From now until August 11th, take 40% off store-wide at Ann Taylor with code FRIENDS40. I’ve been waiting for a promo to pick up this signature tote (formerly the “gallery tote”) in the new taupe shade. I normally wouldn’t advocate multiples of anything, but my two gallery totes from past seasons have gotten tons of use and the faux leather has held up really well. I was so excited to see this new color as it makes a perfect cool weather neutral.
The faux leather this season is pebbled which I personally am a fan of. The material feels less structured than last season’s (see on me) but more so than last year’s (see on me). The color is matte and true to the online stock photo, which I had trouble capturing under the glaring fluorescent spotlights in-store. I also liked these sandals in the same versatile taupe but in genuine leather, however didn’t get to try since sz 5 & 5.5 are online only.
Next up, I tried on this colorblock dress in a flattering flared silhouette. The textures are tweed with a faux leather waistband and exposed metal back zipper. Sz 00P had an inch or so of room in the torso and waist for me, but it fit much closer than other dresses I tried. I didn’t buy but thought this was nice if you like feminine pieces with edgier details.
Lastly, how cute is this split neck dress from the sale section? My friend usually wears a 0-2p and sized down to a 0P in this one. She’s 5’2″ and the hem hit her just below the knee. I thought the silhouette was super flattering.