Over the years, I've amassed a small but well-loved collection of finds from Talbots, including colorful cashmere, pretty baubles, and quality leather shoes. These pieces have earned plenty of compliments, usually followed by surprised exclamations of "really, Talbots?" Although the brand's core demographic is on the more mature side, there are gems to be found by classic style-loving shoppers of all ages. I was excited to learn that Talbots is based just outside of Boston, and asked if they'd be interested in a little feature. For this post, I've picked out pieces for both a work and a casual look, to share against backdrops of my favorite areas around town.
Each season, I enjoy poking around the rainbow array of colors that Talbots sweaters and cashmere come in. I love the chain-link pattern and gorgeous lapis blue color (some other options that come in solid lapis blue) of this cardigan. Nautical-themed items often lend a summery feel, so to make this suitable for a warm fall day, I added texture with a wool mini and suede pumps.
For my work ensemble, I chose this tweed sheath dress updated with wool trim and sleeves. It's perfect as-is for a conservative office, so I kept accessories simple. Talbots makes some of my favorite costume jewelry (none of which have tarnished or turned icky green to date) and this glass bead necklace does not disappoint (update 11/19 - I cannot recommend this necklace as the strings on mine frayed and the beads fell out).
Unlike their sweaters which come in letter sizing (Petite P = Petite XS) and generally fit me as shown, this dress is made in numerical sizing starting only in 2P+. I knew this size would need some alterations, but picked it nevertheless after seeing the quality in-person at my local store. The thicker tweed is soft and warm, there's an invisible back zip, and the inside is double-lined with nicely finished seams. The weave up close is comprised of grey, beige, and cream with a slight hint of metallic silver, and the wool trim has a cozy flannel-like feel.
The above left shows the dress in 2P before alterations. For reference, at other American retailers I usually take 00P (plus I'm admittedly on the shorter end of the petite spectrum). I find Talbots to run true to size and imagine this would fit well off the rack on an actual 2P figure. The above right shows the dress pinned up higher at the hem, in a looser and shorter shift dress style for a more casual vibe. This look was tempting, but I wanted to maintain the original classic style of this dress, thus slimmed the torso and raised the length about 2 inches. I love the results and hope Talbots can consider extending their Petites sizing in the future!
The casual pairing photos were taken in Beacon Hill, a historic neighborhood of Boston where we were visiting one of my friends. I can never get enough of the charming lampposts and colorful doors. My favorite time to come mosey around is during the holiday season, when it's not uncommon to spot merry carolers or horse and carriages making their way down the main street. If you find yourself in Boston around early December, keep an eye out for the Beacon Hill holiday stroll : )