Suit of the Week: Ann Taylor

Wool Blend Belted JacketFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I’m intrigued by this wool blend jacket — that shirttail hem is pretty unusual, as is the fact that you can wear it belted or unbelted.  Still, it’s getting tons of positive reviews from ladies who bought it in the stores — and I love that light brown, although it can be hard to match.  You can wear it with white, pale blue, and other browns, of course, but also try lavender and even a darker red with it. The jacket (Wool Blend Belted Jacket) is $198, and the skirt (Wool Blend Skirt) is $98. (Ann Taylor is celebrating its “big fall sale,” with prices marked up to 60% off original prices, but neither the jacket nor skirt seem to be on sale.) [Read more…]

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Curvy Twill Wide Leg Trousers

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. Many thanks to this week’s TPS guest poster, Road Warriorette!

Curvy Twill Wide Leg TrousersUntil I found Ann Taylor Curvy pants, I thought I was just destined to never be able to tuck anything in. See, I am a high-waisted hourglass, and when I tuck things in I inevitably look like, well, a burrito. No waist definition in sight, just one long unattractive line. Then I discovered the wonder that is Ann Taylor Curvy. Finally! It’s like they were made just for me, and I can finally tuck things in like a normal person. I love these Twill Wide Leg Trousers for a lot of reasons. They are soft, neutral, affordable (Ann Taylor is always on sale somehow), not to mention fully lined. My favorite part? As long as you pull them out of your suitcase the night before, they won’t be wrinkled when you put them on in the morning. You can wear them with virtually anything, but today I’m thinking something jewel-toned would be nice, maybe a silky teal patterned blouse, tucked in of course. Add some bright shoes, maybe a nice red round-toed patent, and you will be super stylish. They are $98 when they’re not on sale, available in sizes 00-18 regular, 00-16 petite. (These Camel Twill trousers are also available in their Signature and Modern fits.) Curvy Twill Wide Leg Trousers

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Glazed Lace Pencil Skirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week’s guest posts are from one of my best friends since college, who we’ll call Auntie M – read more about her here. – Kat

Glazed Lace Pencil SkirtI am a sucker for what I call the “polished vintage” look, and this skirt hits the spot. It looks more like a textured pattern than lace, and the dark green is versatile and luxurious-looking. I would wear this with a cream silk blouse and a soft black blazer on top (nothing with too much shoulder padding or sharp angles), or perhaps a white-button-down, black cardigan and belt. It would look great with opaque tights in the fall/winter. Add some black shoes — stacked-heel oxfords, if you can get away with it in your office, otherwise some black patent-leather pumps to bring out the subtle sheen in the skirt — and a fun handbag for a pop of color (I’d take my non-patent purple) and you’re good to go. The skirt is $128 at Ann Taylor, available in both regular and petites. Glazed Lace Pencil Skirt

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Tropical Wool Crossover Sheath Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ann taylor Tropical Wool Crossover Sheath DressI really like this simple sheath dress from Ann Taylor, available online only.  The V-neck and empire waist are flattering to curvier girls (and can create curves for straighter girls), and the neckline in the back is nice and high.  It’s $158, but thanks to a promotion at Ann Taylor you can take 30% off all dresses, including this one.  Lots of sizes left, in regular and petites. Tropical Wool Crossover Sheath Dress


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Suit of the Week

For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

We’re liking this tweed skirtsuit from Ann Taylor. Love the seaming on the pencil skirt (as well as the “touch of stretch”), and love the 60s vibe to the jacket. The jacket (Tweed Jacket) is $108, and the skirt (Tweed Seamed Skirt) is $108.

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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Sleeveless Cowl Knit Shirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Sleeveless Cowl Knit ShirtWe are loving this sleeveless cowl knit shirt — it strikes us as elegant and stylish, but still totally appropriate for the office — we particularly like the scarf-like quality to the cowl.  It’s available in eggplant (pictured), “dark walrus” (brown), and a black.  Was $54, now $24.50 (lots of sizes still left).  Sleeveless Cowl Knit Shirt

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Full disclosure: Ann Taylor is a sponsor this month — please check out the Wear to Work Sweepstakes, which ends today!  If you enter, you can win a $500 Ann Taylor gift card, a bunch of InStyle books and magazines, and a one-hour life/career/fashion/WHATEVER with your local friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.