I will start by proclaiming my sheer joy for the return of sizes XXSP and 00P to select Ann Taylor stores. Thanks to Ann Taylor’s change of heart, I was finally able to use an in-store-only coupon, coupled with a rewards card earned through the credit card points program, to score this blouse at a great price. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I’ve been looking for a silk tie-neck blouse since forever (ok, so maybe since 2009), and I finally found it! Past attempts included a long sleeve version that was comically too big, a shell that looked soft and drapey, but turned out to be stiff and icky, and a super smooth one that just caused my cardigans to slip and slide every which way all over it. All were returned, and I was tie-neck blouse-less up until this baby.
This Ann Taylor silk necktie shell has a crepe texture, which is my favorite for silk. It buttons down the front with looped button holes and fabric covered buttons. In addition to the chic necktie detail, it also has pintucks that run all the way down the front for a great menswear inspired look. The detail and fabric choice of this garment really impressed me.
I need to figure out the best way to tie the necktie, since it’s a little too long to leave loose (darn my short torso!) and my bow-tying abilities are sub-par.
In cool, blue light, like my photos were taken in, this color (River Rock) appears greenish grey, but in warm, yellow light, such as indoors, the shell appears brownish grey. This color will most likely be a chameleon garment, that will pick up other colors in an outfit and appear to change accordingly. But, fear not! It also comes in four other colors, as well as a print version here.
Of course, as with most silks, this shell has a blousy fit to it, and looks roomy on me without a covering piece like a cardigan or blazer. The arm holes are big, and show my bra from the side. I only wear shells underneath other garments, so I’m not concerned about altering this top at the moment, but for a perfect fit, it would certainly need some slimming.
Dry clean only
While the sales associate rang up the silk blouse, I dug through the giant bin o’ discount costume jewelry they always place at the check out counter to tempt you, and found this little gem:
Isn’t she cute? This little ring comes in silver tone (pictured above) and gold tone with white stones. Costume jewelry rings are usually way too big for my scrawny little fingers (I usually wear between a size 5 – 6 in rings, depending on the finger/hand), but this one is elasticized, and fits my fingers snug. I also like how dainty it is, so as not to overwhelm my hand with bling, while still being a nice attention grabbing size with plenty of sparkle.
This ring was already reduced (hence, it being in the bin o’ bargain jewelry), and was an extra 40% off during President’s Day weekend. Originally priced at $28.00, and marked down to $19.99, this was scored with an extra 40% off for a grand total of $12.00. The item number is 181594 if anyone is interested in finding this in stores.