July 27, 2015

Ann Taylor & LOFT Fitting Room Reviews + Recent Hits & Misses

SALE ALERTS

Ann Taylor - Get an extra 50% off sale styles. This sale includes my favorite seersucker jacket reviewed here. Valid in stores and online. Shop my other sales picks here:



LOFT - Get 50% off select full-price styles with the code HEATWAVE and an extra 50% off sale styles. I highly recommend this striped shirttail tank dress I featured here (review of size XXSP and XSP here). Valid in stores and online. Shop my other sales picks here:



FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com

I tried on the following items from Ann Taylor this past Friday but I didn't get a chance to post about them this weekend.

 Ann Taylor Lace Shift Dress, size 0P

First up is this pretty lace shift dress which I've been dying to see in person. Size 0P was very loose on me with a few inches to spare on each side. There was no 00P for me to try but I believe that's the size I need. I'd say this dress runs at least one size bigger so I would recommend sizing down. I noticed that the dress I tried on in store had extra row of eyelash lace detail along a part of the hem that they forgot to trim. If you zoom in on the right picture near the back of my knee then you might be able to see what I mean. I didn't notice this defect with any of the other dresses that were on the rack so I assume this dress must have missed closer inspection. Click here for a close up of the dress on the mannequin in store. The shift dress is meant to skim your figure because the lining will bunch up if it's too tight and it will be noticeable due to the lace details.

 Ann Taylor Embroidered Trim Dress, size 00P
Ann Taylor Embroidered Trim Dress, size 00P - now on sale and 50% off in dark begonia!

This embroidered trim dress looked gorgeous on Sara here in the coral (dark begonia) color so I figured I'd give it a try and it was 60% off that day too. Today it's on sale and 50% off in the dark begonia color. This is another dress that fits one size bigger since 00P fit me perfectly. Unfortunately my bra straps show through the cutouts on the shoulders (I tucked them in neatly in these pictures) and I don't like wearing strapless bras so I passed on this dress. The length hits a few inches below my knees so it was almost midi length on me. I liked the light, breathable fabric they used and the overall fit is very slimming and flattering.

 Ann Taylor Eyelet Stripe Flare Dress, size 2P

I tried on this eyelet stripe dress in this post in 0 regular and I think the proportions of the regular missy size will work best for some petites with a longer torso. Size 2P hits me a little too high above my natural waist. I also noticed some puckering of the zipper in the back of this particular dress which I hadn't noticed in my previous try on. I'd say this dress runs true to size for petites but one size smaller for regular missy sizing.

 Ann Taylor Draped Tweed Jacket

I spotted this pretty draped tweed jacket on the racks but I searched and couldn't find my size to try on. I like the soft tweed-like material which isn't thick since it feels more like a cardigan. I can see this jacket as a great layering piece for the fall and winter without the usual bulkiness underneath a coat.

 Ann Taylor Suede Crossbody Saddle Bag

I thought this suede crossbody saddle bag was gorgeous when I saw it online and I wasn't disappointed when I saw it in person. The quality is decent for the price (especially if it goes on sale which it will) and I like the classic shape. I personally like the classic black color better than the red since it looks more expensive. I'm just wary of suede as the material will need to be treated and any scratches will be noticeable.

 LOFT Painterly Midi Dress, size 00P

I popped into LOFT when I tried on the embroidered strapless maxi dress I reviewed in this previous post. I had actually tried on this painterly midi dress that same day but I forgot to upload it. In any case I didn't love this dress because the bodice is unlined and you can clearly see the outline of your bra. A skin tone bra might help but the waist is shapeless and lacks a belt to make it more figure flattering. I'm trying on size 00P here so I'd say this dress runs at least one size bigger. The spaghetti straps are not adjustable but they were the just right length on me.

HITS & MISSES

 Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top (size XS)
Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top in Snow White (size XS), review of the lemon print here
LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan, size XSP (review here, back again for summer 2016 here)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of white version here, summer colors sold out but fall colors now available)
Banana Republic Jeans (old

I loved this scallop trim tank top by Maison Jules so much that I ordered it in the lemon print (review here), Snow White, Water Drop and Sunfish colors. After trying on all the colors I was tempted to keep the colors but I plan on returning the Sunfish (yellow) color because I know I'll rarely wear it. The white color is actually a similar replacement for my beloved lace hem cami from The Limited (last seen here). One of the spaghetti straps got caught on the edge of the lint trap in the dryer and snapped off after much twisting and turning.

 Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top (size XS)

 Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top (size XS)

 Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top (size XS)

 Kate Spade Pretty Little Thing iPhone 6 Case
Kate Spade Pretty Little Thing iPhone 6 Case
Hello Kitty Puzzleball
Cat Pen Set
Meadowbelle Market Personalized bar ring and twist ring in sterling silver (c/o), review here

I love this Kate Spade iPhone case that I ordered as my sole purchase from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This polka dot version is really cute too. I've been stalking this zip front vest but every time my size pops back in stock it's snapped up before I can finish checking out.

Lastly, I wanted to do a quick update on the Old Navy low-rise rockstar skinny jeans that I mentioned in previous posts. I finally ordered them in the rinse wash in 0 short, 2 short and 4 short and I found that the style fits true to size to one size bigger. The short inseam was perfect for petites (I'm 5' 2 1/2" and prefer a 26.5" inseam). I ordered three pairs in size 0 short and each pair fit slightly differently. I was able to shimmy into one of the size 0's but the low-rise crotch did me no favors. Size 2 short (which I actually own from previous years) fit me in the waist but the thighs and legs were too baggy since I'm bigger in the waist but I have skinny legs. Size 4 short (which I also own from previous years) was way too baggy all over. In tugging on the size 0s I noticed that my hands turned a bit blue so there is some transfer of color to be wary of as well. Needless to say I'm still on the lookout for new petite-friendly jeans since many of my favorite jeans are starting to fade.

RECENT OUTFITS

Here are a few outfits that I wore recently since I haven't shared many actual outfits on Instagram.

 LOFT Crane Swing Back Sweater outfit
LOFT Crane Swing Back Sweater, size XXS regular (review here, size XS regular review here)
Old Navy jeans (old, similar here)

 Ann Taylor Sleeveless Shirtdress Outfit

I washed this sleeveless shirtdress on cold and air dried it with success instead of dry cleaning for those that are contemplating on doing the same. It does require some steaming to get out some slight wrinkling. I found that the dress wrinkles a bit throughout the day and my bra straps kept on being exposed since the arm holes are cut in a little more than I would prefer. I had mentioned the latter issue in my review of the clipdot version of the dress here. I'll probably be letting go of this dress in the near future in case anyone is interested.

 Ann Taylor Textured Flounce Skirt Outfit
LOFT Banded Cotton Tee, size XS regular (sold out)
Ann Taylor Textured Flounce Skirt, size 00P (sold out, review here)
Ann Taylor Gallery Tote (old review here, current version here)
Bandolino Mikea Sandals*
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

Thanks for reading!
WhatJessWore Signature

July 24, 2015

Review: Lyra Brand Pretty Pleated White Skirt

Lyra Brand Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) outfit
Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) c/o Fashion Bazaar - Styled 3 ways

This Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) was my top choice when Fashion Bazaar's shop owner asked me to pick a piece to help spread the word about her growing online shop.  Fashion Bazaar is a global online fashion destination and the first worldwide retailer representing emerging Thai designers. I love that they're based in the US and they provide unique, feminine pieces. They offer free standard shipping (note that the items ship directly from each designer), a clear return policy unlike some of those other online shops and you can use the code WHATJESSWORE for an extra 10% off. I hope you find some pieces that will be closet favorites.

I had a lot of fun styling the skirt into three looks that I would actually wear. In fact, I plan on wearing the first look to a party next weekend. I originally asked for size S which measured 24" at the banded waist and much too small for me to zip up. The shop owner kindly sent me size M which fits perfectly-- as a quick size reference, size M has a 26.5" banded waist and it's 17.5" total length. I love the two layers with the pleats on top since this detail makes the piece more unique that the usual white skirt. The skirt isn't see through which is a huge plus in my book. Note that the pleated portion of the skirt has an invisible hem so I would be very careful how you wash it. I plan on putting mine in a intimates bag so it doesn't snag on anything.

 Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) Outfit #1
Outfit #1:
Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) c/o Fashion Bazaar
Paired with:
LOFT Shirred Blouse (old style from 2014, similar here and here)
Pictured above:  Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of white version here, summer colors sold out but new fall colors are now available
Pictured below: Vintage Gucci Crossbody from The Bargain District
J.Crew Sloane Patent Pumps (old style from 2013, similar here)

 Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) Outfit

  Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) Outfit #2
Outfit #2:
Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) c/o Fashion Bazaar
Paired with:
Urban Outfitters Tela Lace Crop Tee (old style from 2013)

  Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) Outfit

  Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) Outfit #3
Outfit #3:
Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) c/o Fashion Bazaar
Paired with:
LOFT Relaxed Utility Jacket, I gave size XSP to my sister and reordered in size XXSP (review of size SP here)
Ann Taylor Floral Flutter Sleeve Top, size XSP (old/sold out style, review here)

  Lyra Pleat Pleat Skirt (LR304) Outfit

I plan on doing an updated review of the Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top in all of the colors I ordered. Please check out my current review here. I also have some updated Ann Taylor reviews in the works so stay tuned for more to come later this weekend. LOFT has some cute finds on sale if you click through the pages but this latest sale isn't much to write home about. I've been tracking their almost daily changes in sales promotions since the end of May on this page in case you're remotely curious. My LOFT hoarding closet is starting to resemble one of their stores so I've been trying my best to buy/order only when it's 50% off or better after discounts.

Thanks for reading!
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July 22, 2015

Review: Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top

  Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top Outfit
Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top in lemon print, size XS (available in solid colors here)

As I mentioned in this previous post, I ordered this adorable scallop trim tank top by Maison Jules in the lemon print as well as the white, blue and yellow colors. I only received the lemon print and yellow colors so far. My initial thought was how boxy they both looked when I opened the packages. I was doubtful whether they would fit but they drape pretty well on me. I would definitely recommend the lemon print (also available as a dress staring in size XXS) if you had to choose just one but I can't wait to get the rest of my order so I can decide which colors are keepers. This top is on sale for $39.99 and Macy's offers in store pick up or free shipping for orders of $99+. Use the code SALE for an additional 20% off. Sale ends 8/3.

   Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top Outfit
Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top in lemon print, size XS (available in solid colors here)
LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan, size XSP (review here, back again for summer 2016 here)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of white version here, summer colors sold out but fall colors now available)
Banana Republic Jeans (old)
Bandolino Mikea Sandals*
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

Today I paired the top with my favorite cotton cropped cardigan from LOFT in the strawberry ice color but I originally paired it with the mint (morning aqua) color.

 Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top in lemon print, size XS
Double layered

Size XS measurements are as follows:

35" bust (measured pit to pit)
44" circumference along the bottom hem
23" total length

If you're really petite and smaller than me (refer to my measurements here) then I wouldn't recommend this top as it will be much too loose unless you take it in. When I bend over I have to be mindful so as not to flash my bra due to the more open U shaped neckline. The arm holes fit me well so I don't have to worry about my bra showing from the sides (I had to return the J.Crew Factory lace-front tank top in XSP for this reason). I love that they're double layered so the top isn't see through and the back has a pretty scallop keyhole opening.

  Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top in lemon print, size XS
Scallop key hole detail in back

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July 21, 2015

Meadowbelle Market Personalized Gemstone Jewelry

 Meadowbelle Market Personalized bar ring and twist ring in sterling silver (c/o)
Meadowbelle Market Personalized bar ring and twist ring in sterling silver (c/o)
Flower pomanders (Pinterest DIY)

I was really flattered when Erin reached out to me to help with Meadowbelle Market's fund on Etsy campaign. (Read more about crowdfunding on Etsy in this FAQ here.) Last year I had a wonderful experience working with her twin sister Aundrea to design a custom veil and fascinator for our wedding last September. Erin and Aundrea make beautiful, handmade jewelry and accessories and I love the two sterling silver rings she made for me in my size to help promote this campaign.

 Meadowbelle Market Personalized bar ring and twist ring in sterling silver (c/o)
Meadowbelle Market Personalized bar ring and twist ring in sterling silver (c/o)
I love their pretty packaging and attention to detail!

Their featured item is the personalized bar ring in sterling silver.  Select up to four letters, numbers or a heart symbol. Choose a short name, monogram or inspirational word. I chose three tiny hearts and it looks great stacked with their twist ring.

 Meadowbelle Market Personalized bar ring and twist ring in sterling silver (c/o)
Meadowbelle Market Personalized bar ring and twist ring in sterling silver (c/o)

Please shop small and consider supporting their fund on Etsy campaign by purchasing a piece from their new line of personalized and gemstone jewelry. Your support will help fund their goal to rehab a historic home that will serve as their expanded new studio space. Once the campaign ends on 8/6 (that's only two weeks away) and if they are fully funded then production will begin immediately. Your ring(s) will ship mid to late August.

➤ Follow Meadowbelle Market on Twitter @MeadowbelleSays for coupon codes and other special announcements. Use the code FUNDONETSYTWEET for free shipping on your fund on Etsy campaign order.

Thanks for reading!
WhatJessWore Signature

July 19, 2015

Flash Sale Alert: Get An Extra 70% Off All Sale Styles at Ann Taylor Until Midnight

Ann Taylor Flash Sale Alert: 70% Off All Sale Styles Until Midnight
LEFT:
Ann Taylor Brushed Dash Shift Dress, size 00 regular (review here)
Ann Taylor Margo leather sandals (review here)
Louis Vuitton Marais BB in Monogram Empreinte, color Noir 

MIDDLE:
Ann Taylor Seersucker Jacket, size 00 regular (review here; update 4/27/16 - this jacket is back in stock!)
LOFT Lacy Tee, size XSP (review here, similar here)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of white version here, summer colors sold out but fall colors now available)
Banana Republic Jeans (old) 
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

RIGHT:
Ann Taylor Printed Romper, size XXS regular (review here)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of white version here, summer colors sold out but fall colors now available)
J.Crew Factory Multistrand Dotted Pearl Necklace (old favorite from two years ago)
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

Get an extra 70% off all sale styles at Ann Taylor until midnight (2:59 AM ET) using the code FLASH70. Tomorrow (7/20) get an extra 65% off all sale styles until noon (11:59 AM ET) using the code FLASH65 and finally get an extra 60% off until midnight (3AM ET) using the code FLASH60. Valid online only. Save more by shopping now and before a lot of styles and sizes sell out. My brushed dash shift dress (review here) is already sold out online although sizes have been known to pop back in stock. Someone on Instagram noted that the dress is not on sale in petites (style no. 371559). Apologies for the oversight but I don't know why that is the case but it is really strange. Please refer to all my Ann Taylor reviews here.

Shop my sales picks here:



Update - Get 60% off select full-price styles at LOFT using the code SUMMER60. Online only. Also get an extra 40% off all sale styles. Sale ends tonight. Please refer to all my LOFT reviews here.

Thanks for reading!
WhatJessWore Signature

July 18, 2015

Recent Outfits & Weekend Sale Alerts


 Ann Taylor Printed Romper Review on www.whatjesswore.com
Ann Taylor Printed Romper, size XXS regular
Ann Taylor Seersucker Jacket, size 00 regular (review here; update 4/27/16 - this jacket is back in stock!)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of white version here, summer colors sold out but fall colors now available)
J.Crew Factory Multistrand Dotted Pearl Necklace (old favorite from two years ago)
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

I got this printed romper from Ann Taylor during the amazing sale I shared in this previous post. At the time, it came down to $28.35 and the additional 10% off offset some of the shipping fee so I was able to order exactly what I wanted without trying to figure out how to meet their $175 minimum for free shipping. Size XXS regular fits me perfectly and the romper runs true to size but I thought the neckline was a bit low so I plan on adding a hidden snap button. For now I paired it with a statement necklace that keeps the neckline in place instead of flapping open and exposing my bra. I wore the above outfit to dinner last night with my husband and I grabbed the seersucker jacket (review here) for warmth. For an accidental pairing I was surprised by how well both pieces went together.

I also liked the Eleanor sandals that I received along with the romper but the front straps are slightly too narrow for my feet. I didn't get a blister from wearing them out yesterday but it wasn't the most comfortable either. After only one day of wear you could also see my toe and foot prints on the sole of the shoe so I'll spare you pictures. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the sandals before I wore them out. As for the sizing, I typically wear size 7-7.5 so if you're between sizes like me then I would suggest going with the half size. The sole of size 7 fit my foot but I would have liked a little extra space.

  Ann Taylor Printed Romper Review on www.whatjesswore.com
Ann Taylor Printed Romper, size XXS regular

  Ann Taylor Printed Romper Review on www.whatjesswore.com
Ann Taylor Printed Romper, size XXS regular
Ann Taylor Seersucker Jacket, size 00 regular (review here)

 Ann Taylor Brushed Dash Shift Dress Outfit on www.whatjesswore.com
Ann Taylor Brushed Dash Shift Dress, size 00 regular (review here, back again for 2016 here)
LOFT Cropped Cotton Cardigan, size XSP (review here, similar here)
J.Crew Factory Multistrand Dotted Pearl Necklace (old favorite from two years ago)
Ann Taylor Gallery Tote (old review here, current version here)
J.Crew Sloane Pumps (another old favorite from two years ago, review here, similar here)

I also wore out this brushed dash shift dress the other day and I paired it with my favorite mint cropped cotton cardigan (review here) from LOFT.

 Maison Jules Tiered Scallop-Trim Tank Top<

For this week's cute finds, I ordered this scallop trim tank top from Maison Jules in the above four colors after seeing the lemon print on a coworker yesterday. I don't plan to keep all the colors but I really hope size XS fits me. Macy's offers in store pick up or free shipping for orders of $99+. Use the code SUPER for an additional 20% off. If you only want this top then use the code SUP25 for an additional $10 off orders of $25+ which will offset the shipping & handling fee.

SALE ALERTS

Ann Taylor - Get 30% off full-price tops using the code TOPS30. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends Monday 7/20 at 3AM ET. You can also get an extra 50% off sale styles.

LOFT - Get an extra 60% off all sale styles. Also select full-price styles are on special discount with tees starting at $8, $15 shorts, cardigans and sweaters plus dresses and shorts starting at $20. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER243 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+. LOFT sales change frequently so please check out this page for all my reviews and the latest sale alerts and stackable coupon codes.

 LOFT Embroidered Strapless Maxi Dress, size XS regular
Zara Flat Chain Sandals in gold (item no. 2660/001, currently on sale for $29.99, review here)

I tried on this embroidered strapless maxi dress in XS regular and it fit me really well up top but it was a a few inches too long on me. I searched for petites to try on in the sales racks but there were only regular sizes left. It is layered so it shouldn't be see through with nude undergarments. I think SP may fit me perfectly fit and lengthwise so I have it in my shopping cart to keep an eye on it in case the price drops further. The dress was $54.99 in stores and an additional 60% off so it is currently $21.99 after discounts while the online price is $35.95 after discounts. I'm tempted to order this dress but it's final sale online which always makes me nervous when I haven't tried on the exact size. I normally don't care for strapless dresses but this one would look so cute paired with my mint cropped cotton cardigan (review here).

Thanks for reading!

WhatJessWore Signature

July 15, 2015

Sale Alert: 50% Off Almost Everything at LOFT

 Ann Taylor Seersucker Jacket Outfit at www.whatjesswore.com
Ann Taylor Seersucker Jacket, size 00 regular (review here; update 4/27/16 - this jacket is back in stock!)
LOFT Lacy Tee, size XSP (review here, similar here)
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of current version (sold out) here, review of black version here)
Banana Republic Jeans (old) 
*Runs true to size to 1/2 larger; black available here and here; similar here

Get 50% off almost everything at LOFT (Lou & Grey exclusions apply). Use the code GET50. Valid in stores and online. LOFT sales change frequently. Please check out this page for the latest sale alerts and coupon codes. Shop my sales picks here:



FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 LOFT Gingham Swing Shell, size XS regular
LOFT Gingham Swing Shell, size XS regular (similar here and here)
Old Navy Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans (old wash, ordered this current pair this past weekend)
Madden Girl Poppyy Espadrille Flat (review here, similar, Target version here as recommended by My Girly Armour)

This gingham swing shell fits exactly the same as the floral swing shell I reviewed here. It has an over-sized swingy fit but it's really cute. I had purchased the floral version in XXS regular but I think size XS regular actually looks best on me. I tried on XXSP (sorry no pictures) but it came across really boxy looking on me so I need the extra length of the regular missy sizing. See a fitting room clip I saved from my snapchat (username: whatjesswore) here.

 LOFT Colorblock Shirred Back Tee, size XXSP
Colorblock Shirred Back Tee, size XXSP (review here, similar here

I also tried on this colorblock shirred back tee again just to make sure I liked it and I may bite the bullet and get it. I'm still mulling over all the items I really want. See my previous review here and I would add that this top is a bit sheer so a nude bra is a must. In my previous review I was wearing a black bra so the outline was visible.

 LOFT Knitigo Shirred Dress, size 00P

Lastly I tried on this knitigo shirred dress in size 00P since it looked a bit big on the hanger and 00P fit me perfectly. There's some distressed detail at the waistline but this is a very cute, breathable dress for the summer. It looks like a denim dress but it's a soft 100% cotton fabric. It runs about one size larger since I usually wear 0P at LOFT. See a fitting room clip I saved from my snapchat here.

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July 14, 2015

Sale Alerts & Updated Fitting Room Reviews

 Ann Taylor Brushed Dash Shift Dress, size 00 regular
Ann Taylor Brushed Dash Shift Dress, size 00 regular (review below)
Louis Vuitton Marais BB in Monogram Empreinte, color Noir
Ann Taylor Margo leather sandals in classic tan (final sale, review here)

SALE ALERTS

 Ann Taylor Embroidered Eyelet Top, size XS regular
Ann Taylor Embroidered Eyelet Top, size XS regular
LOFT Scallop Riviera Shorts, size 0 regular (review of 00 regular 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), sold out online (review here)
 
Ann Taylor - Get up to 60% off all sale styles. Valid in stores and online. Shop my sales picks here:



J.Crew Factory - Up to 60% off everything. Online only. Prices as marked. Sale ends 7/14, 11:59PM ET. I saw the 40% off and free ship sale yesterday and ordered the lace-front tank top in XSP (reviewed below). The top also comes in pink and black which are on final sale.

 LOFT Relaxed Utility Jacket Outfit
LOFT Relaxed Utility Jacket, size XXSP (review of size XSP here, review of size SP here)
 LOFT Crane Swing Back Sweater, size XXS regular (review here, review of size XS regular here)
LOFT Scallop Riviera Shorts, size 0 regular (review of 00 regular here)
Madewell Knotshine Necklace
Ann Taylor Mini Pebbled Signature Tote (review of current version (sold out) here, review of black version here)
Madden Girl Poppyy Espadrille Flat (review here, similar, Target version here as recommended by My Girly Armour)

LOFT - Get an extra 60% off all sale styles with the code FLASH60. Online only. Sale ends 7/15, 12AM ET. Also select full-price styles are on sale with tees starting at $8 and shorts and dresses starting at $20. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER243 online for an additional 25% off full-price purchases of $100+. Valid in stores and online. 



UPDATED FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 Ann Taylor Summer's Best - Updated Fitting Room Reviews
LEFT to RIGHT:

I ventured out to do some errands in the city and meet up with my husband after he got off work this past weekend. I also finally asked my tailor to put in 2.5" slits in the back of two of my t-shirts with a smaller opening and I couldn't believe they were charging $20 per shirt. It was really hot and sunny so I don't know why I decided to wear a black dress with sleeves but I was so sticky and uncomfortable. I just had to get out of the dress pronto.

 Ann Taylor Mini Daisy Flare Dress, size 00P

 Ann Taylor Brushed Dash Shift Dress, size 00 regular

I was able to visit a bunch of stores all over Newbury Street instead of just dashing into one or two stores like I usually do. Of course I ended up visiting another Ann Taylor in search of a cooler outfit to change into. I bought this brushed dash shirt dress in 00 regular and it runs true to size. 0P might be a slightly better fit for me but I think size 00 regular looks pretty good even if it's a little roomy in the waist and hips. I liked how the v-neck wasn't too low for once and it drapes comfortably. Unfortunately I was wasn't wearing the right color undergarments today (black) so I couldn't wear the dress out since it's lined but on the thinner side so nude undergarments are a must.

Size 00 regular measurements are as follows:

32.5 bust (measured pit to pit)
31" waist
35" hips
34" total length

Update 7/19 - Care Instructions: Despite the care tag stating dry clean, I decided to wash the dress on cold in a intimates bag and air dried it without any mishap since it's 100% polyester.

 Ann Taylor Embroidered Eyelet Top, size XS regular

Next up I tried on this cute embroidered eyelet top in size XS regular with the city shorts since they were also 60% off. At first I tried on the top in the pink hint color but it was way too sheer so I ended up with the creme de menthe color which is a paler shade of green. I loved the top paired with the city shorts which have a longer 4.5" inseam for a more polished look. I also love how these shorts do not wrinkle easily. The pockets are sewn shut but you can free them if you want to use them.

 Ann Taylor Striped Shoulder Button Tee, size XS regular

I loved this striped shoulder button tee on the racks and I tried on both XS regular and S petite (S petite fit me slightly better but sorry no pictures). I thought it was a bit too sheer to pair with the white shorts because you can see the pokey waistband peeking through and a clear outline of the white shorts in the back. Again, I was wearing the wrong undergarments today otherwise this top might have worked if I decided to tuck it in but I generally prefer my tops untucked unless it's a button down blouse.

 Forever 21 Cutout-Back Floral Print Dress, size XS

I recently dropped and broke my iPhone case in one corner and sometimes Forever 21 has some cheap and cute ones so I stopped in to take a look. No iPhone cases caught my eye but I came across this cutout-back floral print dress and size XS seemed like it might fit me. Plus I'm a sucker for a cute floral print. Note the back is a more open cut but there's a strap that should cover your bra strap perfectly if you're just a tad taller than me. Size XS runs really big in the banded waist and is approximately 30-31" if I had to guess. The straps were actually a bit too long on me so they were droopy on my shoulders. I'm pulling down and holding onto the dress in the pictures above but I think it's meant for someone around 5'3" and above or someone with a longer torso. The fabric is on the thinner side but it has a romantic, vintage look. The base color is cream not white as pictured here.

 J.Crew Factory Lace-Front Tank Top

On our way home we had a craving for Ernesto's pizza so we stopped by Assembly Row Outlets. I popped into J.Crew Factory in search of this pretty lace-front tank top that I saw on Mrs. Swansburg (I really love her style, check out her blog here). I was bummed I couldn't find it but someone must have tried to hide it in a bin underneath a table. I saw the tell-tale lace peeking out and grabbed it. I tried on size XS regular and the arm holes were too big but I really liked the quality. I believe I need the top in size XSP. Apologies for the lack of try-on pictures.

 J.Crew Factory Flutter-Sleeve Swiss-Dot Dress, size 00 regular

I also tried on this flutter-sleeve swiss-dot dress which kind of reminds me of this pleated chiffon t-shirt dress that I missed due to my almost singular focus on all things LOFT. I found 00 regular to try on but the arm holes are huge as you can see from the above right picture.  If you wear a white bandeau bra then it may work since there will be some side bra peeking out. I carry a measuring tape on me so I measured the total length at 35" which hits right above my knees. The dress doesn't come in petites which is such a bummer as 00 regular is rather roomy in a hospital gown sort of way.

 LOFT Outlet Floral Print Romper (style no. 370417), size 00P
LOFT Outlet Floral Print Romper (style no. 370417), size 00P

I've been seeing the LOFT outlet accounts I follow on Instagram share some really cute new arrivals including this adorable floral romper (style no. 370417). It was hilarious to get this on so I passed but romper hoarding gals may want to snap this one up. It's $69.99 and I think it was 60% off but not 100% positive. Various items were 40-60% off so I can't remember with certainty.

 LOFT Outlet Navy Scallop Diamond Textured Dress (style no. 378654), size 00P
LOFT Outlet Navy Scallop Diamond Textured Dress (style no. 378654), size 00P

I also tried on this adorable dress since I was drawn to the scallop neckline but size 00P was too tight in the arm holes and bust. Size 0P was more comfortable but the waist puffs out a bit too much so I passed. It would look really cute with a collared shirt layered under it and the thicker fabric is perfect for fall and winter.

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