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How to Style Ivory Courdory Pants with Talbots

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Talbots invited me to check out their new arrivals with a focus on their fall pants selection. I was already eyeing Talbots Stretch Corduroy Flare Leg Pants after a recommendation by a member of the Wardrobe Oxygen Community, and I saw so many additional styles that I'd like to wear this season.

Those corduroy flare pants? They're so popular they were in stock when I requested a pair for this review, but by the time the order was received, they were again sold out (don't worry, they're back in stock). Just an example of how stylish and successful Talbots pants collection is this season.

Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing ivory corduroy pants from Talbots as she sits at a coffee shop drinking a latte and reading from her iPad

I tried the Talbots Greenwich Pants in-store and loved how they were comfortable yet refined ponte, feeling like athleisure but looking polished enough for the workplace or a social occasion. And I personally liked the idea of a pair of straight-leg corduroys this fall. With the return to style classics (thank you Princess Diana nostalgia and Quiet Luxury), straight leg cords in ivory sounded pretty fantastic.

How to Style Ivory Corduroy Pants

The Talbots Stretch Corduroy Straight Leg Pants are available in 10 colors, and Misses, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite sizing from 2-24. They are also available in a curvy fit. Not wanting these too tight, especially in a light color, I asked for these pants in a size 16 petite and am glad I went with this size.

Alison, an over 40 fashion blogger, is in ivory stretch corduroy jeans and a black turtleneck picking up a pumpkin from a grocery store display.

I have been a Talbots fan and customer for decades and my closet shows it. This look is a mix of current and past Talbots pieces that all looked great together with the addition of the ivory stretch corduroy pants. The black turtleneck is a previous year's version of the Talbots Perfect Turtleneck. The topper is the Double Faced Wool Blend Duster currently available at Talbots; I am wearing it in Petite Large.

I was thrilled to see this duster matches the orange leather tote I got from Talbots at the beginning of this year; you can see me style it this past February. I have Talbots bags that are years old and still look stylish and have the quality to endure. This leather satchel in Talbots current collection looks like another fantastic bag that is on trend this fall and remain stylish for years to come.

Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen in ivory Talbots corduroy jeans with a black turtleneck and an orange boiled wool duster over her shoulders.

The leopard calfhair belt I've owned for many years… it may be from Talbots from before my daughter was born! Talbots has two lovely leopard calfhair belts this season; this one accented with gold and this one with brown leather trim.

This is a version of an outfit I've worn for years, though usually it's styled with jeans. Switching out denim for ivory corduroy elevates the look and gives a dressier vibe. I envision a piece at least three ways before adding them to my wardrobe. Here are some other ways I thought of styling the Talbots Stretch Corduroy Straight Pants:

Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen in Talbots stretch corduroy straight leg pants in ivory styled with a black turtleneck sweater, leopard calfhair belt, and orange wool duster.

Why Consider Ivory Pants for Fall and Winter

Ivory is an elegant way to elevate your existing wardrobe. Corduroy is very on trend along with other cold-weather fabrics with texture like tweed and boucle, and also fits the classic vibe of this season. Machine wash and tumble dry low, you can feel comfortable wearing out for a coffee date and dribble your latte. Ivory looks great with other neutrals, but also looks stunning with neons, jewel tones, metallics, and icy pastels.

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  1. Alison, you’ve truly mastered the art of styling those ivory corduroy pants!☺️ The versatility you’ve showcased with different outfit combinations is impressive. And your suggestions for various pairings provide great inspiration for readers looking to elevate their fall and winter wardrobes. HOn a different note, I couldn’t help but notice how fabulous your hairstyle looks in the pictures! Out of the theme, but I just had to say it.

  2. I prefer wide leg pants (straight leg pants aren’t for everyone’s body shape) and a nice jacket of the same material so you could wear the turtleneck sweater underneath or shirt like jacket of the same material in colors that the pants come in would still allow for the turtleneck sweater to be worn underneath. These jackets/shirts would camouflage a body shape and give a neat look!

  3. This is one of MY favorite looks, but wear a crew neck instead of a turtleneck…can’t stand the constriction of a turtleneck! Sometimes even a mock turtle is too much. I’ve got these same cords. I’m 5’4” and sometimes wear an 8 regular and sometimes a 10 petite in Talbots pants in order to get the length just right. Love the quality of Talbots! I’ll be checking out your suggestions for alternate stylings.

  4. Nice pants! But as usual, Talbots does not offer any of their great new styles in a Tall inseam. I just don’t get it — it’s as if they’ve completely given up on that demographic, deciding instead to market to petites, curvy petites, regular, curvy regulars, and every other person but a tall one.

    1. Agree! There are no Tall Women departments in stores.

      There are only a few places to get Tall size clothing regularly.
      I’ve had good luck with Lands End.

      PS I still love this blog, even though it’s not geared to my tall self.

    2. I’m not even super tall (5’8″) and Talbots regular lengths are too short most of the time. I guess it’s not the retailer for me!

    3. Am am not technically a tall either (at 5’8-1/2″) and although I like to use Talbot’s as a ‘safe’ bet for straight leg jeans when in a pinch, they are always a tad short. I also find their jeans and corduroys stretch out too much and become baggy. I am trying the 90’s vintage straight jeans now at GAP and have had hit-and-miss success.

  5. Love the ivory cords, black turtleneck and leopard print belt on you, classic outfit, very current, and very flattering. Just a note- I got my Universal Standard mystery boxed -2- Aspen nights, and Lux box? loving the items. When I opened it, 2 ivory pieces, 4 black items, I was kind of bummed -no bright colors. But, then started trying on-heaven, a double breasted blazer with dress pants, black, ivory mock turtle neck ribbed sweater. Black ribbed knit pants, with black ribbed tank -yeah I look 2 sizes smaller- and a ivory ribbed sweater, to either layer over it, or create a wrapped top. Love the outfits, and they sent me 2 full outfits- heaven! Thanks for sharing Universal Standard, I am looking forward to their new collections, even though the mystery boxes have been discontinued. Have a blessed week!

  6. Lots of items to like this fall at Talbots.

    But I have to remind myself that (1) I’m only in the office 1 day/week & (2) I’m retiring in less than 2 years. So do I really need X?

    I am going to check the ponte pants out tho. They sound like something that would be nice & usable post-retirement.

    Question: did I miss info about the boots you are wearing? They look like what I’ve been looking for, & wh3n I searched Talbots I didn’t see them. Thx.

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