Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall Fashion with Ann Taylor Loft Dress

This week the fashion world and everyone who's fashion-obsessed is immersed in New York Fashion Week. As I watch the shows I'm always reminded of how egalitarian fashion truly is. Anyone who wants to can be a part of it because we create fashion and beauty every day through the outfits we decide to wear and the way in which we style them.  Today's post is a good example of what I mean. With the use of a simple cloche, some drape and a midi hemline, I'm creating a vintage feel with contemporary pieces (all for under $100).

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I bought this dress because it's so easy to wear and looks like a blouse and skirt combo. As a mom of a preschooler I'm always looking for pieces that require very little styling. This dress makes the cut. It looks like a top and skirt combo but is actually just a pullover dress with easy blouson styling. It's meant as a summer dress, therefore sleeveless. So for this cooler day I layered a thin black turtleneck underneath. You could easily add more texture and dimension to the look by layering a printed cardigan over it instead of layering a turtleneck underneath - or for really cold days you could do both. You could also easily make this dress work for the office by pairing it with something like this cute knit blazer.

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I love the blue of the skirt - a really pretty gray blue that has a subtle satiny richness to it. It's also really soft and the pleats make it universally flattering.  It's fully lined, which is nice for the tail end of Summer heading into cooler weather. I was debating between the Regular and Petite size and ended up choosing the standard size due to length but in retrospect the Petite XXS would have been better, especially if you plan to wear the dress by itself (without layering under as I did).

My warm brown mules have been perfect for the current season and will work well into Fall. Mules are all the rage right now and have always been a favorite style of mine because they elongate the leg. Also, nothing is easier to put on than a slip on style! I love this pair - so similar to much higher-priced designer ones but a fraction of the cost. You can see them styled here with a completely different color palette earlier this Summer. They're extremely comfortable and work just as well with jeans and cropped pants as they do with dresses and skirts. So versatile.

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I love clutches for daytime weekend looks and reach for this clutch from 1.2.3 Paris a lot, particularly when the rest of my outfit is muted. Mine is from a couple of months ago and is no longer available online but I've linked two similar styles. These are so perfect for day wear and make any outfit more fun.

My little black hat was key to this look. It transform a contemporary blouson dress and gives it more depth immediately. The short brim works well with petite frames and this is one of the few less expensive hats that doesn't slide around on my head. The felted wool feels fairly nice and I love the little gold side buckle detail as well.


Since I've bought and liked several things from Loft recently I thought I'd mention that they're having a massive sale right now - 40% off everything with code FIRSTLOOK. There are a few pieces that caught my eye that I've listed as well as linked in the scroll bar at the bottom.

1. This elegant bell-sleeve blouse with a peplum waist is pretty and romantic, and the color is so versatile. A great top that goes with so much!

2. I like this fringed sweater to pull together casual weekend looks or for casual Fridays at the office. The fringe detail elevates this basic black soft blazer and is an easy layering piece for Fall.

3. This drop-shoulder cozy sweater looks like the perfect piece for casual Fall looks, paired with basic leggings, jeans or a maxi skirt. This is going to be great for my mommy duties. It comes in both petite and regular sizing and in 7 colors. My favorite color picks for Fall are the Sahara Grass Green, Pink Nude and Rich Cranberry (online only).


1 comment:

  1. Such a lovely outfit! Pretty!



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