For those of you who caught Sunday’s Talbots’ Spring new arrivals capsule wardrobe, this is the companion piece. I debated whether to run the two together in one mega-post, but decided to split them up. Last weekend, I went through Ann Taylor’s Spring new arrivals, and I’ve put together a capsule wardrobe. The name of the game is the same as it was this weekend. From 15 different items, I’ve put 5 different outfits together. The items include:
Here are the rules I tried to follow when selecting items:
Remember, I’ve only provided 5 potential outfits. The beauty of capsule wardrobes is that they can be mixed and matched in so many different ways. Sky is the limit, really. So let’s see what I came up with.
Crocodile Tote | Metro Short | Straw Clutch | Ponte Split-Neck Top | Pleat Front Top | Gingham Swing Jacket | Block Heel Sandal | Suede Mules | Straw Loafer Slides | Essential Black Shirt | Moto Jacket | Crop Pant | Chambray Paperbag Ankle Pant | Stitch Sweater | High-Rise Skinny Jeans
I absolutely love Ann Taylor’s essential shirts. So choosing one was a no-brainer. I imagine most of you have a black button-down and light wash jeans. But what really makes this outfit is the gingham coat and the suede mules. Perfect for a night out. But swap the gingham jacket for the moto one, and you’ll be living even more on the edge.
Crocodile Tote | Gingham Swing Jacket | Suede Mules | Essential Black Shirt | High-Rise Skinny Jeans
Simply Spring. That’s all I have to say about our second outfit. Loving the soft elegance of the Ponte split-neck top paired with these chambray paper bag ankle pants. Don’t like monochromatic blue? No problem. Swap the shirt for the white pleat front top, and you still maintain the essence of this outfit. The tan crocodile tote goes with all of the outfits I’ve put together—animal prints and textures are neturals!
Crocodile Tote | Ponte Split-Neck Top | Block Heel Sandal | Chambray Paperbag Ankle Pant
Classic white. Cannot beat it. Here, we’ve kept the chambray paper bag ankle pant pants from above but instead paired them with the pleat front top and moto jacket. Don’t worry, the sassiness of the jacket is subdued by the block heel sandal.
Crocodile Tote | Pleat Front Top | Block Heel Sandal | Moto Jacket | Crop Pant | Chambray Paperbag Ankle Pant
The simplest outfit of them all: a black stitch Sweater and high-rise skinny jeans. Can’t touch the classics, really. But how perfect are the straw clutch and Suede Mules together?
Straw Clutch | Suede Mules | Stitch Sweater | High-Rise Skinny Jeans
I’m so loving these straw loafer slides, I had to include them. They too work with just about any of the combinations above and subdue just about any outfit you could put together from this capsule wardrobe.
This is the first outfit with shorts. Ann Taylor’s metro short is conservative enough for most of us and definitely worth considering if you’re in the market.
Straw Clutch | Gingham Swing Jacket | Straw Loafer Slides | Essential Black Shirt | Metro Short
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is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
I like your capsules with classic retailers! My go-to is Talbots, but I appreciate seeing what’s up with Ann Taylor as well. Nice job!
P.S. How about a relaxed vibe at JJill or somewhere like that?
Love these post. I am new to this idea and your grouping are really helping get good understanding of how to mix and match classic and “more trendy” items! A real struggle for me having hit the age of 56….keep them coming!
I like this Spring capsule wardrobe list. So many ways to wear it. I love Ann Taylor clothes.
Love the idea of the capsule wardrobe as well as all the outfits you put together. Unfortunately Ann Taylor does not carry plus sizes for us larger gals, thus we are forced to try and duplicate at other retailers.
I notice that there are no skirts or dresses in this capsule. What do you consider best for 66 yr old legs? Nylons or no nylons in shoes that are not sandals and not toeless? I gave up nylons some years ago since it seemed to identify me as old. But lately my legs are not what they used to be…
Another winning post. I have loved shopping at Ann Taylor for years. I have those slides/mules and they look wonderful with so many outfits.
I really enjoy these capsules posts too.
Could you ever give some advice for the ladies with other fit issues ? Like broad shoulders or larger middle etc.
So many sweaters and tops seem to have dropped sleeves , which aren’t very attractive on broad shoulders. Just a thought…have a great weekend!
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