Review: LOFT Striped Dress and My First Year Blogging

LOFT striped dress (sz 00P) and Zara Coat with gathering on the shoulder (sz XS)
LOFT Striped dress with yellow grosgrain bow, sz 00P
Zara coat with gathering on the shoulder (Ref. 5274/043), sz XS (reviewed here)

Continuing my reviews from my outlet purchases this past weekend is this striped dress from LOFT. I’m a very quick shopper (most of the time) and I usually do a quick walk through of a store from front to back. Sometimes nothing will catch my eye and I’ll leave as quickly as I entered the store and other times I’ll see a few things that warrant closer inspection.

The cute yellow and striped bow on the waist of this dress totally caught my eye so of course I had to try it on. This dress has a looser a line skirt (21″ at the bottom hem) so if you like your dresses to hug your curves then this dress is probably not your cup of tea. I also love the yellow piping that outlines the neckline and arm holes. Size 00P measures approximately 16″ in the bust and 13 1/2″ in the waist (measurements taken with the garment laying flat). The only thing that would make this dress even better for me is if it had pockets.

LOFT striped dress, sz 00P
LOFT striped dress tag
Here is the tag in case you want to call your local LOFT outlet to locate this item.

Again, I combined my purchase with my friend for additional savings so I got this for around $55.

LOFT striped dress
Here is the striped dress on my dress form (her measurements are 33″ x 25″ x 34″)

I also stopped by Ann Taylor Factory to try on the signature polkadot shorts as reviewed by Annie (see her post here) but the stiffer/thicker fabric didn’t lay very well on me. In my opinion, the polkadot version runs a bit smaller due to the material even though I tried on all of them in the same size. Both the chambray and white version of the signature shorts fit me as expected. I like the 4″ inseam because it isn’t too short. Size 0P has about a 13
1/2″-14″ waist (depending on how you measure the tabbed waist) and 12″

#ATFactory signature shorts. Guess which one I took home for 50% off?

There was a 50% off promotion on everything in store so I got the white shorts for $22.50 and passed on the other two.

AT Factory white signature shorts, sz 0P


I realized that today marks the one year anniversary of my blog and this will serve as my 100th post. As mentioned in this post, I originally started blogging in order to sell my gently worn/loved items (see my very first post here). While I sold only a few items via my blog (mostly J.Crew) I found that I blogged the most about what I bought rather than what I wore. I’m guilty of struggling to understand the purpose of my blog but my hope is to share more of my outfits this year and to live up to my blog’s namesake.

It’s a fact that I’m notorious for being non-committal about most things that I do for myself so I’ve surprised myself by committing to blogging this long. I’ve been blessed to make the online acquaintance of some very special lady friends through blogging. I’m equally grateful for the support of my lovely readers.

I’ve learned a lot from the blogging community this past year and sharing the things that I love has helped me in more ways than I can ever put to words.



  1. Always Maylee
    March 14, 2013 / 1:21 pm

    I LOVE the striped dress from LOFT. I think it's so cute and I love the yellow detail. That's from the outlets too? And I want those polka dot shorts. Do they have them in other colors besides black and white? Clearly, I need to make a trip to the outlets. Happy blog birthday! :)xo, Yi-chiaAlways Maylee

  2. Vogue and Heels
    March 14, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    Gorgeous items! I love that dress. You always buy the cutest clothes.-Vogue&

  3. Jess L
    March 14, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    Thank you! You should give the dress a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jess L
    March 14, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    Thanks so much, Yi-chia. Yes, the dress is from LOFT outlets and I got it at Wrentham. They carried it in both the regular and petite sizes. The signature shorts including the polka dot ones came in at least 6 colors if I remember correctly. They also came in both regular and petite sizes at AT Factory. FYI. There is a AT Factory in Watertown too!

  5. Always Maylee
    March 14, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    I actually did know about the AT Factory in Watertown, but I sort of always forget that it's there. I think the conclusion is that I should go to wrentham. Your recent purchases have convinced me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Stylish Petite
    March 14, 2013 / 6:12 pm

    Okay you convinced me, the striped dress is adorbs on you. I just thought it looked a bit wide but now that I can see a big pic of it- it looks great on you Jess:) Bummer about the polkadot shorts but at least you got the white. They fit you perfectly! Happy blog anniversary!!! XOXO

  7. Christine
    March 14, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    The striped dress is so cute, the yellow piping detail is on point! I can see this dress being worn plenty of times in the warmer seasons. I absolutely adored the polka dot shorts on Annie, but the white one is just a basic to have, esp for the price you got it for. Happy Blog Anniversary ! <

  8. Allison M
    March 14, 2013 / 11:45 pm

    Love the dress, I'll definitely go try this on! I gotta look up where Ann Taylor Factory is near my house…

  9. Allison M
    March 14, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    I love that dress! I've gotta go try it on. Congrats on the anniversary, I just started my blog and I hope I can get to a year without quitting in the middle.

  10. Jess L
    March 14, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    And so you should. Woodbury Commons is an epic outlet in NY. Puts every other outlet to shame.

  11. Jess L
    March 15, 2013 / 1:02 am

    Thanks so much Annie! You friendship and support have gotten me through this year. <3

  12. Jess L
    March 15, 2013 / 1:04 am

    Thanks Christine! I loved the polka dot shorts on Annie. Basics are important too since I wear a lot of white in the spring/summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jess L
    March 15, 2013 / 1:12 am

    It's definitely worth trying on.Thanks Allison and best of luck on your blog. I didn't see a URL otherwise I would have taken a peek. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Samantha
    March 15, 2013 / 1:22 am

    love the ann taylor shorts! makes me want spring to come even quicker! congrats on your one year of blogging!

  15. Jess L
    March 15, 2013 / 2:10 am

    Thanks Samantha! It was so bitingly cold today. ๐Ÿ™ Where is spring?

  16. Kathleen Lisson
    March 16, 2013 / 3:00 am

    Happy blog birthday and thanks for showing the Loft nautical dress. I will have to check it out!

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  18. MaryIrene Marek
    March 16, 2013 / 11:21 am

    congrats on your 1st year of blogging!

  19. Jess L
    March 16, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    Thanks Kathleen! The dress is very cute and it would look great with a hat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Jess L
    March 16, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Thanks Mary-Irene! <3

  21. Lauren
    March 19, 2013 / 3:01 am

    First off, congrats on your 1st year of blogging – so exciting! Secondly, I adore this look. That dress with the jacket is so pretty. xo

  22. Life in Petite
    March 19, 2013 / 4:57 am

    Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Jess! Knowing how much time and dedication blogging takes, it really is an accomplishment to be proud of ๐Ÿ™‚ L&F,

  23. Jess L
    March 20, 2013 / 6:34 am

    Thanks so much, KC! I really appreciate your support.

  24. Jess L
    March 20, 2013 / 6:34 am

    Thank you Lauren!

  25. Lori and Rebecca
    March 24, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    Great buys (and even better because you got such great deals)! Congrats on your first year of blogging.~Lori

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