Ann Taylor's latest collection has got to be one of my favorites from them...the soft blush + navy color scheme, feminine details, and eye-catching prints are right up my alley. For a spring project with them, I picked out this outfit which is a medley of textures. A ruffled blouse with fluidity, a blazer in light chambray-tweed, a pop of patent pumps, and last but not least my favorite texture comes in the form of a basketweave cotton floral skirt.
The print of this skirt is a gorgeous mix of navy, periwinkle blue, and hints of chartreuse and peach which will pair easily with any of those color families. It is also really nice quality with the textured material, full cotton lining, and invisible zipper down the back. The best part is both my skirt and top here are machine washable - always a bonus!
Fit and sizing-wise, I thought each of these pieces fit true to size for the brand. Since the blouse is drapey it fit me without alterations in xxsp. The color "tender tan" is skewing pink in my photos but is more beige in-person. The skirt in 00p was a roomy fit on me so I got my usual alterations of taking it in from the waist all the way down. I forgot to try machine drying it first, which might've actually done the trick since this skirt is 97% cotton, 3% spandex so may shrink (care tag says lay flat to dry). If you are my size, I did find a thicker striped sweater skirt there which fit really well in xxsp, sitting high at my natural waistline without any alterations!
The blazer fits well in the shoulders but is a little roomy through the torso on me. I chose this particular one because if you look at the model photo, it's pretty evident that the design is a shrunken-fit, bracelet-length style so it'd be better suited on petite frames than a regular cut blazer would. Both the cut and material remind me a lot of the popular Theory "gratian" blazer from years ago that longtime readers might remember! The jacket is in an interesting lightweight textured fabric that looks like a mix of tweed and chambray, and is fully lined in navy with white contrast piping.
For shoes, I find AT's sizing to run a little bit bigger than other American brands. I am typically between 5 and 5.5 in most brands, sometimes a 6 in sneakers, and always take a size 5 in their footwear.
Measurements: skirt in 00p is 12.75" across the waist, 15.5" across the hips, and 20" length. Blazer in 00p is 14" across the shoulders, 15" across the armpits and 14.5" across the waist when buttoned up, 19" long sleeves, and 20" total length.
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PS: not pictured here, but AT's accessories collection this season is worth checking out - lots of classic, feminine styles for both shoes and handbags! Size 5 and 5.5 shoes are online exclusives. I would highly recommend the May low block-heeled sandals if you liked my old Parisi ones that I wore to the ground. I received a sample pair and these neutral, walkable-height sandals fit true to AT sizing and will go with everything. I also love the look of the minimalistic strappy Elly sandals, the Gigi higher block-heeled sandals, and the Kaye woven pumps which look like a conservative but still very stylish mid heel (have not tried any of these on for size).