Are you seeing signs of spring? We have had a few spring-like days where I could almost taste it. And then we’ve had cold days that remind me it is indeed still winter. But wherever you live, spring is undoubtedly on the way! So today I’m sharing some pretty spring fashions I recently got in from Talbots and Loft, as well as a few other odds and ends.
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I weigh about 155 on a good day and I’m holding steady so far at 5’8″ tall. I have a pear or hourglass shape and balanced proportions. That’s just to give you reference when you’re looking to see how these items fit on me.
I generally wear size 8 in tops, bottoms and dresses. But I sometimes wear the curvy fit size 8 if they are available. I generally wear a medium in all of those pieces, too. I wear a size 9.5 shoe almost without fail. So unless I tell you otherwise, those are the sizes I’m wearing. I’ll also alert you if something runs small or large; otherwise, assume it runs true to size. That way I can focus on other factors.
Spring Fashions from Talbots
Through the weekend, Talbots is offering 30% off full price dresses, skirts, accessories and shoes. But they’ve been dropping in some Flash Sales a lot lately, too. In fact, they had one last night. And I find they run them frequently on Sunday afternoons and evenings. Drop back in here throughout the weekend to check for those flash sales!
Most of this first set of photos will be spring fashions from Talbots. But I have thrown a few things in from other places just to complete the outfits. I’m going to try to start this try-on session with a bang and end with a bang. How’s that? In fact, I think this first duo is my favorite of all.
black demi boot pants // I’m so pleased to see Talbots staying true to their mantra of providing classic but modern fashions. These black demi boot pants definitely have a modern silhouette. They aren’t quite as “boot cut” as I’d hoped. But maybe that’s for the better. The fabric is smooth, slightly stretchy and elegant. But I think you can dress this black demi boot pants up or down. They also come in two other colors, but the black is going to be the most slimming. They run true to size. Verdict: Keeping.
white with black smocked blouse // I generally can’t wear Talbots’ popovers. I think my slightly wide shoulders cause me to have trouble getting them on and off. Anyone else? But I can get this great white with black smocked blouse on and off pretty well. The fabric is slightly on the light side, but I think it works. And the smocking, while undoubtedly not hand-smocked (sorry, I’m a smocker, so I felt the need to disclose that), it’s still a great feature. Very feminine and lovely. It fits true to size. Verdict: Keeping.
black Hannah Vacchetta Leather Slides // I ordered the cognac brown Hannah Vacchetta Leather Slides a month ago or so, but I had to send them back because I sized up a half size from my 9.5 to a 10 (as suggested on the website) and they were too large. This time I sized down to a 9 and they fit beautifully. I will have to wear these around the house a bit to break them in, but I anticipate them becoming quite comfortable with wear. Verdict: Keeping.
By the way, take note of the accessories I’m wearing in these photos. I’m not going to elaborate on them, but Talbots is offering 30% off shoes and accessories. I’m keeping all the ones I’m showing. And I especially like the gold rings necklace I showed above.
pebbled dot ruffle shell // I thought this pebbled dot ruffle shell would be great to wear with my black suit as well as with just white jeans or the black demi boot pants. And really if I ever end up buying any pants in a bolder color, this soft pebbled dot ruffle shell would work well there, too. It’s soft and flowy and easy. Verdict: Probably keeping.
In the next photo I’m really just showing you how this pebbled dot ruffle shell works with a couple of my blazers.
I know the cropped length black demi boot pants are not every woman’s cup of tea, but I actually like the length for spring and summer. It’s very fresh and modern.
Edison embellished Napa flats // I shared in yesterday’s February Favorites post that these shoes are great. They are surprisingly comfortable and oh so chic. In fact, I recently ordered the navy and ivory pair during a flash sale for 40% off. (I’m telling you, watch for those flash sales!) Verdict: Kept! And ordered more!
Pima cotton v-neck tee in raspberry // I want to like Talbots’ t-shirts so badly. But I just find them to stretch too much and they don’t fit me quite right in the shoulders. But if you love Talbots’ tees, this raspberry color is a pretty one (see the website for a better idea of the color). It fits true to size. I showed the length of the shirt in the photos above. And I showed how I would probably style it below. Verdict: Returning.
Modern Ankle Jeans in natural // Natural colored jeans are really trending this spring and summer. Expect to see lots of them. And I think this particular shade of “natural” is really nice in these Modern Ankle Jeans. I do find the Modern Ankle Jeans in natural to run just slightly small, very much like all the other Talbots modern ankle jeans. Also, like their other modern ankle jeans, these have a very high waist. They don’t offer the rise on the website, but I measured them at 12.25″. That’s pretty high even for me. They have less stretch than other Talbots jeans, too. Still, I do love the silhouette. Verdict: Not sure. I love them, but they’re snug. I’m working very seriously to lose a few pounds, so I’ll decide in a few weeks.
white denim jeggings // These fit and wear like skinny jeans, not leggings. I just wanted to clarify that in case you’re not familiar with Talbots’ jeggings. They’re a nice thick denim and I really like the fit. I’m wearing the curvy fit in these, but they also come in a regular fit. And remember, most Talbots styles are available in plus, petite and plus petite. And these even come in tall (in the regular fit only). Verdict: Keeping, but I really am over skinny jeans. I’m keeping these mainly for showing here on the blog for followers who prefer them.
classic v-neck tee in Porto stripe // I anticipate this classic v-neck tee in Porto stripe being a workhorse in my wardrobe this spring and summer. Stripes are really trending, and I love a striped tee peaking out from under a blazer or jacket. It doesn’t feel like their Pima tees, so I really like the quality of this tee better. The website says this tee is 100% cotton and the Pima tees are 100% Pima cotton. I guess there’s a difference. I can definitely tell a difference in the way it feels and wears. Verdict: Keeping.
Hampshire Ankle Pants in sprout texture // I had high hopes for these light grey Hampshire Ankle Pants in sprout texture, but I don’t know. I think I definitely would not style them with these black Mimi Woven Nappa Sandals. I love, love, love these block heeled sandals, so I wanted to show them to you. They also come in navy and dark tan and they’re quite comfortable. But I don’t like the black with these low intensity pants. I also think I’d like it better with my white linen blazer rather than this black one. What do you think???
Anyhow, the Hampshire Ankle Pants in sprout texture don’t come in a curvy fit, and that’s really what I need in this pant. But I think I’ll hold onto them for a little while (as I shed those few pounds!) and decide later. They’re a nice lightweight pant for spring and summer. And such a nice option when you’re tired of navy, black and brown for the office. Verdict: Undecided.
sleeveless shirt // I love Talbots’ perfect shirts. Sometimes I have a problem with the shoulder laying down correctly on the sleeveless ones, but I think this sleeveless shirt is going to work. I was surprised to see how nicely it worked under the girlfriend cardigan, which I reviewed in a previous try-on session (and obviously kept!).
Fray Hem Ankle Bootcut Jeans // So yeah, these Fray Hem Ankle Bootcut Jeans are not from Talbots and they’re quite pricey. But I had been wanting to try the cropped bootcut silhouette (fashion blogger duty calls!) and I knew I wanted them to be good ones if I was going to go for it. I’d heard great things about these Mother the Hustler high waist Fray Hem Ankle Bootcut Jeans. (Where do they get these names???) Anyhow, I was not disappointed. I did size up to a 31 since they are white jeans and I definitely did not want them to look tight. But I love, love, love these jeans and I really like the way the demi boot silhouette works with them. Verdict: Keeping.
Loft Spring Fashions
Now let’s see what I got from Loft recently. I’m sharing other jeans with these because I didn’t get any from Loft. But they do have some nice denim online. And right now at Loft you can use code LUCKYU to get 50% off your full price order. Unfortunately this first top is a “sneak preview” and not included in the deal.
Eyelet Flutter Sleeve Top // Here’s another trend that I’ve been avoiding for the past couple of years. I just felt like the really big flutter sleeves might look juvenile or at least a little too young for my 58 years. But I’m surprised at how much I like this particular Eyelet Flutter Sleeve Top. The fabric is great – so soft and the drape is perfect. And I think the fit of the bodice really helps balance the sleeves. I think it’s nice that it’s close-fitting and not all blousy. What do you think? Verdict: Probably keeping.
Striped everyday v-neck tee // I really still prefer neutrals over lots of color, but something about this multi colored tee just grabbed me. I think it looks best under something, but you could certainly wear it alone. I’m sure I will. Again, this everyday v-neck tee fits close to the body, which I really like in a t-shirt. It’s soft and has a nice weight to it. It’s definitely light, but substantial enough. Verdict: Keeping.
Relaxed V-Neck Cardigan // Loft has a couple of these v-neck cardigans, but I like this Relaxed V-Neck Cardigan much better than this relaxed v-neck cardigan. The second one, the one I didn’t get, just hangs bad. But the Relaxed V-Neck Cardigan I’m showing here fits nicely, hangs well and is so soft and pretty. It comes in other colors, too. Verdict: Keeping.
Paige Cindy High Waist Straight Leg Jeans // Okay, here’s another pair of premium jeans. Yeah, I just really like my premium jeans. I know that’s not a spendy item for everyone. But I wear mine a lot and I’m just done with jeans that don’t really feel or look good. I’d rather wear the same well fitted and comfortable three pairs over and over than have a dozen that feel tight or fall down on me. That said, these Paige Cindy High Waist Straight Leg Jeans feel amazing. They have a nice high waist and just feel great on the body. But be warned, they are very distressed in odd places. They are missing a big part of the back pocket! Ha! But I just wear tops or jackets over them. I did size up to a roomy 31. Maybe that’s why they feel so good. Ha!
Boyfriend Shirt // I apologize. I mussed this shirt up a bit before showing it to you. I guess I should have ironed or steamed it. But I think it’s really just a nice topper for a tee or tank. It fits true to size for a very relaxed, oversized fit. And I especially love that the arms are very roomy. Verdict: Undecided.
Flecked Pocket Tunic Sweater // I wear lightweight sweaters a lot in the spring, so I thought this confetti Flecked Pocket Tunic Sweater would be a nice addition to my work from home wardrobe. It’s very lightweight, almost more like a top than a sweater. But I love the confetti flecks on it. And it’s very comfortable. I’m wearing it right now as I finish this post! Verdict: Keeping.
Let me know if you have questions about anything. I surely left out some details. So I’ll try to watch the comments today and get back with you quickly. We are shooting videos today, however, so hang with me! I’ll respond as soon as I can.
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