I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend! It’s a cold and damp one here in Boston, with no spring in sight. On the bright side, I did want to share an amazing flash sale going on through Monday night – use code CYBER50 to take 50% off online at Ann Taylor, with free shipping for all orders. I LOVE it when they do this, since several petite items (also all shoes in size 5 and 5.5) are online exclusives, and it can be tough to meet the usual minimum for free shipping. Even third party items like Spanx shapewear (which are almost always excluded) are half off under this sale!
Here’s a few pieces that I own and love, and have blogged about in the past:
– Grid fringe tweed jacket – If you’re looking for a classic little Chanel-esque tweed jacket, the material on this one is prettier in-person with speckles of navy, gray, ivory, and soft pink. I found it to run slightly smaller than AT’s other jackets (which typically are a little roomy on me, off the rack), and is nice quality and fully lined. The sleeves are not too long on short arms, since they’re designed to be 3/4 length.
– Petite camp shirt – versatile piece for wearing to work or with casual outfits. Drapes and feels likes silk, but is easy to wash in the machine. I purchased this in “midnight depths” a while back – fit is true to size, and the color is a navy-gray. Note this is on the thinner side, so the lighter colors might be a little sheer.
– Ruffle hem pencil skirt – Ann Taylor pencil skirts always run big on me, but this was one of the closer-fitting ones I’ve tried on. It was still a touch loose, but a 00p should fit someone with a 25″ waist nicely. It’s made of a thicker material with good stretch, and looks very shapely on the body.
– Shoes, shoes, shoes – their shoes have been so good this season. Simple and basic, yes, but the kind that you want to wear with everything. If you haven’t yet picked up the Felipa suede pumps (see them on me here, here, and here), I saw a few sizes got restocked in the tan color. Other chic styles still available in sizes 5 and up include: Erica bow low sandals (the paloma and gray suede look gorge), Esme ankle wrap sandal, and Elliot leather tassel pump (dupes for my Joie heels!).
– Clearance section – the best way to shop this is to filter by your size. There are some great deals to be had here with the extra 50% off!
Now on to this tulip lace skirt I’m wearing – Ann Taylor comes through again this season with an interesting and intricate lace skirt. The beauty of such skirts is that you can wear them simply with a solid tee shirt (like I did above), add a blazer for a more polished look, or toughen up the lace with a moto jacket. This skirt is listed as a “full” skirt but I would say it is more A-line, especially when compared to some of the truly full and flared skirts I’ve shown on here. The lace has a good thickness and weight to it, with tulip-shaped pieces along with other geometric shapes within the pattern. There’s subtle pleats all-around, an invisible back zipper, and a full lining that ends right above the black bottom trim (to give the trim a semi-sheer effect). I did try this skirt on with the coordinating tulip lace shell, but together it was a little too much on my frame.
Typical of Ann Taylor sizing, the waist fits a little roomy on me, however the elasticized grosgrain ribbon skirt makes for easier DIY alterations. I took a shortcut and folded over excess waistband material and stitched it down on the backside, hiding my stitches in the ridges of the grosgrain ribbon. Measurements of a 00 petite when lying flat: 12.5″ across the waist (ribbon waistband has a little stretch to it), 22″ length.