(ABOVE) Thanks to Victorian-era influences on fashion, ruffles and plaid are trending this spring.  I’ve had this Ralph Lauren ruffle plaid blouse for 15-plus years.

For Video Of My Visit To Talbots, Ann Taylor, and J. Crew and What I Wore, Scroll To Bottom of Page

It’s amazing how many “trends’ each season are classics.  For Spring 2016, those include high-collar necklines, florals (love!), bold red, ruffles, suede, peasant tops, knife pleats, and light-weight denim (also love!), to name a few.  The safari theme also is strong at all three stores I visited–in jackets, pants, blouses, dresses, pumps, and even swimwear.

For those of you who’ve bought (and kept) these classics through the years, you are right on trend.  Happy Spring 2016! ~Janis Lyn Johnson 


TALBOTS…Navy or Green Dress/Shirt Duo / Green Embroidered Dot Cardigan / Marigold Slingback Flats and Top-Handle Satchel.

ANN TAYLOR…Safari Trench Dress / Blush Pink Bow Patent Slingback Flats / Antique Rouge Signature Crossbody Tote / Tender Tan Ribbed 3/4-Sleeve Sweater and Perfect Shirt / Toirtoiseshell Patent Slingback Heels / Safari Jacket / Kate Jacquard Cropped Pants.

J. CREW…Tweed Jacket With Zippers / Regent, Campbell, Rhodes Blazers / Women’s Boy Shirts.


HAT: Sun & Fun Lifeguard Hat; Men’s Size, So Doesn’t Hurt My Head (Alternative Women’s-Size Hat Here / SHIRT: Ralph Lauren (Alternative Blue and White Stripe Ruffle J. Crew; Plaid Ruffle Lord & Taylor) / PANTS: Talbots, Slim Ankle Pant, Radiant Raspberry (Similar in Same Color) / BAG: Ralph Lauren, Quite Old / SHOES: Talbots, Radiant Raspberry / GOLD MEN’S WATCH: Michael Kors, Lexington Chronograph, 44 mm / GOLD WATCH WITH WHITE BAND: Michele, Diamond CSX (Similar Bloomingdale’s or Here) / EARRINGS: Similar.

MY MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)…FACE: 100% Pure, Both Crème and White Peach / CHEEKS: Gabriel, Vibrant Pink / ZuZu Lipstick in Dollhouse Pink with ZuZu Lipgloss in Caliente / EYELASHES: 100% Pure, Black Tea. (Some links are affiliates. More information here.)


(ABOVE) Among the Spring 2016 items I bought, this leather marigold satchel from Talbots, and these cropped pants (BELOW) from Ann Taylor.  See how I styled the satchel here and the cropped pants here.


J. Crew-Tweed-Zipper-Jacket

(ABOVE) At J. Crew, I liked the zipper details on this summer-weight tweed jacket.  (BELOW) My OOTD, a Ralph Lauren ruffled button-up shirt and leather satchel that I’ve had for years and Talbot’s slim ankle pants in radiant raspberry. (Same color, in jeans, here.)



(ABOVE) Michael Kors Lexington Chronograph 44 mm men’s Watch.




(ABOVE) Talbots Slingback Flats and Slim Ankle Pant in radiant raspberry (similar in jeans in same color here).



(ABOVE) For my lipstick I combined two: ZuZu lipstick in Dollhouse Pink, with ZuZu lipgloss in Caliente. For similar earrings, see here.

YouTube Vlog

24 comments on “(Vlog) Browsing Spring 2016 Classic Fashion at Talbots, Ann Taylor, and J. Crew…and What I Wore”

    • Thank you, Mary Ann! I never thought about it, but it does look nice with silver hair. I love pink and gray in clothing, so it definitely makes sense! ~Janis

  1. I love the clothing you select. You always seem to find things that look stylish on grown women. Keep up the good work!

  2. I so much enjoyed your trip Waterside Shops. I stopped by there on a weekly basis when I lived in Naples, enjoying and buying from some of the stores you mentioned today. You missed two of my favorites; Pottery Barn and Anthropolgie. Love your blogs.

  3. Lovely look,I adore your lipstick but expensive for lipsticks,do you have any foundation or powder on your face?cause of your skin amazing.Show around more in your vlogs please,cause different areas you living made my day better,amazing areas amazing you.Cant wait new another vlogs.x.

    • Hi, Rose. Great question! I really like the look of my nails cut short and unpolished. Feels fresh and clean. Also, it’s to stay away from the chemicals in the polish and remover, since our bodies absorb everything. Third, I have very little time anymore to do my nails. But I’m not saying I’ll never wear it again, either. Hoping to find some products that are not harmful. ~Janis

    • I do like clothes and makeup. 🙂 The girly girl in me? It’s a creative outlet I’ve enjoyed since I was a teenager. Thank you for your comment! ~Janis

  4. Do monthly must haves or monthly favorites video,show on cam your best make ups,jewelry,clothes,book,tea set,mug,everything you have best for this month show us.

  5. Just found your YouTube channel and blog! Love your sense of style. Fell in love with your straw hat with the black band in the shot of you in the parking lot headed for the trunk show. Could you please give details on the hat and where to purchase? Thanks, and I look forward to watching more videos and visiting your blog.

    • Hi, Lori! This is the hat I was wearing in that video – http://amzn.to/1Vc5NAs . My only issue with it is that sun rays do still slip through the holes in the brim. So, if that bothers you, this is another one I have begun wearing more, since it blocks the sun better: http://amzn.to/1Vc6wS4 . I have it in dark brown and just ordered it in light brown. You can see me wearing the dark brown one in this video I filmed in a local private garden: http://jljbacktoclassic.com/archives/1631 . Thank you so much for watching my videos and visiting my blog, Lori! ~Janis

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