What to Buy at Talbots

In our Private Facebook Group, I asked you what retailers you wanted to see in our What to Buy at series, and Talbots was at the top of the list. 

In this series, I shop our reader’s favorite retailers’ new arrivals and round up the best options to help build out your wardrobe. 

Talbots is tricky. It has a particular look, so the same advice you hear from me applies here: avoid mannequin shopping.

Why is mannequin shopping such a no-no?

Stores like Talbot’s, Ann Taylor, LOFT, J.Crew, etc., all adhere to a certain look. It’s what makes them popular and reliable. But you run the risk of looking like the BRAND and not YOURSELF when you wear them head-to-toe. 

Since our goal is to help you create a chic and modern wardrobe on a regular person budget, these posts are designed to highlight the best options that will add value to your closet. 

Basically, it’s what I would put in your fitting room if we were shopping together. 


Scatter throughout Talbot’s inventory are some real head-scratchers. Maybe we could all get together and agree that no one over the age of four needs a sweatshirt covered in birds or a butterfly embroidered tee shirt? 

Many of their prints and color selections lack sophistication, so avoid them. Also, some of their cuts are a bit dated. 

That said, they offer a solid selection of basics, like bottoms, dresses, or button-downs. And, as you’ll see below, a few gems that will elevate your style.

Below are my top picks of Talbot’s new arrivals, a combination of classic pieces with a little bit of a twist. 

Sizing and Fit

Where Talbots doesn’t get credit is in their long-standing commitment to size inclusiveness. They have been offering a full-size range for years. So almost every item is available in missy, petite, plus, and plus-petite. 

Regarding fit, they run full depending on where you typically shop. For example, if you wear an 8 in J.Crew, you are probably a 6 in Talbots. 

What to Buy a Talbots

What to buy at Talbots

Right now, everything is an additional 25% at checkout. All most all items featured are available in Regular, Petite, Plus and Plus-Petite. Sizes run full. 

Knit Blazer

Talbots Knit Blazer

Knit Blazer, $159 

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We love a knit blazer around here. It gives you the polish of a structured layer and the comfort of a cardigan. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite in four colors. 

Tweed Grosgrain Jacket 

Talbots Tweed Grosgrain Jacket

Tweed Grosgain Jacket, $189 

I ordered this grosgrain jacket to pair with dark jeans and heels for spring.  It has a very Tory Burch feel at a better price and more inclusive sizes. 

Available in Missy, Petite and Plus from a 00 – 24. 

Button Shoulder Tee


Talbots Button Shoulder Tee

Cotton Button Shoulder Tee, $60 

We all know I love a stripe, AND I’m always looking for simple yet chic tops you can pair with black bottoms. Between the boldness of the stripe and the buttons on the shoulder, this tee is a winner that will take you anywhere. Especially as offices reopen and embrace more casual dress, wear this with black ankle pants and flats for the perfect business casual look for spring.

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus-Petite

Faux Wrap Crepe Blouse

Talbots Faux Wrap Crepe Dress

Faux Wrap Crepe Blouse, $80 

And speaking of winners, this faux wrap blouse is gorgeous. Throw this on with dark jeans, black pants or even your faux leather leggings for drinks with friends or a grown-up date night out. You can dress it up or down with accessories and wear it at least three seasons. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Petite-Plus.

Cotton Bateau Neck Tee

Talbots Cotton Bateau Tee

Bateau Neck Tee, $45 

This classic went right in my cart. It’s a lovely option if the Boden Brenton doesn’t work for you. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Plus-Petite. 

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Embroidered Tunic

Talbots Embroidered Tunic

Embroidered Tunic, $109

Every summer I struggle to find cute swim coverups that I can wear to our pool. I need something that is practical, but feels finished so when the kids settle we can grab lunch and attempt to socialize. This tunic is ideal for a weekend poolside. 

Talbots partnered with Cabana Life and offers a fun selection of cover-ups that combine style with sun protection. 

Limited sizes from XS – XL. 

* Note – Cabana Life sizing is different from traditional Talbots sizing. I ordered a large in this. 

Jersey Tie Front Sheath Dress

Talbots Jersey Tie Front Dress

Jersey Tie Front Sheath Dress, $119 

I can’t NOT mention a side-tie jersey dress. It’s just a workhorse in your wardrobe this time of year. From springtime holidays, to warmer weather events, shower, even for the office. I’m featuring it in the blue (above) and  it’s also available in black.

With the additional 25% off, this dress is under $100. 

This will be long on many of you, but don’t let that prevent you from giving it a try. A simple hem to the top of or above your knee (depending on where you are comfortable) is all you’ll need. 

Available in Missy, Petite, Plus and Petite-Plus. 

Crinkle Cotton Beach Coverup


Talbots Crinkle Cotton Beach Coverup

Crinkle Cotton Beach Coverup, $90 

I bought this too. I know, but coverups that feel like an outfit are hard to find! 

This preppy gingham option looks like a sweet dress you would find from a place like Draper James, but, again, at a better price. 

Available in Missy only, from XS – XL. 

Double V-Neck Terry Dress

Talbots Double -neck Dress

Double V-Neck Terry Dress, $90 

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When you’re sick of jeans, don’t want to wear shorts and you’ve retired your capris, simple and soft dresses become a go-to in the warmer weather. This terry dress is lovely for every day wear, with a pair of casual sandals, sneakers or ballet flats

Available in Missy and Petite up to an XL. 


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What to Buy at Talbots

12 thoughts on “What to Buy at Talbots”

  1. I love Talbots and I’m so glad you featured this. I do agree that some things ate frumpy so I try to avoid those at so costs. I try to keto it modern classic and I find that they have some excellent basic pieces. Their jeans are also very high quality.

  2. Love, love, love Talbots jeans!! They fit so well, are very flattering and tend to have a slightly higher waistband that works well for our more “mature” figures (no more muffin top!).

  3. I have my own vintage Talbots which is well made and beautiful. Due to classic design and natural fabrics I will keep as long as possible. All I buy now are tanks and Ts, a rare shoe or button-down and sometimes jeans. They used to have beautiful suits and formal wear. I am sad to see it because I am very petite. I did check out the Barbour jacket; alas, not available in petite.

  4. Well I might give Talbots another try after seeing some of these items. Their cuts are very boxy and usually aren’t figure flattering on me at all. I’m 5’9” and a lot of the tops and jackets hit me too high. Thanks for the “round up”!

  5. I’ve become a pocket addict. I need a front pocket for my phone and none of these dresses fit this requirement. I’ve also found that the fabric is important for pockets, as thin fabrics will flop around with the phone inside. A sturdier cotton or knit helps to avoid that problem. Otherwise, I’m passing on dresses – which I prefer in the summer – without pockets.

  6. I absolutely live in those Talbots bateau neck tees. They are flattering and last a reasonably long time for the price. Talbots has some very nice tees in a v neck as well; their black and navy ones hold their saturated color. I also like their Authentic Tees for fall and spring. They are that heavyweight, old-fashioned cotton, and all feature some sort of stripe. As a plus size woman, I appreciate that they are one of the best for having nearly every item available.

  7. As a petite woman, I live in Talbots pants. There are many to choose from, including yoga pants. When I was working, most of my clothes were Talbots. Now I find occasional pieces. Their stores are beautiful with helpful sales people and nice dressing rooms. I dont always buy, but enjoy going there. I can usually count on consistent sizes. Thanks for this article.

  8. I haven’t thought of Talbots in years! Thanks for reminding me and showing me what to look for! I’m interested in the Tweed jacket and knit jacket in the fun pink color. I agree dark jeans and flats, but what top will you be pairing with them? Particularly the tweed (Chanel looking) jacket? Thanks for getting me on track with my style! Love love love when you feature these what to buy posts. I tend to get overwhelmed looking on sites.

  9. Ooh, that double v-neck terry dress is on it’s way to me! I LIVE in dresses in the summer and know it will become a workhorse! I ordered a petite as it looks like it runs long in the waist and the length – fingers crossed it fits! Thanks for finding the good stuff for us!


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