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What to Buy at Ann Taylor Holiday Edition

What to Buy at Ann Taylor Holiday Edition

Many of us grew up with Ann Taylor as a cornerstone in our wardrobes. The brand makes getting dressed easy, with 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. You don’t want to look like you stepped out of a catalog.

I started our What to Buy at Series to recreate the experience of working with a stylist. These are the pieces I would put in your dressing room. Recommendations are based on everything I know about our readers who are looking for help creating a timeless, classic, modern wardrobe on a realistic budget.

And because I do not represent or receive compensation from the brand on this post, I can tell you what is good and not so good. 

Right now, Ann Taylor’s inventory levels are abysmal. So you’ll click on something lovely and notice that the size options are XS, S, and M.

That’s it.

I cannot tell you how unhelpful that is for my business, which tries to be as inclusive as possible. 

On the plus side, everything I’m featuring today has a full size range (at the time of going live.) 

What to Buy at Ann Taylor

What to Buy At Ann Taylor in November 2021

For today’s round-up I was obviously thinking about holiday dressing, but in a practical way. For many of us, myself included, I’m often just looking for an extra special top to wear with go-to bottoms. So that’s what I focused on: pieces that you put on and your look is instantly elevated. 

Also, today, AT has a special discount promotion that varies depending on the category. I made a note by each item. This is a limited sale that will end at the end of the day today 11/15. 

Mix Media Ruffle Neck Top

Ann Taylor Mix Media Top


Mix Media Ruffle Neck Top, $64


Let’s start with my favorite, this Mix Media Ruffle Neck Top,  available in regular and petite from XS -XXL. I love a top you can simply wear with slim black pants and have an outfit. Complete the outfit with gold-tone earrings, suede heels and a clutch. Easy-peasy. 

Pearlized Cable Sweater

Ann Taylor Pearlized Cable Sweater

Pearlized Cable Sweater, $98 – ON SALE 40% OFF $58.00

Sweaters are currently 40% off their original price, making this pretty pearl covered Cable Sweater under $60.  Style this with any black bottom, like the BR Coated Skinny Jean, or just a simple pair of black jeans and boots. Available in XS – L

Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater

Ann Taylor Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater

Fair Isle Turtleneck Sweater, $98 ON SALE 40% OFF $58.00 

I adore red and pink together, so this sweater (also 40% off) was a no brainer. I’ll wear it for Thanksgiving with dark jeans and these light tan boots. If you wanted to dress it up, a pair of winter white trousers would be gorgeous, our you could take some inspiration from the model and have a tonal moment. 

Available in XS – XL. 

Pintucked Straight Leg Pant


An nTyalor Pintucked Straight Leg Pant

Pintucked Straight Leg Pant, $98

I edited this post last night, and these pants are already super limited. Right now, they are available in regular and petite with limited sizes.
If your size is still available, I love the idea of green bottom paired with neutrals, like cream and ivory, and some fun statement jewelry. It feels festive without being over the top.

Ribbed Puff Sleeve Sweater

Ribbed Puff Sleeve Sweater, $90 ON SALE 40% OFF, NOW $54.00 

I never met a creamed colored sweater I didn’t want to buy. They make anything feel a bit more sophisticated and allow other elements of your look to pop, like an accessory or even a bold lip.

Available in XXS -XXL in three colors.  

Zebra Print Belted Trench Coat

An Taylor Zebra print belted trench coat

Zebra Print Belted Trench Coat, $225 Take $75 Off, NOW $153

I’m a coat girl, a statement-making coat girl. If your wardrobe is filled with neutrals, these kind of coats can set your look on fire. I bought a similar coat to this Zebra Print Belted Trench Coat and I wear it to death. 

Available in regular and petite, XXS – XL.


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Monday 15th of November 2021

Thanks for the top pics - the zebra coat and the shirts are fun statement pieces! I've given up on Ann Taylor at this point was the beginning of the end when Dress Barn/Ascena acquired them. Remember when Ann Taylor was such a quality brand with chic choices? I feel like what they have now is such a disappointing imitation of what they used to feels like such a chore when the quality is either cheap or so expensive that the costs can't be justified (when the brand name attached is what's elevating the cost...). I'm trying to invest in higher end pieces (and sewing my own clothes!), but when they're discounted (is Black Friday happening this year!?), since it's absolutely insane that it's hundreds of dollars cheaper during a discount vs not. Looking at a comfy red sweater dress from RL, Reserve knee boots boots from Stuart Weizman, and debating between work bags...from Senreve and frejanyc...maybe spaced out over time so I can actually buy holiday presents for the season!

Thanks always for your thoughtful posts!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Hi Eleanor, I'm doing a post this week that feature the SW boot and saw that they were on sale at Nordstrom for 40% off. It's a pretty great sale.

Tracy Gray

Monday 15th of November 2021

I have to admit that sometimes Ann Taylor is hit or miss at least for me but I love the red and pink sweater the puff sleeve sweater. Bot perfect for this time of year. Thank you!!

Mary B

Monday 15th of November 2021

That zebra coat pulled me in! I doubt I will be going to many parties this season, but I will go out once in a while and its wonderful to have something special to wear.

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