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Dressing Room Diary with Talbots Summer Collection

Dressing Room Diary with Talbots Summer Collection

Earlier this week, I popped in for a dressing room diary with Talbots’ summer collection. I was immediately drawn to the colors and shapes that make hot days easier to navigate. Breezy fabrics are all over the store, and ladies were shopping their hearts out. It also helps that everything is marked down.

dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session to show you what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 145 lbs. I have broad shoulders, straight hips, a long torso, and long arms. I often wear one size larger on top. I mention what size I’m wearing to help you understand how things run. Most Talbots garments are available in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite.

ORGANIC COTTON GAUZE TOP size M / ORGANIC COTTON GAUZE PANTS size M

These pieces are both too large for me and look a bit sloppy. The sizes were limited in my store because they were selling like hotcakes. Everyone seems to have gotten the cotton gauze memo for summer and is appreciating ones made from organic fibers. Haven Well Within features organic cotton gauze with an elevated feel.

This gauze top and pants are available in this white, plus a pale olive and dusty charcoal. These pants have a drawstring waist and side seam pockets. The white is semi-sheer, but that’s typical of white gauze and the other colors are opaque. I would need a small in this top and likely an XS in the pants (remember…I have straight hips, a flat backside and wide shoulders). Sadly, neither comes in petite, which I would also benefit from.

AIRY GAUZE WIDE LEG PANTS size PM / AIRY GAUZE BUTTON FRONT SHIRT size PM

These wide-leg gauze pants also have side seam pockets and a wide elastic waistband with no drawstring. They do come in petite which is a much better length for me. These pants come in this rich blue, plus indigo and desert rose, which is so pretty. The gauze shirt is selling out fast! It has classic details and could be styled with so many things. I like them as a set, but both pieces are super versatile in a summer wardrobe.

ORGANIC COTTON GAUZE DRESS size S / POINTELLE V-NECK CARDIGAN size PM

This cotton gauze dress is also from Haven Well Within and the most glorious soft Aqua color that they call Thunder. Who comes up with these names? ‘Sea’ or ‘Breeze’, I could understand but ‘Thunder’ sounds serious and dark. Oh well…this dress has long side slits and a removable waist tie you could omit if you want it flowy. I love that this pale color is opaque so you could skip a slip for ultimate coolness on a hot day. This also comes in Vetiver, which is a soft, muted sage green. It’s sizes are XS-XL, which equates to sizes 0-22.

I topped it on the right with an airy V-neck cardigan in an open pointelle knit in a mid-weight cotton blend. This cardi comes in 4 colors and has lots of 5-star reviews on the website. I love that it’s short enough to wear over a dress and not obliterate the dresses shape or totally hide your figure.

LINEN MAXI DRESS size 10P / OPEN STITCH V-NECK SWEATER size MP

This pretty linen maxi dress caught my attention because the colors are soft yet bright, and the shape is very flattering. It’s a linen cotton blend with 100% cotton lining…way to go, Talbots! I will never understand why brands make an item in a breathable fabric and then line it with a synthetic that doesn’t breathe. The body is peach and the pattern has all the colors of a flower garden. I’m wearing this v-neck sweater in ‘Lime’ over my shoulders. It’s 100% cotton and comes in 7 colors. This cardigan would be perfect over it, but my store did not have it

TIE WAIST MAXI DRESS size 10P / POINTELLE V-NECK CARDIGAN size PM

I’m pretty sure I tried this dress on for you before, but it’s so pretty it bears repeating :). This white and bright pink print is elegant and festive at the same time. The fabric is 100% cotton with 100% cotton lining. The bodice is fitted and waist defining with a fit and flare shape that’s very flattering. The belt is the same print as the straps which ties the print together nicely.

PLEATED MAXI SKIRT size 8 / CLASSIC DENIM JACKET size 10

This outfit is a colossal fail in my opinion. The skirt is a fit and flare shape, but the fabric is pleated into the waistband which adds more bulk around the hips than when it’s an A-line shape. I like the look of denim jackets over dressier pieces but this one looks too long and ‘heavy’ for this skirt. I’d prefer this skirt with a soft linen shirt, a blouse, a tee, or even a lightweight sweater.

MORE NEW PIECES FROM TALBOTS SUMMER COLLECTION

I did try on several other things but they’re either not on the website yet, or sold out. I’ll keep an eye out and share when I find them.

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