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1/30/17

Seeing Scallops

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By now you know my love for pretty little details, so it really comes as no surprise that this includes scallops. Scalloped hems, necklines, and trim -- I'll take them all. They're so distinctively charming and feminine!

They may seem simple and subtle to some, but scallops pack such a pretty punch into any outfit and make quite the statement. To me, they say that you're not afraid to take your style too seriously but that you still aim to be dressy and elegant. They're also a great way to  indulge your girly side. ;-) 

Adding just one scalloped piece to your outfit is sure to make it stand out, so the key is to keep the rest of the look clean and streamlined; you don't want to overdo it! Another small style tip: be discerning about the size and layers of the scallops; if they're too large, tiered, or voluminous, they can quickly become overwhelming and unflattering -- no thanks. Instead, if the scallops are layered or tiered, try choosing a closer fit to the body so that they skim and flatter; after all, you want them to be fun and flirty, not frumpy. 

I'm so happy to see that this scalloped fashion trend is here to stay! I'm seeing it across several of my favorite retailers/brands: Ann Taylor, Banana RepublicJ.Crew, Kate Spade, Macy's, Nordstrom (to name a few.) All the pieces I've rounded up here have already made their way to my Spring wish list. Remember the scalloped blouse (#8 above) that I included in my Spring Cravings post? It's the same style as the blush one I bought from Banana Republic last year but at a fraction of the price. I had wanted the black and white one as well, which was identical to this one, but the petite sizes sold out too quickly. Now, I'm thinking I need this one! I'm also completely smitten with this Kate Spade scalloped tweed collection, which I also included in my Spring Cravings post. It's definitely on the pricey side, but so lovely and timeless!

I'm also eyeing these:



What about you, are you sweet on scallops, too? 
Which of these are calling your name?


Thanks so much for stopping by! 

P.S. I'm still working on my other outfit post (sneak peek from my Instagram here) which should be up on the blog soon! 
XO


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1/28/17

Bathing (Suit) Beauties: 2017 Swimsuit Picks

From Left to Right
 Row 1:  1 // 2 // 3 // 4
 Row 2:  1 // 2 // 3 // 4
 Row 3:  1 // 2 // 3 // 4
 Row 4:  1 // 2 // 3 // 4


I know, I know. Swimsuits in late January?
You think I'm totally nuts. But please hear me out; there is actually a good reason for the madness.  

Retailers are already rolling out the 2017 Spring/Summer styles, and -- the kicker? They're already selling out! It's crazy! 
Remember the adorable lemon-print one-piece I included in my Spring Cravings round-up here? It sold out like hot cakes a whopping 15 minutes after I posted it! That's not to say that my amazing and far-reaching blogging influence had anything to do with it (lol) but it definitely goes to show that ladies are planning and shopping ahead for their weekend getaways, vacations, beach trips, and the like.  And we all know that the early bird gets the worm...or in this case, the cutest swimsuit...so here I am posting these beauties now so that you can snag your favorites first! 
(Even if they stay tucked away in the closet until temperatures warm up and you can actually wear them...)

By the way, I was thrilled to find that exact same lemon-print one-piece at a few other retailers (in extended sizes here and here), and even found the mix-and-match bikini pieces, so if you missed out the first time, you can hopefully snag one before it sells out again! 

Have fun browsing, and click on any of the numbers above for the swimsuits shown in the collage. 
Also, be sure to also scroll through my picks below because I've included even more swimsuits and the cutest cover-ups!  

SWIMSUIT PICKS




SWIMSUIT COVER-UP PICKS




So many gorgeous colors, prints, and styles to choose from! I have way too many favorites, but I'm especially loving the "limoncello" print swimsuits I mentioned above, and just received the one-piece in the mail from Nordstrom that sold out. The colors and the print are BEAUTIFUL! I ordered the smallest size that was available, size 4, and will be trying it on today to see how it fits, so if you need measurements, a quick fit review, etc., feel free to comment or send me an email and I'll be happy to help!

Which ones are your favorites? Are you already pre-planning any beach/poolside vacations?

I'm getting so excited for the warm, sunny days ahead and can already smell the sunscreen. ;-)

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great weekend!
XO

1/25/17

Ruffled-Trim Blouse & Blush Pencil Skirt



Anne Klein Ruffle Bow Blouse, size 2 (cute long-sleeve option here)
J.Crew Pencil Skirt (similar here, here) //
Tory Burch Bag/Clutch - old (similar here, here, here)
Ann Taylor Mila Gingham Pumps - sold out (similar here) //
Ann Taylor Crystal Disc Earrings - old (similar hereherehere) //
Ann Taylor Druzy Cuff Bracelet - old (similar herehere) // 


Today I'm sharing the second look in my mini style series mentioned in this prior post, which features this darling Anne Klein ruffled-trim bow blouse

In the first look, I styled this blouse with a preppy argyle sweater vest and black jeggings in a dressy-casual look, perfect for dinner or drinks with friends, weekend get-togethers, or business-casual work environments. 

In this second look, I'm styling this blouse in a much more feminine, prim-and-proper look. Here I really wanted to highlight the details of the blouse, pairing it with a streamlined pencil skirt in soft blush, and using contrasting accents of navy and camel in the accessories.

Buttoned all the way up and tied, this blouse is oh-so-pretty! It gives the outfit a whole new look, don't you think? 

It's very feminine and much more "frilly" but I adore it. You can wear it on its own or add a classic-fitting blazer, and you have a simple, ladylike look suitable for the office, brunch with the girls, or even date night.  I added a navy blazer for this particular look because pink and navy always complement each other well, and the navy of the blazer ties in with the navy gingham pumps. But, if the blazer is too conservative for your tastes you can easily swap it out with a cardigan or ditch it altogether. 



This is an outfit I would typically wear to the office or to meetings, corporate luncheons or other events where I want to look polished, pretty, and professional. Depending on the specific event, I might swap out the blush pencil skirt with a more conservative camel or navy one, but blush is always a favorite of mine, so it's definitely on high rotation in both my professional and casual wardrobe. Plus, I just love the way the pink pairs with the pretty ruffles of the top, so that's the one I ultimately decided on for this ultra-femme look.



These navy gingham pumps from Ann Taylor are still one of my major shoe crushes; I'm always stopped and asked about them whenever I wear them. Aren't they lovely? I'm hoping Ann Taylor brings them back for those of you ladies who missed out on them the first time, but in the meanwhile, these ones here are a very close dupe (albeit in black) if you've been wanting a similar pair and want to re-create this look. I love that the gingham adds extra interest and flair to an otherwise basic pump; it's fun and unique!

To keep the look varied and add another small pop of color, I added my camel Tory Burch bag, which doubles as a clutch. This exact bag is older and no longer available, but I'm loving this one here, here, and here. The camel-brown is a great neutral, and I'm wearing it here to help break up the navy, pink, and ivory colors and keep the outfit interesting. 

There you have it -- a quick, simple, polished look mixing new (the blouse) and older favorites (skirt, pumps, and blazer) that can be easily adapted for a specific occasion or to suit your personal style. 

I hope this mini style series, featuring this darling, ruffle-trim tie blouse styled two different ways, inspires you to mix up some of your own wardrobe favorite pieces, old and new alike! 

Here's a side-by-side style collage if you wish to save it to your Pinterest board/s for reference. :-)


Which look is your favorite: the dressy-casual look or the prim-and-proper look?

How do you like to re-mix and re-style some of your own wardrobe favorites?

As always, thank you so much for stopping by!
(P.S. Sorry some of the photos are blurry/noisy; shooting in very low light during these rainy days really took its toll! Bummed...)
XO

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1/23/17

Spring Cravings


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Warm and sunny days with strappy sandals, pretty sundresses, charming floral prints, soft pastel hues, dainty white eyelet and lace...

Yep, few things make me happier than springtime (and the fashion that accompanies it.) 

With a recent stint of dreary, rainy days here in L.A., I thought I'd liven things up a bit with a quick round-up of some of my spring cravings.

This print! Dusty pinks, powder-blues and periwinkle florals swimming in a sea of creamy goodness...yes, please! Dress it up or dress it down -- you can't go wrong.

Cutest pineapple earrings I've ever seen and a nice departure from my usual pearl or crystal studs. Need.

The fresh "limoncello" print, the gorgeous colors...I can't stop staring at this swimsuit! Love the contrasting paneling and the convertible style so that you can wear it with or without straps.

I mean, pink and bows. Enough said.

There's no such thing as too many stripes. Classic, cute, and will go with everything.

A must-have, neutral beach bag. And it has tassels.

Chambray polka dots and stripes in one top? Be still, my heart.

Ah, the Marmont. So very lovely. And totally out of my price range...but a girl can dream (and drool.)

Chic scallops perfect for the office or brunch with the girls.

Major color-crush here. Plus, those ties? Darling.


MORE SPRING CRAVINGS


Hope these brightened your day!

Stay tuned for the second look of my mini style series mentioned in my previous post
XO

1/21/17

Ruffled-Trim Blouse & Argyle Sweater Vest


Anne Klein Ruffle Bow Blouse, size 2 (cute long-sleeve option here)
Express Argyle Sweater Vest - old (similar here, here, here) //
American Eagle Jeggings - old (current season here, here) //
Michael Kors Medium Sutton Bag - old (similar here, here, here) //
Charles David Grey Suede Pumps - sold out online (similar here, here)
Ann Taylor Crystal Disc Earrings - old (similar herehere, here) //
Ann Taylor Druzy Cuff Bracelet - old (similar here, here) // 
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in "HD Spark"



Tie-neck blouses are always on heavy rotation in my wardrobe, as you've probably seen in my Instagram gallery. 
I love how feminine they are and how they can dress up any outfit.  Once I saw the ruffled-trim and pearl-button detailing on this ivory one, I knew it was for me. Not only is it too cute for words, but I knew it would serve as a versatile piece for the office and after-hours.

I'll be styling it two different ways in a mini blog series, the first one being a dressy-casual look I'm featuring here. This is the kind of outfit I usually wear for dinner with friends or other weekend get-togethers where I want to be dressed down from my usual skirt-blouse pairings, but still look put-together. It's also a great business-casual outfit for those of you with more relaxed dress codes at the office.



Lately, I've made it my goal to "shop my closet" more and re-style several of my longtime faves that haven't seen much wear in awhile. I usually infuse new life into these pieces by mixing them with newer favorites, as I'm doing here. I'm layering the ruffled blouse under an older sweater vest in a preppy argyle pattern, which I bought from Express years ago.  I've always loved the modern twist of its argyle pattern with the contrasting colors on the front and back. The front has a combination of grey, blue, and cream, while the back has a combination of grey, chartreuse, and cream. It's such a fun and unexpected detail!  

Since the vest is more of a classic, almost menswear-inspired piece, I like that the blouse offsets it with its pretty, ladylike, ruffle trim peeking out from the collar and sleeves. The slim-fitting and cropped fit of the vest also does a nice job of highlighting the blouse details that I love so much. If the vest were any larger or longer, the layered look might become too bulky and unflattering. The vest should hit at a narrow part of the waist so your figure doesn't get lost. And with a blouse like this layered underneath, it gives it a slight peplum hem -- another of my favorite looks, which is flattering on most body types. 

If you're not a fan of argyle, you can easily substitute it with another pattern or with a solid color. There are several nice sweater vest options that would create the same look. You might try this, this, or this.


Another older wardrobe favorite I've incorporated into this look is this pair of black, stretchy jeggings from American Eagle. I bought these while I was pregnant with baby #3 because they were so comfortable and allowed room for my growing bump (I used the popular "rubber band around the open button" trick to get the most wear out of them.) They're a looser fit on me now, but a quick wash and dry on high heat in the washer and dryer shrinks them down a little bit. Even with a relaxed fit, I like the way they look and feel. I might invest in a newer pair, and am happy to see that this season's versions here and here look identical. 


With this look, I'm keeping the accessories in the same color wheel, using my trusty Michael Kors Medium Sutton satchel in a soft, powder-blue color, and my Charles David pumps in light grey suede. The colors play off of those in the vest, helping to tie the look together. Also, the bag and pumps are older, so I'm keeping in line with my goal to re-wear and re-style my favorite pieces. ;-)

Stay tuned for a follow-up post, where I'll be styling this blouse in a very prim-and-proper look.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!
XO

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1/17/17

Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews (Part 2) + Sale Alert

Left to Right:
Shimmer Jacquard Flare Dress
Piped Sleeveless Blouse - winter white
Tweed Single-Button Jacket - faded rouge
Striped Pleated Cuff Blouse - skysail blue
Abstract Butterfly Micro Pleat Blouse - navy
Butterfly Mixed Media V-Neck Shell - antique rouge
Calla Lily Jacquard Coat - blue multi

Hi, Everyone!

Today I'm wrapping up the final part, Part 2, of my fitting room reviews from my recent visit to Ann Taylor. In case you missed it, you can find Part 1 of the reviews in my previous post here

As a quick recap, I tried on several swoon-worthy pieces including many of the brand-new arrivals featuring pretty, abstract prints of calla lilies and butterflies; candy-colored stripes; micro pleats; bell-sleeves; mandarin collars; and contrast piping details.  So much yes!

*Sale Alert*  
 - Get 40% off all full-price tops (blouses, tees, and sweaters) with code "TOPS40" online and in-stores. Promo ends Friday, 1/20, at 9 pm PST (1/21 midnight EST.)  
 - Get an additional 50% off all sale items starting today - no code needed; discount will be taken automatically at checkout. 
Note: final sale items are excluded from this promo in stores.

Now, on to the fitting room reviews!


First up is this Butterfly Mixed Media V-Neck Shell in "antique rouge." This is a soft, drapey shell that would transition easily from work to after-hours. The blush-mauve color is pretty and feminine (love) and the scattered, navy butterflies are a nice contrast. I like that the placement of the butterflies is done in such a way that it resembles a floral or leafy print, which is what I thought it was at first glance. Butterflies are definitely a key player in this season's new arrivals.

As with Ann Taylor's other mixed media tops, this one has a woven front and a slinky, jersey-material back. It's the best of both worlds, really; it gives the feel of a comfy, well-loved tee but looks dressy and work-appropriate. It's also very versatile; wear this style layered under a cardi or blazer to the office, then shed the layers when it's time to head out for dinner/drinks, errands, etc. Easy-peasy. This shell also has side slits, allowing it to drape nicely when worn untucked (as shown above.) 

It's 100% polyester and machine-washable.

It's available in both regular and petite sizing. I'm trying on a size XS regular, which runs true-to-size. I like the length and the blousey fit. Any smaller and it would likely pull at the bust. For reference, the regular size is 25 3/4" long and the petite size is 24 1/2" long.

Fit: True-to-size

Price: 49.50 retail / $29.70 with promo



I paired the shell with this Seasonless Pencil Skirt in "fresh navy." 
It's a modern take on a classic pencil skirt with its slide-slit detailing, which you can see ever so slightly in the photo above. The bottom of the slit is sewn shut (as with all new, unworn pieces) but it looks to run about 5 - 6 inches. In a conservative workplace, this may be an issue, but it could be quickly remedied by stitching it up either a few inches or entirely, depending on your dress code and personal preference.  For me, it was a pass; I didn't want to fuss with it and I have plenty of other classic pencil skirts that would more than suffice. It also has a side zipper instead of the usual back zipper that I prefer. That said, this may be a great option if you're looking for a pencil skirt with added allure. ;-)

The skirt consists of a poly/rayon blend and 4% spandex for a hint of stretch. The stretch makes all the difference in my opinion; the contouring it provides gives it a more contemporary look. It's fully-lined and has a flattering fit, hugging all the right curves while remaining modest with its longer length. 

I'm trying on size 0P, which runs true-to-size for me in most of AT's pencil skirts, and hits me right below the knee. I like that the longer length gives off a sleek look. The skirt comes in both regular and petite sizing, which is always convenient. For reference, the regular size is 25.5" long and the petite size is 23" long. 

Fit: True-to-size

Price: $89 retail



I decided to swap out the pencil skirt for this Wool Blend Circle Skirt in "navy" and loved it immediately. I have an affinity for circle or flare skirts because the silhouette they give off is so lovely and feminine. This one also has a more structured fit with its heavier wool fabric. It's fully-lined (not itchy at all, thank goodness) and has a back-zip closure. The only thing that would make it more perfect in my book is the addition of pockets. Oh, and less lint. I noticed this wool tends to attract lint, so I'll have to keep my lint roller handy. A tad annoying, yes, but not a deal-breaker since all of the other pros out-way this one con.

Unfortunately, this skirt now appears to be sold out online, but I've seen sizes pop back (just yesterday, in fact) so it's worth keeping an eye on. It may also be available in select stores since I was able to find this one at my local store. Try using the "find in store" option on the product page of AT's website (just click the above link) or try calling their customer service line to help you locate one. The style number for this skirt is 422374, which is for the petite sizing option. 

I'm trying on a size 2P, which is larger than I usually wear, but after tucking in the shell and adding a skinny belt, it fits nicely; it's not too snug and skims my hips without adding bulk, so it's a keeper. I was able to take advantage of the sale promo running last Saturday, so with an additional 60% off, I was happy to bring this darling number home with me. :-)

If you're looking for more options, I like this flare skirt here and here, too.

Fit: True-to-size / slight large

Price: $98 retail / $59.99 sale / $30 with promo

I was also pleasantly surprised with this belt I tried on. I don't normally wear lizard-skin or "exotic" patterned belts like this, but the print on this one is more subdued, acting as a great neutral. It's also the perfect color match to this season's blush offerings, i.e. these patent pumps I'm eyeing. I like the 1/2-inch width and the fact that it's real leather, too. The only drawback for me is the length; even in the XS size, you can see that the belt tail is too long. And I'm puzzled as to why there's no belt loop to help secure it (shouldn't this be mandatory for all belts?.) I passed on it for now but may reconsider it if it goes on major sale to offset the hassle of using double-sided tape or a small, clear rubber band to help it stay put. 

Fit: Runs long

Price: $35.50 retail



Next, I tried this Fringe Stitch Sweater Jacket in "black." If you've read my previous AT reviews, you may recall that this is the same jacket I tried on in October in the "winter white" color, which was actually more of a marled-grey color. I thought I'd try it on again to see if maybe I had been too hasty to dismiss it last time, but instead it only confirmed that my first impression was correct. While there are so many noteworthy details -- the nubby tweed with fringed trim on the hem and sleeves, the Chanel-esque styling with the front flap pockets, the pretty metallic threading -- it still misses the mark. It's unlined and scratchy, requiring a long-sleeved blouse to be worn underneath (limits outfit choices), and the fit is boxy and unflattering. It's such a shame, too, because I really wanted to love it. The cropped length is ideal for us petite gals, and the arms and shoulders fit nicely, yet the overall shape completely swallows up the waistline. 

This jacket may look darling on other body types, but for me, it's a pass. 

For reference, I'm trying on size XS, which fits true-to-size, but the cut runs wide in the torso. Also, the front is longer than the back, measuring 17.5" versus 15.5" in the back. 

Fit: True-to-size / boxy

Price: $149 retail / $99.99 sale / $50 with promo




Next up is this Shirred Blouse in "winter white." This is a polished, easy-to-wear, classic, white blouse. It has a nice, blousey fit, a mandarin collar, and a nice weight to it. It's not too sheer, allowing you to wear a nude bra. It also has a hidden-button front, which always looks super sleek. 

It comes in three other colors:
"black" - online-exclusive, regular sizing only
"intense emerald" (teal) - regular & petite sizing
"coral blaze" (bright coral) - regular sizing only

 I'm trying on size XSP and it runs slightly large. The arms are slightly too wide and long on me, so a size XXSP might be best. This color comes in both regular and petite sizing, and the length is the same for both: 25 3/4" long. It's 100% polyester and machine-washable. 

If you're looking for a timeless, wardrobe staple, this is a great one.

This exact same style blouse is offered in a variety of prints, too:
Calla Lily Shirred Blouse (eye-catching abstract print)
Dash Stripe Shirred Blouse (navy with white dashes)
Floral Shirred Blouse (vibrant coral with white florals) - online-exclusive

The print blouses are available in both the regular and petite sizing except for the last one, which is available in regular sizing only.

Fit: Runs large - suggest sizing down 1 size for a closer fit

Price: $69.50 retail / $41.70 with promo

I paired the blouse with the Shimmer Leaf Pencil Skirt in "mountain lavender." The color is a cross between mauve and lilac, and it's really unique and pretty. Gold metallic thread is woven throughout the floral jacquard pattern, giving it a dressy and festive look suitable for parties, weddings, and other special events. The gold shimmer is subtle and not overly glittery or flashy, too -- it can easily be dressed down with a basic blouse or sweater and look effortlessly polished. 

It's a cotton/poly/nylon blend, and fully-lined and stretchy. It hugs your curves nicely and is super soft like a sweater skirt. It even has an elastic waist in addition to a back zipper for extra comfort. The length is almost a midi length, which gives it an elegant look that I love.

Sizes seem to be going quickly, with the petite sizing currently sold out online. As I always say, though, keep checking for pop-backs, or call AT's customer service to ask for help in locating one in your size. The style number is 422579, which is for the petite sizing.

I'm trying on size 00P, which fits true-to-size for me in this skirt style.

Fit: True-to-size

Price: $89 retail / $39.99 sale / $20 with promo

You can find the matching and equally-darling Shimmer Leaf Peplum Shell here, but sizes are also going fast. For reference, the style number is 420411 for the regular sizing if you want to try locating one. Note: the top is unlined and online reviews state it runs large, so you may wish to size down if ordering.

Price: $69.50 retail / $39.99 sale / $20 with promo  




Last up is this Shimmer Jacquard Flare Dress in "gold metallic." I saw this dress tucked away by itself on a rack near the back of the store and grabbed it to try on. The gold color is really eye-catching! It is certainly a bright dress and very festive -- perfect for weddings, showers, parties, etc. The textured fabric is beautiful and is softer than it appears. It's fully-lined and not scratchy or itchy at all. I'm not a huge fan of the A-line silhouette on me, which is much more pronounced at the hem of the dress. I can't put my finger on it, but it looks unfinished and less polished as I would like for this dress style. The hem looks uneven and doesn't lay flat. It also runs really wide in the waist and hips. I think a closer-fit, sheath style would look much better in this fabric. That said, it may complement other ladies' shapes much better than mine. 

I styled it with the Shirred Blouse (shown above) for added interest.

The dress fabric is a cotton/poly blend, and due to the metallic threading, I would suggest dry cleaning only.

I'm trying on size 2P, the only size available in the store, and it runs large. I would need a 0P or 00P for a more flattering it. Sizes are very limited online in the petite sizes, and regular sizes are currently sold out online. You can still try locating one in-store using style #415365.

Fit: Runs large / wide - suggest sizing down 1 size for a closer fit

Price: $179 / $134.99 sale / $67.50 with promo

That wraps up my Ann Taylor fitting room reviews! So many pretty colors, abstract prints, pleats, and feminine details this season, right? Which ones are your favorites? 

I hope you found these helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or send me an email and I'll be happy to help. 

Stay tuned for new outfit posts coming to the blog soon - I have new goodies I can't wait to style and share with you!

Thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful evening! 
XO

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1/15/17

Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews (Part 1) + Sale Alert

Left to Right:
Shimmer Jacquard Flare Dress
Piped Sleeveless Blouse - winter white
Tweed Single-Button Jacket - faded rouge
Striped Pleated Cuff Blouse - skysail blue
Abstract Butterfly Micro Pleat Blouse - navy
Butterfly Mixed Media V-Neck Shell - antique rouge
Calla Lily Jacquard Coat - blue multi



Hi, Everyone!
Today I'm sharing some quick Ann Taylor fitting room reviews with you since I recently had the opportunity to pop into the store and try several new goodies on. I'm breaking up the reviews into two parts to keep them short and sweet. 

I definitely noticed a theme for several of the new arrivals that were on display: 
 - Colorful, whimsical and abstract prints (butterflies!)
 - Mandarin and ruffled collars
 - Micro pleats
 - Spring colors in blush, chartreuse, and sky-blue juxtaposed with rich, navy-blues and black

Lots of pretty eye candy, as usual! 
You all know my love for AT by now, so I was excited to get my hands on some of the pieces I had spotted online as well as others I had completely overlooked.

Before I get started, I have to share that Ann Taylor is still offering 40% off all full-price styles with code "WOW40." Also, get an additional 70% off all sale styles both online and in-store (all sales final and ends tomorrow night, 1/16.) 
No code is needed in-store; the discount will be applied automatically at checkout. 

This is one of the deepest discounts I've seen offered on Ann Taylor's sale items, so you don't want to miss out on your favorite pieces at amazing prices! You can start shopping the sale here

Now, let's jump right into the fitting room reviews!

(I apologize in advance for the wonky lighting; I did my best to capture the true colors of all featured items.)



First up is this Tweed Single-Button Jacket in "faded rouge." Surprise, surprise - I'm immediately drawn to the only blush blazer in the store. (lol) But, in my defense, the color of this tweed blazer is so lovely in-person, it just begs to be tried on. The color is much nicer than the previous season's textured blazer (I'll try to find a picture for comparison), which was quite similar but had a darker, almost-mauve shade. The previous season's version also consisted of a sturdy cotton blend, which was more stiff as I recall; whereas, this one is a cotton-poly blend with 2% elastane, which adds a nice hint of stretch. It's fully lined and soft to the touch -- not scratchy or itchy at all -- making it super comfortable and easy to move in. 

This blazer is offered in both regular and petite sizes. I tried on size 2, which was the smallest size available on the floor, and it was a bit too large on me. The sleeves were too wide and were bothering me, so I scrunched them up for a better fit. I ordered size 00P in store with the help of a sales associate, and it should arrive soon. I'll better assess the fit at that time*, but didn't want to wait too long since the petite sizes always seem to sell out the fastest. For reference, the regular size is 22" long and the petite size is 21" long. 

Overall, this is a darling blazer with a classic fit/cut that is perfect year-round, especially moving into Spring and Summer. Love it and highly recommend it!

Fit:  Runs large - suggest sizing down 1 size


Price: $169 retail / $101.40 with promo

*Update (1/18):  Size 00P arrived in the mail, and it fits perfectly. It has a much closer fit but still allows ample room for layering, which is exactly what I prefer. I'm including a couple of updated pictures below to serve as a fit reference. 

Also, here are the measurements of the 00P, taken while laying flat:
~20 3/4" long
~14" across waist
~22 1/4" sleeve length
~5" sleeve width at widest part, ~4" at cuff opening 



Tweed Single-Button Jacket (Size 00P)

Verdict: Love it and definitely keeping!




To layer under the blazer, I grabbed this Abstract Butterfly Micro Pleat Blouse in navy. The abstract print is really unique and looks pretty on its own or layered as shown in the first photo above. (Navy and blush always complement each other well, too.) 
The blouse feels like a light, airy chiffon and is semi-sheer. You'll want to add a cami for more coverage. What makes this top unique, apart from the print, is the very fine (micro) pleating on the upper body and upper sleeves; it's a very feminine and flattering detail, allowing the blouse to drape nicely. It's still flowy but not overwhelmingly so. It also has a ruffled collar and shirred sleeve cuffs -- more pretty details that make it special. Seeing this online, I probably wouldn't think much of it, but after seeing it in-person, I think it's lovely. It can be dressed up with a pencil or flare skirt for the office, or dressed down with jeans as I'm wearing here. 

This blouse is offered in both regular and petite sizes. I tried on size XXSP, which is what I usually take in this style of blouse at AT, and it fits nicely on my 5'2" frame, so I'd say it runs true-to-size. For reference, the regular size is 26.5" long and the petite size is 25.5." It's 100% polyester and machine-washable.

If you like this style, but prefer a more understated print, try the Butterfly Micro Pleat Blouse. It's the exact same blouse in a navy color with small, taupe-colored butterflies that almost resemble polka dots. So cute!  

Whichever you prefer, both of these lightweight blouses will be ideal for Spring/Summer.

Fit: True-to-size

Price: $79.50 retail / $47.70 with promo



Next up is this Calla Lily Jacquard Coat in "blue multi." This is a dressy coat with a luxe, silky feel. Pictures don't do it justice, really. It's very sleek and the pattern is quite striking in-person. I normally gravitate towards solid-colored coats, but the colors and print of this one grabbed my attention and I had to try it on. The mix of navy, cream, and chartreuse colors are beautiful, and the abstract print is really unique and lovely -- clearly one of the themes in this collection that I noted earlier. In the photo, the coat is open, but there are hidden snaps down the front that give it a clean, streamlined look when closed. It also has side-seam pockets that blend nicely into the overall aesthetic. It's beautifully tailored and well-made. It's a polyester-rayon blend and dry-clean only.

Petite sizes were unavailable to try at my store, but this coat comes in both regular and petite sizing online and in select stores. I'm trying on a size 2 regular, which is too large and long on me. Even so, it's an amazing coat. If you're similar in size to me, I would suggest a size XXSP or XSP for the ideal fit, depending on the thickness of layers you plan to wear with it. For reference, the regular size is 37" long and the petite size is 35" long. The good news is that the petite sizes for this coat are not online-exclusive, so you can track them down and try them on in a store near you. 

Overall, it's a gorgeous coat, and will no doubt garner lots of compliments!

Fit: True-to-size / slightly large - suggest sizing down 1 size for a closer fit

Price: $228 retail / $136.80 with promo



Next up is this Piped Sleeveless Blouse in "winter white." This is a nice, classic shell that will serve as a versatile piece in any wardrobe. It has a drapey fit without looking frumpy or too boxy, and the mandarin collar is a nice detail. I also love the contrast piping; it's very classic-chic, and would look lovely under a cropped cardigan or blazer or on its own with dark skinny jeans as shown here. Pieces that can easily go from the office to dinner/drinks are always my favorite and see plenty of use. 

This same blouse also comes in several color/print options: a black one with white piping here, an intricate daisy floral print in a coral-peachy color here, and a sky-blue color with navy polka dots here.

If you like this contrast-piping style but prefer sleeves for more coverage, try the Piped Tie-Neck Blouse, which comes in the same "winter white" color as well as a "rich citron" color (a mustard/chartreuse blend) here, and a "light slate blue" color (a sky-blue/grey blend) here. The first two colors are offered in both regular and petite sizing, and the last color is only offered in the regular sizing.

All blouses in this style are 100% polyester and machine-washable.

I'm trying on a size XS here since no petite sizes were available at my store in this style, but both regular and petite sizing options are offered online. If you prefer a longer length, the regular size is the way to go; if you want a more cropped fit, the petite size will work best. For reference, the regular size for all of these blouses (sleeveless and long-sleeved) is 27" long and the petite size is 25.5" long. 

Overall, it's a great wardrobe staple that can easily be mixed and matched for multiple stylish, dressy and casual outfits alike.

Fit: True-to-size

Price: $59.50 retail / $35.70 with promo




Next up is this Herringbone Blazer in a black and white color. Unfortunately, it appears to be sold out online, which I didn't realize until after I left the store. 

It's a classic, single-button style blazer in a tweed-like material and is fully lined. I paired it here with the piped blouse above, and I like that it has endless styling possibilities in that it can be dressed up or dressed down with a simple switch of blouses or sweaters. It would serve as another wardrobe staple for those of you on the hunt for a nice-fitting, timeless blazer. 

You can try locating it in-store by calling AT's customer service line. The style number is 417948, which is the petite sizing option. After searching online, I believe the style number for the regular sizing option is 417948. 

 I'm trying on a size 2P here, which runs a bit large, so if you are similar in size to me, you might try a size 0P or 00P depending on how you plan to layer it.

Fit: True-to-size / slightly large - suggest sizing down 1 size for a closer fit

Price: $169 / $119.99 sale / $36 with promo



To close out Part 1 of these reviews, this is the Striped Pleated Cuff Blouse in "skysail blue." The color description is confusing, as this blouse is actually a combination of lilac, mauve, chartreuse, cream, and navy. The colorful stripes are fun and whimsical, but the real stars are the micro-pleated bell sleeves. They're adorable! They add just the right amount of drama and flair, don't you think? They're a modern, tasteful take on the beloved bell-sleeve trend that's everywhere right now. 

It's another one of those pieces that I probably would have brushed over online, but after seeing it in-person, I had to try it on, and I'm so glad I did because it's really quite darling! And it can be paired with a host of pretty colors thanks to the multi-colored stripes, giving you tons of styling options. Another noteworthy detail is the mandarin collar: it's feminine and modest. 

This blouse is 100% polyester, but because of the micro pleating on the sleeves, I would definitely suggest dry cleaning to be on the safe side.

I'm trying on size XXSP, which fits nicely. I also appreciate that the buttons don't pull or gape at the bust. Both regular and petite sizing are offered for this blouse, and for reference the length of the regular size is 26 1/4" long and the petite size is 25" long.

The stripes and bell sleeves may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's fun to occasionally step out of your comfort zone and try new things. I say try it and see what you think. You may be pleasantly surprised!

If you're still not sold on the stripes, you might try the Butterfly Pleated Cuff Blouse. It's the exact same blouse in an abstract butterfly print in shades of navy, cream, chartreuse, and blush. 

Fit: True-to-size

Price: $79.50 retail / $47.70 with promo

That concludes Part 1 of my fitting room reviews. I hope you found them helpful! Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!

Have a wonderful evening, and thanks so much for stopping by!
XO

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