A Fresh Look at Talbot’s

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]:

Is this what you think of when you think of Talbots?

But look at this Bardot dress (You know, as in Brigitte Bardot?  Google her if you don’t.)

Going on a lunch date where wine will be served!

Here’s another stunning dress:

Not what your grandmother would wear

They were and still are great for the basics – well-made slacks, sturdy tees.  But they’ve put on a contemporary flair:

For the modern woman

Stylish for Spring! but cut a little wider at the waist for me

They even have cute swimwear:

1- and 2-piece, Miraclesuits & cover ups

You can still buy buckle pumps and loafers, but their high quality shoes have become toned down versions of the trends out there:

Love the clear heel!

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:

$119 - $325

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.

Matte jersey dolman $139

Cotton/lycra cardi $47



I’m loving the direction they’ve taken Talbot’sAnd now 25% off all tops! Go take a look.

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About Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on Mothering.com, Southern Living Magazine, CNN.com and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


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