Anne Taylor Loft Fall 2010 Sneak Preview and Necklace Giveaway

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Pictured: My favorite Anne Taylor Loft Fall look, a chiffon top with tweed jacket. (photo M. Hall) 

Recently Anne Taylor’s lower priced line Loft held a Fall Preview event for press and bloggers at LA landmark hotel, The Chateau Marmont.  The Chateau is a beautiful setting for any event and has long been a favorite of artists. It’s beautiful, elegant and subdued. So were some of the Loft fashions.  I liked much of what I saw.  There were a few misses like the 70’s faux fur shag vests and some over the top BIG jewelry, but overall I thought the collection was tasteful.   Clearly, Loft is trying to get a little more hip and trendy, and depart from the mothership, Anne Taylor. They may feel that Anne Taylor is established as a more mature brand with workplace suited looks.  Thus, the need to set the stage for the Loft Fall Collection at the always hip Chateau Marmont. I liked the beautiful looped ruffle front camisole tops they showed and the many flowy chiffon tops. Above is my favorite look, which is very Chanel reminiscent a collarless Tweed jacket with chain detail (price $148.00 US) , a flower pin (price $14.50) or brooch on the lapel, a chiffon loose top (price $44.50 US) and you are good to go.  I would skip the hat, but it I think it was meant to give the look that new, hip touch that the brand is striving for.

Pictured: Anne Taylor Loft models showing off the fall tweed jacket, scarves and comfy cardigans. (Photo: M. Hall)

Another standout in the collection was the Tweed jacket with collar pictured above, although I would skip the faux fur overlay. We are not out to go fur trapping this fall, are we? No need to display pelts. I also liked the floral scarves and the many loose fitting cardigans shown, cinched with big and skinny great belts to show off the waist. There were attractive colorblock dresses priced at $89.50 and even over-the-knee riding boots in the style of Jimmy Choo and Stella McCartney.  The boots were the most expensive item in the collection, priced at $189.50. Other looks included sequin tops and leather minis.

Pictured: I wouldn’t wear the faux fur  Jeremiah Johnson type vest, but I do like Loft’s sequin top and cardigan.  (Photo: M. Hall)

One thing I think Loft has always excelled at is great costume jewelry.  For Fall they showed a ginormous rhinestone gem flower cuff ($39.50)  that I fell in love with and received in the goodie bag at the end of the night. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t pick such a large piece of bling for the wrist, but this one works because of the champagne color and delicate look of the gem. It’s big, but it’s not gaudy. There were also large costume necklaces on ribbons for ties, which is a trend coming back.  Which brings me to the giveaway here! Bling! Part of the Fall collection is this Gold and Black Angular necklace with ribbon tie.  Check it out below.  It’s a striking piece. The retail price is $49.50 US.

Pictured: Loft’s Gold and Black Angular Necklace (with gem cuff in the background) can be yours. (Photo: M. Hall)

This Loft necklace can be yours.  Here’s what you need to do to get your Loft Bling on!  To enter to win, just leave a comment here by July 15th, midnight PDT and let me know what you would buy for Fall from Anne Taylor Loft .  Please leave your email address like so ( anne at yahoo dot com) in your comment so we can reach you if you are the lucky winner. Thanks to blog reader Christine, I now have two more of the necklaces to giveaway.  Christine donated her Anne Taylor jewelry from the party to be used as part of this giveaway, which means there will now be 3 lucky winners!

Remember, if you like the looks at Loft always look for a coupon or discount code for shopping. I have found Loft to be very good at discounting their retail prices. No reason to pay retail, when you don’t have to!

Note: I did not receive any compensation from Anne Taylor Loft in exchange for this post. I received the two items of jewelry, pictured above, and a discount card (30% off) for shopping at the Loft. Al the items were presented  in the above pictured canvas bag, under the necklace in the picture,  at the end of the night.  By posting this, I am making  a full disclosure of items I received from the Loft at the Fall preview.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Winnie@myzerr

    July 1, 2010 at 5:43 am

    hey great site, i really love it and am very very interested in working something out with you in the future. I have just send you an email,hope to hearing from you soon. x

  2. Lucy in the Sky

    July 1, 2010 at 6:33 am

    That's an amazing necklace! My aunts have been buying Ann Taylor for years (inevitably passing down their clothes to me) but never have I seen anything like these pieces from the label! I love that tweed jacket. It looks so Chanel-esque and I'm in need of professional (and stylish) outerwear for my job!

    colored.photograph at gmail dot com

  3. styrch

    July 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Oooh! I'd love to win this necklace and LOFT has become one of my go-to places for attire that works well for work and for home.

    sarah dot tyrchniewicz at gmail dot com

  4. clewis

    July 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I never considered Loft before, but I saw some great pieces! Like Lucy in the Sky said, I LOVE the tweed jacket! It is probably the closest I will ever get to Chanel, lol! I also loved the leather mini and sequin top outfit, with the cardi on top! It was classic, yet fun and flirty! I adore huge jewelry (hence my obsession with sales at Madewell), and I think this necklace would be a great addition to my wardrobe. I am already envisioning wearing it with skinny jeans and a t-shirt with cute flats, lol! Pick me!
    cmlewis07 at gmail dot com

  5. Target-Addict

    July 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for cluing me in that “Loft is trying to get a little more hip and trendy, and depart from the mothership, Ann Taylor.” I had no idea, and in fact would avoid AT Loft since I thought it was just the “factory store” version of Ann Taylor. Now that I'm hip on this, I'll have to give them another look!

    I dream Im Jeannie at yahoo dot com

  6. Target-Addict

    July 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks for cluing me in to the fact that “Loft is trying to get a little more hip and trendy, and depart from the mothership, Ann Taylor.” I had NO idea, and actually thought that AT Loft was the “factory store” version of Ann Taylor. Now I'll have to give them another look!

    I dream im Jeannie at yahoo dot com

  7. Meredith

    July 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you for showing us the preview pics! I am excited for fall.
    bunchofbeauty at gmail dot com

  8. Alexis

    July 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Loft is a great place for work outfits. I really like the flowy top.
    AKAPurple2000 at yahoo dot com

  9. Cara

    July 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I LOVE what I've heard about the Fall preview so far. I would definitely get the tweed coat (minus the faux fur) and some of the flowy chiffon tops. I love the romantic tops paired with the more structured pants and jackets. And I LOVE the cuff! Thanks for the post about my FAVORITE retailer:)

  10. babyssleeping

    July 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Oops, forgot email:

    babyssleeping at gmail dot com

  11. Five Star Frugalista

    July 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I would definitely say I'll be purchasing the tweed Chanel-like jacket that you have pictured in your blog. Love it and love the price even more!
    DenisesOddsNEnds at Gmail dot com

  12. Chele

    July 1, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I adore the taupe and rose colored scarf! Scarves are such a great way to add individuality to an outfit.

    Looking forward to seeing more Fall 2010 pieces from ATL.

    chelem01 at hotmail dot com

    (It's a zero between the m and 1).

  13. BookGirl

    July 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I haven't visited Loft in a while, so I was pleasantly surprised to see looks that I would love to wear. I really can't pick just one item, since I'm equally captivated by several. I'll start with the Knit Empire Dress in slate blue, which is absolutely gorgeous (and a length that I'm actually willing to wear!), the Pleated Sleeve Ruffle Neck blouse, and the Cotton Poplin jacket. And you can't beat the sale on these. Thanks!


  14. Christy Sews

    July 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I would have to say, thus far, I have decided on the tweed jacket, sequins tank and leather skirt. I'm sure there will be many more items in my future.

  15. Missy

    July 3, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I absolutely love the flower cuff! It suits my girly style and the color of the gems makes it wearable. I also love the drapey and comfy cardigans. They will be perfect for layering over dresses once the weather begins to cool off.

  16. mruna

    July 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I love the tweed jacket look as well! I would get the Long Silver Lariat Necklace with Light Purple and the smocked knit dress!

    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

  17. Samantha

    July 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I would buy everything! I never leave Loft empty-handed. If I had to pick one thing, it would be the sequined top.
    sraisher at gmail dot com

  18. Designer Clothes Online

    July 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Hi, thank you for your great post. I really appreciate the efforts you have put in your blog .It is interesting and helpful. Good luck with it!!!

  19. Anonymous

    July 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I love your site and adore Ann Taylor Loft.

  20. Anonymous

    July 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I need some sort of trendy dress pants, and I love that their items come in tall sizes. That's probably what I'd get there for fall.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

  21. Stephanie

    July 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    beautiful necklace! I have just the outfit for it!

    dcme20009 at gmail dot com

  22. Kristen

    July 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Definitely the tweed jacket. It seems like a stylish Chanel dupe, for much less $$$. Really love the direction they're taking for fall.

    kris0ten at gmail dot com

  23. Elaine

    July 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Great giveaway!! I'd love to win!

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

  24. slblog

    July 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I like the Silvertone Chain with Lace Covered Gem Necklace

    slblog at post dot com

  25. Anonymous

    July 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Hi! I would buy several of the flowy tops or blouses. 🙂
    Really unique necklace!


  26. Amber

    July 7, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I would buy the tweed jacket you're wearing! Or I would get some nice business slacks.
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂


    July 7, 2010 at 1:00 am

    tweed jacket for sure

  28. HOPE131

    July 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

    fabulous necklace

  29. daunfamily

    July 7, 2010 at 1:45 am

    soooo hot!
    daunfamily AT yahoo DOT com

  30. very married

    July 7, 2010 at 2:10 am


    for the fall? i totally need new cardigans!

  31. Lynn

    July 7, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Maybe a flowy chiffon top and the tweed jacket.
    I love that necklace! Thanks 🙂
    lynnx512 at gmail dot com

  32. Liz, love.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:00 am

    i love the knit dress with silk flounce.
    necklace is great too thanks for the give away.


  33. Carmilla

    July 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

    the tweed jacket is just awsome!! I will probably buy it soon 😉
    my email is

  34. cdziuba

    July 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm I like this: Cotton Poplin Jacket

  35. SogniSorrisi

    July 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Fab giveaway! Love the first look and the sequin top. Beautiful.

    sogni-e-sorrisi at hotmail dot com

  36. Christina

    July 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Love the tweed jacket! It screams fall!

    christina.coursey (@)gmail(dot)com

  37. mogrill

    July 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I love the tweed chanel jacket.Thanks for the chance.

  38. Melanie

    July 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    i'd buy any of the cardigans !

  39. Linda

    July 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    i would buy the Rosette Ribbed Tank its so simple yet i can dress it down or dress it up

    lyromero77 at gmail dot com

  40. mmentor

    July 8, 2010 at 1:13 am

    please sign me up

  41. Missybeez

    July 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I would buy a maxi dress.

  42. alice

    July 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I adore the taupe and rose colored scarf!

    clarissa dot battarra at gmail dot com

  43. Cindy

    July 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    They are having a great tank and tee sale now that I would love to spend this one. cindyhinckley at msn

  44. Joanna

    July 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Great collection! Very different from the average Ann Taylor stuff. I love all the dresses…and that leather skirt is hot!

    joannaw.xo at gmail dot com

  45. Christine

    July 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

    I would buy a new fall work wardrobe!

    preponask8board at hotmail dot com

  46. Steph

    July 9, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I love the tweed jacket – what a great addition it would make to my wardrobe, so versatile!

    Thanks for the chance. The necklace is beautiful!

    sncaruso [at] optimum [dot] net

  47. Costume Jewellery

    July 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Nice post! i like it, so interesting..

  48. Julie B.

    July 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Like everyone else, I love the tweed jacket but also love the skirts and dresses that I saw in other photos online. Good thing I have a gift certificate and style rewards!

  49. smilekisses

    July 11, 2010 at 2:06 am

    I like the Tangled Chain Necklace.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  50. asj

    July 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    love the tweed jacket – such a versatile piece!

    forevereightyeight at gmail dot com

  51. Shauna

    July 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I would love to have that Tweed Jacket!!

    sjemery at hotmail dot com

  52. rah267

    July 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm
    i would love to win

  53. Nicole D.

    July 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I like the sequin top. Thanks!

  54. Kim

    July 13, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I would definitely be buying the sequined ballet flat. parkerkl7072 at gmail dot com.

  55. Lindsey Pearl

    July 13, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I would buy the Andre Knotted Sandal, because they seem like a nice heel that I could wear for work or casually.

    emo_slinky at yahoo dot com

  56. iplaytrack1224

    July 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
    Would love, love, LOVE to win this!

  57. Katie R.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I would love to buy some new cardigans.

  58. Ms. Autumn

    July 14, 2010 at 6:07 am

    love it!

    autumn398 @

  59. Super Blogger Girl!

    July 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I dig the fuax fur vest, i am 100% sold on them and will be purchasing those this fall, I hate the hats but the fur is amazing…

  60. hbbs55

    July 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    they do have some great sales going on now. I like the Jewel Grosgrain Necklace Tee!

    hbbs55 at gmail dot com

  61. Hotsnotty2

    July 15, 2010 at 2:13 am

    I love the Blooms Print Empire Dress with Ribbon Hem, thanks!

  62. Lauren Elizabeth

    July 15, 2010 at 4:45 am

    I like the double V-Neck Knit Dress! Thanks for this opportunity!

  63. Jennifer Neal

    July 15, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I love that pink scarf in the 2nd picture!

  64. skytoucher

    July 15, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I love Ann Taylor sweaters and have a couple of them. Would love to win the necklace to dress the sweaters up.

  65. Alice C

    July 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

    This is a truly beautiful necklace andwould finish any Ann Taylor outfit

  66. Tracey

    July 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I would like to have the Ruffle Front Cardigan.

  67. Melissa B.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I would like the Shawl Collar Jacket.

  68. missrantsypants

    July 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    On the site, they have a great foil finish black sheath dress that I would get for the fall!

  69. Bakersdozen

    July 16, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I would go for the boots. I love boots in the fall. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

  70. FDP 4 Life

    July 16, 2010 at 2:17 am

    i love the vest
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  71. Anonymous

    July 16, 2010 at 4:34 am

    tweed jacket ty.

  72. Atreau

    July 16, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I really like that tweed jacket. atreau at gmail dot com.

  73. purango

    July 16, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I would buy some Cardigans. boots and fall pants.

  74. twifanheather

    July 16, 2010 at 5:18 am

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  75. Jinxy and Me

    July 16, 2010 at 5:19 am

    I like the Cotton Poplin Jacket! So cute!

    nesta 67 {at} live dot com

  76. twifanheather

    July 16, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I like the pink scarf in the 2nd photo and the Tweed jacket!
    hsemonick at gmail dot com

  77. Gianna

    July 16, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Foil Finish Sheath Dress

  78. Costume Jewellery

    March 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Wow have only just found your blog, amazing – such an interesting read

  79. Fashion Jewellery

    February 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Love the site, it really is possible to look good, even in these difficult times.