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Dressing Room Diary: Fresh Colors & Cozy Fabrics From Talbots

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As I mentioned yesterday, I popped into several Talbots’ for a dressing room diary. This lime jacket called my name, and I needed to try it on. It’s a cheery, fresh color that’ll brighten any day. Many of Talbots’ clothes are available in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite.

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 140 lbs. I have broad shoulders, straight hips, a long torso, and long arms. I often buy one size larger on top. You’ll see me try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me because I want you to see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I will tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run. 

QUILTED COLLARLESS JACKET regular XS – BOYFRIEND SHIRT M petite- SLIM ANKLE JEANS 8PSHEEC HIGH-CUT NO-SHOW SOCKS

I’m not the only one who found this jacket cheery because it’s flying off the racks. This is a misses XS that I could barely get my arms through and the last one in my store. It’s a great color for gloomy weather and bright sunshine alike! It’s lightweight and a great piece for layering. It comes in this pistachio shade and a softer moss color. Lime is showing up in lots of places for spring 2023, so Talbots is right on trend. It’s hard for me to say, but it seems to run true to size (TTS). The boyfriend white shirt is a classic, as are the slim-ankle jeans in this deep Lyra wash. I have put on a few holiday pounds 🙁 so I’ve had to move up to an 8P in the jeans, which fit TTS.

QUILTED BLAZER petite MPLAID SHIRT misses MSLIM ANKLE JEANS 8P

This Terracotta-colored quilted blazer is double-breasted and also comes in rattan or indigo. I love the softly rounded lapels on this cropped jacket. The length is perfect for helping your legs look longer too 🙂 I’m wearing it over a cotton classic plaid shirt (on sale) in shades of pink, ivory, and taupe. There’s a lot of color mixing going on these days in new fun combo’s and anything seems to go.

DENIM SHIRT petite MSHAKER STITCH CARDIGAN petite M

The website shows this cardigan layered under this quilted jacket, but I would have needed to go up a jacket size to do that. The denim shirt is a slightly lighter wash than the slim jeans but you still get a column-of-color effect. BTW- they say double denim will be on trend (again) for spring 2023. Was it ever out of style? The shirt has a classic fit that runs TTS and no extra buttons on the patch pockets.

STRIPED COATAGIN misses SWHITE CHATHAM ANKLE PANTS 8PSOHO LEGGINGS 6P

This striped coatagin has fun nautical vibes. It appears black in my pictures, but it’s a deep indigo. The website describes it as a cabled knit, but I saw no cables…just a chunky knit with wide stripes. The toggle front closer is what cements the nautical look for me 🙂 I tried it over a column of ivory and white and then swapped in some navy pants. The size of these stripes is pretty significant, so I think it could overwhelm shorter gals, even in the petite version.

The Chatham pants are a terrific basic in 8 colors. They have a flattering side zipper which keeps things smooth through the tummy. The Soho leggings are a substantial ponte knit pull-on style that comes in three colors; I’m wearing indigo.

T TALBOTS TEXTURE MOCKNECK PULLOVER petite MT TALBOTS EVERDAY STRAIGHT PANTS petite M

This time of year feels like T by Talbots season to me. Their soft, comfy, updated athleisure styles are perfect for a casual lifestyle. This mockneck pullover has side zippers so you can access your pockets and is in a cozy fabric with plenty of spandex. It is a white and indigo color. These everyday straight pants are a pull-on style with 11% spandex, so they will never lose their shape! I have them in navy and love how comfy they are and still look polished.

T TALBOTS RACER STRIPE PULLOVER petite MT TALBOTS STRAIGHT PANTS petite M – T TALBOTS FRENCH TERRY ZIP HOODIE petite M

The shoulder stripes on this pullover are really fun but in the exact wrong place for my broad shoulders. If you’re wider on the bottom than the top, this will give your figure some nice balance. I topped it with this french terry hoodie, but I probably wouldn’t wear them together because it hides the striping. The hoodie is indigo and white. I think it would be great all spring and summer as a light layer over white jeans, etc.

COTTON TURTLENECK petite M- KNIT WIDE LEG PANTS petite 8

The following day, I hit my other Talbots and zeroed in on these knit wide-leg pants. I love the silhouette and fluid drape of the leg. They also come in indigo. The rise is high and they have double sailor-type buttons up the front, which I neglected to photograph…sorry, rookie mistake.

SMOCKED CUFF STRIPED TEE misses SWIDE LEG JEANS petite 6

These wide-leg white jeans have a trouser vibe with a high rise and slash pockets. The fabric is substantial, so they’re nicely opaque and have plenty of stretch. I paired them with this striped tee which also has an interesting shoulder detail. The sleeves have a slight puff, and the top shoulder section has stripes that go front to back.

STRETCH TERRY TURTLENECK SWEATER petite M WHITE JEANS

Here are the same white jeans as above, this time with a cozy terry turtleneck. It also comes in deep indigo and ivory. This outfit is warm enough to wear this time of year but has a spring vibe because of the colors. I see this with soft metallic booties like this or sneakers like this.

SHAKER CARDIGAN petite MHIGH WAIST STRAIGHT BLACK JEANS petite 8

I’m finishing off this post with a little more lime. This soft cardigan is called pistachio, but it’s lime in my eyes. It also comes in three other colors, including a fabulous blue. The front edges have a twill-type tape that finishes it off. I’m wearing it over a simple cotton tee (that I can’t find the link for) and these high-waist straight-leg jeans. This classic black denim is completely fade-resistant, so they won’t end up gray after you’ve washed them.

Things are still trickling in, and I expect more of the collection will be on the shelves once they clear out more of their reds, plaids, and holiday things…which are marked way down.

Is lime a color you wear?

Thanks for reading, and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.

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