Ann Taylor Is 50% Off — Even New Arrivals! (Sponsored)

ann-taylor-is-50-offDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat.

Oooh: Ann Taylor is having its sale of the season, with 50% off almost everything, and even new arrivals are included. I’m loving all the fall colors and textures I’m seeing, like this absolutely stunning lace vine print shell (pictured at top), which comes down to $49(!) in the sale. In addition to all of the great on-trend, season-specific pieces, some of my favorites are some of the simpler, more basic pieces that add polish and sophistication to every working woman’s wardrobe.  Some of my favorites, below:


ann-taylor-crepe-side-pleat-topNo matter how casual or conservative your office, elevated basics like this have a place in every polished professional’s wardrobe. This machine washable pleat top is as easy to wear as a long-sleeve tee, but has a bit more style with the pleated side, as well as the keyhole detail in the back. I love this aubergine color, but it also comes in black and white; in the 50% off sale it comes down to $24.50 from $49.50. (This dropped waist shell is similar and under $20!) Pictured:  Crepe Side Pleat Top
ann-taylor-pleat-blouseOoh: another basic where Ann Taylor hits it out of the park.  This mixed media pleat blouse is easy to wear with skirts, trousers, ankle pants — beneath blazers and cardigans or by itself — with all sorts of necklaces (long, short, delicate, statement). I love the pleated sleeves, the fact that it’s machine washable, and the fact that it comes in black and winter white for $29.75 (down from $59.50. Mixed Media Pleat Sleeve Top
ann-taylor-vine-blouseThis vine print (color: “Molten Lava”) is one of their new “of the moment” prints, and even though orange isn’t usually my thing, I must say I love the print, as well as the other details about the blouse — the slight bell sleeves, the covered placket, the shirred shoulder seams and back yoke — gorgeous.  It’s available in regular and petite sizes XXS-XXL, is machine washable, and at full price is $69.50 — in the sale it comes down to $34.75. (The print comes in other versions — love this topper, lace peplum shell (pictured at top), and this sweater — and if you like the shape of the pictured blouse but NOT the print, it also comes in solid versions.) Pictured: Vine V-Neck Blouse
ann-taylor-merino-woolI always love a good merino wool sweater for warmth and durability — and because they’re generally thinner than cotton or cashmere sweaters, I often find them easier for layering beneath blazers.  (This one is hand washable, also.) This cowl neck sweater looks like a great workhorse to keep in your closet for years to come — it’s available in five colors, regular and petite sizes, and comes down to $39.75 in the sale ($79.50 full price).  Merino Wool Cowl Neck Sweater
ann-taylor-sheath-dressAnn Taylor, of course, has a ton of great sheath dresses right now — it’s hard to choose which one I like the best. (Other favorites: this faux wrap dress, this tropical wool dress, this flounce dress, and this spotted jacquard sheath dress.) This dark olive sheath dress (it also comes in navy) looks fabulous for work and beyond — the split neck is flattering without adding exposure, and I always like a waist that sits slightly higher, like this one.  It’s $139 full price, but comes down to $69.50 in the sale. Doubleweave Split Neck Sheath Dress
ann-taylor-mary-janesWe all know I love a good strappy pump, and the scalloped edges on these suede Mary Jane pumps really take these to the next level — love.  In addition to black, they come in a hunter green and a burgundy, available in sizes 5-11, for $148 full price; with the sale they come to $74, available exclusively online. (If you’re looking for a pointy toe block heel, do check out these metal heel pumps.) Pictured: Alissa Suede Mary Jane Pumps

Ladies, which are your favorites from the big Ann Taylor sale? Have you gotten any amazing pieces from the brand lately?

Thank you so much to Ann Taylor for sponsoring this post!





The Limited and Eva Longoria Take You From Work to Wine

longoria-limited-work-to-wine-2Please note this post is sponsored by The Limited, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Have you guys checked out the new collaboration between The Limited and Eva Longoria? The Limited has been among reader’s favorites for years now for affordable suiting (their Collection Suiting line is awesome), their colorful Madison blazers (love the fun lining), and their very popular Ashton blouses and shirtdresses — so I was excited when they teamed up with Eva Longoria for a “work to wine” collection.  I’ve heard great things about the collaboration, particularly about the fabrication of the garments being amazing and the feel of them being super soft, so I decided to take a look… and the pieces indeed have a perfect desk to dinner vibe.

Pictured at top: black/white dress, cobalt dress (on EL), black top (on EL), black jacket (on EL), black/white dress on mannequin. Pictured with Eva: @fda553587.

Eva Longoria's dress from the DNC (under $125!)A number of the dresses are made of “power ponte, an impeccable double knit fabric with amazing stretch.”  I’ve felt some of the fabric, and it’s a nice, heavy weight ponte, with a slight touch of a “suck you in and smooth you out” kind of appeal.  This winter white dress, with a fabulous windowpane texture (you can see it better here) on the ponte, is one of my favorites — it’s a total show stopper, and great for a warmer climate. (For some reason I love the idea of it with dark red nails, but that’s me.) The dress is $109.95, available in XS-XXL. Eva Longoria Textured Power Ponte Dress
Eva Longoria for Limited black/white dressThis black dress is very similar to the above white dress, but the knit is slightly lighter weight — the white dress above has 68% cotton / 28% polyester / 4% spandex, whereas the dress pictured here has 60% cotton / 38% polyester / 2% spandex.  I love the pattern, though, as well as the elbow length sleeves and the boat neck — and huzzah for it being machine wash/tumble dry. The dress is $109.95, available in sizes XS-XXL. Eva Longoria Power Ponte Patterned Sheath Dress
Eva Longoria Limited cobalt blue faux leather sheath dressYou know the dress must be good if Eva Longoria herself picked it to wear to some store parties — this picture of her and two different women (with different body shapes, and they all look fab) is great. I love the vibrant cobalt color, the flattering color blocking and the stretchy knit. (I like the sauciness of a touch of faux leather, but note that this is very much a “know your office” situation.) The dress is machine wash/line dry, and is available in sizes XS-XXL, for $129.95.  Eva Longoria Power Ponte Faux Leather Dress 
Limited Eva Longoria Work to WineThe dresses are the real stars of the collection, but there are a few colors of this dramatic top with an asymmetrical peplum hem, which looks great with pencil skirts, ankle pants, and more. (There are also two dresses with the silhouette, and if you like the look you can also pair it with a matching pencil skirt in the same fabric/color.) I love the idea of it with a long pendant necklace (like this or this), but that’s me — it’s available in black and cobalt, in regular and petite sizes XS-XXL, for $99.95. Eva Longoria Power Ponte Peplum Top
Eva Longoria cropped jacket LimitedThis cropped cardi/jacket is super soft, and the draping is fabulous. I love the color combination, too — a dusty gray/blue/navy can be really versatile. It’s $109.95, available in XS-XXL. (If you’re in a more casual office, this drapey vest in black is similarly soft, but it’s much longer.)  Eva Longoria Textured Cropped Jacket

Readers, have you checked out the collection yet — what are your favorite pieces? 

A huge thank you to The Limited for sponsoring this post! 


Grab Your BFF and Get to Ann Taylor: The Friends and Family Sale is On

ann taylor friends and family sale This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat.

Ann Taylor’s Friends and Family sale is ending TONIGHT, with the entire site being 40% off with code FRIENDS40 until then. Sales are so much fun to shop with friends, and I’d love to hear what the Corporette community has bought already, is still considering buying, and is going back for more! I’m absolutely loving the patterns and textures I’m seeing, all amidst the classic shapes we know and love from Ann Taylor. Some of my favorites are below — but which are your favorites? 

Bold Patterns for Work

Bold patterns are a lux, sophisticated way to inject a ton of personality to your workwear. Pair them with neutrals to play it safe, or try mixing patterns and textures to have a bit of fun.  Some of my favorites from the sale:

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Above: dress / skirt / dress / blouse

  • Modern Geo Tie Waist Dress – I love this one for work and beyond! To make the dress more versatile, don’t forget that you can always top it with a slim cut merino sweater in navy to wear it just as a skirt; you can also layer it with a thin navy turtleneck beneath it for winter. The dress is $159 full price, available in regular and petites, and sizes 00-14; in the sale it comes to $95.
  • Colorblock Pencil Skirt – The slanted color block pattern here is amazing — classic but interesting at the same time. White and navy are the obvious things to pair it with,  but I’d also urge you to try it with a pale blue. The skirt is $89 full price, avilaalbe in regular, petite, and tall sizes 00-18, and comes down to $53 in the sale.
  • Diagonal Stripe Wrap Dress – Wow, I love this. It usually drives me batty when patterns don’t line up just so, but it looks intentional and artsy here — and the flattering, feminine colors somehow remind me of a tie.  The dress is available in regular and petite sizes 00-14, and it’s $98 full price, but comes to $58 in the sale. (There are actually a TON of great patterned wrap dresses if you’re looking, and this particular pattern also comes in a silky wrap blouse.)
  • Bird Ruffle Sleeve Top – While ruffles and birds aren’t for everyone, I think this top shows that you can still “put a bird on it” and be professional — love the way the pattern just looks abstract at a difference, and the unusual mix of pale peach and a brighter, almost fuschia-like pink in the pattern — interesting and great. The highly-rated top is $79.50, but comes down to $47.70 in the sale — it’s available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL.

Sophiticated Textures

Texture is a fabulous way to elevate your wardrobe — depending on how textured a fabric is, it can almost read as a pattern — but it’s far easier to mix and match pieces and colors without sticking to neutrals.  Ann Taylor’s new collection showcases a ton of great textures; some of my favorites include:

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Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Suiting Event Starts Today

ann taylor suit saleDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor has a ton of great sales, but if you’ve noticed, the suits are rarely part of those sales — except for the rare Suiting Event, which just started, and now offers 30% off all suits.  There are some great women’s suits in the sale, including:

All Season Stretch Suiting

I’ve always been a fan of Ann Taylor’s all-season stretch suiting — it’s such a great basic for every working woman.  Wear it with cashmere and merino in the winter; with cotton and linen in the summer… it really is seasonless.  This lovely “smokey charcoal” suit (pictured below) caught my eye, but it’s also available in black, navy, a beigy “stone beach,” and a light brownish “dark stone taupe heather.” Pictured below:

  • All Season Stretch Two-Button Jacket, was $169, now marked to $118. The jacket is lined and has besom pockets; it’s available in regular and petite sizes (limited sizes only, alas!).
  • All-Season Stretch Pencil Skirt, was $79, now $55.  It’s available in regular and petite sizes 00-18.
  • Modern All-Season Stretch Trousers, were $98, now $68.  They’re available in regular and petite sizes 00-18. (The same color is also available in Ann Taylor’s other two main cuts, the curvy cut and the signature cut.)


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Sponsored Post: Shop Jones New York’s Friends and Family Sale!

JNY sale 2014Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jones New York, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

The Jones New York Friends and Family sale has just started, and there are a ton of lovely pieces.  In addition to the houndstooth suiting and cardigan sweater I was drooling over a few weeks ago (or their washable suiting line that I called out on Washable Wednesday a few weeks ago on CorporetteMoms), there is a ton of great stuff on the site — and it’s 30% off sitewide.  If you’ve never tried the brand, you’re missing out — I’ve thought of them for years as a stalwart for classic yet feminine workwear that is flattering, wears well, and launders easily.  I also like that many of the pieces come in regular, petite, and plus sizes.  Some of my favorites currently part of the sale are below — please note that all prices are an extra 30% off from the prices I’ve listed here.  :)

I love the look of a lot of their suiting, including:

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Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Suiting Event Kicks Off Today!

Ann Taylor summer suits eventDisclosure: This post is sponsored, but written by your friendly regular blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor’s summer suiting event kicks off today, and there are a ton of cute options that are now 30% off with code POWER30.  A few picks from the sale…

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: a linen blend suit is a great option for truly sweltering days when you still have to wear a suit.  I’m loving the “iced latte” color here — it makes the white blouse look so crisp! I also like that you can buy matching pants or a matching skirt.  After the discount, the jacket (Linen Cotton Two Button Jacket) is $118.30, the skirt (Linen Cotton Skirt) is $55.30, and the pants (Linen Cotton Trousers) are $68.60.



Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Two Button Jacket Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Skirt Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Trousers

Cotton sateen is another great option for summer because it tends to hold its structure and form a bit better than linen or more fluid fabrics.  All of these pictured pieces below have great reviews and are available in beige and navy. The one-button jacket (Cotton Sateen One Button Jacket) is now $111.30; the straight leg trousers (Signature Cotton Sateen Straight Leg Pants) are now $62.30, and the pencil skirt (Cotton Sateen Pencil Skirt) is now $55.60. [Read more…]