OUTFIT DETAILS: LOFT Chambray Shoulder Ruffle Shift Dress, size XXSP | LOFT Cutout Wedge Sandals (review here) | Cuyana Mini Chain Saddle Bag in quartz (c/o) | Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Melrose in rose gold (c/o) | Ann Taylor Pearlized Flower Bangle
I received this chambray dress last week but I still haven’t received the cardigan and earrings I ordered on April 29th. I was excited to see this dress because the ruffle detail on the shoulders caught my eye but upon opening my package I noticed that the thin, unlined material. Luckily I own a mini dress slip and it works perfectly with this dress but I do agree with the other online reviewers that the fit is generous and not worth the full retail price. The dress is a cotton and lyocell blend so I hope that it washes well. The v-neck is lower so I plan to sew a hidden snap button to keep it more closed/modest. Size XXSP (see it on me here) should easily fit those that typically take a few sizes larger (possibly up to size SP) due to the generous cut and style.
Cuyana Mini Chain Saddle Bag in quartz (c/o)
I received this mini saddle bag (the smooth leather is so soft!) from Cuyana in exchange for spreading the word about their Boston pop-up store this month. You can find them on 91 Newbury Street now through May 29th. I originally chose the structured cinch tote pictured below but the natural color wasn’t as neutral as I had hoped making it harder to pair with my outfits. The cinch tote was also stiffer than I expected and the magnetic snap wouldn’t stay closed. Perhaps the leather will get softer with use but I exchanged it for the mini saddle bag which is more my style. The bag is made in Italy with premium smooth Italian leather. The 22″ drop length of the strap is comfortable for petites but it may be an awkward crossbody length for taller ladies.
Update 10/28/18: If you love Meghan Markle’s style I was pleasantly surprised to see her carrying the Cuyana Mini Chain Saddle bag (c/o) which I had reviewed here. I like how she chose to carry the bag with the chain strap at a shorter length. In order to achieve the shorter strap length you will need to knot the gold chain once closest to the leather portion of the strap. Refer to these video clips on how to shorten the drop length of the strap: 1, 2. The quartz color is currently sold out but Cuyana plans to restock the bag due to renewed interest worldwide.
Cuyana Structured Cinch Tote in natural
Photo by my husband @justintsaiphotography
Needle felted Moomin handmade by the talented @buckwheat_pot
Zara Home Decorative Tray
I have a weakness for cute things and when I came across an entire needle felted Moomin family on @buckwheat_pot‘s feed I messaged the artist and ordered two Moomins. The entire process took her a few days to make but the shipping from overseas took a few weeks to arrive in the States. The seller doesn’t have an Esty account but she was a real pleasure to work with. She even reimbursed me for the shipping fees once she found out that shipping was much less than initially estimated.
LOFT Back Pleat Trench, size XXSP (last seen here)
Ann Taylor Dot Flounce Sleeve Blouse, size XSP (last seen here)
Ann Taylor Modern Skinny Ankle Jeans, size 25/0P (last seen here, review here)
J.Crew Sloane Patent Pumps (very old, thanks to Cathy @catmlrse for helping me find these in flawness, new condition on Poshmark)
Zara Convertible Bucket Bag (item ref no. 4788/204)
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LOFT Valley Blouse, size XSP
LOFT Modern Skinny Crop Jeans in Pure Dark Indigo Wash, size 25/0P (review of size 26/2P here)
Kailani Sandals by Restricted in tan/cognac
I love the embroidery details on this valley blouse but I found that the body fits slightly wider as you can see from the side view. I couldn’t try the smallest size for comparison but it’s a beautiful top and not too see through. My usual size XSP was a loose, comfortable fit.
LOFT Tie Cold Shoulder Tee, size XXSP
I’ve been chasing this tie cold shoulder tee for a while and I finally found size XXSP to try on in store which prompted me to order the striped version online when my size popped back. The petite tie sleeve flaps are shorter than regular missy size so I felt like more of my upper arm was exposed especially when viewed from the side. The arm holes are also slightly generous. I redeemed my $20 LOFT rewards to order this top and wish I didn’t order it in haste.
LOFT Striped Tie Cold Shoulder Tee, size XXSP (review of size XS regular here)
Both the striped version and the solid color fit one size larger and longer. Size XXSP fits similar to how size XSP or how size XS regular usually fits me in their soft tees.
LOFT Tapestry Flounce Dress, size XXSP
This flounce dress is 100% rayon but I tried it on for fun due to the unique tapestry print. Size XXSP fits like size XSP. Refer to this clip for another view of the fit on me.
LOFT Sunflower Lace Dress, size 0P
This sunflower lace is so cheery for the spring and summer so I tried it on for size. It felt snug at the hips (mind you, I have a straight figure) so if you’re curvy then you may want to size up or else it will pull at your hips. The dress fits true to size to one size smaller.
LOFT Floral Fringe Top, size XXSP
This floral fringe top was at the top of my wishlist but when I tried on size XXSP it was very wide/loose while the shoulders and sleeves were a bit snug. I’m afraid the top may be too billowy in my usual size XSP or XXS. The top isn’t too sheer so a layering cami is optional.
LOFT Lightweight Open Cardigan, size XS regular
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the loose/kimono sleeves for this cardigan but size XS regular fits generously and fit like size M. Definitely size way down if you want to try this neutral cardigan.
LOFT Floral Petal Sleeve Clean Tee, size XS regular
Talbots Flower Topped Perforated Driving Flats
I was looking for the striped version of this petal sleeve tee but I found the floral version to try on in store. Size XS was a flowy and flattering fit on me but I ordered size XXS regular for a better fit. The shirttail hem does start higher on the waistband but it manages to stay closed. Unless you raise your arms high you should be okay without a layering cami if you’re worried about flashing any stomach. Refer to this clip for another view of the fit on me.
LOFT Tasseled Split Neck Sweater, size XS regular
My Insta friend Su @allaboutloft was curious about this sweater so I tried it on for size. I love the loose comfortable fit of size XS regular but I would prefer size XXS regular for a better fit. It fits true to size but size down if you prefer a closer fit.
LOFT Long Open Cardigan, size XS regular
I loved the light purple color of this long cardigan but my order from April 29th still hasn’t been finished processing. I will have to reach out to customer service to see what they can do. Usually my partial order will stay stuck in processing but once I contact them they end up cancelling the remainder of my order if the items are no longer in stock. This cardigan an oversized but flattering fit. Refer to this clip for another view of the fit on me. I tried on size XS regular but I would prefer size XXS regular for the best fit. Update 5/12: They finally shipped the cardigan yesterday but cancelled the filigree earrings I had ordered. I wanted the cardigan more so I’m glad they were able to fulfill part of my order. Hopefully I can find the earrings in store since they appear to be in stock online.
LOFT Striped Apron Jumpsuit, size XSP (it’s also available in navy)
@birchandflair looked amazing in this apron jumpsuit so of course I had to try it on for fun too. Size XSP was too loose on me up top since I don’t fill it out but size XXSP was too short and pulled at my crotch. I like it best with something worn over it.
LOFT Cinched Sleeve Open Blazer, size 0 regular
I tried on the cinched sleeve blazer but the flap pockets on the missy size were too low. Perhaps the pocket placement versus the length of the jacket would be better in petites. It fits true to size and the navy is very chic. Update 10/4: This blazer is now available in black!
LOFT Striped Bow Back Shell, size XS regular
This bow back shell is another top that’s on my wishlist but the petite sizes quickly sold out in this striped version and the white version. Size XS regular fits very long and loose on me since I’m petite so I would suggest going down one size if you prefer a closer fit.
LOFT Peony Split Neck Dress, size XSP (review here)
This peony dress runs larger but I ordered it in size XSP. I’m still searching for size XXSP in stores to see if it fits better. I couldn’t get a good picture of it at home so I tried it on again when I found it in store.
LOFT Lacy Pintucked Peplum Shell, size XXSP
This lacy pintucked peplum shell is so adorable but it fit a bit wider on me. In person the peplum hem flares out a bit more than I would like but it wouldn’t be noticeable if you usually to pair sleeveless tops with cardigans and jackets. I found that size XXSP fits like size XSP. I would suggest going down at least one size for the best fit.
LOFT Pom Pom Shift Dress, size 00P
Lastly, I tried on this little pom pom black dress but the flutter sleeves didn’t drape as expected on me because I tried on the wrong size. This dress fits true to size and my online True Fit profile recommends size 00 regular for me.