I know many of you are sweltering in unbearable heat this summer, but I’m always excited to see the start of new fall styles on the racks. Autumn is my favorite time for fashion because there are so many options, so I was delighted to try on some new 2023 fall pieces from Talbots.
If you’re new here, welcome. Dressing room diaries are when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 148 lbs. I have broad shoulders, straight hips, a long torso, and long arms. I often buy one size larger on top. You’ll see me try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me because I want you to see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I’m wearing to help you understand how things run. Most Talbots garments are available in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite.
I wore two necklaces that day, a Signature Pearl strand from Dean Davidson and a medallion on a Yurman chain that my husband bought me many years ago.
The returns of cables always signal fall to me. This cardigan comes in mossy green or this medium blue. I could only find a medium to try on and would have preferred a small. It’s soft, 100% cotton (some cotton feels stiff to me), with 3/4 sleeves, and is a great weight for fall. I’m wearing it over a basic cotton ribbed tank that’s a great layering piece. These everyday relaxed jeans have a nice relaxed fit and flattering high rise. The deep wash is great for fall, and you can wear these rolled or unrolled to adjust for your height.
The return of brown is always nice to see for fall. These are Talbots classic slim ankle jeans that they carry in lots of colors every season. I’m wearing the straight fit, the curvy fit is here. This dark walnut brown is a lovely warm tone. They’re a classic 5-pocket style with a bit of stretch and such a great basic for fall. This scoop-neck sweater has an ivory background and multicolored metallic stripes. The metallic is very subtle, so you’re not going to get a disco vibe from it 😊. It’s 98% cotton, so a great weight to transition into fall.
I predict this great little tweed jacket will be super popular this fall. I’m wearing a 10 petite, which is too large for me. It has a boxy fit which isn’t the most flattering on me… but the color…the fabric, and the vibe are so great. The sleeves are 3/4 length, and I have long arms, so I’d likely opt for the 6 regular to keep the sleeves the proper length. These Montauk pants are a flattering pull-on style with a smooth elastic band that keeps the tummy area as smooth as possible under tops. This denim-ish shade is great year-round, and they’re the kind of pants you can wear now and wear into fall.
Here’s the jacket in a 6P which is too snug, but I’ve paired it with a wider-leg jean which is a better combo for my silhouette. I’ve styled it with their classic no-iron white shirt and barely bootcut jeans here. I’ve owned and worn this great white shirt for years because their no-iron technology is so good! I need the regular to get the sleeves long enough, and if I didn’t own it, this would have come home with me. You’ve seen me wear the barely bootcut jeans many times, most recently here, and I hope they come out with more colors for fall. It’s almost a straight leg but flares just enough to wear a bit longer over shoes and booties, which lengthens your look.
Here are three colors that are great for fall and not at all flattering on me😊. This Johnny collared sweater also comes in a gorgeous blue, raspberry, and black, so something for everyone. It has 3/4 length sleeves and is a light enough weight for late summer and into fall. The collar gives it a nice polished look. These are the same slim ankle jeans I showed above. The jacket comes in golden honey and moss, both warm-toned and fall favorites. It’s a lightweight cotton that’s got a utility vibe, without the longer length. The petite is 21 1/2″ long, the misses is 22 1/2″, the plus is 25 1/2, and the plus petite is 23 1/2″. I just love that Talbots adjusts their lengths for our varying sizes!
These are the same slim ankle jeans, this time in gorgeous rich plum. I love this color for fall. I paired them with this 100% cotton button-front shirt in berry shades that coordinate with the plum. The pattern also has a touch of moss which ties into the color of this casual jacket.
I had to try this pretty top on because the stripes matched perfectly at all the seams! It’s a super smooth nylon knit, so it’ll never need ironing and will pack like a dream. It also comes in black and white. It’s lower hip length with a curved hem, so If I was going to wear it untucked, I’d opt for petite. These demi boot crop jeans have a very tiny flare, so they fit like a wider straight-leg on me. They have a nice deep wash for fall and a great high waist. I like the regular length on me, which has an inseam of 26″. The petite is quite a bit shorter at 22 1/2″, plus 26″, and plus petite is 22 1/2″.
I topped the jeans and tee with this fabulous plaid blazer. For some unknown reason, Talbots has mislabeled this as houndstooth, but it looks like plaid to me, so that’s what I’m calling it. It’s a great ivory/navy combo with a hint of stretch for comfort. I also find that a touch of spandex helps reduce wrinkling in woven fabrics like this. It would be great for a work situation, but in my life, I’d wear it with a great pair of jeans.
Same relaxed jeans and the cotton tank I described above. I topped them with this cotton blend striped raglan cardigan in ivory/indigo. It also comes in a berry-colored stripe. This one is a bit snug on me, so I’d opt for the petite M, which is my regular size. Notice again how the stripes line up. Way to go, Talbots!
MORE FINDS AT TALBOTS
Things were just starting to come in, so I’ll be heading back later in the week to have a look at other new fall pieces from Talbots that look great.
What’s your favorite thing about fall fashion?