Happy weekend! I purchased several things from Talbots and Ann Taylor this week, and I had them expedited to me so I could share them with you. Right now at Talbots you can get 25% off sitewide. Ann Taylor is only offering 40% off select fall pants and jackets right now, but I got 40% off everything earlier in the week. So watch for future sales.
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It’s been a while since I’ve done a real try-on session post like this one, so let’s review a few basics.
I’m 5’8 and running around 160 pounds these days. I generally wear 10s right now and generally an 8 in Talbots jeans and coats. My shape is hourglass and my proportions are even. I’m 59 years old and my driver’s license number is… Oh, no, I can stop there. Ha!
Keep in mind that these photos were taken in my hallway after a long, hard day. The hair is a mess and makeup was fading. Just buying myself a little grace. Hehehe!
Let’s get started!
cotton button-front shirt in fascinating floral + straight leg jeans in Florence wash
I love that Talbots’ button-up shirts have gotten a little lighter and a little roomier in the upper arms. Ahem. This cotton button-front shirt in fascinating floral fits so nicely true to size. I’m wearing a medium. I love the colors in this particular shirt. You’ll see why in a minute.
Like I said, these photos were taken just after I got home from shopping yesterday. I purchased this in the store and brought it home and put it on to show you. Obviously it needs to be ironed, but it’s a lovely shirt.
I’m wearing the straight leg jeans in Florence wash in a size 8, so I’d say they run true to size. I tried a 10, but the one they had in the store was miss-sized; it was actually much smaller than the 8. I love that these dark blue jeans have navy stitching, so they have a little dressier look than the others. Obviously they are a slim straight leg silhouette, but they do have more relaxed leg styles, too. I liked the high waist relaxed jeans in Huron wash and they fit true to size, too. But I was looking for something with minimal fading and distressing, so I opted for these.
cable knit zip collar sweater in green fern
The cable knit zip collar sweater it is a very loose weave, so keep that in mind. At first I was put off by that, but then I decided it might be a good thing. It’s 68% Acrylic, 17% Nylon, 12% Polyester, 3% Spandex, so a good option if you have sensitivities to wool or cashmere.
That’s just another photo of the same outfit above, but I wanted to point out the Tish Chelsea boots in cognac. These are from a few years ago, but they have the Tish Chelsea boots in cognac again this year, as well as the black. This year they do have a higher shaft, but I think that’s a good thing. They’ll work with more jean lengths really nicely. Mine run true to size, but I haven’t tried on this year’s version. I LOVE my Tish Chelsea boots and wear them frequently in fall through winter.
I couldn’t resist getting the cable knit zip collar sweater in teal ocean as well because it also works nicely with the cotton button-front shirt in fascinating floral. Originally I’d received this sweater in the cranberry red, but I’d gotten the medium and definitely had to return it. Not only was it too roomy, but it was very long on me, too. Anyhow, they didn’t have the cranberry red in the store. It is a stunning color, however, so I may reorder. I just don’t know about having three of the same sweaters. Hmm.
And here it is in teal ocean up close with the cotton button-front shirt in fascinating floral underneath. I love how the two combine.
Alright, let’s move beyond this one sweater. Oh, but I do want to mention that the sweater comes in other great colors, and the harvest pumpkin orange was stunning.
boucle cardigan in dark walnut (TTS)
The boucle cardigan is a nice weight, quite stretchy, but still holds its form nicely. It can be worn alone (maybe with a tank underneath?) or over other things. I was a little surprised that it has such substantial shoulder pads, but it turns out that they really help the sweater look a little more feminine in my estimation. They build up the shoulders a bit so it’s not so boxy and the waist looks smaller.
I received the Laura tassel loafers in burnished leather in a collaboration last month. Once I sized up 1/2 size they fit really nicely and comfortably.
ribbed mockneck sweater in dark walnut // quilted barn jacket in spectacular animal
Unfortunately this is the only photo I have of the quilted barn jacket in spectacular animal for some reason. I hadn’t originally ordered it, but fell in love with it in the store. I think it will look so nice with black, brown or even red tops and sweaters. It would also look great with orange, but I don’t wear that color.
Sorry for the price tag there. Ha! The quilted barn jacket fits true to size, and I like that it zips and snaps. It also has functional side slit pockets on the vertical, which I really love. Nice weight, too.
ribbed mockneck sweater in dark walnut // stretch corduroy straight leg pants in almond buff
Next I’m showing the ribbed mockneck sweater in dark walnut (worn above under the jacket) with the stretch corduroy straight leg pants in almond buff. The sweater fits true to size, comes in five other shades and is 55% Cotton, 25% Lenzing ™ Ecovero ™ Viscose, 15% Nylon, 5% Merino Wool. I don’t generally wear really long sweaters, but I think this one works okay for me. All the ribbing and detailing helps keep it from looking like a big sack on me. I love the color and it feels really nice.
I love the almond buff color of these stretch corduroy straight leg pants. I’ve been a fan of Talbots’ stretch corduroy straight leg pants for years and I’ve had lots of them. But it seems like they never have gotten “camel” quite right in my opinion. Actually the store manager agreed with me that in the past their “camel” shades have been hard to coordinate with. But this one is perfection. It’s a true neutral camel without any orange undertones. They fit me very comfortably in a size 10, which is what I usually get in Talbots’ cords.
classic shetland blazer in berry
I really love the classic shetland blazer in berry. It does come in a nice camel, too, which would make a great classic addition to any closet. But this berry color is just lovely. I wish they had more pieces in their collection in this shade, but this seems to be it. And I especially wish they had a top of some kind to wear under it (besides the smocked popover they show with it; I can’t wear their popovers). So for now I’m showing it with my Frank & Eileen Joedy boyfriend button-up shirt.
I do frequently wear a size in 8 in jackets at Talbots, and that’s what I’m wearing in this one. Sometimes, because I have wide shoulders and thick arms, I wear a 10 in blazers. But I generally do wear an 8 at Talbots and at Veronica Beard. So maybe go with the smaller of two sizes if you waffle back and forth like I do.
I doubt I’ll wear it buttoned up like this, but I wanted you to see the classic shetland blazer fully buttoned, just so you’d know. And below I’m standing so that you can get a good look at the jacket head-on.
The classic shetland blazer is available in misses, petite, plus and plus petite sizing in both color options. Nice. Next we’re going to start transitioning into some Ann Taylor clothes as I share the classic shetland blazer with a tie neck cap sleeve top in pink dust.
tie neck cap sleeve top in pink dust // classic shetland blazer in berry
Unfortunately I didn’t think to take a photo of the tie neck cap sleeve top alone, but you can check it out on the website. Just like the title implies, it has a small cap sleeve and it is fully lined. I think this pink dust color works nicely with the berry blazer.
Lana slim pant in faux suede pure chocolate // ribbed crew neck cardigan in pink dust
I had high hopes for these Lana slim pants in faux suede. The pure chocolate shade is truly lovely and so on trend. But I usually wear a curvy fit in Ann Taylor’s Lana slim pant, and they don’t offer this one in those sizes. The Lana slim pant fits in my usual 10, but they are not as roomy in the hip and thigh as I’d like. So I’ll return these, but I can highly recommend them. They have a nice stretch and can be so versatile.
The ribbed crew neck cardigan in pink dust is a beautiful sweater, but it is thicker than I’d hoped for. Because it’s 76% Polyester, 22% Nylon, 2% Spandex it has some nice stretch, but it’s also quite hefty and a little boxy for my taste. If you are cold natured or live somewhere that it gets really cold (or in you office, say), this could be a great addition to your wardrobe. But it’s just a little too warm for me.
The mini-houndstooth kitten heel slingback pumps I’m wearing above are also new from Ann Taylor. They are beautiful and the slingback kitten heel is so on trend. Alas, they run tight on my foot. I debated on whether that is simply because my right foot is a little swollen, but I don’t think that’s the reason. Both shoes feel uncomfortably tight. So definitely size up.
turtleneck elbow sleeve sweater tee // quilted suede jacket in dark chocolate
I had ordered this turtleneck elbow sleeve sweater tee thinking it would work nicely under blazers for fall. Unfortunately it is too close to my skin tone. The color does absolutely nothing for me, at least nothing positive. Ha! And the sleeves are definitely snugger on me than they are on the model. Well, nothing unusual about that!
This quilted suede jacket in dark chocolate is just as pretty as I hoped it might be. It’s a rich, chocolate suede and features elevated dome snaps up the front. The fit is nice true to size; I’m wearing a medium. The sleeves are a little long, but I think they look modern rolled up once or you could probably have them altered from the shoulder.
However, it is very pricey, even at 25% off. So I would only keep it if I thought it would be a jacket I’d enjoy for the rest of my life and would work really well in my wardrobe. I’m not sure I can say that with certainty, so right now it is in the bag for returns. Of course the photo above does not look great at all because I HATE that camel top on me. But with a rich red underneath? Or maybe even a nice turquoise? I don’t know.
geo stitch sweater jacket in rose magenta
And my final item is this geo stitch sweater jacket from Ann Taylor. This sweater is 52% Cotton, 35% Acrylic, 11% Polyester, 2% Other Fiber, so it has some stretch but feels like cotton. It’s a nice weight, fairly thick. I didn’t have time to try it with something under it and unbuttoned.
I’m wearing a medium and it fits nicely. I think it’s a pretty pop of color. But I’m not sure if I’m keeping it or not.
Well, that’s what I purchased from Ann Taylor and Talbots. Unfortunately most of the Ann Taylor order is going back. I did order these beautiful leather boots in light almond, but the shaft is too narrow for me. I have thick calves. And this flare sleeve mock neck sweater in pure chocolate is still on the way here.
Oh, and at Talbots I also got in this wool blend coat, but decided the colors in the campfire plaid don’t work with my wardrobe. It’s a luxurious coat, however. And I got these socks and these in dark walnut. I’m looking forward to styling those.
Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!
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