Grapefruit & Lace / Sale Alert

Mock-Neck Sweater (here, similar here) //
Floral-Cut Lace Skirt (here, similar here, here) //
Patent Dome Satchel - old (similar here, here) // Patent Pumps (here) //
Pearl Necklace - old (similar here)
Today's look encompasses everything I adore in an outfit: pretty, classic, feminine details. A warm grapefruit-pink color, lacy cut-out detailing, classic pearls, versatile nude accessories -- what's not to love?
Ann Taylor just gets it right every single time. I find myself shopping there frequently (for years, actually); the clothing and accessories seem to best fit my personal style with their smart, graceful, chic and versatile pieces that easily take you from a day at the office to a girls' night out or to a date night.
This outfit is no exception. I immediately loved this mock-neck sweater when it was released this Spring, and knew it would see plenty of use. The grapefruit-pink color is gorgeous, the weight of the knit is not too heavy, and the sleeves are a modest elbow-length, which works well for an office or other conservative venue since the shoulders and upper arms are covered. It also runs true-to-size, albeit a little on the short side, which works well for petites (I'm 5'2" for reference) and size XS fits well. I snagged this sweater on sale -- another plus -- along with this beautiful, floral-cut full skirt. I love it to pieces! The silhouette is so lovely and flattering, and the laser-cut detailing is perfection with its "cameo pink" color peeking through the lace. It's the kind of skirt that makes you want to twirl, and I can't tell you how many compliments I've received while wearing it.
Note: I sized up in the skirt, and am wearing a size 0 since the waistband has zero stretch and I wanted to be able to tuck in blouses and sweaters with ease. If you're in between sizes, definitely size up. Also, note that several sizes have been popping back for the sweater and skirt, so keep checking online if your size is sold out.  
To keep the focus on the intricate details of the skirt, I opted for classic, neutral accessories to finish the look: nude patent pumps, a nude patent dome satchel, and an elegant strand of pearls that I knotted to add visual interest. This outfit was one of my favorites for a recent date night with my hubby, and I'm sure it will be a repeat offender for a variety of other occasions!

Before I go, I wanted to let you know that Ann Taylor's "Friends of Ann" sale event is currently under way -- get 40% off your purchase + free shipping (no minimum) with code "VIPFRIENDS." Shop the sale here.
The sale ends tonight at midnight (8/24 at 12am PST.)
As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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