Happy Friday, ladies. Talbots’ newest fall collection dropped a few days ago and rather than check it out online, I went to see it, touch it, and try things on. It’s hard to know what a collection really looks like without seeing it on a person so today have a look at my late fall try-on session from Talbots.
If you’re new here. welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a store and try on new merchandise so you can see how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I have an inverted triangle body silhouette with broad shoulders and straight hips. I am 5’4″ tall and weigh around 136 lbs. I have a long torso, long arms and often wear one size larger on top than the bottom.
Most talbots garments are available in regular, petite, plus, and plus petite so I will call out the sizes I am wearing.
As always, you can click the red text for more info and to shop the item.
The first thing I spotted coming through the front door was a rack of casual knit dresses. I know many of you live in pants, but a casual knit dress is a cozy, comfy alternative when worn with tights for the fall and winter months. In the images below I have cropped my ankle socks out so as not to distract you from the dress:)
I am wearing a regular in small in all of these and like this length. They cover my knee but aren’t so long that they approach frumpy length. The tweed dress on the left comes in this bright pink and a deep navy. They say it has a bateau neckline but it fits closer to a jewel neckline on me. It’s got 3/4 sleeves with large decorative buttons all the way up the arm and runs true to size.
See also –How To Wear A Midi Skirt]
The center dress is the same tweed as the dress on the left, this time with tiny shoulder buttons, 3/4 sleeves an available in black or this pretty blue. The cowl neck dress on the right is a gorgeous plum shade. This is a classic that will never go out of style. I see it with knee boots in soft suede and some chunky bracelets. The dress in the center and left are a flecked knit which always seems more casual to me.
The plaid metallic shirt comes in black/white or this pale grey heather color. It has long sleeves so is toasty enough on its own yet perfect for layering. I’m wearing a small regular. I topped it with this snowflake sweater that comes in red/ white or sky heather/white in S regular. . After yesterday’s post, I was still on a neutral jag:) The cardigan comes in three colors plus this gorgeous winter white. I am wearing an XS in regular so I think you could size down on this.
These are Talbots slim ankle jeans in natural. I’m not sure if they’re a late summer delivery or new merchandise but I love the tonal looks they let you create and are great for fall. I’m wearing a 4 regular which are too long, but I prefer to hem after washing than sacrifice the highest rise I can get.
Here are two looks featuring this sweater jacket and a textured stitch pullover in coral. The pullover comes in 6 colors and is machine washable. I’m wearing a regular S. They describe the pullover as a tunic length, but it’s only high-hip length on me and would be even shorter in petite so “tunic” must be in the eye of the beholder:)
I bought these Soho leggings last winter and wore them constantly. These are indigo in 4 regular. I simply folded the bottoms under. I do this often so I can get a higher rise than the petite version offers. They’re a fantastic fabric that’s heavyweight enough to hold everything in and look sleek. The modern ankle jeans on the right have a high-rise, are slim through the hip, and relaxed through the thigh with a straight leg. I love these newest jeans. Comfy and flattering without strangling your legs.
This coat is a Goldfinch color and it also comes in a Plum shade. The coat’s styling is impeccable but it left a lot to be desired, color-wise on me. I’m wearing a regular S. Notice how my iPhone adjusted for the color and changed the color of the walls and carpet. This is one of the major stumbling blocks to accurate, color analysis when done virtually.
I’m wearing it over the girlfriend cardigan in soft gray. It’s soft and cuddly in 4 colors and has no wool. I’m wearing a petite medium. These Soho leggings are fabulous. I bought a pair last winter and wore them to bits! They tuck into knee boots beautifully or stand on their own under a longer top. This pair happens to be houndstooth but they’re also available in tons of solids. This is the perfect white no-iron shirt which I have in several colors and LOVE! I always buy the regular so the sleeves are long enough with my broad shoulders.
These pull-on jeggings are fabulous with no zip, snap, or button in front so they give a very smooth look. I have them in 3 washes and love them. This is the deep empire wash. I’m wearing a 4 regular with the legs folded under. If they shrink, I would hem them but honestly, I usually just keep folding them under and they stay that way all day.
What can I say other than cable sweater, red, cotton /blend yarn, and ’tis the season:) I’m wearing an XS petite and it’s too short so I would opt for the regular in small. This is also available in 5 other colors but again…this red is sort of perfect for this time of year.
I’m a big fan of these slim ankle jeans and must own them in 8 colors. This is the deep Meteor wash which I’m loving for fall. They fit beautifully and don’t strangle my legs. I’m layering on the perfect white shirt, cashmere crew neck, and this houndstooth blazer. I love their longer-length blazers. Their jacket sleeves are always too short in petite for me so I have learned to love and embrace the length of the body that goes with the regular. This kind of layering is right up my alley for warmth but mostly for visual interest. Add earrings, perhaps a brooch and I am good to go.
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.