1. Floral Tiered Ruffle Midi Skirt | 2. Check Newbury Blazer | 3. Floral Puff Sleeve Blue Blouse | 4. Floral Shirred Blouse | 5. Hutton Blazer | 6. Floral Shirred Blouse | 7. Diamond Jacquard Jacket | 8. Plaid Jacquard Cardigan | 9. Flutter Sleeve Wrap Dress | 10. Plaid Bedford Blazer
Several years ago, I had a year long partnership with Ann Taylor, and to this day, it is still one of my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on (some of my old posts from this partnership here, here and here!). I came to love Ann Taylor as a retailer for unique pieces that could do double duty for work and play. Recently, I have been falling for their collections all over again. They’re a good mix of quality basics and fun, patterned pieces that give life to your wardrobe and add touches of femininity to any work outfit.
Yes, I know it’s still only August, but it’s hard not to start thinking about fall—literally my favorite season to dress for, especially when brands are starting to share their end of summer collections that have pieces that work for both summer and fall.
How to Wear Transition Pieces for Summer & Fall
You may have noticed, but one of my goals here is not to just convince you to buy more stuff, but to buy clothing intentionally and be able to wear it multiple ways to truly get the most out of your wardrobe. So, I highlighted a few items from above to give you ideas on how you can wear these pieces now, and also into fall:
This color is a classic! So beautiful and so versatile!
Winter: I love tone on tone in the winter. This would be gorgeous with a camel sweater with jeans or black pants and a simple pair of mules or booties. I would also pair it with white pants in the fall with a black top or sweater and sneakers for a more casual look.
Floral Tiered Ruffle Midi Skirt
Summer: These colors and ruffles are gorgeous! Throw on a pair of sandals like these or these and a dainty white cami (I LOVE this one) tucked in.
Fall: The length of this is great for fall! Pair it with brown booties and a chunky knit sweater, tucked in at the front. For chillier days, through a long camel coat over it! If it’s not too chilly where you live, opt for a thinner white or ivory sweater and a leather jacket.
Summer: I love how this pops against crisp white pants or the office or evening out, or with a pair of paper bag shorts like this cute pair. For a night out, pair it with heels, and for something more casual, slides like these would be perfect.
Fall: Pair this rusty red top with dark skinny jeans and flat mules or booties! This color is one of my favorites for fall.
Plaid Cardigan as Transitional Pieces
Summer: I love the colors in this cardigan. For warm weather, pair it with white paper bag shorts and sandals. I also love it worn backwards so the v is in the back tucked into white pants with sandals or heels like these braided ones.
I love the camel one for year round, however, I do find the other two to be better for fall, but they were both so cute, I wanted to include them! Also, I love the camel and black check one, so chic for the office and the white one is so fun! I think you can easily wear this to work, but also pair it with a cami, jeans and heels for a night out.
Ann Taylor Sizing
A quick note about sizing! In general, I find that Ann Taylor runs big! I have always ordered a size down from what I normally get, and sometimes. I’ve even ordered my normal size, but in the petite and find that’s a good hack too.