Ann Taylor dotted shirt + swingy striped skirt

Ann Taylor dot shirt stripe skirt outfit4Ann Taylor embroidered shirt, Chicwish skirt sz XS (shortened - pls read review)
Steve Madden sandals, Saint Laurent wallet on chain (in light rose/pink), Hermes belt

I love my share of drapey blouses, but sometimes nothing feels more classic than a crisp white button-up. There's so many options on the market today in slim fits and with feminine details - a far cry from the masculine, boxy shirts that haunted me when I first started working.
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I went into Ann Taylor recently looking for a tipped shirt, but ended up finding this cute dotted one instead. You can't tell in the photos, but all of the dots are embroidered rather than printed, which is a nice touch of quality. The fabric is 97% cotton, 3% spandex which is also a pleasant surprise in today's world of synthetic materials.
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These Steve Madden "Stecy" heels are my new favorite sandals, but are not for prolonged standing/walking given the heel height and strappy-ness. I have a detailed review in the works about how these compare to a few other similar styles I tried, but wanted to share before small sizes were gone. I'm wearing the blush patent in size 5.5, and would say they run true to size with a pretty narrow footbed. A close contender for me was the Vince Camuto "Court" sandal in beige which was more walkable/comfortable, but alas I wanted something higher with thinner straps.
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I also have a review coming up about this Saint Laurent wallet on chain (so many color options!) - a new buddy for my beloved Chanel one. Some of you may have seen a slightly different version of this bag on my Instagram - long story short, that one was in calfskin and upon closer inspection, was shipped to me with several scratches on it already. I sadly realized the material would be too high-maintenance for my lifestyle, so I exchanged it for a version in durable caviar leather which I'm now in love with.
Ann Taylor dot shirt stripe skirt outfit
View from the back:
Ann Taylor dot shirt stripe skirt outfit3 FYI, I took this shirt in size 00 petite with no alterations needed. Ann Taylor has an entire line of button-ups titled "perfect shirts" that come in petites, which should fit consistently. This one also looks cute with ripped jeans for the weekend, or a basic pencil skirt pairing for more conservative offices:Ann Taylor dot shirt office outfit

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  1. I'm sacred to wear flared skirt. I'm petite too.
    But looks good on you! :)

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  2. I love this caviar Wallet on a Chain even more than the one you posted on Instagram (although that one was beautiful too!). I find that I REALLY have to reduce what I'm carrying with my Chanel WOCs - this one seems a lot roomier - I can't wait to read your review on it!

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    1. Yes it is quite a bit roomier! It can even fit a pair of sunglasses in side ... love it : )

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  3. I like how you mixed patterns here! Stripe and polka dot and the polka dot and leopard.

    x Dori
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  4. This outfit is so lovely!
    Would you happen to have any recommendations for white buttons ups? I've been searching for one that doesn't look too formal or stiff but have had no luck :(

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    1. Hi Mandy - are you looking for a solid white button up? What's your budget and size?

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    2. Hi Jean
      Thanks for the speedy reply!
      Yes, I'm looking for a solid white one. Not sure if I should go for something chiffon or more cotton-like, though. I always seem to have trouble keeping chiffon blouses from bunching out of my skirt : (
      I'm aiming for something under $60 but if it fits well I'm kind of flexible with my budget.
      I'm 5'0 and generally wear size 0 or xs. Not sure if this will be a good reference but the gingham button down shirt from jcrew factory in xxs fits me really well.

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    3. For a solid white, I would probably go for chiffon or polyester (the type that feels like silk). You can find those at LOFT petites or H&M (regular sizing), which is inexpensive enough that you can pay a bit to get the sleeves shortened. For cotton though, Banana Republic non-iron shirts or AT perfect shirts go on sale often and would definitely be under $60! If J.Crew fits you well then these should also.

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    4. Thanks so much, Jean! I'll be sure to check those out :)

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  5. Love the mix of stripes and dots! Great look.
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  6. I really love the flared skirt! It looks beautiful with the polka dots!

    Joyce
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  7. Love the flared skirt! So cute and elegant!

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  8. Hi, great picks but just wanted to let you know that the coupon TOPS40 has already expired!

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    1. Oh bummer! Thanks for letting me know!

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    2. Thanks so much for posting on Instagram about the new sales - I just purchased both the tipped and dotted shirts!

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    3. I hope at least one of them work out for you! I love the fresh black+white take on the basic button up.

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  9. How do you tuck your shirt so it stays in? Mine always tend to ride up after awhile and balloon out.

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    1. Not any real secret, but a mix of the below: 1) I sometimes tuck it into my underwear for more secureness 2) each time I go to the restroom I give it a good tuck, and 3) i haven't tried this personally, but there are shirt clips that can also clip to your underwear...not sure how comfy that'd be though!

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  10. I love how you paired two different patterns for a perfect look! The fit of the dotted shirt is great and the shape of that skirt is beautiful.
    xx Daniela / Fashion Shower Blog

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  11. This look is gorgeous and I love the way you got the skirt to move like that for the photos! What's your secret?? :)

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    1. Hi Shira - no secret other than just moving around quickly and looking a little crazy on my neighborhood street : )

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  12. I love the outfit! And thanks for the review on the shirts! I've been scared to buy one because I wasn't sure how they'd fit.

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  13. I love the pattern mixing!

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  14. amazing outfit, so in love with the print mix and especially with your skirt! So beautiful and lovely! <3
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  15. I just bought some stuff on Ann Taylor today and besides paying for the steep shipping they already charge I just realized they also change a shipping tax on top of shipping (in addition to usual sales tax on clothing)!! I hadn't noticed this before! But suffice to say I am not buying stuff online on Ann Taylor anymore but it just seems wrong to charge tax on shipping cost!

    Jean, what's your take? Did you notice this in your confirmation emails from them.

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    1. It's unfortunate but it's a state policy...about half the states in the US right now require that businesses charge tax on shipping for online orders. They collect it from the businesses - the businesses themselves are not making any profit on it (or at least, certainly should not be!).

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    2. Thanks Jean! You might be right. Shipping fee is a service after all so they might be required to collect taxes. I wish they combined shipping for Ann Taylor and LOFT stores so I could buy from both and pay shipping once just are Gap, ON & BR.

      On a side note, I would love to get your opinion on The Limited clothing. In the past few years I have noticed that I always start my shopping at AT or LOFT but end up buying stuff from The Limited. Their selection might not be as vast as AT or LOFT but I believe each of their pieces are more classic & make better wardrobe staples and I would say quality is much better than LOFT and almost at par with AT. Btw, they carry petite sizes now as well and their regular sizes are not as huge as AT/LOFT.

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    3. I have a few pieces from the limited and think it's great that another brand offers stylish workwear in extended petite sizes! Although, I found their sizes to be about the same as AT/LOFT and still need alterations, and I am bummed that I can't try on any of it in stores because it's entirely online only.

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  16. Love your nail polish color! What color are you wearing?

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  17. Even though my style is more all black punk rocker, I love how feminine your outfits are. Especially that dotted shirt! I'd pair it with skinny black leather pants and heels.

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  18. I love this look! Between my spring-induced obsession with black and white, and the fact that as I teacher button ups and full skirts feel like a part of my uniform - this is perfect!

    Kate
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  19. Super cute look! I love the dotted top it's such a nice variation on a classic!

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  21. Lovely combinations again - so stylish :) and shoes :) :) Wishes from Finland --Anu

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  22. Amazing look!!! Love it so much!

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  23. LOVE the bag Jean. And the whole look. I was worried the new saint laurent monogram would look too flashy but it looks amazing on you. Also, this bag looks huge! much much bigger than the chanel WOC - is that true? Maybe you can also include a word or two about the monogram flap bag that you featured (in grey) on instragram recently for the MK bag you bought? Thank you Jean!!

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    1. Yes it can hold almost double what a Chanel WOC does : ) The monogram flap bag I thought was gorgeous but personally, I prefer tote satchels for toting more stuff and then smaller crossbody/convertible bags for other everyday occasions. This was just based on how little wear I saw my Chanel classic flaps get compared to the WOC or my Prada satchel. It's a beautiful bag for the right person!

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  24. I want to let everyone know that not all sale style qualify for the flash sales (current now) extra 60% off. I call customer service , they said because some styles sale fast (like the dotted blouse you wear in post ) and they don't qualify but they don't let you know until after you select the item and it is in your bag. I realize this because some of my items automatically went down for the extra 60% and some stay the same. I am so disappointed at Ann Taylor for doing this, I don't think it is nice of them to do that . Anyway, thanks for sharing the finds Jean

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    1. Hi there - I'm sorry for any confusion on my part, but the dotted blouse I'm wearing is a newer arrival and not a sale item. I posted a few items in my second paragraph that are part of today's flash sale, but the blouse I'm actually wearing is not...it was on sale this weekend during a tops promotion, but that has ended. I'll post again when it's included in a new sale!

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    2. No worry Jean, the confusion is not on your part at all and I don't blame you at all. I just don't like how Ann Taylor does it, for whichever sale style not qualify for the extra 60% off they should specify it under the item when customer still browsing so no time wasted just to find out after items are already in the cart. As always, I love your blog very much. I appreciate your professionalism

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    3. Thank you for your kind words! I agree with your feedback and hope they make the shopping process easier.

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  25. What a gorgeous outfit! That skirt looks fantastic on you and I love the swing in the pics!

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  26. Wow, tell us how you navigated on those uneven, brick road. :) Seriously, love the dotted shirt you are wearing. I love AT perfect shirts!

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    1. Haha after about 10 years of these cobblestone roads, I'm getting to be a pro ; )

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  27. This look is adorable on you! This skirt is so fun and goes well with this collared shirt. This bag is also perfect for Spring.

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  28. Love your blog and have benefited greatly from your style advice! Was curious about your opinion on the SM Stecy sandals since they get such mixed reviews. I love the way they look but was concerned about quality/comfort.

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    1. Hi CHristine! I shared my opinion in a detailed post today. Hope that helps!

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  29. Your outfit is so stylish and chic. I love the polka dots paired with the strips. It's so pretty. I love it.

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  30. Omg this outfit is so adorable! I love mixing up prints and this is up my alley! Thanks for the inspiration!

    -Amanda
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  31. I love the pop of blush!!

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  32. Love all the leopard print shoes you've been posting! :)

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  33. Very elegant and feminine look! I love it

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  34. So classy, love this look:)

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  35. I love your blog Jean. Thanks so much for the AT sale tips. Bummer I missed the flash sale but at least it looks like they are having 40% now! I've never worn a skirt like that...always thought it would make me look short - glad I am wrong!! wondering if you have any ideas for "similar" Hermes belt or something else that would be a good substitute?

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    1. Hi Linda! Have you checked out Ferragamo reversible belts? They look really similar and unfortunately are still pricey, but quite a bit less than Hermes. I think belts like these are worth the splurge as I reach for them all the time!

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  36. I love your style and how you don't let this crazy New England weather stop you from putting together a great look! Some days it's so hard to pull out the tights, heels, dress, sweater, etc and have to lug your shoes in your bag while you schlep around in boots and a puffer coat. Thanks for all of the inspo :)

    xo Annie | http://collectivepassions.com

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  37. I am a new reader of your blog (and a new IG follower) and have never commented before, but I have to say you hit it out of the ballpark with so many of your outfits. This is SO cute and such a great way to mix prints, even for someone who's a bit of a novice when it comes to that, like me. You're absolutely gorgeous and your style is impeccable!

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    1. Welcome, and thanks so much for the kind words : )

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  38. Loving the dots and stripes pairing. I am a noob to the fashion world so I am still wary of pairing different prints but you're making me BOLDER! Checking out your blog and reviews and they're amazing! We're basically the same height, clothes, and shoes size which is a perfect plus! I am new blogger so if you have tips to spare, I am all ears. Thank you so much in advance. ^_^

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    1. Hi Mai - thank you for your feedback! I'm so happy to hear that.

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  39. Hi Jean,

    Could you do a review on the YSL WOC? Please and Thank you!

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    1. Yes! I started it but need to retake photos...stay tuned

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  40. Hi Jean, I love your style and seeing your new posts. I wondered if you could advise how I would know when Ann Taylor has these 60 % off sales (as I'd love to order the spotty shirt but it works out very expensive as I live in England so pay shipping too)

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    1. Hi Margaret! Unfortunately I don't know if the promos work internationally, actually I don't know how that works at all because they ship to England via Borderfree. I know the extra discounts are usually not applicable to Cananda so not sure if it is for orders via Borderfree. The best way to stay up to date on the sales though is with their email list (you can sign up on their homepage). Also as a side note, this shirt wasn't ever part of the 60% off (that was for clearance items only) and was 40 at the time of this post, but they are having a 50% off promo now that you can test if it works for England!

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  41. Hi Jean, I love all of your styles, especially because they are up my alley. I'm finding that I need to change the way I wear jeans at work, often because my jeans are all bell bottom and I need some that are office appropriate. Can you recommend some places where I can find petite flare jeans that are office appropriate?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi there! To be honest, I don't have any flared jeans and haven't tried any on for a while! The only reason being, usually I commute in flats then change into heels, so the only jeans that wouldn't drag on the floor during the flats need to be skinny at the ankle. So unfortunately I can't be of much help here, but I did notice LOFT has petite flare styles on their website so maybe start there!

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    2. Hi Jean, I will check at Loft. Thank you for your suggestion!

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  43. Hi Jean,

    I wanted to ask - why did you decide to go with the YSL woc over the YSL medium monogram bag in one of your past IG pics? I'm trying to decide between the two. Love the look of the woc but the medium seems to fit more and thus may be more versatile for me.

    Thanks for your help!

    Carmen

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    1. Hi Carmen! It was a matter of leather to me. If the medium came in caviar, I would've definitely kept it as I LOVED the tassels. I mentioned in my post above that upon closer inspection, the medium in calfskin unfortunately arrived to me with scratches already on it so I knew it would be too high maintenance for my lifestyle. The only similar bag in a similar color was the WOC, but I've been loving it as it fits more than my Chanel WOC.

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    2. Thank you for the insight and for helping me decide! I prefer the durability of caviar over calfskin, so WOC it is :)

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    3. Thank you for the insight and for helping me decide! I prefer the durability of caviar over calfskin, so WOC it is :)

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    4. Thank you for the insight and for helping me decide! I prefer the durability of caviar over calfskin, so WOC it is :)

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  44. Hi Jean,
    Do you ever look at your closet full of clothes and think "I don't have anything to wear" - and often pick out the clothes that you like most (which are only a few pieces)? Because this has been a constant issue for me, I've tried to eliminate those pieces in which I do not wear. It has somewhat helped, however, I still struggle.... can you give me some tips on how not to feel this way? Any tips that has helped you to enjoy what you have? Is it even possible to have only things you love in your closet?

    I totally appreciate you taking the time to read each of our comments.

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  45. Hi Jean,
    I work in a small office, of about 14 people and I'm the shortest in the office aside from one other person. I'm the assistant to the CEO who is over 6 feet. Not only am I short --at 5 feet, I am also petite. I never wear flat shoes in the office for fear that my shortness would be noticeable (not like it doesn't now). I wear heels that are 3.5 inches high. I would love to begin wearing flats (in summer) and flat boots (in winter)... can you give me some tips on how I can accomplish this without thinking people will notice?

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  46. Very, very beautiful.

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