A LOFTY Update

Hi Ladies,

Special thanks to Annie for sharing the code FRIENDS for 40% off LOFT during the cardholders preview the day before. The current promotion is good through Sunday August 18th and there are no exclusions. I don’t have a LOFT or Ann Taylor card so my shopaholic self was worried that the items I wanted would sell out in my size. Fortunately when I checked the cart in the morning my picks were still there so I happily ordered away.

It’s been a little over four months since my last post but I figured I’d take advantage of the latest sale to show you a backlog of how some (okay, a lot) of items fit on me. I keep hoping that I’ll magically shed my winter blubber but alas with lots of eating and no exercise aside from walking around town I’m still at my heavier weight of around 110 give or take a few pounds (my preferred weight is 102-103). For reference I’m 5′ 2 1/4″. I’ve had hyperthyroidism/Graves Disease since 2004 so my weight has fluctuated a lot. Aside from GD it could be attributed old age plus bad habits such as eating late and downing copious amounts of bubble tea (and yes, I’ve heard about the boba recall). It’s all well and good I guess and I’m finding that I fit a lot more clothes than I usually would.

LOFT Ruffle Shoulder Shell, sz XXS
Ruffle Shoulder Shell, size XXS

Decision: Keeping

LOFT Boatneck Tee Blouse, sz XS
Boatneck Tee Blouse, size XS (as seen on Annie here)

Decision: Keeping


I prefer regular XXS (as seen in the striped top below) but either it wasn’t available or it sold out in that size.

LOFT Mixed Stripe Square Boatbeck tee, XXS
Keep: Mixed Stripe Square Boatbeck tee, size XXS (as seen on Jean here)

Decision: Keeping

The neck opening was impossibly small in the petites size so I ordered the regular XXS. I prefer an easier on and off so I took this top to my tailor to create a 4″ keyhole opening with button detail in the back. Update: See finished product here.

LOFT Seamed Flare Shift Dress, 0 regular
LOFT Seamed Flare Shift Dress, size 0 regular

Decision: Ordered in 00 regular since the size picture above is still too loose and petites is a tad short.

LOFT Cotton Canvas Utility Jacket, sz XS
LOFT Cotton Canvas Utility Jacket, size XS in sand coast

Decision: Love it. Regular XS was too big and roomy on me but unfortunately XXS is sold out. πŸ™

LOFT Vintage Floral Print Elastic Waist Dress, size XSP
  Vintage Floral Print Elastic Waist Dress, size XSP

Decision: Passed due to odd waistline on me

LOFT Tie Neck Short Sleeve Blouse, sz XSP
Tie Neck Short Sleeve Blouse, size XSP 

Decision: Passed

LOFT Mini Shell Print Spaghetti Strap Dress, sz 00
Animal Print Spaghetti Strap Dress, size 00 

Decision. Keeper. It’s unlined but I love it. See it on me here.

LOFT Pleat Front Tee Blouse in fiery red, sz XS
Pleat Front Tee Blouse in fiery red, size XS

Decision: Passed because I wouldn’t wear red much.

LOFT Tiered Ruffle Shell, sz XSP
Tiered Ruffle Shell, size XSP in cocoa sand (recommended by Annie)

Decision: Passed due to trying on incorrect size.

LOFT Tiered ruffle shell, sz SP
Tiered Ruffle Shell, size SP in new navy

Decision: Passed although this size is much better.

LOFT Pebble Print Button Back Tulip Sleeve Top and Stretch Ponte skirt, both in sz XS
Pebble Print Button Back Tulip Sleeve Top, (size XS shown here but I purchased in size XXS online)

Stretch Ponte skirt, size XS 

Passed on the skirt because it’s thinner weight and unlined

LOFT Inked Feather Print Tipped Maxi Dress, sz XXSP
Inked Feather Print Tipped Maxi Dress, sz XXSP

Decision: Keeping

LOFT Birds of Paradise Print tee, in sz XXSP
Birds of Paradise Print tee, size XXSP

Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans, (modeling size 25P but ended up getting 26P)

Decision: Passed on the top. It’s now sold out but I wish I had purchased it.

LOFT Pleated V-Neck Tank dress, sz XXSP
Pleated V-Neck Tank dress, size XXSP 

Decision: Pass. Regret purchase since I now only wear this dress at home.

LOFT Crochet Bib Sleeveless Lace Dress, sz 0P
Crochet Bib Sleeveless Lace Dress, size 0P 

Decision: Love it. See it on me here.

In addition to the keepers up top below are my picks for the sale. A couple of items I noticed after I placed my order so unless I see them in stores I’m going to try not to place another order to save myself from epic returns. At least this is what I tell myself right now. πŸ™‚

Happy shopping!



  1. Stylish Petite
    August 16, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the reviews Jess! Happy to see a blog post finally πŸ™‚ I'm glad you kept the items you did but no on the red pleated top and the ruffle top? I thought both looked good on you.

  2. Jess L
    August 16, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    My pleasure Annie. As you know I prefer Instagram to blogging since it's less time consuming and quick to 'publish' and share things. You certainly make blogging look easy and I really admire that. πŸ™‚ I passed on the red top because I hardly wear red when I buy it. All the combinations I come up with remind me of Christmas. lol If it becomes available in more neutral colors then I'd totally get them. Thanks for suggesting the ruffled top. I think it would look so much better on you but I thought it wasn't so flattering on me due to the size I tried on. Maybe I'll try on another size in store.

  3. Mimi
    August 16, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    Beautiful, loving everything! I especially love the red skirt, you look great in red in general:)Aesthetic Lounge

  4. Carol Li
    August 16, 2013 / 8:01 pm

    It looks like you've got some great items. My other half was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism/graves disease around 6 months ago. He's much better now and now only take 1 tablet every other day. He's been reading some stuff from http://www.elaine-moore.com which he says has helped and is on a low idione diet.www.petitestyleonline.com

  5. Jess L
    August 17, 2013 / 2:49 am

    Thanks so much, Mimi. The red skirt is from Banana Republic.

  6. Jess L
    August 17, 2013 / 2:58 am

    Thanks Carol. I'm sorry to hear that your significant other has it too especially because it's supposed to be more common in women. I appreciate the link you shared and I'll definitely be taking a look. I was recently considering the radioactive iodine treatment to ablate my thyroid but reconsidered since it's harsh and irreversible. I'm going to try to see if proper diet and supplements (vitamin D, B21, selenium, copper, iodine and magnesium) help instead. I don't plan on self medicating even with OTC supplements so I'll be sure I'll consult my endocrinologist first.

  7. gigisgoneshopping
    August 18, 2013 / 5:10 am

    Great reviews. It looks like Loft is worth a visit right about now.

  8. Jess L
    August 19, 2013 / 3:37 am

    Thanks so much Gigi! I love your reviews too! I hope you find some staples at LOFT. πŸ™‚

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