Colorblock Sweater Outfit with Two Footwear Options

I’ve been shopping at Ann Taylor since college, and over the years they’ve been hit or miss for me. Lately, though, I’ve been having a lot of luck there. I placed an order shortly after the new year when they were running a sale, and happily they’re running another one right now!

I was particularly drawn to a certain tweed skirt I mentioned in my Wish List post a few days ago, as well as this colorblock boatneck sweater. I love both, and I’m sharing this sweater first because it’s on final sale and I’m afraid it will sell out fast. In fact, sizes are already depleting.

Colorblock Sweater Outfit with Black Jeans | #fashion #winteroutfit #fashionover40 | Jo-Lynne Shane

(If you’re interested in the tweed skirt, I believe today is the last day of the 40% off full priced styles promo, so grab it now! It’s really good. Order your regular size or size down if in between; I have the 6. I can’t wait to share the pictures from our shoot — there’s a sneak peek on my Instagram.)

So this sweater is a really nice quality extra fine merino wool, and it’s super soft despite the fact that it’s wool. I also really like the fit and the length.

I realize not all of us look good in the same length top, but this is perfect for me. It’s 24″ long, for those of you who know your sweet spot length, and for size reference, I’m wearing the small.

Colorblock Sweater | #fashion #winteroutfit #fashionover40 | Jo-Lynne Shane

My big question was, what do I wear it with? The colorblocking and the large expanse of black at the bottom gave me pause, but I liked it enough to play around with it. I even asked for input in my Insta Story.

I think it would be cute with a black pencil skirt and boots for a church or work wear look, and I suppose I could dress it down with blue jeans. A couple of people even suggested white jeans, but I ended up styling it with black jeans and ankle boots.

FYI, I’m linking to these LOFT skinnies a similar for less option to the jeans, and LOFT is running 50% off PLUS free shipping today!!! I’m ordering these jeans to try for my denim under $100 post, and I’m also going to pick out a few sweaters to get me through this transition season. I just updated my Loft Favorites page, if you want to see my top picks. Everything on that page is currently 50% off.

Colorblock Sweater Outfit with Black Jeans | #fashion #winteroutfit #fashionover40 | Jo-Lynne Shane

These ankle boots are old, but I’ll link some other good options at the end of the post. I’ve got a couple pairs on order, actually, because I want to update my black suede ankle boots with a more current style.

Winter Outfit: Ann Taylor Colorblock Sweater with Black Jeans | #fashion #winteroutfit #fashionover40 | Jo-Lynne Shane

I accessorized with a long pendant necklace that I felt was a nice mix of casual and dressy, and then I added my new silver sculpted X cuff from Stella & Dot. The ring I’m wearing was a Christmas gift from my husband, and I think it works nicely with this outfit. It’s a little more delicate than the other silver and gold ring I wear so much.

Winter Outfit: Ann Taylor Colorblock Sweater with Black Jeans | #fashion #winteroutfit #fashionover40 | Jo-Lynne Shane

This is the type of outfit I’d wear out to lunch with friends or to shop at the mall on a weekday. I would even wear this to church, as our church is fairly casual. I’ll probably throw my leather jacket on with it when it’s mild enough, or a coat on colder days.

Winter Outfit: Ann Taylor Colorblock Sweater with Black Jeans | #fashion #winteroutfit #fashionover40 | Jo-Lynne Shane

I also took a few pictures with my black suede loafer mules for another option because I know some of you don’t wear heels, and I really like it this way as well.

I wear these mules a lot because they’re so easy to slide on and go, and they have a modern vibe which I’m enjoying right now. Of course, sometimes it’s too cold for going without socks, but mules are a great option for those of you in areas with milder winters.

Winter Outfit: Ann Taylor Colorblock Sweater with Black Jeans and Rebecca Minkoff Mika Mules | #fashion #winteroutfit #fashionover40 | Jo-Lynne Shane

I actually think I like the outfit best this way, but then, y’all know how much I love these shoes. I do think a slightly shorter jean would work better with them, though. These have a 29″ inseam, and I have another pair with a 28″ inseam that I usually pair with the loafers.

For that matter, the 28″ jeans would have worked better with the ankle boots too, as I ended up cuffing them. But anyway! Either one works just fine.

Winter Outfit: Ann Taylor Colorblock Sweater with Black Jeans and Rebecca Minkoff Mika Mules | #fashion #winteroutfit #fashionover40 | Jo-Lynne Shane

Ann Taylor colorblock sweater // Frame skinnies (similar for less) // similar ankle boots here and here // Rebecca Minkoff Mika Mules // Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel // lips: MAC Pink Nouveau with MAC Lipglass in Cultured

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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