I have a fashion dilemma. I need to find a new “go to” store. Over 50, and not the svelte young woman I used to be, I wonder what is appropriate to wear at my age. There was a time when Ann Taylor was my “go to” store. I loved almost everything in that store, and the fit was perfect for my body (svelte) and lifestyle (young, urban professional.) And in some ways, it still can be. But it’s not quite right for me anymore. I need and want a brand that fits my body but also has stylish basics I can rely on. Sure I can find adorable clothes but the hemlines are a bit too short, necklines a bit too plunging and the waistlines cut a little too tight. I need the fabrics to be a bit heavier, less revealing. I want the latest trends that are a bit toned down, in a cut that is better suited for my body.
And so, a fresh look at Talbot’s. I know what you’re all thinking. It’s where your patrician grandmother would shop. The lockjaw ladies and their prepster peeps. Well, to paraphrase an old car commercial, “It’s not your mother’s Talbots.”
Oh sure, they still have the dresses you can wear to the country club for lunch [but may not want to]:
But look at this Bardot dress (You know, as in Brigitte Bardot? Google her if you don’t.)
Here’s another stunning dress:
They were and still are great for the basics – well-made slacks, sturdy tees. But they’ve put on a contemporary flair:
They even have cute swimwear:
You can still buy buckle pumps and loafers, but their high quality shoes have become toned down versions of the trends out there:
I would like to move on from the over sized, blinged hobos and go for bags with a bit more structure and tailoring, like these:
And here is a real bonus: look at these beautiful models – with real curves and real wrinkles! Because we’re not all a size 2 or 20 years old.