Should you find yourself in a good, old-fashioned American mall (that hasn鈥檛 been transformed into an apartment complex 鈥 because that鈥檚 a thing that鈥檚 happening), there are probably a few stores you always make sure to hit up: Victoria鈥檚 Secret, Gap, Sephora, etc. Ann Taylor is not usually one of those stores. However, the modest + professional retailer just released a new collection that鈥檚 making us seriously reconsider.

Ann Taylor RTW Spring 2016

Similar to the revamp聽Banana Republic recently underwent with Marissa Webb, Ann Taylor鈥檚 brand new creative director Austyn Zung is breathing some much-needed life into the business casual brand. Zung has already proved herself as the force behind Lou & Grey, Ann Taylor鈥檚 trendy, athleisure line and is now taking the reigns of all three lines (Lou & Grey, Loft and Ann Taylor).

Ann Taylor RTW Spring 2016

Ann Taylor recently released a lookbook from Zung鈥檚 first collection with the brand and the results are nothing short of stunning. Inspired by Hemingway鈥檚 time in Cuba, the pieces are structured and office-appropriate with an air of island chill. You鈥檒l find tropical prints, full maxi skirts, elegant pleated details and more jumpsuits than your jumpsuit loving heart can handle.


The collection has the same modern feel some of our favorite indie brands offer but with an added element of practicality that鈥檒l definitely keep these pieces in our regular work week rotation.


If you鈥檙e currently scribbling this down on your Christmas wishlist, we鈥檝e got some sad news. These new designs are part of Ann Taylor鈥檚 Spring 2016 collection so we鈥檙e going to have to do our best to wait patiently until early next year to get shopping. But when this line hits store you can bet we鈥檒l be there, probably with a bag of Mrs. Field鈥檚 cookies in hand.

What鈥檚 your favorite piece from this new collection? Share with us in the comments below.

(Photos via Ann Taylor, h/t WWD)