I’ve been anxiously awaiting the new arrivals from Talbots for September 2023, and they do not disappoint. Their latest French-inspired collection is filled with lots of great jackets, fun tweeds, great colors, plus black and white. Any white smudges you see on the clothes are actually marks on the mirror. They are having a Fall Refresh sale with 25% off their Fall Fashion Style Event.
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 146 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 wish I’d come home with this contrast stitch blazer. Hindsight is always 20/20 for these DRD try-ons, so I may order this one. It’s a lightweight cotton jacket that looks like a wool bouclé, making it perfect for transitioning the season. It runs true to size, and with my recent weight gain, the 10P would have fit me perfectly…this 8P is a bit snug. I paired it with their classic turtleneck in ivory. It comes in seven great colors this fall and is great to layer under so many things. It has button detailing at the cuff and lots of stretch.
This year’s faux leather leggings come in this black or rich burgundy color, which I would have tried on for you, but they were not in my store. Black is predictable for faux and real leather, so I always welcome other colors. These have a side zip, which prevents bumps in the tummy area under sweaters and tops. They have 8% spandex, so they’re pretty stretchy and very comfy. They’d easily tuck into knee boots.
I paired them with the same turtleneck as above and this long, cozy argyle cardigan in black and ivory. It’s a soft cotton blend that feels cozy. I prefer this unbuttoned on me, but wanted you to see that the pattern lines up across the front. This would be nice over a column of color with these straight-leg corduroy pants in ivory.
I wouldn’t wear these black sneakers with this skirt because they visually chop the look of my leg, but they’re what I wore into the store 🤣. More ivory with black, this time with a tweed A-line skirt. Houndstooth is such a classic, quintessential pattern for fall and winter, I’m happy to see Talbots showing lots of it. I’m showing the regular length because they did not have my size in the petite. I’d prefer this in petite on me, worn with black tights and boots or booties.
This fringe cardigan has definite Chanel vibes with the crew neckline, contrasting trim, pearl-tone buttons, front patch pockets, and fringe details. It’s a sweater-type knit that has a touch of wool.
Here’s another great little blazer in a Shetland plaid in shades of ivory, burgundy, olive, orange, etc. Because of the weave, it also looks pink, brown, and beige. This little classic blazer will coordinate with anything you put this with. The undercollar is burgundy, which looks fun when you pop it up. It has crest buttons and hits above the hip, making it petite-friendly and a great length to wear with straight or wider-leg pants this fall.
I’m wearing it over a ribbed crewneck and straight-leg stretch corduroy pants in rich burgundy. The sweater comes in five colors, and the cords are available in nine shades. They were out of my size in the pants, so I’m wearing the misses with the bottom folded under a few inches.
These high-rise flare jeans are a nice dark wash for fall, with small front patch pockets and a flat front. They’re a very soft cotton/polyester/spandex blend that drapes the way trousers would. I guess you could call these dressy jeans. I paired them with this ruffled collar soft blouse in ivory. I’m not a huge fan of ruffles, but this collar detail is just enough to be feminine without looking girly. The fabric is drapey viscose, and it has pretty pearl buttons at the cuff.
These barely boot jeans came home with me. I own them in 8P, but my recent weight gain demanded I move up a size, so I did. I love this leg shape. It’s not an exaggerated bootcut but wide enough to flare over a bootie and the top of shoes perfectly, which helps make my legs look longer. That also means they cover your socks in the cooler months when wearing flats. I’m wearing them with a classic striped shirt that comes in this blue or a pink stripe. It’s a boyfriend cut, so it’s longer and roomier in a crisp cotton poplin.
Here’s another fabulous tweed blazer. This time in indigo blue with contrasting white trim and gold-toned buttons. It’s a cotton/polyester blend that won’t be too warm during the transition to fall and will work all winter. This also has French-inspired vibes with the placement of buttons, contrast trim, and gorgeous bouclé fabric. I own one that looks very similar, or this would have come home with me.
Here’s the same burgundy pullover I shared above, this time with a faux leather A-line skirt. I opted for the regular-length skirt over the petite one because I prefer my skirts and dresses a bit longer in the colder months. This has a concealed side zipper for a sleek appearance and would dress up nicely with black tights and low heels for work or an evening out.
I topped this with this easy knit blazer, which came home with me. I love blazers with stretch, and this one is a super comfy cotton/polyester blend with 8% spandex that’s woven, not a sweater knit. It comes in four great colors, and while I could have gotten the stunning blue, I decided to dip my toe into the red-ish trend for fall. It has no front closure, which is perfect for me because I seldom close my blazers anyway.
This fun little café tweed jacket has a slightly cropped silhouette with welt pockets in a double-breasted style. The fabric is an acrylic/polyester blend that’s fully lined. This multi-color tweed is a mixture of golden maze, honeysuckle, ivory, meadow green, clementine, and sunrise pink, so it will go with almost anything. There’s also a coordinating A-line skirt so you can mix and match the pieces.
This textured crewneck cardigan comes in indigo blue, ivory, or deep moss. I love the shape of this polished little cardigan that has a Chanel vibe, too. The gold dome buttons and interesting texture make this a fun piece to pop over a simple tee and jeans.
I’m wearing it with the Hampshire ankle pants, which are a great year-round pant. They’re a polyester/viscose blend with 6% spandex for lots of stretch. I also find this amount of spandex means they will pack well and wrinkle less. These have a straight leg, hit at the waist, and comes in seven colors with an invisible back elastic at the waist that ensures a great fit with no gaping.
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