what jess wore: February 2017

February 25, 2017

Spring Wishlist

LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XXS regular

We've been enjoying spring-like temperatures in Boston this week. Out come my favorite white skinny jeans which I'm guilty of wearing as often as possible come spring and summer but more sparingly in fall and winter. These petite friendly white jeans also back again at Ann Taylor with the same fit as last year. This year's version is 98% cotton and 2% spandex while last year's version was 81% cotton, 10% lyocell, 7% polyester and 2% spandex. Refer to my review here. Don't let anyone tell you that it's too early for white jeans. Check out what this article has to say about white jeans after Labor Day and other fashion rules to break!

 Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans

I also tried on the J.Crew toothpick jeans in white and size 24 fit me in the waist but I would prefer the petite inseam for the best fit. My local J.Crew carried petites very briefly last year in store but it looks like they took away the petite section once again (replaced with crewcuts) which I'm bummed about. In any case, I personally prefer the fit (love narrow ankle openings) and price point of the Ann Taylor white skinny jeans.

 LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XXS regular

 LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XXS regular

 LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XXS regular



OUTFIT DETAILS
LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top, size XXS regular (review of size XSP here and size XS here, similar from Ann Taylor)
LOFT Round Crystal Necklace (c/o, sold out online)
Ban.do iPhone case (old/sold out, shop other styles here)
Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans, size 25/0P (last seen here, review here)

Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography.

Bandolino Opali
Bandolino Opali

I've been shopping for spring shoes and specifically neutral, low heel options. I just received these Bandolino Opali sandals in pink and taupe which I shared on my Instagram stories yesterday. I'll share a better picture of them this weekend in good lighting. I love Bandolino shoes for their comfort since I have slightly wider feet. If you have narrower feet and ankles then you will not like the fit. I'm also eying these Talbots flower-topped driving flats which are similar to my beloved suede version I have in light acorn and black.



I've been culling my items to make room for spring closet refresh. For that lust-have spring bag, I'm coveting this minimalist Celine micro belt bag as spotted in Yvonne's Instagram (@vonneywong) recently. The larger size is really heavy and structured and I hope to find the micro size to try on this weekend. Meanwhile I still love my white lasercut crossbody from Ann Taylor last year. I didn't love the white strap and I found a chain replacement from Amazon (style 2 in the listing, refer to this clip here). 100cm is a bit short to be worn as a crossbody so I would recommend getting at least 120cm.

Here are the other bags I'm eyeing this season:



I recently listed my Louis Vuitton Trevi PM in Damier Ebene for sale on my Poshmark closet. If you're interested I will review private offers via the app. I plan on listing a few other bags soon as well. In case anyone else is looking to resell their LV bags, I had a really difficult time finding and seeing the date code for authentication purposes on my bag. It was where I thought it was inside the larger pocket after doing research online but I couldn't actually see it until I used a flash light at night. Also, in order to capture a picture of the stamped letters and numbers I had to turn on the flash on my iPhone. Without flash you really can't see it against the red alcantara lining. You can read more about LV date codes here.

LOFT NEW ARRIVALS

I'm excited to host another shopping party at my local LOFT with my co-workers next week. It's been busy at work and I finally got to browse through the entire site to check out the latest spring arrivals. Here are some of the new arrivals that caught my eye and/or are on my wishlist:



ANN TAYLOR SALE ALERT

Get an extra 60% off sale styles at Ann Taylor with the code FEB60. Online only. Sale ends 2/27 at 3AM ET. I spotted this code on my phone but my desktop only displays the extra 40% off promotion on sale styles. Below are my favorite sale tops:



I would suggest sizing down on these blouses. I took size XXSP for the leafy tiered lantern sleeve blouse (review of size XS regular here). You can also see size XXSP on Su@allaboutloft although she needed to exchange hers for size XSP. I'm going to exchange the butterfly print pleated flounce top tomorrow for size XSP due to the longer 3/4 length sleeves on size XXS regular (review here, as seen here).

Have a great weekend!
WhatJessWore Signature

February 16, 2017

LOFT President's Day Sale & Fitting Room Reviews

 LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater in navy, size XS regular

LOFT's President's Day weekend sale just went live at 12AM EST! Get 40% off full-price styles and an extra 50% off sale styles. Use code HAPPY. Valid in stores and online. Check out other great finds starting at $25. They are also offering $25 cash cards for every $50 you spend now through March 6th. Be sure to check out my recent purchases for some pieces that have made their way into my closet including this fabulous modern trench with a beautiful floral lining (reviewed here).

My favorite flecked two-in-one sweater (I love this top so much I own it in both colors), round crystal necklace (c/o) and mixed stripe scarf are currently on sale and an extra 50% off! I'm eyeing this sunny lace skirt (review of size 0 regular here). You can also see size 0 regular on Su. I finally snagged this Lou & Grey eyelash sweater when size XXS popped back in stock a few days ago (review of size XS regular here).

 LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater in navy, size XS regular

 LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater in navy, size XS regular

 LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater in navy, size XS regular



OUTFIT DETAILS
LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater in navy, size XS regular (last seen here, review here and here)
Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans, size 25/0P (last seen here, review here)

Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 LOFT Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com

LOFT Tasseled Wrap
Lou & Grey Speckled Cowl Sweater, size XS (sold out, last seen here)

I love this soft tasseled wrap which is cozy and well made. It is sewed on both sides as you can see in the above left and from the side here. See the back view here and you can also refer to this clip for a better fit of the wrap on me. I love how it drapes and it looks very flattering and easy to throw on for an extra layer of cozy.

LOFT Lacy Ruffle Shoulder Blouse, size XXSP
LOFT Lacy Ruffle Shoulder Blouse, size XXSP (review of size XS regular here)

I ordered this pretty ruffled top in XXS regular when it popped back in stock a few weeks ago. This past weekend I stumbled upon size XXS petite in the sales rack in store and I purchased it. If anyone is interested in taking size XXS off my hands please let me know. I will list it on my Poshmark (use code HPHAO for a $5 credit when you sign up) once I get a chance to wash it. I also own this blouse in red in size XS regular as seen and reviewed here. It runs big but it does has a flattering drape.

LOFT Ruffle Yoke Sweater, size S regular
LOFT Ruffle Yoke Sweater, size S regular

I tried on this feminine yoke sweater and I sized up to S regular for a relaxed fit. However, it does run true to size. Refer to this clip for a better view of the fit on me. The adorable ruffle yoke isn't too overpowering but alas I didn't love this sweater on me so I passed.

 LOFT Cutout Lace Top, size XS regular
LOFT Cutout Lace Top, size XS regular (review of size XSP here)

I tried on this cutout out lace top in petite XS here but this time I tried on XS in regular missy and I prefer the longer overall length and longer sleeves. The lace sleeves run wider (actually too wide on me) as a result of sizing up. I believe I need this blouse in my usual size XXS regular for the best fit. See it on the Jacqueline @themodalista here. She recently took over LOFT's Instagram for February here and here and she also picked out my favorite ruffle cuff top (she took size XSP) which I have in size XXS regular (see it on me here and here).

 LOFT Blossom Blouse, size XSP

I saw this blossom top but it was pinned back on the mannequin so it looked really cute. However, when I tried it on it's very wide and boxy. The fit is similar to the striped lantern sleeve blouse which I had but recently letting go of in size XSP. As a quick aside, I am trying not to settle on the fit this year so I'm letting go of some items that don't fit the best on me. Sometimes my fitting room selfies or need for instant gratification get the best of me. In these instances, it takes a quick photo shoot with my husband to realize I shouldn't have bought something even though it was "so cute." See a better view of the blossom print from the side view here.

 LOFT Pocket Sweater, size XS regular
LOFT Pocket Sweater, size XS regular

Su suggested that I try on this red pocket sweater and I was happy to oblige since I found it at my local store. I found that this sweater has a short and boxy fit and it flares out at the hips. It has a good weight to it and it would also look cute with a button down layered underneath. I'd say it runs true to size but be prepared for it to fit very loose. If you prefer longer and more fitted sweaters then you will not like this as sizing up would make the round neckline, sleeves and overall width appear even wider.

 LOFT Flowerbud Mixed Media Sweater, size XS regular

This mixed media sweater looked like it would wash well (the back lining is 100% polyester instead of rayon) so I tried it on for sizing. I like the flowerbud print in the back. It's a thinner material which should be suitable for the spring transitional weather. I found that it fits true to size with a loose/relaxed fit.

 Modern Skinny Crop Jeans in Pure Dark Indigo Wash, size 26/2P

I tried on these modern skinny crop skinny jeans since Su was interested in the bright mid indigo wash which my store did not carry. I brought in size 25/0P and size 26/2P to try. I couldn't zip up size 25/0P without a bit of a muffin top so I would say these jeans run about one size smaller. If you don't like really tapered/narrow openings at the bottom of your jeans then these jeans flare out a little bit on the bottom when you unroll them. I personally wouldn't wear these rolled up as pictured in the online stock image because the inseam is already slightly higher than ankle length on me. This style is available in three other washes: bright mid indigo wash, mid stone wash, and staple dark indigo wash. I'm not sure why the wash I tried on above is called the pure dark indigo wash because it looks more like a mid wash as seen here.

Thanks for reading!
WhatJessWore Signature

February 08, 2017

LOFT Modern Trench

 Spring Staple: LOFT Modern Trench

There's a winter storm warning tomorrow but let's talk about one of my favorite new spring arrivals from LOFT like this new modern trench! A classic trench is is a must have spring staple and I love the quality and the details of this year's design. This year's version is a flattering shade of khaki with no odd undertones. The waist runs a bit wide so you may want to try sizing down if you want a closer fit when cinched. You can also check out my review of the popular essential trench from last year here since I would say they have a very similar fit and straight cut. I took my usual size 0 petite and I like sleeve length and overall length for petites. The beautiful floral lining is the best part about this trench and now I understand why the first online reviewer mentioned that it "smells good." Ha!

I also ordered this open pocket cardigan and it fits similar to this sold out/popular mixed rib open cardigan (last seen here). I have both cardigans in size XS regular since I like the overall length of regular missy despite the longer sleeves which I cuff once.

 Spring Staple: LOFT Modern Trench

 Spring Staple: LOFT Modern Trench

 Spring Staple: LOFT Modern Trench

 LOFT Open Pocket Cardigan

 Spring Staple: LOFT Modern Trench

 Spring Staple: LOFT Modern Trench

 Spring Staple: LOFT Modern Trench



OUTFIT DETAILS
LOFT Pocket Open Cardigan, size XS regular
LOFT Mixed Floral Lace Shell, size XXSP (review here)
J.Crew Elsie Pumps With Enamel Heel in kraft brown (similar light bone color here)

Photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography

Let's think warm thoughts and countdown to spring together!

WhatJessWore Signature

February 05, 2017

Butterfly Top + Ann Taylor & LOFT Fitting Room Reviews

Ann Taylor Butterfly Pleated Flounce Top, size XXS regular

It's super bowl Sunday, the chili and guacamole is made and now I'm just relaxing and enjoying some me time. Usually the most attention I pay to the game is the halftime show but right now the score is 28 to 28 and they just announced overtime! Cue the super bowl commercials.

I love this butterfly print top from Ann Taylor and I got it when it was 40% off a while back. I really want the lavender color too (review here). These tops aren't currently on sale but Ann Taylor is having a flash sale (sale ends 2/7 at 3AM ET) for an extra 60% off sale styles. I have and love this brush dot tiered ruffle top (it's currently sold out online but sizes can always pop back in stock) and polka dot fringe top (both tops reviewed here). New to the sale is this leafy lantern sleeve blouse I reviewed in this post. It's currently an extra 60% off the sale price. I have also asked Ann Taylor if it's an oversight that the petite sizes are still full price.

Ann Taylor Butterfly Pleated Flounce Top, size XXS regular

Ann Taylor Butterfly Pleated Flounce Top, size XXS regular



OUTFIT DETAILS
Ann Taylor Butterfly Pleated Flounce Top, size XXS regular (review of XSP here)

Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 Ann Taylor Lacy Lantern Sleeve Blouse

Ann Taylor has so many gorgeous new arrivals. I went in store to see what I could find to try on for sizing.

 Ann Taylor Lacy Lantern Sleeve Blouse, size XSP

First up is this lacy lantern sleeve blouse which is gorgeous in both white and navy. The material is a bit sheer so a layering cami is recommended which may ruin the look for some. The sleeves are stunning and this would be a beautiful top for Valentine's day. I tried on size XSP and found that it fits true to size. FYI. Use the code THANKS7 for $50 off your full price purchase of $100+. Thanks to Su for sharing this code since the old one I had expired.

 Ann Taylor Plaid Tie Neck Blouse, size XXSP

I love the colors and print of this plaid tie neck blouse. The sizing does run big so XXSP fit me while I usually take size XSP or XXS regular. It's not too sheer so you could get away with wearing this blouse by itself with a nude bra. I also like that the vneck isn't too low. The sleeve length should be good for petites as they were a little short on me (I usually prefer 23" sleeves).

 Ann Taylor Layered Mixed Media Top, size XS regular

Su wanted to see this top since her local store didn't have it. It fits true to size to a little small but the lining is 100% rayon which means you have to steam it out after it's dry if you find that it fits shorter after laundering.

 Ann Taylor Lacy Pleated Tee, size XXSP

I love the little swiss dots on this top. The material is very sheer so a layering cami is required. It runs one size larger since size XXSP fit me.

 LOFT Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com

I also stopped by my local LOFT on Friday hoping to see more new arrivals but I'm sure I'll see more next week.

 Lou & Grey Rebound Terry Hoodie, size XS regular

I have a soft spot for white sweaters so when I saw this cute Lou & Grey hoodie I had to try it on for size. Size XS regular fits short and slightly boxy so it is petite friendly. The sleeves were also very short on me. I'd say size XS regular fits more like a relaxed XSP.

 LOFT Bloom Shirred Henley Blouse, size XS regular

I love the pretty bloom print of this sheer blouse. I found that it runs about one size bigger so I would recommend sizing down. You can see a better fit of it on me here where the sleeves aren't folded up.

 LOFT Filigree Mixed Media Top, size XS regular
LOFT Filigree Mixed Media Top, size XS regular (see the navy color on me here)

I reviewed the navy color in my previous post and I finally found size XS regular to try on in whisper white. I really love the scroll print on the back of this top. The 3/4 sleeves do fit a bit looser/wider than my favorite flecked two-in-one sweater (last seen here, review here and here) but I would say the sizing is similar. I would prefer this top in my usual size XXS regular.

 LOFT Sateen Five Pocket Leggings in Marisa Fit, size 26/2P
LOFT Sateen Five Pocket Leggings in Marisa Fit, size 26/2P (review of 27/4P here, last seen here)

My favorite sateen leggings are $14.88 in store and on final sale. Online they are currently on final sale for $14.94 after discounts. I recently lost a few pounds (weighing in just under 110 pounds) but I still couldn't fit my legs into my usual 25/0P and zip them up since the pant legs run really slim. I could and did squeeze into size 26/2P but I think they look so tight and plastered on me so I prefer the fit and comfort of size 27/4P. I felt like I had to peel size 26/2P off of me. The soft fabric does stretch out a bit after wearing them all day but I would recommend going up at least one size from your usual pant size at LOFT if you're considering these pants at the final sale price. Pictured above is the dark desert cactus color.

 LOFT Lantern Sleeve Shift Dress, size 00 regular

Lastly, this gorgeous cobalt blue caught my eye in the sales rack. The material is very thin and you will need static guard and a slip. The online reviews say that this dress runs small but if you have a straight figure like me then I would say it runs true to my usual size at LOFT.

Stay tuned this week for a post on the new modern trench I purchased last week. I shared a sneak peek the other day in my Insta story which you can see here and here. Also, if you follow me on Flickr then you can usually catch me updating my photostream in preparation for a new post. ;)

Thanks for reading!
WhatJessWore Signature

February 01, 2017

Favorite Peplum OOTD + LOFT Fitting Room Reviews

 LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater, size XS regular

Happy hump day! This peplum top is one of my favorite tops from LOFT and I finally ordered the navy color when it was on sale for $20 last week. It's currently $30 after discounts with the current sales promotion. Note that the long sleeve version is available in regular missy (item no. 426085, $44.99 retail) and petite sizes at LOFT Outlet locations in both grey and navy. See it on me here and here. I tied my mixed stripe scarf using this Pinterest tutorial (last seen here and here).

 LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater, size XS regular

 LOFT Mixed Stripe Scarf



OUTFIT DETAILS
LOFT Flecked Two-In-One Sweater, size XS regular (review here and here, last seen here)
Talbots Francesca Driving Flats in light acorn (last seen here)
Gucci Abbey Tote (old from 2007)

Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

Get $20 off pants, jeans and skirts and an extra 40% off sale styles at LOFT. The Insider code for the month of February is INISIDER582 for an additional $25 off qualifying full-price promotional purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). Note: This insider code is valid but I have not been able to redeem it online in conjunction with the recent sales promotions. However, you can call customer service to apply the code if it doesn't work online. Thanks to Su for checking and confirming this with customer service!

LOFT Sunny Lace Skirt, size 0 regular
LOFT Sunny Lace Skirt, size 0 regular

I love this sunny lace skirt and unlike the sunny lace top I reviewed here the lining is 100% polyester. I tried on size 0 which was a bit loose on me. I carry a measuring tape on me at all times (I know I'm an oddball and I totally own it) and size 0 regular has a 28" waist and 19" total length. The waistband is made of a slightly stretchy grossgrain ribbon so it should make for a more comfortable fit. This skirt runs true to LOFT sizing but based on the measurements it first one to two sizes larger due to their vanity sizing.

 LOFT Mixed Media Ruffle Shell, size XSP

I grabbed this pretty ruffle shell to try on with the skirt in size XSP. Petites ran really long and loose on me so I would need to size down to XXSP. The split neck is lower than I would prefer. Note that the back is 100% rayon so if you noticed that it becomes shorter after washing just let it air dry completely before steaming out the material. Steaming out rayon after it's dry relaxes the material and returns it back to it's original length and shape.

 LOFT Tweed Side Button Skirt, size 0 regular

Su wanted to see this new tweed skirt and I found it one of the stores I visited to try on. Size 0 regular has a 27" waist and it's 17" long so it fell a few inches above my knees.

LOFT Long Sleeve Lace Top, size XSP
LOFT Long Sleeve Lace Top, size XSP (review of size S regular here)

I spotted this pretty lace top in the sales rack but I didn't love the fit of size XSP on me. I would prefer XXS regular for a slightly longer overall length. It fits true to size and it's currently on sale for $32.99 after discounts. This would have been such a beautiful top for Valentine's Day.

 LOFT Lily Tab Sleeve Blouse, size XSP

I have the solid tab sleeve blouse in XSP (last seen here) so I tried on this lily print in store but I don't like the candied lemon color against my skin tone. You can see the true color better here. This blouse fits a little loose but I'd say that it fits closer to my usual size at LOFT.

 LOFT Cutout Lace Top, size XSP

I wanted to like this pretty navy cutout lace top by I personally found that the lace sleeves are a bit snug as soon as I bent my arms. I guess that means I have to work on toning my arms (skinny arm goals). This top has a relaxed fit throughout the body in my usual size at LOFT.

 LOFT Lacy Bell Sleeve Blouse, size XSP
LOFT Lacy Bell Sleeve Blouse, size XSP (review of XS regular here)

Lastly, I found this bell sleeve blouse in XS petite and I tried it on for sizing to compare with XS regular which I recently tried on in my previous post. It fits true to size and it will be a cute top for the spring and summer with white jeans.

Happy shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature