I’m absolutely obsessed with Ann Taylor’s Fall 2012 collection, which is “inspired by the continental glamour of 1960s Paris.” Last month, I posted about the ad campaign – starring Kate Hudson. The first images definitely had me intrigued. And now that the full collection has been revealed, I must admit that the teasers did not disappoint. I’m loving the black and white, pops of color, animal prints, and the sweet, feminine touches (i.e., lace and bows). It’s like someone at Ann Taylor climbed inside of my brain and created a collection just pour moi.
Here’s what’s on my ultimate wardrobe wish list:
This Tie Back Short Sleeve Sweater ($58) is business in the front, cocktail party in the back.
The White Leopard Ponte Dress ($138) is a must-have. And check out the edgy, exposed zipper on the sleeve. Genius, right? Rock on with your bad self, Kate!
I’d wear this White Leopard Camp Shirt ($78) tucked into a pair of slacks or a skirt, as pictured – or I’d wear it loose and untucked with some skinny jeans or leggings.
Since giving birth to my son 2 years ago, I am very self-conscious of my midsection. So I love the loose (and forgiving) hems of the Asymmetrical Hem Swing Tee ($28) and Ann Taylor A-Line 3/4 Sleeve Sweater ($78).
The Stretch Twill Pencil Skirt ($78) comes in basic black, but also some juicier shades that make getting dressed for work more fun.
This Ponte Flounce Skirt ($88) is so Holly Golightly, no?
I’m short and my legs are short. Tall boots are usually not my friends because, being vertically-challenged, the widest part of my calf ends up in the narrowest part of the boot. And no matter how much elbow grease I put into the tug-of-war, those babies aren’t making it past my ankle. So I appreciate it very much when a designer offers extended calf sizes. These Josie Extended Calf Suede and Leather High Heel Boots ($318) are perfect for work and play. But don’t get me started on why they are $20 more than the regular calf width sizes ($298). I mean, if that’s the case, shouldn’t their petite apparel cost less too?
The Charming Bow Silk Scarf ($68) is ADORBS!
I love a pencil skirt and I luvre leopard (as you’ve probably guessed by now), so this White Leopard Pencil Skirt ($88) is a no-brainer. Animal print is tough to pull off, especially at work – but this is totally office-appropriate.
These Static Print Cropped Pants ($78) are aptly named – but they make you feel like an old-head for remembering what TV static looked like. Kids today would be all, “What’s static?” And then you’d have to explain that, in a bygone era, static would happen when the rabbit ears weren’t picking up a signal – or when the TV programming went off for the night. ‘Memba that?! Oooh, I feel ancient. Anyway, moving on…
The Converging Petals Print Skirt ($88) is polished and playful, all at the same time.
Another aptly named item: Perfect Haircalf Kitten Heels ($198). They are purrfection. I’d wear these lovelies every day.