Ann Taylor petite chevron maxi dress & Boston blossoms

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Talbots sandals (love! 30% off), 12mm pearl studs (similar), Hermes belt & Chanel bag

Maybe it’s because this winter was so relatively brutal, but I don’t remember spring in Boston being so gorgeous in past years. My morning commute to work takes almost double the time needed, as I’m stopping every block with mouth agape snapping photos (see some of my favorites on Instagram!). I hope no one here dislikes blossoms, as there might be a small overload of them coming right up : )

In the sale world, take 40% off most items at Ann Taylor using code SUMMER40 (ends Thursday morning). I picked out this online-exclusive dress, in case anyone else was curious about the fit. The design is simple but elegant; it can work casually around town with low sandals (as shown) or style it with an updo and drop earrings for fancier events like a wedding. After trying it on in my usual 00p, I’m confused by a few of the reviews that complained it was too long…I’m even on the shorter end of the petite spectrum (at ~ 5 feet tall) and am wearing it here with 1 inch heels! Although, it was a little close to dusting the ground here so I’d do a slightly higher heel next time, but I thought the length was good for petite sizing and required no alterations. Please see the bottom of this post for measurements and other details.
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Here’s a few items I own and love that are part of the 40% off sale:
Breezy 100% linen sweater – on my spring / summer must-have list. You guys are probably sick of hearing about this versatile sweater – see it here, here, and here just to name a few.
Embroidered dot button-up shirt – now marked down and on sale, so effectively 50% off. See my review here with it dressed up, and I’ve also dressed it down with distressed denim shorts on the weekends:

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And if you like this chevron pattern but prefer it in other formats, I noticed AT has the same “mitered stripe” in a navy & white maxi skirt as well as a black & white shorter skirt, both included in the 40% off sale. The wider striped skirt is adorable but given my experience with AT skirts, I’m not sure if it’d fit someone my size without waist alterations (although, the one review there mentions it might run a little small).

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Please note this dress is a sheath style and does not nip in at the waist – rather, it flares out gently in an A-line starting from the armpit down through the hips and then bottom opening. It does come with a black tie belt so you can cinch the waist in to your liking. I swapped that out for a leather belt, but the resulting belted silhouette is the same.
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Measurements of the Mitered Striped Dress in 00p: 16″ across armpit to armpit, 50 to 51″ in total length. The outer material is 100% poly and it is fully lined, with an invisible back zip down the center. I know poly comes in many different forms and this one is a smooth one, not knit, with little stretch (the lining has no stretch at all). Tag says dry clean only, but I’m very tempted to test hand washing it cold since the material feels similar to other AT poly items that are labeled machine wash cold.

Here’s a few newer pieces I’m eying from the 40% off sale, but haven’t had the chance to try yet:

Stripe tweed dress – very cute with the wide stripes against the pink tweed blend. At first glance my guess was the wide stripes would only be on the front half of the dress, given shortcuts that most retailers are taking these days. Happy to see that the stripes wrap around the back of the torso.
Crepe tie-neck shell in lots of colors and prints. An office and weekend layering staple – I just hope the material isn’t too thin in person.
Chevron shift dress – a mod but classic look, and the material seems like it would be on the more substantial side with the embroidered-on dots.

Also, I was in a store recently and was pleasantly surprised by how pretty their new stone costume jewelry pieces are. I’ve collected a few favorite costume jewelry pieces from AT over the years and these are certainly a new contender. While in store, I unfortunately wasn’t able to find any rings in size 5 to try on for size, nor did I see the cuff bracelet below that looks like it could be bent/shaped to fit smaller wrists.

I did get to see the faux stones in person and thought the coloring of both the rose quartz and lapis against the gold looked nice. Please note the first ring set trio is excluded from the 40% off, but half of the purchase price gets donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

As always, let me know if you have any favorite pieces & recommendations from this promo!


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  1. HI Jean, I love the dress with the belt. Is there any other belt suggestions you could make that would look similar to your beautiful Hermes belt?

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  2. Petite-ish wrote:

    This photoshoot is beautiful in general but the one with the petals falling is simply stunning. Nice work, Jean!

    Posted 5.18.15 Reply
  3. B Blue wrote:

    You look lovely in that maxi dress! The maxi silhouette looks great on all body types, and white is such a hot color for this summer. For more on how to wear a white maxi skirt, read here:

    Posted 5.17.15 Reply
  4. mybeautrip wrote:

    Amazing dress. I love your style!

    Posted 5.16.15 Reply
  5. Beautiful dress!

    Posted 5.16.15 Reply
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    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  7. Love it! As a petite, I've steered clear of maxi dresses but now I'm in the market for one. 🙂
    P.S. I gave you a little shout out on my post today. 🙂 Keep up the good work.

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  8. So beautiful! I love the print. It creates a beautiful illusion!

    xx, Diane ||

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  9. Such a nice dress and strip pattern is looking very beautiful.
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    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! do you mind sharing the model name and size of your vintage hermes belt? Im looking to purchase the same one but noticed how theres a wide array of measurements for the belt that is being sold in the second hand market. (e.g. 32 mm, size 65) If you can let me know that would be great!!

    Posted 5.15.15 Reply
  11. eunice wrote:

    Beautiful as always–I love how the chevron pattern frames and elongates! I have a similar fit-and-flare dress from BR that I adore.

    Posted 5.14.15 Reply
  12. The dress looks gorgeous on you!

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    Posted 5.14.15 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    I was wondering if you've noticed the sizing has changed at LOFT recently? I can't seem to find a size that fits anymore. :*( I was also wondering if you've ever tried Lilly Pulitzer? The line sold out a Target really quickly, but I was wondering if you had any feedback on quality & how it looks on petites? Thanks!

    Posted 5.14.15 Reply
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  15. i love your style so much! That maxi dress absolutely look stunning on you!!

    Posted 5.14.15 Reply
  16. I love your style 🙂 !
    You're very gorgeous beauty 😉 !


    Posted 5.14.15 Reply
  17. Megan wrote:

    Jean, you have such amazing style! I snapped up this dress as soon as you posted it online – so happy I did as most sizes are now sold out! I also got the linen sweater you've been wearing and other summer-friendly clothes (finally!). Just wanted to thank you so much for your style advice and petite-friendly information. More than half my closet is BR because of the difficulty of finding true 00P sizing, and you have offered so many other (affordable) options for petite clothing. Thank you thank you thank you!

    Posted 5.14.15 Reply
  18. Paul Pham wrote:

    I really love the way this dress seems to lengthen you. Too bad 0ps are sold out 🙁

    Posted 5.14.15 Reply
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  20. Suzie Q wrote:

    I agree, I haven't noticed how pretty the cherry blossoms were in the past years on the east coast until this season, I also theorize it's prettier this year because of this past brutal winter 🙂 I love how you styled the maxi dress, you look gorgeous!

    xo, Suzie Q

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  21. I also love the dress! It looks great on you!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  22. Loving your maxi dresses as of late!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  23. Isabella wrote:

    You look lovely as always! A total unrelated question, do you know any sources for small crossbody bags that has wallet like compartments inside for cards and/or coins? Basically a wallet on a chain if you want to call it, but one that zips completely.
    I have searched high and low for one like that for my mom to replace her worn bag. There are plenty WOC out there but haven't found one that completely zips. She doesn't want flap ones. Hope you can help. Brand/price doesn't matter.

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  24. Deasy Noel wrote:

    So pretty! I love how clean and feminine everything looks :3

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Gorgeous pictures! The black/white dress looks good with a background of pink flowers. You look great in everything, but this dress makes you look tall! =)

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    Beautiful cherry blossom tree and your pretty dress. You look beautiful when you smile in your pics. I make hand made precious stone jewelry

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  27. Love how the belt gives the dress more grace! pictures of blossoms are simply beautiful.

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  28. That dress is gorgeous. I have to say that I love your personal style. Maxi dresses are growing on me. I need to pick up a few.

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    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  29. What a cute look! I love the belted silhouette!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  30. Shira wrote:

    The dress is great on you but can we discuss these gorgeous photos for a sec??? The cherry blossoms are STUNNING!!!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  31. Jean wrote:

    Thank you so much for your kind comment! I took a 00 petite in this one. For reference, my measurements are 30/32 bust, 24 waist, and 32 hips.

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  32. Jean wrote:

    Hi Chels! I followed the tag directions (hand wash cold and lay flat to dry) and I didn't notice too much shrinking. It could be this particular linen weave though, and am not sure about other 100% linen fabrics.

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  33. Jean wrote:

    Hi Eve! Yes, I still buy the Sascha from TLBC and really like it. I haven't tried any others recently to be honest.

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  34. Olivia Shi wrote:

    Wow, this is absolutely beautiful!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  35. Paola wrote:

    This dress is amazing!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  36. Eden Mint wrote:

    Love that dress, looks beautiful against the cherry blossoms!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  37. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    wow, the dress looks amazing on you:P

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    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  38. Anonymous wrote:

    Did the size 0 in petite work for you? You look smaller than me and sometimes in Loft & Ann Taylor I have to have a 00. You look fabulous in your dress as always……I have never seen a thing you didn't look great in and the scenery is wonderful.

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  39. Chels wrote:

    Looking lovely! And that backdrop is making me want to visit Boston.
    Since you keep mentioning that linen sweater 🙂 …. Do you have any tips on how to care for linen? I've always been told that it shrinks as soon as it gets wet, even if you air dry it.

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  40. That dress is perfection! I love to see some blooms around Boston finally.
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    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  41. Such a great dress! I've been eying the black skirt version of it.

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  42. Eve wrote:

    Great dress! I like to know what kind of bra you are wearing with it? I've looked through your archive for undergarment posts and like to know if you are still purchasing from The Little Bra Company. I'm petite myself with a small busts and currently searching for bras that are seamless when wearing fitted tops and also bras that will look great with dresses (and tops) like this maxi without showing the straps. Any recs would be appreciated! Thanks!

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  43. Your dress is really a dream! Unfortunately I don't look very good in a maxi dress but for you this dress is perfect. But maybe the midi skirt you show here is an alternative for me 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  44. Amazing shot
    Specially ; third photo , love it 🙂

    Posted 5.13.15 Reply
  45. Lovely outfit & beautiful setting 🙂

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  47. You got highlights! Looks pretty as always, love the dress!

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