I have to be honest about something.
I didn’t start shopping at Ann Taylor until a few months ago and LOFT until about maybe a year ago. And then yesterday, I bought something from Talbots. A couple of things actually. So I feel the need to confess that I have always stereotyped these stores as ‘old lady’ stores.
How beautiful is this skirt? It fit me like a glove so I knew I had to have it. The colors, the large floral print, the fit – everything about it is perfect. Which leads to another truth – I’m a bargain hunter (which I’m sure you knew about me already) this skirt was $24 after an additional 50% off. I can’t believe the quality I’m getting for the price I’m paying!
I love this photo of the skirt.
The model looks a little like Julianne Moore to me. This IS Julianne Moore. LOL
Isn’t this one also perfect? Someone who can wear a 0P please buy it online. I didn’t see this one in-store at all.
Talbots also had a selection of shoes priced at $29.99. Which included these:
I didn’t see this style in this color (in my size) but I found a patent leather black pair that were fabulous.
I considered buying the au natural leather ankle wrap pair – the straps were buttery soft and I’m in love with the chunky heel. (See it on the model in the Tuileries floral skirt picture above.) But I maintained self control and put them back. I have this feeling I’m going to go back for them. Shhhhhhh…
So, maybe I’m just getting older and now fall under the “old lady fashion” category or these stores have done a great job at re-branding themselves, OR thanks to the blogger world (people like Jean at Extra Petite – see her review of Talbot shoes here) I have come to discover that these stores carry items that I would wear and that I can afford AND that fit my 5’1″ frame! I believe it’s a combination of all of the above. Not to mention that all three of these stores provide modest and stylish clothing for the working professional woman. They also carry petite sizing which fits me so much better than regular sizing.
So readers, have you shopped at these three stores I mentioned? For how long now? And if you haven’t, I recommend you give it a shot. Be patient. This was my second trip to Talbots, and I wasn’t impressed at all on my first. Now, I believe I will be a regular here as well. My Talbots is conveniently located next to LOFT so I can hit them both at the same time.