an outfit deconstructed . . .

A big thank you to the lovely Joslyn for doing this outfit blog swap with me – it was so much fun collaborating. Be sure to pop on over to Simple Lovely to check out my outfit – I’m all about wardrobe staples right now!
And don’t worry, I think we’ll be doing these a little more regularly!
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Both Caitlin and I have recently lamented the sartorial challenges this time of year presents. We’re over our summer clothes, but with warm days still the norm (at least here in Texas), pulling out the sweaters and blazers just isn’t realistic yet. Enter transition dressing . . . or, more specifically, enter the transition dress.

My good friend Sharon turned me on to this dress. She has a “fancy” job (she’s the director of advertising for a well-known beverage company) that has her regularly traveling to NYC and LA, eating in fab restaurants and working on set with the likes of say, Fergie. She also has two young daughters, so it’s safe to say she’s a major multi-tasker, and she happens to have transition dressing down-pat. At a recent playdate/breakfast at her house, she told me about this dress that she’s been living in.
Apparently the entire advertising department at her company owns it in multiple colors…they’re dressing it down with flats for days on set and up with heels and a great necklace for dinners out… bare legs on warm days and tights + a scarf in cooler environs. You get the idea. And here’s the kicker, ready?? It’s from Talbots . . . and it’s majorly on sale. I bought one in navy and one in black pretty much immediately after she told me about it.
I’ve worn the navy one more times than I’d like to admit. Pretty much anytime I’m having a fashion conundrum, I reach for it. It’s easy but makes me feel instantly pulled together, which is pretty much the ultimate in terms of what we expect from our clothing, yes?

The Details:
Dress — Talbots
Bag — Clare Vivier
Necklace — Lizzie Fortunato
Shoes — Maxx Studio
Photos by Joslyn


  1. bluehydrangea

    I can't believe I am saying this but I am heading over to Talbots ASASP. I haven't shopped there since I took my granny years ago but that dress is amazing!! Thanks!!

  2. thenauticalwheeler

    I almost died when you said Talbots! I can't believe it. Love the outfit!

  3. With love...

    I love the dress!! Super chic.

    Have a wonderful day.

  4. Nest Studio

    ooh – thanks for the lead. I never think to shop at Talbots. Now I just hope I can figure out what my post-baby size will be!

  5. Anonymous

    Yes-any size suggestions with that dress? Does it run pretty true to size? Thanks! It's looks great on you.

  6. Joslyn

    thanks for the nice comments! so fun to be on Caitlin's blog today. The dress does run pretty true to size. I'm 5'6 and ordered a size small and am happy with the fit!

    Hope this helps!

  7. elizabeth antonia

    in my head i've already worn that more than I care to admit. great outfit!!

  8. Barbie // Birds of a Lovely Feather

    Great dress and fun swap. Talbots has definitely been impressing as of late.

  9. la la Lovely

    Talbots?! Who knew. I'm pretty sure I might actually need that dress! Love the swap! xo

  10. classiq

    The Talbots dress is lovely, the perfect transition piece into autumn. And the necklace is gorgeous!

  11. shu84

    lovely outfit:) love your blog and follow u:)

  12. Anonymous

    in the past 4 months i've bought several things from talbots — after a hiatus of…forever. the prices are good, the quality is good and the pieces are incredibly versatile. plus, the salespeople are well trained and very nice. i think i'll head on over and check out the dress! thanks for the tip!

  13. Stephanie

    have you tried belting it? i'm a big fan of belts… wondering if it would work?

    you look great, as always. =)

  14. twocreatives

    lovely post! and many thanks for talbots tip…but did anyone find a link for the dress?

  15. Erin

    It is MAJORLY on sale + right now there is an extra 25% off and free shipping! Here's the link:

    Happy Shopping!

  16. bluehydrangea

    I ordered the dress and I love it! I even blogged about it today.

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