The accessories offer will also be expanded, but footwear will be scaled back. Core customers are to be targeted more strongly with its Talbots Collection premium line, in a bid to improve margin through better sourcing.
Talbots also plans to open up to 40 outlet stores over the next three years.
Store openings for J Jill have been halted until performance improves, with a marketing drive and product overhaul in the pipeline.
The group has already announced plans to close 100 stores, and is predicting a 4% sales growth by 2010 after losses in the past three quarters.