My relationship with this store has been rocky, to say the least. I spent most of my life believing that Talbots was stocked with nautical-themed, slightly stodgy gear that would age me by several decades. And honestly? I think that in years past, that might actually have been the case. But recently, this vendor has done an amazing job of modernizing its offerings and injecting a few key trends into its stock, all the while remaining true to its classic, quality roots.
I have sung the praises of Talbots jeans for ages, as I find them to be comfortable, durable, and high-waisted enough to work on my figure. I’ve also started shopping there for jackets, print pants, and loads of other goodies, but allow me to explain a few of the more general reasons I support this vendor:
They offer a variety of sizes
Talbots offers regular, plus, petite, tall, and plus-petite sizes. Now, they don’t offer every single garment in all of those size runs, but they create and sell a respectable offering in each. Do you know how few vendors make petite plus garments? If you’re a petite plus-sized woman, I’m sure you do. It’s such a relief to know that, no matter her size or shape, I can point a client to Talbots for some classic duds.
They attempt diversity in their catalogs
I am sure this will be a controversial point, but still: Talbots catalogs feature plus sized models, older models, and models of color. (Far fewer of the latter in the latest round of catalogs, unfortunately.) Plus models and straight models share photos and spreads. As far as I can tell, they’re the only major U.S. mall vendor to do any of this, and it makes me so happy to see a gorgeous woman over 50 smiling away next to a young gal. Now, the plus sized models are on the slim/hourglassy end, and there’s seldom more than two women of color per catalog. From what I can tell, they’ve got one mature model for all photo shoots. It’s not perfect, by any stretch, but damn, it’s sure a hell of a lot better than every other catalog that lands in my mailbox.
They have gorgeous plus-sized suiting
It was actually a makeover client of mine who taught me this, and the lesson has stuck. Rich fabrics, quality lining, and most pieces up to size 24. And, bless them, a decent variety of colors and cuts year-round.
They always stock several pant fits
Some stores will occasionally throw a “curvy” option into the mix, then revert to a very narrow range of rises and styles. Talbots doesn’t do anything truly low-rise, but they offer high and high-ish rises that accomodate many heights, torsos, and builds. I’m partial to the Heritage Fit, which sits at the natural waist and is just as comfy as it can be on my frame. It’s so nice to have high-rise pant options that feel sleek and work-appropriate.
Their takes on trends are wearable
I’m a trend lover, and typically do loads of research before settling on my ideal iteration of a trend. I’ve been amazed by how well Talbots has been able to latch onto hot styles and transform them in to classic, adorable, and wearable items. Bold prints, vibrant colors, and quirky styles are rendered fun and flattering by their designers year after year. I never would’ve guessed that my ideal pair of skinny floral pants would hail from Talbots.
Are you a Talbots fan? Do you feel like they’ve upped their game in recent years?
Image via Star and Style.