Hope you guys had an amazing weekend! As promised, I wanted to share some recent try-ons, including at Ann Taylor where their friends & family promo is going on now until Tuesday. I wore the above mixed-texture outfit to my event last week, where I had such a great time chatting with and getting to know some of you! This button-up top is definitely one of their prettiest staples out this season. It also comes in a watercolor floral, a burnt sienna print that's so pretty for fall, and an elegant cameo pink as shown below:
The combo of button-up, pleats and ruffles on the front is the perfect blend of masculine and feminine detailing. This is a great little top that's dressy enough to layer under suit jackets but can also be worn flowy over jeans or shorts - it looks good both tucked and un-tucked! Material is a drapey, crepe-like poly and is machine washable. I also wanted to point out this delicate faux pearl necklace that goes with almost everything. It's like the understated sister of my beloved statement pearl & chain costume necklace from AT, and can be worn either long and lean or doubled up like a shorter 2-strand necklace.
With my usual skin-toned bra underneath, I didn't find the white to be very see-through. It is slightly sheer though, as you can see on the below left, the darkness of my pants show through a bit. On the top right I'm trying on the geo dress which did not do anything for me. I liked the color scheme but wasn't excited by it overall. Please note the ties only come half way - they come out of both sides and tie in the front, not all the way around.
ruffle shell xxsp, Banana Republic pants 00p (on sale!), Ann Taylor heels (similar)
Ann Taylor comes out with a little Chanel-esque jacket every so often that sells out fairly quickly...this season it's the textured open jacket in ivory with black trim. It looks very elegant with a simple necklace like the aforementioned pearl strand, or dressed up with a brooch.
Please note this is more like a sweater jacket as it is a very stretchy textured knit and unlined. All the fabric edges on the interior are finished with piped trim. The cotton-blend knit is a medium, slightly heavier weight and the front pockets are functioning. I found the fit to be a little boxy upon first try-on, and only liked it after I was able to shrink it down a bit in the machine dryer (please do so at your own risk, as it's labeled dry clean). These photos show the fit of mine post-shrinkage, so if you want it to fit like so, maybe try 1 size down.
And here's how the wrap blouse looks in my usual petites sizing (I'm wearing it in this post in regular sizing). Differences between the same blouse in petites vs regular include slightly narrower shoulders, smaller armholes, a higher neckline, shorter sleeves, and shorter total length in the petites version. Despite the much better fit of the petites, I didn't keep this as I was more drawn to the dusty light blue one.
Here is this season's version of their wildly popular bow pumps from earlier this year. These have a more rectangular bow shape and a small gap below the bow. They come in the same exact patent blush pink color that I'm wearing above (which goes with SO much) and a host of new suede shades shown here.
peplum lace top xxsp (also in navy)
I didn't love this top on me but thought it was a very pretty piece worth pointing out. The peplum is a gentle flare that helps conceal the tummy area, and the lace cutouts + flutter sleeves create a nice focal area up top. The blouse in my usual size was a casual fit on me with a little room throughout (back invisible entry makes getting in / out easy). The top is made of a stretchy crepe-like material, and unlike the website, the tag does say it's machine-washable.
A few other good quality pieces on sale & mostly in stock:
- Mila pointed pumps starting in sz 5, in versatile shades like navy, dark camel, black and a new leopard
- Skyler almond-toe pumps also in the classic shades like nude, black, and now a lilac suede
- This tipped perfect shirt is a re-stock of a timeless style they've carried in years past.
Leaving you guys with one more review - being a white dress fanatic I ordered this with my last Modcloth items and thought it was such an interesting look. This dress is a little too big on me throughout, but I wanted to share as it'd be perfect for anyone looking for a more unique little white dress (esp. for bridal activities!). A size S does run smaller than most American brands and should fit someone who usually takes around an xs / 0. The material is a thicker crochet lace very similar to my Express skirt, and the dress has a full lining and back zipper.
Measurements of a size S: 13.5" across waist, 16.5" across hips, approx 33" length. Material has a small amount of stretch to it.