Stripes & Polka Dots, A Few Fitting Room Reviews & Long Weekend Sales what jess wore

May 28, 2016

Stripes & Polka Dots, A Few Fitting Room Reviews & Long Weekend Sales

Ann Taylor Stripe Boatneck 3/4 Sleeve Top
Ann Taylor Stripe Boatneck 3/4 Sleeve Top, size SP (review of size MP here)
LOFT Striped Ankle Tie Espadrilles (review here, last seen here)

I wore this outfit the other day for work and there was a lot of traffic on the way home so my husband and I stopped by this wall to take some pictures. I really liked how this shoot turned out since this polka dot wall (located on Lincoln Street in Boston, MA) pops with my stripe top. I ended up getting the stripe boatneck top in size SP which is still a loose fit on me. I wish I could have tried on the regular missy sizes for comparison since I usually prefer the extra overall length but I haven't seen the regular missy version in stores yet. I'd say this top fits true to size but I went up a size so that it would be more loose and comfortable.

 Ann Taylor Stripe Boatneck 3/4 Sleeve Top
Above photos by my husband @justintsaiphotography
Please check out his Flickr here


LOFT - Get 40% off new arrivals and an extra 60% off select full-price styles and sale styles. Valid in stores and online. Since no code is needed you can use the stackable code INSIDER927 online for an additional 25% off qualifying full-price promotional purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey items). Shop my sales picks here:

 LOFT Gingham Drop Waist Dress

I wanted this gingham drop waist dress but I wasn't sure which size to get in this print. Luckily I came across size XXSP and XSP in stores today. See size XXSP on me here. It fits exactly like the chambray drop waist dress that I reviewed in this post. It is a loose fit in my usual size XSP but size XXSP is a bit too short for my preference.

 LOFT Striped Off The Shoulder Top

This striped off the shoulder top caught my attention since it was on display front and center at the store. I tried on size S regular since it was the smallest size on the racks but then I noticed that the mannequin had size XS on. It's a loose, flattering fit and I love the color combination (the true color is shown below). It's meant to be worn off the shoulders but it actually works as a regular top and it provided adequate coverage over my bra straps. I'd say it runs one size bigger but I would prefer size XS so that the sleeve length fits like half sleeves.

 LOFT Double Tassel Beaded Necklace
LOFT Striped Off The Shoulder Top, size XS regular on the mannequin

 LOFT Denim Jacket in Vivid Mid Indigo Wash
You can see the denim jacket in mid vintage wash on me in this post.

Ann Taylor - Get 50% off full-price styles and an extra 40% off sale styles. Use code SUMMER50. Valid in stores and online. Sale ends 5/31 at 3AM ET. Shop my sales picks here:

 Ann Taylor Matte Jersey Pleated Top

I wanted this matte jersey pleated top when I spotted it online and I tried on size S regular which was very roomy on me. I liked how the sleeves weren't too tight. I also tried it on in XS regular but I forgot to take pictures of it. I'd say this top fits true to size but it's definitely a boxy fit. If you love pleated tops definitely give this a try to see if it flatters your body type.

 Ann Taylor Structured Gingham Top

I saw this structured gingham top on the lovely Patty and I had to give it a try. Size XS regular fit me everywhere except the v-neck was too low and loose since I have a smaller bust although it's hard to tell that from the above pictures. The fit is on the short and boxy side so I purposely tried it on in the regular missy size for the extra overall length. I found that it runs true to size.

 Ann Taylor Silk Cotton Cropped Cardigan

This silk cotton cropped cardigan is a nice layering option over spring and summer dresses.Size XS regular fit me perfectly but I prefer a more cropped length so I would probably get this in petites. Open cardigans are also so easy to throw on over sleeveless tops to stay warm against the A/C that's usually blasting indoors this time of year. There's also plenty of neutral colors to choose from.

 Ann Taylor Shadow Floral Side Button Dress

The palm print on this shadow floral side button dress is gorgeous and I loved the buttons on the side. I tried on size 0P and the empire waist was big (around 31") and the arm holes were a bit generous. I personally found that this dress runs at least one size bigger than my usual Ann Taylor size so I would recommend going down one size unless you have a larger bust.

Banana Republic - Get 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40. Valid in stores and online. Exclusions apply. Sale ends 5/30 11:59PM ET. My favorite Gracie espadrilles (review here, last seen here) are included in this sale.

J.Crew - Get 30% off select full-price items and an extra 40% off sale styles with the code WEEKEND. Today only (5/30) get FREE shipping on all orders. Valid in stores and online. Valid online on full-price items marked "30% off with code WEEKEND" and on sale items marked "Extra 30% off with code WEEKEND." Sale ends 5/31 at 11:59PM ET. My favorite Gemma leopard flats (review here, last seen here) are on sale.

 J.Crew Sundress In Ratti Happy Cat Print

I received a $50 rewards card in the mail so I also stopped by J.Crew today and this sundress in ratti happy cat print caught my eye. I only grabbed size 00 regular to try and it was too snug since the empire waist is 26". The length works as a midi dress if you're around my height (5' 2 1/2"). I just love the bow tie straps and the fact that it has pockets. I was too lazy to try it in another size but I may go back another day to reassess the fit in 0 regular or just order it in petites. I probably need this dress in 0 regular or 2 petite and I ordered 2 petite for now so I hope it fits.

J.Crew Factory -50% off everything in stores and online plus an extra 40% off clearance online with code SOSWEET. Today only (5/30) get FREE shipping on all orders. Sale ends 5/31 at 11:59PM ET. Shop my sales picks here:

The Limited - Get 50% off almost everything and an extra 60% off select styles. Valid in stores and online. Online prices reflect discount. My favorite asymmetrical drape front cardigan (review here, last seen here) is included in this sale.

Nordstrom's half yearly sale is going on strong. Save up to 40% off select styles. This sale is valid in stores and online and valid through 6/5. Personally this sale gives me a lot of anxiety because I could spend hours looking through all the sale items for fear of missing out on a good deal. This Longchamp Honore wallet on a chain caught my eye as well as these Loeffler Randall Mara espadrilles although these Sole Society Elodie flats look like the similar for much less.

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