A Guide to Ann Taylor’s Spring Work Collection

posted on April 9, 2014 at 12:12 am

Sometimes it’s tough to get ourselves out of bed for another day of 9-5 even if it’s work we enjoy. Part of that is the dread of picking out what to wear when the options for professional work attire seem so limiting to our unique style. Ever find yourself staring in your closet and before you know it, a half hour has gone by and you still don’t have an outfit? If only it was as easy as delegated themes each day. Who votes for Pink Wednesdays?

Pink Wednesday


The Ann Taylor spring work collection can help in that department. It features a line of chic clothes that are suitable for any general work environment yet are never boring.

After a phase of popping colors and vibrant patterns, Ann Taylor takes us back to the neutral color family, using an assortment of prints and textures to create refreshing, modern effects on classic pieces. You’ll find all the necessary elements of a modern working woman’s wardrobe with a flare of fun that allows us to be conservative and fashionable. You might just start looking forward to getting dressed in the morning when you can make a statement while dressing the part.


1. Geo Print Split Neck Top – $69

Geo Print Split Neck Top

Geometric prints are trending this spring and summer. Think geometry class – you’ll see an array of grids, triangles, curves, hexagons, and more. This top, one of the latest Ann Taylor must-haves, fits the bill. With a split neck and cap sleeves, it’s business casual, and you can even wear it off-duty for a sophisticated look.

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Grosgrain Trim Open Cardigan
Grosgrain Trim Open Cardigan – $59

We suggest pairing this silky open-front cardigan with the previous geo print top to cover up those bare arms, which can be a no-no depending on the workplace environment. Plus, if your office is set at “freezing cold” and you find yourself wrapped in a blanket all day to keep warm, this pretty black layering piece is just what you need.


2. Roll Tab ¾ Sleeve Shirt – $59

Roll Tab Sleeve Shirt

This ¾ sleeve shirt is simple yet feminine, and comes in a variety of colors that can easily go with a number of items in your clothing arsenal. It’s just the right kind of form-fitting and has front buttons for the option of a lower neckline without looking tacky.

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Hexagon Geo Print Cropped Pants
Hexagon Geo Print Cropped Pants – $89

Another piece following the geo print craze, these slim ankle-length pants feature mini hexagon shapes in deep navy. They are a great matchup for the roll tab shirt in the same color, imparting a relaxed spring look for the office.

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Horizon Stripe Skirt
Horizon Stripe Skirt – $79

The horizontal-striped skirt would also look fantastic with the roll tab shirt – dress it up with a navy blue blazer or wear as-is. This skirt with fresh spring hues is not only versatile – it can be worn in a professional environment or for a night out – it is also the perfect comfortable fit.


3. Satin Intersection Top – $89

Satin Intersection Top

Flattering with a modern cut and pattern, this 100% polyester top fits nicely while still being relaxed, and the shoulder detailing adds an extra punch to the overall style. The linear lines are fun and attractive but not too extreme – a combination that would look cute with jeans or dressed up.

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Modernist Jacket
Modernist Jacket – $149

If you go the dressed-up route, this edgy jacket with stylish pocket zippers layers over the satin intersection top quite nicely for a very modern appearance. The linear lines of the shirt complement the sleek striped lining of the jacket when the sleeves are worn rolled up, which we totally recommend for a finished look! This is a must-have item that can dress up jeans or be paired with trousers.


4. Tie Front Shirt – $79

Tie Front Shirt

The hip front tie on this essential button down gives a classic piece a contemporary, fun feel. Its light fabric and airiness makes it so comfortable and casual, not to mention it comes in simple white as well as several appealing spring hues like coral essence and ceramic blue. This cool top is adaptable for work or play, making us fancy it even more!

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Signature Sharkskin Trousers
Signature Sharkskin Trousers – $129

Dress up the tie front shirt with these signature trousers in navy sharkskin for a polished look. As Ann Taylor’s most relaxed-fitting trousers, they rest right below the waist and have just the right amount of flexibility to allow for easy all-day wear for the busy professional.


5. Zip Front Tweed Jacket – $179

Zip Front Tweed Jacket

Tweed is definitely trending this season, and we can’t agree more that this soft texture makes us think of a refreshing spring day. This light, neutral jacket with its subtle texture, mod front zipper and ¾ sleeves is a striking addition to the revived work wardrobe that can be paired with anything.

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Tweed Pencil Skirt
Tweed Pencil Skirt – $89

Transform a multi-purpose jacket into a refined business suit by pairing it with this pretty, tweed pencil skirt, creating a soft presentation that is anything but stuffy. A pencil skirt is a must-have, and the tweed texture gives this traditional design a modern spin.


6. Pleated Chiffon Skirt – $109.88 (Originally $129)

Pleated Chiffon Skirt

Fun, flowy, and flirty – the pleated chiffon skirt in faint maple is all of these things and then some! This unique skirt concept is fashionably professional while conveying feminine qualities with its bold contrast lining that will make you want to spin around like a ballerina. It deserves to be flaunted with a confident attitude, so wear this skirt when you’re ready to take on the office and let your ideas shine. It’s not called “dressing the part” without reason, after all.

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Natasha Leather Peeptoe Shooties
Natasha Leather Peeptoe Shooties – $148

The perfect pair of heels can go a long way, and this pair of Natasha leather peep toe shooties – a cross between a pump and a bootie – with tasteful snakeskin accents gives the pleated chiffon skirt a final flair. A padded footbed provides unexpected comfort, and the investment is well worth it when they can also be paired with anything from jeans to work trousers. While appropriate for the office, the rocker chic vibe makes these sleek heels great for after-hour shenanigans, too. Who said you can’t combine work and play?


7. Sash Canvas Trouser Pants – $98

Sash Canvas Trouser Pants

These canvas trousers feature a playful sash and are cute and comfortable with a bit of stretch. They’re an excellent spring-fashion alternative to the typical khaki-colored pants that are a fundamental piece of a women’s work wear collection. The sash is removable, so if you need to turn up the professionalism, the option is yours.

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Pearlized Leather Wrap Bracelet
Pearlized Leather Wrap Bracelet – $39.50

The right accessories add a classy touch to a simple piece of clothing. This gorgeous bracelet unites leather with gold chains and pearlized beads creating a flawless blend of trendy elegance. It matches brilliantly with the previously displayed sash canvas trouser pants, maintaining the neutral color approach.


8. Dalmatian Print ¾ Jersey Dress – $89.99 (Originally $98)

Dalmation Print Jersey Dress

This speckled ¾ sleeve jersey dress has a self tie belt around the waist that gives a “wrap” look, but you won’t have to worry about it opening and baring it all to your co-workers. The black and white coloring presents a classy feel, and the light, soft material provides a comfortable yet flattering fit. This is really a go-to dress for an assortment of settings, be it work, church, or a nice dinner out.

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Gallery Tote
Gallery Tote – $118

The jersey dress doesn’t require much else with its stand-out print, but a functional bag to carry all your essentials – say, a mini laptop – would be the perfect accent. This gallery tote is simple and stylish in classic black with zipper detailing on each side that hints at edgy sophistication. It has enough room to be used for work purposes as well as carry anything else you might need to get you from work to errand-running to dinner and back again.

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