If personal style was taught at school, layering would be an advanced level course. When done correctly, piling on separates as fall season rolls around can make an outfit interesting — without looking like you're in a cocoon. Even Kanye is a devoted pupil.
But, this course can be tricky to pass: With so many prints, colors, and silhouettes out there, picking out pieces that go well together can quickly turn into choice overload. Add a business casual dress code into the mix, and you can see why it takes so much time to get ready for work in the mornings.
That's where Ann Taylor's fall lineup swoops in: This lookbook proves that the mall brand you've grown up with isn't anything like it used to be. Offering an array of polished, understated pieces that mesh well with anything — we're talking about buttery leather pleated skirts, long button-ups that look just right under cropped sweaters, and crew neck knitted vests — it's a huge upgrade that brings designer-level wares next door to the space that sells $1.99 frozen lemonades and salted pretzels.
Click through for more images of the looks, and take notes — you're going to want to match these pieces with everything else in your wardrobe when they hit stores later this summer.