Dressing Room Diaries- Summer Skirts and Shorts

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Happy Friday, ladies. Today I have a dressing room diary with some summer skirts and shorts from Talbots. This post was getting so long, that I’ve decided to break it up into two and will send the second one either Sunday or Monday.

If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and long arms so I often buy one size larger on top. I try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me so you can see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run.

Most Talbots garments come in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite. As always, you can click the red text for more info and to shop the item at no additional cost to you. I want to thank all of you for shopping through my links which helps support my business so I can continue to bring you the content you enjoy.

woman wearing talbots striped dress

This is a T by Talbots dress in 100% cotton. It only comes in misses and petite, XS-XL. I am wearing a misses S. This would be cute with some white tennis and a cotton sweater or denim jacket for casual occasions. The side pockets are a winner in my book plus you can snug the drawstring to add shaping.

woman wearing pink striped dress

I didn’t want this dress skin tight so I sized it up to a misses M and love the fit. It’s a rayon/spandex blend with a lot of stretch. You can adjust the belt tie for the fit you like. The petite is about 2″ shorter but it would also make the belt too high for my waist because of my long torso.

woman wearing summer dress from talbots

This is also a T by Talbots dress in 96% cotton and 4% spandex. This is also not offered in plus sizes yet. The pockets are low on the hip so I expect I could have worn the petite because this dress does not have a defined waist.

Moving on to a few skirts…


This denim skirt is super cute with a band of embroidery at the hem. It’s a cotton, lyocell, polyester, and spandex blend. It hits above the knee with a length of misses 20 1/2″, petite 19 1/2″, plus 22 1/2″. I am wearing a petite, 4. The tee is one of my favorites from Talbots…their 100% Pima cotton v-neck. It comes in 12 colors. I buy one or two fresh white ones every spring because it’s totally opaque and goes with everything in my wardrobe.

I prefer the proportion of a shorter tee with this skirt so I simply twisted the hem in front, threaded it through a front belt loop, and tucked it up underneath. This gives the tee some shaping without having to tuck anything in.


This skirt caught my eye first thing because it’s just so feminine and pretty. It comes in the full range of sizes, YAY! It’s 100% cotton with 100% cotton lining, so has no stretch. The length is misses 20 1/2″, petite 19 1/2″, plus 22 1/2″,  plus petite 20 1/2″. I am wearing a misses 4 so it runs true to size (TTS).

The open weave sweater is a fabulous piece for the summer in a cotton/polyester blend. I am wearing a misses S which is snugger than I prefer so I suggest you go up one size for ease. I am not wearing a tank underneath but the website suggests you do, and I agree.

Now for a few shorts-


This Pima cotton tank comes in 12 colors and its modest neckline makes it a perfect layering piece. I’m wearing a misses S which feels miles too long for me so I have the bottom folded under 4″ and would opt for the petite. The chino shorts are a fun seersucker fabric that says “summer”. The inseam is misses and plus 7″, petite 6″. I am wearing a misses 6.


This stars and stripe tee is indigo, red and white. It’s a fun and festive motif that looks perfect for summer and especially, the upcoming 4th of July. I am wearing a misses S. It’s a super soft cotton/modal blend that’s also lightweight.

These are the girlfriend 9″ denim shorts which come in multiple denim washes here. These have a rolled inseam of 9″ misses, 7 1/2″ petite, and 9″ plus. The unrolled inseam is 11 1/2″ misses, 10″ petite, and 11 1/2″ plus. Obviously, you can roll these up or down to whatever length flatters your legs most. I am wearing a misses 4.


These are the 10 1/2″ perfect shorts, but the petite version I’m wearing is actually 9 1/2″. Talbots makes these same shorts in tons of colors and lengths to flatter every woman’s leg. They’re 98% cotton and 2% spandex so they stretch when you move. They hit at the waist and knee, depending on the option you choose. I prefer the misses length on me which gives me that extra inch.

This lace-up sweater has a fun nautical vibe in 4 colors. I am wearing the petite S and think it runs on the small side. It’s a cotton/polyester blend. A few reviews call the lace-up ties tacky, which I completely disagree with! It’s very nice quality, which I have come to expect from Talbots.

Have you updated your tee for summer?

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

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