Many of us grew up with Ann Taylor as a cornerstone in our wardrobes. The brand makes getting dressed easy, coordinating pieces, colors, and prints to help busy women pull a look together quickly.
But when you dress head to toe from a brand or a single store, you start to lose your personality and authenticity. While I’m all for a system that helps you create a uniform of sorts, you run the risk of missing out on the opportunity to develop your unique style.
Today, as part of our “What to Buy at” series, I rounded up my top picks from their new arrivals. These are the best, most practical, and polished pieces that, when paired with your other wardrobe staples, create a modern outfit that doesn’t look so “Ann Taylor-y.”
These posts are inspired by my years as a personal stylist. Before a client arrived at our shopping appointment, I would spend hours going through stores, selecting only the best pieces, and filling up her dressing room. It was such fun for me and immensely helpful for our clients, who worked with us because they didn’t have the time or patience to shop independently.
Think of this series as just that; these are the pieces I would put in your dressing room, based on everything I know about our readers who are looking for help creating a timeless, classic, modern wardrobe on a realistic budget.
What to Buy at Ann Taylor
Sale Information: As of 2/22 Ann Taylor is offering a variety of discounts, which I noted in each individual item.
Ponte Puff Sleeve Top
This sweet puff sleeve top is made from comfortable Ponte knit, so it feels like loungewear but is full of style. If you have narrow shoulders or want to minimize wider hips, a puff sleeve is a beautiful option to create a balanced shape. This looks fresh with white bottoms, but go ahead and wear it now with your black pants or dark jeans.
Mixed Stripe Sweater
The idea of simple, one-step dressing is more challenging than it sounds because you have to get the pieces right. Pairing this bold sweater with your favorite black pants (I’ll wear it with these joggers) and a pair of flats is an easy way to dress for work, home, or office.
Freshen up your blazers with this gorgeous subtle houndstooth option. You can pair it with denim, tan, navy, or grey.
Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings
Tortoiseshell Hoops, $49.50
These tortoiseshell hoop earrings are so fun! I love the addition of pink with the more traditional gold and tortoise combination. I tend to keep things simple and wear them with a crisp white button-down and jeans to let them stand out.
Striped Puff Sleeve Top
Another easy-peasy top to pair with dark bottoms at a fantastic price. I like this for Zoom, home office life, or for a casual night with friends. Layer some necklaces on top to cut the line and create more depth.
Striped Mock Neck Sweater
The perfect sweater to transition between seasons, since it looks like this winter never wants to end. Keep in mind that this sweater is meant to be boxy, so you want to pair it with a slimmer bottom to balance it out, otherwise your look will seem oversized.
Leopard Chain Belt, $59.50
I don’t feature many belts here, but this one reminds me of a DVF print, and I love how it would look over this popular Old Navy Grey Sheath.
If you have some sweater dresses or other sheaths, try layering a belt around your waist. It will add value to your outfit by making it look more pulled together.
Available in XS – L
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