(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.

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