I placed a huge Ann Taylor order this past Tuesday to take advantage of the additional 15% off for ALL Rewards credit cardmembers in the first Tuesday of every month (the works on top of all promotions). I had to call Customer Service for a price adjustment since they never fixed their website to automatically apply the discount that day. Ann Taylor has a current Friends of Ann Event for 40% off + an extra 10% off (this comes out to 46% off if you do the math) so the better promo code is THANKS1 for 50% off full-price styles. This latter code excludes suiting, cashmere and third-party merchandise.
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I love the drape and fit of the above dress and it’s a beautiful jewel tone for the holidays. The twist detail at the mock neck adds interest for a demure style with understated elegance. My usual size 0P feels a bit more narrow through the shoulders and chest so if you have a larger chest then you may want to try a size up.
I previously reviewed a similar style pleated flare dress in size 0P here so I ordered size 00P in this new floral print to try. I’m glad I sized down since size 00P fits me well at the waist. Note that I have a smaller chest (I take size 32A or 34AA in petite bras) but size 00P always fits more narrow through the chest which sometimes works to my benefit if I prefer a closer fit. If you like this floral print it’s also available as a blouse.
These flats felt a bit stiff in the back so they may require some softening up using the heel of your palm. The pearl button is a beautiful detail and I wish these flats were also offered in a light neutral color that is easier to match. Ann Taylor shoes typically run true to size for me but I’ve seen others that would recommend going down 1/2 a size.
The teal quarry color is a beautiful dark evergreen in person. This coat is an oversized fit on me so I’m curious if size XXSP would be a better fit. There is a lot of excess material when belted as seen here but if you do not fasten the two snap buttons then you can overlap more of the coat as seen here to prevent the material from bunch as much at the waist. Note that I have the Brielle slingback pumps in two colors (brown and black) and my usual size 7 as well as size 7.5 both fit me without the back strap slipping at the ankles.
Ann Taylor Belted Trench Coat, size XSP
Ann Taylor Blackwatch Plaid Fluted Sleeve Top, size XXS regular (also available in a textured black houndstooth here) | Exact jeans are old favorites from 4 years ago | Click here to view the clip from my try-on
Blackwatch plaid is back for the holiday season and I was deciding between two of the new arrivals so I ordered this fluted sleeve top (above) and the layered blouse (below) to compare. If you prefer a more fitted look the fluted sleeve top may be a better choice while the layered blouse has a more casual look due to the relaxed fit. I was really torn about which top to keep but I only kept the fluted sleeve top.
I really love the look of this boucle top but the metallic threads make the material feel more scratchy against your skin. The puff sleeve detail and lace trim on the half sleeves add just the right amount of polish and it also has a matching pencil skirt but interestingly enough I didn’t see them style the two separate pieces together. My usual size XSP is a relaxed fit.
This off white cardigan is very elegant with the large faux pearl buttons and it also comes in navy. My usual size is a relaxed fit for comfortable layering. If you prefer a more fitted look then you may want to size down.
This lace trim shell has been on my wish list since I saw it in the Preview section a few weeks ago. It’s also available in black. My usual size XSP is loose fitting on me but I’m not sure that I would size down. The material for the top isn’t too sheer in the winter white color so I can’t clearly see the outline of my bra or the waistband of my pants.
This soft pink top is more fitted in my usual size XSP so I called Customer Service to exchange it for the next size up. This feminine top is also available in a shimmer fabric here. I like the modest v-neck and the little gathered ruffles on the shoulder seams.
I was excited about this top and I ordered it in both black and the delicate ecru color which is a light/pale pink in person. For some reason the sleeves look puffier in black but the sleeves look more flattering in the delicate ecru color. If you prefer full-length sleeves this sheer sleeve mock neck blouse from the Preview section looks promising. The top is a relaxed fit but the length is a touch longer than I prefer which is better seen in this clip and it’s not available in petites.
This mock neck sweater is another new arrival I was excited to see. My usual size XSP is a very loose fit through the body so I want to try on size XXSP for comparison. I called Customer Service to do a quick exchange it for the tanned khaki color in size XSP as well as a few other items in my order. Note that a quick exchange (either over the phone or in stores) allows you to reorder a different color or size while honoring the sale price you paid and Customer Service also waives the shipping fee. The sweater I received had two pulls in the material as seen here so it was defective.
I like the asymmetrical hem on this skirt and there’s a matching blouse you could pair it with to make it look like you’re wearing a dress. I loved how they styled it with the mock neck sweater so I was trying to replicate the look but the length of my usual size in petites makes for an awkward half tuck. Size 00P sits higher at the waist on me but I’m afraid my usual size 0P may be too loose. The skirt is lined and not too sheer but because it is lined it can be prone to static cling especially with the dry winter heat indoors. I usually carry a Bounce sheet in a ziploc bag in my purse but I would welcome other solutions to deal with static cling.
I also ordered this floral twist neck blouse in my usual size XSP and it fits true to size but the two buttons at the back of the neck were too fussy for my preference. If you like the floral print it’s also available in their comfortable camp shirt style blouse.
Lastly, I ordered these Llana suede scalloped heeled booties because of the scallop detail and they should be arriving early this coming week.
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