Spring Work Outfit Ideas + A Few New Reviews & Try-Ons what jess wore

May 11, 2018

Spring Work Outfit Ideas + A Few New Reviews & Try-Ons

Ann Taylor Chambray Trench Coat, size 00P
Ann Taylor Chambray Trench Coat, size 00P (feature and review here)
Ann Taylor Gingham Ruffle Shell, size XXS regular (review here and below) 
Gap Jeans (old, similar jeans here and here)  
Hermes Lindy 30 Dupe in blue grey (comes in many other colors)
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It's been a long but busy week! Here are a few work friendly outfits for spring. Also, below each photo is a link to a short video clip if available. They're the same video clips I share on my Instagram stories.

LOFT Keyhole Bell Cuff Blouse, size XSP
Louis Vuitton Lumineuse PM in Monogram Empreinte in Infini (buy preowned here)
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LOFT Fringe Tweed Pocket Dress, size XXSP
Hermes Lindy 30 Dupe in blue grey (comes in many other colors)
Sam Edelman Odila Sandal (true to size)
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Ann Taylor Ruffle Tweed Long Jacket, size XXSP
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I love this tweed jacket and I finally snagged size XXSP which is a closer fit on me. The shoulders are slightly snug but not uncomfortable and the sleeves are not as wide in the smaller size which is more flattering. This tweed jacket is a great spring and fall layering option.


Steven by Steve Madden Abilee Pump

I finally found new cap toe pumps I like after seeing these on Candace's sponsored post with Ann Taylor. They run true to size and the chunky heels are perfect for city strolls. They do make a slapping sound against your the soles of your feet due to the slingback style. I had no issues with the slingback strap staying on the back of my ankles.

A New Day Women's Military Jacket in olive, size XS
Ellen & James Round Bag in Natural (sold out, available here but it's marked up)
Sam Edelman Odila Sandal - http://rstyle.me/~is-ao0tz

Click here and here to view the jacket on me. Click here for a closeup of the removable flower pin. I saw this jacket on my coworker recently and I ordered it to try. Unfortunately I found that the fit isn't very petite friendly so I ended up returning it but if you like oversized jackets you may want to try this jacket. It comes with a really cute removable flower pin on one collar. The sides have cinch ties to give the jacket some shape and waist definition. The measurements for size XS are as follows:

14.5" shoulders
38" bust (measured pit to pit when zipped)
37" waist (when uncinched)
42" circumference along the bottom hem
27.25" overall length
23.5" sleeves
13" upper arm circumference

I recently noticed four petite bra styles by The Little Bra Company at Target! I ordered this strapless bra and it arrived today. I like the smaller cups that are closer together in this petite bra. I am usually a 32 band size but I went up to a 34 band size for comfort.

Ellen & James Round Bag in Natural
Ellen & James Round Bag in Natural (sold out, available here but it's marked up)

I finally snagged this blogger favorite round rattan bag on pre-order and it arrived in the mail earlier this week. The one I got is from Revolve and it was $77 and it's currently sold out. I found another shop that is selling it for $89 here. See this exact bag on Jen and Irene's feeds. This bag is fully lined and the fabric on the sides keeps your things nice and secure when you open and close it to get your things. It fits my iPhone 8 plus and other small essentials comfortably.

LOFT Eyelet Sweater Tank, size XXS regular
LOFT Eyelet Sweater Tank, size XXS regular (review of size XS regular here)

I really wanted to love this white sweater tank because of the cute eyelet hem. After receiving my usual size XXS regular I realized that it's a bit too long and wide through the waist and hips. It's a pretty top but not the most flattering on me.

LOFT Mosaic Striped Split Neck Blouse, size XXSP
LOFT Mosaic Striped Split Neck Blouse, size XXSP (XSP review here and XS regular review here)
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I tried to size down to size XXSP in this blouse after trying on size XSP in store but size XXSP fits very similar to size XSP for a very relaxed fit. It is slightly sheer so a layering cami may be required for modesty since the v-neck is a bit lower than I prefer.

Ann Taylor Gingham Ruffle Shell, size XXS regular
Ann Taylor Gingham Ruffle Shell, size XXS regular (review of sizes XSP and XS regular here)
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I love this gingham top with the cute ruffle details. I ordered my usual size XXS regular for the extra length after trying on size XSP in store. The fabric has a good weight and stretch to it for a comfortable fit.

Ann Taylor Stepped Hem Tank, size XXSP
Ann Taylor Stepped Hem Tank in mountain rosemary, size XXSP
Ann Taylor Gretel Metallic Leather Slides (past season, current season version here)
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I have this tank in black (review here) so I ordered this new color to try. It's double layered so it's not see through. It's also a longer length so it will cover your front and backside. Due to the longer length I would recommend trying it in petites so that it's not too long unless you prefer a more tunic length.

Ann Taylor Polka Dot Smocked Ruffle Shell, size XXSP
Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on

This polka dot tank fits true to size. Size XXSP has a very long length in the front but the shirttail hem on the sides come up a bit higher. I wanted to wear this as an open v-neck but the v-neck is lower so it looks best worn buttoned up for more coverage. I noticed that the arm holes are cut a bit higher in petites but the smaller armholes were not uncomfortable.

Ann Taylor Polka Dot Ruffle Shift Dress, size XSP
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This sweet polka dot dress runs true to size and it's on my wish list. I've been trying to find other items in store so that I can make a purchase over $100 in order to take advantage of my Cares card for an extra 25% off before it expires. Update 6/13: I tried on this dress again tonight in size XSP and I just wanted to add that the shoulders and arm holes are cut very narrow. You may want to try a size up if you have broader shoulders.

Ann Taylor Floral Tie Front Shell, size XS regular
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I have these jeans in my usual size 25/0P but I wasn't thrilled with the shorter inseam so I tried on size 25/0 regular for comparison. I believe I need size 24/00 regular for the best fit. Size 25/0 regular has a 29" waist and 25" inseam. From my previous review here, size 24/00P has a 27" waist and size 25/0P has a 28" waist. Both pairs have a 23" petite inseam. Note that the pockets lining shows through the material but I usually wear longer tops so I don't mind. You could have the pocket lining removed if it bothers you.

If you like the ankle tie detail it's also available in another wash here and LOFT has a similar style in black (review here) and a cute new pair of pink tie cuff shorts.

Ann Taylor Piped Pencil Skirt, size 0 regular
Click here to view the clip from my try-on

I like the black piping on this pencil skirt but they didn't have petites in my local store so I tried on size 0 regular. Size 0 regular has a 28" waist and is 23.75" in length which is a modest length on me (I'm 5' 2.5") since it covers my kneecaps. This material is slightly sheer. I was wearing white underwear that day and you can make out the outline of my underwear on the right photo.

Ann Taylor Laser Cut Floral Sheath Dress, size 0P
Ann Taylor Laser Cut Floral Sheath Dress, size 0P (review of size 00P here)

The laser cute floral detail on the sides of this dress are very pretty and minimalist. I believe I tried on size 0P since I remember thinking that it felt one size bigger when I tried it on. The hips are very generous on my straight figure so this dress would best fit someone with curves to fill out the sides of the dress. This dress would be perfect for a bridal shower.

Ann Taylor Eyelet Trim Cold Shoulder Top, size XXSP
Ann Taylor Eyelet Trim Cold Shoulder Top, size XXSP (review of size XS regular here)

I love this cold shoulder top but it runs big so I sized down to XXSP which fits like size XSP.

Ann Taylor Gingham Embroidered Floral Shorts, size 0P
See another clip from my try-on here

I received the wrong shorts twice so far. I still need to call customer service to resolve the issue due to the factory mislabeling these shorts in the petite sizing. I reordered the shadowed floral cargo shorts (review of size 00 here) in size 0P but I received these gingham embroidered floral shorts instead. Upon closer inspection I received the wrong shorts because it's mislabeled with the wrong product number (465630 instead of 465633) on the care tag that's sewn on inside as well as the hang tags. Customer Service told me to keep the wrong shorts (luckily they fit in my usual size 0P) and they attempted to re-send the correct pair but I still received the wrong pair. Update 5/20: I noticed that Ann Taylor has finally fixed the product number mixup online and I updated my links as well.

Ann Taylor - Get 40% off almost everything. Use code SWEETTREAT. Valid in stores and online. Alternatively, use code THANKS2 for $50 off $100+. How cute is this polka dot dress? Shop my sales picks here:

Shopping/Shipping Tip: If you sign up for ShopRunner you can get free 2-day shipping on minimum orders of $25+ at Ann Taylor. Being a member of ShopRunner allows me to buy exactly what I want on sale without adding "filler" items to the shopping cart. This is not an ad for ShopRunner and I'm just sharing since I enjoy using their service for lower minimum shipping. I signed up for ShopRunner via PayPal which means I can enjoy a free membership for two years. ShopRunner is also a complimentary service for AmEx and Mastercard holders.

LOFT - Get 30% off everything + an extra 10% off. Use code LOVEMOM. Valid in stores and online.  It's a sad day today because FEB419CC for $50 off $100+ has expired. It was supposed to expire on May 2nd and it was the best savings code while it lasted these last few months. The latest LOFT Insider code is INSIDER422 for an additional $25 off qualifying full-price promotional purchases of $100+ (excludes Lou & Grey). Valid through May 19, 2018. Shop my sales picks here:

Also get 40% off select full-price styles and since no code is needed cardmembers can use code MORE40 for 40% off your entire purchase (excludes full-price Lou & Grey styles). MORE40 is better than the LOVEMOM code which works out to be only 37% off. You may see an error message that the items in your cart are ineligible but proceed to checkout. The extra savings will be reflected on the final order summary page when you're reviewing the order and right before you click on the 'place order' button.

Note: The shopping cart only accepts one code at checkout so you will have to decide which promo code you prefer to use.

LOFT Cares cards are available for purchase through May 28, 2018. Purchase a LOFT Cares cards or an Ann Cares cards online or in-store to save an extra 20% off for non-cardmembers or an extra 25% off for cardmembers on in-store purchases only. Valid at LOFT, LOFT Outlet Stores, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory Stores and combinable with current in-store offers on full-price promotional purchases of $100+. This is the second year you can purchase the Cares cards online! 90% of the Cares cards' purchase price is donated to BCRF. The promotion ends May 14, 2018 for the Ann Cares card. Both the Ann Cares cards and LOFT Cares cards work across the aforementioned Ann Inc. brands for in-store use.

I am sad to report that the FEB419CC code for $50 off $100+ has expired and the workaround for free shipping on orders of $50+ no longer works. It is back to using their Insider code for $25 off $100+ which I always shared on my sale alerts page and the right side bar on the desktop view of my site. I really hope that LOFT will consider bring back the lower minimum for free shipping as I noticed a few people chiming in about it on their recent Instagram post here.


Here are some LOFT new arrivals that caught my eye:

I ordered these sunglasses after seeing them in Sandy's stories. They should arrive today. FYI. Sandy is doing a giveaway for these sunglasses and a few other goodies for Mother's Day if you check out her Instagram stories for the details.

I'm happy to report that this lily print dress (review here) washed well on cold and air dried. It didn't shrink on me which has been my past experience with 100% rayon.

I'm headed to LOFT after work today so hopefully I'll have new try-ons to share!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hi! I just ordered the same Steve madden Cap toe pumps. Wondering if they've been comfortable?

    1. Hi Marilena! They are very comfortable due to the lower heel height. The run slightly wider which also makes for a more comfortable fit on my feet. Please let me know how you like them. I was also eyeing another pair of cap toe pumps from DSW.



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