This year I have two extra events to attend than I normally do so I’ve been trying to plan ahead in terms of outfits I’d like to wear. Two family Christmas parties, a brunch meetup, and a business dinner. Another issue is that New York is awfully cold this time of year. My inspiration began with a cute crewneck sweater with an unexpected type of skirt pairing. The office holiday party is more formal so I went with another option. See photos for what I came up with after shopping my closet.
Family Gathering 1: Talbots Polar Bear Crewneck Sweater + Chicwish’s My Secret Weapon Tulle Maxi Skirt in Glitter Pink + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye) + CZ floral earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane? + Rose Gold Vermeil Minimalist Necklace
Family Gathering 2: Talbots Polar Bear Crewneck Sweater + Nearkin’s on Amazon.com Waistband Scallop Floral Laced Midi Pencil Skirt in Beige + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye)+ CZ floral earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane? + Rose Gold Vermeil Minimalist Necklace
Office Holiday Dinner Party: Yoana Baraschi Palais Royal Reversible Sweater Dress + Eileen Fisher Black Shrug + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye) + Love Knot Statement Necklace
Brunch Meetup: Catherine Malandrino Crochet Knit Long Sleeve Pullover/Sweater in Black + Anthropologie’s Valora Printed Skirt + Miz Mooz Barcelona Mary Janes in Black + Anthropologie’s Shoreline Necklace
I’ve known about Talbots for years. I never gave them a real chance when I was in my early 20s (currently in my 30s). Even back then they carried basics and American classics; however, I believed they were for the more mature woman (nothing wrong with this but it didn’t appeal to me at the time). Like JCrew and Banana Republic, over the years they have really revamped their designs in certain ways, so much it seems that I can sense a more inclusionary younger vibe.
My sister-in-law placed a teal Talbots tote two years ago on her wishlist which kind of planted a seed in my mind to look them up online. Shortly after, my husband received a catalog from them and I browsed through it, falling madly in love with a fitted button down denim shirt (something I’ve always wanted to own). I was quickly impressed by their quality, cut, and sizing (which fit me like a glove more than any other brand whether I was looking for a top, sweater, blazer, or pants). As for sizing, they have something for everyone unlike other brands which cater to select populations. My husband usually hates Christmas shopping especially at the mall, so I encouraged him to give our nearby Talbots a try. Also, their customer service whether in-store or over-the-phone is impeccable. Have you ever seen the way they package things too? Always with great care and professionalism. They get an A+++ from me! I just bought their Gallery Cable Flyaway Cardi in frost grey heather and had to also order one in black! Like any other girl who knows what’s good for her, anything which flatters your figure (picture you smiling at yourself in front of the mirror) is priceless =). Even better, both my sweaters were purchased at drumroll please… 40% off (it’s a steal)! I love my new cardis because they are beautifully made, thick, and soft to the touch. I’m planning to wear this to my upcoming Christmas gatherings with a festive Anthro top and dressier Talbot jeans (the Curvy Fit black rinse trouser jeans to be precise). I know you might find it odd that I mentioned Anthropologie and Talbots in the same sentence but they both have an important role to play in my closet. Anthro offers whimsical retro silhouettes while Talbots offers sophisticated refined beauty. That to me, when paired correctly creates a good fashion balance.
Give Talbots a chance; I guarantee you’ll want to become a new convert =)! For those who are long time Talbot lovers… I know you’re out there so comment below and tell me about your cherished finds ;)!
P.S. I’m nuts for their handbags, pearl necklaces, and shoes too! Below are several of my favorites from this season…