525 Madison Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.760132 -73.973936
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown Center
what a surprise – Talbots is one of those stores that I just never pictured myself in because my mom used to go there, but last week I went because my mom gave me a gift card from there. I was actually pleasantly surprised by what I found - lots of petite sizes and lots of choices in terms of style, which is great because some of my fav stores have cut down on their petites selections. In the end I picked up some nice pieces for work, which was great.
The staff was helpful when I found them – they appear to be a bit under staffed, which would have been more of a problem than it was if I had more questions. That said the staff was really friendly and willing to go the extra mile, which always a plus.
Good for basic office clothing – I had a pretty good experience here at Talbots. I needed a few pieces of office clothing, and, because they are by default boring, I didn't find the blandness of Talbots fashion a detractor at all. It was nice to not be distracted by too many colorful choices. The styles are a bit middle-aged but they suited my purposes. The customer service reps were also very helpful in giving me tips on which items to consider for particular occasions. I'd come here if you need basic, business-y things and know pretty much what you're looking for. Definitely not a place to go if you want cute, casual stuff.
The red door with brass knocker is a perennially preppy retail icon. – In Short
Both the clothing and the shopping experience at Talbots are simple, unfussy and classy. Ignoring fashion's whims, the store sticks to classics like glen plaids, houndstooth checks and cable knits. It's the place to find single-breasted blazers or sensible pumps, all in a dozen different colors. True prepsters build entire wardrobes here, but even ardent fashionistas stop in for a few high-quality, moderately priced, nice-fitting basics. Check out the end-of-season sales for big savings.
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