I don’t attend fashion shows often but have put them on my “need to do more of” list. They’re a fun way to get a look at the newest selections and get fresh ideas on ways to style things. This week I attended a Fall Trunk show at my local Talbots, complete with refreshments and a mini fashion show. They referred to their newest collection as “London Calling” with touches of British detailing which is all 25% off until Monday!
I decided dressing room diaries was in order because I was itching to try some of these things on for you and yes, several came home with me;)
I started with
There was only an XS and XL on the floor so since I couldn’t get my arm down the sleeve of the XS, I grabbed the XL. They showed it styled in a myriad of ways but my favorite was over this Knit Jersey Shift Dress.
The Varsity stripe contrast lining at the cuffs and undercollar match the colors in the dress beautifully. This XL was only a bit too large for me so size up. They’ve made their dresses a little longer this year and they’re knee length. If you like yours shorter you could opt for the petite version, which at 5’4″, I would.
They showed several looks from the T by Talbots collection which is their most casual line. I would not call these workout clothes but uber comfy for casual days.
This striped pullover is a soft drapey jersey that I can see dressed up with dark denim, a scarf and some booties for lunch out or running errands. I paired it with these straight leg yoga pants which I’d wear for everything! They are super soft with a wide pull-on waistband. They are a classic shape that creates a clean line through the hip and thigh. I’d wear these for everything and I suppose you could even do yoga. I topped it with this great open cardigan that I can’t find to link for you… I hate when that happens!
These pull-on jeans seemed to be in every customer’s hands so of course, I tried them, and yup brought them home. They’ll be perfect with tunics and sweaters, tucked into boots and dressed up with a crisp white shirt and ballet flats. They have a wide no roll waistband that doesn’t roll over when you sit down (I tested them out). I topped it with this classic button down shirt in the prettiest stripe fabric.
I copied what they’d shown in the fashion show and topped the shirt with this soft merino sweater embroiders with crowns. (London calling theme:) They showed the shirt sticking out below the sweater which looked casual and preppy. In order to duplicate the look, shown at right, I chose the shirt in regular length and the sweater in petite.
STYLE TIP- shop all fit sections of a store to get the look you want.
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Both these pants and sweater are predominantly cotton which makes them a great option for spanning the seasons. Then I swapped out the sweater for this Plaid Ruana. I love how the houndstooth pattern plays with the mini check. A quick removal of the tag makes this easily reversible.
STYLE TIP- Pattern mixing is easiest when colors are similar.
These are the mid-rise I topped it with this fun Crown Print shirt and this Tweed Sequin and Pearl jacket from their RSVP collection. It’s an amazing jacket that obviously dresses down as well as up. You could wear this over a LBD or slacks to a formal occasion or every day over jeans. Black jeans would make your casual look a bit more dressy than these grey ones do.
As I look at these pictures I realize there are a few more pieces I should have brought home. I highly recommend taking selfies to give you a different view of what you’re wearing. It often gives you a better perspective.
Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!
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