I’ve shopped Talbots for well over 35 years, and I know many of my readers are also frequent Talbots shoppers. So recently I ducked into the store to try on many of their newest spring fashions and took mirror selfies of my findings. I’d already placed a large order and I was still waiting for about half of it to arrive when I left Ohio to come to Georgia for the week. But in today’s try-on session of the Talbots March collection I mainly tried on things I thought some of my readers may be shopping for.
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I weigh about 155 on a good day and I’m holding steady so far at 5’8″ tall. I have a pear or hourglass shape and balanced proportions. That’s just to give you reference when you’re looking to see how these items fit on me.
I generally wear size 8 in tops, bottoms and dresses. But I sometimes wear the curvy fit size 8 if they are available. I generally wear a medium in all of those pieces, too. So unless I tell you otherwise, those are the sizes I’m wearing. I’ll also alert you if something runs small or large; otherwise, assume it runs true to size. That way I can focus on other factors.
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Remember Talbots carries most of their styles in a full range of sizes, including petite, petite plus and plus, as well as misses. They have curvy fit pants in many of their pant styles, too.
Let’s Check Out the Talbots March Collection
Perfect Crops in Polished Paisley // I generally like to wear solids and neutrals, but each spring or summer I like to have a pair of colorful print pants in my wardrobe. I wrote this post about how to wear print pants and not look childish. Oh, and I produced this video about the same topic last year. Anyhow, I really like these Perfect Crops in Polished Paisley. They fit true to size, but I’m wearing the regular fit and I will need to order the curvy fit. The Perfect Crops in Polished are 98% cotton and 2% Spandex for a really comfortable, breathable wear. And both fits come in petite sizes, too.
Denim Square Neck Top // I think pairing a chambray or denim top with print pants is so smart. It adds some balance and anchors the outfit. This Denim Square Neck Top is surprisingly comfortable and lightweight. It’s 100% Tencel, so it has a nice drape and is very soft. It fits true to size. You know I would prefer a front tuck, but I showed it untucked, too, so you can see where it hits on me.
Button Detail Bateau Neck Top // I like to show pieces like the Perfect Crops in Polished Paisley with multiple pairings so you can see that they are versatile enough (or not) to make them a worthy investment. So I also paired them with the white Button Detail Bateau Neck Top. This tee fits true to size, but it is a roomy fit. You might could size down if you prefer a more fitted silhouette. It is comfortable and I like the slub cotton fabric. It’s a cotton-modal blend. The tee comes in other colors, too.
Classic Denim Jacket in Sandy Wash // I find Talbots’ Classic Denim Jacket in Sandy Wash to fit true to size. A couple of years ago their jackets almost always ran a little large on me, but I think they’ve adjusted their sizing a bit. My older Talbots jackets in small still fit nicely, but now I find myself opting for mediums more often. This Classic Denim Jacket has 1% Spandex, adding just a bit of stretch, which is nice in the sleeves and shoulders especially.
Ruffle Tiered Skirt // I love the idea of this skirt, and I’m trying to wear more skirts these days. But I found little in the store that I would pair with it. It does look sweet with just a white tee and denim jacket. It runs true to size and has an elasticized waistband with a flat front, so you can do a front tuck easy enough. I think I would prefer it though with a slightly cropped sweater top that I could leave untucked. Also, I think you would definitely want to wear a slip with this slightly sheer Ruffle Tiered Skirt.
Stovepipe Jeans in Pacific Wash // I’ve actually ordered these stovepipe jeans in this lighter wash, but I’m still waiting on them (unless they’ve arrived while I’ve been gone). So I thought I’d go ahead and try these out for size. I think they’re a very modern straight but fuller leg jean. They’re 70% Cotton, 29% Polyester, 1% Spandex, so they have a nice amount of stretch, but they still fit fairly slim in the hips, which is where I tend to have problems as a pear shape. Also, I just noticed that the fabric is different in the two washes. It looks like the lighter Compass wash stovepipe jeans may have a little less stretch because they have less polyester. We’ll see. But otherwise they do fit true to size. And I think they’re a great spring and summer jean because of the cropped length and wider leg opening. They also do come in petite, petite plus and plus sizes.
Ruffle Pintuck Blouse // I love the slightly old-fashioned print on this lightweight, button up Ruffle Pintuck Blouse. I also like the ruffle details around the cuffs and the pintucks. But because it is a little old-fashioned, I think you would want to pair it with something more modern. I like it with the stovepipe jeans. But I think I’d wear it with something like this Classic Cotton Pique Blazer rather than the Shaker Stitch Bishop Sleeve Cardigan I’m wearing above. But they didn’t have a Classic Cotton Pique Blazer anywhere near my size. (That’s one reason why I’d much prefer to shop online rather than in the stores these days.) It fits true to size and has nice room in the sleeves.
Fancy Plaid Cotton Button Front Shirt in Indigo // The Fancy Plaid Cotton Button Front Shirt is quite lightweight, but really nice for spring and summer. It’s not too sheer, so I wouldn’t wear a tank or cami underneath (unless you just wanted to). I think it could be a very versatile closet staple and it also comes in a pretty raspberry pink plaid. It’s 100% cotton and comes in petite, petite plus and plus sizes.
Relaxed Chinos // I love Talbots’ Relaxed Chinos and I actually already own these white ones. They are a nice weight of cotton with 2% Spandex for a little ease of fit. They come in a lot of great colors and the full range of Talbots sizes. They fit a little lower on the waist than I would really prefer, but that doesn’t keep me from wearing them year after year. You can roll them up at the hem as shown above or wear them uncuffed. I think these are a great staple for spring and summer, especially if you anticipate not wear shorts as much as you might used to have.
Shaker Stitch Bishop Sleeve Cardigan // This punch pink Shaker Stitch Bishop Sleeve Cardigan is actually the one thing I left the store with. And I left wearing it! It’s 100% Pima cotton and I love the slightly puffed sleeves. It comes in a variety of other colors and creates a nice silhouette when worn over your favorite tees or tanks. But it also worked nicely over this Plaid Cotton Button Front Shirt.
Chatham Ankle Pants // I love Talbots’ Chatham Ankle Pants because they are fairly lightweight, but they are a true dress pant, at least for the spring and summer. I also really like the length in these pants. But I’m wearing the 10 here because they didn’t have an 8. They look like they fit, but they’re really a little roomy in the waist and a touch snug in the hips. That’s because I really need the 8 in the curvy fit. That curvy fit really helps out us gals with an hourglass or pear shape. They do have the curvy fit in petite sizes, too. These pants feature a side zip and button closer, and they’re made of 53% Cotton, 41% Rayon, 6% Spandex for a polished look and some nice stretch. They come in several other nice colors, including black, navy and sienna brown in the curvy fit and more options in the regular fit.
Pebbled Dot Ruffle Shell // I already have this Pebbled Dot Ruffle Shell in the rattan and ivory, but this black and ivory option would work so nicely in many wardrobes. It’s lightweight and sleeveless, the perfect shell for wearing under a suit jacket or cardigan. It could make even a jeans outfit look a little nicer. It runs true to size and comes in petite and plus sizes, too. The Pebbled Dot Ruffle Shell is 100% Viscose.
Hampshire Ankle Pants (lined) // Now these are different white pants from the ones two photos above. I guess I tried on a lot of white pants. Ha! These are also available in curvy fit and, once again, that’s what I would need. These Hampshire Ankle Pants are a nice straighter leg dress pant and they are lined in the white only. I love the length of these pants and the fabric. It’s 71% Polyester, 23% Viscose, 6% Spandex and the lining is polyester. I probably wouldn’t opt for these lined pants myself, but if I needed them for work I might. They’re also available in petite, petite plus and plus sizes. And they come in several other nice colors.
Button Detail Funnel Neck Tank // In the photo on the left I’ve tucked the hemline of the Button Detail Funnel Neck Tank under an inch or two, and that is probably how I would wear it. Or I’d have it hemmed up. In the photo on the right you can see the full length of this Button Detail Funnel Neck Tank, and I just think it’s a little long for most pant lengths these days. Otherwise, I do like this slimming Button Detail Funnel Neck Tank and think it’s a nice topper for dress pants of skirts. It also comes in navy.
Perfect Chinos // I’m not sure I’ve ever even tried on the full length Perfect Chinos, but I really like these. They fit true to size; I’m wearing my usual 8. But once again I’d probably prefer the curvy fit in these 98% cotton, 2% Spandex pants. Unfortunately, the curvy fit only comes in black, white and navy, not the fawn (shown above) or the patio red that I’m most interested in. I may order the patio red in the regular fit and see what I think. Looking at the way they fit above, I think they would work. The length is good on my 5’8″ frame, and they do come in petite, plus and plus petite sizes.
Lace-Up Sweater // I was surprised at how much I liked this Lace-Up Sweater. The raspberry color is very vibrant and pretty. The Lace-Up Sweater is 57% cotton and 43% polyester, but it feels like a cotton sweater. It comes in creamy cobblestone, indigo navy and tranquil blue, and you can get it in a full range of sizes. I like it over the Fancy Plaid Cotton Button Front Shirt for colder situations, but it feels nice by itself, too, as show to the right.
I also like the length of the Lace-Up Sweater. It’s a nice length for wearing with cropped length jeans and pants without having to tuck it in. Above I’m wearing it with the Stovepipe Jeans in the Pacific Wash and you can see that it is short enough to create some nice proportions with these ankle length jeans.
And finally, a dress.
Floral Button Detail Fit & Flare Dress // I think this Fit & Flare Dress is a really nice option if you need a versatile dress for the spring and summer. The v-neckline, fit and flare silhouette and flutter sleeves are all quite universally flattering. And the black and white floral print is small enough to work nicely on even the smallest frame. The 98% polyester and 2% Spandex dress is fully lined and comes in petite sizes, too. I really loved the way this dress felt on. I’m wearing my usual size 8 comfortably. I’d probably complete the dress with classic nude pumps or sandals like the Mimi Woven Nappa Sandals in black. I purchased those and really like them. They had very few shoes available at the store, but I find Talbots shoes to generally run true to size.
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I thought you might like to see what I have ordered from the Talbots March collection recently, too. I’ve shown some of these items in this recent post. But when I left home about a week ago I still had not received others. I’m especially anxious to try this charming gingham shirtdress and this gingham blazer.
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Blessed for My Day
We are never more like Christ than when we show grace, patience and humility toward other people. Each day we have multiple opportunities to demonstrate these godly behaviors. When someone misunderstands us and treats us with scorn or disrespect we can choose to lash out or we can show patience and gentleness. When someone offends us or treats us unkindly we can push back or we can give grace and remember that our identity is not defined by them, but by a God who deeply loves us.
Sure, we can always argue that we need to look out for ourselves and not be doormats. And I would never encourage anyone to take abuse of any kind. But let’s face it; most of us will not face abuse today, just a little inconsideration. And when we respond the way Jesus did we have the opportunity to show the world around us a small glimpse of His character. What a powerful testimony of our gracious and loving Savior.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. ~ Colossians 3:12-13