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Outfits in Real Life: Talbots

Thank you to Talbots for Sponsoring this Post 

Now that we are finally out and about in the world, wearing real pants and such, I thought it was time to bring back an old favorite series: Outfits in Real Life. Here, I highlight looks I wear in my daily life, with pieces you’ll be familiar with from the blog, and new recommendations. 

As a reminder, I’m so uncomfortable in front of the camera, but it’s hard to find over 40-year-old women, with “normal” bodies and budgets online so here I am. For context, I am 41, I’ve had three babies, am 5’10, and wear a size 10.

I’m apparently called “mid-size.” 

Anyway, we’re starting our series back up with Talbots, who was nice enough to partner with us on this post.

Long-time readers know I love Talbots. I feature them frequently because I appreciate everything they offer. Their inclusive size range, fit and quality keep me going back 

Below I’m featuring three outfits I wore this week, with Talbots items as my key piece. 

Lunch Meeting


Have you ever put on a piece of clothing and just felt right? That’s how I feel in this blazer – like my best self. Done in a cotton and linen blend, this blazer is lined and available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite. I’m wearing it in a Missy size 10 and it’s an absolutely perfect fit. 

I paired it with an inexpensive white bodysuit, light-washed straight jeans and an old pair of bone colored pumps for a casual work lunch. You can also swap out the jeans for a pair of white trousers. 

Drinks with Friends


We met friends last Friday night for drinks outside and I wore this popover top with a simple pair of white jeans. The top is great because it’s more polished than a basic tee or tank but super lightweight. You do have to wear a cami underneath since it’s slightly sheer. It’s available in Missy, Petite and Plus size. I’m wearing the Missy in a large. 

Date Night 


Finally, Bri and I can only pull off midweek date nights these days since the weekends are packed with our kid’s busy schedules, so I try to get dressed up to make them feel a bit more special. I picked up this pretty red dress with a subtle palm tree print and paired it with simple neutral-to-me strappy sandals and a straw bag. It’s available in Missy and Petite sizes. I’m wearing a large, and it fits well. Bonus points for it having a lingerie clip in the straps, so your bra stays in place.


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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Stephanie Hammons

Sunday 5th of February 2023

Omg! I am about to turn 45 and I’ve gained some weight. I’ve gone from 5’10 140 lbs to 160, and the usual diet tricks no longer work, or maybe I’m not trying very hard and ready to just be me. I also just became a grandmother! As I try to figure out who the heck I even am anymore, I have a dinner coming up with my husband’s work friends at a fancy restaurant, and I’ve already worn my fav dress out with these people. So I googled “over 40 fashion” and came upon you. You and I seem to be around the same size and height (except I wear size 11 shoes!) and appreciate the same kind of preppy ish fashion, although I appreciate your desire to get out of the box. My husband and I have a Harley and from time to time I need to dress in leather and studs instead of corporate lawyer clothes. Thank you so much for this website. It’s a lifesaver! Question - I have a over the knee black suede boots with a low chunky heel. Are these still a thing??

Tracy Gray

Sunday 25th of July 2021

I love the blue jeans and he dress is perfect for summer! Three great outfits!


Saturday 24th of July 2021

I love this series - you do an amazing job 'keeping it real'! And, I shop frequently at Talbots, so this series helps me see how to put together an outfit. I'm always looking for new ideas, which is why I enjoy your column so much.

Colleen McGarrity

Saturday 24th of July 2021

You look so great, Meg! Can u share about the shoes you are wearing with the red dress??👡

Megan Kristel

Saturday 24th of July 2021

Aw, thanks! They are an old pair from Via Spiga, I look for them every spring and haven't found a replacement for them yet.

Gaylon Scharbor

Saturday 24th of July 2021

Love seeing you, Megan. You look great, and you're real!!


Saturday 24th of July 2021

Megan you look beautiful in all of these items!


Saturday 24th of July 2021

Love these styles. Can I ask what brand jeans you are wearing with the blazer?

Megan Kristel

Saturday 24th of July 2021

They are Wit & Wisdom ankle jeans :)

Linda M

Saturday 24th of July 2021

Talbots is one of my favorite stores for basics, which always fit me well and last a long time. Their striped Breton style tees and sweaters are some of the most reached for items in my closet. You have no reason to be camera shy; you are absolutely gorgeous!

Beth Crawford

Saturday 24th of July 2021

I love this series I’m glad you have brought it back. You really should not be camera shy, you are beautiful and the clothing always fits you beautifully. I really like the dress and will see about getting it for myself. Thank you for everything you do for us !

Megan Kristel

Saturday 24th of July 2021

Thanks Beth that's very nice. :)

Deanna Debrecht

Friday 23rd of July 2021

These outfits are all awesome - I've not shopped from Talbots much in the past, but these items are beautiful and more youthful than I expected from Talbots! I'll remember to look there from now on :)

Megan Kristel

Saturday 24th of July 2021

Yes! They have so many pieces that feel fresh and modern :)