March 26, 2017

Cyber Spring: Get FREE Shipping + 50% Off At Ann Taylor

  Ann Taylor Ruffle Hem Sweater Outfit

Ann Taylor is having their cyber spring event. Get free shipping + 50% off your entire purchase! Use code CYBER50. Sale ends 3/28 at 3AM ET. Valid online only. Last weekend I stopped by my local store and picked up this adorable ruffle hem sweater when it was 40% off. It has a cropped fit so I ended up taking size M for a more relaxed fit. The width and length of this sweater fits like size XS petite of my favorite LOFT cowl tunic sweater (last seen here). My husband said the the ruffles remind him of dumpling pleats.

I won an in store shoe raffle and picked up my free Erika suede bow sandals today c/o my local store (check out my Instagram story for the review). They fit true to size and the front straps are soft, comfortable and stretchy in case you have slightly wider feet like me. The 2.5" heel is manageable too!

Check out my other fitting room reviews here and below. Shop my sales picks here:



 Ann Taylor Ruffle Hem Sweater, size M regular

 Ann Taylor Ruffle Hem Sweater, size M regular

OUTFIT DETAILS
J.Crew Crewcuts Girl's Bow Coat (very old from Holiday '12)
LOFT Round Crystal Necklace (c/o, sold out online)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 25/0P (similar)
Zara Convertible Bucket Bag (item ref no. 4788/204)

Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography

 Ann Taylor Ruffle Hem Sweater, size M regular
Ann Taylor Ruffle Hem Sweater in winter white, size M regular

This ruffle hem sweater has a cropped fit so I ended up taking size M for a more relaxed fit in the body and longer overall length. The sleeves were a tad long due to sizing up so I cuffed them once. My online True Fit profile recommended size XS regular so I went up two sizes from that. If you would like a more fitted look then I would still recommend going up a size for a more flattering fit. I loved both colors but last weekend I only took home the winter white one since it was only 40% off. It's tempting to get the coral color below now that it's 50% off and free ship. I started to add things to my shopping cart as soon as I saw the sale go live but I am still deciding what to narrow it down to since sales like these spell trouble for me.

 Ann Taylor Ruffle Hem Sweater, size M regular
Ann Taylor Ruffle Hem Sweater in coral punch, size M regular

 Ann Taylor Marled Bolero Jacket, size 0P

This bolero jacket was on my wishlist for a while and I finally had a chance to try it on. I love the light grey color, the texture and the fit. Size 0P fit me true to my usual size at Ann Taylor. I also tried on size 00P which fit me as well but it was a little snug in the middle of my forearm. I tried it on again today if you check out my Instagram story. I prefer the more fitted look of size 00P and maybe my forearms were more swollen the other day if I felt warm. If I had to nitpick then I wish the back of the jacket had a pleat or something to give it more shape/interest.

 Ann Taylor Fringed Tank, size XSP

I needed something to pair with the bolero jacket so I also grabbed this fringed tank which I believe I tried on in size XSP. I forgot to take a picture of the tag but I recall this top running true to size. This would make a great basic layering shell under blazers and cardigans or worn alone. It is slightly sheer as you can see an outline of my jeans underneath. If you plan on tucking it in and wearing a nude bra then this shell should be fine without a layering cami.

Ann Taylor Bow Back Popover, size XS regular
Ann Taylor Bow Back Popover, size XS regular

This bow back popover is a new arrival that I was hoping to see in store and I found size XS regular to try on. It runs true to size with a more relaxed but flattering fit. I would need this in size XXS regular for a better fit since the shoulder seams of size XS are coming off my shoulders. You could also wear it with the v-neck in front as shown below and layer with a pretty lace cami if neckline is too low/exposing. If you want to wear it with the bow in front then you may prefer to remove the care tag. You can remove the tag quickly and easily using a seam ripper.

 Ann Taylor Bow Back Popover, size XS regular (worn backwards)
Ann Taylor Bow Back Popover, size XS regular (worn backwards)

 Ann Taylor Floral Cutout Ruffle Shell, size XXSP

I was looking for the striped cutout ruffle shell but I couldn't find it in store so I tried on the same style in the floral pattern. Size XXSP fit me but it does pull a little on my bust (size 32A) while the bottom flows away from the body nicely. I ordered the striped cutout ruffle shell in size XXSP but I need to exchange it for size XSP. I'll see if I can try on size XSP to make sure that there isn't too much excess material on the bottom by sizing up. It runs slightly large but you will probably want to stick to your usual size at Ann Taylor.

 Ann Taylor Double Flare Sleeve Top, size XS regular

This flare sleeve top was another top I was really interested in when I saw it online. In person I didn't like the fabric as much (it may be prone to pilling) but the fit, color and style are on point and on trend for this season. Size XS regular fits true to size. My True Fit profile recommended size XXSP for this top but I found that size XS regular fits me pretty well. I would probably need this top in XXS regular for the best fit at the shoulders and sleeves.

 Ann Taylor Strappy Off The Shoulder Top, size XS regular

I always get excited when I see straps for off the shoulder tops/cold shoulder tops since it means I can wear a regular bra. I tried on this new top in size XS regular but I found that it has a form fitting fit and I prefer my tops to flow away from the body. If I tried to size up for a more relaxed fit then the 3/4 length sleeves would be too long and I find that the slits in the sleeves (meant to create a slight flare) are not very flattering. The wide shoulder straps are really short so if you have a longer torso or larger chest then this top may result in awkward fit issues.

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WhatJessWore Signature

March 22, 2017

LOFT Spring 2017 Fitting Room Reviews

LOFT Spring Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com

According to the latest spring catalog I recently received, the next 40% off everything + FREE shipping for cardmembers starts March 22. 30% off everything for non-cardmembers starts Thursday, March 23. Use code SPRING17 on LOFT.com. If you didn't receive the latest LOFT Flower Power (Spring 2017) catalog in the mail here is a sneak peek of some of the new arrivals coming soon. Note: These items appear 'sold out' but they definitely haven't hit the website yet.



There are so many gorgeous spring things at LOFT and some of my recent favorite purchases include this daisy bell sleeve blouse (see it on me here), this daisy embroidered pintuck blouse (I took size XXSP), this cherry blossom infinity scarf and the shimmer floral flounce dress (reviewed below). I've been meaning to update my blog with these fitting room reviews so thank you for your patience!

 LOFT Shimmer Floral Flounce Dress, size XSP

I picked up this floral flounce dress this past weekend with my remaining LOFT cash cards. I tried it on the previous weekend in size XSP and I couldn't stop thinking about it. The fit is loose and forgiving so I may try belting it. It hits a few inches above my knees. The dress comes with a slip inside which you can easily remove since it's loosely attached to the dress so that it stays in place. I may try using my own slip underneath to see how it looks. The dress comes across looking wide in pictures but it looks better in person where you can see the movement as seen in this clip. The details of the fabric are really pretty as seen here. Each dress is slightly different depending on where the larger flowers are positioned so you may want to try on a few different dresses in order to pick the one you like best.

 LOFT Shimmer Floral Flutter Off The Shoulder Top, size XSP

When LOFT comes out with a really good print they always offer it in other items such as this pretty off the shoulder top. (I got this cherry blossom infinity scarf which is a very similar print.) I don't wear off the shoulder tops so I found that this one also looks good worn on the shoulders. Refer to this picture for the off the shoulder look. The elastic stays on your shoulders and doesn't appear to slip or move around too much. I'd say that this top runs true to size for a flowy, relaxed fit. I may try this top in size XXS regular for the extra overall length.

 LOFT Camellia Lace Dress, size 0P

I originally tried on this dress in size 0 regular as seen here and here so I was sure that I needed this dress in size 0P which I found this past weekend. It fits true to my usual size at LOFT and it is lined but still a bit thin/sheer so nude undergarments are a must. I'm not sure how much I would wear this dress so I passed on it for now.

 LOFT Gilded Garden Top, size XSP

This embroidered top appears to be a favorite. It pictures well but it runs really wide and baggy/poufy as seen in the picture on above left and here. It looks okay when my arms are down at my sides but it fits like a loose sack as seen from the side view. Size XXSP looked much shorter so I couldn't size down without sacrificing the extra length which is my preference. It is also a bit sheer as other online reviews have noted. I've seen most people wear this top paired with a cardigan likely to hide the fit issues. I would suggest going down at least one size for this top and/or also trying on petites if you normally take regular missy sizes for the best fit.

 LOFT Lace Cami Dress, size 00P

This lace dress looked amazing in the store window display but it was pinned back on the mannequin. I tried on both size 0P here and 00P pictured above but this dress runs big and the fit left something to be desired for me. There is some ruching at the waist that adds bulk where it isn't welcome on me. You can see this issue on the first picture in their online stock image as well. If you really love this dress then you may want to consider having the tailor take it in for a more flattering fit.

LOFT Cold Shoulder Sweater, size XS regular
LOFT Cold Shoulder Sweater, size XS regular (review of size S regular here)

I finally found size XS regular to try in this cold shoulder sweater and it fits me better but I don't really love it on my small bust so I passed. The v-neck is also deep and I feel a bit exposed especially in the back. I really want to love and embrace the cold shoulder trend but so far most tops this style  make me feel like I have broad shoulders.

 LOFT Bell Sleeve Sweater, size XS regular
LOFT Bell Sleeve Sweater, size XS regular

I like this bell sleeve sweater and it runs true to size. I tried on size XS regular but I would prefer it in my usual size XXS for the best fit since the v-neck is a little low on me in size XS. Refer to this clip for another view of the sweater on me. It looks really cute paired with the shimmer floral scarf as seen here.

 LOFT Maze Riviera Pants in Marisa Fit, size 00P

The maze print is really eye catching so I tried on these Riviera pants for sizing and I found they fit one size bigger. I suggest going down one size from your usual size at LOFT. I usually wear size 0P in pants but size 00P fit me. Refer to this clip for a better view of the pants on me.

 LOFT Inked Floral Pleated Shorts, size 00 regular

The print on these inked floral pleated shorts are so adorable as seen here. I found that they fit true to size since size 00 regular fit me pretty well as seen here. My True Fit profile recommends size 0 petite but I prefer the regular missy size for the extra length. I wish they were made out of polyester but these shorts are 100% rayon so I will pass since they will likely shrink in the wash. I will keep an eye out for the online reviews just in case.

 LOFT Back Pleat Trench, size 00P

I like the simplicity of this back pleat trench and it runs about one size bigger so I took size 00P which is still a loose fit. I have longer arms than most petites so the sleeves are bracelet length on me. Refer to this clip for another view of the fit on me. I also finally found size 00P in the modern trench (review here) so I exchanged size 0P for size 00P. Interestingly, both sizes have the same shoulder width and similar waist size but the sleeves of size 00P were about half an inch longer which works out perfectly for me. See size 00P on me here. Note that the side profile picture on the right looks odd because there's an X sewn at the very bottom of the back pleat that is keeping it closed.

 LOFT Striped Lace Up Ruffle Shell, size XS regular

This ruffle lace up shell is adorable but it does run at least one size bigger. I tried on size XS regular but I would probably need size XSP for the best fit. The material is thin but not see through with a nude bra.

Striped Ruffle Henley Shell, size XSP

I have a similar style ruffle henley shell from last year and I love the light blue stripes for this year's version. The material is thin and therefore see through in this print. It has a relaxed fit in my usual size XSP.

 LOFT Tie Waist Button Skirt, size XS regular
LOFT Tie Waist Button Skirt, size XS regular (this style is also offered in a vine print

This skirt looked adorable on one of the sales associates at my local LOFT. Size XS regular fit me so I'd say it runs true to size. Since I have a straight up and down figure with no waist definition I find that clothes that cinch at my waist do not do me any favors so I passed on this skirt.

 LOFT Pocket Scalloped Skirt, size 0 regular
LOFT Pocket Scalloped Skirt, size 0 regular

Size 0 regular has a 27" waistband and it was about 17.75" in length. I had high hopes for this scallop hem skirt but the skirt is too wide along the bottom which is also my issue with the sunny lace skirt which I finally received in size 0P. It's too bad because I love the color and the style of both skirts but I'm trying not to settle on fit this year.

 LOFT Striped Ruffle Cold Shoulder Tee, size S regular
LOFT Striped Ruffle Cold Shoulder Tee, size S regular (review of size XS here)

This ruffle cold shoulder top has a snug fit so I tried on size S regular since I had previously tried on size XS regular. Size S was too loose and long on me so I probably need this top in size XSP or SP for the best fit.

 LOFT Cropped Skinny Chinos, size 0P

I tried on these cropped chinos to share the fit with my insta friend Su. I haven't owned a pair of chinos since college so I'm on the fence about these pants but I love the color options. Refer to this clip for another view of the fit on me.

I wanted to try on the new striped pleated skirt but size 0 regular was too loose on me and it looked ridiculous. I need to try size 0P to see if it's a better fit and overall length on me. It has the same exact waist size as the popular sunny lace skirt as seen here. Both skirts have a slightly stretchy waistband which is comfortable. Refer to this post for my review and measurements of size 0 regular.

LOFT Pearlized Leaf Necklace

I had my eye on this pretty pearlized necklace and I also love the matching earrings. I've been acquiring more costume jewelry than I usually do so I may let go of a few pieces that I haven't reached for. Hopefully I can snag this set on a good sale. I'll have to try on the earrings because I rarely wear anything other than my usual pearl studs.

 LOFT Pearlized Leaf Drop Earrings

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WhatJessWore Signature

March 16, 2017

Sale Alert: Get 50% Off Full-Price Styles At LOFT + 40% Off Your Purchase at Ann Taylor

 LOFT Mixed Floral Lace Shell, size XXSP
LOFT Mixed Ribbed Open Cardigan, size XS regular (c/o, last seen here, similar here)
LOFT Mixed Floral Lace Shell, size XXSP (review here, last seen here)
Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans, size 25/0P (review here, last seen here)
Gucci Abbey Tote (old from 2007)

This mixed floral lace shell is one of my favorite purchases and I've been playing with how it looks with other jackets and cardigans in my closet.  It pairs well with different patterns and textures so I can wear it through season changes. I'll try to update my blog soon with fitting room reviews from last weekend. My favorite try-on was the shimmer floral flounce dress which fit me true to size (see size XSP on me here). I also received my LOFT order from last week and my favorite item was the daisy embroidered pintuck top which I took in size XXSP. The fit and sizing is similar to the lacy ruffle shoulder blouse which I own and love in size XXSP (review here). I placed another LOFT order earlier this week when size 0P finally popped back for the sunny lace skirt (review of size 0 regular here). The skirt runs big and wide after another in store try-on so I'm hoping petites will fit better. Note: You can see my recent purchases here.

SALE ALERTS

Get 50% off full-price styles and an extra 40% off sale styles at LOFT. Use code LUCKY50Lou & Grey excluded. Valid online only. Sale ends tomorrow 3/17 at 10AM ET. I received 40% off via email but I tried LUCKY50 and it works! Shop my sales picks here:



Get 40% off full-price styles and an extra 40% off sale styles at Ann Taylor. Valid online only today 3/16 and valid in stores 3/17. Use code LUCKY at checkout. Shop my sales picks here:



 J.Crew Liberty classic schoolboy blazer from thredUP, size 00 regular (c/o thredUP)
J.Crew Liberty classic schoolboy blazer from thredUP, size 00 regular (c/o thredUP)

 Lou & Grey Snowdust Cardigan, size XS/S
Lou & Grey Snowdust Cardigan, size XS/S (review here)

 Ann Taylor Seersucker Jacket, size 00 regular
Ann Taylor Seersucker Jacket, size 00 regular (old review here, Update 4/24: new version now available)

Photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography

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WhatJessWore Signature

March 12, 2017

Flash Sale Alert: Get An Extra 60% Off Sale Styles at Ann Taylor

 Ann Taylor Butterfly Pleated Flounce Top, size XSP
Photo by my husband @justintsaiphotography



Get 40% off full-price tops and sweaters (use code TOPS40) and an extra 60% off sale styles at Ann Taylor! Sale ends 3/14 at 12AM ET. I placed an order last week and I should receive it early this week. My butterfly pleated top is now $24 after discounts. I originally ordered it in XXS regular but I ended up exchanging it for size XSP for a better fit since it does run a bit large. I love it paired with my open front crepe blazer (old) and a similar blazer looks like it may be back again this season. I'll order size S to try since it's hard to find a blazer that drapes well. I purposely haven't shopped at Forever 21 in so long but apparently they now credit your funds back to your original source of payment for returns instead of store credit. I had gotten tired of accumulating store credits which is why I stopped shopping there.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Ann Taylor Butterfly Pleated Flounce Top, size XSP (review here, last seen here)
Forever 21 Open-Front Crepe Blazer, size S (old, similar)
Ann Taylor Modern Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in carnival wash, size 25/0P (similar)

Shop my sales picks here:



Happy Shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature

March 06, 2017

Shopping On The First Tuesday Of The Month + More LOFT Fitting Room Reviews

 LOFT Open Pocket Cardigan, size XS regular
Photo by my husband @justintsaiphotography

I hope everyone had a good start to the week! It was another cold weekend here in New England and I stayed in to do more spring cleaning. I managed to list more items on my Poshmark closet and the week before I had sent out a large thredUP clean out bag.

I really wanted to shop both sales for LOFT and Ann Taylor but I decided to hold out until midnight tonight while it's technically Tuesday Eastern time but Monday Pacific time to save an extra 15% off at checkout. As a LOVELOFT cardholder, I love when a good sale falls on the first Tuesday of the month since this extra discount works on top of all discounts and promotions. The downside of waiting to order is running the risk of having my size sell out in the more popular items. LOFT is really good at the shop now, shop later (hello, LOFT cash) and shop often strategy so there will also be new arrivals to peruse come midnight. Per their comments, this floral flounce dress will be available on March 7th! 12-3AM ET is the sweet spot of the tail-end of this current sale so I'm going to make my orders count.

Please check out my previous LOFT fitting room reviews here and my Ann Taylor fitting room reviews here.



OUTFIT DETAILS
LOFT Open Pocket Cardigan, size XS regular (last seen here)
LOFT Flutter Peplum Top, size XXS regular (old)
Converse Shoreline Sneaker (now back in stock in many sizes)
Gucci Abbey Tote (old from 2007)

Update 3/7/17: Here is what I ended up ordering at LOFT.

LOFT Order 3/7/17



I was able to get the automatic 15% to apply at checkout at LOFT right after midnight ET but the discount didn't work on Ann Taylor's site even after clearing my cache.

Here is what I ended up ordering at Ann Taylor for an average price per item of about $30 (the camis aren't a good deal post the previous sale but I really wanted to try them). I was trying to keep my order close to $175 for free ship. I will see which items are keepers once I receive them and I ordered some sale items I've never tried on before.

Ann Taylor Order 3/7/17



FYI. I ended up using a $30 off $60+ code in addition to the automatic 15% off at check out. Ann Taylor had asked me to stop sharing these codes back in September so I cannot share these specific GIFT coupon codes publicly on my blog anymore. On the other hand, they don't seem to have an issue when I share the latest THANKS coupon code but THANKS1 for $50 off +$100 full price promotional items wouldn't take. Update: The code THANKS8 works and I accidentally placed a second order when testing it (fat fingers lol since it wasn't a significant price difference to reorder and I swear I didn't mean to do it). I called and their customer service will waive the return shipping on whichever order I decide to return to the warehouse.

 LOFT Fitting Room Reviews on www.whatjesswore.com

I had the pleasure of hosting another style event at my local LOFT store at the Prudential center with my coworkers last Thursday. I tried on some of the new arrivals on my wishlist but I only ended up taking home the daisy bell sleeve top in size XXSP (review here) and the ruffle cuff top (last seen here) I ordered in size XXS regular in black.

 LOFT Tie Cuff Open Cardigan, size XS regular
LOFT Tie Cuff Open Cardigan, size XS regular
LOFT Mixed Floral Lace Shell, size XXSP (review here, last seen here)

I saw one of my coworkers trying on this cardigan and I went back to grab it too since I missed it. Size XS regular fits really long lengthwise (I'm 5'2") but this cardigan is only offered in regular missy sizes when I checked the online store locator. It's item no. 432140 if you're looking for it in store. It runs true to size and also comes in a dark grey color.

LOFT Tie Cuff Open Cardigan, size XS regular

 LOFT Meadow Dress, size XS regular
LOFT Meadow Dress, size XS regular

I had high hopes for this meadow dress after seeing it on LOFT's instagram here. Unfortunately I do not have a slender waist like their model. I have minimal curves and I'm more straight up and down (32-28-34) so I found that the ruffles were too overwhelming on my petite frame. The elastic hit at an odd spot higher on my waist while the skirt hit below the knees making me feel frumpy. One of my petite coworkers also tried on this dress but it was a no-go for the both of us for the aforementioned reasons. It runs true to size but the particular cut and style would be flattering on more slender frames and height boosting heels/wedges are a must.

 LOFT Blossom Off The Shoulder Top, size XS regular

This blossom print top is really beautiful and well made. It's meant to be worn off the shoulder but it also looks fine if you wear it on your shoulders for more coverage. It runs true to size and I would need my usual size XXS regular. The print is personally too bold for me so I passed on this top but I can't wait to spot it on the stylish Boston ladies this spring and summer.

 LOFT Pintucked Lace Ruffle Top, size XSP

I love the pretty floral details this top but I found that it's really sheer  on the bottom and it runs one size bigger. I would need this top in size XXSP for a better fit. If you're interested in this top I would suggest going down one size.

 Lou & Grey Texturist Sweater, size XS regular
Lou & Grey Texturist Sweater, size XS regular

I love white sweaters so of course I grabbed this Lou & Grey sweater to try. It has a pretty texture to it and it's slightly sheer. Size XS regular was a bit roomy on me so I would need it in my usual size XXS regular. My favorite  Lou & Grey (pink) meshstitch sweater also returns this season. I forgot to note the style number because I thought I would be able to find it online. It should be available for purchase online soon.

 Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Pocket Tunic Tee, size XS regular

I tried on this soft tunic tee but it runs large so I would need this in size XXSP for a better fit. I love Lou & Grey's signaturesoft material because it washes well.

 LOFT Striped Ruffle Shoulder Tee, size XS regular

I tried on this striped ruffle shoulder tee that I wanted but I forgot to take a picture (blogger fail). Luckily, my friend Su took a fitting room picture to share with me this weekend and she let me use her picture above. I struggled to get this top on and off since I found that the opening was really small. Strangely enough, my online True Fit profile recommended size XXSP but I found that size XS regular was too snug in the waist. Su also tried it on in the same size and she agreed that it runs snug. This is the first time my True Fit profile was really off for my recommended size. I would recommend sizing up in your usual LOFT size for this top as it has a more junior fit to it versus a missy fit.

Happy Shopping!
WhatJessWore Signature