Talbots Fall 2015 Lookbook Sneak Peek

Talbots Fall 2015 PreviewThis summer underwhelmed me when it came to Talbots – too nautical, too matronly yet also too cutesy for my tastes. However, checking out Talbots’ Fall Look Book got me excited.  One of the benefits of being a blogger is getting to see some of the collections early.  I scrolled through the online display and kept saying YAAAASSSSSS! THIS is the Talbots I love – classic, simple, understated, yet feminine and elegant and carefully incorporating current trends. Talbots is a favorite for me to share on the blog because they have Misses, Petite, Women, and Women Petite sizes and the quality equals the pricepoint and I know many of you are Talbots fans.   Below I share some of my favorite looks from Talbots’ Fall 2015 collection, I’d love your thoughts!

Talbots Fall 2015 Look Book Camel Brown and White
Together, this look is classic.  Separately, each piece is awesome and so versatile.  Wear the Cashmere Cable Cowlneck Sweater with a gray wool pencil skirt, the Dalton Knit Riding Pant with a denim shirt or black silky top, the brown Quilted Leather Vest with most everything in your wardrobe (oh how it would glam up a simple pair of jeans and plaid flannel or Breton tee!).  The Tonie Boot is a classic in a rich chocolate brown that blends nicely with cognac, camel, and other shades of brown.  Speaking of rich browns, the Kelsey Tassel Hobo in Chestnut is delicious shade that would look fantastic with everything from black and denim to rich jewel tones like garnet, emerald, and amethyst.

Talbots Fall 2015 Look Book Preview Featuring Ruana

White at first glance this may look like a poncho or ruana, this is in fact a coat with proper sleeves and closing at the front.  While this would be a great piece of outerwear for fall, I also think it would look great as part of a winter ensemble; imagine with leather-front leggings and a black turtleneck or slim jeans and a gray merino crewneck.  Again, the separates of this look are fantastic; the Mixed Stitch Air Spun Turtleneck looks snuggly without being itchy and would be a weekend staple, the Flannel Tailored Ankle Pant looks incredibly flattering and would be a great way to transition summer and fall jackets and blouses into cooler temps.  As for the accessories, I want them all: the Wool Felt Fedora (more functional than a floppy brim hat), the Colorblock Cashmere Wrap, the Long Goldtone Pendant (love seeing long necklaces back on trend!), and the Phillipa Boot in Luggage is that perfect color that goes with everything in your wardrobe and plays nice with black and various shades of brown.

Talbots Fall 2015 Look Book Preview Featuring Orange Collarless Jacket

Last fall, Talbots had a leopard collarless coat and I found it extremely versatile and it made quite a statement (see me wear it here and here).  I can see this Jewelneck Basketweave Coat in Harvest Pumpkin doing the same.  The color is gorgeous; I love how it works with denim and neutrals but imagine it with plum, teal, mustard, dark red, or even magenta!  Wrap a pashmina at the throat when the temps drop.

Talbots Fall 2015 Look Book Preview featuring Annie Hall Inspired Denim Look

Now THIS is grown-up pattern mixing!  I love all the textures and prints in here, so much to look at yet it's not overwhelming.  Again, on their own each piece is fantastic.  The Paisley Soft Top would look lovely with trousers or a skirt for the office, the Highland Glen Plaid Jacket could be styled as easily with a gray sheath dress or sweater and wool trousers as with a band tee and pair of distressed denim.  The jeans are called “Flawless Five-Pocket Bootcut” and the rise and leg opening makes me think they truly deserve the name (they come in two cuts – curvy and classic).  The hat is crushable, making it perfect for travel (or being shoved in your commuter bag), and the Luxe Brushed Coat is one of those pieces you'll wear for years to come.

Talbots Fall 2015 Look Book Preview Feautring Varsity Stripe Blazer

This outfit feels the most “me;” I could see myself wearing this exactly as-is.  The Varsity Stripe Blazer is fantastic; pair with a crisp white shirt and a different pattern pencil skirt  or ankle pant (paisley, glen plaid, tweed) for a funky yet polished work look or slip over a band tee (or the Crest Sweater pictured) and your favorite pair of jeans for a cool weekend outfit.  Again, the Flawless Five-Pocket Bootcut Jeans and the Phillipa Boot showing how versatile the two pieces are.

Talbots Fall 2015 Look Book Preview Featuring Blue Fair Isle Sweater with Yellow Skirt

While I likely wouldn't wear this look, I would totally admire it on another woman.  It's not my personal style, but I adore every piece.  The Buffalo Check Sweater looks so cool with the chambray shirt underneath it, and I love how the Casual Wool A-Line skirt in Citrine picks up the gold tones.  That skirt would look fantastic with neutrals, but also paired with bold colors like teal, berry, and indigo.  The Coated Toggle Coat's Almond color and fur trim gives a feminine vibe without having it loose its classic feel.

Talbots Fall 2015 Look Book Preview Featuring Camel, Green, and Denim with Plaid

I know I love this look because of the colors.  Also it just screams fall.  Camel, Cypress gree, and denim and a big color combo fave of mine.  This is casual elegance; you could switch out the Doubleface Button Front Jacket for one that is longer or with a different silhouette; I love the cropped casual feel of the Boyfriend Jean but you could also do this look with a straight or bootcut; and the oxfords keep the look comfortable while having a bit of collegiate prep that is always in style come fall.

Talbots Fall 2015 Look Book Green Poncho Sweater

And my favorite… the Mixed Stitch Rounded Poncho in Forest.  That color is so delicious!  It would definitely upgrade any weekend look while maintaining comfort and warmth.  I love it with the chambray/paisley mix, but it would also look great with denim over a striped long-sleeve tee, a crisp white shirt, or a navy or black ribbed turtleneck.  As for the Hampshire Ankle Pant in Blue/Mallard Paisley, I want to wear those with a crisp white shirt and pair of my leopard calfhair pumps to work and a blazer and band tee for the weekend!

I perused Talbots' New Arrivals and while most of these pieces aren't yet available they do have some utterly fantastic pieces that will help transition your wardrobe to fall and work from now until Spring.  I'm partial to their Pebbled Leather Clutch (that simple yet not boring bag that goes with EVERYTHING), Chatham Ankle Pant in Glen Plaid (subtle pattern that will work with everything), Leopard Haircalf Clutch (leopard is a neutral! My leopard clutch gets used more than any other bag in my closet), Abstract Hourglass Wrap Dress (figure-flattering one-step dressing for work, Date Night, or a daytime wedding), and the highly rated Classic Denim Jacket (you all know I am now a denim jacket fan!).  My picks:



  1. Kacky
    August 19, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    I love how you give ideas on how to style the Talbots pieces in other ways. I totally agree on the strange nautical, comic vibe of their clothes this summer. I just ordered a pair of their new jeans in talls and am thrilled with the fit and comfort 🙂 Can’t wait to try on some of these options in the store. Thanks for the sneak peak!

    • August 19, 2015 / 3:47 pm

      Awesome! Talbots offered to send me a pair of their new jeans, once I get them I will be sure to share on the blog!

  2. montroyal04
    August 17, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    Talbots and Landsend are my go to brands for professional, affordable, quality clothing in plus sizes. I know I can count of them for great basics!

  3. August 17, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Oooo! I LOVE the Fall collection! These are the items I always want to wear when the weather turns crisp. Well. Done. Talbots. I’m really glad they’ve returned to their roots, so to speak. There was a period there several years ago where Talbots’ quality and price points didn’t match up at all. But they’re back, and I’m loving it. Erg! Why isn’t it chilly yet??!

  4. Aimee
    August 17, 2015 / 9:08 am

    OH my gosh, YESSssssssssssssss! I love everything you pictured in this post. That quilted leather vest. Wow! And that green poncho. And that bag! This is the Talbots I love, too.

  5. Nihongo Dame Desu
    August 15, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    I *need* that leather vest and the entire pattern mix outfit. And several other pieces as well! Any idea when the full collection will be released?

    • August 19, 2015 / 8:09 am

      Last year I believe everything was in stock by the end of September. Pieces come out in dribbles so it’s good to check every so often.

  6. Lee4
    August 14, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    Talbots seems cool again! That suede bag is lovely!

    • August 19, 2015 / 8:09 am

      They’ve been doing fall pretty well for a couple years, and I love the quality and how the pieces are stylish but not trendy

  7. August 14, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Equally loving the Talbots fall collection. That suede saddle bag is such perfection.

  8. Amy
    August 14, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I love that first look so much it hurts. Camel cableknit cashmere sweater with a cowl neck? LEATHER vest in a rich brown? With riding pants and boots? Love, love, love. And must have. Thank you for posting this!

  9. Heidi
    August 14, 2015 / 9:31 am

    In my effort to dress more professionally at work, I’ll be adding Talbot’s into my “must check” list of stores. I’d love to try on that cropped camel jacket!

  10. patricia
    August 14, 2015 / 9:04 am

    I’m going to pin a bunch of those looks. You’re making me excited about fall! And temps have dropped to a chilly 90 degrees here today, practically jacket weather.

    • August 19, 2015 / 8:07 am

      LOLLLL I know I wrote this while sweating my tuchus off but it made me wistful for crisp fall weather!

  11. August 14, 2015 / 8:45 am

    I. Need. That. Buffalo Check. Sweater.


  12. August 14, 2015 / 8:33 am

    oh the pumpkin coat – fantastic! Sad we only have two weeks of winter here : >

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