Summer to Fall Transitional Capsule Wardrobe

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Summer to Fall Transitional Capsule Wardrobe with Talbots

I was invited by Talbots to peruse their new arrivals and share some items I feel would work well this summer, and also look great as we head into fall. I was impressed by the collection and I immediately began thinking of creating a summer to fall transitional capsule wardrobe. Inspired by Talbots' color Blue Majesty in their new arrivals, I created a capsule wardrobe of pieces totally wearable now, but equally as versatile and stylish as the temps drop into fall and even into winter.

This post is sponsored by Talbots, but all thoughts are my own.


Looking at the new arrivals from Talbots, I instantly thought of my mom, who loves clear bright colors like magenta, turquoise, and royal blue. Blue Majesty is the color blue she is always wishing retailers would offer and I know once she sees this summer to fall capsule wardrobe she'll be placing an order with Talbots!

I love this shade of blue too. It's cheery but not a spotlight stealer. It adds a timeless pop of color to neutrals like black, white, navy, and gray and provides elegant contrast to olive, taupe, cream, and camel. I also love pairing a blue like Talbots' Blue Majesty with other brights like Barbie pink, mustard yellow, leaf green, and chartreuse.


For this summer to fall transitional capsule wardrobe, I used Blue Majesty as the base, and styled it with white, denim, and a Glen plaid to let the color be the hero of each outfit. While Talbots is my go-to for staples like knit tops, jeans, and shorts, there's a good chance you may already have similar pieces in your closet. I hope this capsule inspires you to shop your closet for summer to fall transitional dressing, and see how those items may be able to live new lives with the addition of some new pieces or colors added to your wardrobe!


Summer to Fall Transitional Capsule Wardrobe

This capsule wardrobe offers looks that will take you to work, to weekend, and even your end of summer vacation getaway. Classic pieces with a chic touch, you will feel stylish whether you're leading a client presentation or enjoying a sunny afternoon with friends on the front porch. These pieces will transition to cooler weather with ease and are elegant classics that will remain chic come next year.

Every piece in this summer to fall capsule wardrobe from Talbots is available in their extensive size range of Misses, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite. The only exception are the jeans, which are not available in Plus Petite (but these are!). Talbots offers sizes 2-24W; tap this link to see the Talbots size charts.

Summer to Fall Wardrobe with Talbots

Shop the Capsule Wardrobe

striped top | white tank | blue sweater tank | blue button-front shirt | plaid blazer | ankle jeans | white shorts | plaid pants | blue cropped pants



Sample Outfits from the Capsule Wardrobe

If you visit over on Instagram, you will see I made a Reel video showcasing outfits I created based on pieces from this capsule wardrobe. I don't own every single piece in this capsule, but I have enough to show you some styling ideas. I have placed these looks throughout this blog post.


I also created 16 looks from the nine pieces in this summer to fall transitional capsule wardrobe. I made collages to show how many looks can be made beyond what I have above. Again, to see these images larger, click any image and use the arrows on either side to scroll through. When complete, click anywhere outside the collage to return to this screen.

To complete these looks in the collages, I used shoes, jewelry, and other accessories from Talbots. Use the carousel below to shop the additional items in these collages:

Shop the Capsule Wardrobe Accessories



I hope this summer to fall transitional capsule wardrobe inspires you to shop your closet, but also to check out the gorgeous new arrivals from Talbots. And stay tuned as you will be seeing me wearing these pieces for the remainder of the summer and into the remainder of the year!

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. Absolutely love how this transitional capsule wardrobe effortlessly blends summer vibes with fall chic! The mix of versatile pieces is genius—practical yet so stylish. Great inspiration for creating a seamless transition.

  2. Hi Alison —
    The six photos of your actual looks are great, and those enlarge, but I can’t get any of the 16 collage looks to enlarge for some reason. Tried on both my tablet and phone.
    Amy H.

  3. Love these options! Those gunmetal loafers are awesome! I just wonder how they fit? In the past year or so, I ordered 2 pairs of loafer type shoes from Talbots & they were too big. My local store doesn’t carry shoes, so it’s not easy to figure out & I don’t want the hassle of returning & re-ordering.

    Alison, I’d also love to know your thoughts on cropped jeans & pants in winter? Can we pair them with loafers, flats, or sneakers in cold weather, assuming it’s not bitterly cold?

    1. I find Talbots runs roomy in width but accurate in length. The last pair I tried was a year ago though.

      And if you’re not cold you can wear cropped pants. Just make sure the shoe and the top are appropriate to the season. Think black cropped pants with ballet flats and a turtleneck a la Audrey Hepburn.

  4. I love the capsule. It looks like the blazer has a button on the sleeve though – does it look like the sleeves could be shortened? I’m getting really frustrated this year trying to buy a new suit since almost all the blazers have buttons with real button holes, which would make them really challenging to get shortened. I know it’s possible to get them taken up at the shoulders but I’m worried that would be expensive and probably would result in them not fitting right in the arms.

  5. Everyone has griped about this for years, with no changes from Talbots. While I love the Glen Plaid blazer, I do not appreciate paying $20 more for a plus-sized version, with no photographs of an actual plus-sized model to indicate how it might fit. Further, the photos of the “regular” sized model continue the trend of not showing the actual jacket, include an oblique side view but no back view, show the cuffs rolled or pushed up, and have no indication of how the jacket looks when buttoned. Fail!

  6. This capsule is totally me. I already own a cobalt blue suit from Of Mercer, and I tried it on just a couple days ago and was happy to see I can fit back into it. Really like the blazer but have a couple that are similar, so I can probably make one of those work. Alas, the sweater tank is available in a small only in Misses.

  7. I hired a VA to help me with LTK! She makes all the collages with the aqua border, I just “like” the items and she works off what I choose. It inspired me to start sharing my outfits again!

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