Styling a Plaid Skirt, Palla Handbags Giveaway + Weekly Fitting Room Reviews | what jess wore

December 08, 2017

Styling a Plaid Skirt, Palla Handbags Giveaway + Weekly Fitting Room Reviews

 Styling a Plaid Skirt - Outfit 1
LOFT Outlet Plaid Skirt (review and measurements below)
Modena Faux Fur Stole from T.J. Maxx - $12.99 (recent find, similar here and here
LOFT Shoulder Ruffle Blouse, size XS regular (past season, find it on eBay here, similar available at LOFT Outlet)
Ann Taylor Patent Bow Pumps (past season, current season options here)
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Happy Friday! It's been a busy week but I got up early to get out my weekly blog post. I accidentally hit 'publish' instead of save earlier this morning so I apologize to anyone that may have received a of draft version of this post if you subscribe to my blog via email. (Note: You can subscribe to my blog via email from the right sidebar.) I also update my Instagram Links page on a daily basis between my weekly posts.

I recent bought this plaid skirt from LOFT Outlet and I thoroughly enjoyed styling it with a few of my favorite past season blouses from LOFT. I look forward to wearing this skirt to some holiday events and I'm so glad it's versatile enough to match a lot of my tops and what's already in my closet.

  Styling a Plaid Skirt - Outfit 2
LOFT Lacy Ruffle Shoulder Blouse,  size XXSP (past season, similar here in red)
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  Styling a Plaid Skirt - Outfit 3
LOFT Modern Peasant Blouse, size XSP (past season, size XSP is too big and I needed size XXSP)
Michael Kors Brandy Booties - $99.99 from TJ Maxx (last seen here, I went up half a size for comfort and you can find them on eBay here
As seen in the video clip: LOFT Double Breasted Jacket, size XXSP (last seen here and here)
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  Styling a Plaid Skirt - Outfit 4
LOFT Vintage Romance Blouse, size XSP (review of size XXS here and size XSP here)
J.Crew Crewcuts Girl's Bow Coat (from Holiday '12, past season styles available on eBay here)
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PALLA HANDBAGS GIVEAWAY

Palla Handbags - A-Bag Plus Reversible Bag

I'm happy to announce that Palla Handbags is partnering with me on a giveaway for their A-Bag Plus! I love the minimalist look and the bag is 100% leather and really good quality. Each bag is reversible with two colorways so it's like having two bags in one. I also love all of the different ways that it can be worn and carried as shared in my review here.  

Update 12/11: This giveaway is now closed! Thank you to everyone that participated. Congratulations to Nova C. as the winner of the Palla A-Bag Plus giveaway!

One winner will be chosen after the giveaway ends this weekend. Please follow both of our Instagram accounts @whatjesswore and @pallahandbags to enter this giveaway which is open to my US readers. For ease of tracking please use the Rafflecopter form below.

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SALE ALERTS

LOFT - Get 40% off your entire purchase. Use code NEWNOW. Valid in stores and online. Don't forget to shop in stores to use your LOFT cash cards on full-price promotional purchases. The LOFT cash promotion ends soon on December 11th.

Ann Taylor - Get 40% off full-price styles and save an extra 50% off sale styles. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed online you can use code THANKS12 for an extra $50 off $100+ full-price promotional purchases. Alternatively, receive $25 off your full-price purchase of $75+. Valid in stores and online. To redeem online use code THANKYOU25. In stores use code 10000019236. Offer may only be used once. Exclusions apply.

Check out my recent purchases here. Refer to this post for all of the latest coupon codes and cardmember offers. There are a lot of extra savings this season!

RECENT OUTFITS

I typically keep it comfy casual but I found myself reaching for dresses this week for work.

Lou & Grey Rainbow Chip Sweater, size XS regular
Weekend Look:
Lou & Grey Rainbow Chip Sweater, size XS regular (last seen here, review here)

 Ann Taylor Tulip Tiered Dress, size 00P
Ann Taylor Tulip Tiered Dress, size 00P (review here, sold out but sizes do pop back in stock online)

 LOFT Royal Floral Shirtdress, size XSP
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LOFT Medallion Flippy Dress, size XXS regular
LOFT Medallion Flippy Dress, size XXS regular (past season favorite from 2015)

@jasminekimin is looking for this flippy dress in size XSP so if you have it please reach out to her! FYI. She has this dress in size XXSP. I will also post this on @loftnfound. I would love it if you considered following along if you hold onto a lot of LOFT oldies but goodies and would love to help out fellow #loveloft fans.

FITTING ROOM REVIEWS

 Ann Taylor Chiffon Dot Sleeve Shift Dress, size 00P
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I loved this Ann Taylor dress so much but I was waiting for a good sale to get it. I ended up getting it today since it's 40% off and since no code is needed I used another promo code on top for additional savings. Size 00P fits like my usual size 0P so I would say this dress runs about one size bigger. It's a very chic and simple dress and it's 100% polyester.

LOFT Outlet Plaid Skirt, size 2 regular ($54.99, purchased on sale for $22.49)
LOFT Outlet Plaid Skirt, size 2 regular ($54.99, purchased on sale for $22.49)
Regular missy item number: 443746
Petite item number: 448849
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I have been obsessed with this plaid skirt since I saw it in stores a few weeks ago. I went back for it last weekend and took home size 2 but it was definitely too big so I ended up exchanging it for size 0 (sizing starts at size 00 in regular missy and it's also offered in petites). It was $54.99 but I bought it on sale plus I got an extra 10% off for being a cardmember so I only paid $22.49. Size 0 has a 26" waist and it's 19" long while size 2 which has a 27" waist. A somewhat similar plaid skirt is on final sale and available from Ann Taylor here (currently available in sizes 10 and up).

 LOFT Stitchy Cable Sweater, size S regular
LOFT Stitchy Cable Sweater, size S regular
LOFT Crystal Floral Leaf Statement Earrings (review here)
LOFT Performance Denim Leggings in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 27/4P (last seen here, review here)
Michael Kors Brandy Booties - $99.99 from TJ Maxx (last seen here, I went up half a size for comfort and you can find them on eBay here)
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I tried on this sweater per @emalove's request. I prefer a loose and longer fit for my sweaters so I like the fit of size S when I sized up. For reference I am 5'2.5".

 LOFT Foldover Pocket Cardigan, size XSP
LOFT Foldover Pocket Cardigan, size XSP (review of size XXSP here)
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Update 1/8/18: This soft and cozy cardigan is now $19.50! It has an oversized fit and I previously reviewed size XXSP here. Size XSP fits me well and I ended up exchanging size XXSP for size XSP so that the sleeves wouldn't be as snug. I also have a mockneck sweater top made of the same material which I wore a lot last year. Note that it's prone to pilling. I just picked a backup of that mockneck sweater as reviewed here. I would recommend washing it inside out and you can shave off the pills with a sweater shaver. I didn't discover this gadget until college and it was such a life changer. You can now shop my Amazon recommendations!

 LOFT Dotted Swing Cami, size XS regular
LOFT Dotted Swing Cami, size XS regular
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I ordered this dotted cami in size XXS but it didn't arrive in the mail yet so I tried on size XS regular for fun. The elastic at the bust fits very loose so you can go down a size or two. The thin straps also fit very awkward and thy're not at the same place as my usual bra straps which I tucked in here otherwise it looked very silly. I'll provide an update on how size XXS fits and also determine if it is worth moving the straps so that they are in a better place. I never wear camis without a layer so maybe the strap placement won't be too big of an issue.

 LOFT Mixed Polkadot Blouse, size XS regular
LOFT Mixed Polkadot Blouse, size XS regular (review of size XXS here)
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I ordered this mixed polkadot blouse the moment I saw it online. I like the length of the blouse but size XS regular was very loose on me if you view the video clip from the link I've provided above. I ordered size XXS regular and I hope it will fit better. I would say it has a slightly looser fit especially if you have a smaller chest like me. It is fully lined so it's not see through. Update 12/19: This blouse is now available in petites! Thanks to @brittanymaustin for the heads up!

 LOFT Tiered Sleeve Blouse, size XS regular
LOFT Tiered Sleeve Blouse, size XS regular
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This tiered sleeve blouse is another adorable blouse and it fits just like the mixed polkadot blouse but this style is also available in petites. I haven't ordered/purchased it yet but hopefully I will find it in petites to try on. I believe I need it in my usual size XSP.

 LOFT Tipped Tie Cuff Sweater, size XS regular
LOFT Tipped Tie Cuff Sweater, size XS regular (review of size S regular here)
Click here to view the clip from my try-on
Click here to see size SP on me

This sweater fits true to size but it has a looser fit so you may want to size down for a closer fit. I finally found size XS regular to try on in store but I had had size SP coming in the mail so I left size XS regular behind. I found that the sleeves of the petite size were too short for me. I don't have shorter arms like most petites which is why I sometimes take regular missy sizes in tops and sweaters. I'm starting to amass way too many sweaters so maybe I'll just return size SP and call it a day. My closet never seems to stay lean for too long. The sweater is slightly sheer due to the looser weave so I've seen a few bloggers wear it with a cami underneath.

 LOFT Ribbed Trim Boatneck Sweater, size XS regular
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This simple sweater is available in four colors and I found that it runs true to size. I have a smaller bust and it was a bit shapeless there from the front view (picture on left) so I passed on this sweater.

 LOFT Performance Denim Leggings in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 27/4P

I know I've reviewed and shared these jeans a lot but if you can find a pair with the right inseam then these stretchy jeans are really comfortable and flattering. I found that they run really small so I went up to size 27/4P while I am usually size 25/0P for LOFT denim.

 LOFT Skinny Brushed Corduroy Pants in Modern, size 25/0P
LOFT Skinny Brushed Corduroy Pants in Modern, size 25/0P (review of size 24/00 regular here)
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I previously reviewed these corduroy pants in size 24/00 regular and found that the regular missy size ran true to size but my usual size 25/0P fit a big snug at the waist. The pair or 25/0P I received in the mail has a 28" waist and 25" inseam so the petite inseam is a bit shorter than I prefer. The waist fits really snug likely due to the lower rise. I may need to exchange them for size 26/2P but I'm not a fan of the slightly shorter inseam so I'm torn. 

 LOFT Skinny Tie Waist Pants, size 25/0P
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@linmaris asked me to try on these skinny tie waist pants as seen on Courtney. These are very strechy and comfy and they also come in black. The petite inseam is perfect and size 25/0P had a 29" waist and 26" inseam.

 LOFT Bloom Knit Bell Sleeve Dress, size 0 regular
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I also tried on this bell sleeve dress since my recent Instagram stories giveaway for one item on your wishlist showed that a few of you were interested in this cute dress. I couldn't find petites to try but size 0 regular was a modest length on me hitting me right above my knees. The waist placement was awkward on me but if you have a longer torso and/or larger chest them it should hit you at a better place. I found that the dress fits true to size and my True Fit profile recommends size 00 regular for me. The material they used for this dress is thicker so it's a good weight for the fall/winter. I remember feeling a bit warm when I tried it on.

Last month I asked for input regarding which other brands you would be interested in seeing me review besides LOFT. Here is the full list I collected and interestingly J.Crew Factory was the most requested!

Aberbrombie
Anthropologie
Banana Republic
Express
Old Navy
Gap
J.Crew
J.Crew Factory
Madewell
Nordstrom
Target
White House Black Market

 J.Crew Factory Bow-Front Coat, size 4
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Click here for a close-up of the coat

I happen to live near a J.Crew Factory but the in-store selection is rather lacking and petite sizes are online only. I came across this cute bow front jacket but my size was sold out so I tried on size 4 which has 14.5" shoulders and 24.5" sleeves. (I may carry around a measuring tape with me at all times.) I believe I need size 2 but I ordered size 0 when it was on sale for $109 since that was the size that popped back online. Size 0 should be coming in the mail today so I'll provide an update on my Instagram stories and I'll update this post when I get a chance. Update 12/9: Size 0 fit me perfectly and it has 14" shoulders, 23.5" sleeves and a 31" total length. 

 J.Crew Wool Topcoat, size 00
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I also tried on this wool topcoat since it looked amazing on Jules and you can read her review of size 00 here. Jules is 5'4" while I am 5'2.5" and she's very lean and fit. Size 00 regular was too snug on me through the shoulders and sleeves so it wasn't roomy enough for layering on me. I also tried on size 0 regular below but the overall length looked too long and the pocket placement seems to add unwanted bulk to my lack of figure and shorter stature. I have longer arms than Jules which is why the sleeves appear short on me in size 00 while just right on me in size 0. Size 00 in black had 14" shoulders and 23" sleeves while size 0 in camel had 14.5" shoulders and 24" sleeves.

 J.Crew Wool Topcoat, size 0
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 J.Crew Factory Long Sleeve Striped T-shirt With Dotted Tulle Cuff, size XXS
J.Crew Factory Long Sleeve Striped T-shirt With Dotted Tulle Cuff, size XXS

This striped t-shirt was really cute with the dotted ruffle cuff so I grabbed size XXS regular to try on. I probably need it in size XS regular since the sleeves of size XXS regular were very snug. The longer sleeve length will fit like regular sleeves for most petites but they're 3/4 length sleeves on me.

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