Ann Taylor uses only the finest fabrics for our clothing and
accessories. If you'd like to know what these fabrics are, why we use
them and how to take care of them, check the listing below for all the
information you need. If you have a specific question about a certain
fabrication, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Angora A yarn that is
spun from the long and silky hair of the Angora rabbit.
Cashmere Extremely high-quality,
fine wool made from the soft undercoat of the cashmere goat. Cashmere
yarns create a fabric that is extremely soft, lightweight and luxurious
to the touch. Because of its lightweight qualities, cashmere is a fabric
that can be worn all year round. Look for cashmere in Ann Taylor's
collection of sweaters and accessories.
Cotton-Stretch Twill Cotton
blended with spandex that is woven in a subtle diagonal texture. The
spandex adds comfort, stretch and a refined finish to casual bottoms.
Stretch twill is available in a variety of finishes; a brushed finish in
the Fall and during transitional times of the year gives the fabric a
soft, sueded surface, while unbrushed twill for Spring and Summer is
soft to the touch but tailors crisply.
Crepe A fabric made of synthetic or
natural fibers that are twisted to give a slightly crinkled texture.
Most commonly used in suitings, crepe textures are now an important
fashion message for sweaters and sportswear separates.
Leather Ann Taylor uses fine,
high-quality leathers for all outerwear, sportswear, shoes and
accessories. It is sourced and carefully selected from some of the
finest leather tanneries around the world.
Linen/Viscose Crisp linen-like
fabric that combines linen and viscose to create a refined blended
fabric. This is an Ann Taylor classic summer fabric that takes color
beautifully and has a slight sheen.
Matte Jersey Lightweight rayon
blended fabric with a soft feel and subtle crepey texture. It's great
for travel since it does not wrinkle, packs well and offers comfort and
ease. At Ann Taylor, we use matte jersey in a variety of sportswear
separates, tops and dresses. An essential wardrobe builder.
Satin A smooth and lustrous fabric that
can be made of a variety of fibers. Satin fabrics have a sheen on one
side and are dull on the other. Satin has become a new option for day in
soft shirtings and sportswear.
Sharkskin A smooth, non-pattern
fabric that is woven to create a subtle two-tone appearance. Most
frequently used for suits and sportswear separates, sharkskin is the
perfect alternative to a plain solid fabric.
Silk A lustrous and fine fiber that can
be woven or knitted into a variety of high-quality seasonless fabrics.
Silk is a naturally strong fiber that produces long-lasting, versatile
clothing and accessories. Ann Taylor is known for its wide assortment of
silk items-from sweaters to suits, bags to blouses, as well as dresses
Silk-Dupioni A crisp, slubby
textured fabric woven from silk yarn. The fabric has a subtle sheen and
takes dye beautifully, producing richly colored material. Dupioni is a
versatile fabric that can be worn for any occasion.
Silk-Shantung Similar to
dupioni silk. Made from silk yarns, with a distinctive uneven, slubby
surface. The fabric is very crisp with a subtle sheen and takes color
beautifully. Shantung is a versatile fabric that can be worn for any
Taffeta A smooth, crisp
fabric that can be made of a variety of yarns or fibers. Taffeta has
become a versatile material that can be worn for day or evening, and is
used in both apparel and accessories.
Velvet A luxurious fabric that is
characterized by its thick, soft pile. Velvet comes in a variety of
fibers and blends such as rayon/silk, cotton or nylon, and takes color
to the highest level of depth and richness. It's a versatile fabric that
can be dressed up or dressed down, so it's appropriate for almost any
Wool-Merino Fine, high-quality
wool that is produced from the fleece of the Merino sheep. Wonderfully
soft to the touch, Merino wool is a versatile yarn that can be woven or
knitted into a variety of Fall fabrics. Ann Taylor most often uses this
fine Merino wool in sweater collections.
A good rule of thumb is to always read the care and content
label to determine how to care for your garment.
There may be times when the merchandise looks as
though it could be laundered, but for construction reasons, has been
designated as "Dry Clean Only."
f a label says "Dry Clean Only," it is recommended that both
parts of a two-piece outfit be dry cleaned together,
even if only the pants or the jacket needs cleaning.
Subtle changes can occur in the cleaning process, and dry cleaning
pieces together ensures that the outfit color stays
When the care label reads "Use Mild Detergent," use a gentle
detergent meant for cold-water washing of delicates.
When the care label reads "Hand Wash," use lukewarm water.
If care label reads "Hand Wash," as in the case of some in
silk knits, use a neutral soap. Rinse.Gently press out excess water in
towel. Don't wring or twist. Smooth and straighten seams and air dry
fabric out of direct sunlight until slightly damp.
To iron silk, steam press wrong side while slightly damp.
If care label reads "Hand Wash," use a mild detergent in
lukewarm water.Soak the garment for several minutes; swish gently and
rinse. Be sure to eliminate all suds. Do not wring or twist. Instead,
roll garment in an absorbent towel and gently wring the towel. Remove
the garment and lie flat to dry.
Refresh wool, with the exception of knitted wool, by hanging
in a steamy bathroom.
Wool needs airing and breathing room. Hang wool garments
(other than knits) on a proper hanger in a well ventilated closet.
Wool shrinks and dulls at high temperatures. Dry clean all
wool unless it is specifically marked "Washable." Wash by hand unless
label specifically reads "Machine Washable."
In order to keep their shape, knitted woolens should be folded
flat, not put on hangers.
General All Ann Taylor shoes are made of quality leather.
We use leather for many reasons, but the most important feature is its
malleability. Because leather is soft and supple, it has the ability to
stretch and conform the shape of the foot without losing its elasticity.
It also has the ability to "breathe" because it contains countless pores
that allow moisture to pass through. Calfskin, Embossed Kidskin, and
Nappa Clean with a polish made especially for these materials.