As anyone who has read this blog for more than 2 minutes knows, Talbots.com is one of Francesca’s favorite places to shop. Talbots clothing is always feminine, high-quality, classy, classic, and their Woman Petite section means that Francesca has a prayer of finding an outfit (or four, or forty) which actually fit well.
However, Francesca is a bit torn about advising our dear readers to shop the new collection. Oh, please do not think that Francesca thinks the new clothing is anything other than superfantastic. How can it not be? Just look at this wonderful double twill wool dress jacket
and matching pencil skirt
and this yummy faux-shearling jacket for the cold winter days:
Are they not divine?
No, the issue is that at Talbots one gets what one pays for. That is, the clothing are beautiful and high quality, and also pricey.
Francesca is a big fan of their sales, and an even bigger fan of their online outlet. Of course, the new items are far, far away from being on sale, and even further from going into the outlet section.
So, Francesca’s feeling is this: The savvy shopper should look at the new collection, and ask the following two questions about any item she wishes to buy:
1 – If this item, in this size and color, becomes unavailable later, will I be very sorry I didn’t buy it?
2- Do I need it right away? Can I not wait 6-8 months in the hope that it will still be available then, because I have important occasion to wear it before then?
If the answer to either question is “yes,” then buy at full price! But if the answer to both is “no,” then go ahead and wait, in hopes that your item will go on sale and won’t become “out of stock” before you get to it. Meanwhile, by all means peruse the sale and outlet sections and shop away.
With love for both Talbots and for our readers’ budgets,