September 10, 2017

Weekly Purchases & LOFT + Ann Taylor Fitting Room Reviews

Last night LOFT updated their online sale. Get 50% off select full-price styles (use code SPREE) and save up to 75% off original prices on sale styles. Valid online only. Alternatively, redeem your LOFT cash in stores now through September 20th. Note that you can redeem multiple LOFT cash per transaction and they're also stackable with in-store promotions on full-price merchandise. My local store was handing them out yesterday as you walked even if you didn't earn them from the previous promotion.

Also, I forgot to share this tidbit earlier but I just recalled seeing this email last week. It's an extra 15% off every Tuesday this month (read more about this cardmember perk here). I believe this applies to LOFT cards too since I received this email even though I have the LOFT MasterCard. Update 9/12: I checked at midnight last night but I was only able to see this discount at checkout on Ann Taylor's website (even though the fine print below says LOFT is included). Ann Taylor also extended the 40% off promotion today with code SHOP40. If you're a cardmember that comes out to 49% off retail on full-price promotional items when both the 40% discount and the extra 15% off is applied at checkout.

 Extra 15% off every Tuesday this September

Receive an extra 15% off your entire purchase online when you pay with a LOVELOFT card or Ann Taylor card every Tuesday in September, 2017.

The fine print: *Subject to credit approval. Cannot be used on prior purchases. Valid at Ann Taylor, anntaylor.com, Ann Taylor Factory Store, LOFT, LOFT.com, and LOFT Outlet only. Not valid at Lou & Grey or louandgrey.com. Combinable with in-store promotions but not combinable with other offers or coupons. Taxes, shipping and handling fees, purchases of gift cards, charges for gift boxes and payment of a LOFT or Ann Taylor account are excluded from the discount. Update 9/13: Yesterday 9/12 I was only able to use this discount on Ann Taylor. One of my followers said that she was able to get the extra 15% off discount at LOFT when she called in to place her order. Thank you Shelli!

LOFT FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Twist Sleeve Top in soft sunrise pink, size XS regular
Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Twist Sleeve Top in soft sunrise pink, size XS regular 
Restricted Kailani Sandals in cognac (runs true to size)
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

This Lou & Grey top is currently 50% off! I was curious about this twist sleeve top since I love their signaturesoft fabric. I found size XS regular to try in both colors which are equally flattering. The style is intended to have a cropped and swingy fit and I found that it runs true to size. The boatneck is wider on me in size XS but my bra straps should be covered in my usual size XXS regular. It has a shorter overall length making it petite friendly. For reference I'm 5' 2.5" and I have 14" shoulders.

 Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Twist Sleeve Top in glacier grey, size XS regular
Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Twist Sleeve Top in glacier grey, size XS regular
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 LOFT Sandwashed Split Cuff Tee in grape leaf, size XSP
LOFT Sandwashed Split Cuff Tee in grape leaf, size XSP
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Su asked me to try on this split cuff tee and I found that it runs true to size for a relaxed fit. The sleeves are really cute and the curved shirttail hem is flattering compared to a typical straight hem. Petites also has a longer length so if you find the top too long in regular missy sizes I would suggest giving petites a try.

 LOFT Tie Hem Blouse, size XSP
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I was hoping to find the shoulder button blouse (review here) in petites in store but I spotted this similar tie hem blouse. I tried on size XSP which fits true to size. It's different from their usual bubble hem tops since it's not as tightly cinched. You can use the ribbon ties on both sizes to cinch it as tight or as loose as you prefer.

 LOFT Striped Sweatshirt Tee, size XXS regular
LOFT Striped Sweatshirt Tee, size XXS regular
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I had high hopes for this sweatshirt tee but the sleeves are awkwardly short on me (they look better pushed up). It has a loose fit and longer length so it covers the front and backside on me in size XXS regular. The material is not like a sweatshirt but it's not thin either so it doesn't require a layering cami. I don't love it on me so I'll be returning it but it's a nice quality top.

 Lou & Grey Chenille Sweater, size XXS regular
Lou & Grey Chenille Sweater, size XXS regular
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I also had high hopes for this grey sweater but I don't like the thick band around the collar. It's has a nice weight to it making it perfect for fall and it's not itchy. My usual LOFT size XXS regular was a loose comfortable fit on me.

 LOFT Hoodie Jacket, size XXS regular
LOFT Hoodie Jacket, size XXS regular
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I ordered this hoodie jacket since the style reminds me of this popular and well loved hoodie from 2014 that they bring back every fall/winter. It's a loose open style and fits about one size larger. Note that the sleeves run long in the regular missy sizes (I measured them at 24"). The material is cozy and it has some weight to it so that it drapes well. I like that the sleeves are not too tight so it will be comfortable for layering. I also have the textured open cardigan in black (review here, see it on me here in good lighting) which I wish was available in other colors.

 Lou & Grey Fuzz Boucle Poncho, size XS/S
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I really love the look of this neutral poncho. It's really soft and warm but I should have listened to my online True Fit profile when it said that this wasn't available in my recommended size. The poncho looks so chic on taller customers that I've seen trying it on in stores but if you're shorter than me (I'm 5' 2.5") then this will likely overwhelm your frame. I really wish this poncho was offered in petites or size XXS regular at the very least. Update 9/20: This poncho is now available in petites here. Thanks to Su for the heads up!

LOFT OUTLET FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 LOFT Outlet Shawl Collar Cardigan, size XSP - $54.99 (petite item no. 440945)
LOFT Outlet Shawl Collar Cardigan, size XSP - $54.99 (petite item no. 440945)
Ann Taylor Silk Cami, size XXS regular (hemmed)

I really wanted this cardigan since it reminds me of this well loved cowl tunic sweater from last year. It's available in this oatmeal color and a plum/berry color. The shawl collar drapes well and it's very flattering. It was only 25% off so I'll wait for a better sale. I thought about using my rewards points to buy it but it's probably best to wait unless I start to see the sizes disappear. I live really close to a LOFT Outlet and I've been going more often lately due to finding some cute things in stores.

 LOFT Outlet Mockneck Lace Top, size XXSP - $54.99 (petite item no. 438855)
LOFT Outlet Mockneck Lace Top, size XXSP - $54.99 (petite item no. 438855)
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

This mockneck lace top was featured on a mannequin styled with colored utility pants similar to this pair (review here). On the hanger it looks really boxy but once you put it on it's actually really flattering. I need to steam out all the creases to make sure that it lays well. It was 50% off so I snapped it up since it was the last XXSP I saw. It is sligthly narrow on my shoulders but it's not too uncomfortable. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that it's lined and not see through.

LOFT Outlet Utility Jacket, size XS regular - $79.99 (item no. 438336)
LOFT Outlet Utility Jacket, size XS regular - $79.99 (item no. 438336)

My instafriend Jen informed me that she picked up this jacket a few weeks ago since it reminds her of my Zara utility jacket. LOFT outlet tends to run one size bigger than regular LOFT. However, size XS regular fits small (this jacket fit like size XSP) and shorter making it very petite friendly.

ANN TAYLOR FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

Ann Taylor Tweed Open Jacket, size 0 regular
Ann Taylor Silk Cami, size XXS regular (hemmed)
Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

@JeanWang featured this jacket in a recent post and it looked very chic on her. From my experience many jackets and outerwear that look good on her usually doesn't work for me but I tried this jacket on out of curiosity and it actually fit and draped well. For once the back of the jacket wasn't too boxy either. Size 0 regular was a bit looser on me than I prefer so I probably need my usual size 00 regular or 0 petite for the best fit. I have longer arms than many petites so the regular missy sleeves are a flattering bracelet length on me. I also stopped by Ann Taylor Factory and they have a similar style jacket right now but the quality isn't as nice.

 Ann Taylor Bell Sleeve Top, size XXSP
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This  grey bell sleeve top was on my wishlist and I was excited to find it in store to try. The fabric is slightly thicker than your usual tee so it's perfect for the fall. Size XXSP (above) was too snug on me so I went with my usual size XSP (below) which is a more flattering and comfortable fit. The bell 22" sleeves may be long for petites with shorter arms since they're just right on me.

 Ann Taylor Bell Sleeve Top, size XSP
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 Ann Taylor Pleated Sleeve Sweater in shino pink, size XS regular
Ann Taylor Pleated Sleeve Sweater in shino pink, size XS regular
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

This pleated sleeve sweater was another item on my wishlist that I was happy to see and try-on in store. I tried on both XS regular (above) and S regular (below) and they fit true to size. I would prefer size XS regular for the best but but I am curious about size XXS regular as well. The overall length is cropped so if you have a longer torso you may find this sweater too short. If you love the pleated sleeves on this sweater then you may want to try this cardigan (regular missy sizes run really long thanks to Su so I would suggest sizing down to petites to see if that helps with the fit and overall length) and this dress.

I will say that these sweaters actually don't look like much on the hanger but I happened to spot an associate @annlovesboston wearing the white sweater so I went back to the fitting room to try it on. Stylish sales associates are the best enablers!

 Ann Taylor Pleated Sleeve Sweater in winter white, size S regular
Ann Taylor Pleated Sleeve Sweater in winter white, size S regular
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

Ann Taylor Pleated Knit Tee, size XS regular
Ann Taylor Pleated Knit Tee, size XS regular
Click here to view the clip from my try-on (see size XSP on Su)

Su tried this on in size XSP and it looked really cute on her. I tried on this top out of curiosity even though metallics are not something I gravitate towards on my own. I felt that petites was too short on my torso so I preferred the extra length of size XS regular. This would be a really pretty top for the holidays. It runs true to size.

 Ann Taylor Striped Camp Shirt, size XXSP
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If you love stripes then you may want to try this striped camp shirt. It's a pullover style with one hidden button. This shirt has a longer overall length even in petites so it would look best tucked in. It's actually not too sheer but I was just too lazy to take off the cami that I was wearing since I wore a lace top yesterday. This style is also available in other prints and colors here. It fits true to size and I'm between size XXSP and XSP. I have a smaller chest so size XXSP fits me well but size XSP would probably drape better.

VINCE CAMUTO BOOTIE REVIEW

 Vince Camuto Bootie Comparison
LEFT: Vince Camuto Franell Bootie in Wild Mushroom Verona
RIGHT: Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie in French Taupe Suede
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I finally managed to snag both this popular bootie from the #nsale in both the taupe and grey colors when size 7 popped back in stock. The bootie is backordered but I checked back often and on two separate occasions I was able to order each color due to someone else's return. The taupe color in the Fileana style is lighter than the taupe color of the older Franell style. I've gone through another pair of the Franell booties since my jeans have bled onto them if I'm not careful to cuff my jeans.

 Vince Camuto Bootie Comparison
Top: Vince Camuto Franell Bootie in Wild Mushroom Verona
Bottom: Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie in French Taupe Suede
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

In trying on both colors I found that the taupe color (wild mushroom verona) I received fit more snug than the greystone color. I also compared the length of the Fileana bootie with my Franell booties and you can see that the new style runs about a half size smaller. The toe box is also more fitted/narrow so I would suggest going up half a size. Unfortunately, I have to send back the booties and look out for size 7.5. The heel heigth measures 3.5" which is the same height as the Franell booties.

DENIM REVIEW

 Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Ankle Skimmer Jeans, size 0P

I ordered a few pairs of Wit & Wisdom jeans after seeing @mrscocowyse's Instagram story review and this dark indigo wash and ankle length style was my favorite pair. Size 0P fit me well and the inseam is 26.5" which is my preferred inseam since it doesn't require cuffing and it doesn't scrunch up on the bottom. The tapered leg opening is 10". I made the mistake of wearing them out yesterday without washing them and the dark rinse transferred onto my white top on the side where I carry my shoulder bag. Usually Shout helps me get out color transfer as long as I spray/treat and wash as soon as possible.

LOFT Modern Slit Fresh Cut Skinny Jeans in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 25/0P

I ordered these jeans on sale last week after trying them on in store (review here). Note that they have a 25.5" inseam. I took my usual size 25/0P. You can also see these jeans on the lovely Jen @mrsjenfrick. These jeans are also currently 50% off with the code SPREE.

 LOFT Modern Step Hem Skinny Jeans in Pure Dark Indigo Wash, size 24/00 regular

I managed to snag these sold out step hem jeans when size 24/00 regular popped back in stock. I've been wanting to try this trend although I don't have a lot of need for fashion denim as I'm not sure I can get away with wearing them at work unless it's casual Friday.  Size 24/00 regular fits like my usual size 25/0P and has a 25.5" inseam in the front and a 27" inseam in the back.

Refer to this clip to see the above three jeans I reviewed in natural lighting.

NORDSTROM REVIEW

 BP. Remix Stripe Peplum Top, size XS regular
BP. Remix Stripe Peplum Top, size XS regular
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This stripe peplum top was another item I ordered after seeing it on @mrscocowyse. I ordered size XS but the fabric is really stretchy so it makes the top fall longer than I would prefer. The material is also thinner so it's see through even with a nude bra. It's so thin it makes me question if the top would last the season. I like the striped peplum top I picked up at Marshalls recently for $9.99 a lot more (as shared in this previous post).

Vionic 'Caballo' Pointy Toe Flat, size 7
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Lastly, I ordered these leopard flats recommended by Annie @stylishpetite since I'm looking to replace the Gemma leopard flats I have from J.Crew. This style runs a half size bigger on me since size 7 felt like size 7.5. They offer amazing support for your arch and they're well padded as you can see here. Unfortunately, the leopard print definitely has more yellow in it than I prefer (see a close up here).

Happy shopping!
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