making it easier to sit in the car. It’s also available in pink here.

These are Talbots classic slim ankle jeans in tortoise which I would describe as deep cinnamon or rust color. I’m wearing a 4 regular so they run TTS.

Could I just say I love, love, love these slip-on shoes? I need them in lots more colors:)


I’m a sucker for a great denim skirt and Talbots makes one each season. This is a classic 5 pocket styling pencil skirt that fits and flatters. On the left is a  misses in 4, on the right is petite in 6. It’s intended to be knee-length but because my torso is long, I’d prefer it a bit shorter for balance and would opt for the petite version. I’d even look for a dark belt to elongate the look on my bottom half more.


blonde woman taking selfie in talbots mirror

This pointelle pullover comes in 3 colors in misses and petite. The sleeves have a subtle puff at the shoulder but lays pretty flat because the fabric is soft. I’m wearing. appetite in small because you want a sweater like this to hit right at your waist.


woman wearing jeans, sweater and denim jacket in talbots

This denim jacket is a Talbots classic that has lots of stretch so it’s very comfy. I have this denim jacket in 4 colors so can attest to its comfort. Classics like this never go out of style so end-of-season sales are perfect times to shop them and this is marked down in a gorgeous peach.






  1. Hi Jennifer! I loved the relaxed jeans as well as the brown ones with the jacket. You referenced the Tulip sneakers in a previous post. Comments say to buy one size up. Would you agree? I have a medium size 9 foot.

  2. Love Talbots. Shopped there for decades but now there isn’t a retail shop in Vancouver. They have no.Canadian website. Hit hard with duties and taxes at the border. Now I see that Talbots is going down on the stock exchange. Do you know anything about this?

  3. Very interesting with the 2 shots of the skirt. I’m a petite too and go back and forth between petites and regular with Talbot’s, depending on the garment.
    The petite looks great on you! Wish I had your slender figure! The color of the jeans is so pretty for fall and I love the pointelle sweater. Great try-on session! Love Talbot’s!

  4. I really like the white jacket, it looks like the one you have on is shorter than the one on their website. Are you wearing a petite?

    1. Yes and it’s 1 size too small for me as well. I’d prefer the regular on me but it wasn’t in the store

  5. Love all the outfits today.
    All my style.
    The rain jacket was very cute along with the white jean jacket.
    Loved it all.

  6. So glad I found you on Instagram and have signed up for your blog! I have recently lost 30 pounds and am enjoying shopping for the first time in years. I just have no knack for putting outfits together. Thank you for sharing your height and weight and body shape information along with the sizes you are wearing. That is more helpful than you can imagine! I have recently ordered the teal cardigan you modeled from Nordstroms. Just hoping the arms aren’t too long since it did not come in a petite (5’2, 137 lbs and dropping).

    1. Congratulations! I push my sleeves up all the time and I am also a fan of folding the sleeves up once or twice to make a 2″ band at the bottom.

  7. I love Talbots…just a bit of a trek to get there.
    The pink sweater was my favourite on you!
    Also love the jeans,white jean jacket & cute jean skirt

  8. I love the color of those “tortoise” jeans, so great for fall. I’ve had my eye on the Tulip slip-ons for some time, but they don’t look promising for someone with narrow feet. May I ask what width you normally wear, for a point of reference?

  9. Every outfit looks nice on you. I especially like the pink pointelle pullover with white denim jacket and dark jeans. Talbots is a great brand that I have worn for years. Still have many of their pieces in my closet.

  10. Absolutely love everything you tried on! You look great. That jacket really caught my eye. Also liked all the colors. Can’t wait for fall!

  11. I was in Talbots yesterday & saw the cinnamon colored denim jeans. Love the color! I wish I’d seen the jacket. It’s still too hot to imagine wearing for another 2-3 mo here. I did pick up some great sale items!

  12. I will have to try the relaxed jeans, they look great on you and a comfortable fit on the leg. The slim ankle pants also look good but having bought 2 pairs earlier in the summer, I am disappointed that after two washings they cling like leggings, not what I wanted.

  13. Pointelle sweaters! Yes! I like the one you’re wearing and others on Talbot’s website. Time to go shopping. Thanks for doing this.

  14. Thank you for posting about the relaxed jean. They sound like just what I have been looking for so I ordered them after reading your review. Hope you get some compensation for this help. Cardigan will be next!

    1. Thanks Carol. If you clicked through the red highlighted link to the garment to purchase, I will earn a small commission. Thanks for supporting my business.

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