Talbots Sale x Dress for Success

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Through this weekend, Talbots has 25% off your regular-priced purchase and free shipping on orders of $175 and more (no promo code needed). On top of that, this weekend from the 28th – 30th Talbots is donating 10% of their net proceeds to Dress for Success, and for each top bought from their New Arrivals, they will donate one professional top to Dress for Success (up to 5,000 tops donated).  Now more than ever, women seeking jobs need Dress for Success.  How can you resist saving money while also helping fellow women?

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Talbots sent me this Breton stripe sweater (large, if in doubt size up) and flare jeans (14 petite, if in doubt size down) to promote this Dress for Success campaign on Instagram, but I think this sale with the campaign is so good I also had to share here on Wardrobe Oxygen.  Also, Talbots' New Arrivals are pretty fantastic so I am going to break down my favorite pieces from Talbots:

talbots striped shirtsivory with black stripes (available in plus) | rainbow stripes | black with ivory stripes | red and white stripes (available in plus; also available in navy)

Y'all know I love a good stripe, and Talbots has become one of my go-to retailers for classic and quality striped tees and sweaters.  Stripes add interest to a look, so you can be wearing a simple t-shirt and jeans or a sweater and knit pants but it looks like a chic ensemble.  Stripes don't go out of style, and they are the best for pattern mixing.  Seriously, try stripes with a floral, with tweed or a glen plaid, and I love stripes with leopard print.  The four above aren't the only great striped tops in Talbots' New Arrivals; I've collected more in the carousel below:


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green sweater jacket (available in four colors and plus sizes) | blue knit blazer (available in three colors and plus sizes) | blush soft blazer (available in three colors and plus sizes) | tweed knit blazer (available in plus sizes) | ivory and black sweater jacket (available in plus sizes) | camel knit band jacket (available in two colors and plus sizes)

I think many of us are looking for cardigans and soft jackets that will be comfortable but also add a level of professionalism whether on Zoom or at the workplace.  Talbots has several this season and most are available in a variety of colors and plus sizes as well as petites.  I'm happy to see along with the neutrals, Talbots has a lot of cheery colors like greens, blues, pinks, reds, and a gorgeous goldenrod shade. Below are all the great soft jackets and cardigans I found at Talbots:


talbots blouses dress for success

paisley-print bateau-neck tee (available in plus sizes) | pink silk camp shirt | faux wrap blouse (available in two colors and plus sizes) | heart-print shirt (available in plus sizes) | blue floral blouse I think I may get (available in plus sizes) | gray paisley blouse (available in plus sizes)

Your blouse and top game may be ready for a makeover after a summer of Zoom tops.  I've mixed together knits, shirts, and blouses because they all can be Zoom ready, and also great with knit pants or jeans for everyday. While my top picks are above there are plenty more to choose from in Talbots' New Arrivals:


As for items I am considering from Talbots' New Arrivals:

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  1. Been a customer for over 35 years…still have a woven tote that was marked down to $40 from over $100 years ago….still in beautiful condition. Imagine what woven leather costs now?! What I don’t like about Talbots is their shipping charge; Chico’s is free to Passport members; Nordstrom doesn’t charge (and I hope they don’t change that). One day I purchased a longer navy pocket cardigan marked to $39.99 from $139…saw it that same evening online for $10 less. Chatted with Talbot customer service and was given a $10 credit on my purchase…great customer service and now have a gorgeous cardigan for $29!

    1. Talbots offers free shipping, every day, no minimum, with their Talbots credit card. There is no annual fee, so it’s a win-win.

  2. I love Talbots, have shopped there for 20+ years, and will continue to do so. However, I have two current pet peeves — no Tall pants and now, no photos on Plus-sized models. In fact, many of the new styles show only one photo, often with the sleeves pushed up or arms crossed so key details can’t be seen. This can’t be due to the pandemic, right? People can photograph themselves, if needed! (In fact, I love that idea. Photos from home.)

    1. I forgot my third pet peeve with Talbots! Paying a minimum of $10 more per plus-sized item over regular items. Come on, really? If it were a “more fabric” issue, then XL would cost more than XS, and regular would cost more than petite.

      1. I think that concept is so incredibly dated. Size inclusiveness doesn’t just mean a great size range but equal style and pricing for all. If Universal Standard can charge the same price for a 00 that they do for a 40, Madewell and Banana and J. Crew all offer 2 and 20 at the same price, every other retailer can as well.

    2. Yeah, I am not sure why they don’t carry tall, I think it would be successful. And this season I *hope* the reason for no plus-sized models has to do with the pandemic and isn’t their plan go forward. As for people being able to photograph themselves, it’s not that easy. Those shots to prevent shadows from affecting the look of the clothes require a very large studio, multiple light sources, a photographer with a good camera and lens, and then someone to edit the photos. When I do “studio” shots in my living room it’s with a 7′ tall backdrop and two professional lights and we still get weird shadows due to lack of room and fancier lighting. I’m going to forgive them for this season but they better be figuring out an alternative for holiday!

  3. Talbots is super cute, and beautifully made as always. I do wish Talbots would invest in photographing their plus size clothing with plus size models. At first I was going to type that I’m grateful they even sell plus size clothing, but then I realized – that should be the norm! So I’m glad they are the norm. But I wish they would show me what these look like on plus size bodies. With the amount of amazing plus size clothing these days, I am no longer settling for the minimum. And I have a feeling many plus size women feel the same.

    1. They usually have the clothing on plus-size models, I was really surprised to see this season they have none of the New Arrivals with plus models. I can only think it’s due to the pandemic? But how were they able to get Niki Taylor and their other usual slim models but not their usual plus models to shoot? I also got their fall lookbook and every single look is featured only on Niki Taylor.

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