Happy Saturday! There's a new LOFT sale with free shipping to start of the weekend!
LOFT - Get 30-50% off almost everything, save an extra 50% off sale styles plus get FREE shipping with code HOORAY. Valid online only. Sale ends 10/28 at 11:59PM ET. I'll try to share more updates to my Insta Shop and this page.
Ann Taylor - Get 50% off select full-price styles and save an extra 50% off sale styles. Use code FALLCOLORS. Sale ends 10/30 at 3AM ET. Update 10/28 6PM ET: Flash sale alert! Get an extra 60% off sale styles at Ann Taylor. Sale ends 10/30 at 12AM ET. This knit twill moto jacket (review here) is included. I'm not sure why petite sizes are not on promotion though but you should call customer service for help with your order.
Cares cards are also still available for purchase! Purchase a LOFT Cares card or an Ann Cares card 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+. 90% of the LOFT Cares cards' purchase price is donated to St. Judes Childrens Research hospital and 90% of the Ann Cares cards' purchase price is donated to BCRF. The promotion ends November 15, 2018 for both cards. Both the Ann Cares cards and LOFT Cares cards work across the aforementioned Ann Inc. brands for in-store use only.
In case the Cares cards are sold out in stores, I ordered one online via Ann Taylor using ShopRunner and they even emailed a copy of the card with the barcode until the physical savings card arrived.
RECENT OUTFITS & REVIEWS
OUTFIT DETAILS: LOFT Striped Split Back Mixed Media Sweater, size XXS regular | LOFT Denim Leggings in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 26/2P (review further below) | Zara Bucket Bag With Topstitched Handle (item no. 6076/304, review here) | Soludos Ibiza Classic Sneakers (true to size to 1/2 size larger)
This sweater didn't come in petites so I ordered size XXS regular which was a longer length on me (measured from the high point on the shoulder it's 25" total length but the middle where the top is the longest is a few inches longer). It fits true to size and the sizing is similar to this ruffle back mixed media sweater from last year which was available in missy and petites (review here). Due to the longer length I prefer to wear this sweater with heels so that it makes my legs look longer. I ended up keeping it since it is really cute with the split in the back. Here is how I styled the sweater for work.
LOFT Striped Split Back Mixed Media Sweater, size XXS regular | Banana Republic Skinny Zero Gravity Ankle Jean with Asymmetrical Fray Hem, size 25P (review and measurements here) | Soludos Ibiza Classic Sneakers (true to size to 1/2 size larger) | Click here to view the clip from my try-on
I finally got this shawl pocket open cardigan in size XXSP in both black and camel. The camel color popped back in the size I wanted right after last week's sale ended. I took a chance and called customer service for help so that I could reorder it with free shipping. You can match the sale price you paid by asking to exchange a prior order (in my case where I had previously ordered size SP for $29.15). Meanwhile my little sister who is 5'7" said she would take the larger size.
I received size XXS petite in black (review of apricot fizz in XXS petite here) is 28.5" total length while size S petite (review here) was 30" total length. The sleeves of size XXS petite are 1" shorter than the sleeves of size S petite. The sleeves are still looser fitting despite sizing down. I also noticed that the black color runs longer than the camel color because size XXS petite of the black cardigan is 1" longer in the overall length than size S petite in camel.
I captured the below outfit with size S petite since I hadn't received the new size yet.
OUTFIT DETAILS: LOFT Shawl Pocket Open Cardigan, size SP | LOFT Mixed Stripe Utility Blouse, size XXS regular | Banana Republic Skinny Zero Gravity Ankle Jean with Asymmetrical Fray Hem, size 25P (review and measurements here) | Ainifeel Genuine Leather Small Crossbody Bag (review here) | c/o Ann Taylor Mila Leather Pumps in camel (true to size) | Click here to view the outfit on me
LOFT Mixed Stripe Utility Blouse, size XXS regular | Click here, here and here to view the clips from my try-on
I took this striped blouse in size XXS regular and the sizing is just like the 2017 red and white version I reviewed here. Here is what the blouse looks like untucked with the sleeves rolled up.
I took this clip dot top in size XXS which I reviewed in navy here. The grey color looks more like a light seafoam green color in natural lighting. Size 00 measurements are: 37" chest, 39" along the bottom hem, 20" sleeves, 24" total length.
J.Crew Factory Ruffle front top in clip dot, size 00 | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on
I went up one size and took this sweater in size S petite for a relaxed fit (I reviewed the taupe color here here). Size S petite has a 36" bust (measured pit to pit), 34" along the bottom hem, and 24" total length.
BP Ruffle Plaid Triangle Scarf | Franco Sarto Imogen Sandal (true to size) | Click here, here and here to view the clips from my try-on
I ordered this scarf out of curiosity but the one I ordered was snagged in the back. It's a triangle scarf so it's supposed to be less bulky than a blanket scarf but the ruffles add volume. I'm debating if I should reorder another one in the hopes that it won't have any defects.
My friend Su recommended this blouse. It's also available in a dark floral print here. This blouse doesn't come in petites so I ordered size XXS regular. It has a longer overall length (measured from the high point on the shoulder it's 25" total length but the middle where the top is the longest is a few inches longer) on me since I'm petite. The shirt is a hi-lo hem so it's longer in the back than the front. I decided to return it since I didn't like the sleeve length on me which was neither 3/4 sleeve length nor full length on me. It fits true to size if you typically take regular missy sizes at LOFT. Here is what it looks like untucked.
Here is the top paired with one of my favorite cardigans from last year (similar here). I took this tee in size XXS regular after trying on size XS regular here. Size XXS regular is 23" total length and a relaxed fit on me. This tee does not come in petites. The material has a good weight to it so it has a flattering drape.
LEFT: LOFT Denim Leggings in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 27/4P | RIGHT: Banana Republic Skinny Zero Gravity Ankle Jean with Asymmetrical Fray Hem, size 25P (review and measurements here)
I took these jeans in size 27/4 petite (according to the size label sewn onto the inside of the jeans but the label on the outside was mislabeled 26/2 petite as seen here). I am usually size 25/0 petite in LOFT jeans. I will have to double check the sizing for these jeans next visit in store. I wore the jeans yesterday and if I did purchase size 27/4 petite then they stretched out too much causing me to have to pull them up (the jeans have a lot of stretch and give). I probably need to try size 26/2 petite on a pair that is correctly labeled. The material is 88% cotton, 9% polyester, 3% elastane.
The measurements of the pair I bought in store are: 9" rise, 29" waist, 30" hips, 24.5" inseam, 9.5" ankle opening. The shorter inseam works for when I am wearing them with neutral booties so that the dye doesn't transfer onto my shoes.
Update 11/2: I tried on my usual size 25/0P petite and they were a bit to snug (to the point where the pocket lining was pulling and showing as seen here) so I took size 26/2P in the pair I picked up in store. See size 26/2P on me here. I was shopping with my coworkers who also bought these jeans. They each had different body types but they both took the jeans in their usual size. I was the only one that chose to size up. The measurements of the new pair of 26/2P I bought in store are: 8.5" rise, 27" waist, 29" hips, 25.5" inseam, 9" ankle opening. I was happy that the inseam is longer than the first pair that I bought which is 27/4P if I go by the sizing label sewn inside the first pair as seen here.
Update 11/7: Today I wore out the pair I repurchased which was correctly labeled size 26/2P today and it does stretch out a bit so that I was pulling it up. Therefore, I would go with your usual LOFT size in denim knowing that these jeans have a lot of stretch.
Click to see the jeans worn with booties, cap toe slingback pumps (here and here) and sneakers (here and here).
LOFT Denim Leggings in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 27/4P | Lucky Brand Yabba Wedge Bootie in sesame suede (true to size)
I ordered these pajamas in size XXS regular and the t-shirt has a looser fit (37" chest and 25" total length) while the matching pants have a short (26") inseam which makes them petite friendly. The pants are actually slightly shorter than I prefer but the set is so cute I kept them. I like the sleepy eyelashes embroidered on the shirt.This top and bottom from Aerie is another cute striped pajama set.
LOFT Embroidered Striped Pajama Set, size XXS regular | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on
I ordered this top in size XXS petite to try but the 3/4 length sleeves were a bit too snug on my forearms. Otherwise size XXS petite may also fit size XS petite since the top has a relaxed fit. I'm not a fan of the gold buttons and I prefer the prior year's version.
I ordered my usual size XS petite for this cardigan but the sleeves were only 22" long which is too short since I prefer 23-24" sleeves. Otherwise this cardigan fit true to size through the shoulders and body. The sleeves weren't too snug if you typically wear sleeveless tops. For layering purposes with long sleeves I will have to keep an eye out for size S petite or regular missy sizes to try on. The material is very soft and cozy.
MORE FITTING ROOM REVIEWS
Here are some more items I tried on in-store when I went in store to pick up the large canvas LOFT tote that was free with a purchase of $85+ last weekend. For size reference I'm 5' 2.5", currently 108-110 pounds and I'm usually size XS petite in tops and 0/25 petite in pants and jeans if an item runs true to LOFT sizing.
LOFT Denim Leggings in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 27/4P | J.Crew Factory Zoe suede d'Orsay flats (true to size) | Click here to view the clip from my try-on
I reviewed these legging jeans at the top of this post but I went up one size from my usual.
This striped top fits just like the solid version pictured below. I took this top in my usual size XS petite for a relaxed fit.
I previously reviewed size XXS petite here and size XS petite here. Today I bought size XS petite in the crumb melange color since I prefer a relaxed fit. For some reason size XS petite in the crumb melange (tan) color isn't as loose fitting as the same size in the charcoal (dark grey) color. I ended up returning this sweater since I was steaming out the wrinkles and it became longer which threw off the fit/drape. I hadn't cut the tags off yet. I'll have to keep an eye on the online reviews to see if anyone else has an issues with the care of this sweater. Meanwhile this past season version from 2016 is my favorite and I wish they had brought it back.
I took this cardigan in my usual size XS petite for a relaxed fit. Last year I took the grey speckled version in size XXS petite. Update 10/30: This cardigan is now available in in a dark speckled color. Update 11/14: This cardigan is not available in light grey.
I tried this blazer in size 00 petite which fits like size 0 petite. The petite sizing is a shorter, boxy fit. You can clearly see the difference in the overall length of the blazer compared to the one below in this picture.
I tried on this blazer in my usual size 0 petite which fits true to size for a relaxed fit similar to a boyfriend blazer. The material is stretchy and comfortable. For a more tailored look I would prefer the Ann Taylor Doubleface One Button Blazer which I reviewed in this post.
Ann Taylor Camp Shirt, size XXSP | Vital Voices Printed Scarf | LOFT Shawl Pocket Open Cardigan, size SP (I won't receive size XXSP in camel until Monday 10/29) | Click here to shop this look
I took this blouse in size XXS petite which fits like size XSP. The overall length is very long and tunic length. I reviewed the navy color in size XS petite here and I also have the sold out leopard version in size XXS petite (last featured here).
Ann Taylor Shawl Collar Wrap Coat, size XSP | Click here, here and here to view the clips from my try-on
I tried on this coat in my usual size XS petite and the coat fits true to size. The shawl covers your shoulders and your neck is exposed but I was surprised to see that the collar has a very chic effect. The material looks very expensive and the coat is well made. The coat is lined and the fabric is substantial making it a warmer coat. Update 11/2: This style is now available in a beautiful houndstooth pattern.
My friend Ly also recommended this Michael Kors petite asymmetrical belted coat which is now on sale for $139.99. It's currently fully stocked in the burgundy color which I am tempted to try.
I have this peplum top in XSP as seen in this post but the sleeves are a bit shorter in petites so I decided to try on size XS regular for comparison. Going up to the missy size is a more comfortable and relaxed fit.
I fit this skinny belt on the last hole in size XS. I typically take size 25/0 petite in LOFT and Ann Taylor pants and jeans. It's a very skinny belt and when I compared lengths it's the same length as this medium leather trouser belt which is double in width.
These dark wash jeans fit true to size for a slimming and elongating effect. The material isn't as stretchy and comfortable as I prefer.
LEFT to RIGHT: Madden Girl Eviita Booties in taupe (true to size) | Lucky Brand Yabba Wedge Bootie in sesame suede (true to size) | Vince Camuto Franell Bootie (true to size) | Click here for a video clip of the color in natural light | As seen on me
I received the Madden Girl Women's Eviita Booties I shared in this post and my usual size 7 fits well. The heels are 3.5" and they are slightly narrow on my wider (right) foot but not uncomfortable. They are an almond toe so they're not too pointy. The back shaft comes up higher than the front shaft so when you walk they will hit your the side of your ankles. It didn't cause any blisters on me since the material isn't abrasive/rough enough but some people may find this contact/sensation bothersome. When worn with tights on it didn't bother me. I originally saw them at Famous Footwear but they are cheapest at Boscovs and they're currently 25% off at Shoemall.com with code CARVE25. I bought mine when they were 15% off last week at Famous Footwear (thanks to Kim for the heads up).
You can see the black version of the booties on me here and here. My husband thought the black version looked cheap so I will return the black color and only keep the taupe color.
Madden Girl Eviita Booties in taupe (true to size) | Click here and here to view the clips from my try-on
Ralph Lauren Bennington Tote in rose | Burberry Bowpark Rain Jacket, size 2 (a splurge from 2017 reviewed in 2015 here, similar here) | Tory Burch Sullivan Boots (old favorite, true to size, 2014 review here)
I saw this pretty pink tote at TJ Maxx where it was $59.99. I found the matching card holder that looks really cute with the horsebit detail. I didn't buy this bag but the rose color is really pretty and I had seen it at another store in a different color. The white color is on sale and would be perfect for the summer.
I also found these Rag & Bone black leather gloves for $69.99 at TJ Maxx yesterday and they were originally $250.