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Ann Taylor LOFT – My Recent Purchases

Last night I got my latest order from Ann Taylor LOFT. As I mentioned on my Facebook page last week, they had 30% off full-price styles. I ordered some items from LOFT in the past few months and almost all of them have been a fail for me. However, I had seen many bloggers raving about their spring line, so I decided to take a chance.

What I ordered and what I thought:

On the LOFT Facebook page, someone mentioned how this top was way overpriced – almost $50 for a polyester tee shirt? With the 30% off deal it seemed to be a more reasonable price. I was imagining it with jeans like in the photo, but also with a leather skirt, with a navy fuller skirt and peeptoe heels, even under a suit jacket. I thought it would be unique, versatile, fun.

Yeah, it’s a cheap-feeling polyester tee shirt with an elastic band at the waist.

I chose a size Large, which seemed too big for me. It gapped at the armholes, exposing my bra. The neckline was also large, sliding off a shoulder showing bra strap. The elasticized waist wasn’t tight enough to stay at the waist and blouse out, and the top was so darn long that it couldn’t be worn without being tucked in. Did I mention it felt cheap? It’s the same weird nubby polyester of my brown and blue dress from last spring, but at least in a dress it seems to work. This top would be awesome… if the price was more like $30 and it fit more like it does on the model (she HAS to have it clipped in back!).

I thought this dress would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe for spring. I have a LOFT dress from last spring that has a grosgrain waistband, and it has a nice fit. Black, 100% polyester, a flattering cowl neckline and subtle bubble skirt, I was thinking this dress would be cute for work with a colorful woven or my black patent belt, but also could be glammed up for a wedding or date night.

Another fail. Again, LOFT has used really cheap material. This dress is black, but it’s a sheer polyester that is so cheap it looks almost like dark gray. White the exterior is a floaty (yet cheap feeling and looking) organza-like fabric, the interior is a very tight-fitting opaque black polyester. There is a size zipper which is necessary to get this dress on, and even when on I found the lining to be extremely fitted to the point that it rode up when I walked or sat and required adjustment just to walk from the bed to the full-length mirror. This dress looked as though it cost $25 and was purchased at H&M.

I ordered a 12 Regular, which technically fit – it fit in the bust, it fit in the ribcage, the waist hit at the right place, the skirt in the right place (note –if you are tall this dress will be very short). however the really snug-fitting lining made it do weird things from the waist-down. I can’t even imagine how this would fit on a woman who has more curves in the hip area.

I know I am not the only person who occasionally forgets her personal style. For those who have been reading for a long time (and those who know me IRL) are thinking, “What the heck is Allie doing ordering this sweater?” I know my sister is thinking, “There she goes again.” All my life, I go through phases where I think I will start wearing subtle neutral colors, pieces that are beautiful based upon their detail and shaping, than color. I imagined wearing this sweater with jeans and all my champagne pearls, with a statement necklace like the model, or with my black leather skirt and some fun booties.

This sweater is gorgeous in person, I think moreso than on the model. It has a heavy weight, but the knit is sort of spongy/stretchy so it still has lovely drape. A size large fit me like the model, but a bit longer in the body. It would look amazing with some weathered jeans and beaded jewelry, with white jeans and a bold silver cuff, and yes, with a black leather mini and ankle booties. It does have dolman sleeves, which isn’t the best on a woman with a large bust and broad shoulders, but it’s a really lovely sweater than looks expensive and seems to be made with care. It’s just not my personal style.

I didn’t take this out of the plastic, I found it really goofy looking in person. I was thinking it could be cute with a blazer and jeans, or as a fun alternative to a tee, but it looked so muddy and cheap in real life, I didn’t even upwrap it and try it on.

I was looking forward to these tees. A few years ago, I got some pima scoop tees from Banana Republic that were perfection – a refined knit with a slight sheen that could dress up or down, a flattering scoop that elongated the neck but didn’t show bra straps or too much cleavage, a mix of fabrics that could handle the washing machine and didn’t stretch out over time. I still wear my Banana tees from time to time, but they are really showing their age. I thought these tees from LOFT would be a worthy replacement. I ordered four of them – Spring Orange (pictured), Shimmer Pink, Navy, and Black. I ordered all of them in size Large Regular.

Each shirt fit differently. The black tee is a hint too large, the navy one so long it covers my crotch, the orange one gaps at the neck and has shorter sleeves than the rest, the pink one fits me perfectly. Also the actual fabric varied from piece to piece – some seemed thinner than others, some seemed to have more Lycra. Again the pink was my favorite of them all.

As for the colors, the Spring Orange is the most random color – it’s like neon salmon and slightly faded; I own a highlighter this color and I don’t like using it. Think Spam, think weird orange drink that comes in gallon jugs, think Laffy Taffy. Now, some women could rock this color, but I feel very few. The Shimmer Pink isn’t as vibrant as I had hoped, but it’s a pretty color that can get your fix of Honeysuckle for the season. Black and navy were rich and true, the navy a nice inky dark shade that looks polished.

I will be returning at least the Spring Orange, and most likely the Black.

Since my old beloved Ann Taylor denim pencil skirt is now too large, I have been looking for a replacement. I thought this may be a good choice – it’s not heavy denim, I liked the wide waistband and clean lines.

This skirt doesn’t look at all like denim in person. It’s a thin stretchy fabric with a slight sheen that may look denim-like in the right light. The fabric is so thin, it doesn’t hide a single thing (unlike my old stretch denim pencil skirt which was made of the same fabric as stretch denim jeans). On top of it, the skirt seems to run really tight in the hips/butt. While a 12 Petite fit me in length and the waist, it looked painted on. Also, I found the two slits in the back to be a weirdly conservative touch for such a skirt. This skirt just confused me and is being returned.

Meh. It’s cute, but nothing to write home about. I usually have great success with LOFT jewelry – it’s well made, unique, stylish, looks more expensive than its pricetag. This doesn’t look expensive – it looks as though I could find it at Forever 21. It’s a nice length, but the chains are so light and the teardrops so heavy, it all jumbles together between the breasts and you lose the detail in the necklace. Return.

Yet again, not much luck with Ann Taylor LOFT. I want to love them, I want to have success, but again I am disappointed in shoddy work and cheap fabrics. Every so often they have a true gem (like my leather mini skirt), but I am seeing more often that they are missing the mark on what used to be their staples – great jeans, quality knits, fun accessories.



Have you checked out LOFT’s new spring line? Have you found any winners?

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What to Buy at the Ann Taylor Sale

Reader Chris contacted me to share what I’m currently loving at Ann Taylor. Through Sunday, Ann Taylor is offering 40% off everything (including sale merchandise) with the promo code GOSPRING. Ann Taylor is one of my favorite retailers for career wear that has style but is relatively timeless; I have piece in my wardrobe from Ann Taylor that are years old but still look modern and fresh. Offering tall and petite sizes and regular sizes up to XXL and 16 online, it’s a good major retailer go-to, especially when they have fab sales like this.

I’m limiting my picks to full-price merchandise as sale is often sold out by time I post. But do check out the sale section, I get some amazing deals from Ann Taylor. With Ann Taylor, you can return online purchases to their stores without hassle; if you do need to do this check their floor selection as it’s often different from online, especially in the clearance department.

Tops

  • Crepe Shirred Popover – This is the type of blouse you think it ho-hum and pass over in the store, but if you do purchase you wear the heck out of it and wish you bought two. Looks great tucked or untucked; pair with a pencil skirt and pumps for church, wear untucked with boyfriend jeans for brunch. Slip over skinny dark jeans and pumps for a night out, or wear untucked with ankle pants and pointed flats for the office and looks great under a blazer.
  • Stitch Pocket Blouse – A variation on the same concept of the popover – the simple blouse that ends up being a wardrobe workhorse.
  • Silk Camp Shirt – I bought this shirt last spring in navy and wear it quite often. I’ve paired with white jeans (seen here), last week wore it tucked in with navy trousers (seen on Instagram), and often wear it untucked over distressed jeans. They’re well made (and I love the covered placket – dresses up much more easily), but my tip is to tack the rolled sleeves as the silk is too soft and the cuffs unravel.
  • Striped Wrap Top – I became a new fan of tops like these last spring and summer; with my broken arm they were a way to look polished without sleeves and buttons. The wrap style is flattering to a bust, the draping hides a tummy, and it can look at home at the workplace or the dance floor. Pair with trousers of most any length or leg opening, with jeans, and even a pair of black shorts for a summer party.
  • Crepe Drape Neck Top – Ann Taylor has a variation of this top almost every year and I own it in hot pink (seen here) and navy. I wear it tucked in with a suit, untucked over skinny jeans or ankle pant, untucked with a skinny belt over a pencil skirt. It’s great for travel because it’s so versatile, doesn’t wrinkle, and can be spot cleaned quite easily.
  • Shoulder Button Tee – Available in stripes and solids, this is another basic that Ann Taylor carries a version of year after year. I have a button-free version of this top in black and red that I have been wearing for years; it’s a great length sleeve to pair with ankle pants and midi skirts and the length makes it great tucked in or left out.
  • Cashmere Poncho – I own this (see here) and wear it all the time. Just a bit chilly? I throw it over everything from a shift dress to a striped tee and jeans. In the winter I’d wear over long-sleeved tops and sweaters. It has a great drape that is figure flattering, and now is available in a variety of great colors. This is a piece you’ll own and wear for years.

Dresses and Skirts

  • Layered Crepe Dress – This is the dress you’ll wish was in your closet come mid-July when it’s hot and humid and you’d rather be at the beach than the office but you have to be a responsible adult. You don’t want anything tight or stuffy, but you need to be appropriate and would be oh so happy slipping this on with a pair of pumps or wedge sandals instead of a blazer. Buy it now, you can thank me later.
  • Floral Embroidered Shirtdress – In a world of bold colors and boring neutrals, this feminine peachy frock is a breath of fresh air. Pair with tan sandals and aviators for the weekend, style with nude pumps for the office, switch out the self-belt for a rope or weather leather belt to create a completely different look.
  • Fine Stripe Shirtdress – If you’re like me and feel more at home in bold patterns and neutrals, this alternative is for you. The vertical stripes are modern and slimming; the split neck with mandarin collar elongates the neck, and you can create a completely different look with a switch of belt.
  • Doubleweave A-line Skirt – Classic flattering shape and a hot coral color that will add a punch to your neutrals, chambray and denim, and also brights like turquoise, yellow, and berry.
  • Circle Skirt – A nice weight of textured black knit makes this a great skirt for work or play. Flattering fit and length.

Jackets and Coats

  • All-Season Stretch Two Button Jacket – ‘Tis the season to buy suiting from Ann Taylor. This jacket is a classic cut that will stay stylish for many seasons; create a suit by pairing it with the All-Season Pencil Skirt or All-Season Trousers.
  • Spring Leopard Coat – This is like the spring version of my Talbots coat; collarless style which looks great paired with a tank and jeans or worn as a lightweight coat over a dress or trousers. Simple and chic, will become a closet favorite.
  • Relaxed Crepe Trench – White available in navy, the mustard color is phenomenal. You may say it’s not your color, but imagine it paired with cobalt blue, bright blue-red or hot pink lips, with black and white, magenta or purple. It’s an accent that can elevate your wardrobe.

Shoes and Accessories

  • Leather Corset Belt – When big sales like this happen, I always buy belts. They’re not too pricey (especially with a nice 40% off promo code), and they transform your wardrobe. This belt has a unique style and two great colors to update your wardrobe in a jiffy. Slip over a sheath dress, pair with a fitted tee and midi skirt, replace the self-belt of a dress, use it to cinch a tunic blouse or kimono. I’ve found Ann Taylor belts can run a bit small, if in doubt size up.
  • Kylie Leather Pumps – Ann Taylor makes great shoes, and the Kylie is one of their best. Available in two classic colors, this is an elegant shoe at a reasonable height perfect for desk to drinks.
  • Juliet Leather Ankle Zip Sandals – Tough, but not too tough. Chic, but not too trendy. This is a hot shoe, but elegant enough to be able to work in some office environments and even be worn to a day wedding yet would look awesome with jeans.
  • Faceted Stone Collar – I used to get the BEST jewelry from Ann Taylor but in the past few seasons it has been a lot of the same. This necklace makes a statement without being too heavy and would look amazing with a simple tee or tank, or in the neckline of a work blouse.

Did you buy anything from the Ann Taylor sale? Purchased any recent pieces from the brand? Would love to hear your buys and recommendations in the comments!

My Wardrobe Today – Friday

Black tuxedo jacket – Ann Taylor (no longer available)
Quarry Print TankAnn Taylor
Jeans - Not Your Daughter’s Jeans “Marilyn”
Black bootiesCole Haan “Air Talia Bootie”
Gold and crystal necklace - Ann Taylor LOFT (no longer available)
Gold and crystal bracelet – Anthropologie via eBay

Sorry for the dark pictures, this morning was very dark and gloomy. However the day has brightened a bit and I am looking forward to this weekend. There is a music festival in town on tomorrow and I hope to hit a mall on Sunday!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Guest Blogger – My Sister

I often speak of my sister, and occasionally she appears in some of my photos from events. Well yesterday she emailed me about her outfit and I thought… why not have her take pictures of herself and share? Backstory – My sister Debbie is three years younger, she works in advertising in Washington DC and lives in the city in a very cute apartment. Currently living the single life, she has a far more active social calendar than I and is my personal going-out guru for DC and the first person I go to for a style second opinion.

And her full-length mirror used to be mine – it’s from the Express stores – remember when they had a French theme? When they switched to a more modern look we employees got to go home with all the old furnishings. The mirror is in the shape of Venus de Milo. I love it!

From Debbie:

This dress arrived a couple weeks ago, but I’ve been waiting for the perfect day to wear it. Then I was running late this morning and knew that a dress would be a lot faster than separates so I threw it on.

Brown and cream giraffe print wrap dress from Kiyonna. Cream lace trimmed camisole underneath from Ann Taylor Loft, bought several years ago. Tan peep-toe pumps from Steve Madden, bought last spring. Gold link necklace (given to me by Alison – she has two others) doubled around my neck. Bronze leaf bracelet made by my great-aunt.

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Hair was washed and conditioned with Garnier Fructis Body & Volume, then added John Frieda thermal protection hair serum and some Pantene Texturize moussing foam wax. Blown dry with ionic ceramic dryer and then ran a ceramic straightener over it several times. A couple of hits of John Frieda 100% Shine glossing mist – sprayed from arm’s length – finished it off.

Make-up is philosophy the present for primer, Trish McEvoy Even Skin foundation in 2, Cover Girl Clean pressed powder, L’Oreal True Match blush in C1-2 – baby blossom, Urban Decay shadow primer potion, Benefit Babe Cake eyeliner in black, DiorShow mascara in black, Laura Mercier lip stain in mulberry with Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss overtop in Cherries in the Glow. Normally I don’t wear this red of lipstick to work, but the dress just seemed to ask for it.

What I Wore: Old School Allie

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Tee: Ann Taylor | Pants: LOFT | Scarf: Liberty London (similar) | Bag: c/o Fossil (similar) | Watch: Citizen | Bracelets: Nordstrom, Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Shoes: Cole Haan (similar)

I wore this outfit last week to work and I felt very Classic Allie. My sister bought me this scarf a few years ago when she visited London and I love pairing it with stripes. And well, we all know I love stripes! I put away laundry this weekend and was floored how I have a drawer of almost all striped tees, but I wear them all and they all have different purposes, fits, and colors. This one I recently picked up at Ann Taylor; I like the notched hem and leather elbow patches which makes it look a bit more polished than a traditional tee, and I liked the sale price!

Recent Purchases: Spring Clothing Shopping

Been doing a bit of shopping lately, a bit more misses than hits:

recent spring purchases clothing

1. Halogen Roll Sleeve Maxi Dress

This dress looked like perfection for spring through fall. I imagined it with my vintage brown leather belt and heeled sandals for the office, with my silver Birkenstocks for the weekend. I have pieces from Halogen in this fabric and knew it would be great for travel. Since it’s a maxi, I chose a petite. I went with XL since it’s not stretchy and I need room for “the girls.”

The arms were so tight I could hardly get it on, and the front placket bulged. However, the torso felt a bit too long, the waist was too big and the skirt was loose. The length was perfect, just like the model so I knew switching to Regular wouldn’t work. Sadly this was returned, but if you’re smaller busted or taller scoop this baby up; it’s very similar to dresses sold by brands like Vince for four times the price and the fabric is nice – feels and looks like silk yet is machine washable.

2. Madewell Raw Edge Denim Skirt

I swore I wouldn’t buy a denim skirt this season. I did denim skirts a decade ago, and did them five years before that and a decade before that. There’s a point when you just don’t want to do a trend again. But then I saw a woman around my age wearing one with a Breton tee and Chucks and Wayfarers and gosh she looked so casually cool and classic. I didn’t want it crisp, I wanted a casual version, and I wanted it to come down to my knees. This one from Madewell via Nordstrom looked perfect.

And it is almost perfect. So almost perfect I’m wondering if it’s worth alterations. For the problem with this skirt is that it’s completely straight and if you’re curvy like me, a straight skirt turns into a bell. From the front, it’s cute enough but the side and back view is dreadful. However, if the skirt was tapered about an inch on either side, it would be awesome. I love the soft denim, I love the raw edge and subtle distressing that looks authentic, not torn apart in a warehouse. And I tried it on with the striped tee in this post and my Converse Shorelines and I loved the concept on me.  I should have also checked it out on the Madewell site where it’s not pinned in back and looks more a-line.

So the skirt is sitting in a box in the corner of my room while I decide whether it’s worth additional alterations or if I find a better choice. If you’ve seen a similar skirt that’s more a true pencil, please let me know!

3. Gap White Linen Shirtdress

I’ve always wanted a dress like this – buttons all the way down, sleeves rolled, pockets, knee length, a self-belt that can be switched out for a different look. I’ve never bought one because white dresses are usually too sheer and they rarely end up looking good after a day of wear. But this dress got great reviews for opacity and wearability so I took a chance.

Again, I worked a hell of a long time trying to style this dress. Skinny belt, wide belt, raffia belt, braided belt, no belt, collar popped, cami underneath. It just isn’t flattering. The pockets are very bulky (why make the actual pocket of the same heavy linen? Use a lightweight cotton for gosh sakes!), there’s no loops for the belt so the belt slides around, and yes, it is too sheer to wear without a slip (though I have a cotton slip and that didn’t bother me).

4. Ann Taylor Stripe Shoulder Zip Cotton Top

I know, do I REALLY need another striped top? My gray striped J. Crew Factory tee now has a hole in it, and I wanted another gray stripe. I know, I know, but all my striped tops DO get regular wear!

This top is a heavy weight, the zipper detail adds a nice touch. It’s a structured top, too heavy to tuck in and far more substantial and less stretchy than a tee. I actually like that feature, it looks more polished when paired with jeans and can be worn in a Business Casual work environment. It was machine washed regular but line dried and turned out well. It’s not the best striped shirt I have ever had, but it’s a nice one that has already been worn a handful of times!

5. Gap Cinched Scoop Dress

I’ve worn the heck out of this dress from Lands’ End Canvas (RIP) and it got too worn out to look nice. This dress in navy looked like a great replacement. And it’s sooooo close. I ordered a petite because I feared the armholes would be too low and the skirt too long. And while neither of those were an issue with the petite, the problem was that the waist was at this weird point that isn’t empire and isn’t traditional. The elastic waist is begging to be covered with a belt, but is wider than all of my wide belts, and with the high waist, it just looked super wonky. I kept trying to make it work and realized that if a dress takes this much effort to style, it doesn’t belong in my wardrobe. But if I were taller and could carry off the regular, I think all the issues wouldn’t be issues. If you’re 5’6” or taller, don’t rule this one out as it’s that great fabric that can look good wrinkled or crinkled and will get softer with washings, it has pockets, is a classic style and quite comfortable. It could be dressed up or down and will dry quickly.

6. Banana Republic Brenna Slip-on Sneaker

I mentioned in this post that I purchased these shoes. I must say I really dig them. I have short toes,a high arch and a fat foot thanks to lots of padding on the ball from childhood toewalking, so slip-on shoes don’t usually work for me. However, I have had luck with Banana Republic in the past so I took a chance. Glad I did, these shoes are freaking awesome. The silver is shiny, but it’s clearly metal and not cheap. The fit is comfortable, and the leather has a bit of give. The perforations keep you cooler than a solid shoe, but you can slip a pair of peds underneath without them showing.

Wednesday, I created an outfit around these shoes and asked Karl how it looked. He agreed the shoes are badass, but do I NEED shoes like this? I have my silver Birkenstocks, I have my Converse Shorelines. I hate to admit it, he’s right, so the shoes are going back. But if you need such shoes in your wardrobe, these are even better in person! Do as I did, wait until Banana has one of their 40% off deals; while these are awesome I think the price is a bit cray for a trend piece.

Have you made any recent purchases? Anything we should check out? Anything we should avoid at all costs?

What I Wore: Style Meets Comfort [Sponsored]

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Jacket: LOFT (similar) | Tee: Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Bag: c/o Handbag Heaven | Shoes: Comfort Plus by Predictions ‘Karmen’ available at Payless

Many of you ask me to recommend footwear brands that offer comfort and style at a reasonable pricepoint. So when Payless ShoeSource contacted me regarding their comfort line, I knew I had to review it for you!

Comfort Plus by Predictions and Dexflex Comfort are Payless lines of shoes that come in regular and wide sizes 5 to 13. With memory foam insoles and flexible outsoles, these shoes are uber comfortable for walking and standing all day. When I visited my nearby Payless location I was really impressed by how these lines incorporate popular fall fashion trends. From pointed toes to leopard print, classic oxfords to booties and “shooties,” one can find on-trend shoes for work and play. I chose the ‘Karmen’ round-toe pump in wine, a hot color this season. The suede-like finish looks great peeking out of suiting trousers, paired with work dresses, but for this post I chose to dress them down with boyfriend jeans.

The shoes really are as comfortable as they claim. I wore them one day to work and found them comfortable enough to take a brisk walk of a few blocks on my lunch hour and didn’t get any blisters, rubbing, or hot spots. Standing was also comfortable; I got stuck standing the majority of my Metro commute home and wasn’t shifting my weight the whole trip like I usually do. All this comfort, seasonally-appropriate style, and less than $30! I’m glad to find Payless as a source for budget-friendly comfort shoes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Recent Purchases – Ann Taylor

I have made some recent purchases from Ann Taylor, here’s my reviews of the pieces!


As soon as I saw this dress in the store I HAD to have it! Unfortunately they didn’t have my size in the store. However the next day, Ann Taylor had 40% off and free shipping so I got it online. I ordered a 12 Petite, since that seems to be my standard size with this company.

The dress is exactly in person as it looks on the model – intense cobalt shade, nice weight of ponte, cute hip pockets, exposed back zipper. However, it runs small in the arms and bust. If I had a smaller chest (we’re talking a B), and therefore smaller arms, as 12 Petite would have fit – it looked great everywhere else. So I exchanged it for a 14 Petite, which I love and have now worn twice. I think it looks cute with bare legs, will look great with black opaque tights or boots, and come spring will still look sassy.

I wore this dress here and I really like it. It has an unusual silhouette, is stretchy and comfortable, and can dress up and down with ease. I wore it with a wide belt, but also think it looks great (and more dressy) without a belt, or could use a skinny belt for a pop of color or shine.

I got this dress in a 12 Petite and almost considered trading it for a 12 Regular – it runs a bit short in the waist. However, I stuck with petite because it fit so well in every other location.

I got this in a 12 Petite and had to struggle for several minutes to get it zipped up, Once on, it looked ridiculous – too tight in the body, gaping at the armholes, waistband a hair too high on the waist yet the length was still to the top of the kneecap. Would be cute maybe on a straighter figure. I also found it to be a bit too casual – I thought it would be a pretty dress for a wedding, but on the fabric looked more work-appropriate (though the silhouette really isn’t).


Not sure what I was expecting with this skirt, as I already own a blue ponte skirt from Halogen (here). This skirt is a gorgeous cerulean blue – different from my cobalt ponte skirt. It is also shorter – same length as my orange Ann Taylor mini skirt. The waistband is invisible – a band of wide elastic inside and a back zipper. Cute… but a very simple thin ponte skirt free of lining, details, or anything making it more special than the one I have from Halogen. I also find the $78 pricetag to be a bit ridiculous – again, there is no lining, no fancy silhouette or details. You could find a similar skirt at any other retailer for around $50.

It doesn’t shed glitter everywhere, and like all my other belts from Ann Taylor it is well crafted. Fits true to size, is sparkly without being too blingy for work. Would be cute with a simple black shift or in the beltloops of gray tweed trousers.

Returning because… well I just don’t need it. I got it at 40% off, but still don’t see the need for such a belt in my wardrobe at this time.

Have you taken advantage of the recent Ann Taylor promotions?  Any great purchases?

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Friday, and Ann Taylor Love

Black tank from Jessica Chaus, which I got at Marshall’s during the first trimester of my pregnancy. I loved it then because it wasn’t maternity, but worked with my changing shape. It was funny, after I had Emerson I tried on this tank and it looked so DUMPY, I was surprised. I now realize it was because I had more hips and tummy postpartum than I had at 12 weeks of pregnancy. Now it seems to fit again – nothing spectacular, but a tank that is work appropriate and I think is more flattering than this picture leads you to believe. With it are my straight dark jeans from NYDJ – the only jeans that still fit and flatter. I whipped out some fall shoes early – my gray strappy heels from Miz Mooz (do need some black or funky colored sandals but haven’t seen any I adore and fit…). The necklace is new and from Ann Taylor (sale), and the bracelets are old and also from Ann Taylor.

Hair is washed and conditioned then air dried. Our bathroom is still unavailable as that the contractor came by this week to retile it. The tiles never quite stuck properly after the remodel and have gotten loose. He is working on another house in the neighborhood and offered to come by and fix a couple things around the house for free. So the bathroom is off limits, and it is keeping most of my beauty products hostage (the husband didn’t think to clear the medicine cabinet before they started work). So no product, but I do have my curling iron available so I just put it on high and hit big sections, let it cool, put a bit of face moisturizer on my hands and finger combed to separate but not frizz up. Makeup is Max Factor Pan-Stik, Nars blush in Orgasm, Pop Beauty shadow palette for Brown Eyes (khaki and black), Tarte’s Indelible Wink in black, Bare Escentuals Buxom lip gloss in Dolly, and DiorShow mascara.

The other day I saw an article on The DC Goodwill Fashionista about how she used to loathe Ann Taylor until this season. I have to agree that this season is looking pretty fabulous at Ann Taylor, but I have always been a fan of the store. I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with being a destination for great corporate wear. In this day and age, it’s hard to find good suits and workwear that isn’t dowdy, and isn’t Amanda Woodward. But the past couple of years Ann Taylor hasn’t been all corporate. They have had fantastic accessories, flattering and chic cocktail dresses, and some really great wardrobe staples like pencil skirts, current yet not overly trendy denim, fun casual tops. In fact, I am a bit sad that Ann Taylor isn’t as reliable of a shop for the ever-necessary interview suit. I don’t want to have to buy a new black pantsuit with every new New York Fashion Week – I don’t have that sort of fundage and most of the country is in the same boat as me.

But Ann Taylor has been a fave of mine for over a decade. Every time I am rocking a cool piece of jewelry and get a compliment from a stranger, they are always shocked when I say it’s from Ann Taylor (especially this necklace). Though it’s costume jewelry, the golds and silvers hold up great – these bracelets are years old yet still look fresh. This necklace is unique looking, expensive looking, versatile. Last night after work I changed into a bright cobalt scoop tee and my mom commented on how nice it was – the fit and the unique color. Ann Taylor! My two favorite summer wrap dresses (black and blue) are from Ann Taylor and with a quick change of accessories they can go from flip-flop casual to looking great for work or even a wedding. Yes, it is weird to be wearing an item and walk down the Metro platform at Gallery Place/Chinatown and see another woman in the same frock, but I have that happen FAR more often with Target, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, J. Crew and I have even had that happen with ten-year old items from Express and with items I have found at thrift stores.

Ann Taylor, and really any other chain store is a great place to find wardrobe staples and little accents. I know and have worked with and been friends with those women who have a bit TOO much brand loyalty and they look like a walking billboard for a store. I remember when I worked at Express I would have women who would come in sometimes more than once a week to make purchases. They had more clothes from the store than I did with my 40-55% discount (and the need to wear it every day). Having that intense of brand loyalty can make life easy, but it can make life pretty darn boring. But one can’t blame the retailer for every woman in DC running around in triacetate suiting, you have to blame the shoppers who are afraid or not educated on how to take such items and put their own personal spin on them. I am an Ann Taylor fan, and love them more than trendier mass retailers like J. Crew and Banana Republic because though their concept and look may change from season to season, their sizing hasn’t changed that drastically, their quality and pricing hasn’t changed that drastically, they maintain a clear concept, know their customer, and provide just the right balance of really wearable corporate attire and fun trendy pieces to update a woman’s entire wardrobe. So thank you Ann Taylor, for making necklaces I have worn as Matron of Honor at an elegant evening wedding, have worn to the beach with a vintage tee and flip flops, on casual Friday, to an art exhibit opening and to a job interview. And thank you Ann Taylor for making clothes I can wear out to a club, dinner with the husband, a wedding, a bridal shower, work, and the grocery store. Yes, there are millions of women with this same necklace or the same denim skirt, but your store makes it easy for those pieces to look unique on my body!

Another Ann Taylor Sale!

Ann Taylor: 25% off EVERYTHING!

Yep, that means sale, clearance, you name it (of course it doesn’t include gift cards – I used to HATE it when people would ask that when I worked retail. Come on, THINK before you speak). PLUS you get free shipping if you spend $100 or more!

Code: 25FORYOU

Code valid May 8 through May 10. Only valid at Ann Taylor online and store (this coupon doesn’t work for Ann Taylor Loft or the factory stores).

As always, if you need the actual coupon for in-store shopping, drop me an email and I will send it your way! There has to be some good stuff, I stopped by the Connecticut Ave. location in DC last night and it seemed as though half the store was on sale – shoes, accessories, tons of clothing and suiting (all I bought was a $10 top). Much on the sale rack was full price just last week!

Enjoy!

My Wardrobe Today – Monday

Dress - c/o Ann Taylor (similar)
Belt - Another Line (similar)
Shoes - Miss Sixty (similar)
Cuff - Owned since 1997

This morning I was thinking of getting all creative, pairing my new polka-dotted silk CAbi shirt with a vintage sequined jacket and dark jeans. I started getting dressed and just felt hot, too layered, and not me today. Today is a dress day. A day where I don’t have to think much but still look sassy sort of day. And with that comes these booties. I know it’s the third outfit in a row with them, but they are just so darn comfortable and take an outfit from being too dressy or too prim to feeling kind of rocker and I like that. So I may feel exhausted and boring but I look as though I put forth a bunch of effort!

I gravitated towards this dress as soon as Ann Taylor had it in their stores, but I held off because I felt I didn’t need ANOTHER black dress. And then it went on sale. And then they had a discount on top of sale merchandise. And then Ann Taylor was lovely enough to send me a gift card a few weeks ago which will go even farther since I got this dress for only $45! it’s hard to see, but the dress is a stretch satin with jersey insets. This is a perfect replacement for last fall’s ponte dress which I wore to all sorts of events and eventually sold because it was too large for me.  I can see me wearing it to work, to a holiday party sans belt or with a skinny sparkly one, even to a wedding.

 

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Ann Taylor – My Recent Purchases

Someone asked me in the comments what I chose to purchase for the Ann Taylor Friends & Family which took place a couple weeks ago.

Not much. That’s why I didn’t respond.

However in the past few days, Ann Taylor has been offering 40% off the entire store (this promo is still going on today!), which led me to return, try a few things and make some purchases. Here’s what I got during Friends & Family as well as a visit to my local Ann Taylor last Friday:

Heavyweight cotton/spandex blend that actually looks like silk. Fully lined. Nice wide waistband. Comes in 12 Petite, which is my perfect size in Ann Taylor. Has black AND navy in it. Can it be any more perfect? I didn’t try on, I just purchased and dashed.

Well it fit great, but the print was dreadful on me, really emphasizing the mama pooch. Also on the body, the off-white background ended up looking a bit dirty and strange. I think this would look spectacular on a woman with less curves, and a woman with darker or more pale skin than I for better contrast.

Another piece I just bought without trying on.  It’s a linen blend so it’s more refined than a classic tank.  I loved the colors that also had navy and black in it, as well as shades of purple and indigo.

This tank runs LARGE and LONG.  I bought a large and almost returned it for a medium.  Even though it’s a loose tunic on me, it doesn’t gape at the neck and armholes, and keeps my bra under wraps.  The fabric makes it a great shell for work, but I can also see it with white jeans for a night out on the town, or with denim cutoffs and flat sandals for a weekend cookout.  Big fan – if it came in another color, I would probably purchase it, though this time in a medium.

I loved this scarf as soon as it arrived at Ann Taylor but the $58 price tag totally turned me off.  Come on, it’s a woven scarf, why the crazy dollar amount?  Then Ann Taylor put it on a mannequin in the window, taunting me each day as I walked to work.  I started analyzing my spring wardrobe, and saw a need for a scarf that worked with navy as well as black.  So when the store went 40% off, I went to try on the scarf.

The only Ikat Trance scarves left in the store were on mannequins, so I had to strip one.  I tried it on in the fitting room with Friday’s outfit and loved how it hung on me – not too floppy, not too stiff.  I then tried it tied around the waist like a sarong over my jeans and thought it would look pretty cool like that with a white tank and a bunch of beaded necklaces come summer.  Since I was returning the Shibori Print Pencil Skirt that day, I felt more justified in purchasing the scarf.  Once I got home I thought of many more creative ways to wear it and make it worth the price!

Thursday as I was scrambling to find something to wear to fashion:district I thought, “I wish I had a subtly sequined top.”  I then met Deb from Real Girl Runway for dinner before the show, and she was wearing one!  I decided it was a sign and my mission to find a sequined top that would catch the light, but still be subtle, and even possibly work-appropriate (love the concept of daytime sequins though it rarely can be carried off).

I found this tank on the sale rack, and with the 40% off deal, it was only $24.00.  The Petite Large fits perfectly – snug but not clingy, and not too long.  I think it would look great with my black tux jacket and jeans, but also alone with vintage denim or even dressed up, tucked into a taffeta fuller skirt with wide belt and peeptoe heels (another concept I am loving and wanting for this summer).

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And that’s it.  I know, would have expected more from me, being a self-proclaimed Ann Taylor addict.  However I don’t really NEED anything right now that they have in their stores.  That’s not to say they don’t have some gorgeous pieces right now, it’s just that I need to stick to my budget, and shop smart.

Have any of you found any scores at Ann Taylor with their Friends & Family or 40% off promotion?  I would love to hear about them!

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My Wardrobe Today – Tuesday

Cargo jacketCaslon
Lace skirt - Ann Taylor (no longer available online though you may be able to find in-store on the sale rack)
BootiesMiss Sixty
Charm bracelet – eBay seller

My body may be here… but my mind is already at Bonnaroo! We leave tomorrow morning and I cannot wait. I spent all last night and this morning packing, planning, preparing. Though we decided to splurge this year and go VIP, it’s still four days of camping in the Tennessee heat and to be comfortable, you have to have the right gear and clothing (speaking of which, check out my lastest Savings.com post about Bonnaroo fashion!).

I considered scheduling guest bloggers to post while I was away… but I was a slacker. I won’t be posting while at Roo, but I will be Tweeting while there! If you aren’t following me yet, be sure to do so – I’ll be sharing photos, stories, and experiences on the Farm. And if you are going to Bonnaroo, be sure to Direct Message me on Twitter or email me – maybe we can meet up!

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What I Wore: Tux Time

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Jacket: Mural | Tank: Lands’ End | Pants: Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Necklace: MYHABIT | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

If you follow me on Instagram you know I wore this outfit Thursday night. I was asked by the Junior League of Washington DC to style two looks for their spring fashion show at the Chevy Chase Bloomingdale’s.  I wanted something that would let me get on the floor to adjust a hem, race from the end of the runway taking pictures back to the fitting room to help my model change into her next look, and not be a sweaty grody mess by the end.  I recently picked up this tux-inspired boyfriend blazer from Mural at Nordstrom and felt it was a perfect choice.  I was right, I had a great time, I raced all over the second floor of that department store but still looked relatively put together!  This jacket also comes in hot pink and black, but there’s something great about a white blazer that can make any look fresh and crisp.  Even better when the jacket has pockets big enough to comfortably hold a Tide to Go pen!

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Ode to My Ann Taylor Denim Trousers

When my pants get too big, I do a happy dance.
Finally! I have eaten less, I have eaten better, I have exercised more, it is paying off!

When my pants get too big, I boast to my husband.
Look baby, Look how much room is in the waist! The thighs! I’m whittling away!

When my pants get too big, I want to try on my whole wardrobe.
This is off to Goodwill, this to be donated to my friend, this is ready for the trash! Woo-hoo! What fun!

When my pants get too big I get sad.
These are my favorite pants, my beloved pants. My pants that make me look tall and leggy pants.
Now they look a bit dumpy, a bit frumpy.
Shall I get them tailored?
Wait ten more pounds?
Replace them with a newer smaller-sized model?

I dash to the computer for some online window shopping. Ann Taylor, Nordstrom, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Gap, Anthropologie, Macy’s, even Saks. I know what places fit me well, both my shape (even smaller) and my personality.
No luck. Nothing that perfect.
Will these even tailor well?
Will I ever fall in love with a pair of pants again like I loved these pants?

Maybe I’ll have one of those cookies that the lady in Accounting baked.
What the hell.
Maybe it will make my pants fit better.

What I Wore: Rule Breaker

Shirt: Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans: NYDJ | Shoes: Nine West | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff

For YEARS I preached how some style rules just shouldn’t be broken, and one I stuck to was not wearing white pants before Memorial Day. And here it is the first full week of May and I’m wearing white jeans on the blog! (I also wore this same exact outfit a couple weeks ago, see on Instagram). Why the change of heart?  As my friend Rosana said on Twitter last week, by Memorial Day it’s just too hot to wear white jeans!  Also I think it looks seasonally appropriate when paired with darker colors and cooler weather accessories.  Choosing a closed-toe shoe and a longer sleeved blouse in navy shows I’m a purposeful rule breaker!

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Spring Wardrobe Additions

Now that the cast is off and the swelling has gone down, I can finally get into the spring fashion spirit! Here’s a few things I have recently purchased and like very much:

1. Well all know my adoration for stripes; when I saw this shirt at J. Crew Factory was only $21 I had to try it. I love the fit, the shape, the fabric, everything. It’s tempting to get it in gray as well!

2. I don’t ever shop Walmart, but I was on vacation in a small town where it was the only place to go to get a pair of shorts for Emerson. While there, I found these shorts by Faded Glory for $12.94 and I must say they’re pretty great. Good length that is comfortable yet not dowdy, a bit of stretch so they’re flexible but also keep their shape, and a nice non-dorky wash. Totally got rid of the cheesy neon skinny belt and will likely do an at-home distressing on them, but not too shabby. As with any shorts, I went a size up for a better fit.

3. I don’t own this EXACT shirt from Boden, but unfortunately the one I got is no longer on the site. This shirt featured is the Eliza Top, and I own the Eliza, but in a cerulean and navy stripe (yep MORE stripes!). I absolutely positively LOVE this shirt; I love silk but hate washing it (this shirt is machine washable); I like ¾ and bracelet-length sleeves now to protect my scar but stay breezy (this shirt has it), and I love a top that is casual like a tee but can dress up for work (wearing it right now with a pair of trousers and pumps, looks great tucked into a pencil skirt, and this weekend wore with boyfriend jeans). The Eliza Top from Boden is a regular in their collection and a great addition to many wardrobes!

4. I now own five pairs of Nine West’s Flax pump (black, natural, silver, peacock print, red and black spotted haircalf). I know that seems a bit insane, but it’s a pretty perfect shoe. Single sole, pointed toe, walkable heel height, and a nice price. I’ve been wanting a “nude” leather pointed toe pump for over a year, but find each pair is too pale, too dark, too pink, too something for me. The Flax’s Natural Leather is a pretty perfect shade for me, and I love having a shoe that looks great with both pants and skirts.

5. Another silky shirt with an in-between sleeve length! This is the Sophie Blouse from Dobbin Clothing, and while it has the same basics I like from the Boden Eliza Top, it gives a completely different effect thanks to the details. Slightly crinkled silk, gold buttons down the front, and blousy sleeves. The color makes it work with black, brown, ivory, and denim quite nicely. I often wear this blouse untucked with dark wash narrow jeans, but also wear to work tucked into ivory tropical wool trousers.

6. I mentioned my desire for delicate gold this spring, and I am still loving my Rebecca Minkoff cuff; I also picked up this dangly but not too jingly bracelet from Nordstrom for $24; it doesn’t look cheapy, it’s stretchy and doesn’t get in the way when I type.

7. This Panama hat is only $17 from J. Crew Factory. Runs a bit wide, but I like that because I can twist up my hair and tuck it in the brim to keep my neck cool (or hide bad hair).

8. Me and my Lifetherapy bracelets – it’s an addiction! I love turquoise, I have a few bracelets from the company in blue (see here) so it brightens up my current collection, and this one has an Aquarius symbol! I like that these bracelets are just one long cord; I’ve been known to also wear them as a long necklace with tanks in the summer!

9. Seriously, the Converse Shorelines are my jam! I’ve missed having casual tennis shoes for spring and summer, and these are so easy to slip on, no heel blisters, and no looking as though I’m wearing shoeboxes on my already chubby feet.

10. Linen always looks like such a mess on me.  Well this spring I’ve given up being crisp, and have embraced the casual wrinkled-ness of linen.  My J.Jill white linen big shirt is great knotted over distressed jeans, and these pants (the Julie fit from LOFT) I love with a simple cotton knit sweater, silk blouse, or with a denim shirt.

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Outfit posts have been few and far between because it was slow and difficult getting dressed with the arm, and honestly pretty depressing. I gained weight and lost muscle being so sedentary during my time on disability, and just putting on a tee shirt could leave me in tears. And then, much of my wardrobe didn’t work with the cast, only having one arm to put myself together after using the bathroom, the stiff swollen arm and all that jazz. But I feel SO much better, have much more flexibility and less swelling and am feeling like myself again. So stay tuned, for actual posts of me wearing these new pieces!

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My Wardrobe Today – Thursday

BlouseCAbi
Skirt - Ann Taylor via eBay (similar)
Necklace – Got at Ross back when I was in college
TightsNordstrom
Shoes - Nine West (similar)
Lipstick - Revlon Colorstay Ultimate in Top Tomato (using Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm to keep it soft and shiny throughout the day)

I seem to forget that in DC it seems to rain pretty much from the beginning of October to the middle of January, when it turns to snow. My husband and I were discussing this yesterday morning, and how in the past five years we can recall a rainy Halloween, rainy Thanksgiving, rainy Christmas, New Years, and birthdays for me, Emerson, my mom and sister (all January babies). Right now the sky is clear, but it is quite cold (while yesterday we had the windows open). I love this knit biker jacket I got from Gap last fall – just as cozy as a thick hoodie but with far more style.  Hot coffee and a cozy jacket – ready for the chilly commute!

 

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Ask Allie: Styling the Ann Taylor Quiet Leopard Print Skirt

Hi Alison, I just bought this skirt from Ann Taylor and I love it. It’s so pretty and fits great but I have no clue what to wear with it. The other day I wore it with a black v neck sweater, black tights and pumps but I want versatility. Does it only go with black? Can I wear it to work? What would you wear it with? Thank you!

I love the Ann Taylor Quiet Leopard Print Skirt and have been fighting myself to not buy it. I don’t need it but boy every bone in my body wants it! So I shall live vicariously through you and offer some ensembles that I would totally rock if I owned the clothing.

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Colorful Eccentric
Such a skirt doesn’t have to be only paired with black, it actually lends itself to looking great with other jewel tones. Deep indigo, berry, and shades of teal would be gorgeous with it if there is a connecting color and/or fabric. I used black as the connecting fabric and various luxe fabrics to connect to the sheen and print of the skirt. A velvet blazer, chiffon blouse with a floppy bow, sheer but lacy hose and corset-inspired booties combine for an outfit that is a bit over the top but quite chic. I’d wear a deep wine lip and several coats of mascara to complete the look for this fall.


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Corporate Diva
Sheen and sparkle can be worn for daytime if you balance it with more traditional pieces. I paired the skirt with a crisp white button-front shirt and gray suede pumps to keep things from looking too After-Five. However, I did add more shine with a statement necklace and bracelet so the skirt didn’t look out of place. By choosing gray jewelry, the shine is toned down to make it look more boardroom than ballroom.

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Not Your Basic Black
A black sweater is a logical choice for such a skirt, but it can look pretty boring if not accessorized properly. I took a classic fitted black merino wool turtleneck, but upped the glam factor with sleek tall boots, a skinny belt to define the waist (wear the sweater untucked), and brushed gold jewelry. This could be worn with anything from patterned hose to opaque tights to make it winter-appropriate.

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Shades of Plum
When I saw this skirt, I thought of my Ann Taylor black peplum top as a good match – a peplum looks great with a pencil skirt and is a trendy touch that lets the wearer get more bold with accessories. Just because the skirt is a blue-purple doesn’t mean you can only wear that color purple with it. Choosing a similar color with a slightly different tone can make an ensemble look very luxe if you do it carefully. For this, I chose a plum colored shoe with more red to it, and pulled that color up with a necklace with the same tones. I added a pair of black fishnets to make this ensemble more of a date look, but you could make this work-appropriate with different hosiery and/or footwear.

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The New Ann Taylor – Event w/ Washingtonian at Lost Society DC

If you have even read this blog once, you would know that one of my favorite retailers is Ann Taylor. I find their clothes appropriate to my life, whether it’s a day at the office or a night on the town. The prices are reasonable for the style and quality, and they offer apparel that is unique, but classic – pieces that look stylish now but will also be stylish seasons from now.

Ann Taylor has really upped the style for their most recent collections – amazing details like zippers, faux fur, haircalf, and leather trim. I have been going gaga over the current line – the cobalt and aqua colors are so rich and beautiful, and the silhouettes so modern yet classic. This is a purposeful change by Ann Taylor, and they are continuing this trend with their new store designs.

“The new Ann Taylor is chic and stylish with a more fashion forward direction to address the needs of today’s modern working women,” said Lisa Axelson, Ann Taylor’s Head Designer and a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). “Our new concept stores are a reflection of our new fashion direction. They are light, modern, feminine, and designed to showcase the full Ann Taylor collection while making our client feel comfortable and welcome.”

The new Ann Taylor at Metro Center

As you know, I attended an event on Monday at the new concept Ann Taylor on 13th Street NW in DC (right at Metro Center). A gorgeous store that showcases the apparel, the New Ann Taylor is just what Lisa Axelson states – light, modern, and feminine while still being welcoming.

Last night Ann Taylor had a private event at Lost Society co-hosted by Washingtonian magazine’s fashion editor Jill Hudson. The event was also in partnership with Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international non-governmental organization that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world. This soire gave Washington media mavens, philanthropists and fashionistas the opportunity to see Ann Taylor’s holiday collection and learn more about Vital Voices.

A Washingtonian staff member modeling a sheath from the Ann Taylor holiday collection

Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson, Ann Taylor PR Director Andrew Taylor, Washingtonian President and Publisher Catherine Merrill Williams.  Picture via REVAMP.

While we sipped champagne and dined on adorable mini steak sandwiches and pecan pies, Ann Taylor’s PR Director Andrew Taylor informed us about the thought process behind the new Ann, introduced Alyse Nelson, Vital Voice’s President and CEO, and emceed a fashion show of the current Ann Taylor line, modeled by Washingtonian staff. After we got to spend time rocking out to DJs Broads and get a closer look at the Ann Taylor holiday collection.

Some pieces of the Ann Taylor holiday line on display last night at Lost Society

The new holiday collection is so luxe – I drooled over a dress with a floaty micropleated chiffon skirt and then a tough leather bodice, there’s a version of my new cobalt shift from Ann Taylor that is fire engine red with gold zipper detail, I desperately want their champagne-colored sequin and crystal mini skirt, and couldn’t stop petting all the faux fur pieces. Lots of cashmere, lots of pieces that just feel so good to the touch. Pieces that are on-trend and hip, without being overly trendy. Investment pieces.

If you haven’t yet heard, Ann Taylor’s Friends and Family event is going on now – save 40% on the entire store online and in person. And if you would like to see one of the Ann Taylor new concept stores, Ann Taylor has already opened select new concept stores in major cities across the country including New York, Boston, Miami, Boca Raton, Dallas, Atlanta, and Seattle.

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