Try-On Session Reviews: Talbots, J. Crew Factory & J. Crew

I’m creating my own Summer capsule wardrobe and have ordered a few things online to try on. I posted two other try-on sessions last week, Try-On Session Reviews: Loft, Nordstrom, Nisolo and Spring & Summer Shirts With Grayson.

In today’s post, I’m sharing what I ordered and tried on from Talbots, J. Crew and J. Crew Factory. These stores have SO MANY pretty clothes available and I’m excited to share with you all the items I tried on! Since I use a capsule wardrobe, I don’t keep everything I order and try on, but only keep what I really like and know I will wear many times throughout the season.

JEWELRY I’M WEARING

In all the photos, I’m wearing my Kendra Scott Elisa Gold Necklace in “abalone shell”, Elle Earrings in “abalone shell”, Uma Gold Cuff Bracelet (similar cuff bracelet) and Pavoi Twisted Rope Gold Plated Ring.

MY SIZES

For size reference, I am 5’9″ in height and have an hourglass body shape. For tops, I typically wear a size Medium, but size up to a Large sometimes, depending on the brand and style of the top. For bottoms, my normal size is a size 10 / 30 waist. My shoe size is a 9 medium width. For outerwear, I wear mostly a size Large, but if it is an oversized style I will size down to a Medium.

TALBOTS

The first top I tried on was this Ruffle Trim Shell with this pretty “salmon rose” pattern (size Medium), along with these Linen Pull-On Shorts in the “flax” color (size Medium). Rose Pink is a trending color for the upcoming summer season, so I was excited to see this beautiful Ruffle Trim Shell and I quickly ordered it! I love the style of these Linen Pull-On Shorts! These shorts have a 6″ inseam and also come in navy and a soft pink color. I’m also wearing my Bay Slide Sandals in the “saddle” color (size 9) that I have had for a couple of years. I’m wearing my Kendra Scott Elisa Gold Necklace in “abalone shell”, Elle Earrings in “abalone shell”, Uma Gold Cuff Bracelet (similar cuff bracelet) and Pavoi Twisted Rope Gold Plated Ring.

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I just love this next outfit! I’m wearing this Ruffle Trim Shell in “seaside wash”, which is a chambray color. I made a mistake and ordered a Petite Medium, so I reordered it in a Regular Medium size. I’m wearing the Linen Pull-On Shorts in the “flax” color (size Medium). I ordered these Pamela Knot Espadrille Sandals in the “indigo blue” color (fits true to size, in size 9). They fit perfectly and have a low wedge heel so they are easy to walk in. The material on these shoes are a dark blue suede, which will coordinate with many of your outfits! These sandals look great with shorts and you can also wear them with jeans, skirts and dresses!

These Pamela Knot Espadrille Sandals in the “indigo blue” color (fits true to size, in size 9) are so pretty!

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Did you know that Talbots carries sleepwear and loungewear? I didn’t know they carried them, but I’m so glad I found out! I ordered 2 sets of pajamas and a nightgown and I love how soft the material is on these pj’s!

The first set includes this Organic Cotton Jersey Striped Pajama Top and Pajama Sleep Pants, both in the “celestial blue” color (both pieces size Large). I could probably wear a size medium, but I like my pajamas to be roomy so I sized up to a large on both.

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The next set is this Organic Cotton Jersey Bluebell Floral Sleep Top and Sleep Pants in the “morning sky” color, both pieces size Large. The delicate blue floral pattern on these pieces is so pretty! I also ordered the Organic Cotton Bluebell Floral Sleep Dress (size Large) in the same pattern!

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J. CREW FACTORY

J. Crew Factory is nailing on their Spring and Summer clothes! J. Crew Factory is one of my go-to stores for trending and budget-friendly clothes!

I ordered this Chambray Puff Sleeve Top (size Medium) and this Linen-Cotton City Skirt in the “white” color. I ordered a size 12 in the skirt and I should have ordered my usual size 10. I’ll be adding this white skirt to my Summer capsule wardrobe, so I’m exchanging it for a size 10. Several years ago I had this same style skirt in a navy color and wore it A LOT then, so I know I’m going to love wearing the white color! I’m also wearing these Estel Espadrille Sandals (size 9, fits true to size).

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Flutter sleeve tops are trending again this year! The salmon color of this Floral Flutter Top (size Medium) is gorgeous! The Linen-Cotton City Skirt in the “white” color pairs well with the top. This outfit would be perfect to wear anywhere! I’m also wearing these Estel Espadrille Sandals (size 9, fits true to size).

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Here is a similar top, this one being a Navy Gingham Flutter Sleeve Top with ruffles on the neckline and down the front of the top! I’m also wearing the Linen-Cotton City Skirt in the “white” color and the Pamela Knot Espadrille Sandals in the “indigo blue” color (fits true to size, in size 9). My bag is the Polene Numero Un Mini in the “chalk” color.

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If you are looking for a tank top, but want one that isn’t skimpy, I highly recommend this Shell Tank Top (size Large)! You get the look of a tank top, but it feels more like a sleeveless tee. The material is not see through and it is all cotton. This top will look great with your shorts, pants and skirts this summer! I’m wearing the white color and it comes in other colors too. Aren’t these Daisy Poplin Tie Front Shorts the cutest?! I’m wearing the size 12, but should have ordered the size 10. I’m also wearing my Hadyn Sandals in the “white leather” color (size 9, fits true to size).

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These High Rise Midlength Denim Shorts (size 30) will be perfect for the Summer! I love the light wash denim on these and has a small amount of distressing on the side of one leg (sorry, my hand is covering the distressing). They have a 6″ inseam, so they are a bit longer, have a raw hem and also have a bit of stretch! I’m also wearing the Shell Tank Top (size Large) and the Hadyn Sandals in the “white leather” color (size 9, fits true to size).

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I absolutely love the colors in the pattern of this Floral Flutter Sleeve Top (size Medium). This top is similar to the salmon color pattern one above. I’m definitely keeping one of these tops, just not sure which one, because they are all darling! I’m wearing this top with the High Rise Midlength Denim Shorts (size 30) and the Bay Slide Sandals in the “saddle” color (size 9).

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The pink and orange colors in this V-Neck Puff Sleeve Top are so pretty! Sizes are currently limited, but hopefully it will be restocked soon. It is also available in the pink and white pattern. I’m wearing this top with the High Rise Midlength Denim Shorts (size 30) and the Hadyn Sandals in the “white leather” color (size 9, fits true to size).

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This Chambray Paper Bag Skirt is just darling! I’m wearing a Large but am going to exchange it for a Medium. I love the style of this skirt and the chambray color can coordinate with nearly any top! I needed a new gray tee, so I ordered this Vintage Cotton Crewneck Tee in the “hthr graphite” color (size Large). I’m also wearing the Bay Slide Sandals in the “saddle” color (size 9). My cat “Barty” (his full name is Bartholemew) decided to get in on a few of the photos!

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Everyone, meet Barty (short for Bartholemew), our Cream-Color Flame Point Ragdoll Cat! We have had him for 3 years and was my late daughter’s cat. She picked him out to be her cat when she had brain cancer. She couldn’t decide on one name, so named him Bartholemew Sebastian Winston). She would love how beautiful is now. We cut his hair shorter for the Spring and Summer so he stays cool, since his hair gets so long! We also have our American Shorthair cat “Sophie”, but she was taking a nap when I was taking these photos.

Here is another Flutter Sleeve Top, this one is the “banker blue” pattern (size Medium). I love the blue stripes on this top! I’m also wearing the Chambray Paper Bag Skirt and the Estel Espadrille Sandals (size 9, fits true to size).

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J. CREW

I ordered a few tops and bottoms from J. Crew. J. Crew’s prices tend to be a little higher than J. Crew Factory, but you can save $ when they go on sale. Their clothes are well made and I have a few of their wardrobe essentials that I have had in my closet for several years.

J. Crew is currently having a 50% off sale on their Sun & Sunny styles with code “SUNNY”! Items that are marked as sale items in red are the ones on sale. The sale ends May 19.

Just like striped tees, I love chambray tops! This Tie Neck Chambray Top (size Medium) is so pretty and made with organic cotton. Today, this top is 50% off with code “SUNNY”! I also ordered and tried on these Vintage Slim-Straight Stretch Chino Pants (size 30) in the “mountain white” color. They fit really well and are an ecru color, so if you don’t like white pants, this color is softer than white! I’m also wearing the Estel Espadrille Sandals (size 9, fits true to size).

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This Soft Gauze Popover Top in the “Tea Rose” color (size Medium) is new in J. Crew’s spring and summer line. I can see wearing this top to the beach with these Seaside Linen-Blend Pants in the “white” color (size Medium) that I have on below. The top and pants come in several colors to choose from. I bought these pants last year in a dark green color, but this year they are in a soft green color, along with a light pink, almond, navy and black colors. I’m also wearing my Hadyn Sandals in the “white leather” color (size 9, fits true to size).

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This Soft Gauze Garden Top in the “light sage” color (size Medium) is new at J. Crew also. The soft green color is a fresh and cool color and I like the ruffle detailing around the neck and shoulders. It comes in the light sage color, as well as white, a light mauve, faded spice and black. I’m wearing it with the Seaside Linen-Blend Pants in the “white” color (size Medium) and my Hadyn Sandals in the “white leather” color (size 9, fits true to size).

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I also ordered these Seaside Chambray Pants (size Medium) so you could compare them with the white color pants above. My cat Barty loves to be in the photos, ha ha! The chambray color is a pretty blue color tone and will look good with all the summer tops! I thought I would try this Vintage Cotton Crewneck Tee in the “white” color to see how it would fit. I sized up to a Large for a relaxed fit. It is not see through with a nude color bra and I like how lightweight it is! You could wear this tee by itself with shorts, pants or a skirt, plus it would look great underneath a blazer, jacket or cardigan. I’m also wearing my Bay Slide Sandals in the “saddle” color (size 9).

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Since I’ll be wearing navy as the base color in my capsule wardrobe this summer, I needed a pair of navy shorts. I have a pair of these 7″ Stretch Chino Shorts in “white” in my closet and love them, so I bought them in the “navy” color. If you are looking for longer length shorts, but don’t want a long bermuda style, you may like these shorts with the 7″ inseam! They come in several colors to choose from! I’m also wearing the Vintage Cotton Crewneck Tee in the “white” color (size Large) and the Bay Slide Sandals in the “saddle” color (size 9).

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I saw these Vintage Slim Straight Jeans and thought I would try and see how they fit. OH MY GOSH, I LOVE them! They have a 10″ high waist, are slightly stretchy and I love the color of the denim! Slim-straight jeans work well with hourglass body types, because of the slim fit. You get the relaxed look of a straight jean, but the leg tapers down giving the jeans a slim look. I styled these jeans casually with this Vintage Cotton Crewneck Tee in the “navy” color (size Large). I’m also wearing my Bay Slide Sandals in the “saddle” color (size 9).

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Leanne. Lots of cute tops and a beautiful cat.

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter.

    Carlinda

  2. Your daughter certainly chose a most handsome kitty😻 I tho k he should be in all the photos:)
    Great outfits too.

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