Dressing Room Diaries – Cool-toned Fall Colors At Talbots
Happy Tuesday, ladies. I’m on a roll with cool-toned colors for fall. They’re not always available this time of year, and women who prefer them often struggle this time of year. I’m a firm believer in stocking up on flattering shapes and colors when they are plentiful because they run in cycles. I stopped at Talbots last week and found lots of options.
If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs. I have broad shoulders with straight hips, a long torso, and long arms. I often buy one size larger on top. You’ll see me try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me because I want you to see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run.
Talbots makes great, casual sweater dresses that don’t hug all the wrong places and are infinitely wearable. This sweater dress has a flattering cowl neckline and tweed knit that could span between dressy and casual. Pair it with opaque tights and flat booties or shoes for casual, or dress it up with heels and elevated jewelry for dinner out. This burgundy is a great cool tone, as this deep aqua version.
This cashmere crewneck has tiny touches of gold in the motif, but it’s predominantly cool. The black background is softened by the pattern and other colors, making it easy for many to wear. I paired it with these straight cords that come in ten colors. This peacock blue is rich and easy to pair with warm or cool tops. I have the hems folded under 1″.
I topped this sweater and pants with a tweed herringbone blazer in peacock. I’m used to seeing herringbone in camel, tan, and brown shades, so this is a delight. This also comes in two other cool-toned colors. It has gold-toned buttons that purists may feel the need to replace…but frankly, I like the look. I went up to a misses 10 to get enough room in my shoulders and sleeve length, so if you plan to layer, consider sizing up.
Black is usually cool, but there are versions with a warm cast. This one is pretty basic. This striped top has a pleated sleeve detail at the shoulder that looks ghastly on my broad shoulders, so most of the other outfits have me covering them 🙂 The jeans are obviously cool-toned and one of Talbots’ best new shapes in the last few seasons. They have a straight fit and above the waist rise, which is great for controlling the muffin top and gals with long torsos. Cury fit here. They call this a blazer, but it feels more like a cardigan to me. It comes in seven colors, three warm, three cool, plus black.
This tweed sweater skirt is labeled black, but the tweed softens it to deep charcoal. This will be super cozy this season and look great with tights and knee boots, booties, or flats. I see it with a casual sweater and a warm vest but not a blouse because the weight could be a mismatch, and tucking becomes an issue. You could also pop a blazer over it. It comes in camel too. This zip collared sweater is swimming on me 🙂 I needed the petite small or medium. This ivory is warm-toned. It comes in three cool tones, four warm and black. FYI- I’m calling out black because many women find black too stark these days. This ivory is less opaque than I would want if planning to layer over a darker shirt.
This pullover is super soft and cozy. It comes in three cool shades and three warm, although I did not see the berry red in person, and the website shows it could go either way. I topped it with a navy sherpa vest that’s great for casual days. In fact, I think this verst would be great over this sweater dress with these riding boots. I paired this with these classic denim jeggings in a light wash that brings down their level of formality to match the top and vest.
In case you wondered, here’s proof that faux leather leggings have gone mainstream. If Talbots sells them, you know they’re appropriate for any age…it’s all in how you style them. They have a side panel of ponte which gives them plenty of stretch, and a side zip for easy access. Trust me, I’ve wrenched my hands many times trying to pull up faux leather leggings that have no opening. These are one size too small for me, but they still don’t have that spray-painted look that is hard to pull off at any size.
This plaid shirt is ivory with coral and aqua plaid, which appears mostly cool to me. The slim ankle jeans are in the seine wash and pair nicely with the tweed of the herringbone.
As I was leaving, I spotted this quilted jacket in a color they call harbor mist. It’s a very soft grayed green that will go with a lot of other colors and flatter many summer palettes. I’d probably size up to a misses medium to layer it over sweaters, so it runs true to size.
Here are some other cool-toned finds at Talbots-
Thanks for reading, and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.
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