What to Buy at Ann Taylor

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

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

Ann Taylor Puff Sleeve Top

Ponte Puff Sleeve Top, $54.50 Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off at Checkout

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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.

Available online only in regular and petite in XXS – XXL.

Mixed Stripe Sweater

Ann Taylor Mixed Stripe Sweater-2

Mixed Stripe Sweater, $89.50 Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off at Checkout

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.

Available in XXS – XXL.

Houndstooth Blazer

Ann Taylor Houndstooth Blazer

Houndstooth Blazer, $169 Take $75 Off at Checkout 

Freshen up your blazers with this gorgeous subtle houndstooth option. You can pair it with denim, tan, navy, or grey. 

Available in regular, petite and tall in 00 – 18. 

Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings

Ann Taylor Tortoiseshell Hoops

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 

Ann Taylor Striped Top


Striped Puff Sleeve Top, $59.50 Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off at Checkout

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. 

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Available in regular and petite XXS – XXL.

Striped Mock Neck Sweater

Ann Taylor Striped Mock Neck Sweater

Striped Mock Neck Sweater, $98 Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off at Checkout

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. 

Available in XXS – XXL

Ann Taylor Leopard Chain Belt

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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Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

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