Shop For A Cause With New O, The Oprah Magazine Collection For Talbots Benefitting Dress For Success
There’s truth at the core of the adage “You have to dress for the job you want” — and it applies to every part of the employment process, from securing a gig to being promoted, earning the respect of colleagues, transitioning into different fields, and becoming a top-tier executive. Within the job hunting process, the right apparel is crucial — after all, you’re unlikely to secure a callback if you show up to a job interview in sweatpants and a faded T-shirt. And, of course, once you land a position, your professional ascent will hinge on your performance and leadership skills, but will also be affected by how others perceive you (and, in turn, how likely they are to promote you). This perception will likely be colored by the confidence, grace, and poise with which you carry yourself — and, while the clothes don’t make the woman, feeling and looking good can provide a nice dose of self-assurance that will shine through in the workplace. These truths are part of the driving force behind the non-profit organization Dress For Success, which helps to outfit financially-strapped women looking to enter the workplace with the professional attire they’ll need, and which works with these women to boost their confidence and instill a sense of hope and personal agency that will enable them to achieve the financial independence they seek. Dress For Success relies on donations to execute its mission, and Talbots has been a huge supporter — just last year, through a combination of customer donations and a percentage of proceeds from in-store events, Talbots collected more than 4,000 boxes of clothing and donated $500,000 to Dress for Success.
Now, Talbots has joined forces with O, The Oprah Magazine to create a capsule collection that will support Dress For Success, with 30% of the net proceeds from the sale of each item being donated to DFS. The limited-edition O, The Oprah Magazine For Talbots Capsule Collection consists of seven pieces that reflect the shared vision of the magazine’s Creative Director, Adam Glassman, and the Talbots design team. Consisting of seven pieces that can easily transition from the workplace to after-hours activities, the collection hit stores this week and will be available through April 3rd.
The collection includes five versatile apparel pieces that can be mixed and matched to create countless looks. Perhaps the crowning jewel of the collection is The Dress ($189 at Talbots.com), a fit-and-flare frock with a lovely hydrangea print that goes from a vibrant color scheme incorporating lilac, pale pink, violet, and lush green tones along the upper half of the design that, in turn, transitions to a black-and-white scheme along the bottom, thereby taking a classic floral motif and giving it a modern spin through the duality of the juxtaposed hue combinations. The frock’s surplice neckline is sexy but modest and the side seam pockets are perfect for stashing your cash and cell.
Lilac blossoms, meanwhile, adorn The Skirt ($99 at Talbots.com), an indigo-colored, floral-print, cotton pencil skirt with a grosgrain band detail at the waist.
Other pieces include the Eastport Drawstring Pant ($109 at Talbots.com), a straight-leg pant with a miniature paisley print, a relaxed fit, and an elasticized waistline; the Embroidered Dot Charming Cardigan ($89.50 at Talbots.com), a hip-length, kelly green, crewneck cardigan sweater with 3/4-length sleeves, front button closures, and a perky embroidered white polka dot pattern; and The Shirt ($79.50 at Talbots.com), a long-sleeved cotton voile blouse with a delicate Swiss dot finish, a standard shirt collar, and a pintucked tuxedo front that fuses together feminine and masculine elements.
These five basics, then, can be coordinated with tailored blazers, camisoles, trench coats, waterfall sweaters, V-neck blouses, Peter Pan shirts, and much more.
Two accessories complete the collection: the Citron Ombre Scarf ($59 at Talbots.com), a gauze-y summer scarf with an ombré color scheme in cool lemon sorbet and orchid pink tones; and the Floral Burst Necklace ($79.50 at Talbots.com), a statement necklace with clusters of faceted, rectangular, iridescent crystals, ivory and peach beads sculpted to resemble roses, teardrop- and oval-shaped stones in jade and lilac hues, and enamel-coated gold-plated floral charms with sparkling crystal centers.
This collection, then, includes some structured but feminine pieces through which to give any work-ready wardrobe a spring-ready update, as well as some basics that can easily move from the office to a garden party, brunch date, movie night, or school play.