From Upper Left, Belt: Leopard Haircalf Belt ($39) // Skirt: Flared Knit Skirt ($98) // Top: Removable Tie Neck Blouse ($79) // Bag: Signature Tote ($98) // Coords: Tweed Fringe Top ($79) and Tweed Pencil Skirt ($89) // Bracelet: Lapis Disc Bangle ($39) // Top: Mixed Media Split Neck Blouse ($59)
The fashion elites consider Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and their ilk to be “generic mall clothes.” What they forget, when they take a swim in their pool of condescension, is that most of America can’t drop $2k on a jacket or dress. And their aspersions seem to disappear when the large brands ask them to take a turn designing their collections (Zac Posen for Brooks Brothers, Jenna Lyons for J.Crew, etc.).
Ann Taylor hasn’t gone the designer route. Instead, they promoted their new creative director from within the company (from their athleisure line Lou & Grey). And his first collection is killing it.*
Tops. Their selection of tops couldn’t be better for working woman. Silky, feminine, in a wide selection of colors. The two tops above caught my eye; but I am especially enamored with the ash violet blouse. I own this twist top, and it’s super flattering. And they have a small selection of 100% silk shirts for sale.
Skirts. This flirty knit skirt is a fun piece; a nice alternative to the pencil. I love the fun, summery print on this shadow floral pencil. And this flirty lace skirt is the perfect thing for drinks or dinner after work.
Coordinates. I love this red tweed outfit. It’s chic and fun with a slightly vintage feel. AT is offering a few coordinated top/skirt sets. I own this grey, peplum outfit, and I really like it. I’ve also been considering this bright orange outfit, though it triggers thoughts of hunting season, I can’t entirely suppress.
Bags. AT is offering one tote in two sizes right now. And, ladies, this bag is so cool. It’s versatile, chic, and comes in a myriad of fabulous colors.