Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Jumping ahead

I want this coat.  Now.

Even though it’s not even (officially) Summer yet here in the Northern Hemisphere, Talbot’s already has their Look Book for fall online, and it has me drooling.  These are MY kinds of ensembles: sophisticated but not stuffy. The designs, which evoke a bit of the late, lamented Forth & Towne, really hit me where I live and if Talbot’s can deliver on the quality and fit, I might be dropping more than a few clams there come September.  Here are some of my favorites from the Look Book.

While the gloves won’t exactly work in LA, I can so see myself in the rest of this outfit.  The yellow jacket with the red shoes…ahhhhhhh.

This sweater is just the right kind of leopard print.  Would I pair it with a lace skirt??   Not for work but maybe for a night out with le monsieur. 
This leather bomber jacket has a lot of potential.  Talbot’s does some really decent leather jackets at a good price point.
I’ve finally decoded what it is in about styles like this that get to me on such a visceral level.  These are updated versions of Grown Up Lady Clothes™ from my childhood. They appeal to the little girl part of me that imagines someday being able to dress up and be elegant and glamorous.  “Elegant and glamorous” sometimes feels like a stretch for me these days, but these pieces styled as they’ve done here would (mostly) work in my grown up life.
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31 thoughts on “Jumping ahead

  1. L'age moyen

    Madame, love these looks! Went back to browse through the catalog and, oh my, what wearability, perfect skirt lengths, sophisticated yet not stuffy, and fabulous shoes. Thanks so much for sourcing this. Can’t believe it’s made me look towards fall!

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  2. LaShaune

    I love Talbots (especially since I’m close to a clearance center). Their pieces have a bit of trendy but the shapes are always classic and the best part are their slacks. Having a badonkadonk can make shopping for slacks daunting, but not at Talbots – great cuts on the slacks IMHO.

    I think I need the long gloves, the yellow jacket and the leather bomber!

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  3. Artful Lawyer

    Wow, has Talbots changed! Once they were conservative office wear, then very dowdy, then “low rise” pants territory, but this looks quite nice. I might have to check them out (again) too.

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  4. LaurieAnn

    You picked out some of my favorite pieces to highlight Pseu. I’m certainly going to be grabbing myself the leopard coat and the sweater too.

    I have a question for you. As a fellow petite (well, I’m short anyway) I have problems with sleeve length, even on petite styled items. Do you know if it’s possible to hem leather? Because I’d need the sleeves shortened a bit on the jacket. But darn, I want that too!

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  5. metscan

    You looking clothes, Pseu! But isn´t it just awful, that catalogues of fall are already here, you can pre-order, as we are just entering summer and with the s/s sales started.. Wow. Well, I try not going to shops during the sales, but if the next season clothes are there at the same time, what to do?

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  6. adornedunicorn

    Wow! i thought Talbots had already upped their game, but this, this is fantastic!!!! Actually, I have to thabk you for reintroducing me to Talbots- their petite tops fit exactly right and are pretty consistent.

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  7. Duchesse

    They style their merch well! What I found for spring is that some pieces were stiffer and boxier than in the catalogs, while other things I ignored in the look book were pleasing. Agree about the leather. Hey, let’s all get the same jacket!

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  8. Semi Expat

    Fabulous in a word… Just love these looks too and the good thing is that they DO ship to Oz (at a price of course) I have my look book which arrived yesterday here and so I will go and open it immediatement! Thank you for the reminder. x

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  9. Frugal Scholar

    Once again, I’m going to be little contrarian. The pics are great and very enticing. As Duchesse notes, this is great styling. But I think that what makes the outfits distinctive–perhaps it is the skinny ankle jeans with the red shoes?

    I’m trying to be more analytical about purchases. For instance, I have lots of very nice wool jackets in all shapes. I could pair with my skinny ankle jeans (have those) and–if I must–pick up a fur collar somewhere. I can’t do the heels because I can’t walk in them, but I do have red ballet flats.

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  10. Anonymous

    I agree Frugal Scholar. These gorgeous layouts are made to inspire us to purchase, but with a discerning eye sometimes we can mimic the look with just a few key items, or even with something we already own.

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  11. Toby Wollin

    Sometimes, I think I’m a very unimaginative person. I look at these looks, on this model and the voice in my head says, “Not for you, sweetie.” I’m 5’2” and pretty dumpy – I think I’d warm up to the clothing if they were presented Polyvor style or even on a dressmakers form. But on this young, extremely tall model? I can’t see myself in these clothes at all – which is really sad because some of them are really very pretty.

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  12. metscan

    Yes, me again. I just had to add my note in, because all the three comments above ( starting from FS ) make so much sense. Looking at fashion pictures on “perfect” models might mislead badly. Safest would be, to really see and try on the clothes first, and after that decide what to do. Of the many items, I have bought online, I have only kept two items. And I have ordered way more. The returning part is always stressing ( for me ) as is the waiting too.

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  13. Katriona

    Love the clothes, love the styles– but I’m sorry, I quail at the sight of those fur collars. They look pretty but if they aren’t fox, like the ones I’ve seen promoted by a very stylish blogger–(and you don’t want to know how “ranch” foxes are killed to preserve the pelts)— what are they, at 89.00 per ? Many fur collars are made in asia from dog fur. Either way, I want nothing to do with the furtherance of that kind of commerce.
    Of course, if it’s a great faux fur (they’re out there) sign me up!

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  14. Miss Cavendish

    If I saw these images sans commentary, I would not know that they were from Talbots. What a change in game! Talbots is upping its style in a most appealing manner.

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  15. Deja Pseu

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I do agree that the styling here really makes these pieces stand out. I’ll also be curious to see how the fabrics and cuts turn out when they start arriving in stores. But I think Talbot’s is getting the message about turning up the style factor a bit, and that’s encouraging. I really do like this particular direction.

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