what jess wore: May 2015

May 29, 2015

Review: Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress

  LEFT - Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress in black, size XS/TP MIDDLE - Old Navy Poplin Cami Fit & Flare Dress in all your cobalt, size XS/TP RIGHT - Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress in white, size S regular
LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan, size XSP (back again for 2016 here)
Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress in white, size S regular
Ann Tayor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review white version here and black version here)
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

I passed by Old Navy today and decided to pop in since I've been seeing so many ladies post the cutest finds. Sara recently featured this dress on her Instagram feed.

 Old Navy Fit & Flare Dresses
 LEFT - Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress in black, size XS regular
MIDDLE - Old Navy Poplin Cami Fit & Flare Dress in all your cobalt, size XS regular
RIGHT - Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress in white, size S regular
Zara Flat Chain Sandals in gold (item no. 2660/001, review here)

I'm not familiar with Old Navy sizing (see the tags here) but I believe I tried on XS regular in both the black seashell print and 'all your cobalt' blue and white print ikat print. The black seashell print dress ran really small and I couldn't zip it up all the way while the 'all your cobalt' print dress fit but it was cut lower when viewed from the side so I passed. I tried on sizes XS and S regular in the white and navy ferris wheel print dress and I ended up taking home size S regular (as shown above and below). Size XS was a bit tight across my rib cage and I think size S looks more flattering across the bust. I saved this snapchat (username @whatjesswore) video showing a closeup of the fun ferris wheel print. The 'white' color is navy against white as seen here in this closeup of all three patterns. Much to my surprise, the dress was 40% off in store today when I went to checkout.

Updated 5/31: Use the code SUNSHINE for 30% off and get this dress for $18.90 after discounts. Sale ends tonight 5/31.

Quality: I washed this dress in cold water and air dried it and it was a bit wrinkly so I had to steam it out before wearing it. Also I should have carefully inspected the one I bought because it had a defect where the inside lining near the strap wasn't sewn correctly. A one inch hole opened up that my mom had to help me fix. My mom also thought the straps seemed like they were going to pop off so she secured them some more. I forgot why I don't really shop at Old Navy anymore except for their Rockstar super skinny jeans but based on my past experience their clothing never lasts more than a few washes before they look worn out.

  LEFT - Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress in black, size XS MIDDLE - Old Navy Poplin Cami Fit & Flare Dress in all your cobalt, size XS regular RIGHT - Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress in white, size SP
Old Navy Patterned Poplin Fit & Flare Dress in white, size S regular (see size XS regular on me here)

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May 28, 2015

New Page: LOFT Reviews & Sale Alerts

@LOFT rib trim tanks are vacation #essentials. 💁 I'm finally going home to visit my family in Philly. I hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend if you're headed on the road early. I should get my latest #LOFT #haul tonight but in
Rib Trim Tank, size XSSP (review here)
Ink Dot Rib Trim Tank, size XSSP (review here)
Striped Rib Trim Tank, size XSSP (review here)

These rib trim tanks are now $17.49-19.99 during the current sale for 50% off sale items at LOFT. Also get 40% off tops and sweaters. Since no code is needed use the stackable code INSIDER328 for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (Lou & Grey exclusions apply). That's 55% off full price items after discounts! LoveLOFT cardmembers also get FREE shipping on all orders (no minimum spend) but this perk ends today 5/28.

I recently cleaned up my labels on the blog so you can access my LOFT and Ann Taylor reviews easily. I also created a new page at the top of my blog to organize my LOFT reviews by item here and I hope you will find it helpful. I'll try to keep it up to date with my recent purchases, latest sale alerts and current items. The page currently includes in stock items I've reviewed from LOFT since January of this year.

Thanks for reading!
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May 26, 2015

Sunday Best, LOFT Flash Sale & Fitting Room Reviews

Sunday best (#eyelet #dress is old from @LOFT last year). 👯 // @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/1pDLN #liketkit #loveLOFT #liveloveloft #liveinwhatyoulove #bfftrends #sundaybest #summerstyle #summervibes #girly #feminine #loftgirl #zara #DSW #bandolin
LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan, size XSP (now $16, back again for summer 2016 here)
LOFT Eyelet Dress (old from April 2014 as reviewed here, similar here and here)
 Zara Mini City Bag in lime green (item no. 4498/004, review here)
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

There are two sales ending tonight at 3AM ET at LOFT. First, get 40% off everything at LOFT (Lou & Grey exclusions apply). Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER328 for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+. That's 55% off full-price styles after discounts! For the second sale, get an additional 60% off sale styles at LOFT. Use code INSIDER328 for an additional 25% off full-purchases of $100+ (includes Lou & Grey). Also today Wednesday 5/27, cardmembers get FREE shipping plus an additional 10% off at checkout while it's still Tuesday 5/26 before 2:59AM PT. This relaxed utility jacket (see it on me here and my review here) is on special discount for $59.50 (thanks to Vicky for the heads up on the markdown) and the coupon code works on this item but not the 60% off sale styles. Shop my sales picks here:



My favorite sale items also include this Lou & Grey cowl neck tunic (now under $15), the cropped cotton cardigan (pictured above in whisper white and below in morning aqua and now $16), this blossom shell (review here), the stripe and ink dot rib trim tanks seen here (both $15.99), and this lasercut scallop shell (pictured below and now $17.99). The above eyelet dress is from April 2014 as reviewed in this old post. My mom helped me fix the straps last year and I finally wore it to church.

#Flatlay of my #outfit from the other day. Bonus that everything is on sale (@jcrew heels are old but I linked to a similar pair)! 😁 // #SaleAlert: Get 50% off EVERYTHING @anntaylor + FREE shipping with code CYBER50. Also, get 40% off everything @lof
LOFT Netural Rondelle Chain Necklace (sold out)
LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan in morning aqua, size XSP (back again for summer 2016 here)
LOFT Lasercut Scallop Shell, size XSP (also see it on Izee, last seen in this post, see size XS regular on me here and size XXSP here)
Banana Republic Skinny Jeans, size 00/24P (runs big so size down)
J.Crew Sloan Cap Toe Pumps (old, similar here)
Ann Taylor Pebbled Signature Crossbody Bag (review here)

Here are my latest try-ons from today LOFT since I took my mom there so we would know which size to order for her online:

 LOFT Zigzag Layered Lace Tank, size XXSP
LOFT Zigzag Layered Lace Tank, size XXSP (see it on Sara here, review here)
LOFT Skinny Cropped Chinos in Marisa Fit, size 00P
Zara Flat Chain Sandals in gold (item no. 2660/001, review here)

I tried on this zigzag layered lace tank again in size XXSP (review here) along with the skinny cropped chinos in Marisa fit in size 00P. The chino pants fit me really well but I'm not sure how much I'd wear chinos so I passed.

 LOFT Striped Shirttail Tank Dress
LOFT Striped Shirttail Tank Dress, size XXSP on LEFT and XSP on RIGHT
Also available in solid black or red here

Courtney recommended this striped shirttail tank dress recently and I finally got a chance to try on size XXSP and XSP for size. See my snapchat (username @whatjesswore) reviews of both sizes here and here. I would need size XSP since the hips are a bit snug in XXSP and size XSP is a nice flowy but still flattering fit on me. I love that this dress is lined because you don't have to worry about it being see through. It comes with an optional belt not pictured. It has a shirttail hem so some may feel it's on the shorter side but size XSP was the perfect length for me as it was a bit longer than XXSP.

Update 6/1: I purchased XSP in store this past Sunday for 50% off and the measurements are as follows:

33" bust (measured pit to pit)
36" hips
33" circumference along the bottom hem before the opening for the shirttail hem
33.25" total length

Make sure you do the sitting test with this dress. If you have any hips or thighs then this dress may pull a little uncomfortably when you sit down even though it's loose and flowy when standing.

 LOFT Mosaic Relaxed Blouse, size XSP

My mom liked this mosaic relaxed blouse and we both tried it on but neither of us liked the billowing fit at the chest. You can see the fit issue better here in this snapchat I saved here.

 LOFT Striped Summer Sweater, size XSP
LOFT Striped Summer Sweater, size XSP (see it on Sara and Annie, review of the washed seafoam color here)
 LOFT Scallop Riviera Shorts, size 00

I tried on this striped summer sweater since the store had it in petites unlike my local store back in Boston. I personally like the washed seafoam colorway (review here) better but it's a really cute sweater and fits true to size.

 J.Crew Factory Striped pleated ponte dress with zip-back, size XXS

Lastly, these two striped dresses are old try-ons but I never shared the on J.Crew Factory Striped pleated ponte dress with zip-back on right. size XXS regular fit me really tight in the rib cage but I loved the thicker ponte material an the fact that it has pockets.

LOFT Relaxed Utility Jacket, size XSP
LOFT Relaxed Utility Jacket, size XSP (see it on Sara in the tall version)
LOFT Scallop Cotton Eyelet Top (old from April 2014 as reviewed here)
Banana Republic Indigo Denim Leggings, size 0/25 short (review here)

It can get chilly at night so I brought home my favorite Zara utility jacket and this relaxed utility jacket for visiting my family this week in Philly. Turns out my little sister who is 5'7" fit size XSP perfectly everywhere so I gave it to her and re-ordered it in size XXSP (see it on me here). As you can see from the above picture the sleeves are 3/4 sleeves on me and the length hits me mid-thigh but the sleeves fit my sister as half sleeves and the length hit right her at the hips so it wasn't too short since she doesn't like long jackets.

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May 22, 2015

[ UPDATED] LOFT Flash Sale Alert, Fitting Room Reviews, Recent Outfits & Memorial Day Weekend Sales

LOFT dress reviews on www.whatjesswore.com - May 2015
LEFT to RIGHT:
Embroidered Babydoll Dress, size 00 regular
Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress, size XXS regular (back for Spring '16 here)
Lou & Grey Knotstripe Dress, size XXS regular (solid version here)
Summer Leaves Maxi Dress, size XSP (review here)

Update 5/25: There are two sales happening now at LOFT.

First, get 40% off everything at LOFT (Lou & Grey exclusions apply) plus earn TWO $25 cash cards for every $50 you spend in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER328 for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+. That's 55% off full-price styles after discounts!

For the second sale, get an additional 60% off sale styles at LOFT with code FLASH. Online only. Sale ends 5/26 3AM ET. Since you can only use one coupon code per order you will need to shop the sale on full-price styles separately. My favorite Lou & Grey cowl neck tunic is now under $15 and this cropped cotton cardigan is now $16 after discounts (it's back again for summer 2016 here). The below eyelet dress is from April 2014 as reviewed in this old post. My mom helped me fix the straps last year but I didn't wear it until yesterday for church.

 LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan and Eyelet Stripe Dress
LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan, size XSP (back again for summer 2016 here)
LOFT Eyelet Dress (old from April 2014 as reviewed here, similar here and here)
 Zara Mini City Bag in lime green (item no. 4498/004, review here)
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

Shop my sales picks here:



Here are try-ons from my recent LOFT haul:

LOFT Embroidered Babydoll Dress, size 00 regular

I ordered this embroidered babydoll dress in 00 regular after trying on size 0 in store. Unfortunately, I think it's still too loose on me as you can see from the back picture but it works if you like a looser fit. I may seek out size 0P to try on before making up my mind. I'd say the dress runs 1 size bigger. It's 61% cotton and 39% linen and the lining is 100% cotton. The care tag says is machine washable and I'm hopeful it will do well washed in cold and air dried. Size 00 regular measurements: 34" bust, 32" at the empire waist (where the embroidery ends) and 35" total length.

Update 6/1: I received the embroidered babydoll dress in size 0P and it still fits me really loose. The measurements are as follows: 33" bust (measured pit to pit), 31" at the empire waist (where the embroidery ends) and 34" total length. Visually I thought it looked the same as 00 regular but the measurements say otherwise. At this point I'm not sure if I should reorder 00P or try to find it in stores but it's quite frustrating to find a third size to try on.

LOFT Embroidered Babydoll Dress, size 00P

Update 6/8: I received the embroidered babydoll dress in size 00P today and it fits me better in the bust but I think the dress still looks roomy on me especially from the back view. I actually think it looks better on me from the back in 00 regular pictured above since 00P flares out a lot more. I'm sure that's the intended style since it's a babydoll dress but I also couldn't find a cardigan or jacket I own to wear over it without looking frumpy. At this point I'm leaning towards returning the dress despite my efforts to find the right size. The measurements of size 00P are as follows: 32" bust, 30" at the empire waist (where the embroidery ends) and 33.5" total length. Refer to the video I saved from my Snapchat (username: whatjesswore) of how it fits here.

LOFT Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress, size XXS regular
Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress, size XXS regular (back for Spring '16 here)

I ordered this short sleeve trapeze dress to try since I love dresses with sleeves so I don't have to feel obligated to wear a cardigan. I really love the draping of this dress and it fits true to size. The material is light and airy and since it's black it's not see through. Old Navy also has a similar jersey swing dress. Update 6/1: I wore and washed this dress once while on vacation last week before I decided that size XXS was too much fabric. I gave it to my sister who is 5'7", 120 pounds and it fits her perfectly. I'll look for it online and/or stores in XXSP or XSP to see which one fits me better. Petite sizes keep appearing and disappearing online for this dress so it's a pretty popular item.

LOFT Summer Leaves Maxi Dress, size XSP
Summer Leaves Maxi Dress, size XSP (review here)
Zara Flat Chain Sandals in gold (item no. 2660/001, review here)

This summer leaves maxi dress is my favorite new maxi! It's very flattering and the perfect length for petites at 49" total length. It's a few inches above the floor on me with flats so it's not sweeping the streets of Boston. As mentioned in my previous post this maxi dress runs small in the chest so you may need to size up if you have a larger bust. For the really petite, I looked at size XXSP on the rack last week when deciding to try on size XSP and it was very small and noticeably shorter.

Lou & Grey Knotstripe Dress, size XXS regular
Lou & Grey Knotstripe Dress, size XXS regular (solid version here)

I have a soft spot for knotted details and I just had to order this Lou & Grey knotstripe dress (also available in solid black here) to try on for size. Size XXS regular fits me well and I love the draping but I didn't like how thin and sheer the material was. For example, you can clearly see the white price tag in the back view. I was also at a loss what to wear over the dress given the placement of the knot detail I couldn't pair it with any of my jean jackets or utility jackets. I think it would look very chic/edgy with a cropped leather jacket which I do not own (if you have any recommendations please share). My husband loves this dress but I'm leaning towards returning it. It's a little to sexy for my taste.

Recent Outfits

#OOTD: This #Chelsea28 scallop edge tank from @nordstrom is now $28.80 (only size XS left which is the size I'm wearing)! 👯 Please check out my latest #blogpost on www.whatjesswore.com for my #sales picks and other #salealerts. // Note: The @LOFT
LOFT Lace Hem Cardigan (old/sold out)
Chelsea28 Scallop Edge Tank, size XS (sold out but sizes may pop back in stock, review here)
Banana Republic Jeans (old)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of current version here and older black version here)
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

Chilly day calls for a light #sweater (sizes S & M left and on final sale for $14.93 after discounts). //@liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/1p399 #liketkit  @louandgrey #theampersand #louandgrey #zara #utilityjacket #whitejeans #fromwhereistand #fwis #LVoe #nev
Lou & Grey cowl neck tunic, I took size XXS regular (review here)
Zara utility jacket (similar here and here)
Old Navy Rockstar legging jeans (old, similar here and distressed version here)
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

Memorial Day Sales

  • Ann Taylor - 40% off your entire purchase including new arrivals with code SHOP40. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 5/26 3AM ET. Please see my previous post here for recent fitting room reviews. Shop my sales picks here:

  • Banana Republic - 40% off your purchase with code BRSUMMER. Valid in stores and online. Exclusions apply. Includes BR Picks for cardmembers. Sale ends 5/26 11:59PM ET. I ordered a few shirts for my husband and two pairs of these marine ankle skinny jeans. Update 5/31: I received the marine ankle skinny jeans but unlike my prior fitting room try-ons I noticed the wash makes the knees seem worn out so I returned them and will keep looking for new, comfortable skinny jeans.

    Update 5/24:
    I tried on the following items in stores today.
Banana Republic Textured Moto Jacket, size 2P
The textured moto jacket looked like it had really slim sleeves and runs small so I tried on 2P for size which I was surprised fits me really well. I just wish the jacket was more cropped because the fabric looks really expensive and I love all of the details. Next, I tried on this layered contrast tank in XXSP but it was a bit tight for me in the chest so I need it in XSP. I couldn't find this gray color online but I love the layered look of this top and have it on my wishlist for now. I also tried on this pretty medallion lace top in XXSP and it fits really well but I wish the opening for your head had a slit or zipper for easier on/off. I suspect to see makeup stains along the neckline due to other people's try-ons. Size XSP looked much wider so I didn't bother to try it on for comparison. Lastly, I tried on these medium wash skinny ankle jeans in size 0/25P and they fit me really well but I personally didn't like the distressing on this pair at all once I put them on. I cuffed them because the length was about 1" too long on me and I don't like when jeans bunch up at the bottom.

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  • Coach - Their semi-annual sale starts today in stores and online. I use their medium sized wallets like this one when I carry smaller bags. I also love their makeup bags and I have a floral print one but this heart print one is adorable. This floral print phone wallet is really cute too and this slim wallet is the perfect pop of yellow.



  • Gap - 40% off regular price styles with code SUMMER (exclusions apply). Sale ends 5/24. I ordered this gorgeous floral printed fit & dress after seeing it on Miriam of SimplyxClassic. Update 5/31: I received the dress while I was away on vacation but size 0P was much too big in the arm holes for me and too low cut so I returned it much to my chagrin. The print was absolutely gorgeous and it had pockets.



  • J.Crew - 30% off your purchase including sale styles with code WEEKEND. FREE shipping on all orders, today only (5/25)! Valid on items marked 30% off with code WEEKEND. Sale ends 5/26 11:59PM ET.



  • J.Crew Factory -50% off everything plus FREE shipping with code FUNSALE. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 5/25 11:59PM ET.



  • Kate Spade - 25% off sale items with code YOURS. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 5/26 11:59PM PT. The lily avenue carrigan scallop tote is on sale for 40% off after discounts. I'm also loving the elegant style of this Shaw Street Kegan bag. Shop my other sales picks here (and you can still shop the surprise sale today):




  • The Limited - 50% off full-price items. Online prices reflect discount. Also, get an extra 40% off sale styles. Valid in stores and online. I got this heart print eyelashed layering blouse on sale today for $11.99 after discounts. I tried on this cute banded sun hat and my sister found this scallop hem top for me in size XS but the sleeves were still too long and it was a tad loose on me. Even the buttons in the back were really cute with bows embossed on them. I'm coveting this scallop hem cami in white which I didn't see in store.

    The Limited Heart Print Eyelashed Layering Blouse, size XS

    The Limited Banded Sun Hat




  • Nordstrom - Their half yearly sale is going on now through 5/31. Save up to 40% off. This sale is valid in stores and online. As always you get free shipping and free returns. Please see my previous post here for my sales picks. Kileen linked to this drape neck zip cardigan which I love but my size is sold out in the color I like (ivory cloud). So far all I've purchased is this pretty 'Marcella' Raffia hat which was partially funded by a birthday gift card from my friend.



  • Old Navy - Up to 50% off everything in stores and online. For a limited time get 25% off your order (online only). I've been eying this white eyelet dress and these pixie ankle pants recommended by Jules.



  • Serena & Lily - 20% off site wide with code ALLOUT. Sale ends 5/26. Shop my sales picks here:



  • Happy Memorial Day if you're in the US and thanks for reading!
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    May 20, 2015

    Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale (5/20-5/31) & Other Sale Alerts

    May #flowers to start the month. #💐 // 👉 Sign up once at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it and LIKE this photo to receive an email with product details. @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/1k0Zh #liketkit #f21xme #f21 #forever21 #floralprint #springstyle #in
    Forever 21 Open-front crepe blazer, size S (review here, see the black version on me here, simliar here)
    Chelsea28 Scallop Edge Tank, size XS (recommended by StylishPetite, review here)
    Madewell Knotshine Necklace
    Banana Republic Indigo Denim Leggings, size 0/25 short (review here)
    *Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here
    Ann Taylor Signature Tote (old review here, current version here or cheaper Sole Society dupe here

    Nordstrom's half yearly sale starts today! Save up to 40% now through May 31! This sale is valid in stores and online and valid through 5/31/15. As always you get free shipping and free returns. The Chelsea28 scallop edge tank I own and reviewed in this post is now $28.80 (only size XS left). StylishPetite is hosting an awesome $250 Nordstrom gift card giveaway on her blog. Speaking of gift cards, I received a Nordstrom gift card for my birthday so now I have an incentive to use it. Shop my sales picks here:



    In other sale news, you should check out Kate Spade's is surprise sale for up to 75% off if you haven't already done so. Shop my sales picks in my previous post. Many styles/colors are already sold out. Banana Republic is offering 40% off everything for cardmembers with code BRSUMMER. Sale ends 5/26. This sale is valid in stores and online and there's no merchandise exclusions for once. I'd say it's time to stock up on some jeans since they're usually excluded from their sales. Please check out my review of two of their premium denim styles here. The Limited is also offering 50% off everything beginning at 2PM with code FRENZY. Exclusions apply.

    Happy shopping!
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    May 19, 2015

    Kate Spade Surprise Sale: Up to 75% off

    Kate Spade Surprise Sale: Up to 75% Off 5/19/15-5/21/15
    My favorite items from the sale:

    Kate Spade is having a surprise sale for up to 75% off! There are so many cute items this time that are perfect for summer. All Sales Final. Sale ends 5/21/15 11:59PM PT. Shop all my sales picks here:



    Happy Shopping!
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    May 17, 2015

    Sale Alert: 50% Off Your Entire Purchase at Ann Taylor, Fitting Room Reviews + Advice For My Younger Self

    Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature tote, Graphic Lace Tee, LOFT Scallop Riviera Shorts
    Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote in white (review of black version here)
    Ann Taylor Graphic Lace Tee, size XXS regular
    LOFT Scallop Riviera Shorts, size 00 regular (review here)
    Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Journal (it's excluded from their main sale but I was able to use the code ANNT3BE for 25% off during the last sale)
    Cat Pen
    Jack Rogers Liliana Sandals (review here)

    Ann Taylor is offering 50% off your entire purchase until 3AM 5/19 with code SECRET50. Exclusions apply. Shop my sales picks here:



    Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature tote, Graphic Lace Tee, LOFT Scallop Riviera Shorts
    Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote in white (review of black version here)
    Ann Taylor Graphic Lace Tee, size XXS regular
    LOFT Scallop Riviera Shorts, size 00 regular (review here)
    Jack Rogers Liliana Sandals (review here)

    I ordered the above graphic lace tee last week in size XXS regular and it runs small after trying it on again. XXS regular fits more like XSP and it has a boxy fit. According to the care tag it's 79% cotton and 21% nylon and dry clean only but I'm tempted to wash it in cold on the gentle cycle.

    Size XXS regular measurements are as follows:

    14.25" shoulders
    33" bust
    22.5" length in front
    23.5" length in back
    34" waist/hips (measured before the split hem opening)

    I also ordered the mini pebbled signature tote in white after seeing it in person and it's slightly different from the black version I reviewed here. The small front flap/pocket (which I find pretty useless) now has a button snap instead of a magnetic closure. This newer version no longer comes with a chain strap in white, dark sky (navy) and pale camel. The new strap is a more petite friendly length if you like to wear it as a shoulder bag you can adjust the strap to the following lengths: 30.5" (15.25" drop) , 31.5" (15.75" drop) and 32.5" (16.25" drop). I'm wearing the bag with the strap at the longest length in the picture shown above. The shorter strap also means that this bag doesn't work as a crossbody bag anymore. Note: If you're able to purchase the black version it still comes with a chain strap but the black version has been sold out online.

    Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews 05.17.2015

    I tried on these dresses at Ann Taylor last week since I was anticipating a sale this weekend.

    Ann Taylor Clipdot Pleated Shirtdress, size 0P
    Clipdot Pleated Shirtdress, size 0P (also available in pink and white)
    Zara Flat Chain Sandals in gold (item no. 2660/001, review here)

    I wanted to try on this clipdot pleated shirtdress last weekend back but my local store was so busy that the line to the fitting room was a long wait so I just left. However, I was able to stop by after work last week and try it on for size. Size 0P fits true to size and it's lined so it's not see through. It also has pockets which is a plus in my book any day. The shoulders cut in ever so sightly so your bra straps may peek through and it's noticeable above since I was wearing a black bra that day. See a live fitting room update of this dress that I saved from my Snapchat (username @whatjesswore) here.

    Ann Taylor Full Skirt Shirtdress, size 0P

    I also tried on this striped full skirt shirtdress in size 0P and this is more lightweight since it's unlined unlike the clipdot pleated shirtdress. I'd say this dress fits true to size as well but I wasn't able to button up the 3/4 sleeves around my forearms since they were much too tight. I had to make do with folding up the sleeves twice. My upper forearms have a circumference of 8.5" so perhaps I'm more big boned or something. See my Snapchat fitting room update of this dress here.

    Ann Taylor Sketched Floral Full Skirt Dress, size 0P

    Lastly, I tried on this sketched floral full skirt dress in 0P but unlike the other two dresses I found that this one runs big and fits more like a 2P. There's a lot of room all over especially at the chest and waist. I'd say this dress fits similar to the floral eyelet dress I reviewed here in 00P and here in 0P. See my Snapchat fitting room update of this dress here.

    @AnnTaylor scroll flounce hem #dress (now 40% off with code SUMMER40). 👯I'm trying on size 00P and I'd say it fits 1-2 sizes bigger and I think it's still a bit too wide for me. It's 100% polyester and unlined (similar thin fabric like the @loft b
    *Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here
    Zara Mini City Bag in lime green (item no. 4498/004, review here)

    Update 5/18: I reviewed this scroll flounce hem dress on Instagram earlier last week and totally forgot about it since I returned it (when returning it the sales associate said that a lot of people were bringing back the dress due to the oversize fit). I actually ordered it since I saw it beautifully styled by Skirt The Rules. Unfortunately, I found that size 00P runs about 1-2 sizes bigger and fits like a 2P in my opinion. Fit-wise the dress is cut very similar to the LOFT tweed stripe tennis dress (review here) which also ran big. The dress is 100% polyester (made of a similar thin polyester material like the LOFT blossom shell (review here) and it's unlined. However, even though it surprisingly doesn't seem too see through in indoor lighting when you try it on I would recommend pairing it with a slip.

    Trying to make this @anntaylor striped shirttail tee work (size SP shown here) but I think my little sister just earned herself a new shirt. 😁 #itried It fits 2 sizes bigger width wise. // #SaleAlert: Get 50% off your entire purchase with code SECRET
    Ann Taylor Striped Shirttail Tee, size SP (review of XS regular here)
    Zara Mini City Bag in lime green (item no. 4498/004, review here)
    Ann Tayor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote in white (review of black version here)
    Banana Republic Indigo Skinny Jean, size 0/25 petite (review here)
    *Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here
    Zara Mini City Bag in lime green (item no. 4498/004, review here)

    Update 5/18: I ordered this striped shirttail tee last week in SP (review of XS regular here) and I finally received it today. For a single item it arrived in a ginormous box. I've been looking for it in XXSP or XSP but after not seeing either size after a few sales I gave in and ordered SP which fits a lot like the XS regular I reviewed here. In my opinion, it fits about 1-2 sizes bigger depending on how loose you prefer to wear this type of raglan tee shirt style. I tried doing a half tuck on LEFT in the above picture (also refer to this picture) but there's just too much extra fabric on the sides. I asked my sister and she loved it so I'll be bringing it home for her this weekend.

    Size SP measurements are as follows:

    21.5" shoulder seam to seam for a  drop shoulder fit and 3/4 sleeves
    43" bust/waist/hips (boxy, loose fit)
    26" length in the front
    27" length in the back

    LOFT Striped Strappy Flare Dress in size XXSP on LEFT & Ottoman Strappy Flare Dress in XSP on RIGHT

    Update 5/18: The LOFT First Look Event has been extended to today (online only). Get 40% off EVERYTHING at LOFT plus two cash cards for every $50 you spend. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER328 for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (includes Lou & Grey). That's 55% off full-price styles after discounts! Note: I also updated my previous post with review and measurements of the LOFT stitched palm dress and LOFT fringe trim shift dress.

    On Sunday we went to the mall to walk around indoors for a bit since I'm still suffering from really bad hay fever. I decided to try on this striped strappy flare dress at LOFT. I also grabbed the black version to try on but size XSP fit really big on me (the material is very stretchy) and the straps were much too long exposing my bra particularly in the back. Size XXSP fit me much better but I thought it made my boobs look weird  so I passed although it is really cute if it fits. See my Snapchat fitting room update of this dress here.

    LOFT Striped Flappy Flare Dress, size XXSP

    To end this post I wanted to share some advice that I would give to my younger self since I was tagged by the smart and beautiful Jenny of  Stuff I Love.

    1) Teach others how to fish so that you can catch even bigger fish - You learn and grow the most by sharing what you know both personally and professionally. There's no such thing as job security and you and your team are stronger if you share your knowledge and best practices. It's all about working smart.
    2) Learn to listen - Most importantly, listen with an open mind. It's easy to immediately shut your mind off when someone talks to you about a subject you don't want to discuss but learn to practice patience and try to listen to their point of view. This includes holding your comments until the end instead of interrupting someone while they're talking. People like to be heard and you'll understand and hear more if you stop thinking and just listen instead of being defensive and thinking about what you want to say while they're talking. It's okay to take in what they said for a moment before you reply back when they've finished saying their part.
    3) Never buy full price - I love a good deal but I wasn't always so cost conscious about shopping. In fact, I'm afraid to admit that I used to pay full price when I was younger and wasted a lot of money whether it was spent on groceries or clothing.
    4) Don't be afraid to ask for help - I hate asking for help but I've found that you get more done and done quickly when you talk to someone else as a sounding board.
    5) Wear heels sparingly - I wore heels a lot in college and up until 2010 when I developed Achilles tendonitis which isn't something I wish upon anyone. Foot issues make you realize how you can take the simple act of walking for granted. Commute in flats and wear heels only when you know you'll be doing more sitting than standing/walking.
    6) Read this article.

    Thanks for reading!
    WhatJessWore Signature

    May 15, 2015

    LOFT First Look Event & Fitting Room Reviews

    LOFT First Look Event 5/15/15 - fitting room reviews on www.whatjesswore.com


    Get 40% off EVERYTHING at LOFT plus two cash cards for every $50 you spend in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER328 for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+ (includes Lou & Grey). That's 55% off full-price styles after discounts! I tried on some new arrivals Friday night so I would know which size to order online. Shop my sales picks here (these are the items I ordered):


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    Update 5/16: Here are reviews and measurements of the two dresses I got from my previous LOFT order.

    LOFT Stitched Palm Dress, size 00
    LOFT Stitched Palm Dress, size XXS regular
    Zara Mini City Bag in lime green (item no. 4498/004, review here)
    *Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

    I ordered this stitched palm dress in XXS regular and I'd say it fits true to size. The palm print mesh pattern on the front is gorgeous but I don't like the linen material in back and that alone makes me think I should return it even though it's so cute on. Even after a good steaming I couldn't get out the creases from when they folded the garment for shipping. According to the care tag the garment is dry clean only. The front embroidery is 100% cotton and the mesh tulle is 100% nylon. The back is 55% linen and 45% rayon. The lining is 100% cotton.

    Size XXS measurements are as follows:

    14.25" shoulders
    33" bust (measured pit to pit)
    34" waist
    38.5" circumference along the bottom hem
    32.5" total length

    LOFT Fringe Trim Dress, size 00

    I ordered this fringe trim shift dress in 00 regular after reading a glowing review of it online. It fits a tad looser than the stitched palm dress above. It's a classy dress perfect for work but since it's unlined make sure you wear seamless undergarments. I noticed the fabric they used (72% polyester, 27% rayon, 1% spandex, machine wash cold or dry clean) will make any outlines and bumps noticeable. I think 00 regular is too baggy on me so I exchanged it for size 0P.

    Size 00 measurements are as follows:

    14.5" shoulders
    33" bust (measured pit to pit)
    35" hips (measured right above the top of the pockets)
    39" circumference along the bottom hem
    32.5" total length

    Update 6/1: I received size 0P of the fringe trim shift dress and it fits me much better but I noticed the bottom seems to flares out more. The measurements are as follows:

    14" shoulders
    32.5" bust (measured pit to pit)
    34" hips (measured right above the top of the pockets)
    40" circumference along the bottom hem so it flares out a little bit more than 00 regular
    32" total length

    Update 6/8: See a Snapchat (username: whatjesswore) video of how it fits here. Maybe it's that time of the month but I'm glad I tried it on again today because I'm not sure I'm feeling this dress anymore.
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    Here are some quick fitting room reviews. Note: You can see more of my real-time fitting room reviews on my Snapchat (username @whatjesswore) since I also tried on three Ann Taylor dresses which I'll post on the blog another day. I've been suffering from really bad hay fever the last two weeks so I've been retreating home in misery but luckily today wasn't too windy. Despite the high pollen count I wasn't in total discomfort outdoors and I made it to the mall without wanting to claw my eyes out and depleting my meager tissue supply.

    LOFT Embroidered Babydoll Dress, size 0
    Embroidered Babydoll Dress, size 0 (review of sizes 00P, 0P and 00 regular here)
    Zara Flat Chain Sandals in gold (item no. 2660/001, review here, similar here

    First up I tried on this embroidered babydoll dress in regular size 0. I went to the store today to specifically find this dress and the maxi dress below. I looked at it on the rack and it seemed really wide so I was about to not try it on at all but I really wanted to know if it was see through (it's not because it's lined). I'm so glad I tried on because this dress is so cute! Size 0 is roomy on me as you can see from the Snapchat video I saved here but it may fit someone my size but with a larger bust. I like the length of the regular missy size which hits right above my knees and I believe regular 00 will fit me perfectly or I could try 0P too. It has a hidden zipper in the back so it's easy to put on and take off.

    LOFT Summer Leaves Maxi Dress, XSP

    I was browsing the new arrivals online when I spotted this summer leaves maxi dress and I hoped that I would be able to find it in store to try on. I'm so glad my local store put it out on the sales floor because this maxi dress is really cute and it fits true to size to a little small. If you have a larger bust I would recommend sizing up to make sure you're fully covered. See my Snapchat clip here for the movement of this dress. The length is perfect with flats on for someone my height.

    LOFT Summer Sweater (size XSP) & Textured Stripe Shift Skirt (size 00P)
    Summer Sweater in washed seafoam, size XSP
    Textured Stripe Shift Skirt, size 00P

    Sara recommended this summer sweater in white and navy stripes and I saw it at my local store in petites in the pretty washed seafoam color so I tried on XSP for size. I'd say this sweater runs true to size. The vneck was personally a bit low for me so I would need to pair it with a cami. I also tried on this pretty textured stripe shirt skirt in 00P since it was the only one on the racks. It was much too tight for me so I struggled a little to zip it up and it's sitting very high on my waist. I'd say this skirt runs somewhat true to size and/or fits like a 0P in most other brands.

    LOFT Summer Sweater (size XSP) & Elephant Riviera Shorts with 4 inch inseam (size 00)
    Summer Sweater in washed seafoam, size XSP
    Elephant Riviera Shorts with 4 inch inseam, size 00

    I was wearing a maxi dress today so I grabbed these elephant riviera shorts to on try with the tops. I usually fit size 00 regular in shorts at LOFT so I'd say it runs true to size. I don't wear shorts much and prefer dresses and skirts for the summer so I passed on the shorts but the elephant print is adorable. In my previous order I tried the elephant sheer cardigan in XS regular but it was too long (I prefer cropped cardigans for the summer) and I realized I couldn't pair it with too many things I own so I returned it.

    LOFT Zigzag Lace Layered Tank (size XXSP) & Elephant Riviera Shorts with 4 inch inseam (size 00)

    This zigzag lace layered tank is another top that Sara recommended to me. It's really pretty and runs about one size bigger since size XXSP fit me perfectly. I'm not sure how I feel about the shirttail portion being so sheer so I'm still mulling over it but it's very pretty and also comes in navy which probably wouldn't have this issue.

    LOFT Embroidered Boho Blouse (size XXSP) & Elephant Riviera Shorts with 4 inch inseam (size 00)

    This embroidered boho blouse looked really gorgeous with the detail on the shoulders so I tried on XXSP for size since it seemed kind of big. It fits me well except the gathered/elasticized sleeves are pretty tight. I think I have normal size arms (my upper arms have a 9.5" circumference if that helps). It's very sheer so it would make a good swim suit coverup or you'll want to pair it with a cami.

    LOFT Eyelet Striped Dress, size 00P

    I don't give the sales and clearance section nearly enough love but I spotted this eyelet striped dress in 00P and grabbed it to try on for size. I thought the empire waist hit me too high so I think it'd look best on someone a few inches shorter than me. Otherwise in terms of fit this dress runs a little big since I normally take 0/XSP.

    Thanks for reading!
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