Ann Taylor Fall for Work: Jewel Tones & Fun Textures


Peplum top, exotic block heels, floral top, tweed skirt (sold out but jacket here) thanks to Ann Taylor
Silk Camp Shirt in “Rich Verdigris” (recent purchase, review coming soon)

A while back, I got to peek at Ann Taylor’s fall collection and pick out some favorites to try on. It was hard to choose, but I went with a vibrant color family and fabrics that were fun variations on familiar textures
I wasn’t ready for this, but opaque tights season is already upon us here in New England. To get the most out of cold-weather work clothes, I look for items that pair just as well with bare legs as they do with dark hosiery. I am loving jewel tones for that precise reason, and the teal blue hues from Ann Taylor this fall do not disappoint.

Go-to fall polish: Revlon “Vixen” (stays good for years

The texture of this skirt is listed as “tweed,” but in-person is a thick yarn-knit that seems more like boucle. It has a soft feel to it like felted wool, and the blend of colors are beautiful.

The sizing is generous, and I took it in for a perfect pencil fit. The way the waistband and seams are designed made the alterations rather easy. There is a side zipper and a seam down the back center, so I took it in along that back center seam and reattached the elastic waistband. This skirt also has a matching jacket that has rave reviews online, but I haven’t tried it on personally.
I’ve always been an advocate of AT’s perfect pumps for work, and was interested in trying a block-heeled version. I picked these for the midnight navy color (many readers ask if navy can be work with black – some may not like to, but I do it often) and added interest with wood + snake textures. These have the same fit, cushioning and leather upper as pp’s from past years, but -as many reviewers noticed- now have rubber soles instead of leather soles. After wearing these for a bit, dare I say the sturdy heels make them even more comfortable than pp’s?
This navy peplum top did not work out for me, but I wanted to mention it for any longer-torso’d readers. As is, the waistline falls a few inches below my natural waist (I have it belted up in these photos), and would look better on someone taller. I am also trying on one size up (XSP) from my normal size, so the intended style may be more fitted. The material is a comfy lightweight ponte that does not wrinkle easily.
Last but not least, I ordered this teal top recently as part of my silk blouse trials. The fit is blousy and I would remove the mid-sleeve button, but overall not a bad contender in the grand scheme of petite silk options. I actually ordered 3 different styles from Ann Taylor’s current line and took photos to review in a few days.

ATfall5Readers – Have you tried on any of these pieces? Which combination here is your favorite?

72 thoughts on “Ann Taylor Fall for Work: Jewel Tones & Fun Textures

  • Cher October 11, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I have the silk blouse (I think of it as more of a jade green than a teal). I was actually going to return it because I'm not a fan of how the front pockets look and the buttons on the sleeves. I also found it too have too much sheen for my personal preference, but then after I decided I was going to return it, I got some emu oil on the sleeve that can only be removed with dry cleaning. So now it's hanging in my closet. =/

  • Kisti Belle October 12, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I love the pencil skirt from ann taylor as well as the jewel toned button up! You're looking spectacular as always 🙂

  • Jessy | The Little Dust Princess October 12, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Great styling, Jean! I love all of these looks on you. My fave pieces are your floral top & the skirt. : )

  • Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Looking forward to your upcoming review. I love Ann Taylor and recently was able to purchase the pencil skirt in avocado that you had purchased. I just love the color and very comfortable for a pencil skirt.

  • Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Hi Jean,

    I love that floral top on you! Although you have featured it for the fall season, I can picture it as a spring wardrobe staple as well. What a versatile top. Keep up the great work!

  • Angie | October 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

    these are pretty jewel tones! i especially like the blue floral peplum top and the way you tucked in the sweater with your blouse underneath

  • CoastWithMe October 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Love the jewel tones and textures! So pretty Jean:)!

  • Milna October 12, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I adore this shade of green. Combined with blue = perfection!
    You are looking lovely as always!

    Kiss form you big norwegian fan,

  • The_Leather_Skirt_Blog October 12, 2012 at 1:50 am

    LOVE all of the ensembles but the simple blouse and skirt is my favorite.

    Such rich color. Beautiful.

    LOVING AT LOFT lately, too!

  • Karen October 12, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I love the skirt, but actually do not love the combinations with the tops. I think it's trying too much. Would love to see the skirt paired with something more neutral.

    Also, love the perfect pumps with block heel. So you're not missing the leather soles, and the block heel more than makes up for it in terms of comfort?

  • Julie October 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

    They're all great. Especially love the first look. The layering effect just makes it extra special and interesting.

  • jules October 12, 2012 at 2:33 am

    i am in love with that skirt! the colour, texture, fit – all perfect!


  • Carla Krae October 12, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Don't think I'd have a lot of use for it, but the skirt is beautiful.

    My mother loved snakeskin shoes.

  • Carol Li October 12, 2012 at 3:53 am

    It's great to see how you have styled 1 skirt in 3 different ways. The colour combinations are amazing.

    I wish Ann Taylor would come to the UK. They have such lovely petite clothes!

  • Carol October 12, 2012 at 4:01 am

    You could pair the skirt with a more neutral colour such as light grey, cream or beige. If you wanted to create a more wintery look navy & black would also work. Another alternative would be pick up another colour from the skirt such as a light pink.

  • Carol October 12, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Front pockets are good if you want enhance the bust area, but you need to be careful that the pockets aren't too big for your petite frame. Use the palm of your hand as a guide to how big your pockets should be.

    Depending on where the stain is, you could style this blouse by rolling up the sleeves and securing it with the button to create a more casual look and team it with some skinny jeans until you get a chance to get to the dry cleaners.

  • Stanley Mathis October 12, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Wow amazing combination , you look too pretty in plain blue top.
    New York Model

  • Lola October 12, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I have been following your blog for months and decided to set up my own because you have inspired me to do so 🙂 I think your sense of fashion is amazing and I absolutely love how you transform your clothes to fit you perfectly and seem so modern!!

  • Julie October 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I love the colour combinations in these outfits & especially love that teal blouse!

  • Jane October 12, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I'm a conservative when it comes to mixing colors. So my favorite is the skirt with the silk blouse. I'd also like to see the skirt with a black top for the cold winter days. Not a fan of the short-sleeve peplum with the tweed.

  • Kimberly October 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Absolutely love the texture & colors in that skirt – I think the second outfit is my favorite, but I am really digging that teal blouse…the color is gorgeous on your skintone!

  • Elissa October 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I know you said the navy top didn't work out, but that is actually my favorite outfit of the bunch! You did a great job picking colors/pieces that go so well together.

  • Rachelle October 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

    they are all very pretty outfits that i would wear, but the last one is my favorite the green/teal tone is such a great fall color and it actually looks good on any skintone which is rare.

  • October 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I really love the green/blue color combination on you. They go so well together. Speaking of AT pumps, I actually prefer rubber soles too. Leather soles wear down too quickly (especially in wet/snow weather).

    As for the navy peplum top, do you think you can remove the peplum part and move it up higher? I don't see a peplum top with long sleeves very often. I am sure you can easily accomplish the task with your sewing skills.

  • Always Maylee October 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

    This skirt looks amazing on you. I love the rich coloring. It's clearly a very versatile piece, which makes me love it more. You look gorgeous in all 3 outfits. 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia

  • Tang October 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Loving the floral peplum + the skirt.

  • ktfrek October 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Those peplum tops are great.

  • JustPeachy22 October 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

    FYI: At LOFT outlet they're selling the same exact skirt in a really cute mini in petite sizes. It comes in the color you're wearing and another- I believe it was grey/black. It's around $40 full price and I got it for $24 during a 40% off full price sale. It wasn't so mini I couldn't wear it to work, but it definitely needs tights to make it appropriate. It's a good alternative to those who love this pattern but aren't crazy about pencil skirts.

  • The Glitter Life October 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Loving the skirt and navy peplum top!

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  • rose October 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Love the skirt!

    <3 from

  • lisacng @ October 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Beautiful skirt in jewel tones. My fave look is the one with the silk camp shirt! Beautiful colors! And I also like the peplum layered with the silk shirt. Kinda like a blazer look. How creative!

  • ♥ Natalie October 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

    The second and the third outfits are my favorites!! Great <3
    Love the colors. Simple grey with a pop of color!


  • Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Quick question: where do you buy your dark hosiery? PS. I love all the outfits 🙂

  • MizzJ October 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Love all these style options – so different and you barely notice that the skirt is the same in all 3. I wonder why the designer decided to put that random button at the elbow of that blouse?? Buttons that have no function just look so bizarre – otherwise this blouse looks perfect.

  • Sweet_Ambitions October 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    My favorite is the third one with the silk shirt. I saw this skirt on AT's website and it looked so vibrant but when I saw it in person at the store, it didn't look as vibrant and rich… so I didn't get it.

  • Emily October 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    What a pretty skirt, I love it with the navy and green tops!

  • Bela Anzu October 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    The colours on the flower top looks gorgeous on you. The fabric looks fresh and clean and it fits you well. For some reason, the floral top seems like it would make a nice spring/summer top, while the tweed skirt looks more suited for autumn/winter. So I like the individual pieces of the second outfit the best, but overall, the third outfit is my favourite.

  • The Petite Blogger October 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    such a cute peplum top!!! love ur blog girl… ure such an inspiration to all petite girls out there <3

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  • With Each Passing Day October 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    My favorite is the second outfits. I was stalking the navy peplum top ever since I saw it on the AT ads. Unfortunately the top didn't work for me.

  • Star White October 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Such lovely selections! I adore the jewel tones you went with!

  • Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Would you like to sell it at a lower price than retail?

    I wanted one but just kinda broke and don't want to pay full retail for it.


  • Eva Wu October 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    fantastic skirt, fantastic shoes!

  • Petitetomatoes October 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    All 3 looks are so classy and cute. I especially like the floral top.

  • Summer Fashion Trends October 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    All 3 looks are so classy and cute. I especially like the floral top.

  • Ania October 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Wow, great skirt 🙂

  • My Dressy Ways October 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    The 2nd and 3rd are my favorite, but I'm definitely loving just the simple blouse and skirt of the 3rd outfit. I love the colors of these outfits! Those shoes are amazing too! I don't own a pair of navy shoes – yet. 🙂

  • Suzie Q October 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I love the teal color skirt, it's so perfect for the Fall. Those block heels look classic and comfortable too! Love the 3 looks that you put togethere here.

    Suzie Q

  • REESHELL October 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    such cute outfits!

  • Pettit Mom October 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Absolutely love your outfit here! the color so pretty like you …

  • newpetite October 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Love the colors and the way you have styled it! Im glad that you didnt go with the neutrals.

  • Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    You look lovely as always. What do you do at your job? Don't mine if I ask…

  • Ameenah A. October 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Love this post! You look elegant as always! xx

  • Ginny October 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Jean! What blush/bronzer is that? It looks fantastic!

  • Anonymous October 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I got the floral top and it is gorgeous. They are hard to find now so if you come across one in your size, buy it. You will not be sorry.

  • Irene Buffa October 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Love this skirt!
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  • Michelle October 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Loving all the teals and blues on you, Jean! Loving the last look the best. 🙂

  • Tracy October 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Great outfits. Where did you get the tights? Yours look great…I'm looking for durable tights that aren't completely opaque to wear with skirts in the fall. Mine always snag after the first couple wears 🙁

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I get them from H&M;! THey offer different levels of opacity like 20 den (stands for "density" i'm guessing), 40 den, etc. The ones here are 20 den and are a little long, but I keep the extra length scrunched up at the upper thighs.

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks, Ginny! It's an old favorite Stilla bronzer which I use daily.

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you! I work in financial services.

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I agree, Bela – the pieces in the 2nd are my favorite too, individually and not together : )

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you! I got them at H&M.; THey offer different densities like 20, 40, 80..etc.

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks for the info! I haven't checked out LOFT's offerings in a few weeks.

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you, Sydney! I did look into altering it but it wasn't as easy as envisioned.

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I think it's too bad that retailers slowly cut quality over the years (noticing this in my J.Crew purchases too), but the rubber sole isn't an issue for me because the leather soles just got walked on anyways. Yes, I'd say the block heel is very comfortable and sturdy (for heels). Just wore them again and would recommend. They have a few other options in the same block heel style such as black suede, black lizard texture, etc.

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you! You have me excited for pairings next spring now : )

  • PetiteAsianGirl October 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    So glad you got one and like it! The avocado color is definitely unique and perfect for this season.

  • Anonymous October 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Rubber soles or insets are not bad per se, anyways I often end up with using those sticky patches from Target on soles, o/w they are too slippery especially at the beginning on carpets in the office! But with your remark on quality I totally agree! It seems that cashmere gets a bit pricklier and leather a bit stiffer with each season 🙁 as retailers squeeze costs! As little as 10 years ago AT and BR used to have most of their shoes made in Italy and the quality would compare with some of the very expensive designer brands you would find in Nordstrom but at considerably lower price, but alas those days are long gone 🙁

  • Candice October 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Jean! Loved all your outfits – #1 & #3 were my fav. I loved the peplum on you.

  • Raven Hill October 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I have the ponte peplum top in black. The XSP fits well. I missed an op to buy it in blue during the recent sale. Not happy!

  • Petite Adventures October 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Love all of these pieces – the colours are stunning!

    Kate –

  • Anonymous January 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I have this skirt and am wearing it with a black tank and cartigan. I also have red pumps on. My sister said the red doesn't work, but my coworker says it looks great.. What do you think of the red shoes with this skirt?

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