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Early Spring Fashion Try-Ons

February 9, 2024

Happy Friday! This past week I’ve been shooting blog post photos in the outfits I’ve been wearing, so I won’t share my daily outfits today. You saw one in yesterday’s post, one in Tuesday’s post and I wore Monday’s blog post outfit to church on Sunday. And I’m holding on to the other couple of outfits to share in blog posts next week. But meanwhile I’ve been getting in some new things that I thought I’d share with you in an Early Spring Fashion Try-On post.

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Talbots New Arrivals

I’m sharing spring styles from several brands today, but let’s start with Talbots. I actually did this in-store try-on session about a week and a half ago, but just never got around to sharing it. At the time the deals weren’t great, but now you can get 25% off your purchase, and you’ll also earn 3x style points and an extra 100 points one time. And Talbots credit cardhardolders can get an extra 5% off when they use their Talbots card.

shirtdress // earrings

I apologize for not having on good shoes to show with this first set of try-ons. I wasn’t really planning on doing this that day. At least I’m not barefooted. I lost a subscriber the last time I showed a fitting room session in bare feet 🤷‍♀️. Anyhow on to this shirtdress! I actually loved this silky, stretchy shirtdress. It would be perfect for most work environments, but also good for church, a ladies’ event, vacation, etc. It fits true to size; I’m wearing a medium. Granted, I don’t have on any shapewear, but I would definitely wear some here. I’d wear the shirtdress with pretty nude pumps or slingbacks…or the gold slingbacks I’ll show you further down.

I had been curious about these blue Providence pants and the square neck sweater shown with them, so I gave those separates a whirl.

square neck sweater // providence pants // earrings

I’m wearing a medium in the square neck sweater and it fits fine. I have on a 10 in the providence pants and they fit, but it’s definitely a bodycon fit in the torso and thighs, and I’m not sure I’m a fan of this fit on me. I think the fabric was a little thin for my taste. Otherwise, they are beautiful pants with a distinct flare leg silhouette. Remember, I’m 5’8″, so you can see they are pretty long in the misses size.

I didn’t have the right top in the fitting room to try with the ponte straight leg cuff pants, so I just slipped them on with the square neck sweater. Obviously I wouldn’t wear them this way. But I rolled up the bottom of the square neck sweater, so you could see the top of the straight leg cuff pants. I’m wearing a medium.

square neck sweater // straight leg cuff pants // similar white sneakers

The straight leg cuff pants have a nice fit, true to size. They’d probably make a nice everyday pant for some. They’re certainly comfortable and a little polished. But I don’t have a need for a pant like this right now. They’re in indigo blue.

I guess I was feeling skinny (ha!) because I tried on the white straight leg jeans in a size 8, whereas I normally size up in most white jeans. These did fit, but I would opt for the 10 so that the legs would fit a little looser. Otherwise you get that cottage cheese effect in the thighs. Or is that just me? Ha!

johnny collar sweater // white straight leg jeans // earrings

But I do love Talbots white straight leg jeans; in fact, I already own these in a size 10. I just put these on that day to see how they work with the blue johnny collar sweater, which I ended up buying. The johnny collar sweater runs TTS and comes in other nice colors. I really wanted the green, but they didn’t have it in the store.

Next I tried the johnny collar sweater with the black Southampton pants. I already have the camel colored Southampton pants, and I’d ordered the white ones. But the white are not lined and they are a little sheer for my taste. I didn’t like that I could see the pockets quite starkly, so I returned them and came home with these black ones instead.

johnny collar sweater // Southampton pants

The Southampton pants run true to size and have a nice trouser fit.

I was asked recently why I don’t show any joggers on my YouTube channel. Well, actually I have. But, true enough, it’s been a while. I don’t think joggers are trending in the same way they were back during the pandemic and even before. We’re definitely still wearing them. But I’m not seeing them shown so much as streetwear on the fashion sites. That said, I see them frequently on women at the mall and such. Anyhoo! I tried on these woven stretch cargo pants and really like them. They’re a thin, stretchy jogger, perfect for spring and summer.

quilted crewneck pullover // woven stretch cargo pants // similar white sneakers

The woven stretch cargo pants run true to size and come in black and indigo blue (shown above). I’m thinking about ordering the black ones. I couldn’t wear them yet, but I surely would later. However, I will not be wearing them with this quilted crewneck pullover. It just doesn’t work. It was difficult to get on and off my head, and they’re not stretch in it, so you really can’t move in it very well. It’s just a miss in my book. Plus, I think it would be hot and stuffy.

Below I’m showing the woven stretch cargo pants with the ribbed crewneck pullover. That’s not necessarily what I would wear with them, but it’s more like it. And I just wanted you to see how these joggers work with something tucked in a little nicely.

ribbed crewneck pullover // woven stretch cargo pants // similar white sneakers

I do like that ribbed crewneck pullover, by the way. It looks lovely under the blue double-breasted blazer, which they didn’t have in the store that day. But I’ve tried that blazer on early and I can tell you it’s a winner.

Home Deliveries from Various Brands

Next up, let’s check out some of the orders I’ve received at home. Most of these came from Nordstrom and Veronica Beard, but I think I have a few other things thrown in here, too. First I wanted you to see this beautiful pink tee and button-up linen shirt, both from Eileen Fisher.

long sleeve linen button-up shirt // pink cotton tee // straight leg jeans // similar white sneakers // earrings // bracelet // necklace

Eileen Fisher tends to run large, and I generally size down to a small. Sure enough I’m wearing a small in both. They are full price right now, but Nordstrom is beginning a triple points event today that goes through the weekend, so it’s a good time to make those pricier purchases if you have one on your wish list. If I were going on a warm weather vacation right now, this duo would definitely be going with me. So soft and such a pretty color. Obviously I didn’t bother to iron the shirt, but it will be lovely once it is steamed or ironed.

Next I had heard another influencer sing the praises of this Citizens of Humanity ribbed tank top, so I decided I needed to do a little blogger research and try it out. Nope, it’s a miss for me. I’m keeping it, but I don’t really recommend it. Well, maybe it fits better if you have more bosom than I do. But I just have a lot of fabric left over under the arms. It gapes a bit on me there. I know it doesn’t look like it here, but trust me, I’ve got a lot of shirt here.

straight leg jeans // Citizens of Humanity tank top // necklace // earrings // bracelet

Maybe sizing down in this tank top would help. But I just don’t think it’s worth the price. I’ll stick with recommending my Michael Stars ribbed tanks. I’m a huge fan of those and have them in several neutrals and colors. They run true to size.

Below I’m wearing the Citizens of Humanity tank top with my navy Veronica Beard Miller jacket and the Ann Taylor straight leg jeans. I generally wear my tanks with blazers and button up shirts. And this one will work well under those items.

kitten heel slingback pumps // blazer // tank top // straight leg jeans // necklace // earrings // purse

Mainly I wanted you to see the kitten heel slingback pumps I’m wearing here. These are so on trend, I decided it would be nice to have a pair in this cognac color. these Franco Sarto slingback pumps come in several other nice colors, too, and they fit nicely true to size.

Oops! In all my photo snapping I forgot to take my glasses off. Below I’m wearing a new light blue Veronica Beard Miller dickey jacket and a coordinating ribbed tank. I tried the matching pants, but they just didn’t work for me. They fit true to size, but the fit was too close to the body on my thick thighs, ruining the look. So I’ll wear this dickey jacket mostly with white jeans or pants and maybe black slacks and jeans as well.

metallic slingbacks // light blue blazer // tank top // straight leg jeans // bracelet // necklace // earrings

I find (and many reviewers concur) that the VB Miller jackets run slightly large, as in I wear a size 8 instead of the size 10 I wear in some blazers. And the sleeves always run long, but you can cuff them up or have the sleeves altered at the shoulder.

Oh, and check out those metallic slingbacks above. I LOVE them. Remember, slingbacks are really trending right now. And they’re such a classic, elegant shoe. Now is a great time to invest in a pair or two that you can wear for years. I’ll wear these metallic slingbacks for special occasions, yes, but also for everyday outings. They fit TTS.

When I was at the mall Tuesday I popped into a couple of stores and picked up a few things. I got the updated Icon trench coat at J.Crew that I’ve been eyeing for a few weeks. I do love it. It’s a substantial coat, much heavier than my Sam Edelman jacket I wore in yesterday’s blog post. And I like that.

long sleeve tee // trench coat // jeans // Veronica Beard sneakers // earrings

However, this trench coat does run a little small in the upper arms for me. I won’t be able to wear even a cotton sweater underneath. So I’m probably going to return it. And I’m sad about that. I may order the next size; this is the 8 the sales person sort of talked me into getting. So maybe a 10 would do the trick, but then I fear it may be too large in the shoulders. We’ll see. Anyhow I wanted you to see it because it is truly a perfect trench coat…if it fits you in the arms.

Underneath the trench (shown below) I’m wearing a little t-shirt I picked up at Madewell Tuesday. I love this color of green; it works well with my eyes. This slub cotton t-shirt runs true to size or maybe a little large; I’m wearing a medium and it’s definitely on the roomy side. But I appreciate the cropped length and the little bit of tailoring at the mid section.

long sleeve tee // jeans // Veronica Beard sneakers // earrings

Below I have another outfit I picked up at L.L.Bean Tuesday when I returned a few other things that didn’t work. I had debated on whether or not I needed another pair of hiking pants for our Alaska trip, and since we’re cruising for seven days and then spending another nine in the state before returning home, I decided it would be a good idea. These hiking pants are a little different from the ones I showed in Tuesday’s blog post, and they’re not water-proof, but I still think I’ll take them on our trip.

striped quarter zip pullover // hiking pants // Veronica Beard sneakers // bracelet // earrings

Above I just wanted you to see the top of the hiking pants, so I tucked in the striped quarter zip pullover, but I won’t really wear them like that. The hiking pants have a lot of stretch and are very comfortable TTS. I’m wearing a 10 regular.

I especially love that striped quarter zip pullover. It also fits true to size, but runs snug in the arms with no stretch there. I tried it on in the store in a pretty yellow, but I don’t wear yellow and I love this ivory with multi-colored stripes. It will make a fun addition to my packing list for Alaska, but also just a good pullover for spring days.

striped quarter zip pullover // hiking pants // Veronica Beard sneakers // bracelet // earrings

And I think the final things I have to show you are these sweater and jeans.

cotton rollneck sweater // Mother jeans in mint condition// Veronica Beard sneakers // earrings

The cotton rollneck sweater from J.Crew runs true to size; I’m wearing a medium. And it comes in other colors and solids, too. It is a cropped length. So, while it works well with my high rise jeans, I’ll probably wear a tank top with it for comfort and a little added warmth. The cotton rollneck sweater is currently marked down. My Mother the Hustler fray ankle bootcut jeans in the wash mint condition are a nice dark wash with minimal wiskering and no distressing. They fit very nicely with lots of stretch, but I did size up to a 31 in these.

Well, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed seeing a few new spring things and maybe got a little style inspiration. Let me know if you have questions about anything I showed. Have a great day!

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Blessed for My Day

Whenever I visit my mother’s Sunday school class I know that I can count on her group of lovely friends ending their time together by joining hands and praying aloud the closing verse of Psalm 19. Listening to their sweet Southern voices ask the Lord to “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer,” always seems a bit ironic to me. Could these lovely ladies possibly ever say or even think something that would not please the Lord?

Well, in truth, yes, they absolutely could and probably do. We all struggle with our thoughts and words at times. I know I do. The Lord and I have been doing a complete makeover in one particular area of “the words of my mouth” lately. And truthfully He has helped me make such headway in this area and it’s changing the dynamics of a particular relationship. I’m grateful. This is a good prayer to pray daily I think.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    Lord, my rock and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

xoxo, Kay
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16 thoughts on “Early Spring Fashion Try-Ons

  1. I just can’t wear the mini sized tops and super short jeans nor dresses that look like they are too small. To me it looks like they ran out of fabric when making the clothes. Nice way to cut their cost.

  2. Kay,
    I enjoyed today’s post. Your inspirational message is perfect and is illustrated perfectly in your mention of a former subscriber being offended by an informal try-on session; it made me laugh and shake my head at the same time. When we are unhappy with ourselves it is easy to poke at someone else.

    The wonderful spring colors you modeled and your honest appraisal helps me make clothing decisions.


  3. I like most of the outfits you tried on. The colors, except for the light green tee, and the style. Especially the first dress from Talbots. Love it! Really like Psalm 19:14 Thank you for sharing it.

  4. I’m in love with the pretty blue Veronica Beard blazer, which looks so nice on you. I actually tried it on last week and if only I was still working I might be able to justify the price. A return of sling-back heels makes me smile!

  5. Enjoyed this post! I recently purchased a pair of joggers from Talbots to wear around the house. They’re a nice heavy weight fabric and well made. If needed, I could feel comfortable wearing them to the grocery store in a pinch.

  6. Thanks, Kay, for all the great ideas for spring. My fave was your striped pullover with khaki pants–a color combo I cannot do but it looks GREAT on you! You also look fabulous in the two blazer/jeans combos, both light and dark blue. The Talbots square necked sweater looks SO much better with black bottoms than with the blue. It’s not apparent that you have large thighs, but I certainly do, so I rarely wear anything but black on the bottom. Imagine your figure shrunk down to 5’2″ and you will see what I mean. And is ANYONE ever happy with their bust size? You complained about being too small, but you look so much better in clothing than if you had a large bust. I am now too large for great fitting clothing (36D), so need to wear crisp tops that don’t cling, usually dark or bright. I love the lime green T you showed. I will try to find a crisp blouse in that color as I have just about given up on T-shirts unless I know I will be wearing a jacket over them. You are a great inspiration! Thanks for all the work you do to inspire women to look attractive.

    1. Kathia I know what you mean about the bust size getting bigger. My cup size went way up after menopause. I think a smaller bust size looks better and more youthful. When I was younger I wanted cleavage and now that I have it I don’t want it. Lol.

  7. Just a tip to the folks viewing your selections. I find that if I really want to more closely inspect a garment, I go to the site and see it in lighter colors. In that way I can better see the styling, design and fit. In this blog I took a closer look at the black Southampton pants. In the black it is difficult to see the waist band is not a tradition design. It is flat and I don’t typically gravitate to that style. Coldwater Creek did a lot of those, and I finally purged out the last of them for Goodwill. So thank you Kay for making access to the products so convenient,

  8. Thank you for the spring preview. Where I live, most could be worn now.
    Your advice seems to be impacting my daily clothing choices. I changed my outfit 2 times before heading out to water aerobics this

  9. I can relate to the devotional. Love Psalm 19. Thank you for the shopping guide. My style is all over crossing into Glamorous/Modern, Confidant/Edgy, Modern/French and Conservative/Tailored. I have pieces from all these except ballet flats. Is it normal not to fit into one category?

  10. Hi, Kay. My sister and I did the cruise + overland Alaska trip for my 60th birthday, and I just wanted to say – if you get to Denali on a day when the weather is clear, definitely take the small plane ride around the summit of the mountain. Breathtaking!!