The constant whir of fashion trends has left many women feeling like
spectators at a NASCAR race. The trends circle so fast, a blink may
obscure a noteworthy collision.
Talbots offers a
different perspective, saying fall's trends are not focused on past
influences or future design directions but women's here and now needs.
A 35+ woman needs a foundation of wearable separates she can adapt to
suit any sudden change of plan, punctuated by distinct finds that
reflect her personality and spark conversation, says Betsy Thompson,
Talbots fashion spokesperson. This season's look is all about giving
her true options clean, effortless sportswear with an underlying
emphasis on menswear, the color grey as a canvas, easy layers and an
eye-catching mix of proportions.
PRETTY IN MENSWEAR
The menswear influence is no stranger
to women's fashion with its knack for clean lines and impeccable
tailoring reinforced by a fondness for orderly, no-nonsense patterns
usually of the stripe and check variety. Menswear touches are
everywhere, often marked by a singular feminine flourish or pop of
girlish color to add a sense of pretty to an otherwise serious mix. For
work, the choices have a polished edge softened by a romantic flourish
e.g., pinstripe vest, matching trousers and a delicate blouse with
voluminous sleeves, or a sharp houndstooth pantsuit offset by a ruffled
blouse and well-heeled platform pumps. More casual finds include a
herringbone blazer in ladylike shades of peacock blue, cinnamon or
pomegranate, study hall sweater vests and crisp shirts that are pressed,
The infinite possibilities of grey
make it the color of the season. Grey is a canvas that looks rich and
lustrous worn in varying shades from head-to-toe. From platinum to
charcoal, grey blends with ready ease - leathered neutrals, spicy
brights and subdued jewel tones. For women accustomed to wearing lots
of black, a shift to grey does not require a leap of faith. Talbots is
showing grey throughout its assortment in tweedy separates, chic
belted dresses, classic cable cardigans and plaid walking shorts. Not
to be missed in sophisticated grey suede ankle boots, tailored
satchel, metallic envelope clutch, spectator pumps, kilt-pinned
houndstooth wrap, cabled tights, leggings and more.
Layering continues with good reason
women dress for varying temperatures indoors, outdoors and within. The
ability to add and subtract a layer is a practical plus; the fact that
you can look great in the process is a bonus. The look is all about
providing a glimpse of other layers, not covering them up like old
wallpaper. Tops in light fabrics with varying necklines are essential
components. It's best to wear smooth knits closest to the body, adding
texture and dimension for outer layers. Key pieces include camis
(ultimate underlayer), tailed shirts and menswear-esque vests plus
simple tees, sweaters and cardigans in differing necklines and lengths.
New this season - a short cape or knit capelet as a jacket alternative.
Many of fall's looks reveal a sense
of architecture a calculated mix of shapes, proportions and end uses.
Swingy jackets add dimension and drama to lean sheaths, wide leg pants
and cuffed, cropped jeans. Also this season, a long fluid cardigan adds
a modern touch to slim ankle pants, while a cropped pea coat looks fresh
with trim bootlegs in comfy corduroy. Related to layering, this trend
is focused on the juxtaposition of shape and length against a
three-dimensional form. This sounds complicated but it's really about
bringing visual balance to a woman's figure e.g., accentuating the
positive, offsetting any spots earning less than positive praise.
For the 35+ woman, the who are you
wearing? question at cocktail parties and PTA meetings has been
replaced by where did you get that? pleas. She wants distinctive
finds that reflect her sense of style and ignite a hint of shopper's
envy. Fall's noteworthy nuances include texture (lush chunky knits,
cabled tights, colorful quilted vests and belted jackets), unexpected
sheen (patent satchel or shoes or a metallic envelope clutch) and a
lady's touch (a bow here, a ruffle there). Other talked about updates
include: platform boots and platform loafers, heeled booties,
wraparound belts, long gloves, quilted bags, tweedy newsboy caps and
unleashed animal prints.
With 60 years of experience dressing
women 35 and older, Talbots is the leading specialty retailer of classic
apparel, shoes and accessories. The Company offers an extensive
assortment of clothing in four different size ranges, including:
Misses 2-20 (with select
styles in long sizes)
Woman's or Plus 12W-24W
Woman's Petite 12WP-24WP
Talbots private-label fashions are
available in Talbots stores, catalog and online at
www.talbots.com. To find a store, call 1-800-TALBOTS
(1-800-825-2687), or click on the store locator link at
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