January 31, 2017

J.Crew Chateau Parka in Dusty Ginger

 J.Crew Chateau Parka in Dusty Ginger

I've wanted this chateau parka in dusty ginger since 2014 (refer to my review from 2014 here). This year's version fits the same as the 2014 version since I also took size 00 regular. Thanks to Vicky I was finally able to snag my size one random morning last week. It was on final sale for $173.99. You can see size 00P on her here. She is looking to let go of the heathered acorn color since she was able to order this coat in dusty ginger too. If you're looking for J.Crew pop-ups please note that I was only able to see more color options and sizes when I checked from my laptop versus my iPhone. I'm not sure if anyone else noticed this disparity but I've been stalking this coat and color for a long time off and on with no success from my iPhone.

 J.Crew Chateau Parka in Dusty Ginger

 LOFT Blush Crystal Necklace

 J.Crew Chateau Parka in Dusty Ginger

 J.Crew Chateau Parka in Dusty Ginger



OUTFIT DETAILS
J.Crew Chateau Parka in dusty ginger, size 00 regular (2014 review here, factory version here)
Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge Boot (last seen here, similar here)
Gucci Abbey Tote (old from 2007)

Photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography

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January 29, 2017

Recent Outfits + LOFT Fitting Room Reviews

 LOFT Striped Side Button Sweater, size SP
Photo by my husband @justintsaiphotography

Happy Lunar New Year to those that celebrate! I hope everyone had a great weekend! My husband and I took a few days off to celebrate the new year with family and I ate more these last few days than I have in a while. Thank goodness for cute but loose clothes to hide the food baby. 



OUTFIT DETAILS
LOFT Striped Side Button Sweater, size SP (review here, see dusty peach here)
Talbots Francesca Driving Flats in light acorn (last seen here)

 Lou & Grey Ribside Sweater, size XS regular

I love this mixed stripe scarf because it's thin but it still manages to be cozy. It's also the perfect neutral to pair with many items in my closet. I noticed that they didn't list the material online and according to the care tag it is 100% acrylic.

 Shinola Runwell 28mm watch



OUTFIT DETAILS
Lou & Grey Ribside Sweater, size XS regular (review here)

 LOFT Striped Slit Swing Tee, size XS regular
Photo by my husband @justintsaiphotography



OUTFIT DETAILS
LOFT Striped Slit Swing Tee, size XS regular (last seen here, review here, solid color available here)

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 LOFT Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com

Get 40% off full-price styles and an extra 60% off sale styles at LOFT. Note: Since no code is needed for this sale you can call customer service to apply the INSIDER code (INSIDER295) for an extra $25 off your full-price promotional purchase of $100+ if it doesn't work online. Thanks to Su @allaboutloft for checking and sharing this tip! I've been having issues getting the insider code to work online this month and I had received a few emails and messages about it.

 LOFT Embroidered Floral Ballet Neck Tee, size XS regular
LOFT Embroidered Floral Ballet Neck Tee, size XS regular (also available in light blue stripes here)

I ordered this pretty tshirt in size XSP and I'm so glad I did because size XS regular is too loose and long on me. It fits true to size but it has a relaxed fit. Update: I ended up returning size XSP since it was still a bit too long for me.

 LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XSP
LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XSP (review of size XS here)

I tried on the black color of this ruffle cuff top in size XS regular in a previous post and I ordered the pink color pictured above in size XXS regular. I found size XSP to try on in store the other day and it has a very loose fit throughout the body. I'm not sure I will love this top enough to keep it but I'll see how the sleeve length and overall length fit in my preferred size. I don't like how the petite sleeve length hits me above my elbows since I have longer arms than most petites. I was hoping the sleeves would fit like half sleeves on me similar to size XS regular. Update 2/2: I really love the fit of size XXS regular on me. It turns out that the sleeve length and drape is perfect in my preferred size.

 LOFT Mixed Floral Lace Shell, size XXSP

I love this pretty floral lace top and I tried on both size XXSP and XSP which you can see on me here. I found that it fits true to size to slightly larger. XSP has a slightly boxier fit on me. Since I have a smaller bust I prefer the fit of size XXSP on me.

 LOFT Sunny Lace Top, size XXSP
LOFT Sunny Lace Top, size XXSP

This sunny lace top is gorgeous in person. I love the unique cutouts and the lemon color. This fits one size larger since XXSP fits me. My only concern is the 100% rayon lining they used which usually requires steaming out the garment after it is completely dry for it to return to the normal length and fit. Refer to this clip for another view of this top on me.

 LOFT Sketched Floral Split Neck Blouse, size XXSP
LOFT Sketched Floral Split Neck Blouse, size XXSP (review of similar style here in size XSP)

I love this floral sketched print and it's also available as a cardigan here. This blouse fits true to size to slightly larger. Due to my smaller bust I fit size XXSP but I reviewed XSP in the same style but different print here. It is slightly sheer so a layering cami is recommended. I like that the v-neck isn't too low.

 LOFT Filigree Mixed Media Top, size XS regular

This mixed media top is really cute and the ridged knit material is the same as my favorite flecked two-in-one sweater (last seen here, review here and here) and I would say the sizing is very similar too. The white color with the scroll print in the back (pictured at the top on the fitting room rack) was sold out in XS regular so I tried on the navy color. XS regular was loose on me so I believe I would need my usual size XXS regular or XSP for a better fit.

 LOFT Cat Sweater, size S regular
LOFT Cat Sweater, size S regular

This cat sweater is really cute so I tried it on for run since I figured many cat ladies may be interested. I found that it runs true to size but I sized up to size S regular for a relaxed but flattering fit. The sleeves run long and I have the ribbed cuff at the sleeves folded up one time. Even the model in their online stock image has the sleeves folded up once. Refer to this clip for a better fit of the sweater on me.

 LOFT Lacy Bell Sleeve Blouse, size XS regular
LOFT Lacy Bell Sleeve Blouse, size XS regular

I would typically pass over blouses that have cutouts on top but with a nude bra you can't really see my bra straps. The top portion also isn't so low that I would need a cami. Size XS regular fit me a bit loose so my usual XXS regular or XSP would be a better fit.I'd say this top runs true to size. Refer to this clip to see the fun bell sleeves.

 LOFT Modern Skinny Jeans in black, size 25/0P
LOFT Modern Skinny Jeans in black, size 25/0P

Lastly, I went to the store to find these modern skinny jeans with the frayed hem on the bottom since they were highly recommended by my fit twin, Su (we typically take the same size at LOFT but note that she is 5' while I'm 5' 2.25"). I tried on size 24/00 regular (see it on me here), size 25/0P pictured above, and size 26/2P (see it on me here). We both took size 26/2P. Size 24/00 regular was a bit longer on me and it didn't look right cuffed.  Size 25/0P was a bit more snug in the waist with a snug fit throughout the pant legs that some some may prefer. Size 25/0P also looked a bit shorter than I would prefer for ankle pants. I went with size 26/2P so I could eat a meal comfortably and not feel like I had to unbutton my pants. These jeans are new to stores first so if you want to track them down the item no. is 434223 ($69.50) in regular missy and 434310 in petites.

I was eyeing this plaid infinity scarf and it is as pictured online. I bought this blush crystal necklace after seeing it in store. I ordered quite a few new arrivals this time including this modern trench coat in size 0P so I could try it on since I haven't seen it in stores yet.

Happy shopping!
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January 22, 2017

Polka Dot Flounce Sleeve Blouse + Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews

 Ann Taylor Dot Flounce Sleeve Blouse, size XSP
Photo by my husband @justintsaiphotography

I love the textured polka dots on this flounce sleeve blouse recommended by Su. I usually chat about Ann Taylor and LOFT new arrivals with her and I had to have it when she highlighted this color. I ordered size XSP but it does run very wide/blousy so I would suggest going down a size. I'm debating whether or not to order XXSP but I love the sleeve length and overall length of XSP. It's also slightly sheer so a layering cami is required.

I also ordered the butterfly pleated flounce top in XXS regular and the smocked ruffle collar blouse in granite lavender in size XXS regular. I went in store yesterday to check out more of the new arrivals and brought home the sedona rose color as well since someone returned size XXS regular. I don't need both colors so I'm trying to decide which one to keep.



OUTFIT DETAILS
Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans, size 25/0P (last seen here)

 Ann Taylor New Arrivals - sleeve game strong
Ann Taylor New Arrivals - sleeve game strong

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

Get 40% off full-price styles and an extra 50% off sale styles at Ann Taylor. Use code SHO40. Valid in stores and online.

 Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com

If you're local to Boston please note that the Newbury Street Ann Taylor store is now closed. I received an email last week that they are closed as of yesterday January 21st. I also subscribe to Ann Taylor news alerts so I noticed other recent store closings as more and more people prefer to shop online for the convenience. 

Ann Taylor Pleated Flounce Top in glimmering lavender, size XSP
Ann Taylor Pleated Flounce Top in glimmering lavender, size XSP

I love the beautiful lavender color of this pleated flounce top. I have this top in the butterfly print as mentioned above in size XXS regular and I prefer to slightly longer overall length. I am trying on size XSP here which fits true to size. Refer to this boomerang clip for another view of size XSP on me.

 Ann Taylor Leafy Tiered Lantern Sleeve Blouse, size XS regular

I saw an associate wearing this bell sleeve top and it looked amazing on her so I had to try it on for size. I'd say this top runs 1-2 sizes bigger and I believe I need it in size XXSP for the best fit. Refer to this boomerang clip to get a sense of how long and wide the sleeves are. It's also available in a sleeveless version here (new in 4/24/17).

 Ann Taylor Smocked Ruffle Collar Blouse in sedona rose, size XXS regular
Ann Taylor Smocked Ruffle Collar Blouse in sedona rose, size XXS regular

I spotted this online only smocked blouse returned in store in my size yesterday so I had to try on the lovely coral color. I couldn't let this one get away so I brought it home with me while I decide which color to keep. It doesn't come in petites but since I have longer arms the sleeves fit me well. I'd say this top fits true to size to one size bigger. You may want to size down for a better fit and I wish it came in petites.

 Ann Taylor Polka Dot Fringe Top, size XSP

I reviewed this adorable poka dot top in a previous post here. It fits true to size and it's a fun top to reserve for special occasions.

 Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans, size 25/0P

I'm so happy that Ann Taylor brought back my favorite white skinny ankle jeans this season. They fit true to size (I took my usual size 25/0P) and the petite inseam is spot on hitting right above my ankle bone. The leg opening is narrow which helps to elongate my short legs. The fabric they used is also a good weight so they are not too thin and see through. I am obsessed with wearing white jeans all the time in the spring and summer so I will have to stock up on these when they go on even further discount.

 Ann Taylor Wool Cashmere Lace Up Sweater, size XS regular

I still haven't given into the lace up sweater trend yet but this new arrival by Ann Taylor is beautiful. Su asked me if I could try it on and I found that XS regular has a shorter overall length making it very petite friendly. The laces stay in place when you pull them to close the v-neck. I noticed that it contains 5% wool but it didn't feel itchy for the few minutes I had it on. This sweater is very soft and well made and I would recommend it if you've been wanting to try out this fashion trend.

 Ann Taylor Butterfly Pleated Flounce Top, size XSP
Ann Taylor Butterfly Pleated Flounce Top, size XSP

As I mentioned above, I have this butterfly print blouse in size XXS regular and it fits true to size but I tried on size XSP (pictured above) and SP for comparison (see it on me here). I really like the unique butterfly scribble print. The material is not too sheer so a layering cami is optional.

 Ann Taylor Tree Wide Cuffed Blouse, size XSP

The tree print on this blouse is adorable and it fits true to size but I don't like the swatch of skin that is exposed where the cuff buttons. I really wish the keyhole opening there was smaller. Here is a closeup of the adorable tree print.

 Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans in Marina Wash, size 25/0P

I love these modern skinny ankle jeans and the marina wash is a beautiful, classic medium wash. Similar to the version that's back in white these jeans are very similar to the super skinny deco wash jeans (review here) I was obsessed with last year before I wore them to death. I still wear the carnival wash from last year all the time and am surprised by how well they have fared but then again I wear all three pairs in rotation. The petite inseam of this new wash is perfect and the ankle opening is pretty narrow compared to many other brands and styles I've tried on. The denim material they used for this wash is soft, stretchy and comfortable even more so than the white color.

 Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Jeans in Artesian Wash, size 25/0P

I actually grabbed these modern skinny jeans by accident since I thought I grabbed the modern skinny ankle jeans to try on. The modern skinny jeans have a classic, straight and slimming pant leg throughout which is very flattering with heels. The petite inseam is a bit long for me so I would probably wear them cuffed with flats.  Here is what they look like cuffed once on me. These jeans fit true to size and I can see why they are a favorite per the online reviews.

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Nautical Outfit + LOFT Fitting Room Reviews

 LOFT Textured Stripe Top, size XXS regular
Photo by my husband @justintsaiphotography

I ordered a few things last weekend and the last of the items finally arrived yesterday. Don't you just love mail days? I'm obsessed with this textured striped top which I had previously tried on in size XS regular here. I ended up ordering it in XXS regular and it fits me perfectly. It has a swingy shape to it and the material is light so it's perfect to wear year round. I also love this round crystal statement necklace which is very versatile as I'm finding that it pairs well with a lot of items in my closet. I'm also happy to report that my favorite white skinny ankle jeans are back in stock at Ann Taylor. They fit true to size (I took my usual size 25/0P) and the petite inseam is spot on hitting right above my ankle bone and the leg opening is narrow which helps to elongate my short legs. The fabric they used is also a good weight so they are not too thin and see through. I'm always on the lookout for new white jeans so I also ordered these frayed slim ankle jeans from LOFT to compare but I didn't care for the kick-crop style. They ran a full size smaller since I fit size 26/2P as recommended by my True Fit profile online.



OUTFIT DETAILS
LOFT Textured Stripe Top, size XXS regular (c/o, review of size XS regular here)

I also ordered a few other statement necklaces including the one pictured below but I had issues with the crystal stone cluster necklace which arrived with one stone fallen off. I will have to bring it in store to exchange for a new one. Now that their packages are shipped in the poly-mailers I'm concerned that it doesn't properly protect items such as jewelry which are prone to damage in transit especially if they're not wrapped well. I need to style the pearlized crystal necklace which has a convenient 2" extender so that you can easily adjust it to wear with various necklines. The metal is more brass than gold tone unlike what their online stock image picture represents.

 LOFT Statement Necklaces
LOFT Pearlized Crystal Necklace (c/o)

Here is the round crystal necklace with yet another top/recent purchase of mine. I bought this top after seeing it on Jenn@hauteofftherack.

 LOFT Striped Slit Swing Tee, size XS regular
LOFT Striped Slit Swing Tee, size XS regular (review here)

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

Get 50% off everything at LOFT. Use code NOEXCUSES. Select styles starting at $25. Valid in stores and online.

 LOFT Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com

I went in store this weekend to check out the new arrivals since last week. I found a few items that are currently only available in store (noted item numbers below) and not yet available for purchase online.

 LOFT Buttercup Mixed Media Tee, size XS regular
LOFT Sateen Five Pocket Leggings in Marisa Fit, size 27/4P (last seen here, review here

I tried on this adorable mixed media tee (it looks and feels more like a sweater) in size XS regular. I'd say that it fits true to size with a longer overall length that covers your front and backside nicely. XS petite may be a better length for me since I'm 5' 2". The sweater portion of this top looks and feels like very nice quality since some of their similar styles can have a more washed/faded look to them.

 LOFT Back Pleat Sweater, size XS regular
LOFT Back Pleat Sweater, size XS regular

I saw the front of this top on Taylor@taymbrown and I bookmarked it on Instagram so that I would remember to find it in store. I've come across it before but never tried it on and it looks so much cuter in person. I love the large pleats in the back. I found that this runs true to size for a loose/swingy fit as intended. It's worth mentioning that the sleeves are slightly snug but not uncomfortably so. I debated long and hard whether to get this top but I left it behind for now as I currently have many unworn items in my closet and no shortage of grey sweaters and tops. If it's still around next time then I may not be able to help myself.

 LOFT Boatneck Textured Stripe Popover, size SP

I'm a regular at the LOFT store over at the Prudential Center and I was chatting with Tati who recommended this new arrival. It fits true to size and I tried on size XS regular (see it on me here) and size SP pictured above. I preferred the body skimming fit and length of SP on me. The material feels like a thin spring sweater and it's slightly sheer so a layering cami is required. I love white/cream sweaters and the functional buttons going down both sides of the sweater. This sweater is currently available in select stores but it should be available for purchase online soon. The petite item no. is 429034 ($59.50) and regular missy is item no. 420828 if you call in store to check on the availability. Update 1/25: This top is now available for purchase online in regular missy sizes and it's offered in three colors!

 LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XS regular
LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XS regular (review of XSP here)

This ruffle cuff top is another new to store arrival that is not yet available for purchase online. It fits true to size as XS regular was a bit loose on me so XXS regular would be the best fit. The ruffles on the sleeves drape well and they are not too poufy which I like. It also has a slightly longer length for those that prefer more coverage in the front and back for tops. This top is item no. 430686 ($44.50) if you call in stores to check for the availability. Update 1/25: This top is now available for purchase online in three colors!

 LOFT Ribbed Side Slit Cardigan, size XS regular
LOFT Plaid Button Back Blouse, size XSP (sold out, review of size XS regular here)

I spotted this pretty white cardigan last weekend but I didn't get a chance to try it on. The thick, folded over cuff on the sleeves are sewn that way so you can't change it. The sleeves of size XS regular run really long past my finger tips. I don't like the high slit on the sides and if you have any hips then the slits kick out too much especially if you try to button the front.

 LOFT Engineered Rib Popover, size S regular
LOFT Engineered Rib Popover, size S regular

I spotted this pretty white sweater on the tables and I had to try it on for size. Size XS regular was gone so I tried on size S which fits me well. I'd say this sweater fits true to size but you can go up a size and still have room to layer a collared shirt underneath comfortably. This sweater is new to the select stores and not yet available for purchase online. This sweater is item no. 421404 ($59.50) if you call in stores to check for the availability. Update 1/25: This sweater is now available for purchase online in many colors!

 LOFT Denim Jacket in Dark Classic Indigo Wash, size XSP

The cropped length of this denim jacket caught my eye so I tried it on for size. It fits true to size but does run a bit narrow in the shoulders (I have 14" shoulders when measured across). I am trying on size XSP here which is my usual size at LOFT.

 LOFT Mosaic Henley Blouse, size XXSP

I tried on this blouse in XSP during my Instagram takeover last week and I wasn't sure how much I would wear this style so it didn't come home with me. I really like the print so I decided to try on size XXSP for comparison since it does about one size larger.

 LOFT Swing Tunic Sweater, size XS regular
LOFT Swing Tunic Sweater, size XS regular

I have the similar cowl tunic sweater (last seen here, review here) and I really wanted this swing tunic sweater in the taupe color after seeing it featured on Jenn@hauteofftherack during her LOFT takeover. I finally found size XS regular to try on but I found that it has such a baggy fit throughout the body. It fits at about two sizes too big and I would need to size down to XXSP for the best fit.

 LOFT Dotted Puff Sleeve Top, size XXSP
LOFT Dotted Puff Sleeve Top, size XXSP (review of size XS regular here)

I previously tried on this top in size XS regular here but I passed on it due to the loose and boxy fit. I came across size XXSP yesterday and it fits me really well except that the sleeves were a big snug. If this top were offered in white I would be all over it since I've been wanting a white swiss dot tee for a while now.

 LOFT Ruffle Sweater, size XS regular
LOFT Ruffle Sweater, size XS regular

Lastly, I tried on this ruffle sweater in size XS regular since I found it in the sales rack and the fit had looked promising. It fits true to size but I wish the ruffles started mid-shoulder instead of at the shoulder seams.

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature