Shawl Collar Wrap Coat

Until the end of today (03/18/2020), take up to an extra 70% off sale styles at Ann Taylor with the purchase of 3 or more items. Shipping is free on all orders. While the Herringbone Shawl Collar Wrap Coat pictured here is only available in (very) limited sizes online, this is still a fun sale to browse. Some closet favorites are now on sale, including the Tweed Button Pocket Skirt (see on me here), Puff Sleeve Blouse, Colorblock Pleated Skirt, Ribbed Turtleneck Poncho, and Ann Taylor Pearlized Button Boyfriend Cardigan (see on me here). More picks:

Ann Taylor Herringbone Shawl Collar Wrap Coat // SP // Grey Herringbone (more colorways here)

Yet more picks: Colorblock Mock Neck Sweater Dress, Side Button Sweater, Faux Leather Short Trench Coat (see on me here), Long Boyfriend Cardigan, Houndstooth Belted Coatigan (see on me here), Balloon Sleeve Sweater, and Cozy Turtleneck Sweater.

Happy shopping!

Wear It Five Ways: Tweed Coat

One of my spring wardrobe staples is this super versatile tweed coat (also here): it is warm enough for chilly mornings during transitional weather, but not so bulky as to be shapeless. This statement coat also pulls together outfits in an instant and energizes even the most tired of ensembles (I am looking at you, white-blouse-and-jeans).

I have also been belting ALL of my double-breasted coats (using a wider leather belt), which instantly transforms them into coatdresses (works best for smartly-tailored styles constructed out of lighter-weight material, like flowy trench coats; just don’t forget to wear a slip underneath). This method works only sort-of well here because my coat is (intentionally) a little loose on me, but I do like how it boldly defines the waistline.

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As seen below, my favorite way to wear this coat is with sweater dresses and tall leather boots, which requires very little effort but looks well put-together. And less-is-more with tweed coats, as they can feel a tad fussy on their own, so “casualizing” them helps to strike the right balance for daytime dressing.

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More tweed coats here:

In sale news, until the end of today (03/09/2020), take 40% off your entire purchase at J. Crew with code 23HOURS, including new arrivals. My picks:

Sweater Trench

I’ve mentioned this sweater trench a few times before, but want to highlight it in its own post as it’s one of those pieces that marry comfort with polish, and has the right weight for transitional weather. But getting the proper fit is key (I sized up), as an adequate amount of front drape is essential to creating that “elegantly unfussy” look that’s at the heart of new minimalism.

Shop the Friends of Ann Event (Ann Taylor’s F&F) until 03/09/2020: take 40% off your purchase with code FRIENDS40. This offer is both online and in-stores. Shipping is free on orders over $125.

Recently ordered: Embroidered Ruffle Sleeve Tee, Shadow Spot Belted Midi Dress, and Mock Neck Belted Sweater Dress.

And a closet favorite, this versatile wrap dress, is updated and available in five colorways online (from this post)

In other sale news, Uniqlo updated its sale section earlier today and several of my closet favorites have been restocked (though sizes remain incomplete in most colors). Some quick picks: HEATTECH Ultra Stretch Leggings Pants, Inès d ela Fressange Knitted Jacket, Cashmere Stole, Marimekko Long-sleeve Dress, Marimekko Wool Cashmere Sweater, Extra Warm Turtleneck T-shirt, Marimekko A-Line Dress, 2-Way Checked Stole, Marimekko Merino-blend Turtleneck Sweater, and Ultra Warm High-Neck T-Shirt.

Happy shopping!

Houndstooth Coatigan (+ Ann Taylor Extra 60% Off Sale)

If you placed an order yesterday, you can try calling Ann Taylor (or using the live chat tool) to request a price adjustment. Just know that AT is unpredictable in how they handle these requests, so you may need to reorder. And apologies for the less-than-ideal timing of this week’s sale post. If you ordered something on final sale and AT won’t price adjust, e-mail me and we can talk next steps.

One new addition that landed in Ann Taylor’s sale section this week is this super versatile Houndstooth Belted Coatigan. As reviewed in this post, this coatigan is an excellent work-to-weekend piece for transitional weather and effortlessly upgrades any basic neutral ensemble.

The material is medium-weight (surprisingly substantial for 60% Viscose/40% Nylon, which I associate with legging fabric) and drapes well (on account of the Viscose, probably). And the fit is true to size, though the sleeves feel a little tighter relative to the flowier fit of the piece.

For those who are looking to update their work wardrobes for spring, I’d recommend browsing the Ann Taylor sale section; dozens of new styles were added this week, and sales styles are currently an extra 60% off online until the end of today (02/26/2020); no code needed, discount reflects at checkout. Also on sale now is the Faux Leather Short Trench Coat that I own and like quite a bit. The quality is extremely reasonable for the price.

Some more sale picks: Cozy Turtleneck Sweater (the “Cool Onyx” in petite sizes is $10.35 with the extra 60% off promotion), Long Boyfriend Cardigan (extremely well-reviewed), Floral Full Skirt (a really gorgeous shade of orange-red; bold but not a “in-your-face” way. Pair with a Balloon Sleeve Sweater in the same color), Colorblock Mock Neck Sweater Dress (love the “Yellow Plume” colorway), Side Button Sweater (the side buttons and slightly-cropped fit add a touch of fun), and Plaid Chesterfield Coat (I bought this for my mom a few weeks ago and she now wears it all the time; thinking maybe I need one myself).

In other sale news, if you like sweets, don’t miss out on the Godiva up-to-50%-off sale mentioned in this week’s sale roundup. The 20-pc Assorted Chocolate Biscuit Gift Box is not in Valentine’s Day packaging and is still full-price in retail stores. The batch that I picked up had July 2020 expiration dates so I’ve stockpiled them to get through the final stretch of winter.

Happy shopping!

Sweater Dress & Tweed Topcoat

I want to first apologize for my overconfidence, because the posting schedule did not normalize as I promised, and will probably remain in a chaotic state as I struggle to overcome whatever affliction befalls someone after a big project wraps. I just can’t find the motivation to do anything other than running outside (that 70-degree day last week wrecked my productivity) and watching endless hours of Twitch streams. (I know, my life is pretty amazing right now; Feeling as carefree as can be.)

I do have this outfit from a little while ago to share. The cozy Topshop sweater dress pictured here is now 40% off in two colors (the “oatmeal” seen here and a charcoal gray), and is a very reasonable option if you are in want of a turtleneck sweater dress. The style is cut loosely, so size down if you have a smaller frame.

And two sale alerts:

New sale styles have been added to the Shopbop sale section, including the Salvatore Ferragamo Miss Vara Cross Body Bag (a smaller version of the “Ginny” crossbody that I wear often). Some sale styles of interest: MICHAEL Michael Kors Mercer Medium Accordion Messenger Bag (more colorways here), Madewell The Zip-Top Transport Carryall, MANU Atelier Mini Pristine Box Bag, alice + olivia Judy Short Sleeve Ruched Dress, Furla Metropolis Small Shoulder Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors Charlton Loafers (in gold here), alice + olivia Meredith Tie Neck Button Down, Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Wallet on a Chain, MICHAEL Michael Kors Griffin Strappy Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors Flex Heel Pumps, Salvatore Ferragamo Amy Small Tote, alice + olivia Della Maxi Dress with Waist Tie, and MCM Spektrum Stud Visetos Camera Bag.

♥ Take 30% off full-price styles at J.Crew with code NEWNEW. My picks: Button-Front Trench Dress in Stretch White Denim, Point Sur Flutter-Sleeve Midi Dress in Ratti® Print Cotton Voile, Strapless Bow-Front Silk Maxi Dress in Polka-Dot Print, Belted Sheath Dress in Textured Tweed, Drapey Tie-Neck Top in Polka Dot, High-Neck Jumpsuit in Liberty® Josephine Floral, and High-Neck Jumpsuit in Gingham Cotton Poplin.

Have a great week, everyone!

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