Two Modern Classic Winter Looks with Talbots

I know I have a lot of Talbots fans here, so I’m excited to partner with them on today’s post! I styled two fall/winter looks with casual holiday events in mind, but they can also be worn to work or church or other business casual events you may have coming up.

If you’re looking to add a new coat to your wardrobe this fall, Talbots is doing 30% off all tops and outerwear. I love how this Quilted Long Jacket walks the line between dressy and casual.

Quilted Long Jacket (S) // Shaker Stitch Split Neck Sweater (S) // Stretch Corduroy Straight Leg Pants (6)

The quilted pattern is right on trend, but the timeless silhouette and minimalist details gives it an almost preppy vibe. I also really like the extra length — perfect for covering your tush when you sit down on cold surfaces.

Thanks to the Primaloft™ thermal insluation, this jacket is surprisingly warm without the bulk of typical down jackets. The fabric is really nice too; it feels smooth and soft to the touch, and the microsuede lining on the inside of the collar is comfortable against the face and neck.

The large snap patch pockets are spacious with plenty of room to stash a large smartphone, and the fit is true to size. This coat also comes in Rich Rust and Sailor Blue, and it’s available in petite, plus, and plus petite sizes.

Underneath, I’m wearing this pretty burgundy split neck sweater and grey cords. I think this outfit exemplifies the modern classic style Talbots is known for. I’m pleased to see them updating their garments with more current cuts and some trendy elements, but they’re still classic styles that can stand the test of time.

Shaker Stitch Split Neck Sweater (S) // Stretch Corduroy Straight Leg Pants (6)

These corduroys have a traditional straight, full-length fit, and they also come in petite, plus, and plus petite sizes. I really like how this Wren Grey pairs with the burgundy sweater, but there are lots of other color options available.

I ordered the 6 regular, but they were a little long for me with a 31″ inseam, so I folded them under to show you how they should look until I have a chance to get them hemmed.

And I think this Shaker Stitch Split Neck Sweater is so pretty for fall and winter, especially in this saturated Shiraz color! I love how the trendy balloon sleeve and split neck styling keeps the classic shaker stitch sweater looking current, and the updated 23 1/2″ length is perfect for pairing with higher rise jeans and pants.

I noticed a lot of complaints in the reviews section about the sweater being “skimpy” but I wouldn’t call it skimpy; it’s just shorter than Talbots sweaters used to be because that’s where current trends are going. I found it to run true to size; the small fits me perfectly. It’s also 30% off right now!

Other sweaters that caught my eye are this neutral fair isle crewneck, this luxe cashmere turtleneck, and this holiday fair isle crewneck in the unexpected guava color. It pairs perfectly with the faux fur metallic puffer jacket that is also included in the 30% off all tops and outerwear.

If I’m not in a sweater and jeans this time of year, I’m probably in a sweater dress, and no one does sweater dresses like Talbots. I have three of theirs hanging in my closet from previous seasons, and I just added this Cowlneck Sweater Dress in a rich burgundy donegal knit. It’s such a pretty color for fall and winter!

Cowlneck Sweater Dress (S) // Lilia Tall Wedge Suede Boots (8) // Braid Hoop Earrings

I like how this dress is fitted but not too tight, and the length is perfect for me; right above the knee is my favorite dress length. The fabric is a soft cotton/poly blend so it feels nice against the skin and keeps its shape nicely.

This picture gives you a better view of the pretty donegal knit and the relaxed cowlneck. I’ve long been a fan of cowlneck sweaters because you get the warmth of a turtleneck without feeling suffocated… am I the only way that feels that way in some turtleneck???

I also love these delicate braid hoop earrings for adding just the right touch to this understated look.

I paired this dress with black suede wedge boots that are also from Talbots. These boots are remarkably comfortable due to the memory foam footbed, and they feel soft inside and at the top of the shaft where boots can sometimes feel rough against the skin.

The 3″ wedge heel gives me just enough of a lift without being hard to walk in, and they have such a flattering shape. They fit my narrow calves without looking bulky, but they have some goring so they’ll stretch for larger calves as well.

I wore black tights for a cohesive look, but you could certainly go without if it’s warm enough. This dress runs true to size; I’m wearing the small, and it also comes in petite and plus petite sizes.

If you haven’t checked out Talbots in a while, this is a great time to give them another look! I’m really impressed with how they’ve updated the cut of their garments without sacrificing their classic style. They also have an extensive range of sizes, and a generous return policy within 60 days of purchase.

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20 thoughts on “Two Modern Classic Winter Looks with Talbots

  1. That sweat dress looks great on you! Is there a pair of black booties that you would recommend to wear with the dress?

  2. Great outfits!! I really love that sweater dress and the jacket. I have a parka from Gap with Primaloft and it’s super warm.

  3. Seems like I just gave away all my straight leg colored cords! I’m not ready to buy those again. Crazy how fashion recycles itself.

    1. I read through the reviews because I was curious what they were saying. A lot of the sweaters are getting bad reviews too. The overall theme seems to be that Talbots has changed the cut of some of their perennial basics, and people are upset because it’s not what they’re used to. There are a lot of complaints that the pants are higher rise and the sweaters are shorter. That is because that’s where the trends are going, and they have been for some time. My guess is Talbots is trying to keep their clothing looking current without sacrificing their signature classic preppy style. Over time, styles evolve, and even classic pieces need subtle updates in silhouettes to stay looking current. I think Talbots is doing a really good job of walking that line, but I can see how some women are set in their ways and want what they’ve grown to expect to stay the same.

      I like the cords, and I found them very comfortable. I tried the 6 and 8 and I definitely needed the 6. I used to be between 4 and 6 in Talbots pants, but I’m currently carrying a little more weight than I used to, so it seems to me their sizing is pretty accurate. I don’t have any quality concerns with them either. I hope that helps! My best advice is to try them and see what YOU think. 🙂

      1. This made me laugh Jo-Lynne because your comment was about “the women set in their ways are revolting” – meaning engaged in revolt, but I read it at first as revolting – meaning disgusting or repulsive. I thought “That just doesn’t sound like Jo-Lynne!”

    2. I agree with Jo-Lynne about the Talbots cords. I am wearing a pair right now!! I got them in caramel and they are the perfect fall color. I am 5’7″ so don’t need them shortened. They are full length for sure and are not skin tight (yay!!) I can be between a 10-12, and I’m perfectly comfortable in the 10. Nice stretch to them. Highly recommend.

  4. I shop at Talbots regularly and like their sweaters but so many of their sweaters are so long. I hope they start making more in the traditional length.

  5. You look great in both outfits! Like you, I usually feel like I am choking in turtlenecks, and they make my neck sweat even more.

  6. This dress is beautiful and looks fabulous on you!! Was all set to order it but all I see is missus, plus and petite plus. No mention of just petites??? I am only 5’1″ so am thinking the dress would be too long for me?
    I even tried looking in the petite section of their site but couldn’t find it.

  7. As always you look amazing in both outfits, love those grey cords, I may have to give Talbots another try, I love their style but the fit of their clothes always runs big on me, just has never fit quite right, but always worth another try

  8. Very pretty clothes! I’m glad to see that sweater, which is a flattering length. In recent years, their tops and sweaters have been too long for me, even the petites (and I’m 5’4″). This sweater is perfect! And such a lovely color.
    Their coats and jackets have always been beautifully made. I have some that I’ve worn for years. They are classics.
    I think the challenge for Talbot’s is to balance classic style with modern sensibiility.

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