What I Wore: Talbots Summer 2018

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talbots size 14 petite
When the temps rise, I'm all about easy dressing.  Simple dresses and separates that are cool, comfortable, and versatile yet not boring. Talbots sent me their summer 2018 lookbook a few weeks ago and I loved how it was full of the kind of warm weather clothing I love. I asked them if I could pick a few pieces from the Talbots Summer 2018 collection, wear them, test them, and share my honest results with you.

talbots circle straw bag talbots linen top talbots white cropped pants
Jacket: Classic Denim Jacket c/o Talbots (LP) | Top: Linen Dot-Trim Shell c/o Talbots (LP) | Pants: The Perfect Crop c/o Talbots (12P) | Hat: Banana Republic (L/XL) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: Kate Spade | Bag: Crochet Straw Circle Crossbody Bag c/o Talbots (currently sold out; similar) | Shoes: Aerosoles

talbots linen dot trim shell
This look was worn for six hours before this photo shoot. It was worn while sitting in my office working on the computer, sitting in a car with a seatbelt, for a short walk around town (to be honest, I switched the shoes for my white EVA Birks), picking my daughter up from school and running a few errands (grocery store, post office). When it comes to linen or cotton, such items can look awesome on the hanger or right out of the shipping bag, but what matters is how they hold up with wear.  I think they passed the test!

talbots lowell wash denim jacket talbots the perfect crop pants back view
You've seen this jacket before, I wore it with my Trouve knot dress and I've worn it many times in real life. It's a great fit, great wash, and a classic. As for the pants, none of my old summer pants fit properly so I was looking for a basic that could dress up and down.  I haven't laundered these yet, this is the first wear but so far I am a fan. They're a soft brushed twill; while they're not made to be stretchy, the pants have give but haven't bagged out a ton with wear. They come in 10 colors, a curvy fit (this is the standard fit), and all the size ranges Talbots is known for.  This top is the kind I love for summer.  It's super breezy since it's linen, but the detailed notch neck keeps it from looking boring. It comes in three size ranges and three colors. This could be worn with shorts, pants, jeans, tucked in or bloused out. Sure it wrinkles, but because it's such a straight fit it looks purposeful instead of sloppy.

talbots Crochet Straw Circle Crossbody Bag
I bought this hat last summer and linked to what looks like almost the same hat sold by Banana Republic this year. I have a big noggin and appreciate that it comes in sizes (and actually fits!).  Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, the bag is sold out.  I linked to a similar one above but Talbots has some other cute straw or straw-detail bags in stock like this two-tone bucket satchel, this paper straw bucket bag, and this cute tote covered in pom poms.  A straw, wicker, or raffia bag is the perfect way to summer-ize spring clothing and dark colors like navy and black. And these shoes… you may be getting sick of seeing them but they're so comfy and versatile don't be surprised to see them in a good percentage of my outfit posts this season!

pg county fashion blogger alison gary at the bladensburg waterfront park in bladensburg maryland
These photos were taken at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland.  Located on the Anacostia River, this oasis in Prince George's County has a paved riverside walk, picnic pavilion, public fishing pier, free boat ramp, community boat storage, playground, B&O railroad caboose, and bicycle, canoe, kayak, paddle boat, and rowboat rentals all at one of the most historic waterways. A seaport during the colonial period, Bladensburg is best remembered for the Battle of Bladensburg (1814) during the War of 1812, notable because it was the only battle in American history in which a sitting president (James Madison) rode into battle. The B&O Railroad ended in Bladensburg; anyone wishing to travel to DC had to get off here and take the rest of their journey by carriage. Now, the Bladensburg Waterfront Park is a popular destination in the DC area. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle to the National Arboretum. Learn to row with the Washington Rowing School which resides at the park (and was practicing when we visited).  When we visited for this shoot, a few were in the picnic pavilion using it as a beautiful place to telework, many were walking the paths and biking the trails, and plenty of happy children were at the playground.

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. Your outfit is a perfect way to both look and feel cool! Talbots definitely has an excellent offering for petite and women’s sizes too. There’s always sales, so it’s reasonably priced. For hats, check out Nine West. They have 50 SPF in them and very cute styles that are packable. I purchased mine through Macy’s and highly recommend.

  2. Looks like we’re going to get some summer weather and you’ll be tossing that jacket back into the closet soon! Sweet outfit for the heat.

  3. This is Eerily similar to what I wore yesterday! White cropped jeans, navy tank, cropped white jeans and my Talbots denim jacket, with tan wedges . I even planned to carry my straw circle bag but didn’t get around to switching bags!

  4. Great looks and it really helps to know these pics are after being worn 6 hours because there can be such a difference in fit!

  5. Those pants look great. I am hesitant to shop at Talbots because their stuff looks old and stuffy. Those pants look much better on you than the Talbots models. I do think Talbots has high quality clothing.

  6. I forgot to add this comment to your survey. i really enjoy it when you give the history/background of your shooting sites.

  7. I just want to thank you for turning me on to Talbots! There is a location in my area, but I had never been because, to be completely honest, I felt a little intimidated. I always assumed it was a store for women older and richer than me, and the one time I stopped in previously, I felt a definite “snooty” vibe from the store and employees. But after reading your posts about your great Talbots pieces, I marched in there and found some really great pieces! I now have that denim jacket, a blazer, those pants in pink and, a couple of tops. I have recently lost some weight, and I haven’t found any pants that fits as well as their petite curvy pants. Thank you so much for opening my mind!

    1. My work is done, closing up shop! Just kidding, I’m thrilled. There’s few retailers out there that provide a really extensive size range and decent quality. Talbots is one of them, and their style has become more expansive over the years, changing them from their old fuddy duddy image. I’m glad they’re working out for you! <3

  8. I have those white crops and they’re perfect. Like you, I love the ability to spot bleach my drippy messes. 🙂

    You are looking great. I saw that top online, but it’s always nicer to see it on a ‘real’ body. Off to see if it’s still available in my size.

  9. You are looking much slimmer and firmer after your exercise program (go Allie!) and are looking summer chic. I do like the hat. I’m looking for a fedora I can pack for travel (carefully). So many look like they’d crush. That will be my shopping goal this summer … along with quality jeans in dark rinse and white.

    1. I too would love a packable fedora. Each one I find isn’t quite right. Too floppy, brim too small, size too small. Let me know if you find a great one!

  10. Eek! White Pants! I’m so afraid of white pants. I’m an accident waiting to happen so I only wear white in the (easily replaceable) t-shirt. How’s the stain resistance in these?

    I love that top & hat!

    1. See I love white because I can bleach it! LOL! There was a little spot on the thigh in these photos, but the sunshine doesn’t really show it. When I got home I scrubbed some Back-Out into it with an old toothbrush and threw them in the hamper. That usually does the trick, if it’s greasy I’ll do some Dawn liquid with peroxide.

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