I have been keeping an eye on Ann Taylor for the past couple months because something has been a-stirring in their unobtrusively quiet stores – design and styles were being turned up a preppy notch to the point where I actually bought something (my first AT purchase in 9 years)! The shopping experience was wonderful, too: happy & helpful salespeople, no crowds, no lines, lots on sale.
To be honest, I think I’m liking AT so much because it’s reminding me of J.Crew, which I started liking as they went through a major style overhaul over the past couple years. They both even have non-famous style gurus to hold your hand with J.Crew’s “Jenna’s Picks” and Ann Taylor’s “Lisa Loves“. But I think J.Crew is too expensive sometimes and although Ann Taylor pieces can hover around $90 mark, they can also have great markdowns.
Well, for whatever reasons why I’m Team Taylor these days, I am not alone: Cintra Wilson, the snappy & sarcastic NY Times retail critic, has been impressed by Ann Taylor, too – and wrote her review last week where she makes comparisons to Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Chloé and Balenciaga!