After shying away from patterns of late, Talbots is bringing them back in response to customer demand. Considering the plentitude of printed pants and sheaths on view at its Spring presentation, it's safe to say that the brand will be giving its shoppers all they want and then some next season. "We've never given up on paisley," one Talbots employee explained at the preview. That practice paid off—the paisley silk palazzo pants, priced to sell at $119, were by far the collection's standout piece.
Dresses are consistently best sellers for Talbots, and there were several that should be hits, including a vibrant color-blocked frock with a full skirt, which was cited as having "Michelle Obama potential" in the navy and white, nautical combination. Also of note were the affordable accessories (everything here is sub-$150). Raffia sling-backs with a kitten heel, for example, are ideal for the sensible Talbots woman who still wants to wear heels but is too no-nonsense to totter around in five-inchers.