Ann Taylor and I were having a glorious love affair. First, I fell in love with the small fitting pants. Yes, they needed alterations…but they were minimal, and the best fit I had found by far. Then I found this great top I adored. I thought I had found my perfect match. The styles were what I wanted, and I was batting 1000 with the size petite XXS. So I picked up some things I had my eye on after they went on sale, and with fingers crossed, waited patiently for the package to arrive. Oh Ann…you disappointed me this time.
First up, this silk top:
And on me…it’s not quite as glamorous:
Jeans: Paige Premium Denim, Hollywood Hills, Size 24 (Hemmed & Waist Taken in)
Shoes: Cole Haan Genevieve Open Toe Pump, Size 5
The top is a bit baggy in the torso, which can be taken in by a tailor. However, look at those sleeves! First of all, they’re too long. Secondly, they’re too baggy. The top length could probably be taken up a bit as well. Even when I throw a sweater over it…something is just not right. I really like the idea of this top, but I’d have to get an awful lot tailored for it to fit the way I want it to.
Final verdict: ehh, I just don’t love it enough to pay for all that tailoring. Back to the store it goes.
Next up…this top:
And, on me:
First of all, this top is a polyester rayon blend, so it takes a few knocks just for that. I’d probably like it better if it were silk. This top obviously needs to be shortened, and the thick fabric doesn’t drape very nicely, which makes it look baggy over my waist. It looks way better with a sweater thrown over it, and folded up at the hem, but I’d rather have a top that can do double duty, that is, can be worn by itself, and not just under something. I just don’t particularly like the shape of this top without a sweater or jacket over it.
Final verdict: I don’t want to pay to alter polyester (yuck!), and I’m just not in love with it. Back to the store it goes.
Last, but not least, this jacket:
And, on me:
WOW is all I have to say about this one. Way too big…way to boxy…this one is going back to the store pronto. Nothing good in this group. I’m a little disappointed because I was hoping at least one of the tops would work, but my bank account is a little happier this way, so I guess it’s not all bad.
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I agree that polyester blends are not worth altering. I pretty much have to love something in order to justify paying the alteration premium.
That jacket actually looks ok on you in the pic! But having tried it on myself I know how boxy it must have been in person. Now I'm really curious what you look like in Theory 00 blazers/jackets.
Theory 00 blazers & jackets aren't usually that bad! Of course it has to be the right cut. I have 2 of them that I haven't shown on the blog yet that fit me perfect without any alterations at all. Of course, this was almost two years ago that I bought them and I've yet to find a similar small cut again. I'll have to pull them out and take some pictures!
Ahh…And I thought I could count of that petite XXS for sure! Bummer.
Too bad none of those worked, especially the jacket it looks so cute in the pics!
I know! The jacket is soooo cute, but I just can't pull off the "boxy jacket" look. I need something that has a waist or else I look all wrong.
Ann Taylor has such great designs, but it's too bad the sizes don't fit me. I've found that the XXS petite is just too big. Maybe a size or two down would've been perfect!