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What to Buy At: Ann Taylor

What to Buy At is our weekly series, where I shop popular, mainstream retailers and round up my top picks for our readership.

And we’re starting the New Year at Ann Taylor.

When I was a personal stylist I spent almost all of my time (and money!) at Nordstrom.

But lately, outside of a sale event, I find their everyday inventory flat, boring and often totally unwearable.

As I was organizing today’s Ann Taylor round-up, filled with gorgeous, classic pieces, I thought, “This is what I miss at Nordstrom.”

  • Blouses to pair with black pants for under $100.
  • $150 dresses that you can take to work or date night.
  • A novelty blazer that isn’t $500.

Just good, wearable, easy-to-incorporate stylish clothes.

So today’s post is just that.

Pick up a few pieces if you need a quick infusion of variety as we head into winter.

Honestly, their collection reminds me of when Nordstrom was at its peak.

What to Buy at Ann Taylor

And all of today’s recommendations come in regular and petite, from XXS – XXL.

Please keep in mind sizing sells out quickly.

As always, this post is NOT SPONSORED.

Pintucked Bow Blouse

This pretty cobalt blue blouse is one of several top options you can mix into your winter wardrobe. It looks gorgeous with black bottoms and gold jewelry and these shoes if you want to add some texture.

Tie the neck high with a bow or low to create a flattering open v-neck.

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Pintucked Bow Blouse

Ann Taylor

$89.50

Available in XXS -XL in regular and petite.

Mixed Media Pleat Front Top

This kind of drapey blouse, with a v-neck line is super flattering if you would like to minimize any extra weight you might carry in your mid section.

It falls into a pretty, elongating fold down the center, allowing you to wear it tucked or untucked.

And this is nice weight if you live in a warmer climate that will work with any length pant.

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Mixed Media Pleat Front Top

Ann Taylor

$59.50

Available in XXS – XXL in regular and petite in black and cobalt.

Herringbone Stitch Sweater Jacket

If you like coastal grandmother chic style, this sweater is perfect.

Available in tan or navy, it has a lovely stitch pattern that gives it great depth.

I love how it’s styled below, over a classic button down, but save you’re money and if you like this look, try this button down from Amazon that’s under $30. and these gold hoops, also an Amazon steal.

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Herringbone Stitch Sweater Jacket

Ann Taylor

$139.00

Available in XS – XXL in regular and petite in tan and navy.

This was the week’s top seller, see how to wear it three ways below.

See How to Wear it Three Ways Here

Faux Leather Seamed Flare Skirt

I love everything about this skirt, from the cut to the detail seams and the deep spruce color. It’s stunning.

Wear it with this crewneck sweater, in the same color for a monochromatic look. And if you’re wondering what to do with your legs, wear them bare if it that works for you, or add a black tight and heel, like our Reader Favorite March Fisher velvet pumps

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Faux Leather Seamed Flare Skirt

Ann Taylor

$109.00

Available in regular and petite in sizes 00 – 14.

Short Sleeve Flare Dress

Like something right out of the new Princess of Wales style play book, this dress is so lovely.

It would specifically look wonderful on a rectangle body type, since the waist detail will pull the eye in.

Don’t be intimidated by the length, it’s an easy alteration that you can make your own and have hit at your best length.

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Short Sleeve Flare Dress

Ann Taylor

$149.00

Available in regular and petite in sizes 0 – 14.

The Newbury Blazer In Tweed

This blazer is a dark navy, with white and tan details making it extremely versatile.

You can pair it with dark navy, black or white bottoms or your favorite dark jeans.

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The Newbury Blazer In Tweed

Ann Taylor

$179.00

Available in regular and petite in sizes 00 – 12.

Camp Shirt

Another blouse option, that is just as flattering with a few extra details, like the camp shirt pockets and collar.

Available in navy (below), black, red and green. A wear-with-anything seasonless blouse.

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Camp Shirt

Ann Taylor

$69.50

Available in regular and petite in XXS – XXL.

Animal Print Wrap Midi Dress

I ordered this dress for myself, for winter date nights with black tights and knee high boots.

But you can just as easily wear it to the office, with black pumps or ankle boots.

The details make it extra special. I love the soft pleat detail that creates the v-neck and the matching slim belt, that you can easily swap out for a black one.

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Animal Print Wrap Midi Dress

Ann Taylor

$69.50

Available in regular and petite in 00 – 14.

Floral Pajama Set

By now you know I love pajamas and I couldn’t resist this fun print

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Floral Pajama Set

Ann Taylor

$109.00

Available in XS – L

The Sophia Pant In Knit

If you need a new pair of go-to black pants give The Sophia Knit pant a try.

These are full length with a slim leg, available in a range of cuts.

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The Sophia Pant In Knit

Ann Taylor

$109.00

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

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Cheri Gerlach

Friday 6th of January 2023

I'm new to your site and love it. As a TALL rectangle, I am in love with the green dress -- it is the best silhouette for me. I also love the herringbone jacket but wonder if it is practical for me. At 5'10 my preferred length on tops is 25". This is only 21ish. When shorter styles are trending its hard for me to know if I should follow the trend or stick to what I know looks best on my body. What do you suggest?

Tracy

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Happy New Year! I’m love many of Ann Taylor’s clothes. Thank you for this! I love the tweed by blazer And midi dress.

Anne

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Would be wonderful if they carried extended sizes. I emailed them to ask if they have any plans to offer extended sizing.

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

LOFT tested extended sizes but discontinued the range over the course of COVID so I would be surprised if AT starts to sell them. One of the reasons we regularly feature AT is for their petite and tall options, to give those readers a chance to buy. Gap brands, like Old Navy, J.Crew, Athleta, etc, do a much better job with extended sizes, and we feature them frequently as well. It's a balance for us to make sure to touch all categories over the course of each month.

Julie Schuster

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Hi Megan!

Happy New Year! I'm loving the new website. Thanks for the refresh. I read all your posts but rarely buy. Today, I grabbed the black V-neck blouse and some hoop earrings. Thanks for the recommendations!!

Julie

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Julie!!!! Yay, you'll love both but those hoops are one of my favorite purchases of the year.

Tracy Gray

Monday 29th of August 2022

Purchased the balloon sweater and blue dress! I’m so excited. I have looked at so many items at Ann Taylor but wasn’t sure but today I made my first purchase. Thank you!!

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 30th of August 2022

I adore that blue dress! Hope you love both pieces!

Sue C.

Friday 28th of February 2020

My GOSH I LOVE the tweed coat... and will be running out for it this weekend!!!

Marybeth

Monday 17th of February 2020

Could you feature Nordstrom ?