Work is taking over my life, so just popping in with a quick review to celebrate the arrival of spring (although it certainly does not feel like it)! Ann Taylor is currently running 40% off everything -use TRENDS40 online- which is a great time to pick up their faux-leather gallery tote (in navy, soft pink, or black) or statement pearl & chain necklace. Love, love both of these pieces which have been on heavy rotation for me over the year. I first received the bag as a gift, and despite some serious beating around and chronic wet weather, it’s proven to be durable and low-maintenance while having more professional-looking structure than a Longchamp. So many women have stopped to inquire about it and are surprised to learn it’s from AT.
Soft peach/pink is everywhere this season and I have been loving the ethereal, feminine feel. I don’t own much of this color so was enticed to try some pieces on. Probably wouldn’t wear this creamsicle palette from head to toe (a few pops of floral or leopard would be perfect), but threw everything on at once for photos. I had been wanting a Gallery tote in a second color for a while, and this versatile new option pushed me over the edge.
I didn’t get to take more photos of the tote, but am happy to do so later. The four zippers pull down to expose more of the same exterior faux-leather material, unlike previous versions which had (in my opinion, an odd choice of) print fabric lining. There is an inside pocket with zipper, a magnetic snap closure across the top, and AT added a small exterior pocket this season. Please note from my past review that I’ve been using mine with a base shaper inside.
Measurements of tote: 10.75″ high, 13″ wide across the base which expands to 18″ wide up top with the zippers, 4.4″ deep, and 8.75″ handle drop. The upper width is bigger than what I look for in totes and is borderline overwhelming on a ~5 foot tall frame, but I’ve accepted this due to all the other positives. Material is 100% synthetic leather which wipes clean easily.
Moving on to this pretty dress, shall we? This can be a difficult color to pull off as it’s very similar to lighter skin tones. In-person it’s a soft peach which I really love, and think it’ll look less washed-out with color and print accents. The cut is a loose shift-style and will require torso slimming alterations if I keep it. I’m a big of the fluttery statement sleeves combined with a simple torso shape – less rigid and more fun than my usual pencil dresses. Material is an unlined crepe-like 100% polyester with invisible back zipper. For the price I expected this dress to be lined and could’ve done without the paneling across the torso. Nevertheless, I am leaning towards keep unless I come across something better.
Measurements of 00 petite: 16.25″ across the armpit, 15.25″ across waist, 16.5″ across hips, 31″ length, 18″ across the widest part of the sleeves from shoulder to shoulder.
Lastly, please excuse the terrible photo quality but this dress is another one of my favorites from the current line. Classic cut, neckline, and colors, plus a touch of fun with the metallic glean from the dark bronze stripes. It’s hard to tell but the light gray stripes are in a linen texture.The fit is true to size for AT and would require 1-2 inches of slimming along the torso for me. I think this dress would be very flattering on someone in the right size, with a belt right at the navy midsection to further accentuate the waistline. I passed as I have plenty of pencil dresses and stripe pieces, but wanted to share.