Talbots Review: Women’s Clothing & Apparel

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About Talbots


Talbots began from an inspired commitment to provide women with timely and timeless style, extraordinary quality and memorable service. We are the original New England lifestyle brand for women who love looking well put together, with sizes for every body.

In 1947, Nancy and Rudy Talbot, two entrepreneurial New Englanders, created a clothing catalog with a highly dedicated and passionate following—treasured for its spirited voice and modern classic style. Soon they moved into a historic house in Hingham, Massachusetts, a quaint and picturesque town on the South Shore outside of Boston, where they painted the front door a welcoming red to signal hospitality.

Today, Talbots is a dynamic women-led fashion brand offering smile-worthy style for every area of your life.

What you wear day to day expresses a new, more relaxed way of living, but you still love looking well put together. You want beautiful, versatile clothing you’ll reach for again and again—with incredible comfort and the quality you’ve come to expect from us. You believe that looking good is feeling good, no matter what you’re doing. You look to us for gorgeous prints and patterns, mood-boosting colors and comfortable, flattering fits that capture the excitement of each season. And now, more than ever—style that exudes optimism and makes you smile.

Overview of Talbots


Work smart. Reach high. Have fun. Ask any of our associates and they’ll tell you that Talbots is a family. We support each other every day and challenge each other to reach for the best. The passion we feel for our brand and for our customers is reflected in everything we do. And along the way, we have lots of fun!

To support the work/life balance goals of our associates, we offer various flexible work arrangements whenever possible. This includes flexible schedules (in our corporate offices and our stores), work-from-home opportunities and hybrid arrangements with both work-from-home and in-office days. Our woman is our first thought, our final filter and our constant inspiration. Helping her to live her best life with modern classic style influences everything we do.

With our rich history as a foundation, we embrace the future by encouraging creativity, innovation and smart risk taking. And as we continue to grow our business through all channels, including eCommerce and additional stores, we strive constantly not just to do things better but to do better things.



  • Products from over 400 designers
  • Wishlist functionality to browse, save favorites, and buy later
  • Lower prices than other premium retailers
  • Hundreds of items on sale


  • Customers report slow or no customer service, inconsistent shipping times, and a long returns process

Talbots Women’s Clothing Review

In the Talbots women collection, it’s all about a mix of flowing fabrics, straight shapes, and modern neutrals. Think: a comfy tee worn under a Chanel-inspired tweed jacket, or a silky lace skirt paired with knee-high boots.

Spring is one of the most exciting fashion seasons because we can finally peel off the puffy jackets and play with layering. Up next, you’ll meet the brand’s best-selling styles to elevate your seasonal wardrobe.

Talbots Easy slim leg pants Review


Easy Slim Leg Pants. A relaxed slim-leg silhouette that fits and flatters. With an elasticized drawstring for maximum comfort. Perfect for every season. Extend the hemline now or roll a cuff for later with the button tab at hem.

A customer favorite returns! Cut from our refined bi-stretch fabric, these ultra-polished pants feature a tailored straight-leg with a streamlined slim-fit and natural recovery. Designed to hold you in, smooth you out and retain their sleek, curve-contouring shape, they’re fashioned with a slenderizing side-zip entry and a clean, pocket-less front. Or, if you have an hourglass figure, check out our Refined Bi-Stretch Side-Zip Straight-Leg – Curvy Fit.

I have seen several fashion bloggers on Instagram wearing Zara pants, so I thought I would order a few pairs of pants to see how they would fit: High-Waist Pants in “taupe brown”, High-Waist Pants in “oyster white” and Seamed Cigarette Pants in “sand”, all in size Large, my normal size. I had never tried on anything from Zara so I was curious about the fit and quality of material. When they arrived, I was impressed by how well made they were and the styles were so pretty.

They fit well in the legs and thighs, but I couldn’t even zip them up! After reading a few reviews online about Zara styles, the recommendation was to size up since their styles are made smaller. I didn’t reorder them in a larger size, because I was afraid the legs would be too wide.

Talbots Tossed flowers crewneck sweater Review


The fabric is a nice spring summer weight, not too thin either. It’s also soft and feels great against the skin and has some stretch. I would love to see more items in this fabrication. I’m a size 4 and tried on the size S in the store, which was too large and had ridiculously large armholes and a large neck. I ordered an XS online (my typical size) and it was also a bit large in the armholes and the neck was certainly larger than a true crew neck. I returned it for fit reasons. The length was shorter than many Talbots sweaters but was okay for me, hitting around the top of the hip. The orange was more dominant than the pink, but I like orange.

I love the print on this sweater. This is classic Talbots. I love when they do a pink and orange collection. The colors in the sweater are dramatic. The sweater is soft and has the old Talbots’ quality feel. It does run a little large. Please Talbots, this collection has me nostalgic for Talbots’ quality fabrics and prints. I purchased the pink gingham ruffled shirt too. Keep up the great work!

Love these colors. They pop just as much in person. Nice drapey light material for summer. But this was big on me everywhere and particularly in the neckline, width, and length. I am taking it to a store to see if it was mismarked. If it is supposed to be a tunic, I will need to return. A small comes down mid thigh on me and I am 5’7″.

Love these colors. They pop just as much in person. Nice drapey light material for summer. But this was big on me everywhere and particularly in the neckline, width, and length. I am taking it to a store to see if it was mismarked. If it is supposed to be a tunic, I will need to return. A small comes down mid thigh on me and I am 5’7″.

Talbots Slim ankle jeans – tahoe wash Review


Slim Ankle Jeans. Endless style and comfort. In a beautiful dark wash with a hint of stretch. Featuring a dropped hem detailing and flawless five-pocket styling. Our Flawless Five-Pocket Slim Ankle Jeans are artfully designed for maximum style. The charming ankle length and tapered silouette are flattering all around. So easy to pair with our tunics and ballet flats. If you have an hourglass figure, check out our Slim Ankle Jeans – Curvy Fit

These jeans were lighter in color than appeared online. The denim was super thin and fit was almost exactly like a jegging. Had high hopes for these cute jeans, but jeggings fit is not for me.

Does not fit like slim ankle jeans of previous years which were a perfect fit for my 140 lb. 5’2” petite figure. In fact, I am having a hard time getting a fit in any style Jean. Talbots jeans were always a sure bet for me. I actually wear a smaller size since losing weight but can’t find a petite style that fits well that’s not miles too long.

Talbots Pima bateau neck sweater – spaced stripe Review


Pima Bateau Neck Sweater. In gorgeous spaced stripe. Designed with a flattering bateau neckline for easy pullover styling. Wear it alone. Wear it layered.

Sweater is heavier knit then in picture but still nice. This is definitely a cool spring and fall sweater. Nice length, not too long which as a short person is nice. Sometimes Talbot sweaters are too long on me even when I buy petite. Washed on delicate and air dried.

I bought the black and it was love at first sight. The weight is nice for three seasons, the knitting is done well with no wonky seaming or yarn issues, but the fit is the best. It’s short which I love with crops and ankles for the three seasons coming up The stripes are not at all unflattering on this one. I purchased PXL, my regular size, and am 5’2” 175. I’m going back for the yellow.

I love this sweater! It is long sleeve so can be worn now and into the spring. It fits true to size and is a lovely quality! I tried it with the stovepipe leg white jeans and had to take them both home with me! Looking forward to a lot of wear from this!

Talbots Sale Shoes Review

I wrote about my favorite places to find petitewear on refinery29. I thought about this list carefully, and in the end crossed off BR and J.Crew Petites. BR has just been so drab lately, and J.Crew…beautiful items, but online only (with high free ship minimums) and terrible vanity sizing!

My Talbots shoe order has finally arrived. I was going to review them yesterday (before the promotion ended) but there was an issue with my order. I didn’t get them until today. However, Talbots is having a “Friends and Family” event (30% off everything with code FRIENDS plus free shipping). I hope I can give you some useful information just in case you are eyeing some shoes. I ordered 3 pairs of shoes to try. I’m normally a 6.5 (sometimes a 7) in shoes.

Talbots Edison bow slingback flats – mums print Shoes Review


Edison Bow Slingback Flats. Our ready-for-anything flats with a supportive back strap. In floral-print sateen with a pretty bow detailing. Preface: I thought all the shoes were fantastic quality. Leather upper, leather soles, reinforced heels. I usually waver between sz 5-5.5, and ordered sz 5 in everything except the yellow pair b/c 5 was sold out.

The fit on these seem to be inconsistent. Of all the shoes I got, these felt the loosest. Not slip-off-my-foot loose, but not snug, and I think leather flats need to be snug. However, I adore the design. the leather is buttery soft, the bow is sweet, and there’s ample toe cleavage. During Talbot’s secret shoe sale, I started with three pairs but was guilty of adding more. These are all still on sale, but not the flat rate of $29.99. Code JULY gives free ship at any price.

Edison bow slingback flats – mums print – I’m not used to chunky soles, but this shoe is surprisingly flattering on me and the color really elongates my legs. I love the Cameo Rose … it’s like a pinky nude. The structure of the shoe is sturdy and is a little stiff at first.

Talbots Leona buckle nappa flats Shoes Review


Leona Buckle Nappa Flats. Chic and versatile. And we love the buckle detail. In soft nappa. With a comfortable memory foam footbed. Leona buckle nappa flats Shoes worn here. Gorgeous suede with lightweight chunky wood heel. Since the slingback is elastic with no adjustable holes, I suggest sizing down if you’re between sizes.

Some women find Talbots to be a classic. Others find the stores wares to be a bit matronly. But if there’s one thing we can all agree upon, it’s that their shoe selection is amazing. Tortoise pumps are a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. They’re an updated basic that pairs well with work or casual attire. These Erica pumps with gold tips on the heel are high on my wish list.

These Strappy High Heels are a wonderful option for women who need a professional shoe with a little something extra. These heels offer a 3″ heel with a padded footbed for comfort.

I’m wearing Talbots shoes now, the quality is really good, I appreciate the wide widths available in some shoes, and I find the heels comfortable enough for all-day wear.
I’ve made Talbots heels my go to work shoes they held up better than prior Cole Haans and Rockports.

Talbots Lombardi Gold Feed Necklace Review


This Laura Lombardi chain-link necklace is stunning. The Gold Feed Necklace in 14k gold-plated brass features hinged ring fastenings and is about 14″ long, close to choker length.

It’s a glam, timeless look that you can wear to the office, paired with a classic, dark suit, or for a night out, with a little black dress. The Lombardi Gold Feed Necklace can be yours for $190.

Talbots Tracey tortoiseshell cat eye sunglasses Review


These funky, gold-tone, hexagonal metal-frame Gold DiorStellaire04 Glasses have transparent rubber-covered metal nose pads, so comfort doesn’t come at the cost of style. The Dior logo is engraved at the bridge and hinges for a touch of elegance. These specs come with a leather case, magnetic tab fastening included.

You’ll definitely pull off urban chic with these unique specs which go well with any outfit, from jeans on a patio to a business-casual dress in the boardroom. These Gold DiorStellaire04 Glasses retail for $339.

Next up in this TALBOTS review, we’ll get into what their customers think of them.

TALBOTS Clothing Reviews: What Do Customers Think?


In conducting this TALBOTS clothing review, we found that the brand has mixed, just above average reviews and ranks 9th among designer clothes sites, according to Site Jabber, with 3.66/5-stars based on 854 reviews (3.66/5 stars). This contrasts with higher reviews from Trust Pilot, which gives TALBOTS 4.5/5 stars, based on 26,641 TALBOTS reviews. It makes sense for the Trust Pilot ratings to carry more weight, since it features a larger sample of customers.

Some customers indicated shipping was quicker than expected (in some cases, orders arrived a day earlier than quoted), while others experienced slower than expected shipping times. Customer service was the most common poorly rated issue, falling below expectations of some customers with indications that response times were slow.

One TALBOTS clothing review on Trust Pilot stated, I have been trying to return my Off-White shoes since January. I received a shipping label months later. I shipped the shoes almost two months ago and now have no response. I have emailed multiple times to check in for my return and received NOTHING.

Of course, this varies by customer and situation, as this Trust Pilot TALBOTS clothing review indicates: They sent me the item in two days with fast DHL delivery. When I received the item the shape of the bag was kind of off. It was a Jacques’s straw bag. Straw bags are imperfect. It is how they are and that makes them unique, so it was not TALBOTS’s fault… I got a reply back in a couple hours. I returned the item and ordered another one meanwhile because exchange was not available. And like the customer specialist promised me the one I received was in a way better shape.

Is TALBOTS Clothing Worth It?


In this TALBOTS clothing review, we provide our impression on TALBOTS and whether or not they’re worthwhile to shop at. Based on the research we conducted, buying from TALBOTS is a pretty safe bet. It’s important to note that many more reviewers were satisfied with their TALBOTS clothing compared to those who were not.

If you’re looking for fashion items from luxury, street, or avant-garde labels, TALBOTS provides a varied collection at a lower cost compared to retailers or from brands directly.

Even the most reputable and trustworthy brands will have some negative reviews. There is a chance that you’ll have one of the issues that customers complained about, but it’s more likely that you’ll be happy shopping with TALBOTS.

TALBOTS Promotions & Discounts


This TALBOTS clothing review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning promotions and discounts. Although there was no TALBOTS promo code or TALBOTS discount code available when conducting this TALBOTS review, we found that TALBOTS offers some deals to its customers.

In USA, you can get free shipping on orders over $100 and free returns on all orders. Plus, right now, there are also hundreds of sale items at up to 70% off for both women and men.

Where to Buy TALBOTS

You can buy TALBOTS products directly from their site, TALBOTS .com, and some limited products are available through other retailers like Amazon.



Our TALBOTS clothing review comes with answers to some frequently asked questions:

Why Is TALBOTS So Cheap?

We did a little digging and found out the reason TALBOTS can offer products at such deep discounts is because they’re an online marketplace that buys from boutiques and brands across the internet. Pricing is set by the online retailer the goods come from, many of which sell similar items which creates competition and drives prices down.

Are TALBOTS Products Authentic?

TALBOTS points out that, as an established and trusted online retailer of luxury brands, all of their merchandise is backed by their Authenticity Guarantee. They receive all merchandise directly from suppliers and, depending on the designer, items might come with a proof of authenticity (e.g. dust bag, original box, certificate of authenticity). Plus, for quality assurance, all products are carefully inspected before shipment.

TALBOTS Shipping Policy

In USA, you’ll get free standard shipping on orders over $100 (or its $7-$10 for Priority Shipping, depending on your province). For orders under $100, Standard Shipping is $5-$8 depending on your province (or $7 for Priority Shipping).

International Shipping

In the US, shipping is free on orders over $300, and its $12 for orders under $300. TALBOTS also ships to over 40 other countries and regions. International costs start at about $20 and orders take about 2-5 business days.

Order Processing

Up to 2 business days processing time is required before the order gets shipped out (this may be longer during peak periods). Orders placed after 11:00 AM may be processed the next business day, and orders placed on weekends and holidays will be processed the following business day starting at 8:00 AM (EST).

Once your order is placed, you’ll receive an email confirmation, including your order number, and when the order has shipped you’ll get an email with your shipment’s tracking information. You can use TALBOTS’s self-serve tools, Talbots account/login, to track your order status at any time.

TALBOTS Return Policy

Free return shipping is offered to customers located in USA, the United States and Japan, with the exception of Final Sale items. To return one or more items from an order:

  • The return must be requested within 30 days of the delivery date
  • The item must be in its original, unused, unaltered and unwashed condition
  • The item must be returned with the tags and packaging in their original condition

TALBOTS will begin the return process within 5 business days of receiving your returned package.

You can initiate returns by submitting a request for a Return Authorization through your TALBOTS account using the self-serve tools, Talbots account/login, or you can contact the Customer Care team to assist you with the process. If you placed your order under a guest checkout option, you’ll need to create an account to request and manage the return yourself.

TALBOTS has a no-paper policy to reduce waste, so shipments don’t come with a return slip. As well, TALBOTS does not process exchanges; instead, you need to return the merchandise for a refund and place a new order for your new item(s).

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